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Old 26th July 2017, 23:07   #76
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The exhaust manifold heatsheild was first removed sometime back to install the Evo O2 sensor. During that time I saw how bad the bottom portion was..I hadn't cleaned/polished it when I cleaned it the first time.

It wasn't shining as well as the day I polished. Since its metal, it cant be polished too many times else it will lose its texture and start looking like something else. So decided to clean it one final time and make sure I don't have to clean it again in the future.

First step was remove the heatsheild. The manifold was all dusty and rusty.

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This is how the bottom portion looked. There is silver paint run from when I tried painting the bolts, detailed few posts back

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Cleaned up. The silver paint wouldn't come off easy and the black spot didn't shift. Left them as is for now.

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Paalis time! Small portion polished as a test spot.

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Work in Progress

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All done!

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To protect this finish, I sprayed couple of layers of High Temp Clear coat. There shouldn't be any fading ever after now onwards.

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As I started initial baking process with a heatgun, started to see a huge increase in gloss. Took this video to show how good the heatsheild looked



Next was to tackle the manifold itself. First step was to clean it and take ff as much rust without using any abrasives. Cleaned and restored the aluminium pipe behind the manifold which connects thermostat to water pump.

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Liberally applied rust convertor.

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While the rust convertor did its job, poished the heatsheild covering the catcon. The nuts were rusted very bad; any attempts to remove them would have damaged the sheild and so did not attempt it.

This pic shows after/before. The difference was staggering

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Completed.

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With the convertor and clear coat dried, time to assemble everything!

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After fixing the sheild, I immediately took it off. The area around the O2 sensor looked brown/rusted and I did not like it.

So did some rudimentary masking and painted the area with matte black heat resistant paint. Painting the whole manifold is a huge pain with masking everything around taking too much time.

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Reflections looking nice. Polish it too much and it will lose the brushed look. This is a perfectly good compromise.

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Once its on the car, started it and left it to idle for 20 mins for all the paint to cure properly. While the car was idling, played around with the head unit and the music quality improved so much! The vocals started sounding muddy with the enclosures, I managed to dial out most of it using the EQ. Will find the root cause and fix it once and for all soon.

Finally fixed back the mesh grill after what seemed like an eternity. Hallelujah!

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Few months ago when I was fitting and testing the projectors in my headlight, they suddenly started misbehaving. Turns out my battery had completely discharged I took it to the friendly neighborhood battery guy who opened the cells and saw the fluid level was almost half! Way below the minimum mark. I had never thought of checking the battery ever, I'm to be blamed.

Lately I was getting a feel that the battery isn't holding much charge. Cranks were slow, voltage was dipping to < 12V with key on, if I turn on 4 projectors with car off, only 2 light on, a third lights with a weird color and fourth doesnt even bother turning on. Start the car, normal behaviour ensures.

Yesterday I finally decided to replace the battery and I wanted to put in the biggest battery possible. I have six projectors, 2 amps and a load of additional electronics in the car with plans to add more. Having a bigger battery will help massively. I did my due diligence and a DIN55 would be able to fit.

The stock battery is a 35aH unit that is common with many cars. It never filled up the battery tray, the gaps always irritated me because cleaning the gaps around it was difficult.

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Went out and bought an Amaron DIN55 battery. I bought the R version which has the same terminal orientation as my existing battery. This is where my problems began.

Took the battery to Vinaya Engineering Works and got a battery clamp made. The stock clamp wouldn't fit since it was made for a smaller battery.

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Since thew battery tray was out, cleaned it and coated it with an excellent trim coat. All that TLC made it shine as much as my paint

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So the new battery fits! I was able to reuse the stock hooks to keep the battery in place. I needed new battery terminal clamps because of bigger terminals. The air filter too is fouling with the battery. Somehow managed to fit the ground plug without any cutting etc, but the positive lead fell short by ~4 inches.

This gave me a big headache. After this incident, I realised if I had bought the battery with terminals reversed, I could have flipped the battery and the positive would have fit.

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Play around with the clamp holding the air filter and pushed it back just enough

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In the meanwhile a tiny winged fella gave me companion while wrenching

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I rummaged through my wire stock, thickest wire I had was 16 sqmm left over from amp wiring. I also bought huge lugs, although I could fit just two 16sqmm wires on it, crimped them and made the extension. I want to replace this section with a 0/2 guage wire; since 2* 16 sqmm is actually equivalent to a 22 sqmm cable.

Once everything was fit, covered everything using self fusing tape making it fully waterproof. I even used red tape for positive and black for negative. Form and function covered hehe.

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Whole engine bay. Doesn't look that bad! I was a bit apprehensive on buying a green battery, I would have preferred a black or maybe red (Exide?). I just need to get those flaps which cover the terminals and I'll be truly set.

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Another chance to blow my trumpet :P check out the reflection!

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Does it work? Yes! The car cranked up so fast; even the starter motor spun definitely much faster, even faster than when I got the car 1.5 years ago! Totally worth going for a bigger battery.
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Old 31st July 2017, 23:13   #78
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Took out the wiper cowl one fine day to check if there is any rust underneath. this was a big problem in one of my Palios, a bunch of hay blocked the drain pipe under the wiper cowl, that led to the whole area rotting. Wanted to prevent that from happening.

Took out wiper arms, removed the cowl. Dirty but no rust!

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Before

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After

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The whole cowl was looking yellowish when I got the car. I had spent a long time getting it to look black. I could not get to the corners because of the wiper arms. Now I can clean everything.

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Wiper motor after cleaning. Nice and shiny

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After cleaning, I was left with tons of hard water marks like these

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Begone!

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Cowls cleaned; applied a thin coating.

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Wiper arms painted matte black; the powder coat had faded and chipped at multiple spots.

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Everything put together! I skipped putting the EPDM seal below the arms; it became near impossible due to my stupidity and I need to dismantle everything again in order to just put that seal back on. Oh well, will do that after a week or so.

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Next was the engine guard. It was broken and was taken off to drain the coolant earlier on. I had not fixed it back because I wanted to repair it and then only put it back.

Pieces

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Tacked in, but there are pieces missing? I got a patch piece for it

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All done!

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Polished and coated it next morning

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Fixed it back using new clips

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Next for cleanup were few clamps in the engine bay that looked past their prime. Example, clamps around the power steering reservoir.

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Plastic parts of the radiator was also on cards for restoration. They had become grey after 10 years.

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Timing belt cover. Pretty grey and dull

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This is how it looked after I was done with it

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All the oils and dirt around the timing belt were cleaned. There was some oil left due to a leaking valve cover, which I had replaced earlier on, but I hadn't cleaned then.

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Various bits and pieces painted. I ended up removing every metal bracket holding wire in the engine bay and painting them silver.

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Power steering brackets replaced. Waxed the strut towers with a high temp wax that should last in harsh engine bay conditions.

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Radiator and fan shroud now looking black. I'm not satisfied with the look, I might do it again sometime in the future.

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The coolant level in the reservoir has dipped below minimum. I did check the water pump when I took off the timing belt cover, there are no leaks. This must be the coolant sucked in to displace any leftover air pockets after coolant flush and fill. No worries, will top it up when I go to Bangalore.

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Engine bay at end of day today. The timing cover stands out, rather disappears because it has suddenly become so black!

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With the engine looking better what about the exterior?

There was a small accident that happened on the roof by a large monkey, which led to tiles breaking and falling on the car

This is how the car looked after I picked off all the broken tiles. Glass took a lot of impact and there are deep scratches, however the glass is still intact. Phew!

Smudge marks indicate where the tiles impacted the glass

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Water beading from trim and wiper arms. Naice!

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This is how the car looked after just a wash. I wanted to go further anyway, hoping a round of waxing will hide few of the scratches caused by the tiles.

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Did it work? Well, mostly no. Lot of the big scratches and dents are easily visible. But here are the afters

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Here you can see the dents. Lots of them around the antenna and whole of boot has scratches and dents.

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Here's a video to show the whole car.

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Here you can see the dents. Lots of them around the antenna and whole of boot has scratches and dents.
Great! Next mini-project is obvious now. Bring on the mini-suction/glue based dent removers, or knowing you, would you rather remove the roof headliner and tinker from inside?
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Great! Next mini-project is obvious now. Bring on the mini-suction/glue based dent removers, or knowing you, would you rather remove the roof headliner and tinker from inside?
The dents are small and shallow. The way its fixed is to put putty on them and paint; they're too small to use any sort of dent removers.

They're not easily visible in pictures but very obvious in videos/in person. I've tried to highlight in these pictures :

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I got a VAT69 bottle for the car in addition to the older tavern before anyone gets antsy, its a small bottle of colour matched paint. OT was for the bumpers which was slightly darker for the body, now got the lighter shade in VAT69. Yay!

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Few pictures of the car after the wax session. I am genuinely surprised how long this paint is looking good. It has already been 1 year and 2 months since any sort of polishing work went into it.

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Started experimenting mixing different colours of Rustoleum peelcoat on the AC panel; put few more coats of peelcoat on the radio relocation panel to cover the wear and tear patches.

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Bottom panel has dual colors mixed, top portion is just graphite. There is a difference and I like it! I will probably paint the whole thing sometime next month.

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Here's one of the deep gash on the Rear fender, ideal candidate to test out the VAT69

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Paint matches well; phew! Its not 100% but better than seeing a scratch anyway. Marked out the area where scratch was present.

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Bought a Gates Alternator belt. This has to be the first and only local part I've bought for my car during my ownership! Everything else was sourced from USA/Dubai

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Few days later, landed up again at Blackworks. Stole some old SS braided brake hoses from a shivik Here they are!

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Hose length was the same as the Cedia and Civic, Excellent! After installing, the joint kept leaking. Turns out the Civic uses an inverted flare fitting to pair with the metal brake line, whereas the Cedia uses the normal flare fit. Oh well, I tried.

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While walking around Blackworks, spotted an extremely dirty engine bay. My OCD senses kicked in and it was the perfect way of blowing off steam

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Lil bit of cleaner put on and left to dwell

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Wiped off. I did not have any good clothes or brushes with me, I had to use just cotton waste and mop up the dirt and grease. Not bad for a half hearted attempt.

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I had a bottle of fresh Tutela Top4 brake fluid, used it to bleed and flush the front brake lines. This was my last bottle of brake fluid and I had to get more. So went to the friendly neighborhood Fiat showroom and bought these

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Couple of weeks back, bought more fluids as emergency stock.

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