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Watched a video for tail lights and they sand and spray the outside of the tail light. Would be interested to hear how the process is done on windows. Maybe I can find a video of that too?

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BCsmart ... The VHT stuff looks great from the outside since it is not affected by the spray .. looks just like a regular dark tint. From the inside, it will look differently, depending on how much you apply. ....... Photos to follow.  See the thread about tinting for outside photos .. post #16 shows the outside quite well.

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To continue from above, spent Tuesday in Sudbury and returned to St Thomas on Wednesday.

Put 1,123 km on the Grandstyle, with no problems.

Started both mornings @ more than -20C.  No plugins where I stayed.

btw.... heads up to travellers.  DON’T stay at the Best Western in Sudbury.

Overall result was 4.25 l/100km or about 66.5 mpg.  Not great, but lots of big headwinds.

Now, it sure needs a wash.  Have to wait till temp is above freezing.

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I put insurance on the canada1 yesterday, and today I did an oil and oil filter/o-ring change. I will need to do a decent wash and detail soon.

 

I keep hearing a rumour that someone wants to drive the car home to Ontario, but that has not happened yet. :)

 

Just over 107,000 kms

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That would be interesting: two of the three original Ontario cars end up here and the one BC car ends up in Ontario (if it happens).  2 for 1, even then, BC wins ;)

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My Canada 1 is sitting outside because Sean has been using it to commute to UVIC (nice 92 km each way).  He has had ACL reconstruction surgery so it's the only car he can drive at the moment, because ours are all manual.

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Oil and filter at 127,500 km in the Canada 1, plus a wash.  The odometer rate should calm down through the summer (unless we drive it to Winnipeg in July!).

 

Oil had 8500 km on it, with 1600 km until the required change.  I dragged it out because the car was doing 200 km a day.

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The alternator belt failed on my 451.  Had it towed to Cincinnati, to be repaired Monday morning.  Only 5k km on the belt, do not know if the belt was defective or the Tech in London was not quite on the ball when it was installed.  Much thanks to all the smart owners at the Ohio rally that came to my aid today.

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Oh man what a pain.  Hope it works out.

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P0380 today.  Will check wiring Sunday, but may have to go to dealer when we're back from Japan.  Our green and black smart was less demanding.

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Finally got around to getting rid of the dealer supplied license plate frames.

Installed powder coated black ones which, look so much better...:D

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I spent a few hours searching for the horn, finally found it and replaced the Meep meep with a BEEP BEEP!  Also power washed as much of the oily mess off it as I could, but still found gallons of it after removing belly pans....augh!  Next is a seperate power/fuse block to power anything that isn't already being powered by the car as in factory, all add-ons will be powered by seperate power supply.  Tuesday and Wednesday's job seeing as it's supposed to be chucking it down again!

I can now change front clip in simply minutes.....lol....

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Gave the car its first summer detailed cleaning. I will do it again in a few weeks to get everything 100%. I cleaned out all the junk and non essential items, scrubbed the rubber floor mats, vacuumed the interior, disinfected all surfaces, then used protective wipes on all plastic surfaces. I gave the outside a basic cleaning, used plastic restorer to get all grey plastic looking deep black, and prepped the car for tint. Im VHT nighshading the read quarter windows and all lights(fronts very lightly). Im going to give the car a light waxing tomorrow after i have done the tinting. Ill also give the rims a black touch-up to get them looking new.

 

After seeing Simon cowells Black smart I wanted to black out mine.

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Changing the fuel filter today, hoping to turn that idiot light off.....lol.  Shouldn't take long at all, found and cleaned the area yesterday.....lol.  Then start the dash cam install......After that, bring in the second Smart to use as a template to build a tow hitch and look at the exhaust to see what's possible...?

 

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Blacked out the side rear windows and siliconed them tight to stop future leaks......must keep carpet dry....now to find the next leak.......lol
Dash cam and rear reverse cam  are installed, also SIRIUS installed yesterday, no more lost chanels while driving long distances.....gotta love it!

 

I have driven or lets say moved the second car around without a muffler on it as I'm searching out a solid canister type muffler to replace the crimpled mufflers we have presently.....it isn't that loud at walking speeds....not sure I want to try it at highway speeds...lol

 

I also have the second old rear crash bar off to make  a tow hitch from using it as a template.......was thinking of incorporating the old crash bar into a tow bar by adding material etc and reinforcing it, but there would be far too much alluminium welding to get done......so it's steel all the way...

 

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Swapped out the snows on Passion rims for the Michalacs with wider summers on the Grandstyle.

Mounted new Contis on Passion rims on the ‘05.  Maybe getting ready to sell ???

And yes, Sirius/XM is great.  Any music style you want, commercial free.

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Booked the smart into TPM Victoria for the glow plug warning light.  Should be fixed a week Friday.  Snowball the Canada 1 is still being used to commute to Victoria, and will be until the end of August.  But we may drive her to Winnipeg in the summer.

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-Tinted top 8" of front windshield

-Wrapped glass roof gold

-Tinted all lights and removed tint from low beams

-Tinted rear quarter windows

-Installed 200w amp and 2x 12" subwoofers. (You can feel the bass in the car)

-Repainted the wheels

 

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It could use a few more layers of wax and the subwoofers are far too heavy (100+ lb) So i will take them out most of the time. Apart from that the car is finished(modifying). While parked in the sun the car stays much cooler and the ac is working well.

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Is the gold wrap translucent or opaque?

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5 hours ago, MikeT said:

Is the gold wrap translucent or opaque?

 

opaque, i wanted to block out the sun to keep the car cooler

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Had to take the Grandstyle in for an A/C system charge.  They found the system almost completely empty.

Of course it had to be 31C today, the hottest day so far this year in southern Ontario.

I could have delivered pizzas in my car..... cooked them and delivered them.

Now in cruiz’n cool, and lovin’ It.

Off to Legendary Motorcars tomorrow with my son to pick up the Canada1 out of storage.

Hope the A/C works.

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On May 23, 2018 at 8:03 PM, MikeT said:

Booked the smart into TPM Victoria for the glow plug warning light.  Should be fixed a week Friday.  Snowball the Canada 1 is still being used to commute to Victoria, and will be until the end of August.  But we may drive her to Winnipeg in the summer.

One glow plug was bad; all three were removed and replaced.  A pretty inexpensive problem.

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With the canada1 coupe recently washed and shiny, I transferred plates onto it today from another car, and got it out for an hour and blew out the cobwebs. It was last driven 8 weeks ago for 600+ kms to burn off the winter tank of diesel (always park the car with a completely filled tank!) and after an oil change.

 

I've got a bit of detailing to do inside the car, and will enjoy it on the road locally for the next two weeks. It will be going on a journey to Alberta mid-June, God willing. Car has 108300ish kms on it.

 

The car still gets heads turning to look at it in malls - it's such a unique colour and all solid Ferrari red, so it looks quite unlike most other smarts. Hard to imagine having owned two of these gems.

In 13 years , it would be eligible for collector plates. I would be around 60 then. I kinda want a collector plate car now, and old 60's Volvo caught my eye this week in green with a tan interior, but I think the prospective seller changed their mind.

 

 

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