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 Post subject: Re: Moonlight AT Civic Si Resto
PostPosted: Thu Aug 07, 2014 1:49 am 

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Car runs, stops, drives etc. Gearbox is good, clutch feels pretty good, I'm getting tyres fitted for the cf48s tomorrow.. close to having a windscreen back in it!

Here's some shitty videos for proof:
http://instagram.com/p/rYtKJFmbHm/ - Car runs no problem, so good.

http://instagram.com/p/rYv_jmmbKX/ - It's noisy driving with no windscreen..


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 Post subject: Re: Moonlight AT Civic Si Resto
PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 1:09 am 

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Today worked out pretty well and got a bunch of stuff ticked off the list. Originally wasn't going to do much today but I'm glad that I did ! I didn't really have a plan of attack for today just started pottering around and putting a few bits back together, trim and things like that to get them out of the storage.

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Decided the carpet wasn't in too bad condition so gave it a vacuum and put back in the car after giving the car a thorough vacuum as well. It was filthy inside !

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The carpet makes such a huge difference.

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Looking pretty complete in there now.

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Thought I'd do some rust treatment so scuffed this patch down with wire brush/sandpaper and primed over it to stop more problems. Temporary measure.

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For this one I ended up getting rust treatment spray and priming over as well. Will fill the hole and repair it in near future.

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Not too sure if this it the correct placement for this bar. Yes it is an AT/AS rear strut bar from Cusco so it is not an incorrect item.

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I'm guessing drill some holes here and mount on top of wheel well.. ?

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Dat auto to manual conversion from back in the day haha

Very close to getting windscreen in it; get my wheels/tyres back tomorrow so once those are on can get the windscreen stuff going.


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 Post subject: Re: Moonlight AT Civic Si Resto
PostPosted: Sat Aug 16, 2014 12:02 am 

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Ticked a few more things off the list today, wheels all on and looking good!
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Also wired up the high stop and got all the rest of the lights working as well as the horn, stoked!

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Bit of creative wiring to get the high stop back online.

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Was on the fence about it but decided I'd put back the rear interior as well. Started with the sides this evening after I'd done the wiring.. will give the back seat a quick clean up and put all that back in another day.

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I also had a cancelled order for a Hako-type chin spoiler so had a play haha.. I think the Volvo lip will stay..

Now I just need to figure out why the wipers aren't working at all (front or rear).. fuses are all ok (after I added more and checked them) so next step is to check the stalk.


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 Post subject: Re: Moonlight AT Civic Si Resto
PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 11:43 pm 

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Oh, what's this..
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15x6 Watanabe! Offset unknown.. no marking on it at all about offset which is odd but they sit pretty much spot on, stoked as.


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 Post subject: Re: Moonlight AT Civic Si Resto
PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2014 3:35 am 

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Another cracking day yesterday so had a look at the wiper situation. For whatever reason the fuse was blown for front wipers so I replaced that and they started to work :D Rear.. I couldn't figure it out so just removed it haha. Also fitted the Watanabes all around and took a couple of better photos

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Filled rear with this rubber bung I had laying around.

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A couple of better photos of wheels fitted up.

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Not long ago I bought some shocks off a friend but never took a photo.. the fronts have been grooved so I can run them lower.

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How can I adjust so my door shuts properly? This is at full shut.. is there a way you can move the latch or something like that ?


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 Post subject: Re: Moonlight AT Civic Si Resto
PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2014 4:02 am 

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Artist impression with lowdown:
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 Post subject: Re: Moonlight AT Civic Si Resto
PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2014 11:17 pm 

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Little bit of percussive maintenance and the door shuts properly now :)
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 Post subject: Re: Moonlight AT Civic Si Resto
PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 9:37 pm 

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Welll today has been a good day ! After the initial miscommunication from Windscreen installer and myself.. we got there in the end, car has a windscreen !

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I even assisted with installation.. basically pro windscreen installer now..

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Token petrol station shot.

So now I will put back the rear interior and fix up the rust on hatch and take it for a WOF to see what happens.. !


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 Post subject: Re: Moonlight AT Civic Si Resto
PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2014 5:10 am 

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So you know that bit of duct tape I have on the rear hatch.. well I decided to see what's really underneath..

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Yeah so that's underneath.. I knew there was some repair done in the past but didn't know the hatch was so bad !

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So.. I set about removing the crap that was on there and repairing it again myself.. a bit of 10 year old bog and some time and it didn't turn out too bad..

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Definitely not perfect by any stretch of the imagination but it's a darn sight better than it was! It'll do for now anyway.

Also was looking to install my Cheddas short shift but it looked like it was going to be a hard job and I couldn't find my circlip pliers.. maybe next time !


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 Post subject: Re: Moonlight AT Civic Si Resto
PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2014 10:20 pm 

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Almost ready for WOF now, took it for a bit of a spirited drive around the area/closed road/race track and have determined grinding noise from front brakes will not pass WOF.. time to get new rotors and pads haha. Otherwise she's a minta (ish).

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I gave it a wash this afternoon as it was a really nice day and found really only a couple of places that are leaking water. One in the passenger side door seal area, not very much which is good; but the other problem is the rear middle bit between the tail lights. I ended up poorly siliconing the top bit which was coming apart by the look of it and did some strategic drilling; should suffice for now. Would also explain why one of the reverse lights was failing!

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Finished putting in the rear interior again over the course of the week; much more complete now. Also gave the interior panels a wipe down and the roof etc, get rid of some of the leftover dust and mould.

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Bit of overspray from working on some surface rust near the top of the windscreen.. whoops haha

Engine runs pretty well, takes a few cranks at first start to get the fuel going but otherwise works all good after that. I found it seems to start to have a bit of a flat area around 5.5krpm onwards.. perhaps needs some VTEC! Or an oil change..


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 Post subject: Re: Moonlight AT Civic Si Resto
PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2014 11:10 pm 

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Location: Central NJ
Nice project keep up the great work!


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 Post subject: Re: Moonlight AT Civic Si Resto
PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2014 10:32 pm 

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Skrilla wrote:
Nice project keep up the great work!

Thanks!

Last time I took it for a drive the brakes were making a grinding noise so got some replacement pads and discs (didn't end up needing the discs) and installed them; no more grinding! Then tackled the battery tray..

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As you can see.. not much pad left !

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For the battery tray I went and got a universal tray and some stays and made something up that worked. Better than bungy cord !

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Dat suspension travel

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Finally sussed an Si badge as well :D


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 Post subject: Re: Moonlight AT Civic Si Resto
PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2014 6:51 pm 

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Some pretty big developments over the past couple of weeks!

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Picked up a whole bunch of replacement parts as well so I can start putting them on and removing the worse stuff from my car.

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Among that bunch was that centre console which really all I needed was the gear shift boot.. hides the auto/manual converter part haha

So... stoked as!
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Only thing it failed on was illegal tint so ripped that off and boom, passed inspection :D Put registration on it and it's legal as awww yeaaahhh

It's bloody hot without aircon though so will need to get the windows re-tinted and I think I'll go for a super black tint on the sunroof as well unless I can find a cover for the inside.

Otherwise, super stoked because now I can drive it over summer :D Hard part done and just some other fiddly bits now like.. lowering it and installing the new shifter/shift knob to get rid of that abomination !


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 Post subject: Re: Moonlight AT Civic Si Resto
PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2014 2:47 am 

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Runs a bit warm.. probably need to give the cooling system an overhaul. Not even sure how much water is in there LOL


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 Post subject: Re: Moonlight AT Civic Si Resto
PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2014 3:18 am 

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Got a couple bits done yesterday.

I picked up some new speakers and a head unit from one of our suppliers during the week:

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Sweet sideways pic. Basically the cheapest stuff I could get haha

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Looks like it's meant to be there :D Loom was a bit messed so did some custom wiring and it's minta haha.

Changed the fuel filter as well to see if it would have an effect on a starting problem I have but haven't really had a chance to test that. Also thought I'd flush out radiator to see if that was the problem with the cooling.. I flushed it out and all and it was nice and clean inside so I'm not sure if that is having a problem or not; some of the fins are a bit messed up. I have ordered a new one anyway. What I did notice though the fan doesn't seem to come on.. so I'll either wire it up to go permanently or get some kind of fan controller. Probably first option for now.


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 Post subject: Re: Moonlight AT Civic Si Resto
PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2014 3:17 pm 

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So one big problem I was having since I got the car is it was having cooling problems. So I resolved that!

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If your radiator has big holes in it; probably a good time to get a new one.

So nobody in NZ had any radiator for this car so got one ex-USA. Pretty much almost went in without issue, the fan mounts didn't quite line up so cable tied the fan on and works ok. Also a couple of bolts near the bottom fan mount were hitting cross member so did some bashing and sorted that out. It doesn't quite sit 100% perfect like the OEM one but enough for the mounts to line up and bolt in so that's all good. While I was doing this I also jumped the thermo switch on the fan so it runs all the time.

Success! Took for a decent drive around in varying traffic/load conditions and it sits around half way now :D Only time it goes up ever so slightly is if sitting in traffic for a bit but then goes straight back down once moving again.

Also the other week after I replaced the fuel filter I didn't get a good chance to test but it seems to have resolved the problem I was having on startup where it would die out shortly after a few times before staying on. Now that problem is gone and it fires up right away!

So next to tick off the list is get the rear wheel bearings replaced (I have new ones to go in) and new suspension in/lower the car down.


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