This is an old pic of my 90' 4 door. Unfortunately I no longer have it, but I did keep a few parts from it, one of them being the front bumper cover. It seems this piece is a really rare because I have yet to see another like it and now that it has been discontinued it makes me want to hold on to it even more. If you have one like it show me a pic, I would really like to see one on another teg.
Other plans I have for the exterior include debadging and filling of the holes. Installing stanley sidemarkers found on the non-US DA's and amber bumper lenses, mugen style sideskirts or EK skirts. Paint won't come until I decide what the long term plans for the integra will be. Until then I'll be rollin' flat black and a set of (extremely clean)SI wheels or maybe sportmax 501's or 009's. I'm just planning to go with a clean kinda old school look to it.
2/25/08 I ordered a few things from Password JDM: A few crush washers, a magnetic oil drain bolt and transmission bolt and a lanyard. Well they sent the first two things but didn't send the other. WTH? I called and spoke to someone in the sales dept. and he told to send a pic of the packaging with the part # on it. So hopefully they will fix this because I would like to do business with them again.
I used an oil line kit from Stealth mode performance, so I dropped the oil pan to drill a hole for the return and slathered JB weld around the fitting to get a no leak seal. There was just one little problem, I made a terrible mess and now the fitting looks like a 3 year old did it, I got that stuff all over the place but checking the seal afterwards it does look like it won't leak....Don't laugh.
3/8/08 Gave the folks at PWJDM a follow up call since I have not heard anything about my missing order. Well they apologized and I did get a confirmation email shortly after containing the tracking info so that should be here by next week.
3/19/08 I sent password another email since they sent the wrong item once again. They sent another oil drain plug so I emailed them and bitched them out. Seems like they will get it right sooner or later. Doesn't look good for business though.
3/25/08 I received a package in the mail which contained the rest of my order from Password. I'm glad this has finally been resolved but it may be a while before I do business with them again. I'm not going to really bad mouth them because when I contacted them they were courteous and tried to fix the problem, but as everyone who has had this happen knows it's frustrating tracking down, following up and double checking on things that should have been taken care of for you.
3/28/08 Over the last few weeks I've been thinking about the best way for me to complete this install. I have learned a LOT since I started and can see what's needed to complete it-- fab up charge pipes, run vacuum lines, complete the exhaust and tune it. Well I've seemed to hit a little wall when it comes to the fabrication part. Since everything is being put together piece by piece, I just deal w/ problems as they arise. Since the car is parked and being worked on in a field with no source of power, I can't finish the charge pipes or exhaust. Not to mention there are a few more major which need to be gathered up.
So I had to make a decision: Try to make the pipes by eyeballing and measurements and hope that they fit, or convert everything back the way it was, get the car back on the road and re-install everything again when I have EVERYTHING I need. I decided to put the turbo installation on hold, get the car running and bring it back to life to keep it from deteriorating any more and when I get all of the parts together I'll install the turbo kit. Keep in mind he gas tank is holding a half tank of 4 year old gas, so that will have to be drained and the tank and lines flushed. I hope the injectors aren't gummed up.
Test fitting the intercooler.
4/15/08 Weather should be nice and spring like tomorrow, that will give me a chance to wrench on the teg a little. I'm planning on pulling off the turbo and manifold and capping off the oil return.
4/18/2008 It hit near 80 degrees today so I grabbed my tools and continued working on the DA. I pulled the oil lines and tee off, put the stock header back, capped the oil return and pretty much just undid everything. I drained the oil so I could put a cap fitting on the return nipple and re-attached the exhaust. I started it up for a min and forgot how quiet it used to be.
Now that I have the hardest work out of the way, tomorrow I can mess around with the lights and bumper to make sure they work. Once that is done all that is left is to get it inspected so I can get her on the road and cleaned up.
4/19/08 Things didn't go exactly as planned today but I did get a few things done. Having a car disassembled for so long, parts start to get misplaced and shuffled around. Well that's just what happened to me today. By the end of the day though, everything was accounted for. I checked for leaks and let the car idle for a very long time while it burned off crap on the manifold which made it smoke. By the time it was done, I learned the pusher fan was not pushing at all and the ECU threw a code 21. Next time i head out. I'll reverse the polarity on the fan, check the VTEC solenoid, install the lights and wire them up, and maybe get an inspection.
4/21/08 As you might expect from any car that has been sitting in a field for years, it's not in the best shape right now as you can see from these pics taken a couple of days ago. By the way, from here on I will no longer use my phone for pictures even if that means having to lug my digi everywhere I go.
Anyway, the elements have not been kind to my poor teg even though I am mostly to blame. DA's have a tendency to develop leaks below the windshield which causes rainwater to soak the passenger floor. At the time I had little knowledge about the source of the leak or how to fix it and parked the car without fixing it and covered it with a car cover. When I came to fiddle around from time to time I would often have to bail stagnant water out of the floor. Eventually over the course of a long hot summer it led to mold spores growing on the interior panels with the most growth on the steering wheel, door panels and the surface of the front seats. It wasn't until this happened that I finally traced the leak to the source and stopped it. In addition to everything else on my to do list, I now have to deal with a ruined and smelly interior. This would have been a good time to say screw it, part out everything, take the money and do something else...but I didn't.
4/29/08 This past weekend I got the teg up and running well enough to take it out. I tried to get it inspected last Fri. but ran out of time because I was trying to fix a pretty bad oil leak where I plugged the oil return, but I did manage to get it home and fix it. In between thunderstorms and rain I went out with a bucket and a scrub brush and gave the interior a good cleaning. I used Simple Green on all the interior surfaces and the floor which needed the most work since that was the spot where all that water accumulated.
This is where most of the water stayed. I cleaned, scrubbed and dried it then took this pic, it looks 0 better and smells better. I left the sound dampening since I have no reason to remove it, I'm not building a track car or anything. Well yesterday I took the car out for inspection...and it FAILED. Looks like I still have work to do. The right outer tie rod end is worn and will need to be replaced, the exhaust needs an extension and the horn needs to be rewired. Until then, the DA will be rockin the rejection sticker on the windsield.
6/5/03 Ordered the tie rod end and got it FED EX a couple of days ago. If I'm bored this weekend I may go out there and throw it on. I also fixed the horn so all that is needed is the exhaust work to pass inspection. I was able to get down and clean the driver side floor and ever since I did that I haven't had any problems. So I think the water problems are just about over.