last time I took my car for the daily commute, and declared the project complete.
It rained while I was parked at work, it was nice to come out and see water beading on the faux carbon fibre, as the paint beneath this is soooooo dry water does not bead or anything.
Mostly I've been motivated by a plan to attend a big annual car show in Colorado Springs that is Honda/Acura oriented, which is why I did the commuting drive to kinda test the car before I expected it to do ~3hour round trip to the show.
With the headliner all nice and blue, I did a little more wrapping of interior parts to match. Door panel:
This picture probably gives the most accurate portayal of the blue's shade. Capturing it any other time seems to appear greyer in pictures.
for comparison, it was originally a tired grey with manual controls, then a tired grey with power controls and a tweeter. Now it's nice and blue.
this was of course done to coordinate better with the blue/black interior
I have a short shifter kit to install that has a blue shaft, but for now I just threw the blue shift knob on
And draped some blue fabric over the broken (and also tired grey) cargo cover
I need to do some repairs to this piece before I actually recover in it the blue fabric permanently.
I also made this little comparison of the suspension over time, but it's a good encapsulation of the project as a whole
And with that, I drove off to the show. Some construction on the highway was a little frustrating in my lowered car, but otherwise a very smooth drive.
The speedo is reading high, which I discovered after pondering why everyone was passing me. I used a GPS speedo app on my phone to confirm my speedo was reading 80mph when I was actually doing 75mph. So when I thought I was going <APPROPRIATE SPEED> I was actually not.
And then I did the whole car show thing. Parked, popped the hood, and abandoned the car all day while I gawked at other people's far nicer cars
The CRV next to me actually won best sleeper, as it is all turbo-ified and such
I was a big fan of this car that had a paint matched hot wheels
on the toy car theme, this trunk with a few cars in place was nice too
I though the use of a bent valve on a dip stick was neat
This fella won best in show, with a paintjob worth more than both my cars. I didnt doubt his boasting, it was flawless.
Did seem a shame that his immaculate engine bay and huge turbo build didnt get driven, but everyone gets to enjoy their hobby their own way.
Also fun was a mobile dyno. The complete range of cars on the dyno was probably the best part. This car won highest HP of the day with a 936hp run
And this classic won best pre-1985 class overall, and put down 45hp on the dyno
Fun day. I got completely sunburned, and the civic drove great.
I did need a jump as a gas station after the show, so I'm assuming my battery that tested fine a while ago, but is in fact pretty old, just needs replacing. I already know the charging is good, alternator output tested good during my initial start ups and such. I've not done any troubleshooting since its failure yesterday, as I had family business to attend to after abandoning them all day to go hang with car nerds.