Well finally after a marathon Sat which took Sunday to recuperate from the refurbishment job on my sons vehicle is over. We still have a few body items to take care of and what appears to be a drain somewhere on the battery but the car is running and back on the road. Had the wheel alignment done this morning.
Oh and discovered once again that my Dads words were true...."Act in haste and repent at your leisure or rather expense of your pocket" More about that later in the post.
So this is what we started with....the car is a 1997 Honda Civic and has lived in Canada all its life so those of you familiar with winter in the north will find these pics familiar images. Let me repeat under ordinary circumstances i would have not even taken one look at this car it would have been in the scrap yard. But i am a believer in tough love and teaching a kid to be self reliant and to crown it all the under body of this car was just amazing for its 16 odd years in these parts.
Then i will add were it not for the pricing i could obtain parts for from Rock Auto we also would have scrapped the vehicle.
The primary culprit that started this was the rusted out cross member. When we finally got it out certain parts just fell out it was that shot.
So we got a second hand one from the local scrapyard that was in almost new condition (how it had survived i have no idea). The Honda propriety bits like the knuckle and shock forks we cleaned up and the rest is new parts. Calipers were cleaned up and checked as we had replaced them a few years back with new units when we re did the break lines all round and we replaced the drums this time around even though they had been new at the time of the calipers but they took a hammering at the rear of the vehicle.
Next post i will put the after pics that i managed to get at the alignment place this morn.