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Jake
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16th Feb 17 at 10:58   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

This will be the third EK/EJ I've had but the first one I will be spending any money or time on.


It's a standard 1.4se. My plan is to change the interior, rear disc conversion and an engine swap this year.


The main priority is a completely different interior, the previous owner must have smoked 20 a day in the car for 3 years and it needs to go, the steering wheel material also spins around on the metal frame! How that's happened I don't know.


After years of not working on cars I needed a new tool set so chipped to Halfords and got this


Interior stripped out. what I love about these older cars is simplicity. Seats came out a bit of piss, doesn't even have the seatbelt tensioners like corsa b's. Its all clips, bolts and a few screws here and there. Cat camping


Off to the tip


and how it was left for the day


Next day, the dash came out. I got a black vti dash the night before so spent some time stripping it back so knew where all the screws were to remove the old dash. Theres only 6 or 7 plugs to disconnect and they are all tied to the chassis so once the dash cover comes off it doesn't fall into a massive heap of shit so when it came to fitting the new dash it was basically plug and play along with probably 20 screws to hold it all in.


Also removed the roof lining. Originally I wanted to wet vac all the nicotine stains but its made of basically pressed and glued cardboard, so I laid it out in the kitchen and kept spraying apc over it and wiping down with a damp cloth. Looks so much better and doesn't smell


Dash, pillar trims, door cards and pillar trim back in


All was going well until it came to fitting the rear door cards, this black metal brace was fitted to the face lift models. At the time of buying the interior I was unaware the pre facelift and facelift vti had a different interior - unfortunately I got a pre facelift which doesn't allow for this brace. All I did was remove the brace and everything went together fine. In the future I might get a facelift interior and reinstate the brace.


Interior completed. The pattern is straight from a coach interior but its better than what was there previously


Found a set of vti clocks. Tacho goes up to 9k ready for the new engine. Also adjusted the mileage so its the same as the factory clocks . Also quite like the red needles and numbers


Bought a few bits for the rear end. Rear lower control arms, braided brake cables all round and rear camber arms


Also bought the rear disc conversion but currently stripping it down and cleaning up the calipers.

That its for now, works a bit slow this time of year so not spending any more on the car until it picks up again. Ive had loads of cars since my corsa gsi but never enjoyed working on them as much as the corsa, this car has definitely reignited that interest again.

thanks


[Edited on 16-02-2017 by Jake]
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17th Feb 17 at 05:07   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Looking forward to future updates mate. Love the EK9/EG3/6's etc!
Jake
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Originally posted by LukesCorsaSXi
Looking forward to future updates mate. Love the EK9/EG3/6's etc!


cheers mate. I really wanted an EG but unless you're paying top money and I'm talking at least 3k for a standard one, the rust issues id have had to deal with would be too much. All I'm waiting for now is to go and buy a decent jack so I can fit the rear discs
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This should be good I am really feeling a old honda again soon
Jake
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There is a massive source of second hand parts for these cars, similar to how this forum used to be in the mid 00's for corsa b's!

Quick update. Last week was spent cleaning up the rear trailing arms with the disc conversion on already.

The old bushes. The car this came from must have had a very loose back end on corners


New ones fitted. Really shows how bad the old ones were and they weren't damaged at all from removal


Didn't take a before picture of the calipers but they were really crusty. A mixture of flakey old red paint and rust. Went over them with a few different wire wheel drill attachments. Fortunately the discs that came with them were pretty much brand new


Before I put everything back together I gave the trailing arms a wash down with acid and jetwashed it off. Let them dry and gave them a few coats of black hammerite stone chip. Then wire wheeled all the bolts and greased all threads. Also fitted the camber arms and brake hoses because I got bored


For some reason I'm finding it difficult to decide on what jack to buy! The cheaper ones don't have much lift but don't want to spend good money on one that weighs 40kg and gets in the way for the rest of the year. Until I buy one I can't do anything else to the car
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Are you jake of MK/hench fame?
Jake
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Are you jake of MK/hench fame?


You know that mate! Long time no speak
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quote:
Originally posted by willay
Are you jake of MK/hench fame?


You know that mate! Long time no speak


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What engine are you going for?
Jake
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quote:
Originally posted by Jake
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Originally posted by willay
Are you jake of MK/hench fame?


You know that mate! Long time no speak





Why is it so quiet here now mate?
Jake
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What engine are you going for?


B18C4 turbo. If there's not a complete set up going -engine and turbo, I will run it n/a until a decent turbo kit comes along. Don't want a mickey mouse 600 quid ebay one.
Jake
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Couple of updates. Rear brake conversion done, the arches are a state in the future they will need replacing
Before


After


One of the bolts snapped in the shock thread so had to buy a new shock. Found a full set local to me from a 40k car for 20 quid. Turned up and he had a meister r big brake conversion, it uses the standard 262mm caliper but a bigger carrier and 288mm discs. Bought that from him along with adjustable rear toe arms and front camber arms. Got it all for a bargain but the front arms need sand blasting. Got a set of skunk2 rear camber arms thrown in aswell so will keep for spare.


The calipers the big brakes come with were seized so will use the ones on my car already so stripped them down and stripped the paint from the carriers


Came up like new but will be painting all calipers silver anyway

Downside to 288mm brakes are they require a minimum of 15" wheels and the ones I have are 14", so looked up wheels within 5 miles of my postcode that would fit the car and found these for 30 quid. Not after looks they are purely functional, although they need a dust of paint on the faces and I will be spraying the rover badge. The tyres are the wrong size so will be getting a set of 195 50 toyo t1r's


[Edited on 17-03-2017 by Jake]
Jake
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Works been quiet so spending has been low on this. I bought a set of rear mg zs calipers and disks. They are 260mm and the standard vti brakes are 242mm so marginally bigger. One of the vti calipers kept binding and the mg calipers have been rebuilt so was a no brainer
Gave them a scuff up and painted the calipers silver, dusted the discs with black high temp paint


Old brakes

Had some welding done on that side aswell so they shutzd the whole arch at the same time on both sides

New brakes fitted


Didn't take any pictures but I upgraded the 15/16" master cylinder and servo to a 1" mc from a ek9 civic. Brakes are much better now, very little pedal travel aswell

Bought a shiny eBay rear subframe brace, these help prevent 'tear out' of the rear arb bolts- something I have yet to fit

 
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