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BigJohn's Super S

Sun 16 Feb 2014 07:40:05 PM
This is following on from "Someone buy this quick!!!"

http://micra.com.au/community/message.php?messageid=86824&r=2

My eBay purchase in December, 2013

The car as pictured in the original eBay ad:
 

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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Sun 16 Feb 2014 07:42:34 PM
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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Sun 16 Feb 2014 07:45:29 PM
Opened up the intake with cold air piping (65mm plumbing pipes) and fitted an ajdjustable fuel regulator. Bumped the fuel pressure up to 43-44psi.

Fitted Bosch Super 4 spark plugs with all 16 electrodes gapped out to 3mm.

Changed the usual fluids and filters.

Running 98 RON fuel with advanced timing. The car drives with a lot more pickup now, but with a slight flat spot around 2,300-2,400rpm.
 

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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Sun 16 Feb 2014 07:46:41 PM
I still use the original air box, blocking out the majority of the heat and opening up the inlet to at least 65mm. The pipe goes down to almost below the engine to suck in some fresh air. The inlet and outlet of the pipe ends are both flared out.

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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Sun 16 Feb 2014 07:47:30 PM
Another shot of the flared out intake
 

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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Sun 16 Feb 2014 07:50:09 PM
Fitted up a rear brace that bolts up at the rear seat belt points.

Thanks to Nas for this.

This has reduced flex in the rear of the car. Prior to fitting it, I could hear squeaking in the rear, from what I presume was the tailgate rubbing against body rubber as the car flexed.

 

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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Sun 16 Feb 2014 08:57:11 PM
Hi big John is 43-44 psi for your fuel regular right for your car ? I want put One on my car but sure how much pressure to do thanks
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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Sun 16 Feb 2014 10:38:33 PM
It runs well at 43-44psi.
No black smoke. No stinky fumes. No bogging down. Decent pick-up too.
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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Sun 16 Feb 2014 10:54:06 PM
Nice work John.
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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Mon 17 Feb 2014 10:42:16 AM
Hi John what regulator is that and how much if you dont mind me asking?
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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Mon 17 Feb 2014 12:28:35 PM
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"Hi John what regulator is that and how much if you dont mind me asking?"


It's one that I got on eBay for under $40 I think. Was an Aussie seller too.
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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Mon 17 Feb 2014 01:51:16 PM
ebay link for fpr john?!
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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Mon 17 Feb 2014 09:35:40 PM
http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?icep_ff3=2&toolid=10001&campid=5337873294&icep_item=261303904167

It was really easy to install and setup/adjust also.
Aussie seller, so I received it pretty quick.
 

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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Wed 26 Feb 2014 01:41:26 AM
Got some new shoes on...
 

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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Fri 28 Feb 2014 03:19:11 PM
Nice shoes what size are they? looking really clean in the last pic have you polished her.
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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Sun 02 Mar 2014 02:35:16 PM
The wheels are 14x6. Tyres are rubbish 175/65's.
Going to replace them with 185/55's when I burn these down.

I got the car in December last year (3 months ago) and still haven't washed it yet :D
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Thu 06 Mar 2014 04:15:20 PM
Wish my cars would stay clean for that long. I've had mine three months and already washed it twice.
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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Thu 06 Mar 2014 05:34:47 PM
Update... spray can time :)
 

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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Thu 06 Mar 2014 05:35:24 PM
And yes, I am dead serious about using aerosols...
 

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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Thu 06 Mar 2014 11:28:14 PM
If it's enamel paint and ya prep it proply you'll be fine.
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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Sat 08 Mar 2014 11:12:28 PM
Intake sound:

VIDEO HERE: http://youtu.be/X8d6kEtwv2I
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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Sun 09 Mar 2014 07:37:54 PM
Some progress pics. Still yet to paint other sections, wet sand & buff... s l o w progress.
 

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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Sun 09 Mar 2014 07:38:17 PM
Rear right
 

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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Sun 09 Mar 2014 07:39:34 PM
More of the intake details:

Started with some 65mm plumbers piping from Bunnings. I utilised the 45 degree joiner instead of this 90 degree join picture here.
The Sikaflex is used to join the pipe into the airbox.
 

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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Sun 09 Mar 2014 07:40:02 PM
Here, I have used a soldering iron to enlarge the hole to fit the 65mm piping.

 

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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Sun 09 Mar 2014 07:40:30 PM
Another angle
 

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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Sun 09 Mar 2014 07:41:18 PM
Looking from the top down.
Here, I have used the heat gun and melted the pipe in slightly so as to give room to the clutch cable and not push on it.

 

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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Sun 09 Mar 2014 07:43:52 PM
And finally, the pick-up section down below.

Has it made a difference?
I feel that it has, however there is a slight flat spot around 2,300-2,400rpm. It sounds a hell of a lot nicer too. If you didn't see the video above, I'll save you some searching. Here it is:

http://youtu.be/X8d6kEtwv2I

This is with a 100% stock exhaust too.
 

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Sun 09 Mar 2014 07:49:49 PM
Looking good. Thought you were going to paint it red. What else are you going to paint black?

Also nice intake sound, but you need twin carbys or itb's ;)
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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Sun 09 Mar 2014 08:17:29 PM
Haha... This is my daily and I'm trying to keep it as "budget" as possible :)

Paint "should" end up something along the lines of this with a black bonnet and dark tints.
Please excuse the dodgy MS Paint Brush effort.
 

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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Sun 09 Mar 2014 08:22:08 PM
I painted my roof black the other day as well, now it has a twin
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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Sun 09 Mar 2014 08:22:40 PM
hotfunk67 WROTE:

"I painted my roof black the other day as well, now it has a twin"


Post up a pic :)
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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Mon 10 Mar 2014 11:46:32 AM
Need to finish it off and replace my sunroof

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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Tue 11 Mar 2014 01:17:10 PM
Wicked! I like it!
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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Mon 17 Mar 2014 01:43:52 PM
I'm seeing double haha. BigJohn it's looking good. Are you going to follow the line in the body and paint the top of your front guards?

With tint. My old Cedric had factory tint or privacy glass (whatever you want to call it) and I got 20% put over that so it was probly more like 5%. It looked pimp but at night time if you tried to look out the drivers side window. It reflected all the dials. You could see how fast you are going, but not your mirror. So do what you want, I just wanted to share my experience with really dark tint.
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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Tue 18 Mar 2014 08:08:31 PM
Rebelsan WROTE:

"I'm seeing double haha. BigJohn it's looking good. Are you going to follow the line in the body and paint the top of your front guards?



With tint. My old Cedric had factory tint or privacy glass (whatever you want to call it) and I got 20% put over that so it was probly more like 5%. It looked pimp but at night time if you tried to look out the drivers side window. It reflected all the dials. You could see how fast you are going, but not your mirror. So do what you want, I just wanted to share my experience with really dark tint."


My plan at this stage is as you said, follow the line of the body, painting the tops of the guards black with a black bonnet.

I had a Soarer some years ago with 5-10% tints on it. It was fantastic during the day, but when it came to driving at night in the rain, I hated the tints. I'd have to put down both front windows when pulling up at intersections to see if there were any oncoming cars.
On my Falcon, I have 15-20% and it's perfect for night & day.
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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Tue 29 Apr 2014 03:34:22 PM
Any new updates? I'm keen to see how it looked all painted and tinted.
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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Tue 29 Apr 2014 08:38:56 PM
Quick sneak peak....
What can be going on here????
Hmmmm....
 

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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Fri 02 May 2014 12:55:53 PM
Anyone willing to guess?

Those on the Facebook page... shhhhhh!!!!
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Fri 02 May 2014 01:39:41 PM
Those on the facebook page are pretty much the only active posters on here.
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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Fri 02 May 2014 05:59:15 PM
Bugger... guess we know... I'll do the reveal to the rest when I get around to it :D
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Sat 03 May 2014 12:52:26 PM
Hey i'm not on the fb page and am in the dark. My guess is bad boy bonnet.
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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Sat 03 May 2014 09:08:11 PM
Bad Boy bonnet
...and a little bit more:
 

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Sat 03 May 2014 09:21:51 PM
...matching rear WALD bar and wheels Plastidipped (Armor All Extreme Shield) in white.
 

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Sat 03 May 2014 09:22:29 PM
Different angle
 

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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Sun 04 May 2014 11:57:52 AM
Wow that looks sick. Nice work. Surprised about the white wheels thought you would have gone black, they still look good I like the style. How did you do the bonnet and are the vents just stick on.

Also what are you doing with the super s front bumper now.
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Sun 04 May 2014 04:29:33 PM
Wheels look good
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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Sun 04 May 2014 08:17:59 PM
Thanks Derek.

The bonnet vents are real.
These were the bits that DanVillan sold.

See:
http://micra.com.au/community/message.php?messageid=82211

Rebelsan, I went for white wheels as I don't like black wheels on red cars. I'm looking at a different direction with the paint job now. A colour that will go with white wheels. Only time will tell what pans out :)

Here are the vents from outside:
 

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Sun 04 May 2014 08:19:08 PM
...and the vents from the underside:
 

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Sun 04 May 2014 08:29:24 PM
The Super S front bumper is currently sitting in the garage doing nothing... waiting for someone/anyone to take it off my hands, repair it and make use of it.
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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Sat 20 Sep 2014 10:06:19 AM
So a bit of an update...
Have the Suspension in now (finally!).
Will need to get pics soon...

Have bought a few other goodies too (steering wheel, short shifter, gear knob, boot etc). Just need to get them on.
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Sun 28 Sep 2014 10:58:25 PM
Some 'Go Fast' stickers
 

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Sun 28 Sep 2014 11:08:00 PM
Can't remove the steering wheel and don't have a dedicate steering wheel puller kit?
Improvise! Big John's ghetto steering wheel removal!

Use a steering wheel lock and an OEM style scissor jack.
1. Remove the steering wheel horn cover. Spray some WD40 onto the centre nut and then loosen the steering wheel's centre nut. Do not remove the nut.
2. Set the steering wheel lock in place (as central as possible across the steering wheel).
3. Position the top jacking point of the jack onto the steering wheel's centre shaft and the bottom against the steering lock.
4. Turn/open the jack. If the steering wheel isn't too tight, it 'should' pop. If not, open the jack until the steering lock seems like it's bending. At this point, hit the back of the steering wheel with a rubber mallet and this should make it pop.
 

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Sun 28 Sep 2014 11:20:45 PM
Then replace the wheel.
I got an Autotecnica Maloo M Spec wheel off eBay.
Meets ADR requirements and has a padded centre to avoid defects.
 

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Sun 28 Sep 2014 11:22:56 PM
While I was at it, I fitted a short-shifter (the gear changes are now much shorter and nice and notchy. Gear shifts are still easy to gate and has had no negative effects at all.)
I also replaced the gear knob and boot with more items from eBay.
 

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Sun 28 Sep 2014 11:25:09 PM
Little bit of body work to repair that damaged rear quarter and get through the rego inspection. Suspension also fitted.
 

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Sun 28 Sep 2014 11:25:52 PM
Matiz front struts & springs.
Lowered rear springs & standard height KYB rear shocks.
 

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Sun 28 Sep 2014 11:26:15 PM
Matiz front struts & springs.
Lowered rear springs & standard height KYB rear shocks.
 

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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Mon 29 Sep 2014 04:48:55 PM
Great work it's looking really good I like the steering/gearknob combo. Also I bet handles a bit better now.
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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Mon 29 Sep 2014 04:58:03 PM
And the sticker on your backwindow is the best I almost bought one for my car.
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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Tue 30 Sep 2014 03:07:57 PM
Yep! Handles much better now. Rear end is nice and tight with the right amount of stiffness. The front however, could do with less body roll.
Might look at front sway bar sometime in the future.
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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Tue 30 Sep 2014 03:15:09 PM
front sway bar will alter the rear end of the car sir.

if the front is understeering, you want a rear sway bar.
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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Tue 30 Sep 2014 05:23:43 PM
I wouldn't say understeering, but it is definitely leaning around corners.
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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Tue 30 Sep 2014 06:43:22 PM
plattsy WROTE:

"front sway bar will alter the rear end of the car sir.



if the front is understeering, you want a rear sway bar."



In my experience that's only with aero parts or more ground effects like on le mans cars. A bigger front sway bar will only affect the front. Don't mean to argue just my opion.
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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Tue 30 Sep 2014 09:58:58 PM
27mm Whiteline front swaybar on my Falcon has made a world of difference. Much better turn in, a heap less body roll and it's made the car feel like a smaller car. Had no noticeable affect on the rear.

Adjustable Whiteline bar on my WRX made their handle like a go kart. It just sat so flat and felt so tight around corners.
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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Wed 12 Nov 2014 09:14:03 PM
Quick video I made for the guys on the Facebook group showing the sound of a pod filter on the K11.

http://youtu.be/oaSBNIjoTxE?list=UU1uKb9dOCw5FooeThIEDiBg

 

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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Wed 12 Nov 2014 09:39:06 PM
Hahaha sounds the same as mine, allso looks like how I get home from work :)
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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Fri 14 Nov 2014 11:21:39 PM
So I bought these babies for an amazingly awesome price on eBay auction.
 

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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Fri 14 Nov 2014 11:24:46 PM
Got some good strong 6mm thick steel plate from the elevator industry
 

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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Fri 14 Nov 2014 11:25:41 PM
Rear left mount (passenger seat) looks like this prior to welding.
 

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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Fri 14 Nov 2014 11:26:33 PM
Front left hand side looks like this prior to welding.
 

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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Fri 14 Nov 2014 11:28:24 PM
Re-drilled the original WRX higher and used a 65mm bolt with some big nuts behind it as support - This is for the front right hand side of the passenger seat.
 

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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Fri 14 Nov 2014 11:29:23 PM
Comparison of old vs new.
Driver's seat with the stock Super S seat and sheep skin seat cover next to the WRX seat.
 

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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Fri 14 Nov 2014 11:31:36 PM
Some people have stated that the had issues fitting the WRX seats into the Micra as the rails would hit the lower seat belt rail.
The way around this is easier than you think. You need to slide the WRX seat rails all the way back, as though a tiny person were driving with their face against the steering wheel. This way, the rails are all the way back.
 

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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Fri 14 Nov 2014 11:33:03 PM
First problem with WRX seats in the Micra:
1 - The driver's side door bin WILL hit the height adjusting / quick release lever, preventing you from closing the door.
 

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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Fri 14 Nov 2014 11:34:01 PM
My work-around to this is to cut off/remove the large/main section of the door bin.
 

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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Fri 14 Nov 2014 11:36:59 PM
Second problem with WRX seats in the Micra:
2 - I now can't get to the tailgate release / fuel flap release lever. I found this out AFTER I bolted everything in tightly. The lever is jammed up against the underside of the RHS seat rail. I'll need to sort this out within the next few days.
 

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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Fri 14 Nov 2014 11:37:22 PM
The finished product
 

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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Sat 29 Nov 2014 09:19:41 PM
A bit more of that race car feel... Chequered plate floor mats & Autotecnica pedals.
 

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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Tue 23 Dec 2014 09:11:40 PM
Since I've been off work, waiting for our latest baby to arrive, I've been doing some work. Managed to weld the the seats to the brackets and give them a lick of paint (pictures to come soon).
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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Tue 23 Dec 2014 09:19:19 PM
I've also been doing a bit of painting.
Masked & in primer.
 

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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Tue 23 Dec 2014 09:22:36 PM
3 coats of black base coat
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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Tue 23 Dec 2014 09:24:29 PM
Here
 

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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Tue 23 Dec 2014 09:26:00 PM
VG Auto Paints mixed up the Hyundai Veloster Young Gun Matte Metallic Grey for me in spray packs. The pressure and the spray from these cans were absolutely amazing! They sprayed with plenty of pressure with a nice wide spray pattern. I was really surprised! Not a thin spray pattern like the cans you get off the shelf.
 

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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Tue 23 Dec 2014 09:27:33 PM
A quick dust coat (so it doesn't get shine) of some clear to protect.
 

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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Tue 23 Dec 2014 09:30:48 PM
Masking removed and so far, it looks like this. No washing, sanding or anything else as yet.
I'm not fussed about the red you see around the window frame as that will be covered by the window rubber.
 

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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Thu 25 Dec 2014 06:28:58 PM
Top work, it looks great John.
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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Wed 18 Feb 2015 12:20:01 AM
Quick update... new tail lights
 

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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Wed 18 Feb 2015 12:20:37 AM
The white parts are flush/flat with the red.
 

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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Sun 15 Mar 2015 09:45:50 PM
So, in with some fresh headlight bulbs and blue LED dash cluster lights
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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Sun 15 Mar 2015 09:48:34 PM
Well the time came for me to sell her as I had too many cars.
Here is one of the final pics before I sold her.
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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Sun 15 Mar 2015 09:49:08 PM
Another pic before I sold her.
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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Sun 15 Mar 2015 09:49:57 PM
This pic is her with her new owner, Mathew.
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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Sun 15 Mar 2015 09:50:42 PM
This is the last time I saw my Micra, driving away from my street for the last time :(
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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Sun 15 Mar 2015 09:52:20 PM
I loved my little Micra. It was such a cool, fun car to drive. Easy to park and easy on fuel.

I will always have fond memories of my Super S Micra.

I will miss you little one ;-(

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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Sat 14 May 2016 09:10:12 PM
I've had to revive this thread as the pictures all went missing when the site was hacked...

Sun 16 Feb 2014 07:40:05 PM
This is following on from "Someone buy this quick!!!"

http://micra.com.au/community/message.php?messageid=86824&r=2

My eBay purchase in December, 2013
The car as pictured in the original eBay ad:
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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Sat 14 May 2016 09:11:30 PM
OK... forget it.
The pictures aren't showing for some reason :(
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Re: BigJohn's Super S

Sat 15 Oct 2016 10:43:03 AM