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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-26-2008, 07:16 PM Thread Starter
 
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man, i don't understand. just when i feel that honda thinks of everything theres some stupid little thing that ends up ruining it. i have 2000 honda civic si and i love the car and its been the most reliable car i've ever owned. but stupid little things happen. first it was the windows, they came of the track. not sure if anyone has knowledge of em1's but thats a common problem.

the other stupid thing i tried fixing today and failed horribly, honda decied to use metal nuts and bolts to hold on the license plate so that when you remove it, the bolts snap in half cause there rusted together with the nut. so i tried to attack this problem today using an e-z out. do i drilled the hole through the bolt and when i used the e-z out bit, it freaking snapped in half inside the bolt. so then i tried hacking off the old bolts and re tacweldin some new ones on. i got realy nice stainless nuts and bolts so they don't rust. but my dumbass thought a dremel would be enough to hack of the bolts. ( stupid me) so now i have to take the car into a autobody shop to have them hack off the bolts, and i might as well have em weld the new ones on. i guess the biggest problem of all is i don't have power tools. i wish i had a grinder so i could do this myself.

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Make sure u use anti seize on the bolt threads or they'll rust again. Btw why did u take em off to begin with? Most people leave their tags on then let the next owner deal with rusted bolts.
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My '94 civic ran without a problem until this year when the head gasket took a dump. Ended up rebuilding the cylinder head (for fun). Working on the car wasn't too bad. It was quite tedious to put the rocker arms back on but other than that we didn't have any problems (other than the crank bolt, 1000FT-LBS FTW). What really sucks is working on vans. V6 engine is a very small space makes alot of problems.

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Make sure u use anti seize on the bolt threads or they'll rust again. Btw why did u take em off to begin with? Most people leave their tags on then let the next owner deal with rusted bolts.
had the anitseize ready!....reason for doin it is; i was the next owner that got screwed with it. when i bought the car, the original owner tried to remove the plate and snapped one of the bolts in there. so all this time i had my plate held on by 1 bolt and it was always uneven. i got 2 quotes from autobody shops to see how much they would charge to fully repair it and they both quoted me over $300. i figured this could be somethin i could do myself and it is, i just don't have the proper tools.

i wonder how much they'll charge me to just hack it and re-tac the new bolt???

anyone know of a decent shop that'l do this w/o it being too expensive???
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Last afternoon I killed I took random parts off the duc for no good reason.
least you got it back together.....

gotta take it in monday morn to get those nuts hacked off. unless someone has a grinder they wanna let me barrow. or if they want me to come to them so they can do it that will work as well!!!!
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least you got it back together.....

gotta take it in monday morn to get those nuts hacked off. unless someone has a grinder they wanna let me barrow. or if they want me to come to them so they can do it that will work as well!!!!
I have a cut off tool. I mainly use it to cut off U-Bolts for the muffler when my brother hits something. If you want to use it, you are free to do so. You need an air compressor though.

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I have a cut off tool. I mainly use it to cut off U-Bolts for the muffler when my brother hits something. If you want to use it, you are free to do so. You need an air compressor though.
damn, i'm fresh out of those.....thanks thou...wish i could use it.

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Trade ya. My dakota for your civic. Then you'll really have a reason to bitch.

bahah...i hate domestics...first new car i bought was a dodge...that thing was in the shop more than i drove it...i'm forever jdm. untill i have the cashflow to be able to afford dem nice german automobles.
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just a thought but have you considered drilling and tapping out the holes and using slightly larger bolts instead of welding in new holes? Probably a lot cheaper and easier IMO. If I still had my tools I'd gladly help you out.
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just a thought but have you considered drilling and tapping out the holes and using slightly larger bolts instead of welding in new holes? Probably a lot cheaper and easier IMO. If I still had my tools I'd gladly help you out.
thought about it, but i just wanted to start fresh with stainless hardware. and i didn't know how it would exactly work to rethred the old bolts. also the e-z bit is stuck in 1 of the bolts and its almost impossible to drill throu that. i'd take you up on this but i've already hacked halfway through the old bolt so i'm kinda at the point of no return.....

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Gorilla glue the plate on??
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Gorilla glue the plate on??
Zip ties FTW.

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If you wanna come out to streamwood I will try to get it fixed for ya. I have an air compressor so ur safe there. If not I work at a body shop but it would be a haul for you since its out in Aurora.
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If you wanna come out to streamwood I will try to get it fixed for ya. I have an air compressor so ur safe there. If not I work at a body shop but it would be a haul for you since its out in Aurora.
i could come to your place...only question is timing. i work today till 8pm and mon and tues i work nights. wed i'm off....so i'd be able to come by tonight after work, ( i may be able to get out early) or i could come mon/tues morning. or anytime wed. i could pay you...or provide you with some alcoholic beverage!!
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bahah...i hate domestics...first new car i bought was a dodge...that thing was in the shop more than i drove it...i'm forever jdm. untill i have the cashflow to be able to afford dem nice german automobles.
Hey its not a domestic. Its german, hence all the mechanical issues.
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