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    97' VTI-R ATTS project

    Hi Prelude Australia,

    I Recently acquired an 97 VTI-R ATTS Prelude (Nordic mist metallic). It has defiantly seen better days and is in dire need of some TLC. I figured documenting the process wouldn't be too difficult and could potentially inspire others in the future. Exactly what this forum did to me.

    Attached are pics from the day I received it.

    Progress to be uploaded soon!
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    Them exhaust tips..

    *bangs head against the wall violently*
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    Ouch. what are those hole in the carpet!?
    WTB: 5th gen CF center console.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zak View Post
    Them exhaust tips..

    *bangs head against the wall violently*
    Haha yeah I know right. Will be in need of new exhaust eventually.

    Quote Originally Posted by ST1NG3R View Post
    Ouch. what are those hole in the carpet!?
    Those holes are shocking, aren't they? On the to do list.

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    Angry Update

    Hey PA

    FYI when I got this car the clutch and gearbox both were f***ed, therefore no test drive. I knew the clutch was gone but found out later the gearbox is just about gone too. Surprise!


    Fortunately, Some DIY wasn't out of the picture. The strut bar/tower fitted .. didn't actually fit and forced the clutch fluid reservoir on an angle, 4th gen part? Removed and continued to bleed the clutch fluid. No luck. Contacted Dave and Dwayne (Spare parts guys, If you call that shop just ask for them, highly recommend) at Honda Autosport Leichart for new clutch hydraulics. If you do 5th gen clutch hydraulics make sure to drain your radiator fluid so you can remove some radiator tubing and one of the fans. Even the drivers seat if you need the room to access the pedals. New Hydraulics arrived the next day and went straight in but to no effect. Still cant get any pressure into the clutch pedal and gears still wont go in. I figured it was out of my hands by now. I had it transported to Abraham from Accurate clutch and brake in Lidcombe where the new clutch went in. Pretty funny, by the weeks end I receive a phone call from Abraham, ''Good news and bad news, the new clutch is good but the gearbox is stuffed''.

    Having the ATTS means more parts need to be removed, making it a little more labor intensive. A couple bolts from the gearbox took some of the engine block with it when they came out too! Still, Abraham managed to re-thread the block and fit without any hassle. So now the car drives, but with extra, unpleasant sounds from the gearbox It drives at least, a reconditioning is in an option or a new box. Until then lol

    Thanks for reading! Some more TLC coming up.

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    Update

    Hey PA,

    since finding out the bad news about the gearbox ive been using my time to get some other things on the car sorted while I save funds for the more expensive work. Like replacing old worn out goods and just general tidying up. Heres so far ..



    New boot board and spare wheel. They were slightly different had to cut a small section out, no biggie.
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    New carpet and deep clean of the floor and centre console (FILTHY), got myself an origionl leather knob and boot from an old PA members car lol
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    Thats it for now. Thanks for reading

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    Wow I'm so keen to see what the finish product is

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    Nice. Hard to find a box for ATTS. Last time my wreckers had one, might be better off replacing the whole thing.
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    Definitely got an uphill battle ahead! Good to see a 5th gen being restored though, makes me (just slightly) miss mine.
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    +1 it's stiffness that counts. Not Diameter. At least thats what the wife tells me.
    (not sure she knows that much about cars though)

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    Good work mate! Makes me miss my Prelude even more.
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    Update

    Hi PA

    Slow progress is better than no progress, right?

    Since last post I've found a new second hand front bumper from a fellow PA FB member, did a home spray-can job. Turned out OK. I used a spray can trigger/handle and it works great for spray can jobs, keeps the strain away from just 1 finger and uses ur whole hand instead. Its only meant to be temporary for a few months so I can actually drive it around and look half decent.

    Also got a new second hand front bumper support bar to go with it, did a brief sand-back and a good layer of rust converter. looks mint

    Front fog lights are in the bumper but not installed YET. Quoted from Hannys $800 for a gearbox reconditioning, also picked up some original ATTS rims, due for a refurb and respray and tyres too! Maybe next update?

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    Cool Update

    Yo PA,

    Since the weathers been much nicer lately I've been a little more active lol

    Gutter-rashed original Enkei ATTS/Type S/Type SH rims (bought from another PA member) have not only been successfully refurbished but also given some nice rubber to play with This took around 4-5 weeks, working about 1/2 days a week on them. Paint was colour matched with one of the centre caps @ VG Auto Paints & Tools. $100 for x5 cans

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    Havent got the transmission fixed yet, I did however get t a blue slip and new plates & rego Also some more damaged bits here and there have been replaced with bettwe condition counterparts. Will reveal more soon. Thanks for reading


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    love seeing other luders sticking with their lude projects! keep up the good work

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    Progress reveal

    Merry Christmas & happy holidays PA,

    Its time I did a lil photo shoot, I'm not a great photographer but I got a couple of good shots, literally. Anyway since last update, Robert at Hannys installed the gearbox which I got from Honbits. timing belt tensioner tightened, motor oil changed, cleaned out the IACV & FITV, repainted window/door Sills in black, OEM side skits, OEM Sir/type S lip, Honeycomb grille, rear bumper replaced, bumper sagg 95% gone, FR mirror replaced, LH door handle replaced & OEM floor mats.

    Only been driven for about a week now & wow, the gearbox isn't grinding like a blender anymore. It's good to be back in a Prelude :0 just in time for a road trip to Melbourne for the F1, seeming I missed the WRC road trip to Coffs Harbour

    There's still a lot on the to do list, 2017 should be its year. Until then, TLC & a good squirt here and there is on the agenda. Next update will be more substantial, I promise


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    Post Update

    Hey PA ,

    There's been some talk about the forums lately. This encouraged my to make another post. I guess I'll try to put some useful stuff on here, something that could help people with the same issues instead of it just being a 'progress' thread where I just show off what's been done. The truth is that this project is more of a restoration back to showroom condition, using mostly OEM parts rather than a modification project. This cars been through abit from what I can see but since me owning has only been improving. I wouldn't go as far to say I have OCD. but I do love the way the prelude was made from factory & I want to keep it that way. Starting with small things like the common wear and tear. Yes I love fixing things where I can instead of replacing.

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    [I origionally took the entire thing our and dissected it because I wanted to also look into changing the LEDs to white or blue. However I took the LED's themselves to Jaycar. No luck, they're Official Honda parts -.- and they didn't want to help me find a way to modify.If ANYONE can help me figure out a way to change colour? least dodgy as possible. (cellophane etc.)]

    Second hand digital climate controls normally go for around $40-50 at wreckers, sometimes cheaper from private sales. It would have been nice to just get a new one BUT it was MORE FUN fixing it this way & virtually cost nothing.

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    Basically you need to remove your head unit trim/fascia, some obvious screws holding your climate control in once you have removed it then unplug the harness. Once its out there are some more obvious screws in and around the climate control. While you are unscrewing these keep in mind that if once there all out there are a couple of loose things that u can easily loose, I recommend doing this on a table. Once you've got access to behind the buttons, use a flat head screwdriver to pry it out, I was kind of impatient and used too much force that broke one of the brackets keeping the button in. EASY FIX with superglue got her back in as normal. once out you can sand and repaint. I was thinking bright red for 'OFF' but thought that might be a bit silly. plain black spray paint I had laying around worked great. Reassemble and voila.
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    Bumper sagg
    This guy --> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4g_A7fNPBNo

    Bumper sagg hurts my eyes, makes your car look like its falling apart and can hurt when your trying to sell your car. Once I replaced all the broken bumper clips there was still some sagg. This trick worked really well TBH to get rid of that last little bit of it. Except I still have a tiny bit but I think its the panels or headlights which have moved out of line.
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    That's it for now anyway,

    Thanks for reading & don't forget to

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