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So this is a diary of Hondamoon, our wagon that we're relying on getting us safely through 9 countries in 4 days to Nice for charity. It's a noble cause, supporting a local hospital. The timing is good too, since the NHS has yet more planned cuts from the government. If you'd like to donate even just £1, that would be beyond fantastic!
We first found the 2002 Honda Accord sat on a farm where the owner had left it entrusting the farm owner to sell it. When we discovered it, we were able to take it for a spin (which impressed us) and we negotiated £500 for her. There was plenty to fix, but her motor was strong and probably hadn't been put through her paces ever. Her body work was pretty scraped and marked - but it's to be expected.
Here's how she looked when we acquired her:
So the repair work began straight away in the bitterly cold sleet rain and snow. Doors were fixed, windows were refitted and everything that would have been a pain in the *** was address, until she was back to being a relatively normal car.
Once she was operating as she should, we could begin the 'ricing' process. We love the idea of getting cheap parts for a cheap car and making it a head turner. Hey, it's for charity - we can get away with it!
Now, I have a small spoiler on my Ford Cougar, but this was mahoosive. The Type-R spoiler is so ridiculously over the top, but it works so well with the rear of the car. It totally transforms it!! It does need a good respray though.
Shortly after, we appeared in the paper! They were more interested in the car than the charity, sadly - and they included some of my less thought out remarks (juices). I've also never run a marathon, but hey ho!
The following weekend, we were attending an NHS march, and it was a perfect chance to have the Hondamoon turn some noggin's. Out came the vinyls and our temporary decals were being fitted that morning.
She was starting to take shape, but the biggest and most complicated upgrade was to come. Rally lights. Oh my, these are so nice on the Accord!
And that's the progress so far!
Hopefully next week it'll be a new backbox and mudflaps, and then it's a case of thinking and planning a big paint job!
I hope you enjoy following our progress in subsequent posts. It will be an adventure for us! Any suggested and affordable mods would be appreciated. We love the idea of having a unique car on the rally!