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{Celeste} Official Restoration Thread

Postby As I Conspire » Thu Apr 03, 2014 1:41 pm

I'm going to use this as my new official restoration thread so I can start of fresh and make sure all of my photos don't get expired, ect., ect.

But anyways!!! Its been a long time coming and I'm just getting started so expect this to take a little time as usual.



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I'm not actually going to start of the day I bought it, were going to jump 3 years ahead past the whole (just to get it running stage). She's old, unkept, and tired.

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And as she sits now, this weekend I'm going to pull all the wiring from the car and meticulously remove every wire in the interior that I don't need. (Seat belt alarms, climate control harnesses, radio harness, ect.)

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Got my wiring diagrams right hear actually!!! Oh and I couldn't resist getting my new torque wrench and hot wheels in the picture ;)

I'm going to take a very wild guess and say I'm looking at around a year project, lots of unique ideas, but nothing ricey or flashy, no 1000hp, no 1000db sound system, just unique and mine.

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Re: {Celeste} Official Restoration Thread

Postby crxvtec91 » Thu Apr 03, 2014 1:53 pm

About time, now DO WORK :lol: :-)b
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Re: {Celeste} Official Restoration Thread

Postby As I Conspire » Sun Apr 06, 2014 10:14 pm

As of today. Just worked more on teardown and planning. I know I'm doing a full engine harness swap for a rywire harness, going to keep the same chassis harness though. And I was wondering if I need to replace or keep the baro sensor if I swap out harnesses.??

Anyways, a progress photo.
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Its a mess but its a whole lot of fun.

Edit: Half hour progress. Might as well add this before I relax before bed.

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Got all of the passenger side harness pulled through, tagged. And I have to get a torx bit to pull the door sills so I'll probably snag one from work tomorrow and get the rest of the carpet pulled out and vacuum out the interior.

I would have gotten more done but yesterday a few friends decided to come over and throw a "house warming, get hammered and get lost in the woods," party
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Re: {Celeste} Official Restoration Thread

Postby crxvtec91 » Mon Apr 07, 2014 7:54 am

Make sure to label, beg, and tag EVERYTHING!

The more time you spend doing this the easier things WILL go back together!
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Re: {Celeste} Official Restoration Thread

Postby NovaVTEC » Mon Apr 07, 2014 2:31 pm

If you get the carpet out anyway, use some buckets with water and detergent to really clean it up. I could not believe the amount of brown water flowing out of the carpet since it looked pretty clean to begin with.
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Re: {Celeste} Official Restoration Thread

Postby As I Conspire » Mon Apr 07, 2014 3:47 pm

I was talking to a girl at the carpet store and they actually have nice black cut pile carpeting and said they may be able to make me a new one if I bring in the old one. We will see. If not im going to hang it up and clean the hell out of it.

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Re: {Celeste} Official Restoration Thread

Postby crxvtec91 » Mon Apr 07, 2014 4:30 pm

The nastest carpet EVER came out of my 4dr. I took it to the car wash, blasted it with soap and hosed it down. Carpet look BLACK turns out its a light gray, looks and smells NEW :lol:

$5 well spent 8)
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Re: {Celeste} Official Restoration Thread

Postby As I Conspire » Mon Apr 07, 2014 6:42 pm

I wanna find one of those "pressure washer" tips for my hose at home. I think that would be usefull for when im spraying all the [crud] out of the engine bay here soon. Hoping to pull the engine this weekend.

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Re: {Celeste} Official Restoration Thread

Postby msc » Wed Apr 09, 2014 11:24 am

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Got my wiring diagrams right hear actually!!!

Your posting was 2 days late but other then that it's pretty damn funny that you call a Hane's manual a set of wiring diagrams.

Chase down copies of the Factory Service Manual and Electrical Troubleshooting Manual for your year CRX. If you hunt you can probably find them in down loadable pdf format. You can buy Helm's reprints. Original copies can be found on ebay and other used books outlets.

A Hane's manual is barely better then nothing at all. Calling a Hane's manual documentation is a bit like calling a CAI forced induction, it's a bit of a stretch.

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Postby tommy » Wed Apr 09, 2014 11:57 am

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Re: {Celeste} Official Restoration Thread

Postby As I Conspire » Wed Apr 09, 2014 6:20 pm

Thanks msc thanks tommy, that info will definitely help with the wiring.

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Re: {Celeste} Official Restoration Thread

Postby As I Conspire » Thu Apr 10, 2014 11:32 pm

Sears had a hell of a deal on tools today. Pucked up a 3 piece angled pry bar set, 7piece torx bit set, and a really nice led work light for 40 bucks!!

This weekend promises to give me good weather so I promise the rest of the wiring gets pulled and the car begins the cleaning stage.

Also I ordered tons of wiring supplies, heat shrink tubing, expandable loom, and a soldering station. If you guys can think of any specialty tools I may need let me know so I can pick them up.


Edit. More toys for the weekends work!!!
100' of 3/8"-3/4" expandable loom, 50' of 1/2" max expandable loom, 25' of 1/2" 3:1 shrink tube.

Imma get some wiring done apparently!!!!

Also, the exhaust and the power steering pump for the daily came in today so that will have to be replaced too.

Oh and apparently if you stick your finger in the expandable loom and try to pull it out, its worse than a Chinese finger trap. I was stuck in mine for like 10 minutes.

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Re: {Celeste} Official Restoration Thread

Postby crxvtec91 » Fri Apr 11, 2014 7:51 am

What wiring are you going to be doing? Do not tell me wire tuck!.............
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Re: {Celeste} Official Restoration Thread

Postby As I Conspire » Fri Apr 11, 2014 8:01 am

Eh hem, full shaved bay sir. ;) love me or hate me.

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Postby snarflebits » Fri Apr 11, 2014 8:12 am

This is going to be good. Subscribed.

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Re: {Celeste} Official Restoration Thread

Postby crxvtec91 » Fri Apr 11, 2014 8:19 am

2 things I said I would never do again, fully shave a bay and another wire tuck!
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Re: {Celeste} Official Restoration Thread

Postby As I Conspire » Fri Apr 11, 2014 8:39 am

This will be my first shave bay, I know its tedious and I expect it to take time. I'm almost certain this will be my first and last shave and tuck.

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First set of many washes to come. Gotta borrow a lift so I can pull the motor, I want to move fast with the rest of the teardown because I know how fast the warm weather is going to fly by. Next thing we know it will be winter again.



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Re: {Celeste} Official Restoration Thread

Postby As I Conspire » Fri Apr 11, 2014 8:42 am

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And here's just a simple test I did to figure out the best way to set my wiring.

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Re: {Celeste} Official Restoration Thread

Postby crxvtec91 » Fri Apr 11, 2014 8:49 am

FYI no engine lift needed!

All you need is a jack. I like the 3 ton alum HF one, DO NOT BUY A CRAPMAN JACK!!!
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Re: {Celeste} Official Restoration Thread

Postby Dr_Drache » Fri Apr 11, 2014 8:49 am

where did you get your "tucking" supplies?
I'm going a mild tuck myself, and would like to re-loom some things.
of course, personally I can't see using expandable loom where it might get dirt/moisture.

can I hear your feelings on that? I might just go that sort of loom for the tuck if the reasoning makes sense... but that's alot of work no matter how we do it.

also, that's nice shrink work, the hard part is going to be keeping every joint the same length :P
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Re: {Celeste} Official Restoration Thread

Postby tommy » Fri Apr 11, 2014 8:53 am

Good luck with it. I do love how they look, but would not ever attempt that myself, and would always wonder about its long-term reliability for a non-show car. You should have Chase do it for $25,000. :lol:
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Re: {Celeste} Official Restoration Thread

Postby As I Conspire » Fri Apr 11, 2014 8:56 am

Haha no thanks, chase can do good work for sure but I need that since of accomplishment by doing it myself,

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Re: {Celeste} Official Restoration Thread

Postby As I Conspire » Fri Apr 11, 2014 9:00 am

Dr_Drache wrote:where did you get your "tucking" supplies?
I'm going a mild tuck myself, and would like to re-loom some things.
of course, personally I can't see using expandable loom where it might get dirt/moisture.

can I hear your feelings on that? I might just go that sort of loom for the tuck if the reasoning makes sense... but that's alot of work no matter how we do it.

also, that's nice shrink work, the hard part is going to be keeping every joint the same length :P


http://www.cableorganizer.com . I just use them for supplies because they are a familiar company.

The dirt and moisture I'm not concerned about, yes it will get in there. But because of what I'm doing I do not plan on driving anywhere near dirt, mud, or in the rain. For someone who is, I would just pack the plugs with dielectric grease and I would feel safe.

Edit, I should note however that I get my shrink tube, pins, connectors, and wire from that company. But the expanded loom I got was on sale on eBay. I got the lengths I stated before for less than 10 dollars.

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Re: {Celeste} Official Restoration Thread

Postby Dr_Drache » Fri Apr 11, 2014 9:13 am

ahh, government contractors..... not a alot good I can from my experiences with them, but you seem alright.

I know it's a choice, and you made it, but building a car for nice days only? don't know if I could ever do that again.

thanks for the infos, and good luck, hope to see more progress soon.
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Re: {Celeste} Official Restoration Thread

Postby As I Conspire » Fri Apr 11, 2014 9:20 am

I have my daily driver, this is my project, my toy. now I need to just keep working on this so I don't fall back into bad habits. That's ALOT of why I do this, this car has gotten me away from bad habits and just working on it is a better high than anything else.

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