These details are nothing large, but I guess the human eye picks up imperfections one may not be usually aware of. For example:
|So what exactly does this rubber trim do? Is it needed?|
|On this side too!|
When I inquired at Nissan Prince, I was told that I would have to replace the entire cowl in order to replace the rubber trim. So, I went ahead and ordered because it was a way to freshen up both aspects at the same time.
There was also this:
|Windshield wiper arms showing wear and tear...|
Anyway, since the wiper arms need to be removed in order to replace the cowl, it was only natural that, given the above thinking, I decided to go ahead and order some brand new wiper arms as well.
So it took a few weeks, but then I got the call so I went to Nissan Prince to pick up the parts:
After squeezing the cowl into the back seat (somewhat diagonally) I drove home and then life got so busy I wasn't able to work on replacing the parts...
Finally a few weeks ago (right before a business trip to Chicago) I decided to do the job, just in case the plane went down. Didn't want to die with unfinished business, right?
|First, remove the wiper arms. Begin by removing cap with small flat tip screwdriver (yellow arrow); |
See how the faded paint detracts from the overall appearance? (red arrow)
|Then use a proper socket wrench (12mm I think).|
|Next, remove this soft rubber trim piece by pulling the plastic "screws" out of the sockets|
|I'm now thinking, this is pretty easy...|
|The dust on the right, I expected. That rust, I did not!|
|So you can see how the rust isn't just in one location...|
|That dust is from all over Japan!|
|Not finished but you get the idea...|
Normally, I would choose the third option - put all the old pieces back on, and then take the car to a body shop. But with funds tight and an upcoming "shaken" (bi-annual road inspection/tax) coming up, I decided the better thing to do would be to go to a body shop sometime in the future to take care of not only this, but some other issues I've spotted, all at once. So for the time being, I would have to deal with just this section of rust - long time readers will know I've dealt with rust on the car before - I just would prefer to let a pro handle it, of course.
Also, the cowl itself now looked like this, so re-assembly with the old pieces was probably not the smart option anyway:
|Uh, this is not going to go back on well...|
And used #400 grit sand paper to begin manually removing paint and rust. I soon discovered however that the rust wasn't as easy to remove as I thought, as well as under paint that didn't show bubbling.
|You can also see the old under hood insulation which was|
beginning to separate in some places - see how it looks puffy?
|Luckily I had an unopened can of spray primer|
|Three thin coats of primer later (several hours to dry in between, of course)|
|New versus old|
|Supple is the word!|
And then I began to prep the new parts by spraying down with Aerospace 303 and letting it soak in:
|The underside, which won't see daylight again until it's removed.|
|And the topside, which will!|
I then attached the rubber piece to the front of the cowl, which helps to secure it better (as otherwise only 4 plastic clips are holding it on).
And then I just swapped out the old wipers for new, transferring the blades over.
|If you are curious you can make out the parts numbers...(28886-15U00 and 28881-15U00)|
Then I just bolted the wipers back on, put on the plastic caps which cover the bolts, and I was done!
Speaking of parts numbers, here are the others for completeness sake:
So what's next? Luckily, there are no other places with that level of rust. However Japan being a humid place, plus because I like to wash the car, I guess I will have to be careful going forward. That being said, there is some bodywork I'm still thinking about, so maybe at that time I can get this under cowl area redone professionally.
In any case, the car looks like this now:
|Ahhh Yeah! Perfect!|