Well went for the test today and..... it failed of course! But not in the way I was expecting
Had Major fails for some corroded brake ferrules and pipes on the front corners, and a Dangerous Fail for one of the front pipes which was leaking
I hadn't been under the front of the car since I did the brakes and wheel swapping a month or two back so this was a bit of a surprise! I did consider bringing it back home as I have some brake pipe kit from when I had my Corolla T Sport, but then I remembered what a ball ache that was so have left the Honda with the garage to sort
Also the ABS light wasn't mentioned on the sheet, maybe because you have to drive a short distance for the light to come on?.. I'm not too unhappy about this though as ABS parts are Legend specific and therefore a pain to source, brake pipe is one of the few parts on teh Legend that doesn't have to be Legend specific so that can be fixed
So a day or two of commuting on the motorbike lies ahead for me
Well after one extremely rainy day of commuting on my motorbike, the Legend is back with a full MOT
The extent of the work needed was both front brake lines re-made, and the hoses got replaced as well. The hoses had to be custom made as the only place that had them in stock off the shelf was about a 10 day wait apparently, so I've got braided hoses on the front now.. All the pedal feel!
With that fixed, the car has no advisories so I'm happy
I went and picked up the Rays wheel parts from the powdercoaters today
Theres a bit more variation in the gold finish than I've seen before from this place but they look a decent enough job for the money, and are certainly an improvement over the old paint finish. Since the parts got blasted and dipped, you can more clearly see the detail on them which is nice
I should have been working on the lips while the rest of the bits were off being powdercoated but I've not found the time. I'll be cracking on with bringing these back to life now though
Hopefully I can get away with just polishing rather than having to go back through all the wet and dry grits again. Then the last piece of the puzzle is the hardware to bolt it all together. The plated steel bits I used before started to corrode really quite quickly which was annoying, stainless steel and titanium versions are also available though. I think the stainless steel might be the most sensible choice, as tempting as titanium is, its very expensive!
If its not tipping down tomorrow I plan to do some electrical troubleshooting...
Thank you for looking for those dikkehemaworst , unfortunately they all look to be for either later or earlier model Legends than mine
I know theres a Legend spares guy in the US who has working used pumps, but they're from LHD cars and have a different part number to the RHD pump, I'm not sure if its just a difference in the bracket they're bolted to or if they're slightly different shape etc.
I'll email round a few ABS pump rebuild places in the UK to see if anyone fancies taking it on, annoyingly it will mean being without the car for a bit while they do that
Saw you out on the track at RRW...hope the lack of ABS didn't slow you down too much :-)
Aha the lack of ABS wasn't an issue, the intermittent lack of power steering was a bit alarming though on the very tight slalom section, the steering went very heavy to the point where I thought the engine had cut out, only to return to lightness a moment later
Not sure if this is indicative of an issue, or PS fluid that needs changing, or just misuse of a relaxed luxury car on an autotest haha
Got an early start on Sunday to make the trip down to Goodwood
Ideal trip for this kind of car, quiet motorways and dual carriageways, stick it in cruise and let it do its thing
Was briefly parked up between this E28 and Quattro
Went to watch the Autosolo for a bit then when I heard over the tannoy that there were spaces available, figured why not haha
As John's photos above show, not the ideal choice for an Autosolo the course was extremely tight or at least felt it in a car that size! One bonus was that after I'd decided I'd had enough, I got directed to park up in the paddock amongst much more expensive and remarkable machinery
All in all, a great show and thankfully the Autosolo antics didn't seem to affect the car on the drive back (those knackered bushings, slightly less than perfect transmission and intermittent power steering were all on my mind..)
Aside from the Weekender, its been normal daily service really, as some at the show may have noticed, the car is missing its rear window trim again, I took it off because I realised the issues I was having with fitting it were from not properly following the instructions... The clips at the bottom of the screen needed to be fitted to the trim before fitting to the car. It's taken a bit of faffing but they're off, I'm now trying to source some missing clips before attempting fitting again
As we've been having some warmer weather recently, I decided to order a Condenser for the AC system from the US (about the only place that seem to stock them) as part of getting the AC back up and running. It turned up before the Weekender but unfortunately looked like this
That port has been pushed back into the matrix, pinching or piercing it, and the whole condenser is actually bent at one end. Now, credit where it is due, Rock Auto who I ordered from, sent me out a replacement with no quibbles after I filled in the returns form on their site and uploaded some photographic evidence.
The replacement turned up today, and unfortunaely a case of Deja vu..
I shouldn't be too surprised really, same packaging, same damage. The problem seems to be in part with the design as those ports on my original condenser seem to have bracing pieces so they don't bend so easily, but also the packaging just isn't up to the task.
I don't really feel like getting another replacement as I imagine it'll be the same thing again, so I'm thinking get a refund and then try to get one of them repaired if condensers can be repaired in the same way as radiators?
I've been making progress on the wheels, stainless bolts have arrived and I gave the old nuts (heh) a soak in some anti-rust solution then dusted over with some silver
The lips have had a quick going over with 1200 wet and dry to remove the tarnishing and some light pitting, they're not mirror perfect but they were never perfect anyway so they'll look good still, they got rinsed in my parts washer..
And I'm now in the process of polishing them up, I've experiemented with a drill mounted buffing wheel for once but I'll update on how that goes when I'm finished.
And finally, while scouring ebay for anything Legend related lately, bought this
Now I'm not a full on nerd when it comes to brochures but its kinda interesting to me, back in the early to mid 90s, you could have had an Accord Coupe, a Prelude or a Legend Coupe, so much choice!
Also interesting is the little price guide supplement within
RRP of £31,250 for a Legend Coupe, mine isn't quite worth that yet Though sadly, many NSX's are now going for more than their original RRP of £56,950-£59,950 Fancy paying £3k extra for an automatic gearbox in your NSX, madness!
Ooh didn't know you had a Prelude now, must go and lurk about your thread assuming it has one
Interestingly, a 2.0 manual Accord Coupe would have cost £17,295 to your Prelude's £16,495 which makes you wonder why anyone would get the Accord as surely they're similarly sized and the Prelude is much more interesting
Also weirdly as I imagine its the same 2.0 engine in both cars, the Accord Coupe is rated at 182Nm torque compared to the Prelude's 179Nm, maybe thats where the extra money goes
One of the wheels is built back up almost ready for a tyre! The powdercoating place had forgotten my request to mask off areas of the barrels and faces where the two meet so its taking quite a lot of effort to sand them back so they fit together. At least it shows the powdercoat is thick and tough..
I got a refund for my condensers, which still leaves me with two damaged condensers and no AC.. On a closer inspection, the second one seems less damaged than the first, so I think I'm going to have a go at getting it working, got nothing to lose at this point!
Made a couple of seemingly innocuous but pleasing ebay purchases
On the left is a bag of windscreen trim related clips and on the right is a bag of rear window trim clips which came from Turkey of all places! These should allow me to fit the rear trims, and also re-fit the front ones as while they are on, a couple of clips broke so they're not as well clipped on as they should be. Re-doing the front trims will also give me an excuse to attend to the scuttle trim and the window wiper arms.
Alongside all that, I thought I'd tackle a nice simple job and change out the radio. As much as I like the originality of the OEM radio, this is a daily driver and I don't really like the cassette to phone connection with its wire draped across the interior.
This photo is taken from the back seat as I wrongly thought I'd have to take the arm rest/console out to be able to get the centre console trim off. Not so. Prying off the little panel that houses the headlight adjustment switch allows you to pry the centre console trim off.
First obstacle. I initially thought this was going to be an easy slot in job, but clearly the double DIN cage wasn't going to fit. The original radio is retained by a small plate at the back of the unit that screws into a bar inside the dashboard. So I was going to need an adapter kit which until that point I'd failed to find online!
Fast forward a few days and the adapter kit had arrived. The kit itself is shared with various 90s Hondas (a CT24HD17 kit if you're curious) but has a Legend specific bracket in it.
I took some time to fit the various adapter bits of plastic to the replacement head unit in preparation for fitting to the car.
First steps on going to the car was to fit the DAB aerial and hands free microphone. Two jobs that I don't particularly relish as they mostly involve trying to feed wires through tiny gaps behind dashboards. Anyway, with those in place, time for the head unit to go in.
Evidently, that's not quite right.. Once again I'd found that the aperture in the dash isn't big enough. The instructions had mentioned something about removing a radio support panel, but to me it seemed there would be nothing holding the head unit if I took it out!
It's held in by a load of screws, six of which are on the inside face of the panel holding it to the centre console, which mean you have to get your hand in to get scratched up by the sharp metal of the panel..
Out it eventually came
The new unit went in
It's supported at the back of the unit by the original mount point and then the front of the unit is secured in the centre console trim. It's not an ideal solution as the panel I took out, also had the holes for the retaining clips of the centre console trim, so it isn't held in quite as well as previously. It's functional, but not the prettiest solution.
Key thing is that it all seems to work so that is good enough for me!
My current tasks are to keep going on the wheels so I can get them fitted up, then see if I can coax the AC into life. I also really need to do an autobox fluid change and I'm trying to hold off temptation to buy suspension
Wheel looks great & radio looks discrete enough given some of the horrors that can be bought!
A bit late but I seem to remember suggestions that replacing the seals between the ABS pump & pressure reservoir sphere may help for that fault code & I must try it for my '93-4 Integra.. even though I've gone & bought the more reliable updated system inc. harness, pipes & ECU from a '00 Integra. Alternatively I think my CR-X pressure sphere failed since I noticed the ABS fluid level drop suddenly with no obvious leaks, so hope the sphere from a Legend will fit. Makes me glad my Preludes weren't equipped. Think I did get a sphere from a Legend engine bay already which wasn't easy with the ABS system jammed between the engine & inner guard/shock tower.