View Full Version : BTF's 1st Gen restoration

11th September 2013, 10:24 AM
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Over the weekend I bought this 1st gen. I rarely see them around, and definitely not in this condition, so I took a leap of faith and bought it for $1000. I talked the guy down from $1500.

It's been resprayed to a more attractive shade of red, and they actually did a fairly thorough job, managing to do the trunk and door jams. They didn't pull the motor to do the bay, but that parts not too noticeable.

The things that either don't work, or need to be fixed:
-One tail light is bugging out, full brightness all the time.
-Bit of a fuel leak at the carb, but I plan to replace it entirely with the 32-36 Weber, so it shouldn't matter.
-Bit of rust around the sunroof, but nothing super serious.
-Badly needs a service, though it starts up and runs with zero fuss, every time.

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This is her after pulling up at my place on the tow truck. Couldn't wait to get her into the driveway to have a good look. I didn't really have the chance to properly go over the car while I was first inspecting it.

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Taken just after pulling into the driveway and popping the hood to have a look at the engine. There was a bit of oil on the front of the motor, so I sprayed that down with degreaser and water, and have since found that most of it appears to be coming from the oil filler cap, no obvious leakage from the valve cover gasket, win!

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The interior really hasn't been cleaned for YEARS, I'm guessing. So the girlfriend set onto it this afternoon and the difference is incredible. She researching right now online what she can do to clean the carpet and seats. She surprised me with how much she's just jumped into helping with this restoration.

11th September 2013, 10:26 AM
We got straight into restoration this morning. Amanda has been cleaning the interior and it's coming up mint!

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I've started on some of the more technical stuff, by fixing the broken clock. Fortunately, I had a spare from my old parted out 1g. Pretty happy that it still has the button cover!

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I'm not sure how rare these are, but I've notice not too many people have the honeycomb grill...

11th September 2013, 12:44 PM
Looks like a great buy and a great project keep us posted!

11th September 2013, 02:00 PM
More progress please!

11th September 2013, 04:22 PM
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We've removed the seats to clean the carpet, as well being able to service the seat rails and the parts that allow it to recline. Some pretty tough stains in here...

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This is one such mystery stain on the drivers side.

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To remove it, we used a product called Exit. You can find it in the laundry section of most grocery stores.

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Then use a wet cloth to scrub, you should see the stain begin to disappear!

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Ta da! All clean :)

11th September 2013, 05:26 PM
Nice find!

It looks like it's in great condition given the age of it.
Good luck with the resto!

11th September 2013, 06:11 PM
Thanks guys! Ill be updating here regularly, so stay tuned.

11th September 2013, 08:56 PM
Awesome work there buddy!

12th September 2013, 10:12 PM
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This isn't the best photo of it in the world, but you get the idea. It's a 12.3" diameter Imola 3-spoke mahogany steering wheel from the Volanti D'Epoa Vintage collection by Luisi. It's stamped "Made in Italy 1984" on the back. I bought it off a lady who lives locally, who told me it was on her old Celica many years ago, and she was quite fond of it. Quite a nice old piece I think, that dates to around the right time for the 1st Gen, and should give it a bit of a classic look.

12th September 2013, 11:08 PM
this is amazing, i would love to own one of these!

15th September 2013, 04:25 PM
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Today I replaced the wheels with a set of aluminum wheels, 13x6's. The rear tires have a bit of a different profile, so I'll likely change those so things fit a bit better, but otherwise I think they're a huge improvement over the last set of wheels.

16th September 2013, 12:14 AM
Omg I want!

16th September 2013, 06:57 AM
Seems a rear shock is a bit seized, so Ill be doing new shocks and lowering springs all round soon! Not too much low, just enough to let it sit into those new wheels.

22nd September 2013, 03:50 PM
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The old oil cap was leaking like a sieve. I couldn't believe how much was escaping from that one point. I'd degrease all around, and the next day a fresh patch of oil was leaking down the front.

26th September 2013, 08:19 PM
Just a little maintenance update. I've bought a new Ryco air filter, NGK copper spark plugs, and a Ryco fuel filter. Also order in new upper and lower radiator hoses that will arrive tomorrow afternoon.

4th October 2013, 07:55 PM
http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb79/builds-the-fire/IMAG2250_1_zps1dcba6c3.jpg (http://s204.photobucket.com/user/builds-the-fire/media/IMAG2250_1_zps1dcba6c3.jpg.html) Scored a set of 1985 Accord front calipers, which I can use to upgrade the brakes! Just need some fresh brake pads and rotors :D

4th October 2013, 11:43 PM
Are they off a Vtir Prelude?

5th October 2013, 10:16 AM
Are they off a Vtir Prelude?Nope, 1985 Accord EX. The 84-85 Accord brakes are compatible with the 1st gens :)

5th October 2013, 05:58 PM
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Giving the 1st Gen a bit of love today. I busted out several cans of degreaser and went to town on all the caked on oil and grime on the front of the motor. I was a bit surprised to find the metal beneath it bright and shiny
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I also painted the top of the carb with some heat proof wrinkle black paint, just to reduce the amount of rusty surfaces in the engine bay.

9th October 2013, 02:50 PM
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The boss kit for the steering wheel finally arrived! Wheel successfully installed :D

9th October 2013, 03:28 PM
Mint !

9th October 2013, 06:45 PM
Boost control via your head unit?

Sick az brah!

Steering wheel looks good too BTW :P

11th October 2013, 05:10 PM
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This arrived in the mail today, a mint condition stock shift knob, no cracks in the H pattern!

14th October 2013, 09:45 PM
looks great mate......i actually saw one off these driving around, the driver was 70+ yrs old...he probably brought it new when it came out..lol!
but this model is definately an eye catcher!....
is this daily driven?

14th October 2013, 09:55 PM
looks great mate......i actually saw one off these driving around, the driver was 70+ yrs old...he probably brought it new when it came out..lol!
but this model is definately an eye catcher!....
is this daily driven?right now it's a project, just doing as much work to it as possible. I have two other registered ludes, so one of those has to go before I can register this one :)

17th October 2013, 10:35 PM
http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g344/buildsthefire/photo.jpg (http://s1097.photobucket.com/user/buildsthefire/media/photo.jpg.html) The Prelude is now in the running for Prelude of The Month on PreludePower! Give the old girl a vote if you like what you see!

Vote here! (http://www.preludepower.com/forums/showthread.php?t=379858)

21st October 2013, 06:50 PM
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21st October 2013, 07:31 PM
hey just wondering why you need to upgrade brakes? isn't the car kinda slow anyway

25th October 2013, 03:17 PM
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A key component for my suspension upgrade has arrived. Adjustable Koni reds, brand new, in their boxes. I pulled out two for the photo, left the other two in the box. Now to sort out lowering springs, and we'll be on our way!

25th October 2013, 04:49 PM
Just cut the sprangs yo!

25th October 2013, 06:26 PM
I'm so glad you're lowering it.
It's gonna look sexy as hell!

The Lude
26th October 2013, 08:27 PM
I'm going to have to check in on this regularly, I'm loving this car, great find and good luck with the build.

That picture on the crossing zone, it's just begging for drag tyres, begging i tells ya!

hey just wondering why you need to upgrade brakes? isn't the car kinda slow anyway

You can never have brakes that are too good.

27th October 2013, 02:16 PM
This is looking really nice Builds.the.Fire.

Once she's dropped, polish up the other headlight glass, spray the front bumper, and she will look schmick!

4th November 2013, 02:12 PM
thanks for the feedback guys! I'm trying to make steady progress on this in all the right places. Lowering is very much a priority. I just want to do it right the first time. It's tough with limited options to chose from..

4th November 2013, 03:33 PM
What are parts like from Repco etc for standard maintenance? Readily available or rockauto a better option?