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 Post subject: Re: The Bellet of the ball!
PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 2:01 pm 
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Nakazoto wrote:
Come to think of it, "Cam and Ill" would make one hell of a band name, haha!


We're already Facebook friends and we both play music. Ill, let's get on this!

Those huge rabbits are amazing. Can you buy them as pets?

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 Post subject: Re: The Bellet of the ball!
PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 7:46 am 
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I should forewarn that I am terrible at playing guitar, haha.

Very interested to see some pictures if you manage to drop past the Dome HQ at some point in future. :)

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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2013 8:21 am 
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The paint is looking good. Nothing like learning first hand either. 8)

And yes.....those rabbits are freaking HUGE! Damn...I want one now, lol.


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 Post subject: Re: The Bellet of the ball!
PostPosted: Sun May 19, 2013 5:24 pm 

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Thanks for the comments guys!

Cam, the Flemish Giant rabbits are bred all over by specialist breeders and actually make excellent pets. The eat huge amounts though, so you have to be prepared to continuously shell out money for food. Not just pellets either, big ones will eat a half a cabbage, a whole apple and massive amount of hay each day! Still, considering how completely relaxed, lazy and people friendly they are, it's worth it.

Ill, turns out that Dome has a museum that you can go to, but we have no clue when they are open. We'll have to give them a call and get the skinny first hand. I can only imagine what kind of awesome is stashed away in the Dome museum!

Lo, I was originally planning to have CCN do the painting for me, but I'm glad I decided to tackle it myself. I can watch a thousand videos and read countless books but I never really learn anything until I try my hand at it and this has been one massive learning experience.

I did manage to get a little sanding done this weekend, although not a huge amount. It takes a massive amount of time to cut the paint back to where I'm happy with it. Although, for Saturday, I wasn't alone!

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She was in charge of the rear fender while I was working on the door and front fender on the other side. I swear she was better at it than I was by a mile!

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With the door finished up I moved on to the front fender. Here you can really see the difference between places I have sanded and places I haven't gotten to yet.

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If you get one of the places that has already been sanded back wet, you get a pretty good idea of how the paint will turn out after its been buffed.

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I dried all the water off and stood back to snap a picture of the entire driver's side of the car sanded back.

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My better half had finished up the rear fender and man it turned out great!

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I started work on the C-Pillars and the area between the rear glass and the trunk...

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... which turned out quite well!

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Finally I attacked the hood.

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And it genuinely looks like I attacked it. Due to all the weird curves and edges on the hood, I did a large majority of it without a sanding block because I didn't want to cause undue pressure on any edges and potentially go through the paint. As such you can see strange sanding marks. A once over with 1500 grit should solve that though. I still need to wetsand the passenger door and front fender along with the roof. Then it's time for 1500 grit across the whole car!

Thanks for reading guys!

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David

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 Post subject: Re: The Bellet of the ball!
PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2013 7:28 am 
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Lo, I was originally planning to have CCN do the painting for me, but I'm glad I decided to tackle it myself. I can watch a thousand videos and read countless books but I never really learn anything until I try my hand at it and this has been one massive learning experience.


I know exactly what you mean and you are so right. I am the exact same way, I take it all in, then attempt it until I get it right.


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 Post subject: Re: The Bellet of the ball!
PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2013 1:31 am 

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love the dedication and time spent on your cars man. seen both the mitsubishi 360 and now this bellet build and its such a inspiration to people like myself going through the bodywork side of a car and how time consuming it can be! keep at it man can't wait to see it when its fully buffed up.

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 Post subject: Re: The Bellet of the ball!
PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 6:45 pm 
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Next time I think I should just paint my cars myself instead of paying someone else to, I'll refer back to this thread... :mrgreen:


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 Post subject: Re: The Bellet of the ball!
PostPosted: Sun Jun 30, 2013 4:58 pm 

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Alright!

Firstly, thanks everyone for the comments! John, when you refer back to this thread, use it as an example of what not to do, haha. Thanks Gormzz, body work is insanely labor intensive and very, very easy to get completely wrong. I understand now why show quality paint jobs cost between 5 and 10 grand! LoRollins, I'm still in that attempt it until you get it right stage. The next car I paint will be considerably better than this one!

I finally hit a point on the little Mazda Carol I've been dedicating every waking second to where I couldn't really proceed due to lack of parts. So, I took that time to finally address the old Bellett! I've been slowly working on filling spots where I sanded too deep and then sanding those filled in spots back over the past few weeks.

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So, I finally pulled out my buffer and decided that now was as good a time as any. I started with the roof because I knew it would take me a while to find my groove. I'm only using the 傷消し (scratch remover) buffing compound for now and once I've done the whole car, I'll go back and do it all again with the 仕上げ (finishing) compound.

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Having said that, I was still getting into a groove with the roof so it's not as nice as I would like it to be. I'll probably end up hitting it again at some point in time.

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After the roof, I moved on to the driver side rear fender and door. You can just see the front fender which I haven't hit yet to get an idea of the difference!

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A nice shot down the side.

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A little further away. You can see a pretty good reflection of the box in the fender and the battery charger in the door.

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Half of the trunk and the surrounding area. The pictures are a bit deceiving, it doesn't look nearly as good as this in real life.

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Here's the front fender done.

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Miki got loose with the camera and grabbed a picture of me in the act!

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Here's the hood about 2/3 of the way done.

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Here's a close up of the paint to show the kind of reflections I'm getting out of it. Those lights are mounted on the ceiling of my garage.

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Here's Miki doing some touch up by hand and where we left off for the night. I still have to hit the passenger side fenders and door and I may run the scratch removing compound over the trunk and roof one more time.

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Keep in mind that this is just the scratch removing compound, the actual finishing compound should take away a bit more paint and make it really clean. Buffing is exhausting work! My arms are still heavy from yesterday and I'm just a little half way done with the first half! There are lots of places where the paint was sprayed with imperfections or the body work is wavy, but for a weekend only project done in a cramped garage with a hand me down spray gun and a 50 year old welder, it's not bad!

Thanks again guys!

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David

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 Post subject: Re: The Bellet of the ball!
PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 6:20 am 
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The paint is starting to really shine! Can't wait to see the end result :) !


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 Post subject: Re: The Bellet of the ball!
PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 5:07 pm 

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LoRollinLS wrote:
The paint is starting to really shine! Can't wait to see the end result :) !


You and me both! Although with it buffed with the scratch removing compound, it's pretty close. I don't expect a massive change between it's current state and the final version.

A quick update, I finished off the driver side of the car and worked out the bits on the roof that were bothering me. I'm much happier with the overall state of the car now!

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Unfortunately, given the tight confines of my garage and the fact that it was getting dark outside, my pictures are sub-par at best.

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This is probably the best picture I have to show just how reflective the paint is! You can even see the reflection of a yellow 510 picture I have hanging on the wall.

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Thanks again for reading guys!

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David

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 Post subject: Re: The Bellet of the ball!
PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2013 5:39 am 

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very nice! i reckon it looks great so far, cant wait to see the end product!


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 Post subject: Re: The Bellet of the ball!
PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 8:18 pm 

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I should be down there for the weekend next month, can't wait to see it in person!


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 Post subject: Re: The Bellet of the ball!
PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2013 5:08 pm 

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Well, I finally got off my butt and got to buffing on the thing! After several hours of sweat inducing labor, I got it finished enough to roll outside for a few shots!

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It looks considerably better in pictures than it does in person, but it's still not too bad.

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In the above picture, you can see dark lines running horizontally across the paint. I was super worried about those until I realized that it was just shadows being cast by the power lines over head, haha.

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There are two main areas that bother me with the paint. The first is the front edge of the hood. It's hard to see in the photo, but there's a lot of little annoying problems there. I may have to do something about that in the future.

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The other spot is on the driver side rear fender. You can see some waves in the paint where I didn't quite sand drips down enough.

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Other than that though, I'm mostly pleased with how it turned out. The trunk probably turned out the best out of all the pieces on the car.

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We gave it a spray down before snapping these pictures, so I spent most of the time trying to wipe it down and make sure no water spots showed up.

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With a little Sepia in it, the paint looks flawless, haha.

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It looks really good from about 5 feet on, but close up scrutiny reveals all the little foibles I made (but won't be making next time!).

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I was trying to get some photos of the reflections that you get out of this paint. It's pretty impressive just how reflective it is.

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I could have done a lot better, but all in all, it turned out alright for being my first time painting a car... ever... in a tiny garage... using cheap tarps for booth walls... and a hand me down gun... hooked up to a compressor that was far too small.

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The real fun starts now as things go back on!

Thanks for looking guys!

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David

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 Post subject: Re: The Bellet of the ball!
PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 11:27 am 
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Looks good from here! :tu:


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 Post subject: Re: The Bellet of the ball!
PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2013 5:44 am 

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looks pretty good to me! As for all the little imperfections you can see, i would chalk it up to experience! For a first time job i think it looks great, and the fact that you did do it yourself earns you bonus points!


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 1:12 pm 
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DAVID! I'm sorry I completely disappeared, I ended up having some issues with my recovery and had to leave Japan early. I wanted to visit you guys so badly! Next time I visit, I'll be a lot healthier and far more prepared. :)

The car looks absolutely amazing!!


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 Post subject: Re: The Bellet of the ball!
PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 4:41 pm 

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Alrighty!

Since the JNC forum crashed and we have gone back in time a month, we need to bring this thread up to date again! Fortunately, I keep backups of everything I post, so the following is almost exactly what was posted!
(Note: "======" indicates a break in the original posts.)

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So, my Honda Life has been keeping me pretty busy as of late. It turns out that daily driving a mostly unrestored kei car from 1973 is a tall order. I've had my hands on it every weekend for about two months now. It's running pretty decent (with the exception of a lot of smoke out the tail pipe when under a heavy load), so hopefully I can get back to work on the Bellett pretty soon.

I do have Photoshop here at work though, so I got kind of curious about something (it's a slow week due to the Obon holidays that we don't get). When I first picked up the car it was blue with a black hood, emulating the GT-R models. She looked like this:

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Well, I opted to go with a solid color when I repainted it because I liked the look better. It didn't stop my curiosity though, so I fired up Photoshop and busted these out right quick just to see what it would look like. It should be noted, that I have no intention of doing this as I'm quite happy with the paint, even if it does have some blemishes. This was merely a "for fun" exercise.

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Part of me really digs it and part of me thinks the body color is a little too dark for it to look good. I couldn't quite get the hood to look as matte as I wanted it because I suck at Photoshop, but it's pretty close, particularly in the last picture.

At any rate, enough faffing about, I need to get down there and get some real work done!

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So, since the little Life is currently awaiting a new head gasket, I had the whole weekend to focus on the Bellett. Starting with the hinges on the trunk.

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It was an utter pain to get aligned. I had to get my better half to align it while I sat inside the trunk ready to tighten the bolts. Now that it moved up and down, I installed the stay to keep it up!

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Next, I wanted to get the harness run, but it was a little old and gross looking.

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So I gave it a wash and then wrapped it in brand new tape.

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With the harness clean and kind of in place, I got tired of having the passenger door tied shut. I tied it shut initially because the floor in my garage is uneven as all get out. This meant the passenger door was perpetually open, just begging to get damaged. It also meant that I couldn't open it. So, I got to work installing shims to align it properly and installed the door opening stay thingie.

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With this done on both sides, I now had doors that wouldn't over extend and would stay open!

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Next up, I cut out some new rubber for the door handles and installed those guys.

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Then in went the window regulator.

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Next up was the lock, but it was in particularly rough shape, barely turning at all. You can see why too, it's grimey and gross.

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So apart it came to get a thorough cleaning.

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Next I needed to install the rest of the door striker things. (Quick note, my camera has taken one too many beatings and is truly on it's last legs. As such, the pictures are getting worse and worse and blurrier and blurrier. Sorry about that.)

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Same on the body side.

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And with those installed and adjusted, I now had doors that would hold themselves closed! (Another side note: the interior sitting inside the car is not installed, I just needed a place to store it that wasn't the kitchen.)

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It was getting late on Saturday and I was running out of energy, so I installed one more item and then called it a day.

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Sunday morning I was right back in it working on the hood.

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I got the popper mechanism and handle all installed.

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Here's where the main harness comes out and the hood popper cable. As you can see, they get brand new grommets.

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Next, I sanded back and painted the hood vents.

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I was now ready to finish off the doors. So, windows and windows run were installed!

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That's a nearly finished door! Just needs a bit of cleaning and a door panel!

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I picked up some red metallic paint and I wanted to give it a go but didn't know what to paint. The original coil had long ago been replaced with a Bosch unit that was a very nasty light blue. So I sanded it back and gave it a lick of red. Not sure how I like the contrast of colors, but it's easy enough to pull off later and paint black if it ever gets on my nerves. The red paint on the other hand looks awesome.

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My better half was helping me by masking off the rear fender vents. They needed a new shot of black but the chrome had to be masked off first. As you can see, she did a pretty flawless job!

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Finally, I installed the wiper motor.

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Where I called it a night on Sunday!

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Each part that goes back on the car comes apart first and gets sanded back and repainted. Then everything gets installed with brand new stainless steel bolts. It's really time consuming and slightly pricey, but I think the end result is definitely worth it. I'll try to sort out a better camera because these pictures are frankly embarrassing.

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So, I spent most of the weekend working on the headgasket for my Honda Life, but I did manage to get some work done on the Bellett. My first problem was that over the past year or so, my collection of new bolts, nuts, washers, etc. has grown and the two cases I had to carry them all were all sorts of out of order.

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So, we made a quick trip to the Daiso (the dollar store) and picked up some more cases for organization.

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Then Miki got to work and I took on a bit of a supporting role (she's really good at this type of stuff) and we got it all sorted out!

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Of course, now that I had all the nuts and bolts figured out, my next goal didn't involve any wrenching at all. One of the things that has been driving me crazy as of late is the light blue slurry left over from all the wetsanding I did.

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You can see that it just pools up and dries and it's a pain to wipe off.

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So, I got a water bottle, my bottle of simple green, an old toothbrush and an old t-shirt and got to work.

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Much better.

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Although not perfect. The big problem I'm running into is that I painted the interior, engine bay and trunk separately and first. I was still trying to get the hang of things and sprayed way too dry, so it's not easy to clean because the surface is a bit like sandpaper.

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The next thing I did was paint the little black shield that sits underneath the vent right in front of the windshield to keep water from pouring into the cabin. You can just see the matte black tucked up underneath the vent.

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Here's Miki's finalized masking on the rear fender vents. Those will be getting a fresh coat of black as soon as we get a nice sunny day.

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I also snaked the passenger side engine harness through and tossed in a new rubber grommet.

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I couldn't let the day end without putting those newly organized bolts to use, so I mounted up the headlights!

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It's amazing what two pieces and 10 bolts can do to the front of the car! It looks like an actual car again!

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I reckon it's getting pretty close to time to start cleaning up the engine and getting it ready to drop in.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 4:47 pm 

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Running high on the excitement of my little Mitsubishi 360 landing in Texas (read more about that here), I ran downstairs and got hard to work this past weekend.

First up was to paint the vents that my lovely fiancée masked up for me.

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With the masking tape peeled off and the vents mounted up they look pretty good!

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The chrome on the passenger side vent is in rough shape so I'll keep my eye out for a replacement in the future, but for now, it's considerably better than the big gaping hole it's filling!

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One thing that was really holding me back on the interior was carpet. I couldn't find any fitted carpets and the original carpet had long been destroyed. My only choices were to get someone to custom make a carpet for me, or to make the carpet myself. Given that I had come this far by making/doing everything myself, I wasn't about to let a little carpeting get in my way. A trip to the local rug, curtain and carpet shop yielded this nice, 2.5 meter by 2 meter black rug.

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First step was to clear out all the stuff sitting on the floor pans and pop in some new grommets.

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Then I cut a piece roughly shape but oversized so I could trim it down.

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I started fitting it by aligning it in one corner and working my way across. The first new cuts I made were to accommodate the passenger seat mounts.

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Then I formed it over the tunnel, cut out the e-brake hole, then the driver seat mounts and finally trimmed off the excess.

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Next was the bit that goes on the metal that's just below the rear seat. Fortunately, I had the original piece that went there to use as a template.

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The newly cut piece set in place.

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Then small triangles to fill in more exposed steel.

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Moving above the rear seat, I got to work on the rear parcel shelf. I took the piece of wood that was there originally, drilled new holes in it to mount it properly, sanded it and painted it black. Then I mounted it into the car.

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I used tapered screw head M6 bolts to mount it so they would sit as flush as possible.

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Then I cut a piece of carpet to the right size and set it up there.

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Looks pretty good!

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I need to sew on a cover for the end you can see to cover up the white, exposed edge of the carpet.

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I also took the side panels beside the seat and mounted those in.

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It's slowly looking like a car again.

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Next up was the transmission tunnel. Again, I used what was left of the original piece as a template.

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Unfortunately, the template was seriously deteriorated on the driver side and I cut the new piece a bit too short on that side. So I had to recut another piece to fit.

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While I was working on carpet, I started gluing the exposed vinyl from panels down. I would line it with a thin line of bond and then use a ton of clothespins to hold it all in place while the bond cured.

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Once the center console piece was mostly in place, I cut out the passenger side foot piece.

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And then did the same for the driver side!

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The center console piece was then removed again to go get some stitching put into it by my fantastic better half. While she was doing that, I got to work installing my new door panels (that don't have massive holes cut in them for speakers). The exposed metal below the door and above the carpet is actually covered by an aluminum trim piece, that's why I didn't cut the carpet to cover it.

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I did the driver side as well.

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I was still working on gluing vinyl back in during all this as well.

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The stitching on the center console piece was done, so we threw it back in!

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Miki then got to work cleaning up the final bits of exposed metal underneath the seat and generally just making my work look perfect. While she was doing that, I decided to install the chrome trim that lines the rain gutter just above the door.

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A nice plastic deadblow hammer made quick work of these pieces!

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They still need to be polished, but that's something I'll handle all at once.

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The main reason I was gluing all the vinyl back into place was because I picked up some new weather stripping!

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I cut it to shape and pressed it into place!

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With one door sealing up just fine, and dinner time rolling in, we decided to call it a night! There's still a small amount of work to be done under the seat on the triangle pieces. They are a hair too big and need to be trimmed back and glued down. Other than that, I'd say it almost looks professional!

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Not bad for my first time doing a full carpet installation on a car.

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I think once the aluminum trim and the seats are installed, it'll look really fantastic!

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It's really moving along at a good clip now! It's time to start reassembling the dash and hooking up the wire harness!

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Well, this weekend was mostly spent trying to get my Honda Life mobile again. That car always seems to work for five days and then require repairing on Saturday and Sunday, haha. After getting the garage clean and ready to start work on the Bellett, it was already 1530 on Sunday, so I didn't have a whole lot of time.

I enlisted the help of Miki to help me finish off the last bits of the carpet just below the seat. The parts that were bothering me were the little triangle pieces. So she made some templates and got to work!

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After much cutting, shaping and gluing in place, we have a perfectly formed triangle piece that covers up all metal!

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The flash on the camera we're using is crazy bright and highlights things like you wouldn't believe. You can easily see the seam where the triangle piece is, but in the flesh it just disappears.

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You can see a little blue poking out in between the floor carpet and the side carpet, but that's just because we were moving in and out of the cabin all day and the floor carpet slid around a bit.

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I then got to work bringing the trim pieces that go just below the door panels back to life. They're just super flimsy aluminum and were in really rough shape. I tried polishing them to bring them back, but they were too far gone. So I rubbed them back with some sandpaper to get a clean, smooth surface and then hit them with a few coats of zinc rich silver paint. They came up looking much better, but I would like to find some replacements of these in the future.

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The next problem I ran into with them is that they're designed to work with a different type of door weather stripping, so they don't fit at the moment. I need to trim them to work with the new weather stripping I have.

I then started putting a little bit of the dash back together, starting with the wiper and headlight switches and the pieces that run next to those switches.

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Then just to get them out of the box so they didn't get damaged, I put the sun visors in.

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There's still a massive amount of work to do before the interior gets sorted, but it's getting really close! We have two three day weekends (followed by a one day weekend...) coming up so hopefully I can get the interior all buttoned up and the wiring all sorted!

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I got back out there and got a bit more work done during the first half of this week.

The side trim pieces that I painted last time had a lip that comes up over the weatherstripping and then is supposed to slot in between the rubber and the metal reinforcement. This is because the rubber and reinforcement pieces were separate originally but my new weather stripping has them as one piece. So, I trimmed back the lip on the pieces, repainted them and then installed one side!

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That turned out pretty good, so I threw in the other side as well! You can see how it covers up the section below the door panel just enough that you can get away with having carpet cut like I did.

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Then I really wanted to get the seats in, but first, I had to clean up, paint and regrease the seat rails.

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And bam! Seats in!

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Naturally, I had to take a seat and close the doors. The thing is massive inside. Maybe it's cause I'm used to daily driving a 360cc kei, but it's really, really comfortable and spacious in there!

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Even with both seats all the way back, there's still a tiny bit of room in the back seat. If you scoot the passenger seat forward a bit, there's tons of room for a normal sized adult.

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It's beginning to look like a car!

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With the right engine in it, this could be one amazing GT/long distance car!

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I forgot to paint the brackets on the side of the seat in the center of the car, so I may remove the seats again, mask them off and spray those black, because at the moment they kind of stand out. Also, the blue brackets that the seats mount to stand out quite a bit with the door open, so I may cut some carpet to size and cover those up. Still, it's amazing what some seats and carpet can do for the interior!

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 Post subject: Re: The Bellet of the ball!
PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 4:48 pm 

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Instead of pulling the seats to paint those little hinges on them, I just masked everything off with a ton of newspaper, gave them a quick sand and hit them with some paint in the car. The flash on the camera really highlights any imperfections, but in the flesh they disappear into the sea of black in the car.

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The light brown around the hinges is actually seat guts that you can see and not the hinge itself.

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Next up, I put the gas pedal back in the car! I'm now a three pedal car again! This took a lot of work actually because one of the mounting bolts had to be drilled out and rethreaded, and holes in the carpet had to be made in such a way that they weren't visible. You can also see that the floor mat needs a bit of work to smooth it out. The exposed bit of the carpet on the right actually gets covered up with a trim piece I haven't installed yet.

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I've been avoiding it for a while, but it's time to start routing wiring and getting things plugged in. So, I started with the fuse box. It was a little tired looking though.

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So, I pulled it apart, sanded it back and hit it with a bit of paint.

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Then, using a bunch of printouts of pictures I took when I pulled it apart...

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... I had it all back together in no time at all!

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One piece at a time!

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 6:52 pm 

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With the headlights on the car, I was thinking it was high time I started working on the lights for the rest of car. So, I bought some bulbs and got to work!

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I started first on the front corner marker lights that bolt onto the fender. One of them was in excellent condition and even had what appeared to be brand new rubber.

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The other side, unfortunately, had a bigger problem.

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I could probably get away with just double side taping the guy, but I wanted these to bolt up appropriately and to be held firmly in place. Plus, it seemed simple enough to handle. So, I bent back the metal ring and popped the metal backing plate out.

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You can see the studs have these massive metal heads that (I’m guessing) are welded to the backing plate.

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If I still had a welder in my garage it would have been an easy fix, but alas, the welder I used for body work was borrowed and I had to return it. So, I mixed up some two part epoxy and glued in a new stud.

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I scored the surrounding metal with a razor and tried to get the epoxy to flow out and grab everything it could to be as strong as possible.

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It worked out alright though and once the epoxy was dry, it was plenty strong enough for the small amount of torque the stud receives!

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Installed!

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While the epoxy was drying on the light, I took a look at the turn signal piece and noticed that it had a nice, big old crack in it as well.

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So, I took my soldering iron and ran it along the crack to create a sort of groove and then filled it full of the same two part epoxy as well. I then clamped it shut and set it aside to let it cure fully.

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While that was set aside to dry, I got back into the lighting. It was time to install the rear lights. I immediately ran into a problem though and that was with the chromed plastic rings that sit around the lights. These rings have (well, are supposed to have) four studs that go through the body and then through the light housing. You then tighten some nuts down on the studs and it tightens the whole thing up. Unfortunately, all four chrome rings didn’t have the studs on the bottom anymore due to rust. Since, they’re pretty frail plastic, I didn’t want to try to get some new studs in for fear that I would ruin the plastic in the process. So, I used normal bolts for the bottom to hold the housings to the body and then studs on the top of the ring stab through like normal.

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So, the bottom of the ring isn’t directly attached but the actual taillight assembly is very solidly attached on all four corners. You can see there’s a slight gap at the bottom of the ring, but it’s really not much at all.

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So, since that method seemed to work pretty well, I just kept on rolling with the next light!

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This one has a tiny bit more of a gap, but it’s still so small it’s not really a big problem.

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So, I kept at it and got all four lights in!

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A shot without the flash.

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With all the tails in, I turned my focus back to the interior. This piece is a vent that hides under the dash and no one will probably ever see it, but I felt it needed a new coat of paint anyways, haha.

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All bolted in. I need to clean up the firewall a bit and put some sound deadening in there too…

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Next, I installed the three center gauges. It feels really good to finally get some life back into the dash!

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Next up was the ashtray, which sits just below the three gauges. Unfortunately, 40 years of Japanese cigarettes took a toll on the metal. So, I sanded it back as far as I could, but it was pretty pitted, so I pulled out my rust stopping paint and painted it right up.

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All in (it should be noted that the flash on my camera highlights every speck of dirt, dust, or un-cleanliness like it’s trying to embarrass me).

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I really wanted to pull the lid mechanism apart and clean up the spring, but it just wasn’t happening without destroying some plastic.

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Next, I got to work on the mirror. So, I removed all the old paint from the mirror stalk in prep for paint.

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While the new paint was drying on that bit, I installed the room light.

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When I first got the car the previous guy who restored it didn’t want to remove the headliner. Unfortunately, the headliner needs to be removed to get the roof antenna off. I took advantage of this hole to keep me from having to remove the headliner when I did the repaint. Here’s a picture from a little while ago after I installed the sun visors showing the hole.

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I thought it looked pretty bad and I wanted to fix it, but I was coming up empty handed on ways to fix it in a slightly manner. So, I thought that covering it up could be a solid alternative. So, I cut out a thin piece of board, covered it in black leather and gave that a shot!

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The blacks actually match in color, but the pattern of the headliner causes it to light up like Christmas when you hit it with the flash of the camera. Still, it looks miles better than a hole!

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A shot from further back.

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I wasn’t alone in the garage this weekend though, Miki was out there helping me considerably! She was in charge of the trunk.

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Her goal was to create a nice cover for the spare tire and gas tank, so she started by making good old cardboard templates!

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This upgraded into coroplast which we would eventually lay carpet over.

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The problem we were running into is that near as we can tell, there was nothing used to cover up the tail light assemblies originally. So, Miki got to work with templates and made a cover for them!

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It was getting to dinner time at the end of our weekend though, so we decided to call it a night there. Before I went back upstairs though, I snapped a few overall shots of the car.

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It’s really come a long ways!

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I’m definitely pleased with how the paint turned out. Not bad for a complete amateur with inadequate tools in a tiny garage, haha.

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That’s all for now, but with the state it’s in, motivation is pretty high!

Thanks for reading guys!

Cheers,
David

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