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Hey guys I have a 1987 crx right now with the common problem of rust and the underpowered HF motor. I have been trying to decide on if I should do the needed body work and motor rebuild to this crx or if i should just save up and buy a second gen. I am only 16 so my job doesnt exactly allow for all that much money to spend. so waiting for a seond generation crx would mean i'd probably have to wait and save up for about a year and then it would still likely need some work as well......so basically the real question is if the first gen is worth the time and effort to fix it. I know that in the end it will ultimately be my own desicion but i really would like for your input. Thanks
 

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OK , i will first of all tell ya i have a one biased opinion

but my opinion is, a 1g is a versatile little car, with a engine mount kit, it can take any engine a 2g can take, with the added bonus of the 86-89 integra engine bolting right up using a few crx mounts and a few integra mounts. These engines can be had for cheap!

Now i cant give ya an opinion on a 2g CRX, never had one, never worked on one. I just want to keep some 1g bretheren here to help tip the scales against all these 2g owners and their heavy cars :lol:

head on over to for any 1g support ya need.
http://www.redpepperracing.com/forums/index.php?

dont send another 1g to the scrapyard :shock:

unless the thing is rusted beyond repair and i mean totaly beyond repair, bodywork sucks.
 

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The way i see it, if you 87 crx has rus and is an hf, its probably not going to bring you a lot of money in a sale. So you may as well keep it. its' worth more when you are dirving it, than it would be is you sold it for cash. Just start saving and make a big list of things you want to fo in the areas of suspension and powertrain and cosmetics, etc, then prioritize the items in each, and start working on them.
 

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I have to agree with Mark 100%.

I'm 25 now and I bought my second CRX, a 90 Si, a year and a half ago. I have had my 91 DX since 1997 when I was a junior in high school. I drove that car all through college wanting to drop in another engine and do all sorts of stuff to it, but I never did because of the reasons Mark stated. It was and is reliable transportation. I did throw on a cat back exhaust and a Dren-ified intake but that was it.

Now that I have the money and time I picked up a 90 Si and have been working with it since.

I recommend saving up a few hundred bucks as something to fall back on incase you need to fix your 1st gen. I know funds are very thin at 16.
 

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:( im going through the same thing right now, except multiply the span of a month by THREE!
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if i were you, i'd keep the 1st G. if you save up enough cash, you can A.) buy a beater and work on your 1g, or B.) Buy a 2ndG and use your 87 as a beater.

we've all been working students before, we know how it feels. you dont want a car that runs, you NEED one.
 

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Ya im 17 and my funds are kinda tight but ive been working since i was 14. Now that really helps because i have 2 cars all mine and all paid off. (by me)Its freakin sweet. I have my daily driver (ride car to drive to school and work) and a 91 hf with a si swap (project car) I make 300 every 2 weeks and 50 of that goes into saving for insurance due every 6 months. And another 20 goes to gas and stuff. so every 3 weeks (basically) 230 goes to my project car. So i figure im not on a tight budget. 6 more weeks and i got west wings kit. :lol:

97 ex civic
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yeah i know that i do need a reliable car so i wouldnt do anything major unless i either had another car or magically had a crap load of money haha.....but all joking aside i'm thinking I'll just start saving and basically leave this crx the way it is with the exception of maybe fixing the rust on the two rear quarter panals....and yes everyone can tell me that as i'm only 16 i dont need a car that looks great but lets be honest.....when u were 16 even though u drove a beat up car we all know u didnt want to haha.....but oh well i guess thats just part of life for a year or two unless mommy and daddy are rich (mine.....not so rich) but thanks for the advice I guess thats kind of the way i expected people to respond
 

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MarkWilliamson said:
JKG08 said:
...when u were 16 even though u drove a beat up car we all know u didnt want to haha.....
Dude! When I was 16, I drove a 1972 Ford Pinto. Your first car is a CRX. Call yourself lucky, fix the rust, throw an Earl Schieb paint job on it and call it a win.
lol yeah I know that a crx is a great first car to have and why does it seem like everyone I know of (sorry about this but lets just say) an older age bracket had a pinto as their first car.......I swear about five of my dad's friends tell me that their first car was a pinto...and as for the rust and the cheap paint job....I'm thinking thats what I'm gonna do, it wont be a show car but it will atleast look ok and I'll have something to do for a while lol....I have very little experience with body work so i'm sure my dad will be happy to see i have another project haha
 

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at least you respect your first car. I had no respect for mine... an 86 Chevy Sprint, 3cy 5spd. You talk about under powered and rusty? LOL, you can't possibly beat that thing. With 48hp I could accelerate faster Fred Flintstone style with the rust holes in the floor.

I say fix it up. You'll learn a lot, and learn to respect the car more. It can also give you a sence of pride, knowing that all the work was done yourself, with your own money. Again, don't go crazy with it, just get it looking presentable and running right.
 
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