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Old 03-13-2008, 02:08 PM   #81
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Wow Andrew you got a steal on the car and the progress is amazing! I have a question for you, what kind of carpet cleaning or shampoo do you use? Cause that carpet came out so good looking and I need to do that to mine!
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Old 03-13-2008, 02:26 PM   #82
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I'm not sure which one of these I used, but they are all the same. Spray on, let sit for 30seconds and then scrub the crap out of it. Rinse you brush in clean water when it gets dirty, no sense in scrubing dirt into the carpet.

For the mats, I spray them with this, and then brought them to the car wash and sprayed them with the soapy pressure washer and then rinsed. BE CAREFUL NOT TO GET TO CLOSE TO THE CARPET WITH THE HIGH PRESSURE, it will leave permanent streaks if you get within 1' or closer

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Old 03-13-2008, 06:26 PM   #83
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You are a god... the car looks amazing
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Old 03-13-2008, 08:40 PM   #84
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Andrew... you are amazing.
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i must say my taillight did that same thing. All three post broke but it didnt break into the housing. The bolts just came out. One day i got out of my car and happened to see it just hanging there. I ended up putting gorilla glue on the posts and letting it dry. I also used it for the latch on my center console since that broke at one point also. Its pretty redneck but both have held ever since. I was pretty amazed. I originally did it as a temporary fix but held pretty well.

By the way the car is looking amazing
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Old 03-14-2008, 03:31 PM   #86
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Got some more stuff this morning. The title came, it really paid to get it expedited, it came in 6 days! I picked up some VHT spray tint and some clear coat, but I'm not really sure If I should do it. While it would cover up the delam (only 1 of the tails is perfect) I'm not sure that the buyer would want it. UGH, what to do. I also picked up a window motor for the drivers rear door, more on that later. I also got a door handle to replace the passenger front door that was missing all its paint. Then I went to the dealer and got some of the door cladding clips, I only got 4 instead of 5 since they were $3.84 EACH, ouch! 4 should hold the door on

As soon as I finish lunch its to the garage, its beautiful today!

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Old 03-14-2008, 08:40 PM   #87
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Oh what a day. Lets back track a little shall we? When I bought the car, all the windows worked perfect, I know this for a fact. Then on Thursday I was going to try to align the door by hanging it from straps connected to my ceiling. In the process of rolling the window down to get the strap around the frame, the motor died I was not able to get the window down enough to get the strap in. Shlt!
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Then I had this magnificent idea to use one of the 4 spare window motors for my 00! To bad they use completely different splines...ugh
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But wait... they share the same case, why cant I just switch over the guts from the 00 case to the 95 case...
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In the process of doing this, I assembled it incorrectly, causing the internal splines to wear off (plastic) causing a dead spot in the window lift. DOH!

I purchased a new window motor today from the yard for fricken $25 (not happy about that) and went to install it. The yard gave me a right side when I asked for a left side! UGH!!!!! At this point I just want to quit working on the damn window, so I start working on the door cladding that I just bought those $3.84 EACH clips for. I had problems of course, read about it here. So I ended up having to go to the junk yard again and get the entire door this time, except he only charged me $50 for it, AND it came with a new motor. I'm thinking great, I can return the other motor and offset the cost. I install the new door, really easy actually, I didn't even use the straps. I just set the latch into the latch and lined up the bolt holes. The latch held the door while I put the nuts on, and then a simple adjustment was all it needed. I needed to get the cars original wiring into the donor door, so I had to pull off the donor door panel (which was in mint condition) to access the wires.
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I swapped all the wires and connected the window motor. I tried to lower the window.






You guessed it, dead

But this time, I had a good 95 case to put my guts from the 00 in, and I knew how to do it correctly this time Alas, it worked! I put everything back together, and then installed the door cladding on the door, which was its original door cladding that I had got from the yard!

It looks beautiful, and it works 100%
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I then moved on to the passengers side front door handle, which all the paint had come off for some reason
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the swap was pretty easy after watching the junk yard guy take off the new one
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TADA!!
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Here is a little tally of my budget so far:

Car: $350
expedited title and tabs: $91
Hood: $175
Door cladding, grill, radiator cover, maxifuse cover, headlight, hl bracket, speaker grill, washer fluid cap, cigarette plug, radiator bracket, power antenna, console armrest: $50
Come along rental: $7
Ebay clear corners: $32
rear bumper cover, exhaust shield, turn signal arm, drivers side taillight: $40
VHT niteshades: $9
passenger door handle: $20
TOTAL: $774 - A little more than I originally hoped, but its turning out pretty good, I feel confident I can list it for $2500 obo (probably end up selling for $2000) very soon.

going to return the original wrong side window motor and those door cladding clips and get my ~$45 back
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And you thought working on cars was fun... The car is looking good though.
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Yesterday it dipped down to 28*F, so it was not ideal to be working in the garage since it doesnt get very warm in there. Today we are at 35*F, not much better, but it feels nice. I got the car all waxed up in the garage this morning and pulled it outside to see if I missed any spots.

The only things I am missing now are the ebay clear corners, hopefully they come on Monday or Tuesday, and the touchup paint I ordered from http://www.automotivetouchup.com

Looks like its time to get some forsale signs
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I will not be removing that dealer sticker, it looks like it will only get worse with removal.
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While I did get a lot of this scuff out in the passenger rear fender, its not completely gone. I will work more on it later. But look at that shine
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