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27 Jun 2019 07:50 #31101 by Crombie
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Hello all,
I live in the U.K, but also lived in California 5 years, and Washington State (Seattle) for 5 years. I passed my driving test in the U.K when I was 17, and a year later I passed my test in America, different sides of the car. About 5 years ago at gas stations I was still having trouble remembering which side of the car I got in!
I drove a Chevrolet Monza 2+2 V6, which was gold like a pinto, everyone thought it was one, was a great drive to be honest. I also had a Ford pick up V6, I then bought a Ford Escort for $100, changed the head gasket, I had a friend that worked at Ford near San Jose, well more the bay area, my love of cars started before that, but thats when I wanted to be mechanic. (This is the mid 90s) I actually became a chef and worked at some decent restaurants including Wolfgang Pucks in Seattle.
I then went back to the U.K, and went to Motor Vehicle College. I completed the 3 year course, I was possibly top out of around 300 that started the course, only 20 were able to do the last year, one guy may possibly have been my grades haha. I have worked at a fast fit garage, and a family run garage. Im more of a DIYer to be honest, I have recently done by first engine swap in a CRX that I've owned for 11 years
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Stu

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28 Jun 2019 18:32 #31169 by Noah
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Welcome to the community Stu, thanks for joining.

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29 Jun 2019 13:08 #31212 by Dylan
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Welcome to the SD community ;)

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29 Jun 2019 17:23 #31217 by Crombie
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Thanks guys. I've been watching Scannerdanner video's got to be around 8-9 years now. I have a cheap 4 channel scope, I used to have a Nano thing, but the software didn't have invert for ignition wave forms haha

I have a scan tool, that I've used to fix cars here and there. I did a wheel speed sensor on a 2006 Honda Civic, changed Alternator recently on a 2011 Ford Focus 1.6 Diesel, EGR on another diesel Focus. I also have a friend who has a unit with a vehicle lift, he buys and sells Prestige cars, he has Mercedes, Audi, other Vag Com vehicles, even has a Ford Cosworth in stock, he's very good at diagnostics, I've seen him take clock springs out to do air bags fairly quickly, and steering angle sensors etc.
I sorted my car out more today, I was getting an oxygen sensor code/well more fueling code, I had done the conversion wiring, but the pin to one of the primary sensors had backed out a bit at the ECU side. It seems all good now. Its two primary sensors on mine OBD-0

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09 Jul 2019 18:46 #31626 by tim.smith1
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Welcome bud and thanks for joining

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09 Jul 2019 20:11 #31631 by PDM
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11 Jul 2019 17:27 #31706 by Crombie
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Thanks all, this week with the help of my brother we fitted a fiberglass sunroof bung into the crx, he does some renovating stuff as his business so it was good help, I then took the car to my friends unit and sanded down the roof, and painted it using an electric fence type sprayer 350w, I had to super glue the motor as it liked to work its way loose. I used some plastic primer on the sunroof bung, and etch primer on the roof, put the base coat down, and some 1K acrylic lacquer. Im going to take the clear off soon, spray base coat again and 2K clear. Im happy with the way its turned out for now, though I should of used high build primer as its not as smooth as it could of been. Since the roof is where it gets the most sun and rain, 2K clear is a better option, and the 1K acrylic in a rattle can, shine's poorly

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11 Jul 2019 17:38 #31707 by Crombie
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Thanks all, this week with the help of my brother we fitted a fiberglass sunroof bung into the crx, he does some renovating stuff as his business so it was good help, I then took the car to my friends unit and sanded down the roof, and painted it using an electric fence type sprayer 350w, I had to super glue the motor as it liked to work its way loose. I used some plastic primer on the sunroof bung, and etch primer on the roof, put the base coat down, and some 1K acrylic lacquer. Im going to take the clear off soon, spray base coat again and 2K clear. Im happy with the way its turned out for now, though I should of used high build primer as its not as smooth as it could of been. Since the roof is where it gets the most sun and rain, 2K clear is a better option, and the 1K acrylic in a rattle can, shine's poorly

Maybe i will just wax it and see how it goes, but i don't see that clear coat holding up in the weather we have over here.

I also bought a generic code reader wi-fi to link to my phone, I helped my friend by observing the coolant temperature on a couple of cars, it was nice because you can be 10 meters from the vehicle and i could let him know when the fan was going to kick on

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