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Old 05-09-2018, 06:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just got my first Honda, a 94 del sol, I want to build a track car that I can take to car shows but I know hardly anything about my Del sol.
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Maybe figure out what you're after first. If your questions are specific then the advice you get will be more useful.
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Go to a local car show, see what cars you like, and imitate what you see.
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who builds a del sol show car in 2018? that's a 2003 move
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Like its been said above, Know what you want. If you are into a car for more than just driving it from A to B then you have to figure out what you want and like. Google is going to be the best friend you have on this journey. Search allot and read allot. work to become an expert on your car. Its one thing to ask advice on how to do something specific on your car. E.G. engine swap, four wheel disk brakes etc. And something different to ask someone to tell you how your car should look and perform.

When you say a show car do you mean something that looks as close to stock as it was when it rolled off the factory floor? Or do you mean something with body kits, metallic paint and 15 coats of clear to give it depth?

When you say you want a track car do you mean you want a 10 second drag car? do you want a rally car. what are your wants and expectations? you gonna go Naturally aspirated or forced induction?

If you are gonna do this car to your satisfaction you have to do the legwork first. To do this kind of thing right you just about have to love and hate the car all at the same time. I wish you luck. I hope you figure out what you want. when you get started post some pictures. We all will be excited to see your progress, and at that point you will probably be drowning in opinions and suggestions on things you "should" do to/with your car.
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Welcome to the biggest, deepest, rabbit hole you have ever seen.

I'll echo what Caljank said, figure out your direction ... but also be prepared for it to change. I started with a mini-me swap (search for it) and that quickly spiraled into a turbo, and then a built bottom end ... and suspension ... and ....

Figure out what you want to do and then ask pointed questions about how when you get stuck. That's going to give you the best information.

You could ask five members here what the best LCAs (Lower Control Arms) are and get eight different opinions. Here we tend to separate show and track type cars because those both can get expensive and, for the most part, money spent on one does not benefit the other. Money spent on a shiny new paint job would be better spent on coilovers and good rubber conversely money spent on a turbo kit could be put towards new seat fabric (we're cheap bastards here so we tend to go one way or the other). Flogging a car on the track is not likely to keep the paint in good shape.

At the end of the day ... it's your car and as long as you like it that's all that matters.
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The only advice I can give is.. Any track car can be a show car, but not all show cars can be track cars. Someone may prove me wrong, but I have yet to see a decked out custom show car perform decently on the track, most just make it one lap and give up... but at the end of the day, figure out what direction you want and go with it. Go to meets, shows, see what other people have going on, talk to other people and make it your own.
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If ur gonna track it put good pads on it, swap all your fluids and bleed your brakes clean, then swap in an integra radiator.

Then go to an scca track night and try not to put it in a wall.
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