So today I decided I’d give myself a present.
Been meaning to get myself a vice for a very long time, so finally bit the bullet and went down to my local engineering shop and bought this 6″ Irwin example. Can’t believe I’ve lasted so long without one, I used to have to go to work for every job that needed one. No more of that!
As soon as I got home I realised that I’d forgotten to get a pair of Soft Jaws, as most of the work I do is kind of delicate. So I hopped onto Trade Tools and grabbed some, while I was there I had a quick look through their specials and found these Infar long reach spanners on clearance for a price I couldn’t pass up! They’ll come in handy doing those pain in the ass bell-housing bolts when the motor’s still in the car.
In progress related news I picked up an SR20DE Manual throttle body, as they’re a bit bigger than the turbo ones, and also this had a manual TPS, so I don’t have a spare plug doing nothing, looking ugly. As soon as I got it, I got to cleaning it up, and removed the whole fast idle cam/coolant nipple setup, as I won’t be using it, and I figure I’ll just adjust the idle on the throttle body itself, as I’ve also completely removed IACV/AAC from the loom, and manifold.
Also got a number plate light off a friend of mine, and got to cleaning that up, came out pretty good with a bit of CRC and wipe with a rag. Ordered some LED bulbs for it, and grabbed some for the tail lights while I was at it. Should make it look a bit better than the horrible yellow light that regular bulbs give out.
Also been cleaning up all the front suspension bits before I put them back in once the bay’s finally painted. Here’s the crossmember and steering rack after being seperated, cleaned up, and painted with some epoxy black. Even though they won’t be seen once they’re in the car, they still needed some cleaning up as they were filthy.
Hope everyone has a rad New Years, I’ll be stuck in the city, would have loved to have gone away, but got a few commitments, and gives me a chance to get stuck into the car. So anyways I’ll leave you guys with a song I’ve been really digging lately. Pretty sweet video too!