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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada

    The End is Near

    Well after a concentrated mamoth push on our parts, i am happy to report we the end is near on the car job.
    I have been too bushed to sign on a make a comment.
    Will admit its been a fun and not so fun at times project. We ran out of parts at 6pm yesterday evening, which is a good thing in the sense that we got it all back together. Now loads of torquing of nuts and adjustments and some fluids to be changed and some to be put in.
    To give u an idea of what w been up to we too his honda civic and hauled the entire suspension off both back and front. Then out with the culprit rusted cross member and steering rack.
    Discarded most except for recently replaced front discs and calipers and a couple of Honda proprietary items like knuckle.
    Got second hand subframe from recycler in near new condition, scrubbed it down in a few spots where it was losing paint, had to do a few mods to that due to weld nuts breaking loose when removing bits and pieces from it.
    Then my garage turned into a refinishing unit for a few weeks as son got stuck in with grinder and wire cup brush and stripped all rusted items we were recovering down and treated with that rust convertor.
    Then we painted all the parts with tremclad paint even the new parts.
    Some project creep took place when "Dad" screwed up on removing hand brake cables so new ones were added.
    Replaced rear trail arms inc bearings as well as all attaching arms with bushings, new drums and brake hoses and shocks all new bolts.
    In front we changed out bearings in knuckle, cv axles tie rods and ball joints and shocks along with new bushings on lower control arm ane stabilizer bar and upper control arm. New engine mount on cross memeber.
    So basically if it attached tso lower undercarridge its been replaced or renewed.
    Only thing that led me to do this was absolutely amazing condition of this cars under body and topside. Its a 97 and given 17 years of weather up these parts its nothing short of amazing.
    Also if were not for price of replacement parts from Rock Auto would also never have done this. Not even with prices from a place like JC Whitney.
    Purchased a few new tools in the process most delightful of the bunch was mini oxy acetylene set.
    Tried using propane torch and mapp gas for rusted bolt removal but oh boy the difference with the right thing is day and night and fast.
    Killed my pancake and bought a 20 gallon compressor with little bit greater capacity. Not what i want but what i could hope to run on the power available. Anyway got parts in process to hopefully recover my pc pancake unit sometime. (Time will tell on that one right now its on a loooong to do list)
    Got to say Harbor Freight in the air tool auto line sure has some worthwhile tools at really ridiculous prices if you take on a job like this. They also were an enabler in this project.
    Anyhow still have a bit to go but we entering final straight then i can get back to woodworking.
    Cant wait to take the car for wheel alignment and see how it feels to ride. Will be like a new car should see him through school and some and then he can get something new when he has a full time job.
    Done my bit to teach him whats possible and what he could do with his own hands and a few tools if he is up to getting dirty. Not going down this road again. Now its totally up to him. I got sucked in to being more that a consultant on this one, ended up as lead mechanic. Lol. Got the nose scar to prove it too.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Outside the beltway
    Sounds like a good project Rob. Where is the picture tutorial ?
    I dream a lot. I do more painting when I'm not painting. It's in the subconscious.
    ::: Andrew Wyeth :::

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Santa Claus, In
    Yea Rob where are all the pics At least one of the nose
    If you don't take pride in your work, life get's pretty boring.

    Rule of thumb is if you don’t know what tool to buy next, then you probably don’t need it yet.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    The Gorge Area, Oregon
    Nice job Rob!

    I reckon this will at least something you'll both remember for a long time . Just think in 20 years when your sitting over beers he can say "Dad remember when you got that scar on your noise" and then proceed to tell his kid about this

    Actually sounds like kind of a fun/awesome project to have done (done maybe not doing).

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    East Freeetown, Massachusetts
    Back in the 70's I was an auto mechanic

    My father and I owned and operated a Marine repair business

    We rebuild machine engines and installed them.

    I used to be able to take a WV engine out of a bug in 15 minutes.

    I did side work on cars for extra money, brake jobs, tune ups - etc.

    TODAY - I absolutely HATE working on cars - I don't do my own work.

    I will not replace a radiator on a Civic - how simple is that.

    Your story brought back memories to me. Dark memories.

    Glad you had fun with it - somebody needs to have fun with it.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Escondido, CA
    Would love to hear a report from you son on this project! He hung in until the end. That's saying something right there.

    Some say the land of milk and honey; others say the land of fruits and nuts. All together my sort of heaven.

    Power is not taken. It is given. Who have you given yours to? Hmmmm?

    Carol Reed

  7. #7
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Sounds like either you both had a good bonding experience, and/or he learned he has to make enough to pay someone in the future.

    To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word “boo.” – Robert Brault

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM

    The End is Near

    As someone who once traded in a vehicle because it needed an oil change, all I can say is you did a lot more work than I would have been able to do. Kudos to you both.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    DSM, IA
    Glad the end is near Rob!
    A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone. -Henry David Thoreau
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  10. #10
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    new york city burbs
    projects like this, tedious, time consuming, its not something I personally would recommend for father and son.
    You completed it, best of all, you two didn't kill each other in the process, or at least go to battle a few times.
    Ive never done any auto work, don't know how, too old to learn now.(ive replaced tires, air filter, here or there, and even replaced a cracked radiator hose once)
    Human Test Dummy


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