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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2014 8:10 pm 
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Been a long while since i've made a project thread, not had the time with work etc. But JAE got me in the mood to make one up for one of my cars.

So first things first i bought this to be a daily but well i kinda got a little carried away :oops:

Its a 1991 Shuttle 1.4 GL. I bought the car as a rolling shell basically from a guy local to me. He'd already carried out alot of work but i had to redo most of it as we had very different plans.

a couple pics of it pretty much how i got it

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The majority of the work had been arried out to the engine bay. The bay had been fully smoothed out and resprayed a biege colour of some sort. all pretty standard BUT he had also had the strut turrets cut off completely and raised up by around an 1".

Due to this i stripped the engine bay back completely and re-welded everything seriously glad i did as the guy who had done the job for him was a complete cowboy welding was HORRENDOUS :roll:

I cant find any pics of it where i re-welded it just the re-smoothing pics probably because i was so pissed off about having to do it :oops:Lets just t#say the shuttle has been a problem child from the get go :lol:

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After some filler and some sanding things were starting to take shape again

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After much deliberation ! I managed to settle on a colour. As most will know i do love my Root beer metallic after building my old early spec hatch. I was planning on going for that but it lacked risky-ness :lol: So in the ed i opted for this......

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Now the engine was painted the next challenge was A. what engine do I fit ? B. What gearbox do I fit ?

I decided to use a D16Y9 that i had in the garage for some time. Similar to a Z6 however without Vtec. Wasnt planning on it being a speedy car all im after is economy really. So i began by stripping it down and swapping the cambelt mount etc over then painting it all up gotta love a clean engine :OD I also decided to stay Auto as its supposed to be a easy daily driver i wanted somethig which i could just jump into and bomb around in.

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Problem you have with auto...The box is HUGE :shock: So new challenge getting the engine and auto box into the bay without scratching it Hmmmmm

Engine in from the underneath seems best option

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All in no scratches !!

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Ok slightly OTT on the pic front :oops: :oops:

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2014 10:26 pm 
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Nice work mate.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 6:32 am 
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Top work! I do love a fresh engine bay and a clean engine :top:

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 1:35 pm 
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Oh wow. Someone pass the tissues. Lovely work mate.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 4:16 pm 
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 6:48 pm 
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Haha cheers guys :)

I was trying to get this one done for JAE but didn't quite go to plan after some wiring issues -_-

But will get it sorted soon need a winter daily !!

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 7:44 pm 
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Thought you were a bit quite!
Been busy lad looks really good! :top:
Loving the colour choice!

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 11:21 am 
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Looks very nice, hated sanding down my bay was a right ball ache!

And as stated above, nice colour choice.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 5:10 pm 
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99mrbe wrote:
Thought you were a bit quite!
Been busy lad looks really good! :top:
Loving the colour choice!


Haha yeah man not been very active for far too long ! Need to get my other project page up for my other car too :oops: :lol:

Thought you might, mr purple hatch :P

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Looks very nice, hated sanding down my bay was a right ball ache!

And as stated above, nice colour choice.


You're not wrong there man UBER ballache. Hate doing prep had the body work guy at work do it shaping etc. I just did all the welding filled all the holes in the bay with weld too. So as little filler as possible 8)

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 6:05 pm 
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Few more pics of the progress on the shuttle. Havent touched it since JAE need to source a new wiring loom out for it :roll: But other than that its going well :lol: :oops:

When i bought the car a lot of welding had been done....badly by the engine bay :? the sills however looked kinda ok, not as pretty as id like but foook it Shuttle has covers :lol: Still the N/S/R arch had rotten away and been filled with fibreglass. So i chopped it out and made up a repair panel using an old front wing from 63 plate Jazz. A new car dies an old car survives :OD

Cut to shape

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Nice and solid again 8)

Also had a bit f a dilemma colour wise i hate superior blue :oops: So only one option PURPLE EVERYWHERE :shock:

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Also if a smoothed bay wasnt enough i did a tad more carried away....

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Tucked brake prop valve

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NEVER AGAIN the worst job i have ever done on a civic, then of course the prop valve wasnt working right so after fitting it all i then had to change it under the dash -_- I'll admit there was a slight temper tantrum at that stage :oops: :lol:

Rear subframe all removed and repainted. Also again getting carried away. I kinda fitted a VT rack so I could get rid of all the power steering lines. The whole daily thing sorta fading into yeahhhhhhhh not happening :oops:

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And well since id already gone this far to make the car completely useless as a daily, i decided to make it completely un-drivable to when i saw Lee's D2's up for sale. I mean how could i not ?! They were even colour coded........Yes that actually was a huge factor in buying them :oops: Oh and PIKEY pipe Shuttle exhausts are a mystery to me so i bodged one up for time being.

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Hmmm still have an inch n a bit of coilover thread left.....yep id say the turret mods work :shock:

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BIt more prep work on the body

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Made a trip to see Pete for a T bar and Decat pipe has i didnt have a spare T bar panel

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Windscreen had been destroyed when the strut tops were modified LOADS of metal filingt stuck in it felt like 60 grit sand paper. So out that came

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All painted like the door shuts

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New screen fitted, best part on the whole car !

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Annnnd i think thats about everything barring getting the car running but then once running found some odd wiring issues that i just cant figure out so new loom should sort that.

One last pic of the engine back together-ish pics are a bit of a jumble but you get the idea lol

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2014 11:53 am 
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So it's a pimped out daily driver ?
Lot of work going into this. Looks good.
Crazyness on the strut towers...

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2014 9:22 pm 
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Yep well the plan wasn't to go quite as far as this admittedly :oops: Just did my usual cant be trusted with anything for more than a day without modifying it :oops:

Yeah the strut towers were pioneered by the previous owner i just came along and finished it properly re-welded everything. I have a good inch and a half left on the front coilovers w#before being wound all the way down :shock: Could have the chassis on the floor :lol:

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:top: ,... :D

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2014 5:22 pm 
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:lol: Your kinda motor then eh Cue :wink:

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2015 4:18 pm 
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Has been very slow progress on this due to waiting on it getting painted :roll:

But heres a few pics of the little progress so far !

How much coilover i have left to thread down VS ride height :lol:

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LOTS of natural negative camber :shock:

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Main bit of progres it moved 10 ft so we could get the bosses Sierra off the 4 post ramp :lol: :oops:

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Then Finally a bit of base coat ! So we ca do final prep etc. ITS ALMOST ONE COLOUR AGAIN !! xD

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Apologies some of the pics arent great had to use my phone :oops: But you get the general idea.

Most of it is going to colour coded barring the bump strips and the tops f the bumpers which will be gloss black.

Not sure whether to colour code the sill trims or paint those black too, opinions ?

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