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Old 06-07-2018, 03:12 PM   #41 (permalink)
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Old 06-16-2018, 07:45 PM   #42 (permalink)
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I recharged the AC with a can from the store. The pressure was about 14psi and its now around 23psi, very easy to do it only took a few minutes and its blowing cold.

I was unable to get time on the lift at the shop so I just did it at home, I screwed and zip-tied some coroplast to the bottom of the car.

I used 3 main pieces, two in the front and one down the back drivers side. Nothing is touching the exhaust. my muffler is slightly leaking and needs to be replaced. I will replace it with a smaller one that will tuck under the car a little better and save a few pounds at the same time. I'm going to use metal on that part. I will also add high heat paint to the plastic that is near the engine.





Today I got some lawn edging for an airdam, side skirts and upper grill block.Pizza pans for hubcaps. A steering wheel cover because the wheel is rotting away. I'm planning on using the lawn edging for an upper grill block as well.
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Old 06-17-2018, 05:01 PM   #43 (permalink)
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Driver's power window has stopped working. Probably just the switch because it was strong only yesterday.
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Old 06-17-2018, 08:22 PM   #44 (permalink)
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Hmm after pulling the fuse and restarting the car it works fine. Not the kind of problem I enjoy.
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Old 07-14-2018, 09:06 PM   #45 (permalink)
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The car is running well, about 45MPG.

I drove west/east on I-70 today for 100M at 70-85+ MPH, 2 passengers full tank, it was 38MPG for the trip.

I have parts to improve the aero on the car but no time.

Wish me luck
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Old 07-15-2018, 05:20 PM   #46 (permalink)
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... I have parts to improve the aero on the car...
Good luck! Curious to see pics when you do get time. Hang in there. 45 mpg in a 96 Civic is really good.
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Old 07-29-2018, 01:18 AM   #47 (permalink)
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I did an oil change, 10-W30, half of the belly pan had to come off but it goes back on easy an extra 10 minutes.
I removed the pointless airbox support under the hood while thinking about a warm air intake.

I rerouted the windshield sprayers to spray on the AC condenser for brutal hot days with passengers or the dog in the car. I read about that idea on a thread here, lets see. I never use the the sprayers and I'll probably sweat it out if its just me.

I had to remove the headliner again because it starting sagging at one spot on the back,
I used twice as much glue this time, about half a can, almost broke the damn ceiling light too.



I cleaned the interior and the trunk, I left the trunk open overnight and it rained sometime last week... drilled 1 hole and wiped it down a once over.


I need to get a new spare tire, build a care package, oil, water, jumpers, fuses ect. gut the power-steering (might be possible to simply remove the belt?), make a kill switch, upgrade the battery (deep cycle?), fix add or upgrade the headlights.

She's running perfect. zero issues, burning no oil. drinking no coolant, first crank every time. Most of my driving is 5th gear / neutral costing at 35-55 mph.
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Old 07-29-2018, 02:46 AM   #48 (permalink)
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Is the care package part of your ecomodding?

I need to see if my Accord has the right spare. I realized that the floor does not sit right and it seems that the spare doesn't fit right.
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Old 08-01-2018, 11:51 AM   #49 (permalink)
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Looking good.
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Old 08-04-2018, 10:27 PM   #50 (permalink)
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Today I put the windshield sprayers back in place. It didn't help the AC. oh well.

I added some weather stripping to close the gaps around the headlights. Turned out OK. Ill probably re-do it later on and add more around the hood gap.
I moved the license plate down and added some lawn edging for a lower grill block. I played around with an airdam and I think ill get some hex head screws and attach the lawn edging directly into the bumper. I couldn't really find a good mounting point for the lawn edging.

I removed the power steering belt too, that has unleashed some power. I can still drive with my knee and the car doesn't really require additional power from me to turn while in motion but it will take a few days to get the hang of it.






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