Here is my build thread for my 97 Civic DX hatchback. Bought the car with 132k miles 2 years ago after being away from the Honda scene for over 5 years. Have had 2 DB8 GSRs prior and have always wanted a swapped hatch that would grow into a track car for time attack. So, with the background done, here are some pictures of the car when I first got it:
Completely stock with only an aftermarket headunit, purple window tint, and those bling bling fog lights from autozone! You could tell it had been in a small fender bender on the front driver side bumper but overall it was clean with no rust anywhere and a clean title. Items needed right off the bat: Remove hubcaps, Antenna Delete plate, Center console plugs (4), Shift boot, Hatch hydraulic arms, interior driverside mirror cover plate, and general maintenance parts.
After daily driving it stock for over a year, I picked up a 1996 Integra GSR for $1500 with 210k miles that would become my donor car for anything and everything it could provide to the Civic. Motor swap, seats, suspension, wheels, etc will all be eventually swapped over. The exterior of the Integra has rear fender rust, bottom door rust but the mechanicals in the engine, suspension and interior were mint. Here are pictures of the car in the craigslist ad and description:
Invidia test pipe
skunk2 ultra series intake manifold
skunk2 70mm throttle body (same size as inlet)
ngk plugs and wires
Mobil1 oil. oem honda filter
Type r wing (replica. not on car)
Oem gsr wing (not on car)
Optional oem side skirts ("type r sides" replica)
Optional oem rear valance ("type r rear" genuine)
Mugen "style" lip
Interior all stock
Out of the deal I got a clean B18C with compression numbers of 210, 214, 211, and 216! Driving it home it pulled extremely well and shifted perfectly considering the mileage. I was expecting some rebuilding but after inspection and driving it, leaving it as is and swapping into the Civic would be the first task.
At this point I decided I wanted to document it further and kicked off my Youtube channel and made videos of the entire build process to be able to look back on it and also add to my build thread. Stauffer Garage was born:
New Project Car Episode 1 - Project EK Civic Hatch Build:
Here is the Civic with the GSR rims, tint removed, fog lights removed and my new garden edging front lip:
MY HONDA CIVIC HATCHBACK EK Hatch Build
Now its time to put the Integra up on jack stands and prepping for engine removal!
Integra Donor Car Episode 2 - Project EK Civic Hatch Build