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Old 06-12-2018, 10:40 PM   #1
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fleetw00d : 1992 Accord EX (2)

Picked up #12, 1992 EX auto, 190k, another rescue project:

92 EX Rosewood by Paul Kemme, on Flickr

ENGINE
- Stock F22A6 (needed head gasket)
- Stock automatic transmission
- OEM style exhaust (needs muffler tips)

EXTERIOR
- Stock, rust at the rear of the wheel wells

INTERIOR
- Stock maroon cloth in pretty good shape

SUSPENSION/WHEELS
- Stock suspension
- Stock 6 spoke wheels

AUDIO/ELECTRONICS
- OEM radio (doesn't appear to work)

FUTURE PLANS
- No mods planned, get it running , try to address cosmetic issues

Already has new radiator, exhaust (behind cat), and newer tires.
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92 EX coupe auto 171,151 - MRT: http://www.cb7tuner.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=205114 RIP
92 EX coupe auto 190,000 - MRT: http://www.cb7tuner.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=210341

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Old 06-12-2018, 11:37 PM   #2
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Looks good! Reminds me of my old '92 EX coupe (the one that got stolen), even down to the patch of missing paint on the passenger mirror...
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Old 06-13-2018, 09:44 AM   #3
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#12....really?? Looks like a good find.
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Old 06-13-2018, 11:09 PM   #4
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First repair - put a fender liner clip in the brake pedal arm hole to actuate the switch so the brake lights don't drain the battery. Hopefully the battery will respond to the charger.

June 14, 2018: Quick vacuum and wipe down of the interior.

92 EX int front by Paul Kemme, on Flickr

92 EX int rear by Paul Kemme, on Flickr

June 16, 2018: Power washed trunk carpeting and floor mats. Started disassembly for head removal.

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Old 06-18-2018, 09:43 PM   #5
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OOoo, a sunroof ... I spy Ruby in the background ...
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Old 06-19-2018, 06:48 PM   #6
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Quote:
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OOoo, a sunroof ... I spy Ruby in the background ...
Actually, that's Rose, my other 92 EX coupe - opposite this one - red on the outside, gray on the inside.

June 29, 2018: Head is off, removed rocker assembly and cam. The head is grungy enough that I'll probably pull the valves and have it cleaned and install new seals. Parts starting to arrive. Planning to take July 5 and 6 off to make some progress on this, my wife's Pilot (one of her rear shock blew leaving a puddle of oil on the driveway, needs brake pads too), and other projects.

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Old 07-02-2018, 06:58 AM   #7
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Congrats on another splendid acquisition! I have hard enough time keeping track of three cars how do you manage your fleet? Do u maintain your service records on an Excel spreadsheet, hand written in a book or just scraps of paper floating everywhere?
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Old 07-02-2018, 08:52 PM   #8
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I'm not sure how splendid it is, like most rescue projects, the more you work on it the more you find that needs to be addressed.

I have an Excel spreadsheet for each vehicle, although I'm not always good about entering every little thing.

July 7, 2018: Head went to the shop, installed new heater hoses, oil cooler seal, water pump, crank seal, balance shaft seal and retainer, timing belt (loose on top), balance shaft belt, oil pan gasket, fuel filter and bracket. The oil pan had been hit from below; I was able to flatten the bottom of it again. The exhaust system is relatively new from cat back; but the flex pipe isn't so great and the front studs/nuts at the converter are rusted all to heck. I think I can replace the studs on the converter. Contemplating a ebay low cost header/flex pipe combination (cheaper than OEM style flex pipe) and keeping the A6 exhaust manifold for possibly converting the wagon from A1 to A6 (already have a head - needs to be rebuilt - and intake manifold). Clay barred and waxed passenger fender and door to see how well they'd clean up.

July 10, 2018: Bad news from the shop, the head is cracked in two places. Dug out the head from the SE rescue project and started disassembling that, looks like every valve is bent. Hopefully I can get one good head from two and be left with a set of A6 valve springs and cam that could still be used for an upgrade on an A1. If the head is bad, the cam retainers in the rocker assembly are machined to match the head, so they are basically unusable as well, correct?

July 12, 2018: That was quick. Dropped the second head at the shop yesterday, it checked okay, ready for pickup this afternoon. Almost a shame to put this refurbished head on a rescue project.

July 17, 2018: Disassembled and cleaned the intake manifold including throttle body and EGR passages, thermostat housing, installed new thermostat in housing; can't find a second plenum gasket locally to reassemble. Made sure all valve adjusting screws and nuts were free.

Sept. 4, 2018: Haven't been able to spend a lot of time on this one. Have the head, timing belts, intake manifold, new hoses, rebuilt PS pump, and alternator reinstalled. Got oil pressure when cranking without the plugs. Need to clean up and install the exhaust manifold before attempting to fire it. I want to make sure it runs before I address the other issues with the car.

Sept. 10, 2018: It's alive! After installing the exhaust manifold and a set of plugs, it fired up. Very loud running with nothing attached to the manifold - my wife thought I had a Harley in the driveway. Had a fuel leak at the supply line (forgot to tighten it). Still have a small one at the #3 injector; I think I used aftermarket o-rings. I'll get a set of OEM o-rings and replace them all again. Managed to drill out the cut studs on the OEM catalytic converter, just need a flex pipe and some bolts to put the exhaust together. Buying a new O2 sensor (old one was welded into the bad flex pipe); I'll put the new one in Ruby and install Ruby's in here. Did a similar thing with the battery, installed a new one in Ruby and put the used one in here (5 year old DieHard Gold, but still starts fine).

92 Rosewood EX Engine by Paul Kemme, on Flickr

Pleasant surprise: Started it today and let it idle a while to bake the high temp paint on the exhaust manifold cover and valve cover. Tried the AC and it works! It looks like it is still R12 in the system.

Sept. 12, 2018: The left headlight bracket was broken - looks like it took a light hit there - the glass was intact, but the support above it was pushed back about 5/8 inch. Was able to pry it back out. The radiator support needs a little straightening as well unless someone out there has a good Rosewood Brown support.

Sept. 13, 2018: Installed new left axle and seal, left outer tie rod. Looks like lower ball joints and upper control arms have already been replaced, no play and the boots are in good condition.

Sept. 15, 2018: Straightened the radiator support as best I could, also had to work some more on the bulkhead above the headlight to get it to fit correctly. Flex pipe arrived yesterday, installed complete exhaust. Started it up, then panicked when it started to belch white smoke. Didn't smell like coolant, fuel, or oil - smelled like wet firewood. Shut it down and separated the cat from the flex pipe and restarted it - exhaust was clear as can be there. Reconnected it and restarted - more smoke. Took about ten minutes with operation up to 4000 rpm to bake out whatever water must have been sitting in the B pipe and muffler.

Sept. 20, 2018: Redid the brakes on the left front (cleaned up rotors, painted, new brake pads). Cleaned up the rotor on the right side. While running (used the car to turn the rotor while I cleaned with abrasive disc) I had coolant draining off the back of the engine - traced it to the water pipe to thermostat housing joint. I had installed a new o-ring, not sure what went wrong. Upper ball joint had noticeable play, so replaced that. Installed new outer tie rod. Need to install new brake pads. Picked up a new o-ring for the water pipe.

Oct. 2, 2018: Installed o-ring for water pipe. Installed new rear calipers and pads. Cleaned up rotors. Installed NOS OEM rear shocks on the springs, but the lower knuckle bushing is so stiff that I can't get the bolt to line up through the bottom of the shock - removed those bushings today, will get new ones tomorrow. Went to bleed the brakes this evening; RF bleeder screw broke (rats!); screw extractor broke trying to get it out. Had a spare caliper, so I'm cleaning that up.

Nov. 6, 2018: Installed new front shock/spring assemblies. Got the brakes worked out. RF caliper was clamping the outer pad because the small grommet on the end of the top slider pin was trapping grease at the bottom of the hole. Drove it down the street (don't have plates on it yet). Painted the radiator support and the sections of the front bulkhead above the headlights (practice for doing rust repair on quarters). Steering is a bit clunky, hoping that works itself out some with more driving. I had already installed rebuilt pump.

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