@monkeepuzzle i redid the valve job. I think my work with the feeler gauges was correct last time, but perhaps I wasnt at TDC correctly. anyway, I was more cautious about setting TDC on cylinder one, then the correct rotations for each subsequent cylinder. the outcome is a far more pleasing and less clattering sewing machine sound as a result. Job done.
@monkeepuzzle it does have vents on the engine cover. but her the more the merrier. definitely one of the downsides of the MR2 - the trunk gets hot and the frunk gets hot, and you better believe the glass-roof'd cabin gets hot.
@monkeepuzzle I haven't seen a set of actual black ITR seats in 15 years. These pictures are bringing back memories. I think that the USDM ITR seats set the bar for an OEM cloth seat. While the rest of the car didn't wow me, I have nothing but good things to say about the seats.
I also didn't know so much was shared/compatible between the DC2 and the Civic. Cool stuff!
yeah, actually black and not purple is getting very rare. I intend to ensure my tint is dark and my car remains in the garage enough for my seats to stay black
and yeah, the DC integra and EG civic (and to some extend the EK civic) share a lot. It's always been what makes Honda cheap. I mean the CR-V for a long time was essentially just a lifted civic with a taller roof.
you can see the rear seats bolt in place correctly, and still latch and fold down the same. But the design of the lower portion differs so the seat bottom doesnt fit quite as well.
Nice productive day! I am definitely ready for warmer weather so I can go out and get some stuff done.
I'm curious - how did you attach the sub to the seat back? I'd like to put a powered sub in my wife's Suzuki and space is at a premium. I'd put it under one of the front seats, but it has storage drawers under both and she is unwilling to lose one of them for a sub. 😧
the sub is attached through the metal frame back of the seat.
@monkeepuzzle gotta say I don’t love the drop but the stickers look really cool
it has to come up a little. with my father coming into town he'll be driving my daily and I'll be rolling around in the civic for a bit. So it will need a winter set of wheels and some more manageable ground clearance
@misterbuttercup Timeframe really depends on the shop and speed is not necessarily an indicator of quality. If the shop has done a 350z before and has programmable tools they can pop out the tubes quick then it's just welding it in. If everything is being done by hand with measurements done on-the-fly it will take substantially longer.
For our car the cage took 5-6 weeks with a manual bender taking it one tube at a time and trying our best not to screw up any of the big pieces that might necessitate buying more material. We managed to only mis-cut one piece which we could then use for a shorter brace but I think part of that was luck and the rest was doing things very slowly and carefully.
@monkeepuzzle That sounds like a really cool show. I'm not really "into" tuned Hondas but I'll bet just about anyone could have had fun there. Looks like a lot more well rounded builds than the typical cut springs and stickers approach.
@monkeepuzzle Yeah didn't say I didn't like the blue. I think your work actually turned out excellent and matches the blue theme of the interior. It was just something I hadn't thought of when I took it there. I went with the black to match the visors...
@monkeepuzzle I had no clue you weren't from here, your photos seem to show you pretty well adjusted to being upside down 😉
Speaking of "child in me", I drive a bright red Abarth with a white roof and mirrors and a white stripe, with an exhaust that farts on upshifts, so... I get you ;). I also used to have a 2003 Civic Si, so I understand the love for older Japanese econoboxes with perfect clickity clack manuals. As I said, can't wait to see it painted.
Oh, and if you aren't sure which color, Rosso Passionale 176/176A has entered the chat 😉
In the fall I finally insulated my garage doors figuring it'd be a little bit easier to heat in the winter (the walls and ceiling are already insulated), turns out it made a huge difference in the winter, and I'd hardly considered that in the summer it means my south-facing doors don't radiate heat into the garage, so it's been much cooler for most of the summer as well.
@monkeepuzzle When I converted my Eagle to fuel injection I threw out all this and more:
There was a bunch of sensors and wiring stuff I can't find a pic of. I also can't find the pic of the old cast iron vs cast aluminum Edelbrock head either.
I replaced the old manifolds with much newer stuff too:
I ended up cutting the end of the new Cherokee header off and modifying it to suit my car.
Tossing all the old crap is so satisfying. I did it to ensure I could also never go back to a carb. FI or nothing at this point. Fuck that Carter Carb, garbage unit.
@urambo-tauro yes! for the car, with a 20+ year old wiring harness they are pretty bent to their positions, and for 90% of them they just fall into place, and then of course the connectors are mostly specific to purpose and cannot be connected wrong. But as you say, a bunch of bright blue tags helped me identify what needed to be connected. Especially as so many had to be tucked up out of the way to get the engine in, they could easily have been lost. And certainly for things like vacuum lines that can cause great annoyance in tracking the issue.
So indeed, for the most part, my tags dont have anything written on them, they are just a tag.
holy carp! in finding pics to answer powerdhound's question, I found this one that really highlights how filthy the transmission was. literally black
and the after
@taylor-martin super easy. becuase I had the head off I just have to align its single cam to "up" and a line, and align the crank to a line. Also easy. Then just push the timing belt into place and tension it.
@jminer yeah, it essentially runs around the outside fo the timing belt. I'm actually suspecting a thin piece of rubber is the answer as it sits in a channel, it likely doenst need to be specific to this application.
North western Quebec winters here, long and salty. We rarely see cars older than 10 years here since they mostly eaten by rust.
And that’s the first time I’ve seen those shoes, really cool.