This. I own 3 del sols.For 5500 you open up other possibilities.
I do have some mechanical knowledge. I've never built an engine before from the block up but I am an engineer for a company that produces OE engine bearings for Honda, Toyota, Subaru, etc. so I do think I could accomplish the task over the winter months.This. I own 3 del sols.
Clean ones with OE paint in good shape pop up here and there for 3000-3500 across the country.
Considering the wheels and coilovers are worthless and who knows how well the car was painted; you may want to consider something else.
For 5500 you're in RSX Type-S Territory.
if youre going to rebuild it and slap a turbo on it, no sense in using oem rods and pistons after you suggest go-auto. 500$ will buy you a turbo friendly rebuild kit from them and then you can piece together a turbo or order one from them.Here's what I think I would do with $5500... Get a good condition z6 sol or civic for under 2k. Then rebuild it with OEM parts following the directions from the Factory Service Manual available from Helms.com. Get the car running good then get a small turbo kit from go-autoworks.com
Thats not what I'm trying to argue haha I know d series can make power I've read lots of builds on here and I'm not against starting with a z6 because my friend has a spare motor I can purchase to build. However I haven't found a clean hatch, coupe or del sol lately. Thats why I asked what the value of the car would be. Not if I should buy it. Thats up to me and what my personal preference is. I wanted advice from you folks so I don't overpay for something. You guys know these cars in and out so I figured I would get a fair price for the car check it out and go from there. I'm not wanting to pay more because its a b series. I'm wondering what the value is if its clean, rust free, well kept and original motor. In Ohio its hard to come by rust free cars.I think you might as well start with a d-series then if your wanting to turbo it later. D-series are generally WAY cheaper. Or pay double the price for an extra 25 horsepower for the b16....
Find a one-owner, or really mint honda that you want and have fun... thats the most important!
Or a really crappy one if your going to track it.... or you just like the old wornout look