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    Posted: 05 May 2012 at 12:24am
Back in March, I picked up a 1984 Honda Civic CRX for $600. It was running at the time, but died on the way home. Before I bought it, I found out it had a bent header caused by the timing belt snapping and hitting it. It had also been buried in snow taller than it for a year. When it died, we were going uphill (friend and I. someone had to drive the other car home.) and I heard a loud bang, a loud crack, and rattling. The engine had shot a rod and eaten a piston. So the next day, my car was towed to my friend's (has an area where I can work on my car) and has been there since. Note: I am still rather new to cars, so my friends will be helping me with the engine (just waiting on a 'new' rebuilt engine.) The first week I striped out the old interior and threw it out, and the inside has been bare until recently. Yesterday, I put in a 'new' interior I grabbed from an '87 CRX SI. I also grabbed the doors and will be going back for a few more parts later on.


Black spot on top is just a piece of rubber.

hood is slightly open due to the mechanism dying. Will be replaced with pins.


both doors look like this right now.

I'm not sure how, but 2 owners ago, the guy managed to spill something sticky under the carpet. Now my frame is sticky.



Yes, that is a stick holding the hatch open.

The black rubber started melting at one point, so I had to scrape a bunch of goop out of there. Unfortunately, that mess is a huge improvement.

Dead engine is still in there. I have some friends doing the engine work for me since I'm still learning. Rebuilt engine will be put in at a later date.

speedo reads 184,525.4

Not sure how the interior managed to get wrecked, yet the climate control face plate remains flawless...

Pile of parts from the interior. 

That's what is left of my piston. The piece separated from the rest is the biggest piece we could find.

Passenger side

Driver side

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SI console 


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you paid money for that?
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Yes. I know it's a piece right now, but I don't care. I needed something to do with my spare time, and a project car sounded right.
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Looks a lot better than what I started with, I like it. haha. should keep you plenty busy! what do you have planned for it?
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Why not V8 it?
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Originally posted by evillepaintball evillepaintball wrote:

Why not V8 it?
For now, I'm just putting in another Honda inline 4. Later on, I may swap for an Integra V6 or a 240 small block V8, depending on if my frame can handle the torque. I had a friend who threw a 340 long block in his and it twisted his frame. I was planning on wrapping my old, blue trim, as well as accenting the tan/beige trim with royal blue vinyl and keeping the black trim the way it is. As for the exterior, I'm currently planning on royal purple. No, I don't want any stupid 'ricer' body kits or anything like that.  But the way things are going, she should be up and running in ~2 weeks or less, weather permitting. As for the parts I still need to pick up, I'm getting a black dash, the trim that goes on the hatch, bumpers and a new grille.
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Id say if you plan on doing that much id throw a nice lip  on it and some suspension goodies and have some fun with it.
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heh, your frame isn't stiff enough...
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Originally posted by evillepaintball evillepaintball wrote:

heh, your frame isn't stiff enough...
I figured as much.
Originally posted by ammolord ammolord wrote:

Id say if you plan on doing that much id throw a nice lip  on it and some suspension goodies and have some fun with it.
Later on. Not really in the budget right now. Main priority is a running car.
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Update time.

new door

I hate birds...

I really hate birds... Also, no more duct tape holding on my mirror!

New gas cover and door

back (best I could get. there's a fence in the way.)

Better pic of the trunk

New door panel!

Other new door panel!

My console and dash.

Right trunk

Left trunk

New rims! just missing the center caps.

Can't really do anything with her since it keeps raining and she's sitting on an inch of mulch.
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Looking much better. I would say get it painted because a matching paint job can definitely make it look much better. But I'm sure that would be more money than it is worth.

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This makes me want to dig into my 2 projects... Recently picked up a 94 chevy k1500 for $750. It has a rebuilt motor with 4k on the clock, new brake drums/rotors and a brand new battery. 
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looking good man! keep up the good work!
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Nice project. It's looking good. I wish I knew more about cars to undertake something similar.
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Ex girlfriends mom had one of these back when I was in HS. Depresses me to see cars that I remember seeing new on the lot in this condition. I always liked the nex gen of these better, but these were fun little cars.
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Update time. The car was moved to a mechanic's shop last Monday. I found out on Thursday that a re-manufactured engine would cost $2300 alone and with labor, it would cost $3k+. So now, I'm keeping the CRX as a project car in my back yard. Today I went out and bought a 1991 Civic Hatchback





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You have weird taste in cars.
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Why isn't someone showing some love to that old GMC??
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I have a friend who has a Civic like that. Ungodly slow and to put it nicely... I find it unattractve. Quirky car though, feels like a gokart. IIRC if I sit in the passenger seat my knees are higher than the dashboard.
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Originally posted by stratoaxe stratoaxe wrote:

Why isn't someone showing some love to that old GMC??
It's a Chevy. And all it needs is something like a temp sensor. I don't remember, it belongs to a friend.
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