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Hey guys,
Got my old 92 GSR back from a friend last weekend. I dropped this car off with him ~8 years ago and haven't seen it since (life happens). I used to work at a local Honda $tealership and this was my daily driver. Unfortunately I no longer have access to all those amenities, so this will be a backyard project. My original plans were to turn it into a weekend autocross ride, and I think I'll stick with that. I had no idea what kind of condition this thing was in until it showed up. The engine and trans were pulled, as well as the head removed. The interior is another story I'd like to post pics and videos about...
Just curious if any of you guys are interested in watching me fix up (or screw up) the ol' Aztec Green Gizzer. I could definitely use some pointers and advice along the way. More importantly, I'm looking for motivation from the group, I'd hate to see this old thing rot away.
Questions?.. Comments?.. Bueller?

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Alright here we go,
Here is the engine bay - I have my work cut out for me. I already did the ABS delete and battery relocate with the Odyssey battery, so I have plenty of room. Looks like the master cyl is still in good shape, but the booster looks cancerous.
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The body is still in good shape. CF hood needs works, but I plan on respraying everything Aztec Green.
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Side molding is still in good shape, but I need help with the window molding. Anyone tried the 3M stuff on Ebay? Also, need both door handles - not easy to find.
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Dash is still in decent shape. Carpet has been removed, but still need to remove sound deadening material. I've heard there's a dry ice method - anyone tried this?
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Previously did the rear wiper delete, and also removed the spoiler. Trunk needs shocks - you don't realize how heavy it is until they go out.
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Here is where I've started - I removed the rear panel from the hatch itself as well as the rear and 2 side trunk panels. Guess what - FULL of leaves and rats nests. I pulled out the shop-vac and went to work. The panels came out pretty easy, just a few of those PITA plastic vinyl looking screws and some metal screws. After about 2 shop-vacs full of crap, I finished pulling all the panels and set them to the side.
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Here I have the left panel pulled, the right panel is loose - no rats nest in that one, thank God.
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Just a quick pic of the engine/trans numbers.
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Cylinder Head - I haven't made up my mind on what to do with this. I need to research and find a machine shop that will check it out. I'd love to throw in some cams, upgrade springs & valves, titanium retainers, bronze valve guides. I'd like to hear some experiences with different cam set ups. I'd love to build with all Toda.
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That'll do it for me this weekend. I have an engine stand coming soon, so until that comes in, I'll be working on the interior getting it stripped and probably pressure wash it inside and out - it's that disgusting. I'll take all the input I can get - Thanks guys.
 

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you are doing god's work lol.

Thank you! Looks like an easy job I'll tackle next weekend.
As far as this weekend, I had a few hours to clean up the GSR. I accomplished vacuuming the rest of the rats nests and contracted the black plague in the process. Engine stand didn't come in until late, so I didn't mess with the engine much, but can't wait to start on that. Honing tool should be in this week - may try and start disassembly during the week.
Until then, enjoy some progress photos. Had my 7yr old son help wash it up - I'm impressed how well the exterior still cleans up.


Next step on interior is to remove all that nasty sound deadening material.
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Right? Nah, yours is going pretty good after some seriously awesome commitment by you.
 

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Check out this thread if you want some inspiration. Another person that got his old car back and got to work bringing it back to life. danteisme's 1996 DB8-Found and Rebuild Thread
Thanks you! It's always inspiration seeing these old cars being brought back to the glory days haha. I do miss my old DC2, There's just something about that DC2 DB8 style that I'll always love.

Well, I was able to accomplish quite a bit during my time off. I hope everyone had a good holiday. The first thing I needed to accomplish was getting the motor on the stand. That didn't go as planned - couldn't get the flywheel plate off white it was sitting on the cart - had to flip it and made a huge mess. whoops... And I broke my cart. Oh well just another excuse to run to Harbor Freight.
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Once the transmission was off, I removed the pressure plate and clutch disk - forgot to snap a pic, but everyone has seen a wore out clutch at one point or another... Then after a few more beers, I got it on the stand by myself! I don't recommend you try it - I probably almost died. Time to start tearing this beast down.
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Next day I started pulling the rest apart, timing cover, alternator, motor mount, etc. I pulled the drain plug and was disgusted. This thing was FULL of water and the oil was straight sludge. Seriously looked like grease. So I pulled the oil pan, turned the motor and this is what she looks like... I pulled the pickup tube and plate just forgot to snap a picture. Probably start pulling the rod and crank caps this weekend - stay tuned.
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Alright, moving on to the body - I had my shop assistant helping clean up... removed the cowl and cleaned between the firewall and windshield.
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Then I moved on to the interior - I opted for the recommended "freeze spray" over the dry ice method. I'll give you guys my take on it so far.
I used this product SUPER COLD...
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I ordered 3 cans to try out at first, I shopped around and it was still expensive ~$17 a can. The 1st can I used, I did NOT use that straw and I was very disappointed in how quickly I emptied the can. I'd say about a 6"x6" area, wasn't impressed.
So I decided to change up my method, used the straw and a large flathead screwdriver in addition to the mini sledge hammer. This time I was able to remove almost the entire driver front floor pan. Circled in green is with straw/screwdriver method and circled in red is w/o straw. Big difference.
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Once you get the hang of it, it really isn't much work. Judging by my results thus far, I'd say I would need at the very least 10-12 cans for the entire car. I think I'll grab some dry ice and do an effort/cost comparison on the passenger side. Anyway, the boys and I cleaned up the scraps and washed up the dash and door panels, she'd starting to get her charm back.
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Thanks for the support guys! I appreciate the feedback. I'm always open to advice and recommendations, let me know whatcha think.
 

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