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My 89 Si build!

Postby CBURKE » Wed Mar 11, 2009 3:22 pm

This is a BIG copy/past!

Picked up this 1989 Civic SI for $1300.00. Not in to bad of shape but needs some love. The motor is fine and runs really good!!! But the body and the interior are to be less desired.

My plans are pretty simple. I want to keep the car nice and clean.

New paint
Re-do interior (all)
JDM front end
Suspension and bushings
Exhaust

I am undecided on the motor at this time. I have never been a SOHC guy, but I have a Z6 head laying around. Maybe a Mini-me or something like that with a little turbo. Keep it simple........... Well on to what I have so far.

Here is what she looked like when I brought her home.
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And like always you can never find a good set of seats!!!
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Let's get stripping!!!
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Ok now for the inside. I like a different center console so I did this....
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I am doing all the interior peaces black
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I picked up some DA seats not knowing about the 88-89 seats being different!!!
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My Z6 head that I will take to the machine shop.
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I am trying to save as much as I can so I cleaned the tail lights.
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Well that's all for now. I am going to work hard to get this done before the year end!!!

Head liner is done and Broadway is here.
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Next is the seats. It's been a long time sense I've done seats but o well.

Got my Skunk2 shifter
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Played with some v-covers
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Cleaned up the head lights
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Build my EF back strut bar, but I think I am going to go round tub. I want to build a c-pillar and with the seat belts being on the b-pillar I want to build one of them as well. I just don't think the SQ tub will looks so good on the C and B pillars.
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Got my shifter bushings in
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Head lights are done
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Don't MISS SHIFT!!!
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My door was pretty bad so I got another one lastnight.
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Started my body work. Found there was some filler here on the side and the tail lights will not line up. So more body work for me!!!
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Postby CBURKE » Wed Mar 11, 2009 3:23 pm

Ok v-cover is done
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Strut bar is done
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The exhaust is gone, that also came with the car.

I did that to the trunk just to keep it a little more quite in there so yes it's just sound deadening.

Here are a few pics of what I'v got done. I am looking for the black sun roof trim, but will have to use this for now.
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Head liner is in
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Until I find me some mesh I'll just have to clean these up
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Got my lower tie bar done aswell
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Well I just moved so I have not real place to work right now............I brought my shed with me so I can keep making my bars. I am going this weekend to look at a 30x30 and I can't wait!!!
Well here some pics of my mid wing thanks to "JDM son!"
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1st I need to get the car to my new place.....So I went and picked up some cheep tires and I needed a little help lol
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Got it home and cleaned out the inside
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Put my seat in.........and yes there is a head rest just didn't put it on yet
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Started doing some more body work, there was a small crack in the wing so I fixed that and sprayed on some high build primer. It's now ready for sanding
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Pulled the stock wing off so I could paint it off the car and real clean it up
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Here is how she sits now, and yes the wiper is off!!! lol
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I also found that the driver side fender was molded to gather with Bondo. I don't think I have ever seen this much before lol I guess I'll be looking for a new fender now
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Here's some of the work I got done. This part was really bugging me!!!
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Started taking the car apart again to get it ready for paint
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I'll be doing the driver side tuck first because, well it’s just easier!!
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I drilled a new hole where I will put a rubber grommet
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Shaved the trunk key hole
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I picked up the 94-01 Teg center so this one will not be used, and I need to change up the arm rest because I was not getting any good feed back on the flames lol.

Well the driver side is about done, all heat shirked.

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Not sure on this just yet. It's for the brakes. I guess I run this back into the car and back through the fire wall?
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Started cleaning my DC center console, I need to pray it black so I was getting it all cleaned up. I get a lot of PM's about this, so here is what I do.

First I clean it with a good non wax soap, like dish soap. I clean it like 2 times. Then I'll clean it again with some AJAX. You do this to make sure all the grease and any dash protection it may have is off.
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Then and this is almost a must, use spray Adhesion Promoter. This will help the paint stick to the plastic.
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Next is the arm rest. This was what I had in my EG.
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Old EG arm rest
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Teg console is DONE!!!
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A little more on the wires. This is going to take me some time. I don't really have anything to go off of so I am kinda guessing on where to run them.
I pulled off the injector plugs and took off all the loom. If I got this right, I will be running them under the intake manifold.
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Postby CBURKE » Wed Mar 11, 2009 3:24 pm

Ok more on the tuck!!!
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Harness out
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And re-taped
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Fuse box in the car now
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So much Better!!!
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Now I just need to add a little filler and the front will be done. I think more then anything I need to learn to stick to one damn thing lol.

LCA!!!
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And found a great driver side fender at the yard!!!
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Ok, motor is out!!!
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Now I can get it ready for paint!!!

Got my pedals and because I am going with a Skull type them I have a little something I am going to do with one of these.
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Got my pads in still waiting on my G-stop lines and mirrors.
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Started welding the bay. Got most of it done but started kinda late and didn't finish.
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Parts that I will be sending to powder coating as soon as I find another one.
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And the little thing I was doing with the skulls I had
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And my little place to work.
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Here are my wheels I love them, just can't wait to see them on!!! My wife got them for me for V-day!!!
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And the 90 bumper I may use, it has the 92 teg lip
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I am really undecided on the lug color I want.

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Or this
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This is the color the car will be:
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Started taking the susp stuff off to start cleaning all the only dirt and grim off.
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Brake lines came in!!
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and my mirrors.....
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All for now........Off this weekend so we will see what I can get done!
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Postby CBURKE » Wed Mar 11, 2009 3:27 pm

Well not a lot done, not as much as I wanted anyway. This seam sealer is a BITCH!!!
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Got all the Susp stuff off........How do you get the inner tie rod off?
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parts off
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Most of my time was spent making an intake for my wife's 07 Dodge Ram HEMI!
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All for now, will be working again tonight!

Got the front wheels wells done and I love this stuff!!! It's $10.00 a can but one can did both sides.
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Now off with the brake lines and next removeing the rack.
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Ok, rack is out, now I can't for the life of me see how you get the inner tie rod off unless there is some tool I need...........

I took pics of it all so I would remember how it went back.
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I'm missing something here......I hope this comes in the urethane kit.
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And this mother f'er!
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Red for cleaning and start some filler and paint
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Some stuff I sand blasted
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Welded up the seams, well some of them. I started looking at how the hell am I going to get a grinder in some spots so I seamed up what I could and will use a nice slim bead of seam sealer on the other parts.
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A little filler
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Man this is a lot of work.....maybe more then I want lol

Front t-bar is done
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I also had a little time to finish up my wife's intake. It was lagging a little with the short ram so I made a cold/ ram air. I still need to make the backing plate.
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Postby CBURKE » Wed Mar 11, 2009 3:28 pm

Steering stuff is in!!!
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Almost done, well with one side of the bay lol
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All for now....I am so damn close!!!
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Postby Sandman » Wed Mar 11, 2009 3:30 pm

Looks good. Looks like you've put some hours in to it already with "some" more to go. ;)
What did you use on those rear lights? Looks like it had a nice effect on them.
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Postby CBURKE » Wed Mar 11, 2009 3:37 pm

Just wet sand with 1500 then some scratch X wax
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Postby civicjdmb16a » Thu Mar 12, 2009 5:33 pm

Your build looks amazing :shock: That is gonna be one nice hatch when your done.

Oh yeah you know you can swap seat pans in the 89 civic seats and use them on the teggy seats and then they will bolt in :thumbup:
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Postby el_jelly » Thu Mar 12, 2009 6:42 pm

Amazing job, even more since you have done it all by yourself with some help from the little girl :D .

Definitely you have plenty of material for the DIY section, specially the headliner, the armrest covering, the square strut and tie bars and some other things. Thanks for the tips on the dc center console painting, when I painted mine I missed the adhesion promoter part...and now paint is starting to peel off :( .Did you used some clear after painting it or is just glossy paint?

On the valve cover letter design you stencil-painted it or it was screen printed? It looks very detailed for stencil.

And the blue lugnuts will look better with those wheels...
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Postby siR in progress » Thu Mar 12, 2009 8:28 pm

this car is gonig to be siiker than hell. im glad youre posing up tons of pics...we like pics!
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Postby rinaldo » Thu Mar 12, 2009 8:52 pm

Great work! Btw I'd go with red or blue lug color.
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Postby freydaddy » Thu Mar 12, 2009 9:05 pm

that was motivational. looks great. you should be proud.

as for the inner tie rod, if you look ( i can see it in the pic.) there are 2 tabs bent over. just use a chisel or something and straighten both wings back. its really rather simple.

its amazing what some people can do in a portable garage. for all the people with excuses, you should have the same SPIRIT this guy has.

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Postby el_jelly » Fri Mar 13, 2009 9:06 am

yeah all this made me remember that project from some dude named...well, we will use a fictitious name: Jeff :D, who is also doing a lot of good work by himself.
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Postby CBURKE » Fri Mar 13, 2009 4:28 pm

Thanks a lot guys, it helps to have so many people backing me up!

I used the high gloss paint in the c-cons. Last time I used the flat and just didn't like it all that much.

Thanks for the in-fo on the tie rod!

More to come today!
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Postby CBURKE » Fri Mar 13, 2009 4:31 pm

"el_jelly" wrote:Amazing job, even more since you have done it all by yourself with some help from the little girl :D .

Definitely you have plenty of material for the DIY section, specially the headliner, the armrest covering, the square strut and tie bars and some other things. Thanks for the tips on the dc center console painting, when I painted mine I missed the adhesion promoter part...and now paint is starting to peel off :( .Did you used some clear after painting it or is just glossy paint?

On the valve cover letter design you stencil-painted it or it was screen printed? It looks very detailed for stencil.

And the blue lugnuts will look better with those wheels...


The v-cover lettering was one of my stickers that I painted over then pulled of. Use a good stick and it works really good!

I have people saying go blue but more are saying go purple! I may just get both.
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