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The small facelift one is bolted on and glued. Nice armrest btw. I have the same one. The heated seats buttons are normally in it if the car had that option. I fitted S14 seats because they have the back adjuster on the outside instead of the inside and have heating. The heated seat buttons from a primera also fit the armrest.
Which bit is bolted and glued?
And so I've heard about the heated seats. Looks like in the European models (specifically scandinavia) the heat switches are just under the radio (instead of the hole). All cars seem to have them (along with headlight wipers or washers) over there. My '86 Sunny has heated seats which is pretty cool for a bottom spec 80's car.

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The small facelift one is bolted on and glued. Nice armrest btw. I have the same one. The heated seats buttons are normally in it if the car had that option. I fitted S14 seats because they have the back adjuster on the outside instead of the inside and have heating. The heated seat buttons from a primera also fit the armrest.
Also I investigated the interior of the JDM March, both with the different mounts at the back of the centre section, thinner looking seatbelts and the adjuster seems to be a ratchet lever on the outside.
Gotta say using my belt now is a little bit more of a squeeze.

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I've ruined my car 🙁
Also I investigated the interior of the JDM March, both with the different mounts at the back of the centre section, thinner looking seatbelts and the adjuster seems to be a ratchet lever on the outside.
Gotta say using my belt now is a little bit more of a squeeze.

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On marches the seats are narrower and the adjuster is on the door side of the seats. The sides of the arm rest will get wrecked from the seat belts sliding past it so watch out for that
 
On marches the seats are narrower and the adjuster is on the door side of the seats. The sides of the arm rest will get wrecked from the seat belts sliding past it so watch out for that
It's already pretty scratched up from that unfortunately. But my modified belt buckles clear it totally.
Sometimes the belts scrape against the seat when I fold them forwards but that I don't care about.

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I tested a McDonald's large cup in the bottle holder yesterday and it definitely won't fit. In fact the holder itself tries to take the lid off.
But a regular large bottle fits great!
I also found out this morning that you can fit more in there...
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While trying to stuff in as much food as possible (usually I fill up the rear pockets but of course I don't have those in yet), I found that something else fits very nicely in the holder...
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I will now refer to it as the pickle jar holder.

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I met up with Eddie today to have a little cruise.
We both went to an automatic car wash. I get cheap full washes because of employee discounts.
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Just as I got into the car wash we realised that Eddie's aerial was going to be a problem. He couldn't unscrew it either.
It's a fairly long hard metal one.
We decided he'd just hope for the best.
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I sat ahead, laughing at the chaos and talking to him through messenger (we have radios but the battery ran out just as I went in)
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It was freaking hilarious. The top brush ended up making the aerial point directly up, after making the mount rotate.
Eddie had to pull it down, but the blow dry bar came over and bent it. I just had time to warn him on messenger (after laughing so much) that the bar was coming back and would completely wreck it. He had to open the sunroof and hold it down, while getting blown by water.
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It was a good day.

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My photos seemed to break in that last post. I accidentally closed the app while my phone brought up a button to go to power saving mode as I was typing. Thanks phone.
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Oh also I accidentally broke one of my bright incandescent sidelight bulbs. So I chucked in some orange ones to see what they'd be like in this car. I just added some orange paint as they were losing their colour.
The combination of the dark grey paint and no orange indicators actually makes it look pretty cool.
Though I think I might go for American style indicators again. Just in a different way.


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Since so many people have kept asking me over the years, "what bulb goes in here?", "what kind would you use?", and I keep seeing people asking in separate posts, I decided to make a little poster thing.
Especially as I seem to have a pinch of autism when it comes to lights in a car.
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Also the orange sides on the new car are looking kinda cool. The picture doesn't show it correctly, they're more orange IRL.
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I want to replace the indicator fittings with dual-filament bulbs, just like I did with my N13 Sunny in Finland. Then use nice quality white sides and have the indicators on dimly alongside. Can't really reuse the old method with the two LEDs as without the lens on the front it'll just look like two orange dots.
 
Back home in the UK, the car wouldn't start so well but got going in the end. Managed nearly 300 miles on one tank!
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Then I managed over 300 miles!
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It was in desperate need for a clean after sitting under a tree where birds reside for two weeks.
Some monkey had broken off the hot foam brush (and the usual jetwash was once again closed) so I gave a high pressure rinse, shampoo, and low pressure gloss clean.
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I mustn't forget about Cassie.
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Annoying life things are in the way currently.
Today some centre caps for my steels arrived (from a fellow club member, thank you!). They need painting before they go on. Didn't get a picture yet.
But I did get a cool picture at Eddie's.
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Finally! At long last, another 16V badge has arrived here thanks to a fellow member. I also bought a coin holder that came from an R33 Skyline! Unfortunately it's not the right panel size so I'm not going to use it. Arrived while I was watching Turbos & Temples 2 (highly recommend!)
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The 16V badge in place... Didn't seem to want to glue on, car must still have some wax or something on it.
I also pumped up my rather flat tyres.
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I've updated my bulb guide. I got the flat-topped light spread totally wrong.
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My dimmer switch (the second one after Hermes lost my original) arrived! It was a gamble on the quality as the picture on the advert was terrible, but it's paid off as it's in great condition!
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It's interesting, you can see the slider move along the contacts that give it resistance.
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Both sides have these huge cooling vents as I imagine prolonged use of this would generate some heat! Luckily inside the arm rest is always very cool.
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It's a four pin setup... I wasn't expecting that. I'll have to see what these pins do. And hopefully not blow something up.
There doesn't appear to be a backlight for the switch symbol. However, the symbol looks like it's backlightable so I might fit a small bulb in there to pretty it up!
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Update:
Shining a light through the switch shows its definitely backlighted. Brilliant! I can see a blue incandescent bulb in there already.
A white LED upgrade would be awesome though.

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I opened the dimmer switch and a working bulb was in there as I had spotted. It was so dull though.
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So I deconstructed a white T3, it would only fit with the cap removed and legs shortened. Looks excellent.
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I then got the idea about taking the headlight aim switch apart to check that it's not backlightable.
And guess what I found!
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It IS! Though only the numbers.
It's very tight in there so I've decided not to fully illuminate it. However, attached to the knob is some sort of selector arm. Suggesting that in a different model (or just early plans) that the number selected would be lit up.
That selector arm just happens to fit a naked T3 very snugly.
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Now the issue is running two wires in there (where space is hugely limited), without interfering with the turning of the selector.

I've run out of time now (and have a nasty burn on my little finger from the soldering iron, ouch), so I'll continue another time. I'm pretty excited though.

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This was a couple of days ago. I tested the disassembled T3 in the switch arm for the light aim. Super bright!
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The biggest problem was with the wires I had to put through it. There's no space for them in there when the knob turns. This was the best solution I could come up with, using recycled small gauge wire from Cassie.
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After lots of fiddling, to get the wires out of the way, it worked. Though, it's still not quite as smooth as before backlighting.
My phone just couldn't get the light right. Here's with the flash on..:
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And with the flash off..:
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So. I decided to transfer over my air controls box that I had in Cassie, with the custom backlighting.
Unfortunately I've been very stupid in the past with removing the cables that are pushed when you turn the knobs, and have broken all of the fittings. I spent all day and night raging away in there trying to get these cables to stay in. The temperature one and the fresh air one wouldn't stay. I had to abort mission...

Today:
I have left the car looking like this for a couple of days. The wires going into the glovebox are going to the dimmer switch which was loosely in there.
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With no pictures (it looks terrible), I managed to get the two cables to seat in place using a lot of hot glue and patience. I also inverted the C clips that hold them in place so more was holding them. Annoying I've bent a couple of the cables, so for instance the temperature knob, after you turn it to full cold, will turn back to almost where the blue ends. This might un-bend over time.

I was just thinking, "I should label all of these wires, in case I need to open it all up again". And then I found a label with exactly the information I wanted on it! This wire is here for the mirror switch backlight when it goes in. Good job, past me!
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Sadly I've not got that many photos after this as I was concentrating too hard on it all. I trimmed down the dimmer switch as I thought it was clashing with the container in the arm rest. Turns out it was just the wires, they had no room.
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So I settled for this rather rough looking wiring. Luckily, if the two wires that are really bent do touch, nothing will happen other than the air controls box being super bright.
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While I was waiting for the glue to dry on my seatbelt buckle (it's been broken for a while now), I took the relay bracket I had been using to support the arm rest and chopped it in half, and added another hole. So now I have two brackets which shamelessly are cable-tied once again to the arm rest, but now with two of them it's much more stable.
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Near the end, I got a notification that one of my favourite YouTubers, ChrisFix, had heart-reacc'd my comment on his latest video. Hell yeah!
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All done, both switches in place, backlit, and functional! Sadly, the dimmer switch never did go all the way in, and it barely dims the lights, but it's good enough. The headlight aim is being a little annoying in that it won't quite select option 3 unless I hold it, but that's almost never used anyway.
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To finish off (as I was starting to freeze out there) I rewired one of my horns that had broken due to a faulty wire, and switched to regular T10s in the sidelights as one of the orange painted ones were burning and becoming black.
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Still much, much more stuff to do on this new car, but I'm getting there. Slowly.

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Today I went and got some paint and other supplies. So I decided to stick some paint on the centre caps for my winter wheels.
Here they are pre-sanded from a while back.
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And with primer on...
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The black coat was taking ages to dry, it's very humid today. So I've left it in the garage to dry overnight.
Tomorrow I'll look into getting tyres.
I'm going for winter tyres on the front and all-seasons on the rear. If it's not too expensive. I've checked with an MOT station that it's legal to do that.

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The new tyres are on! Boy did this car need it. These are my first winter tyres. They're only on the front end, all-seasons on the back. These need a little wearing in, but at first these feel super soft (both to touch and when steering). The plan is still to keep these steels for seasons of bad weather (snow is becoming more common!), while still hunting for some of those Almera SRi alloys (which will have good summer tyres on).
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Thanks for torquing my wheels on, garage, but I must immediately take them off.
They rebalanced all four wheels too, awesome! (maybe that's normal when getting tyres changed..?)
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Slightly crap photo, but here's the tread on the winter and all-year tyres.
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So, I cleaned them both up and grinded them a little with a wirebrush on my drill. Little sandpaper at the end too. I could have made these smoother, but I don't have all day and some of the creveces are hard to get to.
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So, masked up (much better this time) and clean (enough). I nearly forgot to mask the valve stems.
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Primer on..!
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Base on..!
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A slightly dryer shot (the drying speed was enhanced by use of a hair dryer)
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A little preview with the centre cap on...
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After some laquer. Looks good!
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And to finish off, for the new tyres, a little tyre-shine (just a little as it wasn't exactly that dry yet).
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Here we go! All back on. I added the spacer at the back while I was doing this, to push the rear wheel out a little more. Again nearly forgot the valve stems, had to take them off here.
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To finish off, the centrecaps on.
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It's kinda weird, but I like it! Remember these wheels are only for Winter (or whenever).
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Of course, I added the spacer to the other side at the back, but I have run out of time today to paint, so the other side is as it was. Busy night ahead and next day. I might do the other side on the weekend.

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