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Old 10-18-2009, 11:48 AM   #1
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I'm new and this is my story - WITH PICTURES!

Hello everyone, finally. I've been lurking here for quite some time but never got around to registering. Now that my car is temporarily out of commission, I am bored, and decided to register and break the silence, so to speak.

Up until now, at the age of 22, I never needed a drivers license because of the epic public transit we have here in Montreal. However getting a job here is very difficult if you dont speak french. Long commutes would soon become part of my work life.

A friend of mine decided to give me, for free, his old CB7. Its a 1990 Accord EX (canadian, so I guess the equivalent of the LX). He was half way thru repainting it when he was struck with health problems. The whole car spiderwebbed and cracked.

Anyway, I spend nearly 6 months on rust, fiberglass, putty, primer, paint, clear. I didnt like the color so I ended up spending a lot changing it from the puke tan color to a dark blue. Honda Eternal Blue to be exact.

The guy who gave it to me kept very good mechanical care of it, and used it mainly for testing alarms and audio systems, as that was his career at the time.

In the time I was working on it, I managed to fix the horribly, horribly rusted rear panels, change out the factory radio and speakers, which were shredded beyond recognition, replace the dash clock, replace the flex pipe, break two of the three bolts of the exhaust manifold then fix that, repaint the whole car, fix a leak in the gas line, another leak in the oil pan, and some other minor effects. When I decided to get my license, the car was in a condition relatively close to that of the day it was purchased. All that's left is the speed sensor, which is on it's way now from eBay.

Yesterday I suffered a horrible mechanical failure. It's no secret that Quebec has the worst roads in Canada, with pothole-dodging becoming a national sport, as well as falling overpass-dodging. They seemed to take a silent toll on my ball joints, though. And yesterday, one let go as I was rounding a corner. The car dropped to the ground and grinded to a dusty halt. I sat inside for a good ten minutes, just afraid to go outside and have a look. It turned out to be minor. The ball joint let go, and pulled the driveaxle out, tearing up the boot and throwing bearings in every direction. The wheel got wedged under the car. Luckily I was on my own street, and not flying down the highway. It cost $65 for a tow up the hill to my driveway, and will cost another $50 or so for parts.

So now I'm sitting around unable to drive anywhere, wondering what I'm going to do today.

Anyway PICTURES!


This is what it looked like when I got it. The insert is a closeup of the paint.


After rust removal, there was little metal left.


Extreme fiberglassing


All done this side


And after painting and reassembly

Now that the car is somewhat finished being made driveable.. what to do to make it more pretty.... ?
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Old 10-18-2009, 11:56 AM   #2
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I wanna see more pics of what it is now, lol.
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Old 10-18-2009, 12:00 PM   #3
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I only have one more picture of it finished, cause after it was done I was too busy driving it to take pictures. Also I sold my camera to pay for insurance. But I'll take more pics soon, after they finish digging up my street and I get a car wash.



As you can see, stock everything.
[edit] also the power antenna is the factory original, and it still works fine ^_^

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Old 10-18-2009, 12:08 PM   #4
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Absolutely beautiful. Love the color.
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Old 10-18-2009, 12:09 PM   #5
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Welcome. I like the color.
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Old 10-18-2009, 01:42 PM   #6
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Welcome to the site! I can see you've got a lot of love for her, and don't mind putting in some wok time. It looks to me like your exhaust tips and maybe a couple of tires caught some overspray?
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Old 10-18-2009, 05:41 PM   #7
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oh yeah i got a little paint in places i didnt mean to.. well the exhaust tips are not a big deal.. actually the girlfriend likes it for some reason. when i was painting the inside of the doors however i forgot to tape up the lock button tab thingies. now it looks a little odd with the interior purple and the lock buttons dark blue.

[edit] by the way, love the pic in your sig!
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Old 10-18-2009, 05:52 PM   #8
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looks gud
nice job bro!
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Old 10-18-2009, 10:26 PM   #9
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oh yeah i got a little paint in places i didnt mean to.. well the exhaust tips are not a big deal.. actually the girlfriend likes it for some reason. when i was painting the inside of the doors however i forgot to tape up the lock button tab thingies. now it looks a little odd with the interior purple and the lock buttons dark blue.

[edit] by the way, love the pic in your sig!
Thanks! It's about time fora new one, I just haven't decided what to do yet.
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Old 10-18-2009, 11:10 PM   #10
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You are now on the Canadian CB7tuner member list:

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welcome the paint job is beautiful.
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Old 10-18-2009, 11:28 PM   #11
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Old 10-18-2009, 11:37 PM   #12
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wow talk about Reborn!...Nice freakin' job buddy! That was skill! If you can do that!...then dam! you can make anything purdy hahaha
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Old 10-19-2009, 10:37 AM   #13
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tee hee! thanks guys! right now im trying to get the wheel back on... damn ball joint.. then later on down the road i will try out some aftermarket parts and mods and whatnot.. a body kit, tints, and a drop perhaps..
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Old 10-19-2009, 11:36 AM   #14
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Absolutely beautiful. Love the color.
X2! And the badge-less rear end!
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Old 10-19-2009, 05:44 PM   #15
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Nice car and excellent work. Car looks really good.
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Old 10-20-2009, 11:30 AM   #16
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X2! And the badge-less rear end!
LOL shit i forget to mention i put them back on.. these pics were taken when the paint was fresh..didnt want to put them on too soon.
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Old 10-20-2009, 06:55 PM   #17
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I love blue CB's! Great job on it... I love seeing these "resurrections" so to speak.
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Old 10-22-2009, 02:07 AM   #18
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nice little restoration you got there.
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