25 Years and counting.

25 years ago at the age of 15 I dragged home a broken down car. A 1972 Honda 600 Sedan. Two cylinder, air cooled sedan that looks alot like an old Minicooper but oh so much cooler. The last time I drove this car was the spring of 1987. I always intended to fix it up more but life happens and in my grandparents garage she sat waiting. Fast forward 25 years and it's time to finish what I started and bring her back to life.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Brake Parts

Here is my brake master cylinder when I took it out of the parts car and tore it down. I was able to remove everything except for the internal piston. After 20 years of sitting it was frozen in there pretty well.

I sent it off to Joe at Sierra Specialty Automotive and this is what I got back a few days ago. First its cleaned, from the looks of it bead blasted to a like new finish. Next, Joe hooks it up to a hydralic pump to remove the internal piston. The inside of the cylinder is then bored out to receive a brass sleave that is then pressed into it. The inside is then bored and polished to the correct diameter and the port holes are drilled.

Picture of the brass sleave.

The last picture is of the cylinder, the pistons that came out and need to be cleaned up and a rebuild kit I got from Miles.

Thanks for such great work Joe. As always thanks to Miles for the parts and your never ending help.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Body Work Begins

A new chapter has begun. I have started the body work on the 600. My goal is to get the bottom of the car in perfect shape before moving on to cosmetic body work. Today I started with the passengers front wheel well. The bottom rear corner was rusted through.

But first a couple of pics of the car on the spinner I made to work on it.

Floor pan with the majority of the undercoating removed for rust inspection.

Floor pan again.

This is the drivers wheel well and it looks like the passnegers wheel well did before I stared.

Here is the repaired wheel well. I need to finish welding but this gets it pretty much done.

I will be completing one side at a time, for now the passengers side floor pan then move on to the drivers side. Once I fix the majority of the rust holes, of which there a a few along the bottom, I will be replacing the rocker panels then moving onto the rear portion of the car which has mostly surface rust. Once all the floor pan issues are fixed I will media blast the entire pan and wheel wells inside and out and DP epoxy primer it.

My master brake cylinder and the rebuild kit for it are due this week, stay tuned for pictures.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Still at it

I have been working on the remainder of my parts taht need blasting and painting. I expect to receive my rebuilt master cylinder this week from Sierra. I also have the exhaust bolted up and need to make some new gaskets. I plan on running the engine before I intall it, when I do I will post a video of it.

In the mean time here are a few old photos I found.