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Yesterday I started a thread that I think got deleted. So I figured I would try again.

I recently acquired a 1996 civic HX with a seized motor. Rod bearings went out freezing the motor and ruining one rod and the crankshaft.

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Hoping to get some advice on what you guys would do to put this thing back together.

At the very least, I want to find a crank and put it back in its stock form.

I would really like to find out if there are some simple upgrades that would not create a tuning issue, but would give it a little bit more performance. Not looking to get too crazy but at the same time I don’t want to pass up an opportunity while I have it all torn apart.

At the end of the day, I want to have a dead reliable daily driver that gets good to decent mpg’s. If I can add some well thought out power adders at the same time I would not complain…. Maybe a super charger or turbo :).

Hoping for somewhere around an extra 20-50hp. Something with mostly stock parts so that it is easy to work on and keep running.

Would really appreciate some advice on some options you guys see for this car.
 

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That sounds like something to look into. If everything checks out can I use my original head and block and just find a D17 crankshaft and rods/pistons? With my existing computer run things just fine?
 

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Getting closer to having the engine out. Exhaust and intake came out better than I expected.

Hoping to get her out the next day or two, and make sure that the block and head are in good enough shape to reuse. Haven’t found a D17 for the stroker internals yet but hopefully something pops up.
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Put the little grease ball in the parts washer. Head looks great, cylinders walls look good and will only need a light hone. Definitely need a rod and crank. Still hoping i can find a 1.7 donor.
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Going to wait until my kids are with me again to let them pull it the rest of the way apart.
 

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If I can’t find 1.7 donor for the internals. What do you guys think about getting something like this?


Also, in the same building that I work, there is an engine shop. I am pretty good friends with the owner, and he lets me use some of his equipment. I could easily deck the block with his help.
 

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The car found me so I am making it up as I go. Right now, I am in it nothing but time so I don’t mind putting some money into it. I mostly work on old chevy trucks but this has been a fun project to learn on and show my kids that even more modern cars are worth fixing.

I like the idea of making this car an upgraded version of its stock self. Still getting good mpgs with more performance but not to the point that makes it unreliable or high maintenance.

I like the idea of a kit like above even if it is more stout then what I need as long as it doesn’t cause drivability problems. That way in the future if things change and we want to go for a lot more power we’ve got a solid base to build off of.

Does anyone have any suggestions of an aftermarket kit that I could use that would get this thing back on the road as is? Then later, on down the road, if we decide to throw a turbo on it or get a little bit crazier, the internals would be up for the challenge.
 
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