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Build Thread: Rebirth of a burned out Rex

Postby CrxFun » Fri Oct 28, 2011 5:28 pm

Hey guys,
I just registered for this forum.
My beloved 88 CRX Si caught fire while driving on the freeway about 2 month ago. Thanks to the good heart of a passer-by that had a power washer mounted on the back of his work truck, not the whole car burned down. He dowsed the flames until the fire dept arrived, so the damage is only in the engine compartment.
I decided that my CRX will rise back from the dead.
Would you guys be interested if I documented the whole process in writing and with pictures?
Suggestions and comments welcome.
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Re: Rebirth of a burned out Rex

Postby stelios » Fri Oct 28, 2011 6:41 pm

Of course we would be interested in your build! Sorry to hear about the fire, but you're lucky that that guy was there to help out. I hope you bought him a case of beer or something :-)b
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Re: Rebirth of a burned out Rex

Postby CrxFun » Fri Oct 28, 2011 8:04 pm

I would have loved to, but he disappeared while I was dealing with the guys from the fire dept.

Question: Does anybody have to sell engine bay parts for an 88 Si? If yes, let me know what you got and I can tell you if I still need it.

I will start with some pictures of the aftermath and with gutting out what's left in the engine bay. I'm not too much in a hurry but I'll try to keep a steady flow of posts.
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Re: Rebirth of a burned out Rex

Postby AJHS2011 » Fri Oct 28, 2011 9:04 pm

Good luck, in for pictures..

Autozone for new lifetime warranty parts.
Craigslist for cheap local parts.
Ebay for some stuff.
Check the "for sale section" here on the forum.

Just read the rules and what-not and your good to go. :)
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Re: Rebirth of a burned out Rex

Postby asianflava » Sat Oct 29, 2011 2:12 am

I'd recommend buying a rusted out POS to get the donor parts. It'll probably end up being cheaper in the long run, plus you'll have all the parts on hand.
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Re: Rebirth of a burned out Rex

Postby TPZVTECREX » Sun Oct 30, 2011 9:28 pm

You might just end up needing alot of hoses and wiring replaced intake too good luck
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Re: Rebirth of a burned out Rex

Postby THATREDCRX » Sun Oct 30, 2011 9:44 pm

Welcome. Where you from? Craigs always has a parts car for sale in at least one city in every state. Take pics for sure and remember REX's always come back stronger :-)b
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Re: Rebirth of a burned out Rex

Postby CrxFun » Mon Oct 31, 2011 12:18 pm

Thanks for the welcome everybody. I'm in Riverside, Cali. and Craigslist is full of parts for sale. The only challenge sometimes is to find stuff that has not been modified, usually in a bad way.
So far I have bought:
- Engine wire harness
- Under dash (main) wire harness
- A/C fan
- Intake manifold
- Injector resistor box
- Radiator expansion tank
- All A/C aluminum tubing
- Engine bay fuse box
- Brake master cylinder
- Timing belt covers
- both headlights
Plus parts I had already and I'll buy all the hoses new.
I think that's about all of it for the moment. But I have to do some inventory pretty soon.
And I found a guy that has pretty much all other parts I need.
I'll end up having to change the dashboard too, since I have to remove mine to change the wire harness. And mine looks good from the outside, but I know it's all cracked internally. So once I remove it, a bunch of plastic pieces will fall out and I doubt I'll be able to reuse it.
Some initial pictures will follow soon.
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Re: Build Thread: Rebirth of a burned out Rex

Postby CrxFun » Tue Nov 01, 2011 4:12 pm

I have a question:
Can I attach pictures onto the thread here, or do I have to post them somewhere else and just put the link in the thread?
In other threads I see the words "image" but no pictures show up or open.
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Re: Build Thread: Rebirth of a burned out Rex

Postby AJHS2011 » Tue Nov 01, 2011 6:34 pm

Upload your pictures from your computer to photobucket, then put the copy and paste the code onto here. Photobucket will tell you how to do it.

Or just look here. viewtopic.php?f=2&t=16702
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Re: Build Thread: Rebirth of a burned out Rex

Postby krian13 » Tue Nov 01, 2011 6:39 pm

I think you just got to get the .jpg link and put [img] brackets around it to have it show up as a pic
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Re: Build Thread: Rebirth of a burned out Rex

Postby vanrij » Sat Nov 05, 2011 11:55 pm

Sounds like a worthy resto goal. You'll need new sealant and paint in the engine bay if you don't want rust. Most of the parts you'll need should be available from people who have swapped engines or who are parting beaters out. Did you get any help from your insurance company?
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Re: Build Thread: Rebirth of a burned out Rex

Postby CrxFun » Sun Nov 06, 2011 2:46 am

Yea, I was lucky since fire falls under the comprehensive coverage. They ended up paying me $2450 after all the deductions.
Luckily rust is one issue we here in southern cali don't have to worry about, but nonetheless you're right. My plan is to pull the engine and all the parts out, have the engine bay sandblasted and painted, maybe sealed. I'm still debating if I should tear the engine down and have it overhauled, once it's out of the car.
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Re: Build Thread: Rebirth of a burned out Rex

Postby CrxFun » Sun Nov 06, 2011 5:11 am

Okay, here is the first batch of pictures. I haven't started the tear down yet. These just show what I'm dealing with after a fire that lasted maybe 5 minutes.

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This round thing in the middle of the picture is the only thing that is left over from the radiator fan and shroud - the motor

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This is my 89 Si, wit a little of front end damage

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The parts I have bought so far

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Both headlights, radiator overflow, top timing belt cover, intake manifold with throttle body, under dash wiring harness

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MAP sensor array, fuel injector resistor, engine bay fuse box, charcoal canister, engine wire harness, brake master cylinder, A/C tubing, A/C fan

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My 88 and 89 Si's

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Must have rolled over the 340K mark about 10 minutes before the fire happened. This little motor achieved this without major engine work!!


Before I'll start with the tear down, I have to move some tools, shelfs and stuff into this garage I'm renting. I hope I can start with the actual work before the end of the month.
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Re: Build Thread: Rebirth of a burned out Rex

Postby CrxFun » Tue Nov 08, 2011 12:41 pm

I was thinking of putting in a ZC motor since I have to pull the engine anyway. Anybody has experience with that? Any problems with having A/C in the car?
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Re: Build Thread: Rebirth of a burned out Rex

Postby asianflava » Wed Nov 09, 2011 2:37 am

I've got a DOHC ZC with a/c, no problems except that it is undersized.
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Re: Build Thread: Rebirth of a burned out Rex

Postby Tian90crx » Wed Nov 09, 2011 10:03 am

wow at least we know those header wraps are actually heat resistance..
did you ever find out what caused the fire in the first place?
its really cool, that you actually want to save it and not junk it
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Re: Build Thread: Rebirth of a burned out Rex

Postby CrxFun » Wed Nov 09, 2011 2:30 pm

@ asianflava: with saying that's undersized, you mean the CRX A/C in general, right? Not because of the ZC motor..

Yea right...the only thing that still looks like before the fire is the header wrap...lol

No idea what caused it. Was driving 85 on the freeway, saw something orange fly by the windshield, thought to myself: was that an amber?, looked down and saw flames pouring out between the hood and fender. About 2 seconds after that the interior filled with smoke and about 2 seconds after that my brakes were almost completely gone...was fun :(
I decided to keep it because of all the work I had already put into it. Front and rear suspension, all bushings (even rear trailing arms)...all new, interior...all complete and everything worked, great sound system.....I just didn't want to have to start from scratch again and I LOVE driving them.
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Re: Build Thread: Rebirth of a burned out Rex

Postby y49si » Wed Nov 09, 2011 11:48 pm

Damn sorry about the fire! Definitely save it!
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Re: Build Thread: Rebirth of a burned out Rex

Postby andypwnz » Thu Nov 10, 2011 12:31 am

makes me consider keeping a small fire extinguisher handy and if i saw another car on fire i could help them out too
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Re: Build Thread: Rebirth of a burned out Rex

Postby asianflava » Thu Nov 10, 2011 12:50 am

CrxFun wrote:@ asianflava: with saying that's undersized, you mean the CRX A/C in general, right? Not because of the ZC motor..

Yeah, I think the system is undersized for all Civics of this generation. Turns into a sweat box when stuck in traffic during 100 degree heat. Converting to R-134 makes it worse.

andypwnz wrote:makes me consider keeping a small fire extinguisher handy and if i saw another car on fire i could help them out too

I keep one in my truck (because I have the room) but I should keep one in all the cars too.
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Re: Build Thread: Rebirth of a burned out Rex

Postby andypwnz » Thu Nov 10, 2011 12:54 am

where i live you don't have to worry about a/c, all it does is weigh the cars down up here lmao
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Re: Build Thread: Rebirth of a burned out Rex

Postby CrxFun » Thu Nov 10, 2011 3:34 am

makes me consider keeping a small fire extinguisher handy and if i saw another car on fire i could help them out too

Actually the first person to stop and help was a truck driver. He gave me his little fire extinguisher and I'm really grateful he did. But honestly, if you can't get the hood open it's useless. There is no way to get the stuff onto the fire source, which is all the rubber and plastic in the bay. Maybe if I had 2 or 3 large extinguishers I would have been able to take the oxygen away from the fire. But 1 small one didn't do anything. I guess they're helpful if something in the interior starts burning, so it's still good to have one in the car
The only reason the car didn't go completely up in flames, was the guy with the power washer that kept the fire at bay until the fire dept. arrived. Even they couldn't get the fire out completely until after they propped the hood up and stuck the hose into the bay.

Thank god for people that make the effort to help somebody that is in need!!!
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Re: Build Thread: Rebirth of a burned out Rex

Postby andypwnz » Thu Nov 10, 2011 3:43 am

man, thats rough.
it would be so sad to watch your car burn away and not be able to do anything about it :/
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Re: Build Thread: Rebirth of a burned out Rex

Postby Racer Rex » Thu Nov 10, 2011 8:20 am

andypwnz wrote:makes me consider keeping a small fire extinguisher handy and if i saw another car on fire i could help them out too

I have one. Its a must!

Sucks it got burnt up. If that happened to my crx I'd throw up right there then pass out.
I'm glad to see it being restored.
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