Early March, This is how the Car was introduced to me one late rainy night.
Sunday March 11th, 2007.
bought the car for 200 bucks, picked it up and brought it home and here it sits fresh off the trailor.
one of the plans is a custom body kit. so i have this front bumper i scored from a friend at a body shop for free. here it is pictured on my GF's 79 civic.
as you can see its way huge. 6" on each side and sticks half way down the fender from the side view. so i had a lot of chopping and cutting to do!
so heres the next result.
chopped it in to 4 pieces. left and right fronts and left and right sides. took screws and just screwd it into the car for now to mount it where it should sit so i could start fiberglassing it together.
on March 12th i went back to work on the car.
after i got one layer of fiberglass on the out side i was able to take the screws out and the bumper off the car and it stayed together in one piece, looked liek shit but it was together.
so i flipped it around and started fiberglassing the inside to get some good stength in it.
while that was drying i continued on with the car, started sanding it down back to bare metal so i could find the rust and bondo and see what was really under the ugly red/orange crap.
by the way i havnt even touched the hood yet, it was like that when i bought it, dont ask me what the point of that was....
finally got the bumper dried and i primered it because its easier to see your flaws when its all one color.
it bubbled and looked like complete shit i was pretty mad the first layer already had problems. but thats okay it will get fixed.
been at my real job the last few days but i have today to work on it. so im going to take that shitty looking bumper and smooth it out today! started with the driver side corner since it looked the worst. cut off the bubbles sanded some, and layed out some new glass. its drying as we speak and it looks 100% better than it did before. still not perfect but closer. next ill move onto the center, then the passenger side. pictures will follow.
but while im at it, this is a photoshop of the front bumper. hopfully it looks this good when its all done.
so in a few hours ill have new pictures of the better shapped front bumper.
okay update, as promised hours later, a better looking front bumper!
i pulled the hood off so i could start stripping the engine bay and get the motor ready to be pulled, so it looks kinda crooked. and the grill isnt bolted on so its falling off too lol. so dont worry it will all sit straight when its done!
so thats the result so far, bumper just need some bondo now to smooth it out. i gutted the dash, so im going to start on the fiberglass dash next. and side skirts and rear bumper will be comming soon as well too! check back for updates.
oh and im looking for my motor, anyone in the northern oregon/southern washington area that has a good b16/18 let me know! ill buy it.
march 19th 07.
had 2 small projects today. one start the fiberglass dash. 2, make some custom gauges for the girl friends 79. so heres the results.
for a girls car with pink accents i think these fit the car perfect. the whole face glows pink. the black letters evadently dont glow since they are black. yes i made these by my self with a scanner/photoshop and a good printer and a little skill and time and effort. i think they turned out great. cant wait to get them in the car and light these puppys up. (still waiting on the pink led's for the glow)
now on to my dash. when i pulled out the stock dash i found it was very heavy. well in a drag car you just cant have that! so i decided to go fiberglass. im modeling mine off the stock dash so heres pics of the process of making my mold.
first cover the dash with aluminum foil, to protect the dash from the fiberglass resin. (mainly so its still in perfect shape to sell)
then i started lining out the fiberglass matt.
now start laying the resin
after it dried you can pull it off, remove most the tape and aluminum foil, and you have a nice very light weight mold to start making your custom dash.
more pics later as it gets more progress done.
March 28th, 07
got my motor. not the one i wanted, but it was free, cant beat the price, and in the long run i think it will work better.
and i got a lot of progress done on the dash. hopfully this weekend ill get the stock motor pulled and start fitting the new one. pics!!
the last time you'll see this motor...
the new dohc!
havnt got a lot of time in on the dash, but here it is. keep in mind i havnt sanded it at all. just got the mold made and trimmed it up so it fit in the car. it still need a lot of sanding to get all the runs out, some more fiberglass, and then bondo and paint!
March 31st, 07
Engine swap update!
So i spent a few hours pulling the old motor and test fiting the dohc! pics!
kiss this motor good bye!
waiting for its new motor.
hmm it might fit.
Spent a few hours chopping up the engine bay, and massaging metal and getting things ready to fit. next chore is making custom engine mounts, then custom cross member, and then the motor should be good to go, i got it in there, and it fits pretty tight, so we will see how things go.
clearance is NONE. the intake manifold rest on the firewall, if i ever have to take it off i have to pull the motor lol. and in the front i might have just enough room for the turbo manifold but no way will the radiator fit. so its going to have to be a custom built one, and put off to the side somehow.
more pics tomorrow.
Friday the 13th...
unlucky day? well its been a pretty good day for working on the car so far! except for my shin lol but besides that heres PICS!!!
finally mounted the tranny to do some true test fitting. didnt fit, so i broke out the cutting torch and started hacking. lookie what we got now.
pully clearance on driver side and tranny clearance on passenger side.
sticks into the wheel well about an inch or so. but it clears the wheel so were good!
the final resting spot for the motor. engine mounts are being fabbed up right now!!
im fabbing up engine mounts now. then after that im not sure. project might be put on hold for a while due to a baby is on the way. so we will see. besure to check back though! thanks for lookin. ill post up engine mount pics soon.
so.... its been a hella long time since ive updated this!!
not much has changed. i took the ignition off the steering column since it was punched out, and put the steering column back on the car. so now it doesnt wobble and crap, and doesnt lock up. i still havnt got my engine mounted yet, almost! should have that done soon. bout all ive done is put the fenders back on. anyway but its going to get a lot done to it here very soon. so check back with in the month. heres a couple recent pics from today for shits and giggles.
stayed way late after work to work on the car. got quite far with another 100 bucks! and the supplies should get me threw the dash and front bumper. hopfully more.
started working on the fiberglass dash.
its pretty much all bondo'ed up, and mostly sanded down, still a lot of work to do on it, but its coming around!
then i decided since im keeping the stock door panels i had to do something temporary to make them look nice untill i can get them redone. so $5 can of fabric paint from home depot and heres what we got.
when the handle is done, the little plastic strip that was the goldish color, will be color matched with the out side of the car, not just plain black. but the door panels wont be black either. i got a cool idea for those, just wait and see.
oh yeah and i got bored dinkin around the shop waiting for shit to dry. so i did some work on my valve cover lol. dont worry it wont stay like this. just cheap entertainment haha.
okay after probably a month and countless hours on the dash. here it is finished for now. untill i get (cant think of the nam any more) filler. makes it more like glass and gives it a better finish with less "pin holes" than bondo. makes it better for painting, then ill slap that on there, sand it one more time, and paint it. heres pics. calling it a day.
had some extra bondo after the dash so i decided to start working on the bumper a little bit. did the first layer of bondo, then the 2nd. i have just a tad bit more of bondo left in the can ill scrape off the walls and lay one more layer, then ill sand and hopfully ill be able to call that corner done.
the top is going to look like crap for a long time, but im not working on it because its just going to get fiberglass and molded into the car so that should clean it up a lot. so i know it looks bad now, just wait and time will fix everything. im quite a long ways from actually molding the bumper into the car. so im just focusing on rounding out and smoothing out the sides and bottoms now.
oh and i finally dug my new windshield out and set it on the car before it warpped or got broken or something. man it looks so much better than that broken thing i had lol.
well here is one corner sanded out.
and then here it is on the car for now. untill i get ready to mold it and get some more bondo. thats how its staying for a while. but i got some other body work i need to get done first!
well today i shaved the front market lights (dumbass me forgot to take pics) and then started molding the bumper... what almost turned out as a disasture actaully worked out pretty well for now. this deff isnt as easy as building a fiberglass sub box. heres a couple pics of stretching the cloth nice and tight and getting it ready to lay on the resin.
its drying right now then im going to put on a few more layers, and let them dry, sand it some and primer it and then ill post up more pics. check back around 5ish and there will be an update.
well..... here was the result...
aka it looks like SHIT!! the bumper sticks out way to far messing up the body lines (i screwed them up too) and so i was pretty pissed and put out. so after convincing my self ripping (or kicking hacking punching destroying) it off wasnt the right way to go. i sat back and figured out what to do. decided it was fine except the sides stuck out to far so i got out the neat little cutting tool and went to work.
cut the sides off broke off all the fiberglass off the original bumper pieces, and then started over. taping them back up.
finally got them to tuck in better.
so laid down some more glass and resin, and called it a day, left work with it drying, tomorrow morning it will be nice and hard and ready for a few more layers and some body line molding.
so thats the update. thanks for looking more tomorrow.
well got the sides back on and finished untill i get more bondo, look much better, still a few flaws but ill get am worked out!
BEFORE ----------------------------------------------------------------------- AFTER
the next project.
havnt done a whole lot of work except started slapping on some bondo. now comes the part im not looking forward too and being lazy about... sanding. but ill get my ass in gear and get it done here soon.
July 24th 07.
well if you read up on the first page you'll see i said my goal changes daily. well guess what....
basically i screwed this bumper up right in the begining, i didnt align it right when it was in pieces. and so when i fibered it up it was crooked. i shoulda tore it apart right then and fixed up but i told my self no just keep going you can work it out. well now after wasting hundreds of dollars on it. im sick of fighting with it and wasting more money on something thats never going to turn out perfect.... but i got some positive stuff to say about it!! first it felt super nice to take my anger out on it with a hammer. that made my night lol. 2nd it was hella strong and that bondo sure as hell didnt want to crack. so i feel pretty damn good about not worrying to much about cracking on the finished product. things stuck really well and it took quite a few blows with the hammer before it started chipping away.
so now i decided to move onto the rear since i just recently scored the rear bumper i think im going to use. came off a 05(?)civic ex. heres pics.
i spent tons of time making sure it was lined up perfect this time, im not making the same mistake twice!! so as u can see the 2 pieces have been glassed to one again. when that dries ill work on it more and post more pics.
im going to start more work on the motor here soon and actually get the car running, so stay tuned for that.
well i did some more work on the bumper today. its prob 80% done. its totally molded and pretty smooth just needs a little sanding and a tiny tiny bit of bondo. and it will be done except for the sides, gotta figure out how to mold it into the fender flairs and have it look right. either way heres pics of the last stage of fiberglassing, after it drys ill sand and shoot some primer and it should look more normal!
well here it is all done and fiberglassed, just needs a little bondo now to fix some blemishes and its good to go!
well i worked on the sides today. as u can tell up higher they went straight down in about the middle of the wheel well. so i worked on making them look better.
first i cut it out like a jig saw puzzle
then i hot glued the piece on the car where it needs to be so i could fiberglass it up. now i just gotta buy some more fiberglass resin and ill get it lookin good too.
i havnt updated in a while, so heres some progess.
the euro civic!! lol jk
the new front bumper
the new dash
the front bumper taking shape.
the rear side getting molded
both still need a lot of sanding and some more glass, i had some problems with running out of resin, but ill get it taken care off and them looking good.
been over a month since ive updated. figure i better post something up! so heres the latest...
Rear Bumper primered so i can see the final spots needing sanding.
The front bumper taking shape... but shitty materials make for shitty results. so i got a lot of work to do with this now! but a very cool idea coming next... just wait and see!
Now on to talking about the motor. which i havnt done enough of.
my first original plan was to just this motor in, and drive it and slowly build it as i could afford. but when it came apparent to me that i really needed to buy a parts car to finish this swap i realised i was going to be stuck with 2 motors.. so this is my new plan...
Motor #1 (current motor i have on hand) im going to tear it down and build it from the oil pan to the valve cover so it will handle an easy 20 pounds of boost reliably and run very strong. and it will sit on a engine stand until its done.
Motor #2 (will come with the parts car) im going to slap it in the car. bolt on my turbo i got for it, and just run the piss out of it untill it blows and not care one bit.
heres the tear down process.
So i pull the head off of my "suppose to be running motor"
this is what i found.
thank god i didnt just change the oil, slap it in there and fire it up like i planned. dirt and debris, small pebbles. and a FREAKING LEAF!
next the oil pan came off, the pistons and rods out then the crank and so on.
now i got a bare block!
i cleaned them up in the solvent tank a little bit for now. ill prob send them to the machine shop later to get mag tested and cleaned better.
been spending a lot of time with my new born daughter and family and not so much on this car... so its just kinda been sitting. but i did do about 2 hours worth of work on it today.
first i decided i didnt want all the custom fiberglass work. i figured id stick more to a really clean suddle look, little more sleeperish. so i ripped off those hundreds of hours of work and money of fiberglass, and threw it in the trash... then took it to the lift....
decided it needed to be dumped on its nuts!
its sooooo low that we had to lift it up by hand to get the lift out from under it. it wont clear a beer can... and the front cross member i cant even fit my fist under hardley lol. and although nothing rubs even at full turn... its prob not staying that low, once i put the coil overs on it ill raise it up maybe an inch................. maybe.
Ordered my new coil over springs tonight to fit into the factory struts. this is only a temporary set up just so it can drive around and have a little fun on. when i get really get into the drag racing set up of this, it will be switched over to a fully adjustable coil over set up. but for now, these will work =]
I think for my birthday i might order my turbo set up. (end of this month)
Making The Mold.
so i figured out how i want to make my front end now. gotta do it from scratch, no bumper hackin this time. so first thing i had to do was get an intercooler... but i wasnt going to ruin a perfectly good intercooler in this messy experience, so i got the size specs and made it from carb board.
whooo hoo! lol
next i placed it where its going to fit on the car.
then started filing the gaps up with foam
after the first stage of foam this is it.
i have applied the second stage but havnt taken pictures yet. that will come later today. so look back for updates tonight.