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Ryan's Micra Blog

is that Finland, judging by the tree's?

There's something nice about older cars, even the lights have a personality
It sure is. And they sure do. Especially when you fiddle with the lights and make them extra nice.
I made the sidelights yellow, added side markers where the JDM indicators would be and gave it two extra tail lights (inner ones are tail/fog on a dual filament)

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You wouldn't be able to recommend a bright t10 led (red) just I need something for my foglight as normal red bulbs go white quick and some red LEDs are just too dim

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Your fogs use T10 bulbs? Can I see what they're going into?
Assuming it's a reflector housing with a lens, I guess the best option after a regular T10 would be one of those new COB LEDs. Not the cheapest but they're bright, work alright in a reflector usually, and can be red. I don't know if the red ones are as bright as the white ones though.

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Your fogs use T10 bulbs? Can I see what they're going into?
Assuming it's a reflector housing with a lens, I guess the best option after a regular T10 would be one of those new COB LEDs. Not the cheapest but they're bright, work alright in a reflector usually, and can be red. I don't know if the red ones are as bright as the white ones though.

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Yeah it uses the reflector and yeah cause it's a later facelift march light and I'm using the reverse ,
I've tried the 5 bit led dash/side light and they are crap , filiment bulbs go white really quick (it's uses the same fitment as a t10 but bigger bulb forgot the model lol)
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Yeah it uses the reflector and yeah cause it's a later facelift march light and I'm using the reverse ,
I've tried the 5 bit led dash/side light and they are crap , filiment bulbs go white really quick (it's uses the same fitment as a t10 but bigger bulb forgot the model lol)
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So are you using the right reverse light as a fog light? I'd be surprised if those are T10, that would be too small, you sure they aren't T20? My lights are.
When you say the bulb goes white, do you mean the red coating comes off?

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My holiday became a lot more complicated due to a small disaster, hence no updates until now.
So, picking up from where I left off. Oh, and there will be a K11 after this post, to keep it valid. I just had to use a different post as I'm limited to 30 pictures. (I couldn't use all of them!)
So, we needed our car to pass the yearly inspection. This is just the equivalent to the MOT.
Despite it leaking petrol, it passed without any remarks. Very nice, will visit this guy next time.
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I couldn't just let petrol leak from the line though, so I repaired it. Got myself some nice tools for home too, assuming they get through security tomorrow.
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I noticed a sedan N13 shortly after. Looks like they have bigger windows on the rear doors. Damn, I knew I should've got a sedan.
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Someone let us use their car pit to repair the fuel leak, which made it much easier. I just cut the rusted line and replaced with some hose which was very clamped in.
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And so, we were off.
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I had a great time driving on the country lanes, which are what get raced on in rally events, including the WRC (which I watched!)
There's still some dust settling here after pulling a little skid.
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All of this dust, however, means that cars get very dirty very fast.
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So that needed to change.
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Much better.
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Not bad.
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I found out that someone has repaired this side indicator poorly. The lens doesn't really fit to the wing, and the bulb socket has been replaced with a generic one. What's worse is that it's all held in with some kind of sealant, which was coating the bulb. The bulb wasn't even in the lens properly.
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So I decided that I would probably grommet off the euro indicators, and rewire the side markers to their JDM origins.
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Warning: NSFW:
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So, everything was going according to plan. We had made half of our journey. I went to overtake someone at 100+kmh, and suddenly, violent vibration happened from the rear left. The car was still stable, but it sounded like the wheel was trying to break free. We feared that it was a puncture, and stupidly enough, the wheel in the spare compartment is the original rear right wheel with a puncture!
Luckily, the tyre was fine.
But upon inspection, I noticed something was broken...
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This is when the complications started showing.
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Oh yeah. That's pretty bad.
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Not many photos for a while as there wasn't anything to photograph.
We gingerly limped ahead to the nearby city we were aiming for, which was a bit precarious as motorways over here don't have much of a hard shoulder, if at all in some places.
I couldn't get the car any faster than 50kmh without it shaking.
Now, imagine being somewhere you've never been, in a foreign country, with nowhere to stay, no eBay or Amazon, heck, even posting items in general is so much more complicated.
So I reached out to the Nissan Club of Finland, which I joined when I got the car.
After a few days of last-minute hotel booking, and plenty of awkward language-barrier phone calls, one person found us a lower control arm. We gave him extra cash and a chocolate gift to come and drive to us to give it to us. We got really lucky finding this part, and I can't thank the guy enough for selling it to me, and for extracting it from his car (which I'm guessing by the body-cutting wasn't the most easy).
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Now then, it wasn't over yet. I still needed to get the old one off and this new one in. Luckily the car shops around here are incredible. You can buy a million different types of tool for any purpose, so I was going to buy individual spanners.
Then we got lucky once again!
Someone who lived in the city we were in offered us the use of his garage and tools. Suddenly this started to look good!
So, off to his garage, wheel off, and here's the control arm.
But, there were complications again.
First of all, the new arm wouldn't let go of its bolt and bushing. We did eventually get the arm free, but at the cost of destroying the bolt and the bushing.
Next, of course, the inner bolt on the broken arm wasn't moving at all. I managed to at least get the nut off of it, but we had to cut the bolt and bushing free from the car, destroying those too.
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Carefully I took the car back to the hotel once again, now with just one control arm holding the wheel on (along with the coilover and ARB). At least this time if I went faster than 50kmh, it would wobble but not rattle loudly.
At least I got some cool car park shots.
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The next day or two consisted again of parts searching. This was happening on the weekend, which over here means every single shop or whatever is closed.
And without websites like eBay, finding a new bushing wasn't easy. In fact a Nissan dealership told me that there wasn't even one in the whole country! Importing it would take weeks, and, I forgot to say. I had a plane to catch back to the UK in a few days!
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An additional obstacle here was that the bolt we cut through wasn't just a 33-year-old generic bolt, it was a camber bolt, for aligning the rear wheel. Our new garage friend turned out to be one of the committee members of the Nissan Club of Finland! So we went on a little road trip to the NCF headquarters, where an old-new-stock camber bolt was waiting for us. The box looked 30+ years old, but the bolt looked new.
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I've seen many interesting Nissans, mostly from the 80's, but I can't dump all of the photos here. This one I had to add though. This is a rare Nissan Echo. From the mid 60's! This is the club bus, which is now a camper.
We went for a drive with it, to a motorcycle meet!
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The NCF kindly gave me a magazine before I left, and they gave me an official NCF window sticker!
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It was an awesome day with some awesome people.
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While we were getting the bolt, we found what may have been the only new bushing for the rear control arm for a mid-80's Nissan. We paid extra to get it delivered ASAP to the local car shop. But... it wasn't there on the day.
We had to get the car back to where it stays when we're not there, which was 5 hours away, we had a taxi booked and tickets for a train. We really had only a couple of hours to get this done, and the bushing hadn't arrived!
After maybe an hour of rather painful waiting, it finally got there, and we all rushed to the garage (Well. Went at 50kmh).
So, wheel off again, showing the lack of control arm...
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New camber bolt with the old nut...
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Originally this was just so that I could see the orientation of the camber bolt, but hey, here's that picture.
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We borrowed the use of a hydraulic press, got the new bushing in, got the bolt in (had to find a spacer that we lost), and, at long last, it was in.
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No more shaking, wobbling, all good as new. It even drives straight too.
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I've run out of photo space now, but we managed to drive to the opposite side of the country in time and get our taxi and train.
And it was all thanks to the Nissan Club of Finland, and a handful of people that I had only just met.
I seriously can't thank these people enough, especially the one who let us use his garage & tools, tirelessly searched for our parts, drove long distances for us and much more. There's only so much chocolate and fuel money I can give, but my pockets are pretty empty after all of this last-minute hotel booking. I promise to help all I can if you're in my country and have a problem.

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Now for those K11 photos, because after all, this is Ryan's Micra Blog.
On the road trip with the NCF friend, we spotted a heavily modified rat-style preface. Too bad I couldn't get a photo.
There was this first-face at the NCF HQ. Second-face headlights, with the indicators desaturated, some alloys with NS2 tyres (everyone seems to have them over here), and smoked side indicators.
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At the rear it had JDM facelift tail lights, which I had not seen in person until now, and they look much much nicer in person. It had some kind of custom exhaust too.
I had a look inside the interior, I should've got a photo. LHD cars don't seem to have a foot rest for your left foot! That sucks!
The Scandinavian cars have heated seats, and the switches are in the centre panel, where we have an empty compartment.
They also have a headlight washer switch next to the headlight aim switch (either a blank panel or literally empty space on our cars). It looks really out of place, it looks like a preface switch, which of course is different.
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We also checked out this customised first-face on the way back. Nice.
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Anyway, that's all for now.
I have a plan ready for when I get home. Eddie and I are going to be leaving for JAE in the early hours on Saturday.
So, I get home on Friday afternoon/evening. I need to:
Change my rocker/valve cover screws for some nice bolts that should be on the other side of my letterbox at home,
go to the hand carwash assuming it's still open,
get back and cover my car in wax,
clean grease off of the interior and other areas, and assemble the interior which is still kind of in pieces,
buff off the wax,
and get an early night as we're leaving at like... 5am.

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Right! Back in the UK. There's no time to waste!
Some stuff had arrived while I was gone. The bottom two I had sent ASAP while I was away, the top one is for a later mod.
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The engine was pretty gross from the swap, so I cleaned it up a bit, and swapped over my new bolts for the cam cover. Looks good! Probably should've gotten myself some washers too as the bolt heads are small. Maybe some time later. They're M6x25mm I think.
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Time for a wash... The bonnet, bumper, both doors and other various areas were caked in grease and oil and stuff from the engine swap. Oh and I had Eddie with me.
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Cars looking nice, tyre shine and all. Time for some wax. Except. It's kinda raining. Hmm.
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Well, we did a little interior work, then I went ahead and waxed most of my car.
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Meanwhile Eddie finally sorted out his floppy door card fabrics.
What I thought was a good photo actually required some censoring. Too bad the wiper arm in the foreground didn't quite do it.
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Securing the ECU was such a pain. In fact I didn't even bother with one of the bolts.
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Car buffed off and looking quite tidy. Of course we'll need to clean them up again when we arrive tomorrow. But for now it's good, and hopefully the wax keeps the dirt off a bit.
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Interior fully assembled, and LCD backlight changed for a fresh white one. Still needs cleaning in here because of the engine swap, but I may not have time for that.
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I kept forgetting that the rear right mudflap was looking crap! I ghetto-ly chucked some vinyl paint on it, which promptly all ran off of it (carwash might have left some waxy stuff on it). It's looking pretty dire now, but better than before, hopefully nobody notices it.
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Ripped off a bunch of skin pulling off Eddie's doorcard handle.

JAE Here I come! See those of you who are going (or are there already) tomorrow!

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Early next morning we set off. So early that we were alone on the roads. We went and got some fuel from a 24/7 card-only station.
It was a very long but somewhat uneventful ride there. Somewhere around 240 miles I think, but our trip counters differed because of our wheel radius difference.
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Eventually we were there. Eddie tried to sneak some last-minute Sharpie repairs to his paint but was busted.
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I haven't got a lot to say about the event really, the pictures say it all!
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The next morning...
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As we were about to leave. nissan boy came with us so we were a trio. We drove line abreast in the field, looked like Top Gear (or GT). Damn, we really need to convince someone else to get one and ride with us, three is awesome.
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Obligatory Maccas shot.
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Halfway home, a little more of an interesting ride. Had to share the outside lane breifly with someone who thought that he'd move into my lane despite me approaching much faster.
We stopped to cool down, and Eddie forgot his Fanta on his spoiler.
There were some amazing looking skies on the way home (at the top of a massive hill too) and other than some congestion at a few exits, it was pretty clear, and we could drive next to each other. We had handheld radios for the trip which really adds to a road trip with someone.
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Our cars looked pretty low with this curb.
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It was an awesome time, and I'll do my best to go again next year. Nice to finally meet people that I'd only heard of for all these years.
Good photo of me sitting in the shortie:
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Maybe there will be more K11s next year?

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About time to clean up the engine swap mess. I dragged the CG10 to the back of the garage and onto a pallet. It's heavy.
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I decided to take the taillights that I had pre-packed out, just to display them on my shelving.
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And decided to start taking off some final parts from Cassie...
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Got a little carried away with a mod I've had in mind.
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New backlight for the AC switch. A naked T5.
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Damn, it's bright.
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That lights up very very well!
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Unfortunately, it stops the switch from actually functioning. So I had to tear it down to figure it out.
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A small blob of solder to bridge a hole, and the switch worked. But now the backlight didn't...
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I tried various attempts at getting it to work, one way around actually made the light come on when the switch was off, and the switch functioned.
I ended up damaging the switch too much so I had to reassemble it. The light doesn't function, and the switch doesn't pop out on it's own, so I have to pry it.
So I'm gonna get a new one. I think I know how I'm wiring up that backlight now though.
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So what actually is the mod?
Well it's my new and improved BigMac Lights. This time instead of a couple of orange LEDs drilled into the indicator reflectors, I've used dual-filament orange bulbs. Here's how they look. Smart! Not as bright in reality.
I linked them to a separate switch, because I don't want to reduce how noticeable the indicators are. Especially as they don't have the lens to light up anymore.
I linked it to the AC button, which now stands for "Activate Cornerlights".
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Being linked to the switch also means I can have only the orange ones on and nothing else, which would look cool parked up at night.
Here's now it looks with sides on and the oranges...
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The next day, I got news that Cassie could be removed that day!
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But it turns out she wasn't. So she's still here.
The next day after, after work, I took off more parts, since I still could.
The whole exhaust. Damn it's tall.
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As well as a bunch of other parts.
Here's how the BigMac Lights look with indicators turned on on one side. Fairly noticeable still, especially with the mirror indicator to back up. Good thing those things point forward, unlike usual designs. Still, I'm glad I have the option to turn them on. They're actually quite yellow.
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So, I'm pushing for Cassie's removal. I guess it's good that I need it gone ASAP, otherwise I'd be feeling sad that my OG car was getting taken away.
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There's nothing left on the car at all that I want, except for the wheels and bonnet hinges, I've left those on so it can easily be transported, then I'll go and get those parts when I can.
I even chopped out spare electrical connectors, and the entire fusebox. There really isn't anything worth anything in there now.
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So I got my hands on a new AC switch. This time I knew what I was doing and was more careful, I knew what bits would break.
First of all the quick dab of solder in the hole near the light socket. Of course I'm soldering in my car on my jeans. You know me.
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I couldn't figure out why the BigMac lights had failed. At first I thought it was the cable, which was pretty beaten up from being pulled through everything. It turns out it wasn't! But, at least this time I have a much cleaner install, so that's good. This time I used a grabbing tool which was long enough to go in the wing hole for the side indicator and grab the wire from where some loom comes into the engine bay.
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The solder dab wasn't working, seemed to be too greasy or something near the switch contacts. It was also getting in the way of the switch slider. So I went for a more delicate wire across the contacts (After, I removed the solder dab).
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It took a long time to think of something, but eventually I had an idea for the light wires. Very very little space in this example, however through a hole in the switch frame, and a long hole in the slider, a wire could come from the sides and just barely squeeze in a small gap between the switch and the air controls box.
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So it would look like this. The LED would simply float loosely in the slider, which luckily it looks like it was designed to fit in.
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Unfortunately, this became too complicated, even for my expertise in custom switch backlighting. Sorry to fail you all.
I decided to reassemble the switch one final time as it was beginning to get sticky, and fall apart just like the last one.
For now, I'll have no backlight. I was going to use the extra output from the switch (there are two) to power the backlight.
Well, I'll keep a lookout for a third AC switch, and just use an LED T3 instead. Maybe I'll put some chrome paint and a little foil in there. We'll see.
For now though, the BigMac lights are functioning and look sweet.
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I noticed today that all that time wiring yesterday, with the bulb out and above the headlight (so I could see if it worked while I was inside), in all the rain has caused lots of moisture in the light.
So I've been using my headlights as much as possible (even had them tilted down) to heat up the glass, I've removed one of the vent caps (couldn't find the other while it was installed) and while parked had some bulbs out too. It already looks clearer.
I only now noticed that there is a manual headlight aim adjust in addition to the electronic one.
I think I'll make sure both of my headlights are level with eachother. Can't stand others with one headlight pointed directly in my eyes.
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Today I greased Eddie's brakes in an attempt to kill him. It didn't work, I should have probably covered more areas than just the backs of his brake pads.
Still, at least his brake squealing has stopped.
We also put new smaller wheel nuts on, as his old ones (the same as what I use) weren't fitting under his centrecaps, and made them sit funny. Lighter too!
No pictures, sorry.

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Last Saturday, the 31st of August 2019, I finally parted ways with Cassie. I was at work all day, which is probably for the best, otherwise I'd have gotten sad. I gave her to a friend with no cost, partly because I really really needed her gone, partly because there's almost nothing of value left, and partly because she'll be 10 minutes away for now, so I could get my wheels and bonnet hinges.
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You know, it's really weird writing this post.
You don't really think about your pride and joy one day having to leave you, at the end of its life.
It's weird that I have spent many years with this car, posted hundreds of photos to proudly present it, I've gone to a million places all because this car let me. Not a single day, in all of the five years, has she broken down at the side of the road. I've taken friends, many of which I don't even know anymore, to places in this car. I've experienced every emotion possible in this car, I've even slept overnight in it, for both good and bad reasons.
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I always used to tell people "I'm keeping this car until one of us dies".
Well, 'til death do us part I suppose. I guess I'm the lucky one in that case.
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It's weird. I only got this car because I realised that insurance can be paid monthly. I had just turned 18, and still lived with my Dad. A friends mum was selling it so I thought I could use it to get some no-claims years on insurance.
I bought her for £500, paid in £100 monthly installments. There's no way I'd pay £500 for it now, being bottom spec, having damage on the rear arch, and being horribly rusty underneath.
I didn't even like the colour back then.
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But it turns out, this car was fun. It was fun to accelerate in town, and it was fun in the corners. Eventually I learnt that it could corner well. I pushed the limits, span out many times, and found just how hard I could drive. I guess at this point we had a connection. I knew what it, and I together, were capable of.
Soon I realised that I could feel everything that was happening with the car. A little vibration on the rear left? Something creaking on the front right near the top? It's a weird bond you get when you're completely familiar with, not just a model of car, but that specific unique one. After all, every car is a tiny bit different, and the differences only grow exponentially with this kind of age.
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Not only was it fun to drive, it was cheap. I wasn't rich in the slightest back then. But (despite my age) the insurance was manageable. Fuel and tax was also well within my reach. And if anything ever needed repairing, not that it did, it was easy enough to do myself and parts were cheap.
On top of that, it was remarkably practical. Perhaps not the best car for carrying four people, but with the rear bench folded down, it was always suprising what would fit in the car. I once got a king-sized mattress in, of which was only folded once in the middle! And the size of the car means that if you see a little gap, you can probably fit the car in there. You can avoid hazards easily as the car is just small enough to be hard to hit.
As if that's not good enough, the visibility from inside is remarkable. Big windows and little pillars. The rear window even curves around the boot. My car without rear headrests meant that I could see so well outside.
Then there's the customisation options. Not only were there three different facelift options in Europe, but the car is Japanese. There are tons more mods available from the other side of the world. More than you'd imagine. Even to this day I'm finding about parts I didn't know about. Just off of the top of my head I can think of ten different OEM taillight options, that's not including the aftermarket ones. There are probably more!
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Saturday morning wasn't the last time I saw Cassie though. I went today to collect my GTi wheels and the bonnet hinges.
So for one last time I did a little work on her.
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Best Photos of Cassie

9th of October, 2014. I bought Cassie, my first ever car.
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Some time in October, 2014. Feels like a lifetime ago. Me and an old friend at college about to hit the gym, him seeing me (a diehard biker at the time) in a car for the first time.
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4th of June, 2015. A friend and I went for a cruise to a nice view, and I chilled out in the boot.
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14th of August 2015. Looking at Cassie from a hotel room in London. Visibly smaller, not even parked up to the wall.
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17th of July, 2016. With fresh new wheels, grille design, taillights and black trim. In Exeter.
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17th of July, 2016. Heavy fog near my home, north Devon. I drove on the beach.
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30th of September, 2016. I had just got my socket set and jack, so much more stuff was unlocked. Just started university and had moved to a different part of the country.
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31st of October, 2016. Dressing her up for Halloween. First time putting effort into Halloween, not one trick-or-treat-er. Bought red sidelights that didn't arrive in time.
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1st of August, 2017. A cool little modification to make my car stand out in the dark a little.
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1st of March, 2018. Heavy snow for the first time in many years. First time driving in snow. Extremely fun.
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20th of April, 2018. #teamtornadogrey.
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22nd of May, 2018. More squad goals.
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29th of May, 2018. First time swapping an engine over. Cassie, now a 1.4L, looking at her old engine.
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29th of May, 2018. Me, starting the new engine up for the first time after the swap. One of the best moments of my life so far.
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29th of May, 2018. Testing the engine and gearbox before putting the car back together. Not often you get this opportunity.
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20th of June, 2018. New home, new cool viewpoint to look at Cassie.
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10th of August, 2018. My favourite photo of Cassie. This was her in her best, and final form. It was only a month later that I would buy a replacement.
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29th of September, 2018. The final time Cassie had a running engine, before it was shut down. Running oil flushing liquid.
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7th of January, 2019. Simply captioned: "I mustn't forget about Cassie."
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Goodbye, old friend. I'll miss you.
 
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Today I collected my GTi wheels, bonnet hinges, and also the wheel spacers.
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I bought a Simoniz seat/carpet cleaner. It's really good. Starting to really like Simoniz as a brand.
I didn't even vacuum the boot, it seems that all dust and foliage just gets caught up in the brush, which opens up and can be washed clean. Pretty awesome.
It's made a remarkable difference to my seats and doorcard fabric too. Hasn't removed stains from the seats, but they look much better, and now don't emit dust like an old bus seat.
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The parcel shelf looked much nicer after too. Not to mention the clean smell it leaves too.
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Funnily, the stack of the GTi wheels sits about as high as the stack of steel wheels, despite there being one more steel wheel. The GTi wheels are each a whole inch wider. I guess it makes sense, left is 5x5" and right is 4x6".
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I also cleaned my driveway now that it's empty. Just a few spots of oil that need tending to. It's so empty here now.
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I need to fill the space with somthing... perhaps... maybe... a preface that might get modified for track use..?

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I've ruined my car 🙁
Best Photos of Cassie

9th of October, 2014. I bought Cassie, my first ever car.
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Some time in October, 2014. Feels like a lifetime ago. Me and an old friend at college about to hit the gym, him seeing me (a diehard biker at the time) in a car for the first time.
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4th of June, 2015. A friend and I went for a cruise to a nice view, and I chilled out in the boot.
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14th of August 2015. Looking at Cassie from a hotel room in London. Visibly smaller, not even parked up to the wall.
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17th of July, 2016. With fresh new wheels, grille design, taillights and black trim.
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17th of July, 2016. Heavy fog near my home. I drove on the beach.
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30th of September, 2016. I had just got my socket set and jack, so much more stuff was unlocked. Just started university and had moved to a different part of the country.
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31st of October, 2016. Dressing her up for Halloween. First time putting effort into Halloween, not one trick-or-treat-er. Bought red sidelights that didn't arrive in time.
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1st of August, 2017. A cool little modification to make my car stand out in the dark a little.
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1st of March, 2018. Heavy snow for the first time in many years. First time driving in snow. Extremely fun.
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20th of April, 2018. #teamtornadogrey.
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22nd of May, 2018. More squad goals.
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29th of May, 2018. First time swapping an engine over. Cassie, now a 1.4L, looking at her old engine.
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29th of May, 2018. Me, starting the new engine up for the first time after the swap. One of the best moments of my life so far.
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29th of May, 2018. Testing the engine and gearbox before putting the car back together. Not often you get this opportunity.
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20th of June, 2018. New home, new cool viewpoint to look at Cassie.
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10th of August, 2018. My favourite photo of Cassie. This was her in her best, and final form. It was only a month later that I would buy a replacement.
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29th of September, 2018. The final time Cassie had a running engine, before it was shut down. Running oil flushing liquid.
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7th of January, 2019. Simply captioned: "I mustn't forget about Cassie."
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Goodbye, old friend. I'll miss you.
That was an emotional read. It makes you think just how much your life would be different without our little #### boxes. We've all done so much with our cars, both working on them and also doing life things. So many memories because of these pieces of tin, they aren't just cars to us anymore but friends in a way to accompany us through new things in life.

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You see all of those scratches in my boot panel? Yeah, you don't, because I went over them with touch up paint.
Something that was in the boot really left a nasty mark, which is now just a slightly off-colour line.
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Time to fix this boot handle once and for all. The two left bolts weren't bad (#2 was perfect!), but the right two were completely broken.
It took a decent amount of glue, but it's back together (complete with the spider resident evicted).
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My car was disgustingly filthy. I don't think it's ever been this unclean in my ownership. It doesn't really show in the photo, but it was gross.
I decided to take it to the hand-carwash. This time without the boot handle (I even told them "DON'T OPEN THE BOOT."). As it was them who yanked the damn thing off.
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After the wash, I tidied up this rusty bit above the boot handle. Some sand paper and paint, and it looks good.
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I also coloured in the bits where paint had been peeling off!
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And I covered the spoiler where it had rubbed on the roof, and put a little paint along the top of the gap where it's rusty. I also had a go at rubbing away all that white you see on the spoiler, which I'm guessing is wax that has gotten into the not-so-smooth paint.
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Of course, approximately 57 seconds later it started to rain.
Whatever. I coloured the bits I sealed up from adding the spoiler. They were just primer grey.
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And so the boot handle has returned. It's pretty soft now, so if anyone goes to use the boot I'll tell them to politely relocate themselves. As for myself I may just open it from the base (like on Marches). There is a slight gap but it's even and pretty minimal.
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I noticed that the centre brake light wasn't very tight. So I got curious and took it off. I had not too long ago done the same with Cassie, but this time I was wondering if I could improve this setup at all.
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Managed to pull out the lights this time. There's a very simple PCB with a lens clipped over it. The lens has a really cool diffuser on it which makes the light shine really bright.
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In the end I figured I'd leave it how it is. The light is very directional, so not much actually shines on the black surface, so it wouldn't be worth foiling or spraying it chrome. It'd look too shiny and eliminate the slightly stealthy light (combined with the spoiler).
Damn, I love having super bright brake lights.
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I also love having cool looking, effective fog lights (ignore the right numberplate bulb being half-broken).
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I manually adjusted the headlights for the first time, I lowered the left side to match the right. It looked a tiny bit too high anyway.
I always have the electrical adjuster set to 1, as 0 seems too high. Also I can set it to 0 if I really really want to be noticed (say, if I'm really rushing).
I added some engine oil too as it's starting to disappear again (oh yes, this engine does that).
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I noticed that at enough distance, you can see both side indicators on the wing from the front. That's pretty cool. My custom ones actually sit further out from the wings compared to the stock ones.
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Later, I added some paint to a huge area that was bald on the upper sill. That's better.
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Looks like the paint I added on the spoiler has gone from a small drive in light drizzle. So has the rest, probably (I added some on the front bumper...).

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When starting your engine, it's often best to check that your oil cap is fitted. Otherwise a small amount of oil may be deposited upon your bonnet, windscreen, alternator and exhaust manifold.
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Brought out the soap to get some tree sap off.
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Very nice. Wanted to do some waxing but ran out of time. Damn, the photos never capture the subtle glow of the BigMac Lights. They aren't that bright. In fact the background wasn't this bright either, looked like a great photo opportunity until I actually took one.
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Today, I bought some more oil as mine is escaping me!
I also bought a tin of some fluid that supposedly stops oil leaks! After using it for 200 miles. Well, I'm highly sceptical that something can both glue up gaps and not ruin the lubrication of an engine. Probably should've looked into it before buying, but let's see how it goes.
At least I'm quite sure the oil isn't coming from the crank seals, as they looked fine when the engine was out.

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I apologise for not posting for so long. I'm ill currently, university has started (and boy did it kick off hard). Plus it's been raining every single day for weeks. On top of all of that, I've been working on a different, non-car project.
I've been taking photos here and there, so now I just need to remember what was happening in each photo...
One night my throttle suddenly felt... flaccid. On the way home. Still driveable, but definitely not nice.
Seems that the adjuster bolt I kept tightening by hand needed to be tighter, as it fell off.
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Silly me went and overtightened it that night, the next morning the car started and jumped right to about 4500rpm. So I adjusted it, and adjusted it a little more on the journey. Back to normal!

Got a nice shot in a car park in Bristol. Friend was more excited at the Tesla in the background, so I made sure to include that in the shot.
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Washed the car again. Think I did something else while I was here. Don't remember.
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I've been having a real problem with my left headlight fogging up in the last couple of weeks. Just can't air it out when it's raining so much. I'm thinking of buying a new set with nice clear glass and starting fresh.

I added some oil additive that supposedly stops (or at least limits) small leaks. Seems as if the leak has actually stopped now. At least more or less. Hard to tell because my oil cap got loose and leaked, and my cam cover also got a little loose.

I noticed that my front tyres were getting a little low on tread. Not suprising, given how much I've been making the most of them.
So I swapped over the fronts and rears, and pulled out a bunch of stones that were really stuck in the tread.
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I bought a new AC switch. Once again starting fresh, as these switches begin to get tender if you modify them too much.
I found a cool new type of LED bulb. Which is absolutely massive. It looks like a really old traditional LED, but it's contained in some hard, almost opaque plastic. It's a tight fit to get it in the hole, and it's a little too tall, so it needed sanding down a little.
There's a joke in here somewhere.
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Today, I tried it out. Holy crap. It's bright. Like really bright. I'm going to have to put tape over the back of the bulb as I can see white light coming out from above the switch!
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Without the button cap... This is really how it looked, this isn't just the camera doing camera stuff.
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Thought I'd take a look at the backlight for the rear demister switch, as it wasn't really working anymore. And it was upsetting me greatly.
Seems that I'll need to remake that internal design. Shouldn't be too hard, I think I have a few T5s somewhere from that urgent dash LCD fix for JAE.
For now though, I was too ill and hungry to do anything.
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So, there's still a problem with the switch here. It lights up now, which is great. But it doesn't light up the actual cornerlights.
I've been talking to the forum's electrical expert, and I think we have a solution. Which will envolve a relay.
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I got some washers for the cam cover. Well, I lost one, but that one is at the back under the throttle cable and out of sight. I put some random, slightly cut from something, washer in that one.
One or two of the bolts weren't tight... I made sure to do them fairly tightly this time. Need to stop throwing oil overboard. As much as it's been good to add fresh oil so often. Speaking of which, a new magnetic sump plug should be arriving soon. I also bought a brand new MAF sensor today. They're only like £16! Brand new!

Oh I noticed that my slam panel was only held on on one side by a single loose nut and bolt. We just grabbed what we could during the engine swap. So I tightened it a bit and added an extra bolt.
Thinking of changing a few of the engine bay bolts for pretty ones.
Also thinking up how to implement the cam breather hose to the intake tube.
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New MAF sensor in. No more engine warning light. Also revs up fast much more consistently.
The ECU is doing some hardcore adjusting though. Kept stalling at first, stalled at every stop.
Leaving it idling for a while, I noticed it figuring out how it's supposed to run.
I reckon by tomorrow, or at least the end of this week it'll run just fine.
I could reset it by disconnecting the battery, but I can't be bothered to set up my radio and the clock again.
The learning experience is invaluable for the ECU. It will shape it into a better being.
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