The Nugget: Bumper is on!

So progress has slowed on the nugget a bit. I refuse to let it beat me though.  I need to have it sorted and sold by November.

With the help of Bam, I’ve installed the rear bumper.  It was heaps harder than I thought, nothing is ever easy.  It’s starting to look like a complete car.

Here is my updated to-do list.

  • Install rear 1/4 windows
  • Install roof strips
  • Install rear seats
  • Install rear seat belts
  • Fabricate exhaust
  • Power steering belt
  • Replace the fuel level sender
  • Replace the fuel pump
  • Fit new solenoid to passengers door
  • Hook up A/C wire
  • Find and fit awesome steering wheel
  • Fit rear bumper
  • Find, fit and paint EVO 3 Side Skirts
  • Stereo, if we get that far
  • Dyno Tune
  • Wheels
  • Suspension
  • Cert
  • Oil pressure warning light
  • Crazy indicator problem

Partying Wanganui Styles

My girlfriend G managed to turn her 21st into 3 separate parties, one of which was in her home town: Wanganui.  This is how it went down.

We got up early on Saturday got the place ready.  I took as many photos as possible to try and get out of doing any real work.

Checking in at G's place. G, Bam and Brit

Pre-cooking the sauasages for midnight munchies.

Fairy lights up. Check. This is my favorite shot from the weekend.

G has a major girl crush on Beyonce. Could be worse I suppose.

Icing tested. Check.

Supporting Steve since 2009.

Bam recently joined the Apple cult. Good job!

Bam putting in the hard work. Heaters. Check.

A vacuum cleaner for outside. Clean Driveway. Check.

The party was choice, good times with great people. After went to Stellar, Wanganui’s only bar, it’s always an interesting experience.  Check more photos on Genevieve’s blog.

Dunx on form.

The birthday girl and flat mate.

Home time.

That is how you pack a boot.

Giant angry birds

On the way home we stopped in at the windmill in Foxton, just off State Highway 1.  You have probably driven past it a million times.   It was pretty interesting, I even got some gluten free flour which they make using the windmill.  Old school cool.  If you are REALLY interested they have tours for $5.

Misleading sign.

Starting the Nugget & subsequent fuel pump replacement

On Wednesday night Bam and Chris stayed late at the workshop to give me a hand with the Nugget.  The aim of the evening was to get the car running, it’s been started before, about 12months ago.

**Turn the key** the starter tried to start the engine with no luck.  Let the problem solving being.

Bam diagnosed the problem as fuel pump related.  After a bit more investigation Bam found the pump was getting power meaning one thing. The pump was poked. After pulling the pump out of the tank it became apparent why, glorious gold rust.  I think I know the reason why the tank got so rusty, before I bought the car it was left in a shed for who knows how long with hardly any fuel, this has caused the fuel pump, cage, and tank to get very rusty.

Ginger on your head or in your fuel tank. It's never OK!

EVO 9 Fuel Pump, can you even call that an upgrade?

I think I know why my fuel level sender isn't working

Bam installs the fuel pump cage.

After that it started first time, to easy! Here is a video.

While Bam was doing some technical work, I installed my rear seats and seat belt.

Things I learnt

  • Long term storage of your car isn’t good for it.  Take the correct precations
  • A Walbro 500hp fuel pump will plug straight into the factory Mitsubishi fuel pump wiring

Here is my updated to-do list.

  • Install rear 1/4 windows
  • Install roof strips
  • Install rear seats
  • Install rear seat belts
  • Fabricate exhaust
  • Power steering belt
  • Replace the fuel level sender
  • Replace the fuel pump
  • Fit new solenoid to passengers door
  • Hook up A/C wire
  • Find and fit awesome steering wheel
  • Find, fit and paint EVO 3 Side Skirts
  • Stereo, if we get that far
  • Tune
  • Wheels
  • Suspension
  • Cert
  • Oil pressure warning light
  • Crazy indicator problem