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No clue what the speakers are mounted in. My car is the 2006 pure model, so I assume it's just the crappy 4" speakers, which honestly is a massive improvement over the JBL clip Bluetooth speaker I was using lol. I do plan on upgrading to the bass boxes with the 5" speaker setup eventually, but it's a want and not a need so it'll have to wait. And I'll definitely look into wiring the power supply to its own seperate source, all I did was just wire the new deck into the factory harness and figured it's good enough for now, I don't listen to music super loud anyhow and I do typically prefer driving with the radio off so I don't use the radio much as is.

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Well, got my neck interested in finally removing the last of the surface rust under the belly of the good car. Just a bit along portions of the seam at the rocker panel on the driver's side. None at all on the passenger's side....strange...I'm not complaining as the fuel tank would need to be lowered to get to that side if it was required. Got a good coat of red oxide primer lathered on also.

Next was to take SAM out for the umteenth  time....seeing as the fuel pump in the tank may not be supplying fuel to the high pressure pump.....just to peek at the connections etc. It is a brand new SAM so I didn't expect there to be an issue in the SAM, but it was right there so why not peek.  I did notice plenty of dust etc from wildly sandblasting with the windows open when I de-rusted the rear half of the under belly.   Big mistake...never sand blast in-doors without protecting everything.....augh!  So SAM blown out and also all connectors....no issue at all. Also the dash...lol.
So next I'll re-wire my external power fuse panel and incorporate all the relays from it and triggered by the SAM.   I'll do the power window mod also from there so you can lower windows without key on, similar to radio.

My neck is starting to seize up so it'll be a meds night hopefully no-where near as bad as last time under the car. Damn that took 2 weeks to get to a workable state again.

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Changed the oil, serviced front brakes.  Still have to service the rears and install winter tires.  And she should be good for another year, until the next oil change is due.

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I just serviced my 450. Never done a service on a car before as this is my first but after watching some videos and reading some guides I did the following:

 

Changed oil filter

Air filter

Pollen filter

the oil itself

Spark plugs, all six

And reset the service counter

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10 hours ago, DaMadBoy said:

I just serviced my 450. Never done a service on a car before as this is my first but after watching some videos and reading some guides I did the following:

 

Changed oil filter

Air filter

Pollen filter

the oil itself

Spark plugs, all six

And reset the service counter

 

All "SIX" ?
Did I miss something?

 

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1 hour ago, Leadwing said:

 

All "SIX" ?
Did I miss something?

 

I was going to ask but thought better of it.....lol

 

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After reading about the white plug in the battery bay going green for the last six years I thought it might be time to investigate.  Well, mine is perfect.  Probably because my battery vent is still hooked up and I park in a garage so I don’t have any moisture in there.  I cleaned the battery terminals and buttoned it back up, should be good for another six years.

 

Nigel

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7 hours ago, Nigel said:

After reading about the white plug in the battery bay going green for the last six years I thought it might be time to investigate.  Well, mine is perfect.  Probably because my battery vent is still hooked up and I park in a garage so I don’t have any moisture in there.  I cleaned the battery terminals and buttoned it back up, should be good for another six years.

 

Nigel

You've jinx'd yourself now buddy .....lol.

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Well I worked on my Rommie this weekend the fuel tank is back in and so is her dash, Did a electrical test and nothing went boom. I will show some picks next weekend.

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Haven't done much to the car recently but I did just recieved my S-mann scoop, painted it up and got it installed. Looks really good on the car, definitely a more sporty look for sure! 

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I was going to make something like that....interesting....Hmmm...

 

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My winter-beater is almost the same colour (mine is dark blue w / black) but I like what you did with the steel rims.  The gold colour with the mini axel caps looks good :thumbsup_anim:

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17 hours ago, Leadwing said:

My winter-beater is almost the same colour (mine is dark blue w / black) but I like what you did with the steel rims.  The gold colour with the mini axel caps looks good :thumbsup_anim:

Thanks! It actually turned out better than I thought it would. Rims were a bit pitted and looked like crap when I bought the car and so I decided to paint them something to really make it stand out until I eventually get some alloys that actually look good on the car. Always liked the purple/gold color combo and worked well with the little smart

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5 hours ago, Purplesmart said:

. Always liked the purple/gold color combo and worked well with the little smart

 

Purple and gold were my high school team colours.

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Made a tow truck (tractor) for my smart today.   It attaches to the lower control arms and let's me use the tractor to move my non running smarts in and out of my garage, while working on them.

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Pulled Dash out and started after old wiring and removed it just to make it better. Also studied the mirror stem to see how to shorten it and pull it closer to the roof. Hmmm...?  Took good old stock speakers out ready to install far better sounding ones to go along with modern marine radio. I also need to buy new radio mount to fill in missing sides where stock radio covers. While dash is completely out, I had a brain storm.....finally seal up lower edge from inside of windshield.....yep....but far better or lets say far neater than the beaters working solution. Which I might add is working 100% finally! No more leaks!
I have fab'ed up a new fuse bracket and it's now ready to be installed once I have run the new wires.

 

 

 



 

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On 12/4/2020 at 8:39 PM, Leadwing said:

 

Purple and gold were my high school team colours.

Mine too! Also, my football team colours were blue and gold!

Both which were half a century ago...:huh:

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While shopping at Wallymart in St. Thomas, I spotted this nice example of an '06 Passion coupe. 

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On ‎11‎/‎21‎/‎2020 at 5:26 PM, Purplesmart said:

450 petrol models and the roadster do have 6 sparkplugs, which I do find odd in a 3 cylinder car lol. 

 

Thanks for that information !!  Honestly, I had  no idea that petrol smarts were like that.  I only ever saw an example of a vehicle with 2 spark plugs for one cylinder when I was racing.  (My 360cc Bultaco dirt tracker had 2 spark plugs .. one "cold" plug for actual racing and the other was  a "warm" one for easy starting and popping around the pits)

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5 hours ago, LooseLugNuts said:

ive seen some ford rangers with double plugs...

 

also some older yamaha dirt bikes 

 

All the Yamahas I have owned over the years all had only one plug per cylinder.  It was probably present on some models, just like very few Bultacos had twin plugs.  I only ever had one ford and it was one too many.  Never again!  (Long story).

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it was my dads bike with 2 plugs ...a mid seventies dt250...

 

my brother had a dt175 and mine was a jt1 mini enduro

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OK, been semi busy....well enough to have yanked my bad back out again!

 

Took  front clip, doors off good car and started running wires to new fuse panel.  I'm liking the looks of a no door smart for hot dry summer days...lol. Reminds me of my 1947 flat fender.....like sitting on a roller skate...lol. I need to find a quick way of getting them off so I can get use of this version...lol.  It didn't take long after cutting the plastic form that holds the front clip in place. There is a section that traps the door hinge in place but after that is removed the hinge can be removed sort of easily. Only after the front clip is removed.  Hmmm....?

Next will be the windshield removed so i can make sure there is zero reasons why it should leak after installing a new piece of glass.  That happens next wednesday, the removal that is. I'm not doing it the glass installer is asking he do it as not to damage the seal which he thinks I may do and he can't guarantee it water tight. With my back as it is now, I can hardly bend over to put socks on, so sure he can do it...lol.

I have a new faceplate on it's way for the new radio and also an adapter for the antenna. Also better speakers are here for speaker boxes. Fuse panel is in and bolted down.

I have started the fuel pump bypass but, my pump simply clicks not hums so I'm unsure if that is because it has reached the pressure and can't push more or the pump is toast in the tank. It definately doesn't sound like the beater's pump that's for sure!

 

So now I sit and wait......frig'in bad backs!    I'll never learn to ask for help.....the door was a bit heavier than expected and I think it caused this pain.  Caught me off guard I think and I had to adjust quickly.  

Hmmm...I guess I can now take off the rear hatch and tail gate ...Hmmm...the last two items with yellow on them.   Time to look at the navy blue parts.....Yehaw....lol.

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Back is finally better......well it was...!

 

I have now removed all body work and hinge parts off vehicle.  Plasticated the entire interior ready for sanding etc. Found more surface rust on the front cross member only ....very strange?  I also have found rust as stated before in the middle lower area of the windshield. So bad it had split the seem where the inner dash piece and the outer centre piece is bonded together. It is now cleaned preped and resealed, epoxied ready for finishing the sanding for paint. I also found that the outer seams also have cracks in the bonding agent which is another reason the thing leaked badly! Not sure why the bonded seams have cracked but it looks like simply old age as in sun damage..? The outer seams will be tomorrow's job along with more sanding.  I have sanded just over half the body now ready for paint. Maybe a few more hours hand sanding and it'll be ready?  

My cage is now black and I want to install navy blue body panels onto it so decided I wouldn't have liked the black and decided to change the cage over to silver as the donor car was. I was searching for a suitable colour other than either black or silver but couldn't find anything that suited the blue better than silver. So silver it will be.  I'm not looking for a showroom finish but something close...lol.   I'll settle for zero runs...and a good shine. Time will tell if I can still paint cars....in a none paint booth garage mess...lol.in the winter.   I'll settle for no runs and a shine...lol.  OH and all one colour......I may be asking a bit too much....

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