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Hi all, 

 

Figured as every query I've typed in to google has brought me to this site that I might as well sign up and try contribute something at least!

 

Picked up a VTi-S Aerodeck about a fortnight ago as a new daily and haven't stopped grinning since. Needs a tiny bit of tidying here and there, but it's all largely cosmetic - one of the former owners loved a carwash by the look of the swirls in the paint, the rear door cards are wilting a touch, minor cig burn in the passenger seat, slight nik in the rear bumper, oh and a child appears to have drawn (in permanent ink) on the b-pillar, roof liner and c-pillar but other than those niggles it's all straight enough. Sub 100k (just...), FSH, comprehensive folder of receipts, clean history and to top it off a bit of a bargain price. Think from my rough workings, it's averaging 31mpg - which is about 10mpg better than the last estate I ran, so that's another bonus too! 

 

The last owner of this was an MOT tester for Honda, so mechanically it feels tighter than newer cars I've driven as he put a lot of time, parts and love in to it! Haven't got round to doing much other than putting fuel in it and commuting so far, but I have restored the headlights (small, relatively cheap fix at least!) and I have created a healthy excel spreadsheet to work through of both jobs and parts I want for it. 

 

Car's largely standard, save for a rather mute aftermarket cat back exhaust and some generic ebay adjustable coil spring kit. Rides, rather surprisingly, exceptionally well on them. Genuinely staggered by how comfy it is...was half expecting to have binned them already, but apart from the concrete sections of the M25 its soaking up most surfaces very well. That said, combined with the Nankang tyres, I haven't dared wind it on at any point save for a straight line, but the sound gets me every time. Mid-90s BTCC soundtrack in an estate, what's not to love?

 

But anyway, some pics:

 

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And a quick one of what was originally my daily, but it was another car I dropped lucky on and is far too mint to be using every day - hence the need for another. That, and it's getting increasingly hard to shoe-horn a growing Labradoodle in the back of one of these;

 

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Will try update this as I add/ do stuff to the Civic, but I need to move some cars on first before starting to spend more on this...otherwise I think the other half will, perhaps rightly, murder me!

 

Cheers, 

 

John

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Nice to see a new deck join the forum, looks like a good one. 8-)

 

Interesting collection of cars tucked away under cover in that last shot.... :geek:

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15 hours ago, dr_broon said:

Nice to see a new deck join the forum, looks like a good one. 8-)

 

Interesting collection of cars tucked away under cover in that last shot.... :geek:

 

Thanks! Yeah, very pleased with it so far - even the other half likes it. Which is odd, as she usually rolls her eyes at most things I buy! 

 

And they are indeed - sadly can't claim any of those behind the Prelude are mine - I work at Honda UK and that's a small section of the PR heritage fleet. I'm just fortunate enough to get to play with them on occasion...and more importantly have access to the valeting bay! :-D

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Looks great mate nice car and that lude is lovely. Used to have on one of those carsci wish I'd kept 

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Gorgeous looking aerodeck John, loving that!! But omg that Lude!!!!!! That is amazing, good call to preserve it and retire from daily duties. Looking forward to seeing a lot more of these two fantastic Honda's!

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beautiful deck, make me want to swap all my bits over on to a clean vti-s deck!

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Thanks for the kind words guys, really can't take any credit for the Civic...nor the Prelude, just seem to have dropped lucky with these two! 

 

On 2/25/2020 at 10:30 PM, Dave said:

Gorgeous looking aerodeck John, loving that!! But omg that Lude!!!!!! That is amazing, good call to preserve it and retire from daily duties. Looking forward to seeing a lot more of these two fantastic Honda's!

 

Many thanks Dave, really not sure what to do with the Prelude...part of me wants to keep hold of it, as it's just so effortless but then the other part of me is thinking the last 'weekend car' I had was chronically under used and then sold on needing work. Don't want to really put the Prelude through that! 

 

Have just sold my Subaru though, which should free up cash for this and other bits so hopefully the updates will be more regular from here on in...famous last words.

 

That said, I've finally got round to changing something on this...might as well start with an important bit;

 

Off with these...

 

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And on with these...

 

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It'll be nice not to spin the fronts in 2nd gear this evening! 

 

Just waiting for a weekend without a storm, and I'll start on tidying the outside. Ride height needs seriously playing with as there's a lot of 'reverse rake' on the go at the minute... 

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44 minutes ago, Chief said:

Thanks for the kind words guys, really can't take any credit for the Civic...nor the Prelude, just seem to have dropped lucky with these two! 

 

 

Many thanks Dave, really not sure what to do with the Prelude...part of me wants to keep hold of it, as it's just so effortless but then the other part of me is thinking the last 'weekend car' I had was chronically under used and then sold on needing work. Don't want to really put the Prelude through that! 

 

Have just sold my Subaru though, which should free up cash for this and other bits so hopefully the updates will be more regular from here on in...famous last words.

 

That said, I've finally got round to changing something on this...might as well start with an important bit;

 

Off with these...

 

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And on with these...

 

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It'll be nice not to spin the fronts in 2nd gear this evening! 

 

Just waiting for a weekend without a storm, and I'll start on tidying the outside. Ride height needs seriously playing with as there's a lot of 'reverse rake' on the go at the minute... 

 

great tyres, got them on my deck. 

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Wise swap indeed!

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They look like they'll do the job nicely.

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Thanks guys, they've transformed the car from a handling perspective...but they have now also highlighted how poor the coilovers are, as ride comfort has gone through the floor thanks to the stiffer sidewalls.

 

Hadn't had much opportunity to do much to the car beyond change tyres on it until lockdown and then furlough, but since then I've had a lot of spare time on my hands. Mechanically, haven't done anything other than remove the resonator from the airbox.

 

Managed to get the paint looking a bit better; washed twice, clayed, polished, waxed and then sealed:

 

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Just in time for the weather to turn! 

 

Also managed to sort the knackered door cards...for now. Absolutely no idea how long it'll hold for, but it seems to have taken well. 

 

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Currently spraying the grille chrome a high gloss black, both the surround and the badge were too far gone to save. Tried cleaning them up but it just highlighted how pitted the chrome was.

 

Interior deep clean is next, and an attempt to try refeed the leather on the seats, but I think the drivers side base is too far gone... beyond that, shopping list is now stupid long but with everything that's going on, I'm holding off on any big purchases for now...or trying to at least. 

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Looks great. You've done well there.

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Thanks mate - pics flatter it a lot!! It's still covered in light scratches and there's paint flaking in places. Going to enquire with our bodyshop at work when we all return...

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This colour is an absolute nightmare mate. My advice is to not be too ocd with it because you will forever be working on it.

Mine is a tidy car like yours, Had some paintwork recently aswell.

But to keep it looking good. .have to polish it every time it's washed as it gets light scratches so easily. 

Also it looks dusty / dirty 15 mins after you clean it lol.

It's a beautiful colour but it truly is a nightmare to maintain if you have OCD.

 

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Looking good. Like Jake says, PB is a beautiful colour but a nightmare to keep clean. The purple is a joy, but unless its just been cleaned, its wet, or the sun catches it right it just hides 

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Cheers guys - yeah, it was good to do the once...won't be doing to that level again any time again soon. My back is still killing me! 

 

On 4/28/2020 at 4:36 PM, KiNK43 said:

This colour is an absolute nightmare mate. My advice is to not be too ocd with it because you will forever be working on it.

Mine is a tidy car like yours, Had some paintwork recently aswell.

But to keep it looking good. .have to polish it every time it's washed as it gets light scratches so easily. 

Also it looks dusty / dirty 15 mins after you clean it lol.

It's a beautiful colour but it truly is a nightmare to maintain if you have OCD.

 

 

Haha, yeah it looked awful all of five minutes later when it was covered in pollen, and was covered in bird s**t the following morning...but for those five minutes it looked glorious! Had a read through your thread, what a car. If this turns out half as good, I'd be happy with that! 

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Yeah so nice when clean. Mines filthy again too and it's in garage. Just covered in dust where it comes from I don't know but who cares anyway. 

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That's why silver is my car options kiss.gif1

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On 5/7/2020 at 12:13 AM, noodels said:

That's why silver is my car options kiss.gif1

Yeah, silver is so forgiving for hiding grot. 

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