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Re: SAMARAI's '91 Red Bute from Australia! :P
« Reply #15 on: December 26, 2014, 03:13:10 AM »
Woops seems I forgot to upload the pics of the custom brake light!
Bit of blaaaack spray paint, laminate and double sided tape! boom!







My phone really can't do low light justice but you get an idea ;)
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Re: SAMARAI's '91 Red Bute from Australia! :P
« Reply #16 on: January 02, 2015, 06:36:37 AM »
Car has come up amazing with the polishing! Have you noticed a difference in performance between your old car and the red top?

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Re: SAMARAI's '91 Red Bute from Australia! :P
« Reply #17 on: January 02, 2015, 15:09:11 PM »
Car has come up amazing with the polishing! Have you noticed a difference in performance between your old car and the red top?
Thanks mate I agree fully. The detail work I did definitely did wonders.

Yes I definitely can feel a difference.
Old engines both X20XEV
new engine C20XE

The new red top is noticeably much more torquey. Uphill it really shows.. Lighter gears it doesn't struggle anywhere as much as the old engines did. I'd need to down shift in the ecotecs. This red top feels much more powerful.
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Re: SAMARAI's '91 Red Bute from Australia! :P
« Reply #18 on: January 02, 2015, 15:09:34 PM »
Car has come up amazing with the polishing! Have you noticed a difference in performance between your old car and the red top?
Thanks mate I agree fully. The detail work I did definitely did wonders.

Yes I definitely can feel a difference.
Old engines both X20XEV
new engine C20XE

The new red top is noticeably much more torquey. Uphill it really shows.. Lighter gears it doesn't struggle anywhere as much as the old engines did. I'd need to down shift in the ecotecs. This red top feels much more powerful.
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Re: SAMARAI's '91 Red Bute from Australia! :P
« Reply #19 on: January 08, 2015, 14:01:22 PM »
UPDATE TIME

-BADGES vs DE-BADGED

So guys to kick it off, I had some spare time between a shift at work so I decided to see If I liked my chrome badges on or off the car.
Whats your thoughts?





I personally think that debadged looks cleaner and a bit more like a mystery car, but in the 2 weeks since taking these two comparison photos and looking back at them now, I think I want the more classy look with the badges on the car. I always do/did like a less is more approach and debadging to my eyes looked like it was too much of a ricey approach to present the car. The badges on looks more grandpa spec but I do like to keep the car original.
Im up and down with thoughts as to what to do. Thoughts?

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- FRONT DOOR SPEAKER REPLACEMENT

So since buying this car the front right speaker vibrates at all volume levels. I couldn't take it anymore and as soon as I had time to take off the front door cards and swap in my old speakers I did. I also found out that the front tweeters weren't working so in went my old spare white cali stock speakers and tweeters.
(I would have put in my aftermarket speakers that were in my white calibra currently but there was a leak in the window sills and those two front door speakers were completely rusted and not working)

(Old rooted speaker at top of photo)
(Newer 1995 model calibra stock speakers at bottom of photo)


For now I am more than happy with the stock 1995 calibra speakers and tweeters in the fronts as they are WORLDS better than what was in my red calibra currently.
When monies allows I'll hopefully be able to get new speakers and amp them at some point down the track. For now Im loving life! Calibra has such a small cabin that my sub in the boot just resonates throughout the whole car! winning!


Speaking of my sub.. There was a special on FireExtinguishers so for sh*ts and giggles I installed one next to the sub. Hopefully will never need to use it.



Also while my door cards were off I compared the newer 1995 fully cloth cali door card to the 1991 part cloth part vinyl door card.
At some point I may swap the top halves of front and rear door cards as I like the vinyl bottoms of the door cards. To my eyes it makes the interior of the car look more upper class. Thoughts?



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-BONNET RELEASE CABLE ADJUSTMENT

When I bought my car the bonnet never fully stayed down.. I later found out that the locking spring pin that sits screwed into the bonnet was loosened because it seems the bonnet release cable is stretched.



After much swearing, sweating and blisters I finally adjusted the locking mechanism so that I can open and close my bonnet without needing someone to push down on the bonnet. Someday I may look into replacing the cable as it is still quite firm to unlock the bonnet.. I need two hands to pull the lever to release so I will need to get round to it someday. I don't want to break the handle or snap the cable.. looking at threads of people doing this already seems like an arse of a job :C


-RUSTY BONNET STAY to BLAAAACK!
While I was at it I also swapped bonnet stays.





The one in my red cali initially was the grey rusty one so I swapped in the stay from my white cali which was a nice blaaaack and also sprayed the bottom base from grey to black too! winning! (Its all in the small details) xD

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- DASH MAT INSTALL AND BLAAAAACKING OUT

So since my dash had 3 cracks that were annoying me, I managed to score an original calibra dash mat.. but the grey colour made it look too grandpa spec so I decided black would be less noticeable!

Here's a montage.



Muuuuuuc better! Generally im not a fan of dash mats but atleast the cracks are hidden.. dash mats are sometimes a necessary evil!

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- TINTING THE TAIL LIGHTS

A mate had a spare can if tail light night shade (Tint)... so I decided to see how it looks.
I taped off the already factory tinted middle section and sprayed two light coats over the red sections

MASKING OFF


DURING


AFTER


I have to say its come out pretty good. But if Im honest its a tad too dark for my liking.. its almost seems too ricey to my eyes!
I may turpse the spray off and try again with one less coat and see how that turns out.
For one its too dark and has strayed too far from the stock tail light colour which in my books means not factory and ricey. If it was half the darkness maybe I can live with it. Secondly Im too afraid of getting defected (As Police will argue it blocks too much light to pass through therefore not doing their intended purpose to warn other drivers to my presence)
What are your thoughts? after a full 24hours of curing on the car.. it has lightened up a little. So its on the brink of being passable for me.. maybe my eyes are still getting used to it. I am also taking into consideration that I soon want to colour code all the handles, door and bumper trim and roof racks.. so I think the tinted tail lights will stick out like a sore thumb.

Another Angle


NIGHT SHOTS




At night time, you cannot even tell that the lights have been tinted. Only during the day is it a little visible.
In the last photo I tried to let the HID's show on the road infront.. HID's for life.. A MUST FOR ALL CALIBRA OWNERS!

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- BLACK XX PLATES

The more astute of you would have noticed the new plates I had installed on the two pictures above.
Albeit being the old plates I had on my white cali, in the crash I had to order a new set since the front plate was damaged so it was a long 2 weeks of waiting for these plates. I love them.

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AFTER




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TO DO LIST (In the upcoming month)
- Darkest Legal window tint
- Swap front suspension from white cali to red cali (As the strut is rooted on my red one) (Will be my first time doing such a mod, I have a mate helping out.. hoping its not too tricky)
- Velcro for the dash mat so it stops vibrating down the dash from my subwoofer (First world problems :P )

(In the next few months)
- Swap the remote central locking unit from my white cali to the red one. I miss having remote entry.
- Colour code the handles, mirrors, bumper and door trim and roof racks.


Something like this.

I also like the debadged and smoothed bonnet like the newer model calibras. it looks cleaner.
Contemplating removing it in the name of aesthtics.
Thoughts?



I think it will look like a more premium model and shave some years off the car.

Thats all for now folks.
Give me your thoughts!
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Re: SAMARAI's '91 Red Bute from Australia! :P
« Reply #20 on: January 08, 2015, 16:07:18 PM »
Looks good....as for the bonnet catch themes a picture in the haynes manual showing you How to set the release spring...I'll look later.

As for the bonnet badge when removed there will be a small hole and recess to fill after...then a whole bonnet respray.....!!

And be carefull in the rear lights....there is a reflector along the top edge you my nerd to mask off (legal requirement where you live?)

Mine were dark and not much good at night.

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Re: SAMARAI's '91 Red Bute from Australia! :P
« Reply #21 on: January 09, 2015, 05:12:42 AM »
Looks good....as for the bonnet catch themes a picture in the haynes manual showing you How to set the release spring...I'll look later.

As for the bonnet badge when removed there will be a small hole and recess to fill after...then a whole bonnet respray.....!!

And be carefull in the rear lights....there is a reflector along the top edge you my nerd to mask off (legal requirement where you live?)

Mine were dark and not much good at night.

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i had a look in the haynes manual too. in terms of adjusting the release spring yeah I figured that out but thats not my problem.. my cable being too tight/stretched is the problem sadly.

yessir if I do decide to remove the bonnet badge yessir will mean a respray I know. may leave it to a day i might respray the whole car.

yeah we do need to have the reflector doing its job. I'll probably end up removing the tint, im too worried for hte police to pin me for it "not being factory"
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Re: SAMARAI's '91 Red Bute from Australia! :P
« Reply #22 on: January 20, 2015, 16:04:11 PM »
Photo Update
Was catching up with a mate and decided to take some photos at what im quickly calling my favorite part of my town.
Not bad for cameraphone photos :P
Hope you enjoy.
















DAT ARSE :P



Leaving you with one of my fav's of the arvo.



Soon to do list:
Darkest legal tint.
Swap front suspension from white cali to red cali.
Colour code bumper/door trim, handles, mirror trim and rood racks.

Later to do list:
Lower <3 I really want to do it now. Not by heaps but enough to close the wheel arch gaps. So large atm I could almost sleep in there and I definitely fail the shoe test multiple times xD

Thanks for reading,
till the next update!
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Re: SAMARAI's '91 Red Bute from Australia! :P
« Reply #23 on: January 22, 2015, 01:15:35 AM »
You're making me homesick man with all those views of the Adelaide Hills! Mind you it's looking pretty green for this time of year. I'm coming down in May so if you have time I'd like to hook up for a look at your car! We can chat closer to the date if you're up for it.

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Re: SAMARAI's '91 Red Bute from Australia! :P
« Reply #24 on: January 22, 2015, 01:55:24 AM »
You're making me homesick man with all those views of the Adelaide Hills! Mind you it's looking pretty green for this time of year. I'm coming down in May so if you have time I'd like to hook up for a look at your car! We can chat closer to the date if you're up for it.
Hahah no place like Adelaide Hills.
Be my pleasure to make a meet for a cali bro, yeah message me and we'll put a calibra meet in your honor.
Hard to find Adelaide calibra enthusiasts but I have a Facebook Page going a few regulars. Catchya soon bud
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Re: SAMARAI's '91 Red Bute from Australia! :P
« Reply #25 on: January 22, 2015, 01:55:59 AM »
You're making me homesick man with all those views of the Adelaide Hills! Mind you it's looking pretty green for this time of year. I'm coming down in May so if you have time I'd like to hook up for a look at your car! We can chat closer to the date if you're up for it.
Hahah no place like Adelaide Hills.
Be my pleasure to make a meet for a cali bro, yeah message me and we'll put a calibra meet in your honor.
Hard to find Adelaide calibra enthusiasts but I have a Facebook Page going a few regulars. Catchya soon bud
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Re: SAMARAI's '91 Red Bute from Australia! :P
« Reply #26 on: January 25, 2015, 22:44:41 PM »
looks great....love the head lights

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Re: SAMARAI's '91 Red Bute from Australia! :P
« Reply #27 on: January 26, 2015, 13:17:58 PM »
looks great....love the head lights
Thanks bud I appreciate the kind words!
The lights are special to me being hand build, glad you like them.
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Re: SAMARAI's '91 Red Bute from Australia! :P
« Reply #28 on: February 03, 2015, 14:13:20 PM »
Photo Update.
I finally got round to colour coding my door handles, mirrors, door/bumper strips and roof racks!
All in the name of modernizing the looks of the car.

BEFORE




DURING









AFTER













Im quietly happy with how it all turned out!

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Calibra Meet Friday 30th Jan 2015

A few days later I set up a Calibra meet.
3 Calibras in total could come along and one of whom was a Turbo cali!
It was the first time I had ever seen one in the flesh! sooo sexy! and was the first time I had ever seen 3 calibras side by side in my town!
I was drooling all day :')
Enjoy









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To Do list:
-Replace front shocks and hopefully at the same time lowering springs.
-Darkest legal window tint
-Eventually get onto some bonnet struts
-Install my footwell LED's from the white cali
-Swap the footwell turf for something else that's a suprise
-Polish and wax the car.
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Re: SAMARAI's '91 Red Bute from Australia! :P
« Reply #29 on: February 19, 2015, 16:17:11 PM »
UPDATE TIME!
Not much to update but here we go.

So firstly I decided to put in a new thermostat as the old one looked like this.





yucky I know but temp on the guage still reads as too cool even during aussie summer heat it almost never goes past 80 Deg. hrmm better a cooler running engine than a hot one. Aircon works really well too during this heat wave! so can't complain!

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A few days later DISASTER! My cali had to be towed home.



My Altenator belt had snapped and disappeared altogether. Thankfully no damage was done to the rest of the belts around it and while i was at replacing the altenator belt I swapped the AC belt too. Couldn figure out how to remove the old Powersteering belt but maybe down the track i'll get to it! its not squeaking so its fine I guess.

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And then I got my hands on a trip computer (Uber rare in Australia)
I loved the fact that it was plug and play, except for the air temp sensor that I had to wire in but that was plug and play too, piss easy!






BEFORE Analogue clock
AFTER Trip Computer.


Im loving being able to fiddle and view the car's fuel consumption and range. May have to re calibrate it for my redtop, I have a feeling the fuel per 100km is still reading for the v6 it came from.  but oh well. for now im happy i have a working clock again (as my old analogue clock wasn't working) and the outside temp reading is fun.

thats all for now folks, thanks for reading!
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