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  • villain
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    Other than sanding and repainting the whole bonnet/guard/rear quarter, can anyone suggest any other ways to get rid of the scratches left by the buffer?

    And also, could it be possible that there is a poorly grounded wire causing the speedo to not work?
    And if anyone really knows their shit, the ground M57 and M116 (Workshop manual) are grounds that i think may possibly be related to my problem but i don't really want to tear the car apart again to find that they're already grounded properly.
    Last edited by villain; 19-03-2012, 05:30 PM.

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  • MR. NXR
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    Yeah trust me I know lol. My nx coupe is always breaking down and once u fix something another thing breaks

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  • villain
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    Originally posted by MR. NXR View Post
    Restoring ain't cheap
    Amen to that. Problem after problem.
    Oh well, all part of the 'fun' i guess.

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  • MR. NXR
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    Restoring ain't cheap

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  • theFU
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    oh no!

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  • KillerBunnys122
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    Tough luck. :/

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  • villain
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    This is getting to be quite comical now.
    I kept buffing and thought i'd at least make the rest of the car look good.

    It was going well and then:

    The cord tangled around the buffer splitting it in half.
    While it's repairable with a bit of soldering it's a pain in the ass. Second buffer i've gone through now.
    Just affirming my suspicions of the car being cursed.
    IT JUST DOESN'T WANT TO LOOK GOOD!
    I'm thinking i might sell it when i've eventually finished it and buy myself another clean S13.
    Maybe even a leyland mini or something.. Who knows.

    For now, I'd better do some study/work for uni and just forget about the car for at least a week or two.

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  • MR. NXR
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    Shit man that's no good

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  • villain
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    Know how they say when you're buffing, you shouldn't put pressure on the buffer? Yeah, here's why you don't do that.


    Back to square one. Sanding.
    I think this car is cursed.

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  • villain
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    I've been a bit quiet the past few days but rest assured, i'v been a busy little bee.
    Current updates:
    I had a lot of electrical problems
    I now only have one electronic problem and that is that the stereo refuses to turn on, as well as the amp. But that's relatively minor.

    Today during my uni break, i decided to come home and do a bit of interior work. Probably need to redo some of these things and actually sand them etc, but it turned out alright.






    Got the cars rego sorted out today so now it's just a matter of putting the final touches on it and it's ready to drive.

    Edit: Yeaaaah, so we drove it.
    I was wrong about not having any electrical problems.
    The right indicator stops blinking if the headlamps are on and your pressing the brake. I should probably look into that one.
    Speedo stopped working...again and I still can't figure out the stereo.
    Ahh, the joys of owning a 21 year old car.
    Last edited by villain; 15-03-2012, 11:58 PM.

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  • villain
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    Just to show you the complete 3 year 'transformation', here are some older pictures.


    This is what i started with. Floats some people's boats but i'm not a big fan of body kits and what not so when it got hit, we got rid of the body kit.


    It then looked like this for a while.
    Quite embarrassing really


    This is what it looked like when my dad tried his hand at painting. It wasn't that bad but wasn't very good either.
    The front bar was also shit.
    After that the bonnet got painted black, very badly, for who knows what reason.

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  • villain
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    Thanks guys. Yeah, it's pretty far from professional but hey, i did it in my backyard with absolutely no experience. I'm pretty happy that it didn't turn into a clump of shit.

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  • KillerBunnys122
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    Looks mad!

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  • theFU
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    Doesn't look as good as a professional paint job (or your phone cam makes it look bad), but very tidy for a driveway job!

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  • Ren-dog
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    Paint looks awesome! well done!

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