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I drove my car out of the shop and home yesterday. It's alive after:

new front bumper
new bumper turn signal lenses
new 3/4 glass on the passenger side
new window on the driver side
new door weather stripping on the driver side
new door spring thingie that goes from the door to the hinge to keep it from flying out too far
new passenger fender
a ton of wheel well fasteners (get them off the acura's they have metal screws instead of the crappy plasitc screws)
12 buckets of black soapy water and a bottle of tilex to clean the interior
new corner lenses
new valve cover gasket
new radiator and hoses
new plugs and wires
new distributor
new CV axles
new passenger side headlamp tilt adjustment screw
new fuel pump
new tires

The only thing the shop did was replace the fuel pump and adjust the timing belt to start the car. Fired right up with full compression and passed emissions on the second try (after they ran a half tank of gas through it).

The car had been sitting for several years and was partially parted out. I'll be working on getting the rest of the interior bits together and changing the timing belt and water pump ASAP.

Thanks everyone for your help and advice for a Honda newbie! I've asked a ton of questions and more will be coming.
 

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^^^^ what he said.... :lol:
 

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By popular request...

Pics!

BTW: I love that graphic that Dodo posted

http://www.stelesys.com/~lysinger/crx/IMG_1978.JPG
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I put the door panels back in Thursday and am going to see if my junk yard environmental contral works this weekend. I've got to bleach the interior again and then febreeze it. The sun hasn't quite baked out the mildew yet.

Car has no trouble getting up to 65 (the tires are balanced for 70 so it starts shaking and I haven't changed the timing belt yet so I'm keeping it under 3000rpms to be safe), runs smooth on the highway, and handles way better than my Impala SS (as if you had any doubts).
 

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Cut and paste the URL into your web browser and the pics will work fine. I don't know what my web hosting guy did to make these hyperlinks not work, but I've tested with the cut and paste method and you can see the CRX in its restorative glory.
 

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Nice, looking forward to seeing this project come together. What's the story on this car and why you chose to restore it vs. picking up a different car? Great deal, or sentimental value, or what?
 

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The Honda Civic is the most reliable and durable car on the planet. #2 is the Toyota Camry. There is plenty of research to back this up. I'm sick of tinkering with cars now that I have a long commute.

The car also looked like it was a great deal. Turns out it wasn't (glass and body panels ate me alive), but I'm stubborn once I start on a project. I wanted a more fuel efficient car and a friend of mine is a honda expert. He helpded me fix it up and here we are. The new daily driver. It will remain stock unless something in the exhaust system breaks. I'm enjoying driving it and parking it. Maneuverability is fantastic. I also like the simplicity of it. Manual steering is a big plus. I hate power windows (if you owned a chevy you would understand why) and this car has nice little hand cranks. I like the manual mirrors and the way they are monuted. I'd prefer a hydraulic clutch, but that's added complexity to a car so screw it. Manual seats are nice too. And of course, Honda builds a badass motor. I like motors to run forever and these have a proven track record with what my buddy has done to them.
 

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Interesting that you left the speaker in the door like that, since there's no stereo in it. :tongue:

Are you gonna fix the dents in the driver's door and paint it, or just leave it as is for a cheap daily driver?

What part of Atlanta are you in? We could arrange another small ATL meet.
 

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Interesting that you left the speaker in the door like that, since there's no stereo in it. :tongue:

Are you gonna fix the dents in the driver's door and paint it, or just leave it as is for a cheap daily driver?

What part of Atlanta are you in? We could arrange another small ATL meet.
There are no speakers in that car yet and I am in the market for them. I need one of the metal mounts for the rear and 4 speakers. I've got a Pioneer MP3 CD player that I'm going to move out of my other car into this one. Finding a heater control unit takes precedence over all of this as well as a cigarette lighter so I can charge my phone.

I'm going to leave the car as a cheap daily driver. That's its purpose and I think it will do it well.

I was thinking of going to Year One and ordering some Chrysler 426 hemi emblems and putting them on the fenders and then filing off bits of the 4 until it looks like a 1. But then I realized I needed a 2 liter motor for this to be true and I'm not planning on an engine swap unless I get more mileage out of the car :)

I'm in Sandy Springs at 400 and 285. I got your 4th of July weekend invite but I didn't have the car running yet. Now it's running and everyone had better stay off the sidewalks. I'm all about a cruise. I'll even throw in the other seat and bring the little lady if she's up for it. I'm going to be at the United Way car show in September up in Roswell.
 

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Ok, I looked at the pic again and I only see the speaker basket in the door. At first glance I thought I saw a speaker, and I didn't notice the hanging wires either.

I'm just pulling a date out of the air, but I'm thinking a Labor Day weekend meet to close out the summer. Something like Saturday the 2nd. I'll make a thread in the meets section, and we can iron out the details then.
 

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Whoa, thanks...

Looks good!!, its in alot better shape than my poor rex... :lol:
 
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