So, a few weeks ago I got a Pilot tow in at work. It was originally scheduled in for a drivability complaint but from the time they called and the actual appointment day, she died. It's got a few problems but the main killer was the eject'o-plug'o on cylinder #5. After finishing my diagnosis and filling the quote the customer declined the repairs. He wanted an estimate from used cars on what they would give him for it so I threw out an offer. I knew what they would give him for it due to the non-operable status and the age of the car. I considered the offer fair and luckily so did the customer.
After sitting at work for a week I got a buddy of mine with a flatbed to haul it to my house so I could get started on it. Here it is at its new resting place. It is a 2005 EX-L AWD non-navi in Taffeta White.
It wasn't even 2 minutes off the truck and my girlfriend already had the tape measure out to determine what dog crates could fit in it.
Interior is fairly clean save a minor tear on the driver's seat base. The leather in these wear very easy and without constant care they will crack and tear. The seat cover and foam is not cost effective new so I'll have to figure something else out.
It's got around average mileage for the age. I'm used to getting things that have more than 200k on them so this is a bonus in my book. Knowing all the ins and outs of these means the mileage doesn't really scare me away.
She's a little wet underneath courtesy of a leaky rear main plate and oil pump. The steering rack leaks as well and it has a few other worn suspension components.
The damage. This is what remains of the core of the #5 ignition coil. The miles of copper coated strand I already threw away. The jacket of the coil and ~75% of the spark plug remain imbedded in the cylinder head. The very tip of the plug can be seen at the bottom of the image.
While I was waiting for the transport I had already went ahead and ordered a recycled front cylinder head off of Ebay. Less than $250 shipped out of Texas.
So now here she sits on the tenderizer waiting for me to finish up another project. I should be getting to her sometime this month (hopefully).
I did a video with a bit more detail. I've been thinking about documenting all the projects I do (especially on Hondas) and getting into a bit of the details of the repairs. I'm trying to find other hobbies so maybe videography could be one. Let me know what you guys (and gals) think.