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> 1996 Honda Accord Wagon - Claire, Now immortalized in RCR glory!
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  Posted: Sep 9 2016, 04:45 PM


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Another paycheck, another improvement!

Here's a look at the T0RCHED springs. Check out those burned through sleeves!
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Fucking hell. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

Here's the new ones installed!

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So hype to drive Claire home wub.gif mechanic had a hold up removing one of the old struts, so I'm still at the shop. Probably going to buy him some smokes for staying late. Guy's a trooper. He said today,and he's sticking to his word.

And yes, I know, the drums. Hey, one thing at a time, okay? Besides, one of the studs was missing and since changing those kinda sucks, I'll go all in for drums, shoes and wheel bearings and fix problems before they begin.

Right now I have to worry about that bit of antifreeze seeping down my oil pan, provided by a water pump leak.

Oh, did I mention the water pump is driven by the timing belt, and the f22b2 is an interference engine?

Yeah, the STEERING RACK BRO is going to have to wait a few more weeks. T_T

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Here she sits right now:

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Stance: HELLASTOCK. I wouldn't have it any other way. :3

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I like where this is going so far. I'm glad you're still trying to restore and maintain the car rather than modding it up and racing it. Keep up the good work.
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Keep it up! I can't wait to see everything on Claire back up to spec. smile.gif

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QUOTE (Sensation! @ Sep 11 2016, 05:55 PM)
I like where this is going so far. I'm glad you're still trying to restore and maintain the car rather than modding it up and racing it. Keep up the good work.

That comes later. Much later. And between now and then, the budget I'll have saved for the "mods" and a full exterior restoration could buy me an R33 Skyline GTS25-T which will be legal by then, so... depending on whether or not I'll have a place to garage the Skyline, the work I have planned for the F22B2 might just be a simple rebuild.

Or it might be a TWELVE THOUSAND DOLLAR ENGINE REBUILD SOOOOOOOOOOOONN!

But that's well beyond in the future. Everything from the CV axles to cruise control to the window regulators and interior will be perfect before then. I'll probably throw on a Maaco-painted front bumper and zenki grille either way and still have a nice parts-runner.

The underbody is remarkably clean for the car's age. You'd think it was a mid Atlantic car.

Oh, by the way, the CV axles aren't what's making that whining. It's internal on the tranny. -siiigh-

Whatever. Just gotta keep my nose to the grindstone and continue doing work.

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My d16 tranny was making noise too. Solved it by switching too Redline MT-90

Then found out the throw out bearing was making noise as well awesome.gif
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So I came this close to selling my Accord back to its previous owner. He couldn't get someone to help him out with changing the lift bolts on his Celica GT-S, timing chain and tensioner and multiple garages wanted $1,400 to do it. He found someone willing to buy it for a ridiculous $2,800 and jumped on it. I said, give me a week to do the timing belt and water pump and for a G your old car is once again yours.


Then the next day, I get an MMS from him in possession of... are you ready for this? Remember: No job, can't afford cars with high repair bills;

A fucking B6 Audi A4. facepalm.gif facepalm.gif facepalm.gif facepalm.gif facepalm.gif facepalm.gif facepalm.gif facepalm.gif


I shall continue trucking on, in other words doing nothing until my other bills are squared away (check) and I've got the $350 or so to get a new timing belt, balance shaft, water pump, tensioners, valve cover gasket, plugs, rotor and cap. (wires are OK)

Also beginning to scope out trannies for Claire. Supposedly a Prelude Si tranny bolts right in, as the F and H engines have the same bolt pattern. LSD would be nice, but really I just don't want to lose all gears except 4 and 5.
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QUOTE (Master0fMadness @ 14 minutes, 46 seconds ago)
Then the next day, I get an MMS from him in possession of... are you ready for this? Remember: No job, can't afford cars with high repair bills;

A fucking B6 Audi A4. facepalm.gif  facepalm.gif  facepalm.gif  facepalm.gif  facepalm.gif  facepalm.gif  facepalm.gif  facepalm.gif


Now you know how you sound like to us sometimes..
Keep up the restoration. Imo, if you get the chance to sell it back to him, you should. Pick up something cheap, reliable, easy to tinker on, and in good shape for your next car.

It doesn't matter what you drive, how boring or uncool it may be to you or others. You're a car guy to me if you can appreciate what you drive.
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give him some credit, willya? At least hes learning from his mistakes. better late than never.

i still stand by his decision to buy claire. he wouldnt do it unless I agreed to it.
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I only agree with the decision insofar as it's his decision to do what he wants with his life. The latest decision from this 'friend' proves that the original monetary transaction was complete and utter folly with no substance nor benefit. You now own a burned-out Honda wagon, which is the only thing that can be said about the transaction's outcome.

As always, best of luck.

(P.S. Around here, if you want the 60k service of timing belt, seals, oil/water pump, etc the whole shebang is around $1700 for a 4-banger. But that's a lot more than just swapping a belt/chain.)
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Fortunately, I know a traveling mechanic who quoted me at $250 for the timing belt, water pump, timing belt tensioner, balance shaft belt, valve cover gasket, spark plugs, cap and rotor (wires are OK) job.

Oh, and the timing kit itself, $100. cool.gif

What sucks is that I did run out of time for the RCR meet, payday is literally the Friday before the meet, but I'll leave my car at work and have a reliable winter beater by the time I return home.

At least Mr Regular once again gets to see the Blunderchicken! biggrin.gif

Edit: I also have access to a freshly rebuilt engine... but more on that later. ~_^

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Well. This is embarrassing.

Claire is no longer mine.

Long story short, the PO's hand-me-down Mercury Milan had a heart attack and threw her rod on the way home from getting food. So I decided to give Claire back. Yes, I said give. Fucking deal with it. Ain't gonna let him be half homeless, broke -and- carless.
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I'll miss ya, girl. Try not to fuck Andrew over, he's been through enough shit this year.

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The same PO who bought a Toyota Celica GT-S? That PO? shifty2.gif

I think there's a super fun story in the fact that a Mercury Milan is not a Celica GT-S. awesome.gif
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QUOTE (Master0fMadness @ 1 hour, 17 minutes ago)
Well. This is embarrassing.

Claire is no longer mine.

Long story short, the PO's hand-me-down Mercury Milan had a heart attack and threw her rod on the way home from getting groceries. So I decided to give Claire back. Yes, I said give. Fucking deal with it. Ain't gonna let him be half homeless, broke -and- carless.
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I'll miss ya, girl. Try not to fuck Andrew over, he's been through enough shit this year.

What, may I ask, are you driving now?

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The same PO who bought a Toyota Celica GT-S? That PO? shifty2.gif

I think there's a super fun story in the fact that a Mercury Milan is not a Celica GT-S. awesome.gif

I dunno, I mean, they were both made by... humans on the same planet, so they're basically the same car.
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QUOTE (kyonpalm @ 4 hours, 49 minutes ago)
What, may I ask, are you driving now?

The E12 in front of it. Had that car since, like, may. Claire has always been my backup.

CRINGE WARNING: I named her Toriel.

In fact, I hate to admit this, but Claire has been spending the last two months sitting tagless at my work parking lot since I don't really have the funds to dump a fresh head - or the Prelude Si long block sitting in the back of my work next to the baler - or new steering rack - and I decided it was really stupid to spend an extra $100 a month paying to insure a car that never gets driven.

I mean, I've kind of thrown it out there I do Uber and Lift. Can't do that with a 20 year old car. ^-^;;


Hope that answers that.

Now then, Nomake... I hope you can keep up with this, because this is... quite wow-worthy:


-ZZT31 Celica GT-S owner trades GT-S for a B6 A4
-Owner gets squeamish about long term ownership when I spend an hour on the phone reaming him on 'German reliability', having not-so-pleasant first hand experience with a B4 myself
-Owner starts looking at other alternatives, offers car for sale on Craigslist
-Guy with a R53 Cooper S offers a trade, owner scoffs at it
-Owner's mother says 'Hey that Cooper looks nice, I want it'
-Owner asks what do I get in return?
-Mother offers her CD3 Milan V6 AWD in exchange for the R53 Cooper S. Family owned since new, 96,000 miles, maintenance record the size of a paperback novel - why not?
-Owner goes to R53 owner's house, exchanges B6 for R53 [incl. docs], gypsy tags R53, drives R53 home, gives R53 and title to mother, she gives him title and keys to CD3
-Few weeks pass, owner drives CD3 to Midwest Furfest, 1,500 mile round trip. Car performs flawlessly
-Owner goes on a DQ Chill & Grill run Monday night (you lucky bastard, all we have are Dairy Queens 'round here), cruising the posted limit on PA-33 during the ride home, hears a bang, oil light comes on a second later, smoke behind the car, pulls over, checks engine, hole in front bank

Edit: Oh yeah, on the fate of the ZZT31: that car also has a destroyed engine, hahaha. There was a rattle coming from the timing chain cover and we suspected the lift bolts, PO warned new owner 'don't get into lift until you change the lift bolts into the timing chain tensioner', new owner decides that means let's do a top speed run! Lift bolt snaps at 7,900 RPM, shit goes flying around the timing... area thing... chain dislodges itself, engine eats itself apart.

Thing is, that particular person is a PA state trooper and has like a 4 cylinder Camry or maybe a Malibu or some forgettable 4-door shit as a daily driver, and, you know, an income. He can afford to blow an engine and throw in a horrendously expensive 2ZZ-GE.

Guy who owns the Milan... no income, that car was his income. i.e. Uber.

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QUOTE (Master0fMadness @ 4 minutes, 56 seconds ago)
The E12 in front of it. Had that car since, like, may. Claire has always been my backup.

CRINGE WARNING: I named her Toriel.

In fact, I hate to admit this, but Claire has been spending the last two months sitting tagless at my work parking lot since I don't really have the funds to dump a fresh head - or the Prelude Si long block sitting in the back of my work next to the baler - or new steering rack - and I decided it was really stupid to spend an extra $100 a month paying to insure a car that never gets driven.

I mean, I've kind of thrown it out there I do Uber and Lift. Can't do that with a 20 year old car. ^-^;;


Hope that answers that.

Now then, Nomake... I hope you can keep up with this, because this is... quite wow-worthy:


-ZZT31 Celica GT-S owner trades GT-S for a B6 A4
-Owner gets squeamish about long term ownership when I spend an hour on the phone reaming him on 'German reliability', having not-so-pleasant first hand experience with a B4 myself
-Owner starts looking at other alternatives, offers car for sale on Craigslist
-Guy with a R53 Cooper S offers a trade, owner scoffs at it
-Owner's mother says 'Hey that Cooper looks nice, I want it'
-Owner asks what do I get in return?
-Mother offers her CD3 Milan V6 AWD in exchange for the R53 Cooper S. Family owned since new, 96,000 miles, maintenance record the size of a paperback novel - why not?
-Owner goes to R53 owner's house, exchanges B6 for R53 [incl. docs], gypsy tags R53, drives R53 home, gives R53 and title to mother, she gives him title and keys to CD3
-Few weeks pass, owner drives CD3 to Midwest Furfest, 1,500 mile round trip. Car performs flawlessly
-Owner goes on a DQ Chill & Grill run Monday night (you lucky bastard, all we have are Dairy Queens 'round here), cruising the posted limit on PA-33 during the ride home, hears a bang, oil light comes on a second later, smoke behind the car, pulls over, checks engine, hole in front bank

I did say "wow" almost audibly more than one time reading this post.
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What kind of self-respecting Duratec V6 decides to just give up on life at a meager 2,000 RPM while not even having entered the realm of 6 digits?

I seriously expect better from Mazda... er Ford. Mazda? Ford? Forzda, Maord. The engine's an American-Japanese mutt, design wise.

Oh well. At least he has wheels.
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QUOTE (Master0fMadness @ 2 hours, 7 minutes ago)
What kind of self-respecting Duratec V6 decides to just give up on life at a meager 2,000 RPM while not even having entered the realm of 6 digits?

One that hasn't been maintained.
Fact is, that goes for any engine.
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Agreed. Sounds like this guy is a real piece of work.

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If he manages to catastrophically break the Accord Wagon later down the road, then I don't think he's a friend worth helping. You pretty much played free mechanic for him and hopefully, not for a demolition derby. I get the Christmas spirit and all, but I also get the feeling that this friendship isn't very mutual.

To each their own I guess.
I suppose I'll just fucking deal with it.
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QUOTE (Sensation! @ Yesterday, 10:03 PM)
One that hasn't been maintained.
Fact is, that goes for any engine.

Except this one was. Oil changed every 3k, in spite of the recommended interval being 5k. confused.gif

I will say this. If the timing belt goes, it'll boil down to nothing more than a lack of funds. We both know that this current belt had about 70k and the water pump has a small leak. >_<

If the tranny goes... I already knew it was going. If the power steering fails... you get the idea. This car still needs a lot of work to have true longevity... I'm just hoping she lasts long enough for the parents to get a new longblock into the Milan.

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All I can say is, I totally forgot I left that can of Cutter in the car from our one late-summer trip down the shore.

Beyond that, I'm speechless.
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Welp, I know what I'm watching later today. Gotta see just how much of a dumpster fire that car is, hah.

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Welp, I know what I'm watching later today. Gotta see just how much of a dumpster fire that car is, hah.

I haven't read this whole thread yet, but is it safe to assume that the Accord wagon in the RCR was previously owned by Master0fMadness?
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