Project Purpose & History
This site contains documentation and commentary on my '87 Civic Si project. The purpose of the project is to restore an old ugly civic into something actually respectable. One major consideration is leaving the exterior reasonably stock looking. I want this car to show up all the douchebags I see on a daily basis with their body kits, alteza-style tail lights, stupid wings, and fart-can exhaust tips... I hate those kids! Just because you cut the springs on your car, removed one wiper blade, painted your interior, and your wearing a visor backwards and upside down doesn't mean your car is cool, toolbox! :)
This project stems from Project: Rally Beater, which was a red '87 Civic Si that I had bought for $300. Nearly every body panel is trashed and rusting on this baby! We swapped an '89 Integra D16A1 motor into it. Add some other parts, a nitrous (ZEX) setup, and you have yourself a sub-$2000 pile of humorous junk! 'Beater' as it is so affectionately called, was used for occasional SCCA road rally use, and was run in the Grasroots Motorsports $2002 challenge, where we placed just about dead last. This is mainly because the car was the ugliest most beat up one there and so placed last in the concourse judging. We would have done well in the drag race portion of the competition, but it was rained out, so we didn't get to make up any points :(
It should be noted that I have 2 complete '87 Si chassis. One is Rally Beater, the other is a former SCCA ITA car. The IT car still has some good body panels, so most of that car's body will be swapped onto Beater, then the remaining panels fixed.
Car will be suitable for daily-driven street, autocross and occasional track day use.
Beat a stock Mustang GT and WRX in the 1/4 mile (15.1/14.5, source: Car and Driver).
Budget: $400/month, + $1000. This does not include parts I already have.
Project Status / Summary
Last Site Update
Best 1/4 Mile
Not yet run
Best Dyno Run
Not yet dyno'd
Chassis Sound Dampening Tar Removal Front Cross Member & Steering Rack Engine Intake - The Weapon-R fiasco Header - DC Sports Suspension Wheels & Tires Front Sway Bar & Energy Suspension Bushings Radius Arms, Ball Joints, Energy Suspension Bushings Install Torsion Bar Removal / Install Tie Rod End Removal / Install Rear Coilover Conversion Kit Other Swapping ignition lock & Disabling steering lock Gauge Cluster Disassembly / VSS Swap