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    1. Member Mag-X's Avatar
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      01-09-2019 01:09 AM #101
      I found a local shop that specializes in classic cars that's willing to do a full rebuild on the carb and do the tuning. It's a bit spendy though as it's several hours of labor. It might have to wait until I get my bonus check next month.

      In the mean time, I picked up some original advertising and a sales brochure off Ebay. I scanned it so everyone can enjoy Honda's amazing descriptions of luxury.

      1979 Honda Accord Sales Brochure

      1979 Honda Accord and Civic

      The Accord LX is, quite simply, luxurious.

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      01-09-2019 01:39 AM #102
      so... listing on BaT next week ?

      parents friend growing up had one of these in that weird light teal green. definitely a small appliance of its day.

      that interior looks mint

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      01-09-2019 01:00 PM #103
      Quote Originally Posted by ValveCoverGasket View Post
      so... listing on BaT next week ?

      parents friend growing up had one of these in that weird light teal green. definitely a small appliance of its day.

      that interior looks mint

      If so I hope he gets the carb rebuilt first. I want to verify it was done right, no matter who owns it!

      Progress. I'm wanting to see it, Mag-X!
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      01-09-2019 01:05 PM #104
      Quote Originally Posted by Air and water do mix View Post
      no matter who owns it!
      I can think of a couple people that might know Honda carburetors fairly well.
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      01-09-2019 01:31 PM #105
      Quote Originally Posted by Metallitubby View Post
      I can think of a couple people that might know Honda carburetors fairly well.
      Good! In the general population that'd be a percentage of a percent, but in the car repair world that miiiiiight actually break 1%!!


      Probably not, though. :/
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      01-09-2019 01:33 PM #106
      Quote Originally Posted by Air and water do mix View Post
      Good! In the general population that'd be a percentage of a percent
      Good. That keeps us relevant!
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      01-14-2019 08:50 PM #107
      While I'm waiting for space to open up in the one shop I found that will touch this thing, I gave the interior a douching over the weekend to get 40 years of yuck and smoke ashes out of it.

      I can't wait to get it running. I feel like Mr. Regular is going to descend from the heavens with a GoPro strapped to his head, steal the keys, and drive away into the night making dick jokes.

      The carpets cleaned up OK. There's some cigarette burns in the drivers side, but luckily none in the seat. The right side looks like it's been wet at some point. There's some goop along the door, so I'm guessing it was leaking.
      The carpets are weird. They're more like a front a rear area rug. You can just grab them at the edges and pull them up except for random areas where they're hooked into trim. I found a penny from 1982 under the passenger carpet.

      I originally though there was no front speakers, but I found a single 4x6 under the grill that's popped off. It sounds like it's 40 years old with a smoking habit, because it is.


      Close up of the radio and AC controls. According to the sales brochure I got, the tape player was an extra cost. An 8 track was also available.
      The radio works (and I was even able to play music through my phone via a cassette adapter). It makes a horrible squealing noise over about 25% volume though.


      The fancy gauges with door ajar, tail light out warning, and oil and tire rotation reminders. "Only 71,000 original miles" said the ad. Sure.


      Both front seats had covers on them since new.


      The rear seats don't seem like they got too much use.


      The 1980 model I had previously, had speakers taking up the back half of these pockets. This one has two 4-inch speakers built into the sides of the hatch area.


      Ash tray in the dash. Ash tray in the passenger door. Ash tray in the back seat so your kids could smoke.


      No door pockets. No center console. No cup holders. The green label lists the recommended tire pressures at 24 PSI.


      Headliner still hangin' in there.


      So much room for activities.


      Got the spare, jack, and tool set out. Cleaned out about a million rocks and old beer receipts.


      Now here's the bad stuff that you can't really see in the original pictures taken at MySpace angles.

      Apparently a cat used to spend a ton of time sleeping on it and f*cked the clear coat.



      There's a few spots like this.


      ...and this


      This is the worst one. This is in the front passenger wheel well. You can see through to the battery tray if you look straight up. The others look fine, so I don't know what happened here.
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      01-14-2019 09:16 PM #108
      Well, that’s a bummer of a spot under the front, but overall it’s pretty good! I would try to find one of those fiberglass strand “rust erasers” if they still make them. It’s basically a cross between a mechanical pencil and fiber optic phone lines. You hold it like a pencil and sand away on bits with precision, then I’d treat it chemically to kill what remains of the rust. The spot under the front will take grinding and welding to fix it right, which I would do quickly in order to stop it from spreading.

      I’m still diggin’ it!
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      01-14-2019 10:10 PM #109
      Battery above? The hole was probably caused by battery acid then. It's all just minor though, or at least that's how it appears.
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      01-14-2019 10:24 PM #110
      I really need to get the seats and carpet out of it to see what the floor pans look like. Hopefully, the rest of the underside looks like the other three wheel wells.

      If the bottom side is still good, I'd like to have the exterior stripped down, rust fixed, and repainted. If it drives as good as the interior looks, I'm not opposed to putting some money into getting exterior back in shape. There's no plans to make a profit here. I just like weird cars.

      For the time being, I'm trying to keep it out of the rain. It's staying dry in the garage while my 9-3 is sitting in the driveway.

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      01-14-2019 10:39 PM #111
      Quote Originally Posted by mag-x View Post
      i feel like mr. Regular is going to descend from the heavens with a gopro strapped to his head, steal the keys, and drive away into the night making dick jokes.
      brooowwwwwwnnnnnnnnnnnhhhhnnggggg

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      01-14-2019 10:48 PM #112
      Wow -- I know I'm late to the party, but nice find!

      I remember when I last drove a car exactly like that one, right down to the color. I was in St. Louis visiting my then-girlfriend on a typically hot and humid St. Louis July day and we borrowed her mother's car to drive downtown. Sitting at a stoplight in 100-degree weather, we suddenly saw steam coming out from under the hood. Overheated. Shut it down right away before any damage was done, but blocked traffic at the stoplight for a bit.

      It felt and acted like an old car in 1989, so it's amazing to find one still running and in halfway decent shape thirty years later.

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      01-15-2019 01:56 AM #113


      I'm just going to leave this here.

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      03-14-2019 10:12 PM #114
      The weather is finally starting to warm up here. The little Honda got a ride to the carburetor whisperer today.

      Diagnosis: It runs like ****

      It's all there though. Rebuild kit should arrive tomorrow. Hopefully it'll be running around by next weekend doing epic Accord things like getting groceries and and getting smoked at stop lights by gently accelerating minivans.


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      03-14-2019 10:20 PM #115
      Quote Originally Posted by Mag-X View Post
      That thing is screaming for Panasports.
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      03-14-2019 10:28 PM #116
      Quote Originally Posted by SICKVDUB1 View Post
      I'm just going to leave this [Civic] here.
      FIFY

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      03-14-2019 10:43 PM #117
      Quote Originally Posted by Metallitubby View Post
      That thing is screaming for Panasports.
      Those look good on everything.

      Apparently the wheels that are on it are specific to 1979 US models.

    19. 03-14-2019 10:50 PM #118
      Quote Originally Posted by Metallitubby View Post
      That thing is screaming for Panasports.
      I'd agree.

      Classic 8 spokes always look good!

      These are Watanabes on this one:



      I think the PCD is 4X120 though, sorta hard to find. Rota RB off the shelf tho.

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