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Old 08-08-2018, 04:03 PM   #141
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Yeah, I'm pretty excited to be getting so close to having the car back! Though it did pain me a bit to take my brand new, shiny suspension bits up there to put on the car to get it rolling. Of course it's eventually going to get dirty and gross from road use, but I was hoping for some pretty pictures before that happened.

The plan is to get the car back here to Houston not this weekend, but the coming one. Once it's here, I'll lift it up and pull all four wheels back off and remove all the suspension from it. There are still things I need to powder coat like the rear trailing arms, rear crossmember, shock forks and front upper control arms, and I'd prefer not to buy them again. So I'll just wait until the car is here and immobilize it for a while. It's used to a life on jack stands at this point.
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Old 10-01-2018, 10:17 PM   #142
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I hit a pretty decent-sized snag in getting the car down here with me in Houston when I had planned. Nothing is wrong with the Accord, but I had other car problems that took up both my time and the garage space. Story time, in case anyone cares to know.

One of my other cars is my CLS6. Sometime around May of 2017 a bolt that holds the alternator to the block just sheared off. I had just bought my new truck for personal use, and was daily-driving my work truck, so I didn't bother much with it and just let it sit.

I ended up towing it down to Tomball from Denton and proceeded to let it sit for a few more months until I finally made a winter project out of it. I pulled the engine, removed the broken bolt by slotting it with an angle grinder (some superficial damage to the block as well), put a new one in and put it all back together. Again, I had no rush to get it completely done, so I didn't 100% finish until July when my dad needed to borrow a car. It was running like a dream when I gave it to him.

I know I keep spouting off all of the Texas cities like you all know where they all are, but look at a map if you care enough. My Dad lives in Tyler, where he took the CL. He drove it for about a month and THE BOLT SHEARED OFF AGAIN!!! I couldn't believe it! I used a new from Honda OEM bolt when I put it all back together. I torqued it to spec and tensioned the new belt to within the appropriate range. I am at a total loss as to how this could have happened.

He, being 200 miles away from me, took it to a mechanic to have it looked at. The mechanic tried to use a right-angle drill to get it out, but was unable to get it to budge.



They were drilling NEXT to the bolt instead of along its centerline...





So of course, it wasn't going to budge when they put an extractor in there.


Of course, I didn't know all of this until I got the car trailered back down here to Houston and pulled the engine. So now I'm left with a predicament. I can sell the car complete for parts. This will net maybe $1000 from someone who really only wants a transmission. Or, I can go get a $300 J35A3 from the junkyard if I can find one with decent compression, do the swap and get it back on the road. At which point I can sell it for maybe $2000. The car has the dreaded Honda clear coat fade, and a couple of decent dents in the doors where the fenders on the car-hauler hit it. My last option would be to get my spare J35A3 short block, rebuild it with new rings and bearings, the pistons from the J32A2, and buy all new seals. Then I'd have a high-compression J35A3 with the J32A2 cams. That would run me another $300 in parts for those. Honda is proud of their bearings and rings. At that point, I'd sell it for nearly the same $2000.

I appreciate anyone who has read this far. I'm really just venting because my garage is taken up with an immobile project that I didn't ask for, which requires me to spend money on it that I don't want to, only to not have an ideal end result with any scenario.

What would you do? I'm leaning toward the last option just to get the block out of my way, too.
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Old 10-02-2018, 12:03 AM   #143
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Keep the motor. Part the car. In that case I need some of the wiring and plugs lol. I’m sorry bro I’m no help.
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Old 10-02-2018, 12:23 AM   #144
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I have no shortage of J-series engines. I have the even higher compression J35A3 I built for the CB, as well as a newer J35Z3 shortblock, and 3 6-speeds. An extra engine is just something else I'd have to make space for.
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Old 10-02-2018, 12:04 PM   #145
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I vote last option. No point in pulling a junkyard motor that you know nothing about and hope it works out. Especially if it could cost you more then rebuilding the motor. I would also go as cheap as possible on doing the rebuild if you plan to sell it. i.e not getting honda bearings and pistons and go with eBay
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Old 10-25-2018, 04:41 PM   #146
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Beyond. Stoked. Right. Now.

It's not completely done, but it's been over a year's wait. Ascension Motorsports is transitioning over to work exclusively on race cars, so this is one of the last two or three that he's doing for average Joe consumer. I'll take it. Still need to firm up some chassis integration, but I'll talk to him about that stuff later.

Here it is:
















This will allow my J35A3 (with CL-S6 crank and cam sensors) to interface with the AEM Infinity 6 and integrate the flex fuel sensor and VSS for the EHPS. It's also wired for my electronic boost controller, but that won't be part of the initial plans. Just want to get it running, first.
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Old 10-25-2018, 05:14 PM   #147
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Damn. When even wiring harnesses can look that pretty, it really annoys me how dirty an engine bay gets from just driving around.
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Old 10-25-2018, 06:34 PM   #148
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That’s a nice looking harness!
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Old 10-25-2018, 09:48 PM   #149
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That harness is sweet. It would take me a year to build that too! Lol
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Old 06-29-2019, 10:01 AM   #150
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So anything new?
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Old 06-29-2019, 01:24 PM   #151
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That harness is crazy. I like it a lot.

You just gave me inspiration for my project.
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Old 07-01-2019, 09:22 PM   #152
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This car is just so far beyond on point from every angle you look at it. I'm honestly grateful that an enthusiast such as yourself is willing to go to these lengths to modify our chassis.
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Old 07-02-2019, 09:27 PM   #153
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So anything new?
Quite a bit, actually. But nothing worth posting pictures of. I've been buying Deutsch connectors, expensive wiring tools, more gauges, various wiring pins and things of that sort. The unfortunate part of buying a harness like this is having to tie it into the chassis harness. My last post was 8 months ago, and I've been working on this additional stuff most of that time. My dining table and study desk are covered in makeshift wiring diagrams I've done on engineer's computation pad. I guess I did buy a new engine, some new heads, ARP studs and Supertech springs, but those won't get used for a bit. Might make a YouTube video series for building a J-series engine. I have the means and the know-how for the content. Just not sure if I can package and produce it into something people would care to watch.

I also took some time off of work to go to Japan and China with my wife. That was a life-changing experience and I was planning another trip back there after only having been there for an hour. Got to drive an R34 GT-R over there, too, so that was a pretty crazy experience!

I'll get some photos up of some of the new goodies once I get some more headway on the wiring.


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This car is just so far beyond on point from every angle you look at it. I'm honestly grateful that an enthusiast such as yourself is willing to go to these lengths to modify our chassis.
Wait, mine? Like, the one I have in my garage on jackstands? I mean, thanks! I think it might be premature praise, though. I'll admit I have a pretty fancy stash of parts, but the car itself is fairly stripped.
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Old 07-02-2019, 10:34 PM   #154
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Yeah, but most folks won't even spring for the nice parts (honestly myself included most of the time) and you seem to be willing to put in the sweat equity to bring the build up to a certain level. You've also personally helped me with quite a few things, so i feel you are a credit to the community. Your trip sounds like it was awesome. Definitely a bucket list item.
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Old 07-18-2019, 03:09 PM   #155
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My chassis harness has been pared down and routed to termination points and locations that I want, so it's ready to send off to Ascension Motorsports. It will be integrated into the motorsports engine harness that was made for me, as well as have another fuse/relay box added for accessories.

Here's what's left of it. The stuff on the right is cabin-left. The main grommet just to the left of that formerly had everything going out the driver's side of the vehicle along the inner fender structure. I've pulled everything out except for the windshield wiper motor and the power steering pressure switch. The wiring front the lighting, washer bottle, A/C and other various features will now route over to the passenger side to exit to the front of the car near the new ECU location. Likewise, the same functions from the passenger side will be pulled back through its respective grommet that they share with the underhood fuse box (not done yet) and will terminate together with another circular Corsair connector on the firewall. Most loose wires are labeled and wiring that will be unused has been completely eliminated or pulled away and wrapped up. In the first picture, the leg that extends toward the bottom of the picture then loops around are all the wires from the ECU connectors that will not be needed. I just felt like I was getting a little too carried away removing stuff that Ascension Motorsports could handle just as easily.











Here's a bit from a current project I'm working on.




























Still waiting on a few connectors to come in so the completion of this cluster project will likely be my next update. I haven't bought it yet, but the recess if for an AEM CD-5.
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Old 07-19-2019, 10:58 AM   #156
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Old 07-28-2019, 01:34 AM   #157
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A little bit more progress tonight. I'd been meaning to work on this during the week, but just never got a chance.


Getting the gauge bezel laid over the plastic panel that will mount the CD-5 for some fine tuning on the trimming.




Just need to trim the blue areas a bit more.




It was going well...until it wasn't. These edges are going to be hidden, but I wish they were a little neater than this.




The problem I have with the shroud is that the acrylic lens will create a glare over everything underneath. The black molded plastic and the clear acrylic are melted together, so the Dremel with the cut-off wheel had to come out. Worked around the whole perimeter and it came apart just like I wanted to!






BOOM! The recess panel will be sanded and either painted or vinyl-wrapped before it's completed.




I'm using a piece of clear acrylic as the back panel. It will end up looking like Swiss Cheese once I provide clearance for each 52mm gauge and the Deutsch DTM 12-pin connector to plug into the back of the CD-5. I'll do that tomorrow.

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Old 07-29-2019, 11:51 PM   #158
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Exceptional work! Really like how all your connectors and pins are done right. Gonna be a one of a kind CB! Those indicators are really clean looking too. Where'd you find em? I'll be looking forward to seeing the finished cluster.
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Old 07-30-2019, 01:24 AM   #159
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Geez, I thought I was getting crazy with wiring projects lol.
I think yours are still plenty crazy. You're doing all of your work yourself, too!

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Thanks!

Here are the indicators. They come from China, so expect to wait a few weeks. If I were to do it again, I'd probably buy two of each in case they go out. But they've tested fine on a 9V battery.

I ordered some "carbon fiber" vinyl wrap to cover the surface, and that should be in tomorrow. Still a couple of days longer for the Deutsch connectors to terminate the pins. Looking at the available space in there, that's going to be tricky. Kind of wishing I'd planned around some sort of a header style connector now. Oh well.
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Man I love your attention to detail Jarrett. And any pictures of your trip to Japan and China??

I'm currently hoarding a set of TL-S calipers but I never grabbed the spindles from the same car. I should update my MR thread at some point.
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