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benji_'s '94 Micra Tropic Build Log

#1
Heyo,

Got this car from my Dad on boxing day, although its not a xmas present as he put it, just a gift. I was looking for one for a long time since I wanted a Tropic in red specifically, but none ever seem to go up for sale close by, I am on the south east (past Brighton) and he got it from Torquay, that just says how difficult to find these are, even though they aren't even really rare.
Anyway, enough of that and now onto me ker.

I've called him, yes HIM, norbert (with a lower case n) since why not (and it was the first thing to come to mind lol), I am still trying to get insured on it since I am only 17 and UK insurance sucks as everyone knows, but I have already *cough* legally *cough* driven it around my Dad's culdesac. He only has 53k miles from new and has recently been fitted with new brakes, spark plugs, a battery and I think an alternator, also some welding on a bit of the left interior seal. Apparently he was sitting on the previous owner's driveway for a year and a half, although starts right up, with only a bit of dirt here and there.
I plan to keep him forever since I really do love the look of these cars.
From what I want to do, I know I sound exactly as you would think for a 17 year old, haha.

What I've done so far, I have cleaned and buffed the paint, thats it lol.

This is the first picture I ever took of my car, albeit apart from the hiding of the number plate.
first-pic-taken-boxing-day.jpg

Before buffing the grille.
front-before-grill-buff.jpg

After buffing the grille.
Also before re-blacking the bumper.
front-after-buffing-grill-before-reblack.jpg

After re-blacking the bumper.
front-after-reblack-better.jpg

Plans:
COMPLETE:
Buff paint. COMPLETE 29/12/2018 (will do again at some point)

IN PROGRESS:
Ricer stickers on the back cus why not.
Aftermarket revcounter, since it doesn't have one. Bought a cluster off eBay with a counter 08/01/2019.

NOT YET STARTED:
Take it to a dyno, want to get a base number and see how much it has lost over the years, might also help with cheaper insurance if I can convince them.
Bigger windshield mirror.
Front box plate.
Scratch removing, some deep scratches that I couldn't get out with buffing.
Repaint the valve cover and exhaust header heat shield, they are both pretty rusty.
Super clean the engine bay. (TM chrisfix)
Radio and some nice speakers.
New steering wheel.
Strip the rear of the interior.
Get a new exhaust since the current one is small, and rusty as hell.
Nice set of wheels. Hopefully rota grid v's or something, haven't fully decided yet.
Probably some Corsa B coil overs unless I can find some Micra ones but I doubt it.
Bucket seats.
Would love to get it caged with harnesses.
And maybe in the end some more power, although I have no idea how since Micra's aren't exactly enthusiast cars.

All:
Take it to a dyno, want to get a base number and see how much it has lost over the years, might also help with cheaper insurance if I can convince them.
Buff paint. COMPLETE 29/12/2018 (will do again at some point)
Bigger windshield mirror.
Front box plate.
Ricer stickers on the back cus why not. IN PROGRESS
Scratch removing, some deep scratches that I couldn't get out with buffing.
Repaint the valve cover and exhaust header heat shield, they are both pretty rusty.
Super clean the engine bay. (TM chrisfix)
Radio and some nice speakers.
Aftermarket revcounter, since it doesn't have one. Bought a cluster off eBay with a counter 08/01/2019. IN PROGRESS
New steering wheel.
Strip the rear of the interior.
Get a new exhaust since the current one is small, and rusty as hell.
Nice set of wheels. Hopefully rota grid v's or something, haven't fully decided yet.
Probably some Corsa B coil overs unless I can find some Micra ones but I doubt it.
Bucket seats.
Would love to get it caged with harnesses.
And maybe in the end some more power, although I have no idea how since Micra's aren't exactly enthusiast cars.
 
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#3
Looks like a good project for a youngen wish I could have had mine when I was 17..

Good luck with your project vehicle and welcome to the forum.
Thanks man, unfortunately since I haven't got it insured yet its not on the road, and I don't have a drive way so it is at my Dad's house, which is a 30 minute drive away. Hopefully I'll get it all insured soon so it'l be at mine so I can work on it more.
 
#5
Still looks really tidy for a 94.
Keep safe and take it easy.
Your project list sounds like it's going to keep you busy for a while.
Yeah, I don't expect any of this to happen soon, I work #### hours on #### pay so money is the issue more than experience lol
The bigger stuff will probably take a good few years before I even consider starting on it
 
#6
You should keep an eye out for the paint fade with this red color they seem to be affected by the rays of the sun. Had a door that went all pinkish on a golf its easy to bring back though.
Check out the royal mail vans they often show what happens. Probably wont get that problem though since you made the effort on the paint work already.
 
#7
You should keep an eye out for the paint fade with this red color they seem to be affected by the rays of the sun. Had a door that went all pinkish on a golf its easy to bring back though.
Check out the royal mail vans they often show what happens. Probably wont get that problem though since you made the effort on the paint work already.
Yeah, they weren't that bad, the worst thing by far was the grille in which I've already uploaded a picture. All the other parts were ok though and nowhere near as bad as the grille.
 
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