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Old 12-01-2016, 09:23 AM   #1
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wow that sounds exciting right? haha

names marcos been a member here for a long time and have had a few cars threw out the years
some built for fun some for racing and some for working

this 90 sedan lx modal is going to become my new work car
let me tell you what i do for work ^_-

im a at home mechanic slash factory worker for Kawasaki
so the car will be my daily and work car
will drive to work and back monday to friday all year round even in the snow
as will as take the kids to and from school
any car can do that thou right
but being the "at home mechanic"
means that my car of choice has to
be able to pick up and tow broken cars to my garage to get worked on
small, easy to drive and be a fun car to drive other wise whats the point?

there all some things that the car will get added on to it like a roof rack
tow hitch with wiring
a engine with more towing power such as the 150 hp b20z2 from the crv
stiffer suspention in the rear to handle three people setting in the back along with a trunk full of tools or parts
or just luggage or something when i go on vacation

big parts like engine blocks heads trannys you get the picture

what i do alot is find good deals on cars it dont matter if its in another state or anything, i will take my work car and drive it out and tow my new car back home with it
sounds like a job for a truck right? i dont like trucks its just me
one time i drove out to kansas a 6 hour drive one way to pick up my 94 civic hatch
and towed it back with my 90 crx si with a d15b7 in it
small car towing a bigger car going 75 mph down the interstate
its what i do

anyway on to me new sedan
the civic sedan was my first car back when i was 14
it was green and i learned alot with it
it was a dx 5 speed with the stock b2 in it and i will admit i modded it in a way that a 14 year old would
i dont like the term "riced out" i think its really racist, my wife is Japanese and i grew up in japan for the first half of my life so far and being called a ricer
is a really good way to make enemies real quick
anyway this sedan was a real good trip to get it
it was on sale in california for 700 bucks and im from lincoln NE so the drive was over 1.700 miles

there were some sedans on sale here but had dents and rust all over and were priced like at 1.200 to 2.000 bucks
i was going to go to seattle washington to rebuild a motor for a mini copper
so i took that chance to swing by cali and pick up the sedan
i was already in the neighborhood right? haha
so i bought the car and it did run, it just had a valve cover leak and a battery that wouldnt hold a charge
opened up the caps on the battery and it was dry so i just filled it up with water
and got a new valve cover gasket put on
and the jdm d15b motor thats already in it was running good
so i towed the car back home, close to a 5.000 mile drive to get this car home ^_-


it dont look like much buts its a rust free civic sedan and i love it

sorry for the long intro i will be making postings with my stories and adventures when i build this car to meet
my work needs
and when i put it to work
hope your all in
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Old 12-01-2016, 09:30 AM   #2
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the car has a jdm d15b in it with the stock 4 speed auto tranns
very slow to drive but im just happy to have an ef again
i had the hatch the crx and the sedan before the only one ive never owned was the wagon
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Old 12-01-2016, 11:22 AM   #3
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my 01 crv that i used to bring my ef sedan home the same way i towed this ek coupe

crv is now sold and my new ef well be taking the crv's place
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Old 12-04-2016, 04:02 PM   #4
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alright its update time
first things first i had to get the car insured and licened
after that was done i hit the junkyards looking for some 15 inch steelies
off the 7th gen civic and some saturns i found all four and bought only the wheels
for 40 bucks
and took a wire wheel to them and resprayed them in a gloss black
ordered 4 new rp18 tires in a 195/55 /r15
for 200 bucks

the old wheels that were on there i sold for 100 bucks
they were 15inch konigs
and i spent about 3 hours looking for a clean set of hub caps
found them for 25 bucks shipped
then the konig wheels had those gurilla lock nuts so i got on the sick speed website and ordered all 8 for now of there extended lugs in STEEL not aluminum
there were 40 bucks for just 8 of them
so 80 bucks all together

so my whole wheel set up cost
245 in total
thats stellies
tires hubcaps
konigs wheels sold
and lugnuts
enjoy





in my opinion this is the real purpose of haveing extended lug nuts

so they can look normal with you have hubcaps haha
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Old 12-04-2016, 04:06 PM   #5
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got the good old jetta front lip
installed and trimmed on the sides
looks good


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Old 12-04-2016, 04:19 PM   #6
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on the inside of the car i have installed my momo tuner steering wheel
that my Father got me for christmas back in 2006
this steering wheel has been in 5 other cars of mine throu out the years everytime i grab it it feels like your shaking hands with an old friend
me and this steering wheel go way back ^_-



horn botton is not on because i havent conected the horn yet

also got new floor mats from autozone
and got me a accord cassette player
to keep the old honda look



with four new aftermarket speakers
hidden away the music sounds nice


more updates tomarrow ... maybe
stay tuned
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Old 12-05-2016, 05:50 PM   #7
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time we get a good look at the back end of the sedan



its in need of the right side tail light because of the hole in the middle of it

and im really thinking of doing something with the trunk lid
you see when i have to leave the garage and work on a car at someones house
id love to be able to put my tool box on the trunk lid, but that would scratch the hell out of it
its not like the paint job is perfect by any means
but i dont want to make it worse
also at the same time i feel like i want to strip the paint off and apply a few coats of bed liner on it
so i can lay things on top of it when im working
its just a thought for now thou

if we get a little lower
we can see this axle back exhaust that the old owner has installed


think its a megan muffler going to this weird shaped exhaust tip
but the pipeing is the stock 1 1/2 inch piping
then it gets bigger to the 2 1/4 inch muffler holes and then to 2 inch
it does sound nice
not too loud and not to quiet
you can take a raod trip with the car and not be annoyed by the noise it makes

but i plan to upgrade the exhaust by installing 2 inch pipeing all the way around
with a 2 inch inlet and outlet cherry bomb
going to a stock muffler at the end with the 2 inch inlet and outlets
keeping the noise down and not restricting too much flow
and also going with the da integra dual tip design
makeing the hole system look stock

anyway enough of the planning
and on to the upgrade!!
ive installed my yakima roof rack on the car already
i have my cargo carrier for road trips
and my basket for when working
also my home made bike attachment when i go out riding on the weekends
i use my roof rack alot

haha one time our water heater took a dump at my house
and i bought a new one down at home depot
those things wheigh about 150 pounds
and i strapped that thing on the roof of my 90 crx si
it was a sight to see

anyway on the sedan the weight limit on the roof rack according to yakima is 100 pounds
and i need a bare minumum of at least 200 pounds
i put alot of heavy stuff on my roof, not often things over 100 pounds but it does happen
like with the water heater
so to make sure these bars are not flying off when im on the road
i took a wire wheel to the paint and the q clips
and welded the clips onto the car
a 1 inch bead on all four, then i primed the finished product


should be able to handle about 300 pounds on the roof now
more than ill ever throw on there

more updates soon
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Old 12-08-2016, 04:26 PM   #8
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you know those rear speaker covers are hard to find nowadays and
my passenger side one was broken so i took some epoxy to it and tried to get it to be one peace again








I was even tempted to make a copy of the design and make a stainless steel copy of it
but its a work car
so another time perhaps
it'll get the job done and that job is hiding my speakers


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Old 12-10-2016, 05:09 AM   #9
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since i bought my car a few months ago my dash light have been out
i tried to fix the problem a few time already also
checked the fuse witch also powers the rear lights and its good
i checked the power to the cluster itself and the red wire has 2 volts going to it and it dosent light up any lights
so yesterday i had 2 hours to kill at the garage so i cut the red wire and the two front bulbs the ones with there own wiring i hooked up to my stereo light wire so i could see my cluster when driving at night
the lumination wire wasnt hooked up to my stereo either
so now my stereo lights up at night




and my two light bulbs at the cluster did light up but were still to dim so i removed the red tint cover thats under the white houseing and
im happy with the results
enjoy



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Old 12-10-2016, 05:12 AM   #10
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the real problem to this is more than likely the switch that turns your lights on
but its turning all the other lights on still
so its not working as it should and it should be replaced and that just might fix my problem
but doing it this way is free
so its the route i took on this repair
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Old 12-10-2016, 06:17 PM   #11
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Good stuff man. I like all the practical mods here. What kind of speakers did you go with?
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i only have three installed right now but im going to end up with 4 of these bad boys


there 4 1/2 round and give out great sound
20 bucks for all 4

so today i took the civic in to the garage to get some work done



jdm d15motor making about 70 hp ^_^





on to the repair
i did a mpg test and a normal civic should get you about 30 mpg city and about 35 highway
so i put in 10 gallons of 91 octane
and the civic drank it dry after 197 miles city driving
thats about 20 mpg and thats no good
so today i set off to replace the gas filter because thats where you start when you have a problem like this

pretty dirty



got my fresh one installed with no problems


one thing that was interesting is that there should be 4 washer type deals that work as gaskets for the gas lines
each line gets two one on top and one on bottom
but i pulled 5 out of the old set up


and this old filter was resticting flow for sure
my rpms were at 800 before i did the filter change and after there sitting at like 1200

but the cars working great
so now i just gotta lower the rpms and enjoy my new found power.... maybe ^_-

and for those that would like to do this yourself
heres the part number


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nice progress
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you know speaking of progress
i fiqure id show you guys my parts ive been gathering over the past few months
most people ive seen will make one post with one new item and talk about it and then say there just sitting there waiting for
the mail man or something for more parts to arrive
well im not that type of person
so in this post i will show you my work shop/ rented garage stall i work out of on the weekends
and some parts ive gathered for my sedan
these parts are swap parts and also suspention parts and exterior parts
all not installed yet because i just cant work that fast haha

enjoy































and lastly


im still missing a block and a dizzy
and then the motor build can begin

im the guy thats at the junkyard pulling a motor when its -20 outside
because its simply what i love to do

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Old 12-14-2016, 03:20 PM   #15
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alright guys this is where i need to ask you guys a question
first yesterday i did the charcol canister delete along with the evap valve delete
right
even cut up the old bracket for the map and evap sensers and made it just for my map senser
looks good


my question is where do you put the hose that goes to the egr valve?

if you leave it open like this you well get a cel for it
code 12 egr valve
and if you put it on the intake it will stall the motor

but then again i did only try it on these two spots that i have blocked off


does anyone know where the egr hose goes after you do a charcol canister delete?
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Old 12-15-2016, 06:00 PM   #16
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well thanks for no help honda tech haha
i figured out my egr valve check engine light problem
the hose goes to vacume then to the solinold and then to egr valve
thats the order so you dont get a cel

anyway had some free time tonight
so i got started on fitting my junkyard tow hitch i got for 15 bucks

so i got under the car and found the stock tow hooks


i even thought about useing them but said nah




then started doing some test fitting of my hitch


drivers side im going to have to cut the welds and slide it down about an inch and a half



center i like how its looking
im just going to strip the paint and weld in two hook ups on each side with 1/8th thick steel
so 1/4 inch with both on with a honda 14mm bolt threw the middle



passenger side is the worst
ima have to cut the welds on the hitch and move the hole over like 2 and a half inches
also the sedan has that hole right there thats bigger now because of someone elses mistakes


and so i hit the music and got to work










this is as far as i got till i called it quits for today
tomarrow ima make some more progress
going to clean up the rust and start welding the hitch together
while im at it i might even cut off that ugly exhaust tip and just run a normal pipe ^_-
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Old 12-16-2016, 04:27 PM   #17
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didnt have a chance to work on the car today but
i got the old school fog light mod done a few days ago

enjoy


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Old 12-17-2016, 09:13 AM   #18
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remember when i told you guys that i thought i had a megan muffler
wrong i have a rusted out magna flow one
but it doesnt have an exhaust leak if you can beleave that
feel like marv from home alone2 when he falls into the basement
hes just like " wow what a hole" haha


anyway heres part one of my custom tow hitch fab
part one is lining everything up and doing a test tow

enjoy







yep thats an old bees nest in there
meaning that the car sat for a good while at some point











not perfect but that will get fixed on part two


















stage one of this hitch build im going to leave it set at muffler height to see how much its going to flex
when im towing cars, it already towed around a ford ranger like this and passed my free way test ^_^
civic has a big power loss going up hills going 60 mph before the hill and on top of the hill going 45 mph
but anyway nothing got bent up or broke so next is to move on to stage two
and that is raising the hight so the hitch sits flush with the stock middle tow hook
and that well make it stronger and i wont be bottoming out on speed bumps
but stage two of the hitch build might not come for a good while
right now it works and its staying
next i have to get my trailer lights wired in
and i might install part or all of my exhaust this weekend or next
im also going to make that from scratch


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I've seen a few hitches installed using only the rear hook on different year civics. I like your idea much better. It spreads the load throughout the rear frame. Can't wait to see this one finished.
Also, lol at that rust hole. Surprised it's not leaking.
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yea that rust hole was one of few that ive seen that didnt leak haha

my tow hitch wont be redone for a good while
maybe after the holidays
it came off a 2000s mazda something at the junkyard,
i think it was a 626
anyway yesterday i finished fabbing up my new axle back exhaust peace
well get pictures soon
new exhaust peaces from a 91 da integra and a 86 ford mustang were used
and the end result is perfect for all my interstate driving that i do
nice and quiet but yet still upgraded the size of piping to 2 inch
way better than the 1 1/2 it used to have

right now my next upgrade or mod is going to be some cup holders that im thinking of making
ones that hang on my door panels right next to my vents
like this guy made a few years back
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Old 12-26-2016, 08:31 AM   #21
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marry christmas everyone ^_^

i worked on christmas, i was bored at home and dicided to get the axle back exhaust made and installed
and after i took a little 40 mile ride and the civic is quiet now
i love it

so here we have a 84 ford mustang muffler
the 4 banger mustang back in the day
with 2 inch inlet and outlets
going to the 2 inch 90 bend to the rear bumper
and also have the 91 da integra rear control arm section that i had to take 4 inches off to fit in the sadan
and i also moved the hanger locations
and i think she looks sweet

the integra section wasnt 2 inch thou sadly
the pipe was 1.75 but still .25 bigger than stock so a upgrade it is ^_-


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looks good
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not having cup holders in the sedan is really bringing me down
so today i set on to make my own
i made two for the back and two for the front
and yea i did make them out of a peace of 2x4 wood

enjoy



made the holes as big as the 2x4 would let me


shell work just fine


now the rear one



now you cant just stop there
they need to be deep so your cups dont tip over when turning


before you drill skrews in its very important that you drill the hole out first
otherwise youll just crack the wood






now to mount this rear peace i had to drill a 5/16 hole right down the middle
and yes drill into the frame of the car to mount in car





now im just test fitting
no hole have been drilled into the car yet
and im not useing these cup holders yet
the rear one i like and will spray it black and round off the corners before i install

but the fronts i didnt like
and i think i might go a different way with the fronts

but heres some pics of what i was thinking of doing with them



and now im thinking of makeing a steel one up front
something like this


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make me a set too lol man I cant stand not having them haha
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well i made them out of wood so im sure you could make some yourself ^_-

today i headed to the garage to get my rear spring installed
the stock rear springs on the sedan are too soft
when i have three people in the car, the back is pretty much slammed so i headed out today to fix that problem

in the rear im going to be installing stock front springs from my doner car i had a month or so ago
so step one is to remove the rear stuts




stock front spring
had to cut a link and a half off
so im installing cut springs


now heres the part where everyone seems to screw up when doing this
so heres some pics to show how to properly install these things
first its very important to put anti seize on your bolts
on this car i had to cut out three of the old ones but if you lube them then next time around you wont have that problem


now to install your cut spring the right way so its not twisted or risk coming out of the strut
insert like this


here you can see that i placed the spring in backards
so the top of the spring is now at the bottom of the strut
and sets nice and snug


and bottom of spring and top of strut


looks nice finished



oh and while i was doing this job today i found this behind my rear seat

dont know what it is
i didnt want to spend to much time finding out what it was either
but it did have a battery hooked up to it

12 volts and rechargable
but the battery was dead so whatever that thing is it wasnt working anymore

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