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Old 05-25-2020, 03:31 PM   #521 (permalink)
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Usually what you see as bad paint is just faded and/or flaking clear coat.

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Old 05-25-2020, 04:01 PM   #522 (permalink)
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Usually what you see as bad paint is just faded and/or flaking clear coat.
I agree with that. This was about heat gain more than paint. If my paint had also been worse than it was, I would still have done this. Missing from my photos were the three small rust spots I cleaned-up before clear coat. I don't want a "new" look. I like my weird performance art piece of a car. But I don't want outright rot of the body panels either.
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Old 05-30-2020, 08:59 PM   #523 (permalink)
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center console remake

Ultra Gauge placement and other items. Like everything on this car that is not an important mechanical item, I use as many free used parts and found objects for materials as possible. See key for image.

1. voltage meter seen through small concave piece of a found sunglasses lens.
2. The actual voltage meter facing down and acting as green console light at night.
3. Bluetooth (dark round thing).
4. Green lighted switch for radio/bluetooth.
5. Injector kill switch (immediately left of #4).
6. Shifter knob made from found skateboard/rollerskate wheel.
7. Used iPhone 5s as bluetooth music player (mounted with found/salvage hardware.
8. Mounting plate is redwood siding I took off house 2 years ago, shaped, painted black.

Almost done.

Gauge currently showing 70.2 MPG.

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Old 05-30-2020, 11:24 PM   #524 (permalink)
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I am unsure how many people would consider it to be cost-effective. People would just tell me to buy a new car.

"A white one?"
"Anything but that!"

I spent about the same amount for my fan fold insulation. It is just enough to (hopefully) put 1/4" on the roof and all four walls.

I did two panels and compared them with the adjacent uninsulated roof sections.

On a 90 day it was worth 3.
I wish that I could save 8-9 for $55!
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Old 05-31-2020, 04:26 PM   #525 (permalink)
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Awesome dude! I love the personality, really nice work.
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Old 05-31-2020, 05:13 PM   #526 (permalink)
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Awesome dude! I love the personality, really nice work.
Thanks. It is kinda like an art project. It takes a lot of time to work found materials into workable things. I learn about materials and processes, I think, sometimes...

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... I spent about the same amount for my fan fold insulation. ... On a 90 day it was worth 3. ...
Still that ain't nothing! This is not a cost effective mod at all. I just don't want an AC (weight & parasitic losses), so I am willing to try some odd stuff.

Hey, I am still hunting for someone(s) who will take and send me pictures of the headcodes stamped on the front of their 6th Gen Civic HX... you willing to help out a guy? My thanks if you can (and if you can't, it's cool).
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Old 05-31-2020, 07:55 PM   #527 (permalink)
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Where exactly is this head code?

Are you asking for someone willing or are you asking for someone able?
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Old 05-31-2020, 09:55 PM   #528 (permalink)
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Where exactly is this head code?

Are you asking for someone willing or are you asking for someone able?
... It is a way of marking which engine a particular head was built for. Here are mine for my DX and they should be similarly placed on your HX ... the pic shows P2F - HA - 3 ... gotta read it carefully, though The digits are easily confused, I think. Where I marked the round date stamps might not be the only spot... maybe further to the right too, closer to the timing belt cover.



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Old 05-31-2020, 11:42 PM   #529 (permalink)
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Thanks for the second image. I guess that I did not need to figure it out from the first one.

I cannot take a picture now! It is dark!

Whew! I got out of that one!
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Old 06-01-2020, 09:22 AM   #530 (permalink)
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... It is dark! ... Whew! I got out of that one!
Help me Obiwan Kenobi. You're [almost] my only hope.

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