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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2007 6:55 am 
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You just can't believe what car thiefs are capable of nowadays, this is what I found in my garage today:
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Good thing they didn't make it very far with the chassie:
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They've must have been spooked by the moonlight shadows through those rust holes :lol: :
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Anyways, starting a Swift GL restauration/ GT hybrid (re)build and just teasing a bit :-P .

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2007 9:10 am 
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chense wrote:
Good thing they didn't make it very far with the chassie:
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I think I can see the thiefs on that pic on the right staring at the car. :lol:

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2007 12:09 pm 
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instant_shine wrote:
chense wrote:
Good thing they didn't make it very far with the chassie:
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I think I can see the thiefs on that pic on the right staring at the car. :lol:


Au contraire, those are the new security guards I hired right after the incident :P.

They feature special 'kamikaze' attacks, but do cost a pound of corn a day :lol: .

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All that 4WD running gear would have been hard for those chicken hearted thugs to cart away....


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:lol: Yeah, I heard they're more agressive than dogs, but very fragile at the neck.

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1989-GTi: 3Tech 210/340 Cams,Cultus IM, B&G springs, TD04L turbo, Apexi SAFC, Suzukird UD pulley, Circuitse7en dual boost controller, AEM wideband, AEM water / meth injection kit, HKS bov.
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they took your gas tank! was it full? 10 gallons of gas is worth a lot of money.

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mmmm....vert body
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a good stock of depends for the passenger :lol:


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Small update - the car is finally getting some bodywork, it's prepared for sandblasting (floor and engine bay).

It's amazing what you can find with a little bit of cutting:
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[off course, the new design will have a pipe which will guide those annoying plastic bits to a reachable location :lol: ]

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:rollin: :rollin: :rollin: I am crying from the laughter.

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chense wrote:
Small update - the car is finally getting some bodywork, it's prepared for sandblasting (floor and engine bay).

It's amazing what you can find with a little bit of cutting:
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[off course, the new design will have a pipe which will guide those annoying plastic bits to a reachable location :lol: ]

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Those are mouse homes I bought a car awhile back on the inside of that rail just below the "A" pillar theres a perfect hole for the mouse to enter
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[mods, can you please move this thread to MK1/2/3 1.3 GT/GT-i DOHC section. Thanks!]
The shell is off to be sandblasted:
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I just hope there'll be something left afterwards (besides the empty cart it stands on now :) ) :
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mate that is one crazy ass project! keep us updated!

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Did that shell even make it to the shop? What a brave soul it must've taken to strap just the dolly down and let the rotating car bolted on with 8 bolts just hang there. :shock:


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Not so much of a brave soul as a nervous bold guy who can't wait to get going anywhere. His nickname translated to english would be "fidget"! :lol:
He also drives a wonderfull red '91. GTi.


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vela wrote:
Not so much of a brave soul as a nervous bold guy who can't wait to get going anywhere. His nickname translated to english would be "fidget"! :lol:


That's hilarious. At the expense of seeming girly, wasn't one of the hyenas in The Lion King named Chense? :D

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Sorry for the delay, the car's stuck at the paint shop for a month now, but hopefully should be painted any day now ...

Few more bodywork pictures to follow ...

CJDavE wrote:
Did that shell even make it to the shop?


Yes, it withstood the drive to the sandblasting guy, the to the body guy, then the body work, then it was pushed half a mile down a busy street (and yes, there were some very surpised looks :lol: ) to the paint guy, and it's still standing strong.

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That's hilarious. At the expense of seeming girly, wasn't one of the hyenas in The Lion King named Chense? :D


Hey! You are not trying to get this thread certified, are you :-P ?
[chense is actually an anagram of my last name]
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2009 8:06 am 
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An update after ... well, almost a year and a half :shock: .

Happy to report that the car is alive and well, and a car again.
But before 'final' pictures, I'll do a short retrospective.

This was the easiest way for two people to get the shell 100ft around the backyard:
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Before sandblasting, I burned and scraped down all the factory protection from the floor and all the seams:
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[it was shiny, but got some surface rust due to humidity ... but since it was going to be sandblasted anyway, it didn't matter much].

With all the holes in the underbody, it didn't look very promising:
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Some pics from sandblasting:
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Around the same time (February 2008.), I had some goodies made:

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The bodywork was done in mere 5 days, and considering all the parts were zinc coated, and my insisting on SS patches, it was quite quick.
All the seams were tack-welded ...

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[dark blue color is from reactive rust remover sprayed rigth after sandblasting]
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Since there was an electric roof from a '94 Civic laying around, why not put it on:
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More goodies were being finished:
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Nice! You're a 1/4 of the way there. I want to see this in complete rebuild thread. I would die to have the complete AWD unit! Rarer than a flock of snipes!

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2009 8:23 am 
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The shell was sprayed with primer, all the seams filled with [can't remember the expression, gray sticky gummy stuff :p]
Doors, hoods, front fenders were mounted and the car went to the paint guy:
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While the car was being prepared for painting, I was sorting out the huge pile of parts left in my garage - the tranny was getting rebuilt, and all other small and big parts were sandblasted, zinc-plated and then powder-coated.
This is just one portion (there were more buckets like these) after zinc-plating:
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Rear wishbones got reinforced:
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After just 3 months :evil: (February - May 2008.), the shell was finally painted and back home:

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All nuts and bolts worth saving were zinc-plated and sorted:
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Last summer was spent gathering all the parts and putting the thing back together.

I even managed to source some original Denso electric window mechanisms/motors, and again, original Aisin electric door locks. This made the alarm/central door lock/ automatic window roll-up installation a breeze :D:
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As an added bonus, as opposed to aftermarket ones, this locks are really quiet.


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