At Greaser, we believe in hard work and none of that luck nonsense. However, when an NSX is the first car you wrench on in 2017, its hard not to think of it as good omen! If the car looks familiar, it’s because we hung out with it at JDMyard Honda Showoff at the end of 2016.
After seeing Simon’s Champ White NSX at the show, Nathan asked if we could help him with his 92 NSX. The driver side rubber door seal was rubbing against the B-pillar exterior trim and slowly but surely, it was eating away at the new rubber door seal. The trip meter had stopped working, bits of the rear bulkhead had come loose and the boot lid was out of alignment. Basically, lots of annoying things that don’t necessarily matter to a normal person, but only car geeks or enthusiasts would understand.
Greaser looking like an NSX workshop!
First up, we tackled replacing the worn trip meter.
NSX cluster out and ready for the replacement trip meter to go in. Specialties low volume cars can be a rewarding, but a daunting experience to work on. Even for simple jobs, if something breaks you can’t just go to the wreckers to find a spare part. Tip: Take the time to think it through, if in doubt stop and ask for help.
Out with the old, in with the new!
Next, we re-align the boot lid. We begin by lining up the rear spoiler lights with the tail lights and then center the boot lid, making sure the gaps on both sides are even.
Then, it’s onto the doors, literally opening a pandora’s box. On the driver side, the doors rubber seal and the B-Pillar exterior trim were rubbing. To fix this, an 8mm nut holding the exterior trim, located behind the B-Pillar interior trim was loosened allowing us to maneuvers the B-Pillar exterior trim. Removing the interior trim saw the rear bulkhead trims come crashing down us. The clips holding the rear bulkhead trims were either worn out or MIA and later replaced. Adjusting the B-pillar exterior trim eliminated the rubbing issue and smoothen the closing action of the door. Now we get a nice solid THUMP!
Drivers side door done, we moved onto the passenger door, which supposedly only needed to have the door seal replaced. Easy right? After we installed the new door seal, the door cards top left corner protruded outside of the doors aperture, not allowing the door to shut close. We took off the door card and found the below.
The passenger doors handle had been incorrectly installed. Instead of fixing it, they used a couple of washers, a nut and called it a day. Sheez!
How it’s supposed to look (above)! The locating stud is to sit inboard (inside) of the door. The nut is then used to hold the handle in place by locking it in between the inner door skin. With this out of the way, we adjusted the door hinges so it would open, lock and close smoothly.
Nathan and Dad came by to pick up the car. We got talking to his old man and found out the NSX has always been his dream car, and he thought this would be a good opportunity for a father and son project, “I’m an old man now and he's all I got. I want to enjoy the time I have with him because you know, I can't take it with me”.
Speaking to dad was a nice reminder of why we got into cars. It’s not the e-fame or about making money (never for the money, what money, we’re broke AF?!) but to create tangible memories with someone special like your old man, your son or with friends. Cars are great for getting us around, but we think they do an even better job at helping us relive some of our fondest memories.