ZeroChad's Log -- Parting out this weekend.

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Post by NickKo » Sat Jul 25, 2009 9:18 pm

hybrid-Srt2001 wrote:dude pull up your carpet and cut a small square hole in the floor board right above the nut.
then you can either hold the nut or tack weld it into place.
then just cover the hole with some sheet metal and screws.
problem solved :thumbup:
You just described the 1st Gen Neon TSB proceedure 'in a nutshell, for replacing the 'cage nuts', when they break free. :thumbup:

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Post by newlitemotorist » Sat Jul 25, 2009 11:01 pm

Build is looking good man!!! I too have some rust issues under the front of my car. I fear that I will be dealing with what you have encountered very soon cus I have to replace my whole k-member. Its all rusted to hell.....still safe I think but the lower portion is loosing entire sections of rusty mess. The rest of the car is clear though.

Topic at hand....if you log how you do this, great but if not I am sure I will be doing this too so i will take pics if you dont.

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Post by ZeroChad » Sun Jul 26, 2009 11:01 am

I'll take plenty of pics for sure. Drilling through the floorboard sounds like a much better idea to me. My K-frame looks like ass too. I don't know if I'll ever get around to swapping it out. It'll atleast be when I'm out of Rust Capital.

I'm thinking I've determined why the driver's side one didn't have a problem. I didn't have a pipe at the time to use as a cheater bar, so we used a broken aluminum ice scraper handle. I would apply pressure to it while my friend would hit the racket with a hammer. Essentially, it was a redneck impact wrench lmao. I guess using a pipe allowed too much sustained force and broke the nut free.
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Post by ZeroChad » Tue Jul 28, 2009 11:41 am

Well I just cut up the floorboard. There was a nice circle above the nut indicating where it was. I've been trying to use vice grips to hold it down, but it isn't working so well. The freaking bolt sure sticks out far enough. no wonder it was rusted silly.

EDIT: Here's some pics of the disastrous nut.
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Post by neonslg09 » Tue Jul 28, 2009 10:10 pm

lol well goodness, that bolt looks done for!

how did it go? or have you even finished?

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Post by ZeroChad » Tue Jul 28, 2009 10:28 pm

Well I tried getting the nut off for like an hour. No progress. I'm gunna have to cut the head and push it through. In better news, I installed my front sway brackets and bolted the sway part way on, after a year of not having a front sway.
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Post by neonslg09 » Tue Jul 28, 2009 10:42 pm

handling will be superb!!

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Post by ZeroChad » Thu Jul 30, 2009 11:45 pm

It's done! Took about 6 hours, be we finally got her out. The bolt wouldn't have pushed through if we cut the head off, due to the cage nut hitting the retaining weld things. Ended up using pry bars for 2 hours to try and hold the nut while we reefed on the 1/2 racket w/ pipe. Bent the shit out of the retaining things, but the bolt and nut came off. After that it was smooth sailing.

Since the dealership gave me the wrong nut with my bolt I decided to improvise. I just used a regular grade 10 nut and washer. I still have to board up the hole in the floorboard though, so I'll grab some pics tomorrow.

Also, I finally got around to installing the front sway. With the new bushings, sway, and the coilovers, this car handles like a go kart, its great. Lastly, we found out what the clunking noise was too. It turned out to be a loose nut on top of the DS coilover. The nut right under the dampner adjuster was loose, and causing the clunk when the CO compressed.
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Post by ZeroChad » Sat Aug 01, 2009 11:27 am

School autocross tomorrow! Woohoo! Should be a fun time.

Here's some pics of the finished product. I still need to cover up the hole in my floorboard.
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Post by neonslg09 » Sat Aug 01, 2009 12:22 pm

you and your enormous pictures. looks great though!!!

handling will be amazing :)

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Post by Danteneon » Tue Aug 04, 2009 4:40 pm

Gratz on the repair man! :thumbup:
If I could just figure out how to meld the Outback and the Neon into one car...

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Post by JeffM » Tue Aug 04, 2009 7:46 pm

Yay for holes in the floorboard! :lol:
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Post by ZeroChad » Tue Aug 04, 2009 7:52 pm

Thanks! The handling was just amazing with those bushings installed. They were such a pain, but well worth it. There's no more wiggle or play in the steering now. Hopefully, I'll get that patched up soon lol.

Autocross on Sunday was an absolute blast! I'm uploading quite a few pictures right now. I so wish that I had gotten into this sooner. New LCAs + Hotchkis sways + BC coilovers = Nooo body roll at all. Oversteer was perfect on the street setting for the rear bar.

The race was run by my school's car club, so it wasn't SCCA sanctioned. We rented out a university of michigan Flint campus parking lot. There were a few poles, but the course was constructed around them well. There were about 9 turns, and a slalom going into a hairpin. The course had a few straightaways, so the bigger, rwd cars were able to pick up a little time there. It was .23mi long.

My times were 30.209, 30.106, 29.191, and 28.653. The timing equipment went down occasionally, so I had about 5 untimed runs in there. Super fun though. I did well I beat my friends turbo Fit. The only cars that were ahead of me that I heard of were a Rouche Stang and WRX in the 27s, and a RX8 at 28.4. Notable other cars were there: C4 vette, Cobalt SSTC, Mazda3speed, OG mini, skyline swapped rx7, turbo dsm, a 02+ turbo integra, and a stang GT.

These pics aren't chronological. I tried to order them along the course.

Some of the first cars
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A few pics from when I was working cones.
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Then my GF took some pics of my running. Here's the starting line, through first turn.
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Coming up to the second turn.
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This looks like right before the slalom.
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A shot at the finish
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It must not have been too entertaining lol
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Post by Perfctsouljah » Wed Aug 19, 2009 1:09 pm

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I spy with my little eye..... a Probe GT! Another underdog in an import/muscle world. I use to own the sister to that car, man they were great.

Looks like you had a lot of fun! :thumbup: Congrats man, hopefully you get to take it out to an SCCA sanctioned race at some point in time or another. Keep up the good work.

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Post by JeffM » Wed Aug 19, 2009 1:21 pm

That last pic made me crack up. :lol:

That looks like a lot of fun, Chad. Planning on going SCCA soon?
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Post by ZeroChad » Thu Aug 20, 2009 8:31 am

I would really like too. I think with the forged internals, it'll put me up into the Street Modified class. I'm not really worried about that, but it would be nice to throw in a LSD before hand to be competitive.

Really though, I just want to do another one. It was a super fun experience. If you guys have never gone, you definitely should!
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Post by esteinmaier » Thu Aug 20, 2009 8:47 am

SM is a really tough class, btw. That's what I ran in 06. Sure, I was keeping up with the evos, but I had to spend a ton of money to do it. And a little civic spanked me by 3 seconds every time I went out. (The bastard was running like 275s in the front)
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Post by neonslg09 » Tue Aug 25, 2009 11:09 am

so since your getting a little itch for autocrossing, whats next for Zerochad and the neon?

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Post by SOKADAO954 » Tue Aug 25, 2009 12:30 pm

sweet bro. looks like tons of fun.
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Post by AR04SRT » Tue Aug 25, 2009 7:39 pm

looking good man!

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Post by ZeroChad » Wed Aug 26, 2009 12:26 am

Erik - 275s? Jesus! Yeah I feel with an LSD I coulda put a second on that WRX which would have been pretty impressive for an NA FWD neon.

slg09 - Looking at megasquirt as the next BIG thing. There's so much little crap I need to take car of though. I still need to get that 02 bung for my wideband on and patch up the floor lol. My last term at college is really bogging me down right now though.

Danny - Dude you should take out your Vdub. Its super fun. Even if your not too competative, you'll for sure pic up some emergency situation skills.

AR04SRT - Much apprectiated!


Oh, my rear DS drum locked up on the way back to school the other weekend. Sounds like the shoes are pretty much gone on there now. Metal on metal grinding n stuff... when I brake. I did find a rear disk swap from a 97 on DNO that I'm probably going to grab instead of replacing the shoes.
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Post by La_noob » Wed Aug 26, 2009 11:31 pm

so sick.
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Post by Tam » Thu Aug 27, 2009 9:38 am

Sounds like a nice project. Are you sure that a 97's rear discs would swap into your 02?

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Post by sidepipe87 » Thu Aug 27, 2009 11:42 am

^yes they will. It was a 1gn rear disc setup that I just installed on my car :lol: It was a direct swap. Supposedly the banjo bolts are different thread pitch between 1gn and 2gn but I just used the 1gn ones and they were fine. I had to move the brackets on the 1gn disc brake cables to bolt up under the car, but that was no big deal. It looks much better then drums and brakes well!
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Post by neonslg09 » Thu Aug 27, 2009 1:57 pm

hey chad there is someone selling a full rear disc swap with everything you could think of over on neons.org

he wants two hundred shipped, but im sure you could always talk it down.

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Post by ZeroChad » Fri Aug 28, 2009 1:38 am

Thanks for confirming guys. I'm probably going with the guy off of DNO since he's an hour drive from here.
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Post by ZeroChad » Sat Aug 29, 2009 12:41 pm

So I was driving back home yesterday night for the weekend. Out of no where I see a dead cat in the road. I didn't really have time to react since I was pretty tired from the Cold, Taproot concert I was just at. As I got closer it got freaking huge. It must have been a dead possum.

It slammed square into my bumper and thunked around underneath, then Booom. The bastard caught onto my exhaust clamp and ripped the midpipe off of the downpipe. I was about halfway along my trip so there was no turning back. I drove the rest of the way with my down pipe scraping the ground. Nothing like having an open dump right under the shifter.

My 02 sensor wire was dragging on the ground and sheared as well. Blargh. I'll see what I can do to make it driveable today as I have no tools here and have to go back Sunday.
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Post by Moparty08 » Sat Aug 29, 2009 1:19 pm

Sweet i got tickets to that concert too. That sucks about the possom.
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Post by LilSparkPlug » Sat Aug 29, 2009 1:30 pm

DAMN! That possum must have been a BEAST to tear the exhaust off! Wow! How fast were you going when you hit it? Is the bumper okay? That sucks bigtime...

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Post by neonslg09 » Sat Aug 29, 2009 1:33 pm

haha. not no haha. it sucks to hear, especially when you have no tools :(

i hit a raccoon a week ago, he has truckin to get across the road! then bam. dead. :(

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