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#1 Heckler

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Posted 05 April 2019 - 04:37 PM

I picked this up at the end of Sept last year for a reasonable price... It had plenty of issues and I discovered a few more as I started fixing things.

Wheels were in a pretty poor state, there was rust on 1 door that really needed replacing not repairing. The top LCD was flickering, the bluetooth was borked as was the alarm. There's some paintwork required as a result of the door swap, I got one in the same colour but it's not a close enough match and because of a little ding in the wing and a 1cm chip that's through to the primer... The whole drivers side of the car is going to be painted.

I've been doing jobs on her since Oct and on average have spent around £200 a month. Most has been maintenance and repairs, but there have been some upgrades too... I'm now just about out of money with a few more jobs left and once I sell the Tourer I can hopefully get that paint done.

Jobs done so far.
Air/Oil/Pollen filters and fresh 0w30 fully synthetic oil
Brake fluid flush
EGR cleaned, it was really clogged up
Air sensors cleaned (also rather dirty)
Drivers side rear door swap
Replaced top LCD
Headlights refurbished (the usual fogging)
Replaced Map DVD with 2018 one
Repaired alarm
Repaired BT module
Refurbished wheels (powder coated)
Reversing camera fitted
Painted & Fitted spoiler
Euro rear light cluster (YAY for symmetry)
All rear bulbs upgraded to coloured LED's, all new bulbs at the fronts (LED sides/Fogs, Osram nightbreakers main/dipped)
All interior lighting replaced with LED's
Ashtray lighting changed to blue
Heated seat switches changed to red

Then there's all the fluids, bags of clips to replace those ones that always break when removing trim panels and so forth... It's not been a cheap ride so far and although I paid a reasonable amount for the car... I've probably now spent more than I'd get back if I sold it... But as I plan on keeping her for a few years it's not so bad... But money is running out quickly and there are still the following jobs to do.

Rear ARB bushes and droplinks
Fuel filter (booked in for Monday)

I'm hoping that the drop links and arb bushes will help with a woolly rear end, she doesn't feel as planted as the tourer right now and something is rattling back there. If it's a worn sway bar... then I'll have to factor in the cost of replacing that with a whiteline one or something further down the road... it's thicker/stronger and should help too.

So here she is... I wish I'd saved some of those jobs till later... doing cosmetic things when there are still mechanical ones to resolve isn't the best way to do things and everything now rests on being able to sell the tourer to pay for the rest... Will probably have to do discs/pads before the MOT in Sept, and I know I'm gonna need 2 new front tyres in about 2000 miles... and then there's the paint... It never seems to end.

Anyway... here she is.

The day I bought her.
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The state of the EGR before cleaning
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Replacing the rusty door
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Refurbishing the headlights
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Refurbished wheels
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Euro rear light to get back the symmetry these cars so desperately need. (Before/After)
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Reversing camera fitted
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Spoiler fitted - I've not yet wired in the brake light. It's too cold today and I'll be splicing into the 3rd brake light on the parcel shelf and then removing it
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How she looks today... When the weather gets warmer and brighter I'll get her cleaned properly and take some nice pics with my decent camera rather than a crappy mobile phone.

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I'll try to update this thread with any more work done over the coming months... Gotta sort out that handling at the rear and the fuel filter as she's getting harder to start when warm and I had a dreaded P1065 code last week briefly. It's not come back thankfully... But that fuel filter needs doing ASAP.

I'm just about tapped out financially... Gonna take me a few more months to save up for any more upgrades after this weekend.
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Posted 05 April 2019 - 08:14 PM

Looks like really good progress and it’s great to see you’re persevering and making a nice car out of her
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Posted 06 April 2019 - 11:04 PM

Looks like I've also got to replace the Fuel Pressure Limiter Valve, as I'm getting fuel past the valve when cranking. Problem is that on the Accord the power steering pump is in front of the valve, so you can't get a socket on it... and because they're on so tight you need really good leverage tog et one off. So whilst it seems like a simple job... I may have to put in the garage to get done simply because I don't have the right tools to get in that small gap... I was hoping I could just stick my impact wrench on it... Other jobs may have to wait and I may have to borrow some money this month to cover the bills.

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Posted 06 April 2019 - 11:21 PM

You've done so much already, fair play to you, I can't believe you now need a garage to undo a bolt or two. 

There must be a way you can do this yourself, I always find a way if I can.

I continually invest in new tools so that I don't need a garage to do the work


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Posted 06 April 2019 - 11:37 PM

 

You've done so much already, fair play to you, I can't believe you now need a garage to undo a bolt or two. 
There must be a way you can do this yourself, I always find a way if I can.
I continually invest in new tools so that I don't need a garage to do the work

 

The guide I was reading was for the Civic and that's got loads of room at that end of the fuel rail... Sadly not so on the Accord. You 'might' be able to fit a cut down socket on there and a small ratchet... But you need a decent sized breaker bar to crack the thing loose (apparently it has to be tight as the rail needs to withstand up to 1600psi). Removing the power steering pump to get better access is not an option. I'm gonna see if I've got a 17mm ring spanner and find a breaker bar that will fit over the other end... But spending money on tools for a single job when it's going to cost roughly the same to have it done in a garage... I'll probably opt for the latter.

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 12:40 PM

Wired up the brake light spoiler this morning, so aside from the paint on the drivers side that I'll do after selling my other car... All of the cosmetic work is done... Now it's just more mechanical stuff to finish sorting out (Fuel filter and Pressure relief valve)... and then I can turn to more performance related stuff.

I was thinking along the lines of lowering, and perhaps a remap and/or egr delete.

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Posted 10 April 2019 - 10:42 AM

latest update... New fuel pressure relief valve fitted. Car now starts properly again. Total cost was £53.50 as I found a Bosch unit for £35.50 (new) and the garage charged me £18 to fit as I couldn't crack the seal on that nut and to get the valve out, you have to undo the top bolt oft he power steering pump and rotate it about 1-2cm. This then causes a slight issue in getting it back in position as the tensioner and belt adjust to the new position... So then you have to get a long ring spanner on the tensioner nut and pull to move it slightly... Allowing a second person to push the PS pump back into place and slide the bolt home. And as we did that job... we noticed a slight leak in the power steering pipe near the support bracket at the top. So a new one of those has been ordered too. It does seem like a never ending supply of jobs at the moment. Still gotta do the rear drop links and ARB bushes and considering an uprated whiteline ARB with poly bushes.
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Posted 10 April 2019 - 09:00 PM

Great updates 👍
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Posted 15 April 2019 - 06:43 PM

Another week, another update... Car is booked in for the power steering pipe on Thursday, and I sold the Tourer over the weekend... So towards the end of the month I can think about getting the last bit of paint work sorted.

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