Archive for June 13, 2019

Red SLX Evaluation Continues, del Sol Cleanup, & Visit from Jason

Posted in Del Sol, SLX on June 13, 2019 by tysonhugie

Odometer (ILX):  214,899

Did you get your Tetanus shot this year?  Because we are about to dive into the rusty SLX and do some preliminary cleanup and evaluation.  First item of business was getting the oil changed at the Honda dealership near the house.  My service advisor, Richard, advised me over the phone that the undercarriage looked “rustier than the Titanic.”

That was not a very good sign.  But his technician was able to get my new front brake pads and rotors installed without too many challenges, which took care of the “metal on metal” grinding that I observed in the first video.  One small step forward, I guess.

I did also successfully get the vehicle registered and I’m happy to report that it seems to run and drive well despite the obvious cosmetic issues.  Even the air conditioning works well.  I went over the paint with a one-step Zaino by hand but I hesitate to get too aggressive with anything beyond that since the clear coat is so thin.  Turned out okay, right?

The question at hand is where and how to prioritize any upcoming work.  This vehicle falls at the very bottom of the list in terms of “needing” to get things done.  And when I do get to that point, I think safety & mechanical concerns rank way above getting new leather seats.  For example, one of the tires is from 2006.  I don’t trust a 13 year old tire in 120 degrees in Phoenix summer at any speed.  So there’s that.

The car that doesn’t need a lot of work is the del Sol.  I did a light engine detail and it came out looking showroom fresh.  I also installed the replica floormats that I had picked up on Ebay a few weeks ago.  They look nice for the price!  A timing belt replacement is scheduled since the existing unit is from 2011.  Hon-Man to the rescue.

It’s been a fun little adventure getting started with these projects, and I had company from a couple of friends this weekend to get a glimpse at what’s going on in my garage.  Jason of Pawela’s Garage stopped by for a couple of nights in his 1998 Ford SVT Contour 5-speed in brilliant Toreador Red.  The car was awesome to drive!  The look on my face when we took it to breakfast shows just how much I was enjoying it.

Then later in the weekend, my friend Ken brought his Suzuka Blue Honda S2000 over for a quick lunch run.  It is such a night & day driving experience from the del Sol.  Super tight and fun.  That color is amazing, too.

Here’s the next video installment, if you dare!

And a short video highlighting some of the adventures with Jason.

Door sill cleanup

The passenger fog lamp lens doesn’t even have a housing behind it

That new awning is coming in handy

Quick touch-up on wiper arms

What in the world are they using on their roads in Illinois? OMG.

Initial pics post-cleanup

Taking care of that rear wiper arm and installing a new blade

Proud member of the Hagerty Driver’s Club and got a greeting card in the mail

Birthday outing for a friend

SLX + SLX pics

Heading to breakfast with Jason on Saturday morning

Swapping keys for a bit

A friend made this meme and I had to share it.

That paint looks absolutely wet!

A local friend gave me a Motor Trend 1994 Import Car of the Year award!  I don’t even know how rare this thing is (maybe 1 of 1?) but it was for the Honda Accord.

Jason working on SLX projects

Squeezing 2 (small) cars into the west garage

More to come!