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  1. Here is another story. I am on my second 02, the reasons for that will need another thread, but the second one that I am trying get up and running, is about 75% done. It has front seats, has the front fenders sort of bolted in place, has lights, brakes and few other bells and whistles, but all of the interior bits are still in my basement. I tinker with the carb, and the distributor to get it driveable. Sometimes it drives well enough and other times It sputters, produces loud bangs, jerks around and a whole bunch of performance bits. Even in this state, I get the usual number of thumbs ups, get stopped for conversations and get followed by people all the way back to my house so that they can tell me their story. I think the reason for so much love and affection is the honesty that was by design in this car. Sporty- Yes Compact- Yes Ahead of its time - Yes Reliable- Much more than its contemporaries Provides mostly positive experiences- Yes All of these kind of resulted in lot of good memories for a whole generation, hence all the accolades and thumbs ups. My two points.....cents.
  2. Hello, I am trying to get my 1975 running. I am in Blacksburg, VA. Do you think it will be a swap and run case. Will I need to get some other parts before it will work? I am very interested.
  3. PM sent for fenders and front windshield.
  4. Hello, Here is one of mine. The car is not with me any more but I am working on getting my second one on the road this summer.
  5. Just drove the car from Blacksburg to Harrisonburg and back. I think it can do 60-65 in fifth all day and never complain. 2002 has to be the car with most thumbs ups......period. I wish I could make it little bit quieter, just the noise inside....
  6. Hey miller, Thanks for the compliments. I am loving it.....I have added few more images from the project..
  7. kota02

    kota02

    This is my 1975, used to be verona, now its black.
  8. In the past few months, I removed a lot of things, got under the ca whole lot and learned quite a few things about how things were done in old days. It is not a show car by any means, but I love it. Here are some of the things I did, I am not going to go into details as this website has much more detailed accounts of almost everything that can be done to this car. Just a few things that I wish I knew before I started the project: The rear windows are a bitch to put back, it makes it a breeze if you have another pair of hands. In my case, I had to use a bunch of shims, extra long sheet met
  9. http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/9572446186/in/photostream/
  10. In the past few months, I removed a lot of things, got under the ca whole lot and learned quite a few things about how things were done in old days. It is not a show car by any means, but I love it. Here are some of the things I did, I am not going to go into details as this website has much more detailed accounts of almost everything that can be done to this car. Just a few things that I wish I knew before I started the project: The rear windows are a bitch to put back, it makes it a breeze if you have another pair of hands. In my case, I had to use a bunch of shims, extra long sheet metal screws, I will discuss the reason in a minute. Patch work of sheetmetal might not be perfect, but it, I feel is definitely a worthwhile investment and makes the car better. If you can not afford to replace the floor pan, just do as much as you can, the car will still love you and thank you. The window sill weather strips are really old school design, even by 1975 standards, but you can definitely do a DIY hack using self adhesive backed 1/2" felt strip, $ 2.74 per door, and I think it makes the window operation smoother. The 3M chrome adhesive trim is a better alternative to the original belt-line trim as it takes care of the water logging issue behind the original trim. The lower trim ican be replaced with a stick on trim from a 2007 Altima and matches the width pretty nicely. Its not perfect match but I wanted to lower the number of moving parts, especially the non critical ones. I did a DIY carpet job, 20 dollar outdoor black carpet and two rolls of universal carpet. Again the idea was to make the car better as I can not afford to make it perfect. Most important aspect, I kept the car in a driven condition or near derivable condition, so the project never got out of hand... I am trying to figure out a way to post images here...
  11. To be shipped at : 24060 Email : akshay dot kota at gmail dot com. Please let me know how much for shipped. Thanks, Akshay
  12. Dear Blunt, I need the weatherstrip that is part of the aluminum trim which goes on the door edge and rubs against the glass of window. Do you have these? Please let me know. My email address is : [email protected] Thanks, Akshay
  13. I removed the cotter pint first, as easy as it gets, and the glass, with the rear hinge unscrewed, comes out like a peice of cake. I feel it reduces the chances of shattered glass a lot. I am in the process of getting it ready for paint but the weather has been horrible. Hopefully in the next few days, I will have it at a paint shop.
  14. OK...... After looking at endless posts and trying to gather enough courage to do it, and then deciding not to do it, a decision has been made. I do have to replace the floorpans. Patchwork is just not going to cut it because I plan to put in new carpet, the rear seats have been re stuffed and look good, but I I do not fix the rust holes (millions of tiny ones) it is going to eventually come back and bite me. So, I am going to do it.....or give it my best shot. You must have already noticed my noobie welding skills, but the point is to make the car better while I learn complimentary skills during the journey. Will post more pics soon.
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