I decided to wrap the rear view mirrors today as I had a bit of wrap left over from the hood job. I’m getting good at this and I don’t mind working with this material. The only tricky bit was to get the wrap to sit properly on the corners.
A few tips:
(1) Be patient!! – if you rush it you will make mistakes, give yourself some time to work on a part. Give about an extra 3 cm excess wrap all around so that you have something to work with, you can always cut the excess wrap off but you can’t add it back on.
(2) Buy good quality wrap – The 3M wrap I bought was so easy to work with and only needs a little heat to stretch and reshape.
(3) Work the wrap from the inside out – start flattening the wrap from the centre out so that the air can escape, in the case of the mirror covers above I worked it from the flat part upwards. When I got to the corners I used a hair dryer to soften the wrap and then stretched it out as much as possible to get rid of the folds and bubbles.
To be honest I thought I did a better job with the mirrors than I did with the hood. I’m done for the moment, now its back to work, save up some cash and get the suspension kit.
I have not had any time up until now to do things to my car – so with the 2 weeks of holiday time I have I am going to try and do as much to the car as possible. There’s a big list of things to do which hopefully should not take more than a few days. Today I am going to change the rocker cover gasket, change the rad pipes to the silicone ones I bought months ago and re-fit my air intake pipe with a new bellows I bought (which should make it sit better).
The first thing I did today was the rocker cover gasket, after removing the engine cover I unplugged the coilpack and removed it. It was then an easy process of removing all the pipes and screws that held the rocker in place.
That was the easy part – the hard part was actually prying the rocker cover loose, it felt like it had been welded on, I sprayed some WD 40 on the seal and then tried to cut the seal with a blade, after some effort I got the cover off, needless to say that took a good 30 minutes trying to get the rocker off. So then I proceeded to give the cover a good degrease and clean.
After the clean I decided to re-spray the cover just because I had some left over high heat spray, so bang it was done.
While the cover was drying I thought I would do the rad hoses as well as the new bellows I got for the air intake feed, I drained the rad and ripped out the bottom and top hoses, the top hose was no problem but the bottom hose was a bit tricky as there is not much space to work with. I had to cut the old rubber hose as it was well and truly stuck to the pipe and then proceeded with replacing the hoses with silicone ones. I think it looks quite good.
I then placed the new gasket into the rocker cover with some silicone sealant and waited for it to dry. In the meantime I started working on the air intake bellows, no pictures of that as it wasn’t that interesting. Anyways I let about an hour go by before I placed the rocker cover back in place and bolted it all down. Hopefully this will stop the engine from leaking oil onto my spark plugs.
For anyone attempting to change their own rocker cover gasket I would suggest that you try and use a blade to cut the seal away before carefully lifting the cover off. It may take a while but it can be done if you persevere. Also give the cover a good clean with degreaser especially around where the gasket sits. Clean all the oil out and put a small amount of gasket sealer around there so that it will hold the new gasket in place while you are trying to mount it back on the engine block. It’s all pretty straightforward stuff but if you do the simple things it will save you a headache in the long run. Changing the rad hoses was easy but make sure you drain the rad first or else you will have coolant all over the car. Also remove the bottom hose first because if there is any leftover fluid it is better it come out from the bottom rather than the top hose where it will go all over the engine. All very common sense stuff really.
Tomorrow I will be doing the brakes and if time permits putting on the strut bar I bought ages ago – stay tuned for more pictures.
Finally got around to tinting the taillights I bought a week ago. This was my first ever attempt at tinting and all I can say is if you want this done to your lights PLEASE do not get me to do it for you. This is my guide to how NOT to do it.
First of all there are 2 main ways to tint lights – they are: (a) using a tint film or overlay or (b) using a clear coat spray paint. I decided on the film because of the fact that I could remove it if I didn’t like the tint or got bored with having dark taillights. Spraying a tint on the clear plastic is practically permanent, it can be removed but would entail many hours of sanding and buffing – Let’s just say that after my effort of buffing and polishing the taillights last week I’m not doing it again if I don’t really have to. I may still spray the taillights at a later stage if I get bored with the film (or it starts peeling).
OK on with the HOW NOT TO guide.
(1) DO NOT buy cheap no name brand tint off the internet no matter how cheap it is. As they say you buy cheap stuff you get cheap stuff. Again I resorted to Ebay and well guess what – the tint was rubbish. It came rolled up in a tube with no instructions or packaging, basically the seller just cut some off a big roll and sent me a portion of it. The film was quite thick and the backing side with the adhesive was way too sticky – in hindsight I would think a tint which is made of a thinner micron would be better to use, It would be easier to apply as well as heat up and mould to the right shape. The tint I used was moulding to shape but as soon as it cooled down it went back to its former shape, especially around curved areas. Below is an example of the bubbling that occurred after the film cooled down.
(2) Make sure you get quality branded product. If I do this again I will be sure to buy 3M brand or something similar.
(3) DO NOT get me to do it for you
For my first attempt it wasn’t a bad effort I guess. Up close is where you see all the bad workmanship but from afar it looks fine. I only really tinted the taillights as it had a few small scratches and cracks in the plastic. As I said I will live with it for awhile until I get bored and remove the tint and/or buy new taillights.
I also replaced the clear side repeaters with smoked ones today to match the taillights
Ok so did more research on the Remus muffler I want. It seems that I can get direct from Austria (landed) for cheaper than what I can pay for it here. So basically the Muffler guy I go to is marking up the product by some crazy margin.. I’m all for shopping and supporting local businesses but when I can get the same thing landed here for $300 cheaper which option do you think I would choose??
They say retailing in Australia is suffering – well it’s no surprise when retailers are trying their hardest to gouge the consumer out of their hard earned cash. If I were a person that did not research the product I want ahead of time I would have been blinded by the quick talking salesguy – basically in a nutshell no matter what you are buying whether a house, car, electronics or even just a muffler – DO YOUR RESEARCH FIRST!!!
Enough of the rant now back to some Muffler porn
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