As with all moving, money is usually tight for a while during the transition period as everyone starts to settle in to new surroundings. I didn't touch the civic for a WHILE because when we moved in, winter had just started coming. I would have worked on it, but I didn't have money to buy a space heater or something to bring the garage to comfortable levels so I just waited until things started to get warmer.
One of the nice things of my move was my garage space almost doubled from what it used to be. I was able to have the car inside and still have a LITTLE bit of room to move around.
During the cold period, one of my friends was trying to clear up some space around his house. He had some civic project vehicles and tons of parts, etc and asked if I wanted to buy them. He was selling two complete 92-95 civic hatchback shells with clean bodies and titles, one an SI and the other a DX. The SI had 4 wheel discs and the DX had disc/drum, both were roller shells. Included with the shells was a B16A with a GSR transmission, an engine stand, random parts/pieces, etc all for $1200.
I would have started giving him money right then and there, but before I knew about this I had already poured every last spare penny I saved on a trip to Japan that I have been wanting to go on since I was 16 years old.
He told me he would hold on to these things for me as long as I needed, and that the offer still stood. I told him that I would start getting him money here and there once I got back from Japan and he was cool with that.
I didn't do much to my white civic during that time because it was so cold in the garage, but I was SUPER excited to know that civic hatchbacks were in my future! I have never had a 92-95 civic hatchback chassis before, but I knew they were always the most popular platform to use in FWD road course racing due to their lightweight, short wheel base and crazy aftermarket support.
Technically these shells were an upgrade from the coupe, even though the coupe was newer. They had less rust and body issues that the Canadian coupe, AND one of them had 4 wheel USDM discs! This was the direction I was now going to go, my plan from here with this knowledge and these hatchback shells was to pull every possible useful part off the 99-00 civic coupe and scrap that shell in order to build ONE good car out of 3.
My outlook was as follows:
1. 99-00 civic had good engine, dash, chassis and engine wiring harness along with all the other modifications I did to it. Pull all of that stuff off to potentially use as needed with the hatchback shells.
2. With 2 identical year shells, only difference being trim model, I now had a backup shell in case something happened with the main car like I wrecked in a race or something. I was going to build one car all out, and keep the other shell around just in case.
3. I now had 2 engine combinations to work with over time. I already started with an outlook of building the D16 for turbo, but now I also had a B16 to play with. I love the idea of having two engine/transmission combinations with different induction systems to be able to hot swap in and out of a car depending on the type of racing you are doing. I decided I was going to build the D16Y8 for turbo and build the D16Y7 transmission to suit the power level, as well as build the B16 for NA high RPM power and build the GSR transmission to compliment it.
This being the plan, I started to get to work stripping the 99-00 coupe!
I pulled the front end apart, and just for the hell of it I test fit the turbo and manifold to the head to see what it looked like all mounted up not trying to fall off a bench:
Pulling the ITR rear trailing arms off the car:
Fuel cell removed, no rear wheels!
Stripping the interior:
Moving the damn thing outside with a moving dolly, prybar, ratchet strap and my pickup bumper: