Because Racecar (or Mouse Shit) And Other Redneck Work

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Originally posted: 7-2007 thru 8-2007

Got some stuff done today. Disconnected the wires to the antenna motor since that is shot. Now I can use the radio without lighting the motor on fire. Busted out some cassettes…The Cars. Greatest Hits. 1985.

Disconnected the electronics to the hatch lock to prevent further damage to the locking mechanism. Also, got the passenger seatbelt installed (mouse had eaten mostly through the belt). Hatch is a bit more naked now as well. I need to get some rust stop stuff or whatever it’s called.

Stuff

Because racecar or whatever the saying is…or because mice are assholes. Car smelled like rotting death

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Hatch2

Bro, do you even skate? I used to…long ago and sucked. Now that sweet Maple Matchhead deck can prop the hatch open. Lucky risers for the extra IDGAF touch

Hatch3

Disconnected the power locking here to prevent further damaged to the lock. Still working fine as of today (Dec 2012)

Hatch4

Hatch1

Not bad on the rust. Most was from the spare tire (below)

Spare1

Spare2

Speaker

No wonder these didn’t work…Paper 4″ cones don’t hold up well to sun and mice piss

TintedTails

Look at those minty tails!

Then this happened. This is the clutch pawl which adjusts the clutch pedal. The cracked loop below is supposed to hold the adjustment spring and without that, clutch tension goes away and you have no clutch pedal…The T9 isn’t bad to shift clutchless thankfully. Got it home and “fixed” it. At the time of this post (originally fixed below on 7-29-07; posting now on 3-13-13) this is still holding with a new transmission and clutch. I believe this is one of those “haters gonna hate” moments?

Side

Screw2

Screw1

Phillips. Head. Wood. Screw. Get some

Inside

Clearanced the bore here. Don’t want to be screwing the hard rod that goes through

Epoxy

Epoxy added. Like said above, still holding

Motor

Nothing special here, still has the non-working A/C but have a better charging cable added and airbox cleaned up

Interior

Some interior work, cleaning poop mostly

Gutted

Mice made me do it

The car then thanked me for such a redneck fix. Looks the same right?

Car

Oh no…what is this?

Fumes

Well…there’s your problem right there. My tailpipe decided it wanted to be dragged down the road at 10pm. I stopped, yanked it off the hanger and now it rides around in the hatch.

BrokeExhaust1

Shock brace is in at least…

BrokeExhaust2

BrokeExhaust3

Thankfully this is the worst rust on the car

Give this a listen…wooooooooo sounds like dog shit.

Project: XR4Ti March 13th 2013

The First Detail <3

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Originally posted: 7-12-2007

Washed. Clay bared. Waxed. 3 times. Meg’s cleaner wax and two coats of NXT. She shines up nice for being 22 years old (at the time).

Badge

XRATTY? WTF is this thing?

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Front1[1]

Vintage grill paint (or lack thereof) shines up great…

Front2

A face not even a mother could love

Rear1

Much better from behind. Should have named this project “Pillow Biter” instead

Rear2

Same badge, same confusion

Side1

Hiding some of the grill ugly, showing off those lovely 14″ Phone Dials with marginal all-seasons

 

 

 

 

Project: XR4Ti March 13th 2013

Humble Beginnings

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Originally posted: 7-10-2007

I had no idea what I was in for. So stock, so unmolested, so many hidden treasures ready to bend me over at every turn. I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Only 66k miles!

No, it’s not rolled over. ACTUALLY 66,277

The great thing about Nimbus Grey, it also matches primer and unpainted plastic

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Shines up well

Strategic angle to hide the Grand Canyon dashboard and ripped seat seams

Best intercooler OF ALL TIME

Vintage dirt; new age cable ties

Project: XR4Ti November 4th 2012

Fire, Smoke and Awesome

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A taste of what is to come. Also, a rare glimpse at one of the few times this German sh*tbox actually ran in front of other people. Always a plus. You can even hear the cheers at the end showing how excited bystanders were to still be alive.

 

Project: XR4Ti November 4th 2012