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  1. #1 Default Project HatchiRoku 
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    So, this is a project I undertook recently. Basically, the journey started almost 3 years ago when the car was dropped off at a body shop for a restoration. Long story short, his 'mechanic' screw him, did shoddy and incomplete work and kept the car for a lot longer than necessary. He finally regained posession of the car and now it sits in my driveway.

    Unicorn showed up at my house in....disarrray last monday. Oh my god, I can't describe the debauchery, but at least it's out of the assholes hands. Well. First order of business is give it a once over and get a punch list going. List includes fuel tank, lines, vents, neck, sending unit and gauge unit, continue on to stuff like roof control, hot water valve, test pipe, brake stuff, etc.

    First work done was to strip the interior and recheck everything inside. Seats, carpet, trim, everything. Found kitty litter under carpet on right floor, oil staining on left floor, holes from poor repairs in footwell, shit and debris everywhere! First things first...clean!

    Then, noted the left side of the sunroof was 1/4 inch lower than the roof panel. Removed the headliner to check the adjustment and discovered that it was just sagging and the only thing holding it in is the foam gasket! After a junkyard run to find brackets that may work, we removed the roof assembly, cleaned off all the old gasket and reinstalled the roof. the bracketry I found wasn't exact, but works to hold up the roof secure and flush. Cleaned and lubed the tracks and it works and sits flush!

    Well, the wiring harness was just layed across the floor haphazardly and the trunk and fuel door control cables weren't secured at all. disconnected all and routed and secured properly. Under the dash, everything was just hanging and wrapped around shit to hold it up. The fuse box was stuffed in the kick. Mounted that. The SMJ was just chillin'. Mounted that and rerouted the connecting harnesses. The column harness was wrapped around the moving part. The harness connector itself has a mount and set screws, so I installed properly.

    Routed and repaired operation of fuel door release and cable.

    With O's and Corey's help, we cleaned all the interior panels and started reassembling the dash. Everything was coated in a thick layer of built up dust and dirt from 26 years... Added some missing duct work to the punch list for the driver's face vents.

    Next I guess would be a proper water test for the sunroof, then reinstalling the headliner, trim, rest of the dash and cleaning and installing the carpet. I would like to fix the seats before I put them back in, as some of the trim and piping is loose and falling off. The tank should be here soon. I'll need straps too. Junkyard runs should source the filler neck and possibly the overhead console. Maybe also a left lower door hinge.


    I'm sorry to hear you suffer from Cranial-Rectal Inversion

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    hatch or coupe?

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    Sounds like it was a fire waiting to happen until you took it apart again.
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    some pics of the car:







    I'm sorry to hear you suffer from Cranial-Rectal Inversion

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    that thing need lots of lovin
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    Quick further update-have since water tested this car and sunroof is 100%! Sadly, the windshield is poorly sealed in multiple places, most notably on the left upper corner and the left side about 1/3 the way from the bottom. Top seal is dripping right onto the steering wheel.


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    Quote Originally Posted by streetxdreamer View Post
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    that thing need lots of lovin
    lol indeed
    this will be interesting
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    Pics of sunroof removal/install:


    removing the old foam sealant and on the left you can see the clamp straightening the mount inside the car


    roof out


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