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    My Hoopty

    I had a chance finally to take some decent pics of the car. Here's my hoopty. New engine, new tires, new rearview mirror and freshly cleaned.













    The Vinylex really caught the camera flash. It's not that gunky, really.









    The car sat on a blacktop lot in the hellish Fresno heat for years before I got it. The sun really took a toll on the paint, exterior trim, hubcaps and door panels. I'm surprised the interior isn't in a lot worse shape.
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    Re: My Hoopty

    that loooks pretty good

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    I've removed a lot of trim in anticipation of painting it. It's in the trunk for now. I also have new Honda emblems for the trunk and hood. The pink tubing is so I can get the windshield washers working again.



    The car was pretty much a mess when I got it. It didn't run and had been abandoned for dead in this shed.

    Still on the to-do list:
    - New paint
    - New hubcaps (or BBS rims, heh heh!)
    - MT swap
    - New door panels
    - New floormats
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    Re: My Hoopty

    Car looks good as A18 said. Is that a 535i I see lerking in the background? If so, what year? I have a 95' 525i.
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    Re: My Hoopty

    Looks good,man.
    I LOVE that black and tan dash combo, I've seen a couple in the j/y with it just don't have the dedication to do the swap.
    Oh and OEM fogs ftw.
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    Quote Originally Posted by russiankid View Post
    Car looks good as A18 said. Is that a 535i I see lerking in the background? If so, what year? I have a 95' 525i.
    That's my "miserable German car." It's a '95 540i. It's really beautiful, but it spent the first two years I owned it broken down. I basically dusted off the 3gee because the stupid German car was so unreliable. It's gotten a lot better, but man it was a drag at first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by greentee76 View Post
    Looks good,man.
    I LOVE that black and tan dash combo, I've seen a couple in the j/y with it just don't have the dedication to do the swap.
    Oh and OEM fogs ftw.
    The car was my sister's for years. I'm pretty sure the dash is OEM. The fog lights are not OEM. They were not working when she got it and I put these Kragen jobs in for her. I was shocked that they actually fit better aesthetically than the OEMs. Just dumb luck really.
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    Re: My Hoopty

    Looking Good.
    I didnt realize that your 3G was a coupe

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    Re: My Hoopty

    Clean coupe


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    Re: My Hoopty

    wow very clean FTW
    now paint all ur trim get car repainted in oem color and get some nice 15" rims for it

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    Re: My Hoopty

    i love the coupe..looks clean...the interior looks mint

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    Re: My Hoopty

    Quote Originally Posted by greentee76 View Post
    Looks good,man.
    I LOVE that black and tan dash combo, I've seen a couple in the j/y with it just don't have the dedication to do the swap.
    Oh and OEM fogs ftw.
    X2, looks great Dr. Snooz

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    Cool man! That is the best interior you can get in the Accord. My personal favorite. Glad to hear you're going to get her painted. You should just take a rattle can to those hubcaps, they'll look brand new.

    I remember that BMW, doing like 80+mph down the freeway after that meet. You were haulin' some ass. My poor hatch was mashed trying to keep up.

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    Re: My Hoopty

    Yeah red cars in the sun kinda sucks.

    If you want to spiff up your black plastic trim on the cheap I use motor oil.


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    Re: My Hoopty

    bar the dead clear coat, she looks pretty tidy eh
    wil be sweet when painted

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2ndGenGuy View Post
    I remember that BMW, doing like 80+mph down the freeway after that meet. You were haulin' some ass. My poor hatch was mashed trying to keep up.
    Ha! You were keeping up just fine. I'll say that the Germans don't make very reliable cars, but God do they build 'em fast! Eighty is just a nice little jog. I don't hit 3k rpm until 100.

    Thanks for the suggestions on the black[ish] plastic. I'm gonna try some things to see if I can get it restored. Painting works well, but it tends to look painted to me. I put Back-to-Black on it just before the pics and it helped a lot. We'll see. Worst case, I'll get some Forever Black dye.
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    the interior looks really great

    good to hear you are going to get it painted

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    Re: My Hoopty

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Snooz View Post
    The car was my sister's for years. I'm pretty sure the dash is OEM. The fog lights are not OEM. They were not working when she got it and I put these Kragen jobs in for her. I was shocked that they actually fit better aesthetically than the OEMs. Just dumb luck really.
    My bad, that is the OEM switch on the dash though, correct?
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    Quote Originally Posted by greentee76 View Post
    My bad, that is the OEM switch on the dash though, correct?
    Yep. Works great!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Snooz View Post
    That's my "miserable German car." It's a '95 540i. It's really beautiful, but it spent the first two years I owned it broken down. I basically dusted off the 3gee because the stupid German car was so unreliable. It's gotten a lot better, but man it was a drag at first.
    I here ya, I've put on about 300 miles since I got it. I've replaced the front suspension, cooling system, brakes, tires, bunch of other misc stuff. The 540 is the better of the V8's, so feel lucky.
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    Quote Originally Posted by russiankid View Post
    I here ya, I've put on about 300 miles since I got it. I've replaced the front suspension, cooling system, brakes, tires, bunch of other misc stuff. The 540 is the better of the V8's, so feel lucky.
    Yeah, I keep swearing to sell the thing, but the ride is so otherworldly that I always relent. Right now the sway bars links are shot. Not a big deal, but god what a racket when I hit bumps. Sheesh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Snooz View Post
    Yeah, I keep swearing to sell the thing, but the ride is so otherworldly that I always relent. Right now the sway bars links are shot. Not a big deal, but god what a racket when I hit bumps. Sheesh.
    You sure it isn't the thrust arms? My thrust arms were shot to hell. The end links are easy to replace, you just need a flexible joint because where it mounts to the strut isn't exactly the funnest location to work with.
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    Right now the sway bars links are shot. Not a big deal, but god what a racket when I hit bumps. Sheesh.
    those are super easy to replace and for the front you can even use generic poly bushing endlink kits

    or just get an ST bar.. sway bars improve the ride TONS i love mine

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    Quote Originally Posted by frantik View Post
    those are super easy to replace and for the front you can even use generic poly bushing endlink kits

    or just get an ST bar.. sway bars improve the ride TONS i love mine
    He meant his BMW, I think. On the BMW the setup is a bit different. The end links actually have ball joints which wear out.
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    Re: My Hoopty

    I just replaced the upper control arms today, so the front end is tight now. The windshield washers work and the A/C blows cold.

    I painted the trim today:





    I think my ditch bank oakie tape job beats the heck out of anything 2ndGen can do.

    Car goes in tomorrow for paint. Woohoo!!!
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