I really like upright boxy vans, but none of the japanese or euro automakers sell the newer versions in north america
too bad that at this ride height the upper a-arms are bashing into the top of the fender wheels
the colour and the wheels are a nice combo, nothing too shiny or crazy….. except the horrid red seats, we get it, we understand your very sporty, just put the bling down and kick it to the side… nobody has to get hurt.
I’m glad to see it has visual potential…. but it’s still slow and gets poor gas milage and the handling is ..meh.
but it looks good here.
Seeing as the first 3 real cars That I either owned or gained real driving experience with were of the EF (88-91) civic variety I have always been drawn to them, and I have owned every variation of them, sedan, hatchback, crx, and even the almighty wagon.
I love these cars
lots of love! What can be said, they are just damn cool cars. I gotta say I love a lot of cars that other people find ugly! but that just makes me love them more.
and this one is pushing upwards of 700hp! Overkill in my opinion, the 170hp in the wagon i had was more then enough!
Thanks motormavens for the pic
ok soooo some of you dig the vans and some of you hate the vans… but either way here’s more vans.
a bit of history first… in 1995 honda released it’s first odyssey van and it was a good van, but it was unconventional, it had 4 normal doors, all 4 doors had window’s that rolled down, it only had a 4 cylinder engine, and it wasn’t as wide, tall, or as long as much of the competition…. but there is good in this.
the new van only weighted 200lbs more then the accord(1995) and because of that it handled very well like the accord, stopped well, and also got good gas milage like the accord….. but north america didn’t like it that much and so the next version in 1999 followed suit of the rest of the pack, and gained ~700lbs!!!
so for some of us the 1st generation was the best mix between a sedan and a full sized “mini” van, but in japan the original style carried on still under the odyssey name, they 2nd gen was basically the same as the first with minor styling updates, but the 3rd gen was all new and received the newer K series 4 cylinder motors(2.4L with 160 or 200hp)
since i showed some pics of the first gen ody’s here in a recent post , I’ll just show modified 2nd and 3rd gens here.
kinda bonkers stuff, I know, but if your not having fun… then what’s the point
2nd gen ody’s
and here’s more of the 3rd gen ody, which had it’s roofline trimmed down compared to pervious versions.
a few suggestions from the comments on my last post made me wanna make another post. Someone suggested I get a mazda 6, great idea and a good car… but I would seriously modd that, also some interest was shown in the accord wagons and odyssey area as well.
I’ll start with the Mazda 6, these are cool cars with great suspension and decent motors altho a little thirsty in fuel department… but whatever. but with a little suspension work and some wheels…..
this white one is totally stock…. the wheels are original mazda 6 wheels, it’s just lowered.
The accord wagons on the other hand are just as cool and wayyy cheaper.
I’ll admit i can only find one decent pic of a 1st get odyssey and it’s not that great but this is it. (I’ll keep looking for a better one)
found more ody pics.
this one is my favourite… never mind those lame scissor doors tho… i wish i could find a better pic of this one.
the last time we talked I had just put in the H&R race springs, since then I have only done one big thing and a few smaller things to the car. The big thing being Koni adjustable shocks, and the smaller being that I replaced a scuffed side skirt, installed the oem lip, and oem splash guards. I know it’s all pretty basic stuff but it really helps the car over all.
bad phone pics ..I know…
One thing I have really noticed with this car is that it’s a great commuter/daily car and perhaps not the best project car…. I think a project car really needs to be rwd.
so it seems in my search for a project car I have found a great daily…. only problem with that is the daily was suppose to have 4drs… perhaps I should trade this car for the 4dr equivalent, the 92-93 civic ex-v (in canada, 92-95 civic ex in the states). that way I could have a good daily/commuter/people mover that has a little soul in it and then I could truely commit to a project car…. dunno… going to wait it out for a bit and see what happens.
so I had to fix the 4×4 ride height. I picked up some H&R race springs and now it drives much nicer, just needs a toe adjustment up front… and some wheels…… and some stiffer shocks.
poor thing only lasted 3 days
about time.. I didn’t like my 2002 civic sir from the start, nice motor but crappy everything else, steering, handling, the seating position sucked and the seat had no adjustments except the mandatory forward/back and recline, poor rearward visibility, steering wheel was too high and always always cut through the gauges…. and last but certainly not least the a/c was always on whenever you had any type of defrost on… really really annoying.
so now onto what I think i like most about cars…. buying themI The current candidates are the 92-93 civic si hb and the s13 or s14 (89-98) 240sx.
the 92-93 civic si hatchback is most likely the best civic we ever got in north america, it was part of the best chassis and the best suspension line honda ever offered because it had 4 wheel double wishbone suspension (they don’t have that anymore), it was light (they don’t do that anymore), and it had good visibility ( nope… no longer in a civic), and it also had 4-wheel discs, the 1.6 sohc vtec engine, a power sunroof, . basically I love all the 88-2000 civic hatchbacks, but the 88-91 was a little too noisy and under powered, and the 96-2000 had a cheap interior and no power. of the 92-95 civics they only offered the si hb for 2 years. the si coupe was heavier, longer, and lacked the rear discs. the 4 wheels discs and vtec motor were never again available in the HB.
so for these reasons it’s on my list.
the 240sx is the other present candidate because they are just damn cool, 4 wheel disc’s, RWD, nice multi-link rear end, a torquey 2.4L motor, they are cheap, quick, nice highway cars, and endlessly modifiable… but they look best with the stock body, a nice drop on coilovers, and some killer wheels.
I love these little old civics, I guess it’s just because I learned to drive in an EF civic si and my first real car was the ef crx si…. got a soft spot for them.
love this sedan pic
I’ve always liked this generation of accord (94-97) ever since I saw one on the cover of “sport compact car” back in 1996, that one had a h23 prelude sr bottom end and a h22 dohc vtec head, it was very cool back in the day.
I’ve seen this one on a few sites and in picture threads of shows, but I have not been able to find a build sheet for it, so I don’t have any specs on it, but she looks nice.
thank’s to david lira photo, justdhizpinoy, and the chronicles for the pics
and now with a new wheel setup, awesome stance
the 1992-95 civic HB, doesn’t matter if it’s cx, vx, dx, or si model thay all have a great platform to start with, they all have the 4 wheel double wishbone suspension, they all are a direct bolt in swap for any D or B series motor (so you can choose from 100hp and 40mpg or 190hp and 25mpg, either way it’ll be with all stock original honda motors) and in the last few years they have come down in price so that a nice one can be had for under $3k.
If I were going to build one I’d love to start with an si (si had a sunroof and cruise, I like both)… but I’m not too picky, altho if i can find one I’ll take it.
these cars are soo easy to make look good, you just need wheels (the right wheels), a drop, and a nice si lip (same formula as always for me, wheels suspension, and a motor).
simple, clean, and effective
I was at the Classic Japanese car show at spanish banks vancouver this past sunday, april 26th, and it was a nice little event. I know there is a lot more nice old J-Tin around town and I wish more of it had of shown up.
and now… to the pics.
this is for my friend chris, he loves these old roller skate civics.
this is the nice d16z swap in said civic, very nicely done I must say.
This was a gorgeous early celica, with the jdm bumpers and badging, it was very very clean and a great restore!
and best of all the japanese spec 18RG dohc motor.
and more clean 240z.
a nice Datsun 510 with bluebird tails.
this was my favorite of the show, a 510 that’s classic, cool, fast, and looks like you could drive the hell out of it and not worry about it’s perfectness.
the 510′s turbo’d 1600.
this was a really cool 510 wagon, with a 5-lug swap, z32 wheels, 300zx brakes, and 3L V-6
It’s nice to see the older rx-7′s being restored and modded (resto-mod).
a nice RX-3 rounded out the show.
there were more cars there but these are the ones I took a liking too.
The japanese classic car show is this sunday, april 26th 9am-3pm!! I seem to miss it every year, but not this year! I’m sure my expectations are a tad too high but I’m still really excited, plus it’s gonna be a nice warm day and it’s at the beach.
OK so i’m partial to the 88-91 civic (EF), it’s the car I grew up in, it’s the car i learned to drive in, it’s the car I fell in love with driving in.
So I was on honda-tech a year ago and i saw this civic sedan that “My EFsedan” (forum member) was building and I have seen many EF sedan builds but many are too showy, with too much money in it, and then you see onse that are just down right ghetto and you wished they had just left it alone.
But this one caught my eye as something really great, it had an awesome look like it was meant to be driven….. Ok I’m not gonna continue with more cliché’s that it’s this or that…. i just think it looks damn cool and it’s got some good, long, hard work into it by a “do it yourselfer”. it’s got a decent suspension setup with a LS-vtec to back it up. it keeps true to it’s era, it isn’t a bunch of flashy “I’m so JDM” parts. The best part is that it’s always in a constant state of build
I like it, enough b.s. from me, enjoy the pics.
The LS-V money shot
Ok so I’ve been trying to sell my beloved wagon…and I just can’t, people call and I always seem to down play the car. Last night I had a call about it and my friend Chris was with me and after the call he had to laugh at me cause I was underselling the car so hard.
So yesterday I came across a picture of a gorgeous wagon with widened oem steelies that I immediately fell in love with and totally renewed my wagon love….my wagon still needs a new body but I’m willing to transplant it’s heart…
so it begins again
So you may have noticed i change the style a bit, I wanted larger photos. This theme has all the options of the old but with a wider frame to allow bigger pictures…. which as you may have noticed that my blog is very photo heavy and the bigger I can post the pics the better.
It’s the undeniable new style. oem body, nice wide wheels (but not large, you won’t see a civic with anything larger then a 16″ wheel in this style), and super low.
the wheel choices these guys keep to are really nice, I’ve seen this one several times with slightly different set-ups and I always like what I find.
thanks to: the chronicels, phaze2, and digifresh for pics.
Ok so we’ve covered this before…. but who cares…. more is good
Thanks to Fat Kid Photography, go here to be bathed in high res glory
there’s about 10 photo’s of this car in there.
Here a really nice shot I came across at usdmjam actually it’s a crappy low res photo of a nice car… not to be confused with a nice photo.
The pic is a great one of this gorgeous acura legend, you know a car was designed well when it looks this good with a totally stock body, lowered a bit, and with nice wheels…. such simple mods to get such a nice result. I’m surprised I don’t see more on these around, but I can understand why every does the LS400 instead seeing as it’s rear wheel drive (rwd) and not front wheel drive (fwd).
So my car is gold, hence being called goldie. So I was looking for some inspiration, a gold ep3(civic sir 2002-2005) that really stood out amongst the crowd and really looked great to me. I didn’t get a white one because they look to blah even when very nicely modded….I like the black ones but they were asking too much to justify the color. plus I wanted a color that showed more of the details and curves of the car, and gold did that for me and so did the price.
But I digress….
here the picks of the inspirational car I may be taking some cues from.
I’m not big of the body kit or the changed headlights and hood in the last 2 pics but the 16×8 +0 offset wheels are nice as is the ride height, altho I’d probably aim for a 16×8 +25 offset to pull everything in about an inch…maybe less… kicking myself now for selling the 16×8 +15 wheels I had on the wagon, those would have been very sweet on this car. The car will need new tires in the next few months, so I’ll be in the market for wheels as well. this is what i love about newer cars, you don’t have to fix a bunch of stuff before starting to modify the car, altho it did cost a fair bit more then what i usually meddle with.