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Old 04-10-2016, 03:56 PM
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Hey thanks for the support guys!

Status update: IMA driveline sold to a couple college kids, they're going to make good use of it, so happy that ended well.

Got my 2003 Honda civic Hybrid hubs, the bolt holes on these line right up with the holes on the Insight suspension, splines fit right into the mismatched B series axles, so that's looking promising.

If all goes well, I'll be moving into my new home in July/August. Then I'll be able to grind and weld to my little hearts content. Currently I'm in a 6 month old apartment complex, and the management isn't a fan of my hobby.

Also, gotta ******* baby on the way!!!!! Hopefully I can get a good chunk of this done before they arrive, as that may be a little time intensive. I'll keep y'all posted.

:EDIT: also, i have a cat
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wtf, a cat?

I'm out....
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Old 04-20-2016, 07:08 PM
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wtf, a cat?

I'm out....
This particular kitty looks to have a taste for beer.. Perhaps I can give it a chance
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Hey thanks for the support guys!

Status update: IMA driveline sold to a couple college kids, they're going to make good use of it, so happy that ended well.

Got my 2003 Honda civic Hybrid hubs, the bolt holes on these line right up with the holes on the Insight suspension, splines fit right into the mismatched B series axles, so that's looking promising.

If all goes well, I'll be moving into my new home in July/August. Then I'll be able to grind and weld to my little hearts content. Currently I'm in a 6 month old apartment complex, and the management isn't a fan of my hobby.

Also, gotta ******* baby on the way!!!!! Hopefully I can get a good chunk of this done before they arrive, as that may be a little time intensive. I'll keep y'all posted.

:EDIT: also, i have a cat
first of all I would to congratulate you on your baby hopefully you will have time on the place that your moving into slowly build up the car...

OMG that cat !!! lol
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Old 04-21-2016, 01:34 AM
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I personally don't adore cats, but this one looks like it would be a fun drunk cat. I will give it a chance...

Back to building the Insight!
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Old 05-22-2016, 06:20 PM
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Thanks for the kind words everyone!

Should be closing on the 2 car garage this Wednesday, Honda Civic is scrapped out, on it's way to becoming a skyscraper in China, or maybe an Ikea closet rod. Engine is safely tucked away in the trunk (so I now own a mid-engined, aluminum Honda, i.e. practically an NSX). I continue to be surprised how light these little cars are, I was able to roll the Honda onto the car dolly with just a little running start. The insight also has a pretty big trunk with out that pesky battery pack in there.
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Old 05-25-2016, 07:48 AM
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Cool beans, good progress in lyfe. Yes the cat will be given a chance but it needs to be inducted to our honda society. Must down 12 bottles of bud lime.
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Old 07-02-2016, 07:08 PM
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All settled into the new home, came with a free tortoise. This guy actually lives in a burrow beneath my fence, he's between my age and 60 years old. The dog enjoys barking at him, but he dgaf. He's also an endangered species, so he's going to be here as long as he wants.

Car is once again immobilized. Bitch bolt ended up destroying most of my drill bits, so I cut the shifter linkage off at the double knuckle thing. I'm certain the length isn't a perfect match to the cable shifter setup anyways.

Any tips on custom engine mounts? I will be attempting to make it as symetric as possible on both sides, but as far as for/aft location, any tips on where to aim for this? I've done RWD before, but this is my first FWD, custom swap.
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Mind providing pics of what you are asking about? Minus the tortoise?

Cool turtle btw. More pets the merrier.
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Had a chance to start looking at where the motor needs to go to make everything work.

I think the placement will mostly be determined by axle alignment ( the straighter the better I presume) and intake clearance.



Tight fit, even without the sway bar




Need to decide where the axles are coming out still






Tasty




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Looking good and I spy a non-LSD tranny. As for the axle placement, as straight as you can seems like the best option. But wouldn't a slightly forward swept axle be just a as good? Plus when you finally put the car on the ground it should level out nicely.
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Old 07-31-2016, 09:09 AM
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Looking good and I spy a non-LSD tranny. As for the axle placement, as straight as you can seems like the best option. But wouldn't a slightly forward swept axle be just a as good? Plus when you finally put the car on the ground it should level out nicely.
You're correct, it'll be a one wheel wonder for a bit.

For the axles, if I remember my vibrations right, it's more important they are parallel then straight. So I'll aim for that. It seems axle placement will be more of an output based on the engine placement squeezing in there.

Stuck an old intake manifold on there and welded up the driver side pieces. These aren't going to be the mounts, just trying to figure out the geometry first.



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Pretect your engine straps during tack welding



All tacked up



Weld the ever loving **** nuggets out that botch. If they don't find your welds pretty, the had better find them sturdy.
Tack that **** up

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Old 08-13-2016, 05:22 PM
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Straps off :-) rear engine mount left. Also, holy **** the stock engine rubber is soft. :-S
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First rod shifted b series insight?
On the left, engine mounts in chassis, on the right, tranny mount holes
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Old 10-02-2016, 09:13 AM
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Progress has been slow lately Not thrilled with the rear engine mount
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Testin **** out. The insight is really nice as the engine wiring is a separate harness. Not so much the case with the civic. Once the engine is firing, I'll start cutting out the excess from the civics harness
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Whats goin on with this? Still on holiday leave?
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Old 01-27-2017, 02:04 PM
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This yellow black was the one I was missing. The ECU, and starter are the other two wires that need a connection to run.
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Whats goin on with this? Still on holiday leave?
We've got ignition! I removed all of the extra wiring from the Civic harness, and managed to get power everywhere that needs it.

This has been the hold up lately, as I wanted to ensure it was working before tiring in to the insight.

New struts are here too, friggin spendy.

To Do List
  • hub adapters (balljoint on arm, not hub, new bolts, swap springs over)
  • Shifter (chop hole in car, adjust rod to fit)
  • merge harnesses (or just toggle switches for now)
  • battery, put it in the trunk?
  • Clutch line
  • Cooling system connect
  • Beers
Done List
  • Fab rev. 1 mounts
  • mount engine/tranny
  • Fuel
  • Trim engine harness down
  • pull old engine, tranny, battery,
  • yoink new engine, tranny, etc...
  • drink beers

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cool i hope to be doing a b series build soon

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https://youtu.be/8v-JHnr_89w

It's alive, no exhaust, needs three more wires connected too
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Gotta get an adapter made, then I can finally get out off Jack stands.
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Adapters made, I was real hesitant to weld to the cast iron hubs, but there is enough welding to the center piece to hold it in place even if the connection to the cast iron lets loose. Probably fried the ancient wheel bearings in the process though. Next up, coolant hose plumbing, and **** linkages, woot
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Axle is hitting the subframe on passenger side, gonna have to adjust this upward.
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