The Grey Skid – Chevy Beat TCDi LS (December 2012)


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January 2020 Continued.

Installation. That silicon cover has been in duty since some 2017, started showing it age. Gear boot was an eyesore.

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Loosened the knob with pipe wrench and removed with some jerks.

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Confused as to what to do with the boot.

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Decides to test my stitching skills [lol] (Majority of the time was spent on YouTube on how to fix the sewing machine [confused])

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Version 1. Material left over from what we bought for FZ's seat cover many years back. Quick rough work, but turned out better than what I expected.

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Installed knob and new boot. Perfect for a rookie [evil]

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But not, was bit short in length on the front, causing too much stress in 2nd and Reverse, gradually had to loosen up the top cable tie.

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(January)/March 2020:

After version 1, declared fail, started version 2.

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More threads. Emptied mom's stock.

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Improvised 2.1 with a more taper profile. Didn't materialize as screwed up while stitching. 95% done, cross stitched while finishing the neck.

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Version 3. Same as version 2.1.

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Successfully finished and installed. Perfect length.

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Hammered the knob into place. It loosely fit for redoing the boot.

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Incidental finding, some radio channels showed ID3 tags. Red FM 98.3.

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April 2020:

Lockdown began with summer rains.

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Mended the broken vanity mirror. First the mirror cover came off, then the mirror itself fell off. It was lying in the glovebox for over a year, irritatingly rattling. It had a plastic tab holding the cover, which was broken. Drilled a 2 mm hole and fixed with a screw.

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Sun visor was held with torx screws.

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and some locks.

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Visor back without the mirror. Cut off the excess material covering the frame.

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Superglued into place. Two of the four tabs holding it were broken.

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Ready to install back.

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April 2020:

More summer rain.

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and the perk of having wider tyres without mudflap.

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Washed off in a rain drive. Still running with multicolored wheels. Paint shops are open, but no time to go.

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Proper late night wash.

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Rear wheel had a faulty valve because of which pressure was dropping and had to top up daily. None of the small puncture shops had the valve in stock. Finally, Tire Club opened once there was relaxation. Changed it there. ₹ 150 for valve including replacement.

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Some generic valve.

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Noted the suspension stopper was gone again. Last changed in 2017. The foam I stuck in 2017 to reduce the noise before replacement is still there in the bottom [lol]No one including me and the Chevy dealer bothered to remove it. [frustration]

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Ordered the Radiator Lower Air Baffle / Front Bumper Lower Fascia Cover from Boodmo in March. (COVID) Delay in shipment caused it to arrive just the night before lockdown at the (Dotzot) courier facility in town. Sat there for 45 days before courier services were allowed to operate after lockdown. And this is how it looked when delivered. No worries.


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Luckily part undamaged.

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Radiator Lower Air Baffle / Front Bumper Lower Fascia Cover - J96687195 - ₹ 254.00
(This was replaced with J95940482 and later with J95132289, both costs ₹ 588.00)
Shipping cost ₹ 60.00.

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This part was never replaced or available both the times bumper was changed.



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Different names at different places. Catalogue said Radiator Lower Air Baffle. Sticker said Front Bumper Lower Fascia Cover. Part itself said Front OPG Air Lower Guard.

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2015 make it seems. Vendor: Plastomech Industries (Elite Group of Companies).

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In broad day light.

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Comes with spring nut for securing the sump protector and bumper. Screw type. It was a mess removing the screws with tiny hex heads.

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Bumper clips. Chevrolet charges ₹ 48.00 per clip. Got it for ₹ 5.00/clip from Kakkassery Automobiles.

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Bought rear suspension stopper or bumper whatever they call it. It was available at dealership, Deedi Motors and insisted on buying as a pair. Due to Corona-ry vitamin M deficiency, just bought one instead.
Rear Suspension Jounce Bumper Stop - J95154454 - ₹ 327.00

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To replace this. Yet to install.

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May 2020 - Installing Radiator Lower Air Baffle / Front Bumper Lower Fascia Cover

Pull out the bumper as usual to start with.

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Sexy

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Remove the intercooler cover.

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Three clips, two of the snaps on the fascia cover itself.

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New vs. old broken one.

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Screw type spring nuts that holds the bumper and sump cover as well.

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Replaced them with M5 (8 mm head) bolt type.

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Snapped in well. ₹ 5.00per piece.


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Lined with the sump cover and installed.

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Intercooler cover in.

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Other side.

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The Premier guy managed to stuck the fog lamp wiring underneath the chassis members.

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These four holes to be secured to the fascia cover.

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Bought M5 bolts. ₹ 6.00/each (came as set with nut and washers). Didn't have enough length to reach the nut spring.

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Got longer bolts. These came for air filter covers of most bikes. ₹ 6.00/each.


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Added a washer and secured everything.

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Work done and covered up.

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May 2020: More Corona'ry troubles.

A flat tyre.

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Checked for leak and it was leaking everywhere [sad] Bead leak. It was a 2014 tyre and high time needing replacement. Vitamin M [thumbsdown]

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Another incidental finding. A-pillar sticker on right side, but not on left side. Checked with delivery time pictures and wasn't there since then.

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Very nicely done. And with proper and clear step by step pics.Its motivating for all of us forum members!!
Keep up the DIY jobs. A big thanks for sharing it all with us.
 
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May 2020: Corona'ry wash and inviting troubles - New Season

Lazy Sunday after a gap of extended shifts. Decided to do an in-depth cleaning. Vacuumed inside out and cleaned interiors.

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More itch and started stripping and cleaning. Seven years of unoutched dirt.

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Two piece.

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More made in Korea parts. Dongyang wiper motor.

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More rat routes. Easy way in.

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Yet-to-find-where-it fits foam parts found inside bonnet, contributed by the rats.

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Lavishly pressure washed and cleaned.

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Found a hole and smelt the first trouble. It was AC intake and it was flooded [frustration] Removed the cabin filter. Dried and installed back.

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More troubles to continue ...
 
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Washed the bonnet as usual.

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Point-blank pressure wash on alloys and it turned pink [lol]

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Quick patch. Black is better than pink [frustration]

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Then I noticed the fog lamps were ON.

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Popped hood and pulled fuse and [roll]

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Only positive thing happened was tightening the antenna, which got loose with frequent covering and uncovering. It was easily accessible from behind the dome light.

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June 2020 - Fixing'em up.

Summer rains began with June.

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Painted the partially pink wheel with left over gloss black. Luckily it worked without peeling of the existing paint like last time.

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A little bit left in the can and the car was like one black and one gold each side. Another googly moment.

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Ran to the hardware store. Luckily there was gloss black available. But was sceptical about the reaction of Nippon paint on the old ugly gold colour.

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Sprayed part by part with little quantity. Voila and it worked. Painted the chrome lug nuts as well as it looked odd on black, it will peel off for sure. Over sprayed on caliper. Would either clean it up or paint it nickel or JCB yellow.

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Finally all black.

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The outcome.

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Fog lamp issue also sorted. It was blown relay. Replaced with a Roots relay lying around. Changed fuse with 10A since 15A was overkill. Each bulb draws approximately 2.25A. Might switch to 5A fuse.

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Old Denso relay, which was supposed to be used inside box. Rusted and jammed.

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