From the Forums: Restoring a 2000 Acura Integra Type R
This Honda-tech member is letting the Phoenix (Yellow ITR) rise again.
Forum member Yangins has embarked upon an ambitious restoration of a Phoenix Yellow 2000 Acura Integra Type R. As far as we know, there was no goat-trading involved, but it looks like the Integra had gone to live on a farm in Arkansas. And that’s not the “Rover has gone to the farm” kind of deal, either, since Yangins drove it home to Wisconsin from Arkansas to undertake turning the Type R back to its stock setup.
As he writes, a friend of his had owned the car that was purchased in Brookfield, Wisconsin. That friend no longer drove the car often, so he sold it to Yangins. The Type R had sat outside for some time by then and the 17-year-old Integra was a little worse for the wear. The paint had faded and there were a number of scratches and scuffs. However, with only 58,000 original miles on it, the Integra was completely worth putting back to factory form.
100% original is the goal here.
Underhood cleanup was the first step. Yangins replaced the AEM intake with the stock piece, as will be the motivation for the whole project. More involved engine bay restoration would include freshening up of the valve cover and timing gears as well as installation of the stock exhaust. That includes the exhaust manifold, the catalytic converter, and the cat-back. Little items like an aftermarket battery hold-down were replaced with OEM parts, too.
In the quest for originality, here is where things start to turn, however. Yangins writes in the thread that he’d hoped the nicks, scratches, and scuffs were fixable without a repaint. Unfortunately, the finish turned out to be too far deteriorated for a quick touch-up and the whole car instead got a refinish in the dazzling Phoenix Yellow. The forum lit up at this point. Yangins attempted to polish the paint and noted that yellow color was coming off on the buffing pads. He assumed Phoenix Yellow was a two-stage finish, and that the clear coat was toast. However, forum members pointed out that PY is a single-stage finish, and the original paint likely could have been saved.
However, what’s done is done, and the car has been refinished. Yangins really is committed to this build. He’s gone so far as to clean up the windshield wiper arms to tighten up the entire look.
It’s still a restoration in progress, but everything drives and the fresh paint really looks fantastic. We’re excited to follow this project and see where it goes. You can find the forum discussion and more photos on Honda-Tech right here.