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Added the new badge!
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Finally got her in the garage. Starting to put bits back together. Having to bodge quite a few panels as bolts had snapped, and plastic bolt things were almost all broken.
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I redesigned the horn wiring as I first made it years ago.
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I also changed my mind about the side markers. I've now set it so that the top LED comes on with the sidelights, but the bottom one comes on with the indicators.
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Headlights are in. The LEDs in the indicators at the front made it a nuisance.
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Got the same air fresheners from years ago, because they match the interior styling so well! Now there are clear ones and blue ones. It's been ages since I had fresheners!
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And finally that's one assembled K11.
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I went and got fuel, but on the way back, I was down one cylinder. Engine warning light on the dash, as well as tractor sounds. Just like when the coilpack failed.
Not sure right now why it happened, but I'm thinking the injectors I used were crappy.
I was also quite frightened by a load of smoke coming from the engine bay as I stopped, but I think it was steam. The engine was out in the rain all of last night, and the smoke/steam happened when I got to a large gradient.
I also need to investigate the oil leak issue. I don't really know where it's coming from, but I think it's the sump gasket. Or the sump. Or the crank pulley seal.

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Whoops, forgot to add, I also got a 16V badge. I only managed to get one, so I was thinking of putting it somewhere different. In the end I felt the only good place to put it would be on one of the wings, where they normally are.
Now I just need to find another...
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I've moved house again. Now I have a proper garage!
And a great view of my car.
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I decided I'd take some stuff apart. The SRS module here. This set has been coated to prevent corrosion. Not obvious how it detects deceleration (it is this that does it right?). Gigantic capacitor on the top side. I guess that charges the airbags. One chip on the underside too. I wonder how this differs to the one I have in there now. Perhaps my new one has more components where this has blanks.
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And the old ECU. No coating on this one. Again wonder how my current one looks in comparison.
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There's an AMD chip in there! Go team red!
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Not much luck getting the chip reader apart.
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It wasn't long before Eddie came over and we got his new MSC sticker on. Decided I'd add this to my blog as he never takes photos.
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His power folding mirrors.
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His new horns (damn these are big)
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Same foglight as me!
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I got myself some new floor mats for cheap. My rubber ones are pretty dead now. I've saved them under the boot carpet in case I really need them. Nice to finally have rear mats.
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Ha. Look at him.
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Eddie's new foglight.
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A really old picture here (but it's here on my phone), but my friend decided to scrap his poor K11 because of this damage. I already had a slam panel removed and ready to replace!
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Back to now.
A random picture.
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And a little photoshoot of Eddie as he was leaving.
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Eddie actually did come over today. We cut out his rear wiper motor as it was held in by a de-threaded bolt.
We also took off his headlights.
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And now they look like this!
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Check his blog on more photos. We managed to plug the chrome in the sidelight by using blue tack. It seems to not pull off the thin chrome coat.
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Looks great. I love how the light lights up part of the black inner bit.

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This post will be a little off topic... but I promise there is a K11 in here.
I just went on holiday to my usual destination of Finland. Was there for 4 weeks.
Over there, I own a 1986 Sunny N13. It shares many parts with the K10.
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Straight away I gave it a new air filter.
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And replaced some dash lights.
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Hey look, there's that K11 I promised. They have headlight washers. Prefaces have headlight wipers.
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Visited the magical place of Åland.
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There are many K10s there. Some pretty rough.
You can see this one used to have headlight wipers.
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Some photos.
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I fitted some quad tail lights. The standard corners work well at angles but are ultimately too small.
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Now it's also easier to tell if I'm braking. It's usually blindingly sunny this time of year and full headlights on at all times is the law.
Dual fog lights now too, rather than just the left side.
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In reality the glow looks very similar. The camera isn't capturing it right.
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In a ship.
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Testing some orange T10s while I prepare for my next mod.
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Not easy to see here, but I made use of those orange side bits. They're now side markers. Originally I think they were maybe the JDM side indicators. But the European models have K10 sides.
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One of the dash backlight caps broke! Well, the actual clocks plastic.
I had to get super-bodgy and glue in a spare T10 wired through connector blocks to a different bulb. Worked perfectly. Will upgrade the other two to a similar setup next year.
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Night time, I now have yellow LED sidelights and the side markers. Looks awesome.
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Hole found in the tyre that went flat last year.
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Impossible to keep your car clean over here.
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Time to wash.
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Seems to be an issue attaching my final photo. Can't add any more pictures. Even though I removed one.



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They last photo was the one I removed... can't edit it either.
Whatever, here's the final photo. The nice JDM chrome wiper arms. Front, back, and even on the headlight wipers/washers.
Only issue is that the sun reflects on them and is blinding. Even sometimes on the rear one through the rear view mirror.
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Now. Back home, back to K11 stuff.

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New project started.
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Can you tell what I'm doing?
This should make it more obvious:
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I've bought T5 SMD bulbs which I'm taking apart so they're just chips. SMD is as ever the brightest and smallest option.
Quick preview with the faceplate:
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The cold air blues might look a little out of place due to how I lined up the photo. It was a bit dodgy powering it by two wires poking into a T10 slot (especially as I've shorted those before, was a butt-clench moment).
These will also hopefully be further away from the plate.

To help keep the right colours in the right places, I put some dividers in.
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Just waiting for 10 Reds and 30 Whites to arrive. Then I'll get going.

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I've been busy today!
Got some new bulbs.
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Here is the illuminated dash at the beginning:
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I began by spray painting the inside with a chrome silver. It's just by that become much more reflective.
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Next, I scratched away the orange needle backing. It needed sanding and smoothing. Unfortunately the desk marked the tops a little, as you'll see at the end.
I then drew on the blue with a permanent marker pen.
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Next, a tricky bit. Tried my best to cut out the orange filters in the face plate, without doing too much damage. I left some orange in fear of scratching the black. (Useful tip, to remove the needles without scratching the black bits, run some string underneath and pull the string from both ends up)
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A look with the T5s and chrome in place. Also the previously mentioned green LED drilled into a spare bulb cap as the front fog warning.
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Now for something more. I wanted the needles to glow more, so I dismantled some remaining blue T5s and glued/soldered them all in place like so. It was a little difficult, but good fun. Took a while to do.
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In place and lit up!
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Final test before reassembly, switched back the yellow T5s to incandescent as the SMDs were terrible! Now an SMD high beam warning too (rather than a flat tip)
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And with the face plate back on... (photo doesn't do it justice.)
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Yeah. That looks good!
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I put a white bulb in the mirror switch finally. And also I rewired the backlight to come on with sidelights, instead of ignition. Much better.
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Overall. Unique and nice.
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In addition to this, I wired in a diode from the high beam wire to the front fog wire.
This means that I can still independently turn on front foglights, but now, when I turn on high beam or flash, the fogs flash too. It's good!

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Looks good, would a coloured filament bulb for the trip be better, as it looks blinding , specially in a dark road at night ,
Thanks :)
Nah, it's completely impossible for my phone to get the exposure right on that panel. Every time I take a photo I'm spending a minute or two tapping the edges of the glare. In reality it's not nearly as bright as that.

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Today I have been making some stuff!
I decided I'd put some more bits together for the air controls box.
I've been thinking, it would be really useful to have some kind of 12V tester to see if something was working or a wiring setup was correct.
Then I remembered, I have two cigarette lighter to USB2 adaptors in the glovebox. One doesn't work and the other kinda works.
I took the broken one and hacked at it, tore out components, soldered in new wires and boom!
I have a 12V tester!
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Here it is in action! It works, as you can see by the T5 sat in the connector block.
Interestingly, a tiny bit of power is going to the socket even when the ignition is off.
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Glued the casing back together and used those permanent markers I got for the dash needles.
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Now then! The next thing I want to do is improve the hazard light switch backlighting.
It's been something I've wanted to do pretty much since it's last upgrade. In the photos it always looked okay, but in reality it was a little dim and only really glowed at certain angles. Adding foil to the inside barely did anything.
So, out with the foil (it was too small and complicated in there for it) and in with the chrome paint.
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I've been planning on using a couple of T5s, but then I thought, I have two T10s... Maybe they'd fit?
One kinda did!
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Saved the hassle of wires by directly soldering the bulb to the original cap fitment. This actually worked.
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(Both of the T10s were missing two of the front chips)
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Unfortunately, I didn't account for the clearance needed for the face of the switch. When I pushed it on, things went bad.
Like, pretty bad.
There were sparks and flashes from where I soldered it on, followed by smoke. Much more than I'd expect, the circuit didn't even blow, but the T10 sure did. (Find out why in a few photos)

So, I reverted back to the original plan. Two T5s mounted on some card in there. I even sprayed the card.
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Initial setup was good.
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However, more drama. The wire had nowhere to go and was forever getting stuck on things. Something rubbed or broke somewhere and again the lights went out. This time though, they weren't coming on again.
Obviously I blew the sidelight circuit. However, I don't remember putting a (probably temporary) 20A fuse in the fusebox, where it should have been 10A. Whoops. Good thing it didn't cause a fire or destroy a component somewhere.

My next attempt was dismantling the remaining T10s and trying to make my own array of red LED chips.
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Unfortunately, though it took ages, it didn't work. At least I hope it didn't in retrospective. I didn't have the tester plugged in...
It was quite complex and I doubt it would have been particularly durable, so, back to the original plan again.

This time I figured out a route for the wires. Two holes in the lower section of the switch and a larger one in the back.
Worked very well! I had just remembered (from the switch being dismantled) that the spring in my switch is from a pen. I lost the original.
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Reassembled, it worked fantastically! The wires aren't snagging anything.
Now it sucks that I started to chop the panel that these mount into on the dash. Luckily I didn't finish chopping it.
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A quick test reveals no fire or sparks, and light. While the switch was in pieces I again scratched away some of the remaining filter in the back of the triangle. Made it less scratchy too.
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Then later on a quick look...
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It looks so good! But the photos don't show it! It looks so so so much brighter and redder than it did.
Managed to get this photo just as the outside light was turning off.
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The photo shows it to have a bit of an orange tint. It's not, it's completely red. Also it looks less offset.
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Very pleased!

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It was time to get some new oil. This engine is leaking slowly from somewhere around the sump.
It had gotten so low, I was getting the oil pressure warning light when in heavy corners.
Checked the dip stick, didn't even have any oil on it!
Even after adding a bunch the dip stick was still dry.
Seems like I had barely anything in there. When I was adding some I could occasionally hear it pouring in the engine.
This time I have opted for 10w40 rather than 5w40.
Seems to be the more common one. Ultimately very similar.
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The red bulbs arrived today, so I chucked them in. This is going to be a wiring challenge. Just waiting on whites now. And solder. I need a lot more.
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Managed to get a nice photo while quickly at the shop! (It's a corner space, I'm not partly in another space)
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I've been busy today!
Got some new bulbs.
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Here is the illuminated dash at the beginning:
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I began by spray painting the inside with a chrome silver. It's just by that become much more reflective.
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Next, I scratched away the orange needle backing. It needed sanding and smoothing. Unfortunately the desk marked the tops a little, as you'll see at the end.
I then drew on the blue with a permanent marker pen.
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Next, a tricky bit. Tried my best to cut out the orange filters in the face plate, without doing too much damage. I left some orange in fear of scratching the black. (Useful tip, to remove the needles without scratching the black bits, run some string underneath and pull the string from both ends up)
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A look with the T5s and chrome in place. Also the previously mentioned green LED drilled into a spare bulb cap as the front fog warning.
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Now for something more. I wanted the needles to glow more, so I dismantled some remaining blue T5s and glued/soldered them all in place like so. It was a little difficult, but good fun. Took a while to do.
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In place and lit up!
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Final test before reassembly, switched back the yellow T5s to incandescent as the SMDs were terrible! Now an SMD high beam warning too (rather than a flat tip)
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And with the face plate back on... (photo doesn't do it justice.)
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Yeah. That looks good!
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I put a white bulb in the mirror switch finally. And also I rewired the backlight to come on with sidelights, instead of ignition. Much better.
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Overall. Unique and nice.
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In addition to this, I wired in a diode from the high beam wire to the front fog wire.
This means that I can still independently turn on front foglights, but now, when I turn on high beam or flash, the fogs flash too. It's good!

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Can you send the link to the bulbs?
 
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