-89 Piazza Turbo HBL - Kaizen Project

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-89 Piazza Turbo HBL - Kaizen Project

Post by Nismo » Mon May 11, 2020 11:17 pm

Hello everyone!

I think it's time for a little project thread on this forum, even though there might not be super much activity, it's always funny to collect and share the project as it goes forward.

My name is Tomas, located in Stockholm, Sweden! My first Piazza project was a white HBL that had been standing on a grass lawn for 7 years under a plastic cover. Not the ultimate pre conditions you might say...

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Also had a red spare car for parts, but I never used anything from it.
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I had so many plans for this car but unfortunately this one had to move on beacause of excessive rust all over the car. In Sweden they salt the roads att winter making our old cars disappear like cotton candy in water... :angryfire:

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So away with that rust bag and fast forward about 5 years. I finally became a Piazza owner again, but this time with a lot better car to start from!
As we speak I have changed all fluids, resurfaced the brakes, changed pads and tried to wash it as good as I could. Almost passed inspection with one fault: A leaking exhaust that requires a re-inspection, but with that fixed I should be good to go! :)

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And this is the wheels I try to fit the car - Classic Japanese wheels Kosei Sniper 17". Found a pre-used set that will have to do it for now. In the future a setup of 17" gold BBS Lemans replicas will probably end up on it! :prayer:

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So now I am waiting for spacers and centric rings for the new wheels, and waiting for some help with the exhaust for the re-inspection.

I will keep you updated! :)

//Nismo
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Re: -89 Piazza Turbo HBL - Kaizen Project

Post by eyecon » Tue May 12, 2020 8:24 pm

Welcome Tomas, nice ride too. What are doing to stop the salt rusting out this car too?

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Post by Nismo » Tue May 12, 2020 11:07 pm

eyecon wrote:
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Welcome Tomas, nice ride too. What are doing to stop the salt rusting out this car too?
Well first of all I am going to give it well needed corrosion protection treatment with sand blasting and total recover of surface protection.
Then the easy answer: Not drive it during winter time! :yawinkle:

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Post by eyecon » Wed May 13, 2020 7:55 pm

Excellent

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Post by Nismo » Mon May 25, 2020 11:09 pm

So I've got some more parts to install on the Piazza. K&N air filter, new rear brake pads and also the custom made spacers for the new wheels.

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K&N air filter in place!

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Rear wheels are test fitted with spacers and it looks good! :tonqe:
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Wheels are getting a new color, they should end up in gold eventually!
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Within the next few days I will get the wheels painted and fitted properly on the car. It will make a huge difference!
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Post by Piazzish » Sat Jun 06, 2020 6:20 am

Will be following here ;) Car looks NICE !! As long as you garage it during salt season, you will have a good car for years ahead :supz:
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Post by eyecon » Fri Jun 19, 2020 9:52 pm

Great pics, and great work. Keep us posted.

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Post by Nismo » Wed Jul 01, 2020 4:34 am

Car has passed inspection! :heart: In Sweden cars that are 30 years and older are considered "veteran vehicles" and therefore free from yearly road taxes, and also only has to be inspected every second year instead of every year! So now I am good to go until May 2021! :hello1: Pic below is from my job, a car dealer and workshop that sells american cars, mostly pickups.

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But that joy was short lived since I got rammed from behind by a 19 yo girl in her dads Audi... :violent1:

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Post by Nismo » Wed Jul 01, 2020 4:39 am

In the meantime that I was waiting for a workshop to fix the damage I started working with some detailing. This is with heavy cut compound first round! Quite a difference!

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And outside after one round heavy cut.

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A very kind Facebook friend from Norway sent me new grill badge, since I'm aiming for that "stealth" look that no one will recognize what car it is! ;)

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Post by Nismo » Wed Jul 01, 2020 4:54 am

Yay! A couple of weeks later my car is back! Next goal: Finish detaling with fine cut compound and wax. Then mount the gold wheels! :D

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Post by Nismo » Wed Jul 01, 2020 5:02 am

Almost forgot to mention, but I also got a new pair of quad lights on the way, all the way from Australia across the globe to Sweden! Hopefully the pandemic state of the world won't make that valuable package to disappear along the way... :o

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Post by eyecon » Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:21 pm

This COVID-19 is really slowing freight down. I paid good money and for what. Anyway I hope it arrives soon.

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Post by Nismo » Thu Jul 02, 2020 7:43 pm

eyecon wrote:
Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:21 pm
This COVID-19 is really slowing freight down. I paid good money and for what. Anyway I hope it arrives soon.
Status quo on all tracking services when I look it up....We'll see what happens! :)

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Post by Nismo » Thu Jul 02, 2020 7:55 pm

A little update on what has been done so far, and my future plans as well.

DONE
[X] Change fluids, oil, coolant, brake
[X] New wheels 17"
[X] Resurface brake discs
[X] Pass inspection
[X] Spacers to fit wheels
[X] New air filter, K&N
[X] New brake pads
[X] New grill badge

TO-DO
[ ] Kakimoto or HKS muffler
[ ] Custom stainless exhaust
[ ] Quad lights
[ ] Wax and polish
[ ] Fix squeaky panel
[ ] Re-do window tint
[ ] Paint wiper arms
[ ] Change spark plugs
[ ] Change ignition cables
[ ] Fix gasoline gauge
[ ] Fix radio
[ ] Fix steering bushes
[ ] Fix hood latch handle
[ ] New gold line stripes
[ ] Change thermostat

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