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June 26th is upon us once again. We usually celebrate 626 day here as a day dedicated to working on our 626's and sharing our experiences with each other. Here is your 2 week notification that 626 day is coming so that you'll have time to take on larger projects for the purpose of sharing on 626 day. You could do something as simple as routine maintenance like an air filter replacement or as complex as a transmission swap. All levels of maintenance and projects are encouraged for sharing. Some members in Florida are having a meet on June 26th at Orlando Speed World Dragway for test and tune night. Join the MX6 Team Florida facebook group if you're interested in attending this particular event for 626 day. We would like to encourage all members to get together at events, meet locally, work on projects or do routine maintenance. Get your projects geared up, completed, and ready to share for 626 Day 2015!
Couldn't ask for a better day to create a new build topic. It's 626 Day! This topic is for my niece Chloe (pronounced Kloey). I can't tell you the circumstances that led to the decision to purchase another 626 as a gift for my niece. There are a lot of personal reasons that I'm sure she would not want the world to know. Just know that she was in an extremely bad situation. Like "wow that's really f--ked up" kind of thing. Hopefully this will help her get on her feet for the first time in her life. Life dealt her and her brother a real shitty hand. She needed a gift of generosity like this. I don't want to see her grow up to be bitter and jaded for reasons beyond her control. Paid the previous owner a fair price for the 626 considering all the issues it came with and that it needed to be towed to my house from a far distance. Actually cost me a lot more to tow it than I'd hoped and I should have paid a lot less for the car because of it. The only reason I decided to purchase this particular 626 was the health of the engine. While it only ran for about 10 minutes in my presence, it sounded just beautiful. As far as my skills go as long as the engine is healthy then anything else I can fix. Would later discover it's a miracle the engine was running at all from the way it was put together. I believe it's a JDM Millenia Curve Neck KL-DE. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong. The plan is to restore the 626 and provide my niece with transportation to establish her independence. The video doesn't even scratch the surface of all the problems this car has. More videos to come that will show most issues in more detail. ND28 came up to help try to fix a couple little issues before Chloe came to see the car. Fixed the sunroof seal being off the back of the glass and he got the trunk open. No idea how he got past the key lock on the trunk latch so don't ask. He climbed into the trunk to manually open the trunk. Maybe it was just rusted in place or manually set to lock (little yellow tab on the latch). Since I actually have a 96/97 replacement remote as a remote for my car (even though the trunk button doesn't work on a 95) I went ahead and programmed Chloe's car to my remote and voila the trunk popped open first time! Pops up every time now with the remote control no problem. Great job Andy! Edit: I've since purchased a 96/97 remote on e-Bay for this car so now it has it's own remote and it works perfectly every time. She had no idea I bought a car for her. My thought being if she didn't like it and had her heart set on a different car then I would put the KL (and many other parts) in my car then send it to the scrapyard. Well, she fell in love with it immediately. Probably because she's seen how my 626 has progressed over the years. She's been working hard to save money for a place to live and a vehicle wasn't even remotely on the horizon, even a $900 beater. So the restoration is in full swing. There's no time limit right now as she has no idea when she'll be able to afford the insurance. I told her the car would be waiting for her when the time comes. In the mean time I'll be transforming it from a $900 piece of shit beater into a restored classy 626 again.