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    The world's worst Honda S600 ... and it is mine

    Hold your jelousy until you see the pictures. I wasn't kidding about world's worst example ... this one is a 1965 and is really only a shell. Apparently it was a guy's project years ago and he put in Chevy 350 with three carbs in it! So the engine and the chain drive rear end are missing. I plan to rip off that awful hood blister, fix the hood. Then fix the floors and steering wheel. Then find some sort of 4cyl, rwd drivetrain to toss in. I guess some seats too to make myself a S600 rat rod. I paid $500 and probably over paid.

    I figured with $500 in what is the worst that can happen? I sell it on to another sucker/dreamer and then I can always say I've owned a S600.

    These were sold in Canada and there are a few kicking around. I'd like to find a set of headlight surrounds. Probably make my own grill.

    A bike engine would be cool but they seem to be decent money here. The S2000 is very rare in Canada and I doubt I could source an engine cheaply. So whatever is a good deal and shows up first. I want to keep this whole project cheap since there is a good possibility it will be a fool's errand.





    cool finned drums and stock wheel at the front


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    Re: The world's worst Honda S600 ... and it is mine

    I like it. You can be creative with out feeling you are ruining anything.
    More pics of the chassis and suspension.

    I am thinking turbo rotary Mazda or early inline 4 cylinder.

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    Re: The world's worst Honda S600 ... and it is mine

    More pictures to come. I don't actually get it home until tomorrow.

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    Re: The world's worst Honda S600 ... and it is mine

    I'm not sure if congratulations are in order or not? That poor old Honda has really been hosed over. At this point anything is fair game however and like a wreck on the freeway I will watch closely.

    There is not a whole lot of under hood clearance in the S-series. Honda tilted the original engine over to the left to keep the profile low. So when looking for a donor try to find something short (maybe a Miata lump?).

    The front wheels look like Honda centers with much wider rims welded on (I want to say stock wheels were 4.5in).

    Enjoy the project ahead!

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    Re: The world's worst Honda S600 ... and it is mine

    Don't worry your not alone.

    Though admittedly this was collected as parts to support a better example I still fantasize what could become of it. 900-1l Honda M/cycle seems so tempting..

    This also had no drivetrain, though my better example had a Datsun 1200 drivetrain bodged under it which admittedly doesn't fit too terribly (apart from leaf springs bolted to boot floor & alloy sheet held by screws to holes hacked into footwells), {thankfully it also came with most of an original drivetrain}.

    Fitment of alternative drivetrains was sadly quite common here in '70's & '80's Australia so its not uncommon to see examples that had been fitted with Ford Escort, Toyota Corolla 1200, Datsun 1200, Mazda rotary drivetrains. Notably the S600 rear frame rails weren't designed for a live axle bouncing around below so they often feature a jacked up rear to allow some suspension travel (S800 frames were notched for extra clearance).

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    \14,000 starting price on YAJ this week... Good luck with the project. Neko.

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    Re: The world's worst Honda S600 ... and it is mine

    I'm not worried about ruining this one with an engine swap obviously but it is a shame if a good stock motor is pulled in these as the engine is one of things that make it special.

    What is YAJ?

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    Re: The world's worst Honda S600 ... and it is mine

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave77
    What is YAJ?
    Yahoo Auctions Japan

    http://auctions.search.yahoo.co.jp/s...erce&ei=euc-jp


    s800m

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    Re: The world's worst Honda S600 ... and it is mine

    Thanks.

    some more pictures

    the wife got to see the Honda for the first time ...



    Some old beer bottles, a generator, and an exhaust manifold plus a large amount of dead bush.



    Moss growing on the car - that just doesn't happen around here - quite a dry climate.



    Apparently the last owner ran it with this seat sitting loose and the open floors - with Chevy V8 power! Also just a jerry can for a gas tank and no radiator.



    Certainly doesn't take too much room in the garage. Clean up and evaluation tonight.




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    Re: The world's worst Honda S600 ... and it is mine

    I think a new hood and new rear end will make a huge differance for this car. Those tires poking out just looks bad.

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