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Old 03-16-2018, 07:40 PM   #321 (permalink)
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It operates like OEM new now and I needed to expend zero cash.
That's pretty much how I approached fixes in the Echo and continue to on the Civic.

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Old 03-17-2018, 09:37 AM   #322 (permalink)
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That's pretty much how I approached fixes in the Echo and continue to on the Civic.
Yes. And I like mending what is there already. I LIKE the old hardware, even when tattered. I just need it tok work.

I repaired my cabin fan last week. I first tried to repair the motor, but it was not possible to get in without drilling, so I tried tok replace with a junkyard replacement because it was a 1998 OEM unit too. That unit was also suffering a bad bearing. In the end, I got an O'Reilly motor. I spent more money that I might have, and more time, but I hoped for an old piece that worked. I was in the junk yard anyway, so WTH.
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Old 03-18-2018, 08:24 PM   #323 (permalink)
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Mod repair setting up new modding

Seven years ago I was just getting started learning auto mechanics and modding through this car, my daily driver. An early mod was HID headlights to reduce power draw. I goofed the install and ended up with ugly plastic bits inside the headlight fixtures. I tried and failed to fish them out.

Today, to repair a lightbulb and ready a couple bumper cover repairs and mods, I took the bumper cover off, the light fixtures out, and used needle nose pliers to shatter and extract the errant plastics:



They refracted the headlight beams a little. It really has been annoying sometimes.
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Old 03-19-2018, 12:26 AM   #324 (permalink)
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Yes. And I like mending what is there already. I LIKE the old hardware, even when tattered. I just need it tok work.

I repaired my cabin fan last week. I first tried to repair the motor, but it was not possible to get in without drilling, so I tried tok replace with a junkyard replacement because it was a 1998 OEM unit too. That unit was also suffering a bad bearing. In the end, I got an O'Reilly motor. I spent more money that I might have, and more time, but I hoped for an old piece that worked. I was in the junk yard anyway, so WTH.
Yeah, I'm not above spending money when I have to. I already have a bad O2 sensor heater, so the ~$40 for a new NTK sensor isn't a bother. I had a dirty MAF in the Echo; cleaning did the trick vs. a pretty absurd amount to replace it. Pretty sure the Brakleen was leaving some residue since I had to do it yearly, but I preferred that alternative. Low budget cars get low budget fixes. Excluding only fuel and insurance, I ran that Echo for under $1000 for about 5 years and around 70k miles. It's actually, I think, a good exercise in creativity and to some extent also a decent testament to how these cars will just keep doing their thing.
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SPRING/SUMMER Mods list

Not in any particular order.

15" seven hole MINI rims modded as smooth cover wheels (started)
Flat trunklid spoiler (started)
Bumper cover mounted charge point (started)
Radiator fan switch (started)
Back up light "spotlight" on a switch for night conditions (started)

[But I need to replace the head gasket, too.]
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Old 03-20-2018, 03:31 PM   #326 (permalink)
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MINI 15" rim mods

One of the reasons I bought used 15" MINI seven hole Emola rims recently was for a stealth mod (also because taller than VX Civic rims by far while only about 2 lbs heavier).

I want to block and blackout the seven holes from behind, keeping a kinda OEM exterior look while getting more benefits of a "smooth" wheel face.

FIRST EXPERIMENT, comments welcome:







I want the holes to be black. So the foil tape surface could have a lightweight material, such as black weed block fabric I have on hand. Painting such a surface is also an option.
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Plastidip is the answer to everything.

Maybe cut disks of cardboard to press in from the front and then make a sandwich with aluminum tape on the fronts?
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Old 03-20-2018, 06:52 PM   #328 (permalink)
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Plastidip is the answer to everything.

Maybe cut disks of cardboard to press in from the front and then make a sandwich with aluminum tape on the fronts?
Compound curves will put creases in the cardboard. I experimented with paper for a template and it too was problematic. That's why I think soft, black garden weed block fabric might make the best stuff.

Something like this (I already have a roll from last year for the yard):
https://www.lowes.com/pd/ProMat-6-ft...Fabric/3694508

Thin, it could be cut easily from a template and taped in from the back, adhering to the tape and overlapping with the wheel slightly. Then black it could be black plasti-dipped from the front. I figure tape it off the sides of the holes in the rims to keep to prevent over-spray onto the wheel. Then clear dip the whole wheel.

Another thought was using the holes as molds to make inserts that "fill" these holes. Great Stuff and fiberglass came to mind as materials.
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A little more progress

Here you see the weed block fabric adhered to the foil tape and tucked under the lip of the holes. I did a few tonight to test. Next I will plasti-dip black the fabric. Surface should be grainy but without wrinkles and ripples, and dark (like holes).

What does anyone think of the color of that forest green pin stripe againstbthe silver OEM finish? I am still learning to use the tool I bought for applying the tape, so this was done quick and freehand. I think I like the colors, maybe. It is different.



You can also see a bit of my letter painting. I am considering dopey highlights of words and letter on the sidewalls.
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Old 03-23-2018, 11:47 AM   #330 (permalink)
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I think it looks pretty nice... should give you “most” of the benefits of a smooth wheel cover without the pain of attachment

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