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So long story short.. the wife got a new job about an hours drive away from our new spot so I gave her the new car (See sig) EDIT: Just realised its not there..

http://www.d-series.org/forums/showcase/217674-first-new-car-2013-civic-ex.html#post3538946

So I inherited her 99 EX so I am officially a legit member of the forums again haha. Jeezy better not say shit either cuz the Hatch still rules the planet, I have not switched teams!

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190,XXX miles
Auto
all original

Anyways, the car is totally 100% oem, blown shocks fucked up hub caps and foggy headlamps an errythang. So I am starting from the very beginning. Gotta make sure she can run well before I drop cash on aftermarket stuff.

Build plans will be a early 2000's bay area build. Basically it was drop, wheels, I/H/E with some bad stickers.. gonna do some more research and see what folks were doing and follow that. Its an auto so eventually I will swap that out.

Also worth Mentioning, I still have a pair of DSO stickers I got from either Pata or Levi.. which is awesome. THAT will be the first mod to the car HAHA!

ATook some quick day time shots while at the office, instead of working..







 

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Nothing better than inheriting a good car man, awesome get...long before I did ihe, wheels and drop, I'd swap in a 5 speed personally. But that's just me...

You're in the bay area too? If we all ever meet up, you'll have to park next to Gideon (SOHCitTOem), ya'll have pretty much the exact same car lol
 

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Nothing better than inheriting a good car man, awesome get...long before I did ihe, wheels and drop, I'd swap in a 5 speed personally. But that's just me...

You're in the bay area too? If we all ever meet up, you'll have to park next to Gideon (SOHCitTOem), ya'll have pretty much the exact same car lol
Deff will be doing 5 spd swap.

Cant remember the the date of the last Norcal meet I went to.. I met a few new folks so maybe you were there. I showed up in the 89 LX leaking oil and on different size wheels HAHA Just moved from Fremont to San Mateo :dots:
 

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Good clean start.
 

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Take maintenance over rewiring, or rebuilding. :TU:
 

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Updated original thread with a few day time photos. Car is pretty clean, it has been in a few accidents that have been repaired, clean title.. it has transported my niece and nephew around for almost 10 years so it needs some carpet cleaning, possible replacement but well see.
 

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Yes it is James. Always good to have a clean project thats been in your hands for many years. Im tired of picking up and fixing other peoples junk. Dont worry about what anyone else is doing and dont follow any stupid trends. Build the car how you want for what you want from it.
 

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If my memory serves me correctly. Would you go by the name of James?
Yes sir, we met at the last meet I went to with pat, Levi, and the rest of the gang.

Yes it is James. Always good to have a clean project thats been in your hands for many years. Im tired of picking up and fixing other peoples junk. Dont worry about what anyone else is doing and dont follow any stupid trends. Build the car how you want for what you want from it.
You know it. I have gotten to old for constant fiddling of project cars etc, but I will always love the civic. This car on the outside looks in great shape but it was driven by three females all of whom crashed or neglected the poor thing.

It also blew a head gasket in 2012 due to them driving it to LA while overheating despite my objections over the phone to pull over and get it towed. It was a $20 thermostat that caused $1000 worth of damage. They will listen to me next time I am sure. However, the car has never ran the same and even gets lower mpg. My goal is to make it look even nicer, and get back to 35 mpg.
 

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AHHHHHHH. Yeah man, its been too long since we last met. Good luck on the project.

If that were me, I wouldnt do a damn thing to it besides a 5sp conversion haha.
 

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So I have not got started on anything yet. Mostly making lists of all the parts I need to order. For the most part the majority of anything I do will be to update teh car and gt back the 35 ish mpg this car used to get.

I think I am going with Progress coilovers as far as suspension, but want to keep the build strictly semi period correct. Meaning, I want it to look like a car would had I built it in 2000.

I think the key to that working is the wheels. I have a few ideas, some more expensive than others so what do you guys think?

Racing Hart C2TypeC


Kosei K1


If money was no object id go with TE37's but the car is barely worth more than the wheels so I am looking for something cheaper.

Also if anyone has any links to old build threads that would be dope, early 2000's.. HT as far as I know only goes back to 2006.
 

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Wow 5 months since I posted this car and I have not done a single thing to this car.

My job has taken over my life and by the time I get home I am completely exhausted. The car has just become a to work and back taxi which is depressing.

The list of issues is growing due to the age of the car, and I recently ticked past 200k.

Power steering issues/vibration during turning
Brakes need to be replaced/serviced
Shocks and Springs are original.. ORIGINAL 200k from 1999 haha
I am only assuming the bushings are done, I have replaced the RTA's tho

Then, there is the 100k tune up list.. combined with the fact that when the car was driven on a busted Tstat and blew a head gasket and then not repaired correctly its burning a bit of oil and getting not so great mpg.

I guess I am at that point where I ask.. how bad do I want to keep this car. Is it worth spending the money... I am STILL living in an apartment so its very difficult to do my own repairs. I am hoping that a recent move from a friend will allow me garage space to do the simple things to save money.

I need to replace the suspension just because of how terrible it rides on the oem crap.. so Progress is a great affordable option vs new oem. I may do that, then focus on all the Maintenance issues.

Cheers DSO
 

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My job has taken over my life and by the time I get home I am completely exhausted.
^This.

Curious as to how well the progress parts are going to work out for you. I'm entirely sympathetic to having budget issues, but I'm dead sick of the whalish body roll I get on my OE suspension.

I'd get on handling those brakes though. We beat this dumb slogan into our customers' heads at work but it rings true. Everyone wants a car that moves, but it's even more important that they stop.
 
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