furlough week, means car projects

the downturn in every industry, but especially for big oil (whom doth employ this monkee) means I am on furlough, so I’ve been playing in the garage more (and interacting online less)

first up, I copleted mounting my seat in the Civic. It’d been test mounted before, but not wanting to attract any attention to modifications before I had a place to safely park it in the garage I took it out

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to get it as low as possible I’m running without rails. so it took a few test drives with wrenching in between to get it exactly how I wanted. but it is now perfection. and so solidly mounted.

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kid tested. father approved.

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but monkee, the custom matching fabric, wheres that?

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well, as the world transitioned to working from home (or not working) my mother in law, a retired nurse and excellent seamstress, transitioned to making masks. and she turns out a QUALITY mask! but, that does mean she isn’t sewing my seat covers :D so that will come later

next up was some love for the TSX. It has a decent factory sound system, but the basic speakers were letting it down at the extent of its range. It has 6.5s in all four doors, 6x9s on the back deck, and tweeters in the dash, and behind the dash is a factory amp. So actually a decent setup, so I simply replaced all the facotry speakers with something that could cope with what the amp was delivering them

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after a few days of driving, I think it’s still missing some punch in the bass, so I’ll do an underseat sub at some point in the future (when funds allow)

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then, with some free time finally, I set back to my custom headliner project for the civic. When I left off I’d cut the headliner and fitted the console (from a Jeep) then fibreglased it in and sanded the fibreglass. This week I lavished bondo all over

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then sanded that smooth and set to laying the new fabric over

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and, despite having done many headliners in my time, including the same custom console in my last civic, I royally messed this up as it got to the final curves

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so I stripped it off. I’ll have a little foam to clean up, then I can retry

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in most cases, not a big deal. I’d just hustle down to Joanne Fabrics and get another $15 wiorth of fabric and retry. But Joanne only just this week reopened, and the line was ~2 hours long. So I’ll face that hassle another day equipped with a snack and a podcast.

I also set to finishing up a repair on my centre console (from a Prelude) that will be going in the Civic. It’s weakest point had cracked which I mended with plastic weld. I had intended to simply tidy that up and paint it all... when I dropped it off the shelf. The repair was nice and strong! so it cracked in a new place to the left. so I fixed that, and set it aside to wait for paint another day

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I did take this opportunity to clean up the remainder of the interior plastics, which is of course far easier to too when you can hit em with a hose in the yard. So many years of scum

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again to projects that had been sitting in my basement waiting for the car to have a secure parking space, I mocked up two options for how I wanted to vinyl one spoke red. do the whole spoke or just a stripe across the top?

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my social media replied whole spoke, so that what I did and mounted them up

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the need for lowering has never been more evident :D

I’ll also likely run a spacer to bring the wheels out slightly, but I wont mess with that until the ride height is sorted

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then, I set the kid to work mowing teh lawns

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and I busied myself with tuning up my “new” blue bike.

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it’s setup with some fat road tires and a more comfortable stance so it has a different purpose and feel to my orange bike.

And there endeth the furlough week update.

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