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Old 06-26-2015, 06:42 AM
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Not sure what I did here but I bought this heap and I hope I can bring it back to life. It's got issues. I know the aftermarket is not kind to this generation but I think that is what makes it more special. When you see one of these out on the road looking good it really grabs your attention.


Broken fenders on both sides. Used to be red. Front bumper just needs to be put back on.


*** is not to shabby.


Interior needs a good cleaning but is pretty much complete



Plans are right now is to just get it road worthy. I'll worry about the body later. I am on the search for a carburetor rebuild kit for starters. I need to get a battery in it to see if it will even crank. It was one of those "It ran when we parked it." type of deals so we'll see.

Eventually I think I would like to stick a Honda D16Y8 with a super charger if I can get it to fit. I'll get the motor in there 1st. I would really like it to look similar to this:

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You have your work cut out for you. Good luck and I hope you actually get to complete it the way you want it...
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Old 06-26-2015, 10:35 AM
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I had an 87. First manual car, first Honda. Coolest dash ever...That dash pocket up top is so awesome.

Redpepperracing forum might still be around...but back in 03 it was slow even then...
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Tein still makes suspension for these cars and the 86-89 Integra. It is available through Heel Toe Auto. IT is by far one of the best mods you can do for these old cars besides a b-series engine swap.
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Got it home and worked on it a little.






We completely cleaned out the interior and vacuumed it which made a huge improvement. Also went through and tightened up loose interior panels. I even pulled the seats out and vacuumed under those.






I repainted the center console cover a satin black which was a big improvement. We also secured the front bumper and discovered I need a passenger bumper light housing. I'll get more pics of that later.

Next goal is to get a battery and get it started up to see what else we need to get it running solid.
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Hello Zumo, I'll try to check your project, I have the same model, and I want some ideas what to do, well, I have a few ideas, but I like to see projects and get some motivation
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Awesome project, and welcome!
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Thanks guys. I scored a few junkyard items I needed. The light housing on the passenger side was missing and I was able to locate on off and 85 car. I will refinish this one and will post pics of my "restoration" of it. That poor junk yard car was used and abused. I originally went in wanting the fenders but they had been busted up after the car was brought to the junk yard. Plus they were full of bondo anyway.




I also got a new battery and tried to get it started. 1st try I flooded the carb, the fuel pump seemed to be pumping like crazy. Once it did start the idle shot up to 4000 rpm I let it run for a little bit then shut it down. I checked for vacuum leaks and it looked like everything is where it should be. After that I could never keep it running and it did not seem like the fuel pump was working anymore. It would start then die a second later un less I sprayed ether in the carb.

My next step is to check to make sure the fuel line didn't get clogged with debris because it was weird that the pump just stopped working. I will get a new one since they're only about $30 and then go from there. I am sure the carb needs rebuilt too. the car has been sitting for about 11 or so years. Thanks for looking guys.
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I had a 1989 CRX. I really want another.

Sweet little cars.
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Old 07-31-2015, 10:32 PM
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redpepperracing.com is the site for those oldies, a bit slow but you will find anything needed.

As for the carb the rubber gasket for the intake manifold seal is non obtainum... EDIT, it has been found by this OP

http://www.autopartswarehouse.com/sk...3-1625865.html

on this topic:

http://www.redpepperracing.com/forum...howtopic=58228


check the fuel level on the driver side of the carb, there is a clear window for the fuel level. Then you have 2 fuel filters, one in front of the driver side rear wheel under a plastic cover, and the one next to the valve cover.






Good luck

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Old 08-11-2015, 12:06 PM
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Thanks for the tip. I still have not had a chance to check in to it yet but I did order a Honda shop manual for it.
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I pulled the solenoid off and checked it and it didn't retract. I turned on the ignition and poked a test light between each wire on the solenoid and no light. I pulled the fuse in the fuse box and checked it with the test light and it worked. So I guess it's either a bad needle or the wiring is screwed up somewhere between there and the fuse box .
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My dad has the same, and it't till brand new! but i like your project! it looks fabulous!
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Seats looks way better!
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UPDATE:

Sooooo it's been a while since I have posted an update. I have since stated an Instagram account and have been updating a few images there while also posting photos of other 1st gen CRXs for inspiration. http://www.instagram.com/gen1crx

Since last I've posted I have made a little more progress:

I started to clean up some of the existing engine parts. I restore/build old bicycles on the side and have a powdercoat setup at home so I did the valve cover.


I enjoyed doing that one so much a fellow CRX owner sent me a couple of Si covers and let me keep one for my self so I did mine red and his black.




Sandblasted



Satin Black



Wrinkle Red. I'll either sell this one or use it later. I had already ordered a new gasket for the old one.
Enough playing around, on to the body.



I scored a front end that still had the chin spoiler and decent not perfect right fender

I didn't end-up using that fender because two of the mounting areas were broken. I was going to attempt to fix them but ended up running across a Craigslist ad of a car that had a complete front end.



That car also had a good side skirt that i broke in half by letting it fall, when I got home. I did get a good set of hub caps!



Surgery time.



New face hood and hubcaps!



All tucked inside
Not perfect but good enough for more.

Cleaned and painted center console satin black and added neo-chrome shift ****.

I decided not to fool with the carb anymore so I saved-up and got a new Weber carb. And found some Rota wheels on CL too!


When I brought them home

Mocking up!



S'gonna be cool!
Next was the Weber Install.


before with Si valve cover.

Carb removed and devac'd

Weber on!

New fuel lines and filter and she runs!

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So after getting it running it began to leak oil pretty good. I started d withe the oil pan and gasket.




I also bought some NOS parts from Rockauto.com




Brake pads for later. Anyway once I got the pan back on and fired it up it still leaked but not as bad and found out it's leaking out of the seals behind the timing cover. The cam and crank seal. So I am getting a timing belt kit with water pump and seals for that so hopefully that will cure that issue plus I get a new belt and water pump! So that's where I am at right now. I have done a few other small things but those are the major ones. I also have a master cylinder to install but need to get new rotors before I do that so I can do it all at once.






A buddy of mine gave me this cool cover. It barely fits! He ordered it for is 1 gen Dodge Neon and it didn't fit at all.



I also make vinyl decals and heat press transfer designs for shirts so I mage this cool decal for my window and have been selling these shirts to fund my build.




More updates later!!

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Great looking car! Keep up the progress and hopefully I will got off my but and get to work on my 85 rex. Home powder-coat setup must be sweet.
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I stripped the wheels and this was the finish underneath!!

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Sweet! Keep at it!
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Dang, those wheels look good. What size are they?
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Long time no update.

I have started a Vlog on the You Tube

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Dang, those wheels look good. What size are they?
15 x 6.5
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Good progress man, I've always wanted one of the first gen Crx's to build for a fun daily. I really dig the one that's satin black you posted in the start for some inspiration. Any plans for painting this one now that the body's looking better?
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needs d16a1/zc
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My local junkyard had a nice, complete (Minus the drive train) 85 Si crx that they would not let go as a complete car. It was crushed a few days later. It was heart breaking. One of my favorite chassis from Honda.
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