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    Yeah... I don't think I'm achieving a clean brushed aluminium finish by hand, they might be too oxidized and worn for that.
    I'll get some scotchbrite pads first though, the steel wool I used after the paint stripping is quite fine.

    I thought about the mediablasting again, but it would remove the brushed finish and I don't think I can re-do that finish myself.
    And if I'm painting, why bother blasting either. I'm not spending a few hundo on blasting and powdercoating for a set of old crappy rep wheels.

    So most likely I'm going with rattle cans, but gloss black or silver...
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    Sounds like my experience with a spare set of turbines I got. I took the best one of the set and tried cleaning it up for spare tire duty. I scrubbed and scrubbed, Dawn dishsoap was the best when paired with a strong bristle brush. But even then, it isn't as purty as the rest of the wheels the car wears.
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    Well, I'm painting the wheels and I'm going with silver.

    Mainly because those rivets are really hard to sand around, took me about 10 minutes to clean up enough oxidation from around the rivet to even consider putting on clear coat at ANY point.
    Only problem is there's 96 rivets in total. Not worth the insane amount of work for a barely passable end result.

    Dunno if I can be arsed to strip the matte black off the other 3 wheels... The finish on those is smooth, no peeling anywhere and seems to be adhered well, from the one that I stripped it off.


    Those winter wheels reeeeaally could do with the center caps...
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    Yeah, they'd really tie the.. car together.
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    Did a little all over inspection on the car, gotta get the real inspection done before Dec 12th.
    Noticed that the right rear marker light was out, and when changing that bulb out, I realized this car has 2 brake/indicator bulbs per side. The top ones on both sides have been burnt out always.
    So now I've got 4 brake lights instead of 2, plus the fixed CHMSL and even both the marker lights work now! BAM! Lights!

    The left licence plate light has been off/dim/on depending on the star's orientation, so I wanted to fix it. Well, upon closer inspection, the screwheads looked more like burnt chocolate cookies and the lens was broken.
    After somehow managing to remove said crusty screws, the bulb housing / lense came out in 4 pieces.
    I assembled the housing with epoxy and added some reinforcement plates from some scrap 1mm aluminium sheet.

    New bulb in, realized that the plate light socket is total garbage, it's super fiddly and the wires/contacts are loose. Can't do much there.
    I screwed the first screw in, the light went out, tapped it and came on again. Second screw in, last turn to tighten and the light goes out. Tap once, lights up dimly. Tap again and it's lit bright LOL
    I guess I'll have to tap it at the inspection if it's out.

    Since this is a wagon, new plate light housings are pretty much unobtanium, of course. Wouldn't be too hard to change out the socket though, except to dismantle the tailgate, again...
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    I did buy a set of those center caps... Couldn't resist temptation. Hopefully the guy will actually send them and not just take my monies.
    Also did some black friday shopping and bought a xenon conversion kit, wasn't cheap but it should be legal.
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    Caprice made me do an involuntary coolant change today. Upper rad hose didn't feel like holding onto the radiator inlet and let the water pump puke everything out . Realized there was a problem pretty quick as the heater was blowing cold, gauge needle pegged just as I pulled over and shut it off.

    Clamp is fine, hose isn't torn, hard or too soft either. Judging by the relatively minor mess underhood, the hose didn't come off under pressure. Weird...
    Mom picked me up from the side of the road, I went to get pliers and a couple coolant jugs. Took about 10 liters of coolant and home I went without issue. Warms up normally, blows hot, e-fans work.
    I think I'll put on another clamp just for safety. I think the constant tension clamp on there is original.


    Also taking the summer wheels to get blasted and powdercoated tomorrow. I said no rush, they'll do them by end of year. Pick and choose from a basic color pallette, 120 euros for the whole set. Not bad at all.
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    Caps.



    The caps don't belong on Rallye wheels, which is why they don't quite fit. If the diameter of the caps would've been 5mm larger, I would've had to trash the whole idea.
    On Rallye wheels the lug nuts sit in a much smaller and deeper recess than on many other steel wheels. The outside edge of the cap runs into the wheel before it touches the flat mounting flange of the wheel.
    I put some ~10mm thick plastic "washers" (body grommets actually) between the center cap and wheel so the edge of the cap wouldn't hit and I was able to fasten it down properly with the bolts.

    Other than that, it just required careful alignment and precise drilling and tapping of 3 holes per wheel, which I'm not that good at apparently. Slightly crooked or slightly off bolt holes made the install a bit fiddly at times.
    Lug nuts are a bit deep in there now, but I have long acorn nuts so they're fine.
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    Ah yeah, those tie the room together. If only the tire guy put the weights on the inside of the wheel. Idiots did the same thing with my Townie though.
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    Yeah the caps are really the icing on top, really happy with the look overall now.
    The caps are a bit scruffy, but so is the car, don't mind it at all. Spent a whopping 6 euros on stainless bolts and washers for attaching them. M8 bolts might be totally overkill, but they fit snugly through the holes in the caps.

    I couldn't really care about the wheel weights on the face, steelies are made so weights can be attached on both lips. Easier to balance with weights front and back. I guess you could tell the tire guys or paint them black if you're so aesthetically concerned.
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