Well as most of you know I DO like to keep my car clean. And this means not just the exterior and interior, but also places that are not as obvious, such as the wheel wheels, inside body panels, etc. But I realized that lately, I had been neglecting one very obvious area: the engine bay.
So, the morning of the Izu Skyline drive, I took about an hour and used some Simple Green and some elbow grease to clean the engine bay (also, I figured that Dino would probably take a photo of the engine bay… I was right!!)
|You can see the plastic bag protecting the Okada Plasma wiring, as well as the not yet dry CD2 spray|
So if you look closely, there are a couple things that bothered me.
1) The fusebox cover: I had a vendor lay wet carbon over the original fusebox cover. And it came out terrible. You can see in the photo above, it looks ok from a distance... but not up close (so we borrowed Thomas' for the Speedhunters photo)
2) The plastic clips on the steel brake lines, along the firewall. Actually Midori Seibi's Uchinaga-san (the son, R33 owner as well) had pointed that out during my visit to Midori Seibi back in January.
So I had to get replacements for this. And hence my trip to Nissan Shinagawa the other day, to pick up a few parts:
1) New fuse box cover
2) White Plastic clips (3)
3) Radiator stay
4) and small clips (2)
The two clips, I will use in a future blog entry.
Otherwise, as fitted these new parts did help to freshen up the engine bay (apologies I took these photos with my iPhone at night...):
|Old (borrowed from Thomas again) and new Fuse Box Covers|
|Hmm. That new one looks weird.|
I wonder if I can get the old one chromed or something...
|Comparing the plastic clips that hold the brake lines in place!|
|The old ones had turned yellow (and 2 of 3 had cracked) due to the heat of the engine!|