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Old 10-02-2010, 05:26 PM
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My JDM 96 Mivec project

I figured this was the best place to show ye what I've been up to this Summer and Autumn and since it's a car that was only made in Japan I thought ye might be interested in my new project car

I bought my 1.6 mivec mirage asti RS (light-weight track car model) when I sold my Type S. It was a little rough around the edges when I bought it and needed some mechanical and body work but I got it for half the price they normally make so it was a good deal.
When I went to look at it the clutch was slipping badly (which was advertised) and there was a loud enough tappet noise coming from the engine but other than that, and the obvious body work issues, I was happy enough to buy it (thinking it would probably cost 300euro to put right mechanically). As you will find out soon though, it wasn’t just the tappets that needed adjusting, it was much more serious than that...

Anyways it's time for some pics.

Here's what she was like the day she came home:






Not the cleanest of interiors but yes that is a genuine Nardi steering wheel in perfect condition :


As you can see from the exterior pics though there’s quite a lot of paint coming off the front bumper. Some of the other things ye mightn’t see from the pictures is the wave in the bonnet and stone chips which were left to rust and THEN touched up very badly after it by previous owner.
Replacing the bonnet is definitely on the to-do list but first things first; the clutch must be done, so after some research and shopping around I picked up a lancer gti at the motor factors for 150euro ($200), quite reasonable compared to others, and sent the car off to my friendly neighbourhood mechanic to fit it.


There was a leak in the passenger’s side that none of us noticed when we went to look at it. There were fears that it was the heater matrix as they tend to go on them but after lots of experiments I figured out it was just one of the rubber gromits on the floor that was a bit weathered so I took one from my brothers mirage that he has for parts. Easy fix, great success!
Since I had to lift the carpet up to find out what was wrong though I decided to strip the car completely and clean the interior while I was at it:


A nice clean, yet holey, carpet :


But now to dry up all the water that soaked into the foam stuff:


And put interior back in but have yet to take a picture of that

After that there was a slight wiring issue in the engine bay to be taken care of. It was mainly off the alarm (aka the worst designed alarm ever made) which I saw when I bought the car but my good friend Cillian sorted it out in seconds with some connectors and heat shrink.
Unfortunately I forgot to take “before” pics but this is half way there:


All insulated up:
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Now for the body work...

I took the bumper off first and was surprised to see it wasn’t actually too bad behind there:


I then attacked it with some nitromers to take off all those layers of paint! I reckon it was painted at least 5 times before now and even though nitromers isn’t very nice to work with on a plastic bumper it had to be done to do a good job.
Bumper after nitromers:


After lots of sanding:


And after a lot more sanding, filling, sanding, etch priming, sanding again and priming:


Luckily I had a lot of help with that work from my friend Cillian and my two puppies who were wrecked after all the “cleaning up” they did, taking my sandpaper and everything else they could get their teeth on when I wasn’t looking.


I was then on to the fun parts of the bumper and I was lucky the weather was so nice. I painted it up and let it out in the sun to bake:




I then sent it off to a friend of mine to lacquer it for me and bake it in his spray-booth. It came out so well and looked so shiny. I was extremely happy with it:


While the bumper was away I also fixed a big hole in the splitter with some plastic from an old broken splitter. I cut away the rough bits and melted and smoothed in the new bit of plastic with a heat gun. It was good fun messing with it and made a big improvement but unfortunately I forgot to take pictures of any of that part. My bad

Before putting the bumper back on the car though all the pieces had to go back on it and I was quite happy with my handy work. The inserts had to be siliconed in so I first put them where they were supposed to go and masked the bumper around them:


I then masked the edges of the inserts:


Put them back where they were supposed to go, siliconed around them, smoothed it off with my finger and removed the masking tape.
The end result came out pretty tidy and it was well worth all the masking imo:


I also put on the splitter, number plate and finally a better Mitsubishi badge that I found in the shed because the other one was missing a red diamond:


Since the mivec was getting a lovely clean bumper I decided I had to do something about the rest of the car as it was a little yellowish. I clayed it first and was pretty happy with it but I decided to try a to t-cut the bonnet just to see if it would make much of a difference and it made such an improvement I ended up began t-cutting the whole car including the lights and everything.I was so impressed with it though I had to take a before and after picture. There was actually a bigger difference in person but as you can see in the picture the wing is a hell of a lot whiter than the door and wing mirror:


The t-cut also took off a lot of the marks that were on the car including the red paint that was on the rear bumper which you can kind of see here.
Before:


After:


As you’ve probably guessed t-cut is my new favourite car cleaning product but since the car came out so surprisingly well after it I decided I needed to improve the rest of the car as much as I could and the rusty wheel nuts were really bugging me so I took them off and replaced them with some nice shiny chrome ones...
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After:


Finally the mivec after all the cleaning and polishing:




And just a reminder of what it was like before all the work...


And what it's like now :
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That looks great you did a amazing job so far.
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Thanks Lemon!
Back to the mechanical side of things though...
When I sent the mivec to my mechanic to get the clutch done he was supposed to adjust the tappets as well but unfortunately he couldn’t. It turns out that the car ran out of oil at some stage and two of the cams got scored which meant the whole camshaft had to be replaced and it would take him a good while to do it which would mean it would cost me quite a bit more than the 50euro adjusting them would have.
I brought the car home and thought about what I’d do next. I was planning on selling the car after I fixed it up and making a bit of a profit and put that money into my 3rd gen but I couldn’t sell the car as it was and I was afraid to even know what a new camshaft would cost. I decided to investigate and have a look into the engine myself and see how it looked and sure enough two cams on the inlet camshaft was badly scored as you can see:


And I also noticed the rocker underneath it needed to be replaced too because the tappet was very lose and out of shape from hitting the scored cam so it was even worse than I thought although the rest of the engine looked ok and didn’t look too abused:


I finally decided to at least try to get a second hand RS camshaft and other parts I needed though and rang Rob, a guy who my brother got parts off of before. It turned out he just got an RS in with bottom end damage so he said I could have both camshafts and the rocker, and best of all he owed my brother for something he got off him a few years ago which my brother had forgotten about and he said I could have them for free!! I couldn’t believe it, and it got even better, a friend of mine had to call to him for parts for his car and collected mine for me too. What legends!
I also needed a new rad for the car since the one that was in it was off of something else and wasn’t even held in properly, as you can see from the pic of the engine bay:


I had sourced a rad and fan with all the wiring and pipes for 20euro ($27) which I thought was quite a bargain because they’re not that easy get and Rob told me I could just take the rad that came with his RS for nothing too so now I have two RS rads with all the brackets and wiring, etc, which cost me next to nothing.
It was a great week of parts shopping as all of this just came to 20euro lol:






And since I’m going to do the camshafts and the timing belt needs to come off for that job I said why not kill two birds with one stone and get the timing belt, water pump and tensioner done at the same time so a few days later I got these delivered to me:


This is where my project stops for now though because the mivec must go to the mechanic and get all this done before I do anything else but my plans after I get it back are:

Fit the new rad and fill it up with lovely fresh coolant
Give it a good service
Paint the wing mirrors and door trim black like they’re supposed to be
Touch up the rest of the bodywork
Clean the engine bay
Replace the bonnet
Airbrush the rocker cover (it’s about time I did one of my own)
And do a serious photo shoot!

Fun, fun
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Looks great man. got massively lucky with those parts! always good to see a car taken care of
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Looks great woman. got massively lucky with those parts! always good to see a car taken care of
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theres something about that front end that looks aggressive ha nice work!
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fixed lol.

theres something about that front end that looks aggressive ha nice work!
lol my bad *facepalm*
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Nice looks good!

Are the side markers black?
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Re: My JDM 96 Mivec project

I've never seen one of these but I love it! Looks like a freakin go-kart. I kind of want one now

Nice job, keep us update with it. I'd love to see the end results!
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lol my bad *facepalm*
Thanks, I like to bring cars back to life and give them a better future I guess ha and no worries on callling me a man, it's an easy mistake ha


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fixed lol.

theres something about that front end that looks aggressive ha nice work!
Ya the bumper is actually off a colt (another version of the mirage) and the splitter is off a renault laguna lol but it came on the car when I got it and I quite like it so I think I'll keep it. Thanks for the comment



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Nice looks good!

Are the side markers black?
Thanks Scoot, ya they are. My brother thinks I should get clear ones for it like the ones he had before but I like the black ones, I think they suit the whole look I'm going for.


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I've never seen one of these but I love it! Looks like a freakin go-kart. I kind of want one now

Nice job, keep us update with it. I'd love to see the end results!
Ha ya it kind of feels like a go-kart too, it's extremely light and small compared to my ludes, but it's really fun to drive! That's what made me buy that and not another honda but my brother knows his stuff when it comes to mivecs so that's extremely useful too.
I'll have a few more updates in the next few weeks, hopefully all good ones ha, but I'll keep ye posted
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looks really good Aoife! looks alot of alot better cleaned and repainted, good luck with it
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looks good girl, not as good as a type s though...
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looks really good Aoife! looks alot of alot better cleaned and repainted, good luck with it
Thanks Phil, I'm really happy with how it's turning out so far. A few more days work should really finish it off I think


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looks good girl, not as good as a type s though...
I know, the type S was an amazing car but this costs half the amount to run and is faster than it so it's what I need at the moment. Don't worry though I'm sure I'll get another type S at some stage. I might even try to get my old one back
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I bought you something for it today. Don't worry, it was cheap.
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Aw thanks, I'm sure it'll look great on/in it.
I honestly have no idea what you could have bought for it though so can I have a clue?
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nice. car looks fresh so far
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Sorry I haven't had a chance to update this in a while but got the car back from the mechanic a month ago and she's running great now, no more tappet noise and, even though it turns out that the timing belt wasn't done that long ago, at least I'm 100% sure that the engine is in perfect running order now and should be for a long time to come

So here's a closer look at the damage to the camshaft lobe, etc.
It turns out it was all caused by metal fatigue on one of the rollers on the rocker and it stopped turning which meant the lobe on the camshaft was rubbing against an immovable object and ended up scoring both.

Here's pics of the damage to prove it was actually all changed


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All was going well when I got the car back and in the following few days I did a hell of a lot of driving but 4days later, when I went out to start the car in the morning to warm it up, it had a bit of an accident...
When I turned on the car I heard a release of pressure coming from the engine bay and spluttering so I turned the car off immediately and went to open the bonnet but before I got a chance to lift it a big pool of engine oil flowed out from under the car
As you can imagine my heart sank and I looked in the engine bay but it was all coming from the bottom right and from the sound it made I was thinking it couldn't be too serious cause there was no loud bang or anything. I jacked up the car and took off the wheel to get a good look and this is what I found:




Yep the o-ring in the oil filter burst out the side causing the oil to go everywhere. The guy I bought it off said he had just gotten it serviced in his local garage (and he had the sticker to prove it) so whatever gob****e did it there obviously forgot to put oil on the o-ring before putting the filter on. Anyways I'm just so happy it happened at home when I was at the car and not when I was driving on the road or when the car was warming up on it's own cause it could have wrecked the engine with the amount of oil it lost in that second it was on and it had plenty of opportunity to do it in the previous few days so it's the most considerate car I've ever had for holding out as long as it did, even if it did wreck my yard with oil ha
All is well now though cause it has a new filter and oil in it and hasn't put a foot wrong since

Anyways, let it be a lesson to you kids, ALWAYS take care when putting on your oil filter and don't forget the importance of putting oil on the o-ring
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Old 12-14-2010, 05:38 PM
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Re: My JDM 96 Mivec project

O nice. I always wondered y i put oil on the o-ring.....just how i was taught so thas how i been doin it and now i appreciate it even more. :) glad to hear it wasnt nething serious.
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Re: My JDM 96 Mivec project

I always had a liking for that body style of Mirage.

Clean specimen!
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Re: My JDM 96 Mivec project

sucks you had those issues but good thing theyre all taken care of now. cant wait to see those pictures whenever you take them, hopefully a nice (or maybe a gloomy but good) day will come up soon. keep up the good work, I guess ill have to keep coming back to this site lol
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Re: My JDM 96 Mivec project

Thanks lads, still needs a little more work but I'm happy with how she's coming together and I don't think I'll ever forget to put oil on the o-ring (not that I ever have) cause it left a serious mess that took ages to clean up!

The problem with our weather lately is it's literally freezing and the roads are extremely dangerous so it's hard to drive to any interesting locations. I also hadn't a chance to wash the car in a few weeks but that's my plan for today so maybe I'll have some pics up tonight, we'll see
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