So in my mind old cars are only good for nostalgia, if you try and take a 20+ year old car and try to pretend it’s going to be faster than some new sports car you are kidding yourself and wasting your money, just buy something else. You buy an old car for the feeling it gives you. So with that in mind I went looking for a car that I was very nostalgic about, had good memories of…..and fit in my crazy small budget.
944’s? Nope, jumped in price too much to afford a clean one
s13 240sx? Nope, all “drifted” to awesomeness* (aka bagged out shit boxes), clean ones are $$$$
ae86’s? Nope, too rich for me these days
EF civic si? Nop…….hey wait?…….
After searching for all the cars above for a month or two I found a clean, original paint, rust free civic si in my budget. So here it is and the progress so far. 13’s, a single wiper, a random black bumper…but no rust!
found the correct bumper for it, and spent several hours cleaning and cleaning. it was very low, I totally got high centered trying to get it into my parking garage.
Installed Koni sport struts and H&R race springs
result is a bit high for me, but ok for now
Installed si lip and “era correct” borbet wheels and new rubber. I’d like to say I’m going era correct for some nobel reason….but it’s actually all I can afford to find someones old “junk” and call it my treasure. And it has 2 wipers now.
This post is oddly personal. These are many of my old cars, but not all of them, I’ve had 40 in total. I focused almost entirely on improving the suspensions, brakes, engine, steering, seats and making sure they were clean top to bottom, even under the carpets. most never had paint jobs or body work done….because that money could be spent on bigger/better go fast bits.
beware! many pics are from the 90’s which explains the dress code. some pics are taken shortly after I sold the car.