The car: 1990 CRX Dx, 200K miles, stock d15b2, manual trans, minor rocker and rear quarter rust, doesn't run (main relay, he believes).
My quick notes from the first visit:
He only wants $700 for the car + ZC swap. It also has a ViS Carbon Fiber ZC hood, comes with DOHC ZC (D16a9) motor and transmission, PG7 ECU, 89 teg axles, mint 89 Si seats, Eibach sportline springs
Rear quarter panels have a lot of patchwork, need replaced. The fenders are bent up a bit from him hitting a deer. The front bumper cover is a 88-89 and doesn't match the molding or color of the car. Needs side protector molding. OEM struts are blown from lowering. Doesn't run but comes with ZC. main relay is a fast fix, but may not be the problem.
So the more I got to thinking about it and digging into what I want to do with teh car, here's my to-do/part list:
replace battery (been sitting uncharged for 1-2 years)
if it runs, from there I dive into the big list.
New rear quarters with rocker panels
90-91 front bumper
repaint whole car Blade Silver or y-49 (haven't decided)
Tokico HP "blues" or
KYB GR2 struts
OEM replacement rotors, pads, drums, shoes
needs ebrake fixed (probably snapped/frozen cables)
ZC engine needs an oil pan and crank pulley
sell ZC transmission and get an Si trans and Si axles
Sell PG7 ECU and get the stock PM7
Dx to ZC wiring harness mods
new clutch while i have it all apart
ebay 4-2-1 Header
ebay high flow cat
cherry bomb in place of a resonator
generic super turbo II oval muffler
custom 2" piping
"dual" tip, one 2" pipe into two 1" outlets
15" Rota Slipstreams - black
195/50-15 Yokohama AVS ES 100
passwordJDM carbon fiber front lip
side protector molding (both fender pcs, both door pcs, both qtr pcs)
replace tail light gaskets
rear hatch struts
96-00 Civic center console
upgrade steering wheel
am/fm cd player
2 sets 2-way coaxial speakers
Anyhow, that's my more than extensive To Do list.
Should I just buy the car for the motor swap and part it out and find a better conditioned shell to do all my shiny new parts with, or just go forward with restoring this one?
*edit to add*
The ONLY part of this restoration project that scares me is having the new rear quarters done. I can't do major body work myself.
The labor in this project will be based on finding a lot of local help to do the exhaust, pre paint prep work and repainting. Other than that, I think I can do the rest myself with the help of a lot of great how to articles written by fellow CRX fans.