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Parts for sale/wanted / Re: WTB: Left hand side door lock handle mechanism.
« Last post by Willie_B on July 07, 2018, 08:26:44 PM »
Sorted. Had a spare door with one on it. He lives maybe 15 miles from me.
Maintenance and Modifications / Re: Don's Vtec Pup
« Last post by MiniDave on July 07, 2018, 04:32:16 PM »
He's thrilled, he even took a short run up the highway, speedo is still accurate so apparently he has a GPS type speedo.....significant RPM improvement on the highway  - 55 mph is 2200, 70 is 3200 down from about 4K, 80 is 3600 so it will now be an easy highway car - coupled with the quiet and smooth instead of noisy and buzzy - the only negative is the cramped interior but he seems to fit it fine. With the bonnet off it seems to run quite a bit cooler - don't know if that's because it's getting better airflow or if the new water pump and thermostat are helping. He says the brakes feel a lot better too - we didn't do anything to them save new fluid and a thorough bleed. We'll know more after he puts the hood and grill back on. Considering just how many different things we worked on, clutch, cam belt, cooling system, brakes, transmission I'm pleased that we really had no problems save MiniTecs crappy brake lines, and now I've fixed those too. We also cured all his oil leaks along the's like a new car - or at least the way he hoped it would be all those years ago when he bought it!  ;D

Overall I'm calling it a success!  77.gif
Maintenance and Modifications / Re: Don's Vtec Pup
« Last post by BruceK on July 07, 2018, 02:27:13 PM »
Congratulations!   Job well done.   (And I like the surprise appearance of the Midget in the video).
Maintenance and Modifications / Re: Don's Vtec Pup
« Last post by Willie_B on July 07, 2018, 02:15:34 PM »
Great. 4.gif
Maintenance and Modifications / Re: Don's Vtec Pup
« Last post by MiniDave on July 07, 2018, 01:36:24 PM »
Final report - the Pup is finished!

I tried 4 times to make a short brake line to connect between the bulkhead and the T fitting on the subframe and failed miserably - I decided it was the tool rather than the operator, so I rented a flare tool from another parts store - bingo - first time it worked perfectly.

Once we had all the leaks stopped it was just a matter of bleeding the brakes and putting the wheels back on.....the vid is of the first drive today - it ran perfectly.

Verdict? the car is transformed to use Don's words, It's like an actual Civic now, smooth and quiet with no vibrations, buzzes or rattles. He also likes the new final drive ratio tho we may have to go to poly bushes in the engine steadies as he thinks it moves around a little too much. I have a set and he can change them at his leisure at his house as they're easily reachable now.

Maintenance and Modifications / Re: What are these tabs for?
« Last post by gr8kornholio on July 07, 2018, 09:40:59 AM »
Time wise from Australia isn't bad, but the cost is a little high.  Bonus is the US dollar is stronger than the Australian, but still pricey.  Joys of owning an Australian import, but hopefully I have everything I need from there. 
Maintenance and Modifications / Re: Front facing child seat?
« Last post by Tim on July 07, 2018, 08:29:59 AM »
I've got two mounted in the rear of my Mini.  I bought two aftermarket tether anchors, and installed them as close to the rear screen as possible.  There were actually a couple of holes already in the metal strip under the rear parcel shelf, in-line with the center of the rear seats.  I just drilled them up through the parcel shelf and installed the anchors.  You could always add a thicker piece of steel under the parcel shelf for more strength.  I figured there where at least two pieces of shaped steel coming together at that point which would be quite strong.  Also be sure to use larger washers.

Maintenance and Modifications / Re: Front facing child seat?
« Last post by MiniDave on July 06, 2018, 04:13:57 PM »
Does your car have headrests?

Or are you planning to mount it in the rear seat?
Restorations / Re: CRX90B Rally Replica Project
« Last post by MiniGene on July 06, 2018, 02:40:37 PM »
Very cool, for sure!!!!
Maintenance and Modifications / Front facing child seat?
« Last post by Flyinace2000 on July 06, 2018, 02:31:29 PM »
My daughter is outgrowing the rear facing seat in my classic.  I want to swing her around to be front facing, but obviously there is not mount point for the forward tip strap.  Any ideas besides learning to weld?
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