I attended the Meguiar’s Motorex 2014 car expo today and I must say I was impressed by the amount of quality builds on display. Although all very centred towards the muscle car V8 types there were also a few exotics on display. I didn’t get to see any hot hatches (I probably didn’t try very hard to find them thou) but there were a few Japanese imports. Overall a good show and an impressive selection of cars, but I was disappointed that there were not more customised hot hatches on display. The only ones were in the audio section with massive sound systems sticking out of the boot and in the paint / designer wrap display part of the expo. Below are some pictures of cars that stood out for me. I tried to take different pictures of cars on display, I didn’t see the point of taking untold pictures of Commodores or classic Fords as they were in abundance. The ones that stood out for me were the unique cars that you don’t get to see too often.
This Studebaker was excellent, I like the lines on this classic, the unique curved nose was a standout for me, it looks so much like a beak of a hawk. Excellent lines, excellent paint and so low.
This beasted out 69 Toyota Corolla was so cool, I wish there were more of these types of cars being done up, but I do live in Melbourne where the only 2 brands that matter to the majority of car enthusiasts are Ford and Holden.
Another classic, this one was left raw with no paint. Very cool.
The cleanest engine bay I have ever seen
A couple of cool modern Jap cars
What cars? Who cares about cars?
A fully sick Capella
And I got to meet Karen from RPM Jewellery, a talented lady with loads of great jewellery on display, can’t wait to get my Opel ring.
It’s been a long time between write ups but I have had so much going on that I have spent so little time on the car. I was also unemployed for a month which was a bit of a stress but I finally found a new job which was such a relief when you have bills and a family to take care of. It kinda left no time for the car. I also got a company car – a crappy Ford Falcon station wagon so I have hardly driven the Astra in months. It’s a good thing I guess as I have not bought petrol for weeks now, the company car came with a fuel card so I’ve been driving that petrol guzzling jalopy around everywhere – Thems the perks.
I have been training more now that I am running my own school – that has been taking up a lot of my time as well. I am really enjoying training others in the Kung Fu style I have dedicated my spare time to for the last 15 years. I get a lot of pleasure in seeing people improve with time and having the same passion for Choy Lay Fut as I do. I have a few students who are really appreciating the hard training I dish out to them every week. If they keep coming back I must be doing something right.
I made a new website for the school, you can go visit it here
and you can visit the google+ page here
If you are in the west of Melbourne and want to learn a traditional martial arts style come down to my school and join us. The first lesson is free so there is no excuse..
I am intending to visit MotorEX this year as it is going to be held in Melbourne – I can’t wait to see all the customized cars to admire the amount of time and work people put into their machines. I will also get a chance to visit my favourite car related jewellery designer “RPM Jewellery“, I’ll be finally picking up one of those tyre rings I wrote about almost 2 years ago.
Hopefully this is just the start of me writing again, there’s just not enough time in the day.
Well now – the Christmas shenanigans are over, the food has been eaten, the gifts unwrapped, the relatives you don’t really want to see has gone away again for at least another year, it was time to do some dirty work. It took me a day to finish attaching the front spoiler to the bumper – it has added a sportier look to the car but now I have already decided to look for a whole new front bumper….lol … it was bound to happen… as soon as I attached it I was already thinking that a whole new bumper would look better than what was on it. I found one on Ebay Australia from a local dealer which looks pretty good and is relatively cheap ($400). To me it looks like a Chinese knockoff of an OPC front bumper but it does look good thou. I would have to replace the grills for the fog lights as my car didn’t come with them.
All this being said it will have to get in the back of the queue thou as I have to really get the rotors and pads done first. Luckily a friend will be helping me out so I will be able to save some money on labour. Looks like the front spoiler will be staying on for a while (or until it falls off during a drive..lol). I won’t go into what I used too much – let’s just say I used a hell of a lot of double-sided tape, a bucketload of Sikaflex and 2 screws at the ends to hold it in place. The Sikaflex adhesive bonds really well and I hope it will hold it there – I just have nightmare visions of the front spoiler falling off on the freeway as I am doing 100 km/hr. OK so here are some pics.
Overall I am pretty happy with the job, it was my first attempt at putting on something like this to a car. It does make a little difference to the look and as soon as I get to lowering it, it will make the front look sportier. It could have been a bit better as one of the corners keeps popping out, I don’t think it will fall off but it is just a bit annoying that the rest of the spoiler seems to sit fine and just one corner keeps lifting from the double-sided tape. It only lifts up slightly but to my eye it annoys the hell outta me. I can’t really do anything about it now as the adhesive has set and if I were to take the whole spoiler off and restart again it would mean another couple of days trying firstly to get the Sikaflex off and then re-bonding it. No thanks, it will do for now.
So what’s next on the list??? Well before I get back to work I really want to spray the centre console the same colour as the car, this will mean at least a days work of ripping out the centre console, priming it and then spraying it red, wait for it to dry and then re-mounting it. I will have to wait until I have enough funds for the rotors and brakes, then I can start thinking about the suspension. I also want to get angel eye headlights and after that I think I will be done with the car (for a long while anyways).
On a side note my daughter gave me this for Christmas – she’s a good girl I have trained her well..
Meguiar’s Paint Restoration Kit
So again I bought some more things online. This time I got a set of tail lights for the Astra. The guy I bought it from did show me a picture of the condition the tail lights were in and he thought that water had seeped into the inside of the plastic cover. After looking at the images I thought I could work with it – maybe putting a smoked vinyl tint over the lights to hide the blemishes, so I did the deal and bought them for $90 – brand new they are $200 so I thought it was a good deal.
As you can see they are marked with something that looks like paint, water and maybe some oxidation – it didn’t look too bad in the pictures but when I got them they looked hideous. I examined the plastic lens and saw that the marks were in fact on the outside of the plastic lens… THANK GOD FOR THAT !!! – It would have been a helluva mission to get the plastic lens off as they were glued onto the back of the casing.
I got some wet and dry sandpaper 800, 1200 and 2000 and my trusty bottle of Meguiar’s PlastX plastic polish and cleaner. I sanded the lens with the 800 grit paper first and got most of the stains off, then hit it with the 1200 grit in an up-down direction to smooth out all the roughness. Cleaned the lens off with some water and then hit it with the 2000 grit in a left-right direction – the 2000 smoothed it even further and left it quite smoked and hazy. At this stage I thought I had killed the tail lights and thought to myself “what a watse of $90” – so I got out the PlastX polish – I applied it on with a foam applicator in a circular direction and then in an up-down direction. All I can say is “WOW” this stuff really works!!!
I have used many waxes and polishes in the past but nothing has worked as well as the Meguiar’s range of products – It was amazing – the tail lights looked brand new. Please know I do not work for Meguiar’s (or any of the companies I have recommended in my “Stuff I Use” page) but after using this product I am a total Meguiar’s convert… It seriously DOES WORK !!
I may still tint it on the weekend to give it the dark smoked look as there are a few scratches I could not get out with sandpaper – I just hope that the tint will not make it too dark – I will put up more updates on the weekend once I have tinted them and mounted them on the car…
OK this is the stuff I used – try it for yourself
Meguiar’s PlastX Clear Plastic Cleaner and Polish