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 Post subject: 1979 Honda Civic CVCC "sort of" restoration...
PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2009 8:50 am 

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Didn't realize I hadn't put this on here yet. here goes:

1979 Honda Civic CVCC. I bought the car in 2006 and drove it for a week before the engine blew. Below is what it looked like the day I bought it.

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I let it sit for over a year before I decided to jump on it. I found a 1.8L EK-1 engine and had it swapped in, brought it home and lowered it. Then I added the Japanese fender mirrors (which are stock over there).

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At that point I sent it to the shop for the bodywork. The car was sanded all the way down to the bare metal for a complete overhaul on paint work. During this time, I had accumulated the "ever hard to find" 12" chrome trim rings and had the factory 12x4 wheels painted high gloss black.

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And, after replacing the cracked and cut dash to a new dash, complete with stock AM/FM radio and deluxe gauges....

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I am left with this.....so far. It is a primer state right now. It is charcoal gray with a semi-gloss clear coat on top. The car is sitting in the shop now awaiting a Weber downdraft.

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Here is a pic of my 1974 Honda Kick-N-Go that is being restored right along side.

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February 2010

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 Post subject: Re: 1979 Honda Civic CVCC "sort of" restoration...
PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2009 2:36 pm 
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qdseeker wrote:
Didn't realize I hadn't put this on here yet.


Technically this is the third thread on your car. :wink:

viewtopic.php?t=4895

viewtopic.php?t=4032


But that's cool. 8)


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 Post subject: Re: 1979 Honda Civic CVCC "sort of" restoration...
PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2009 2:50 pm 

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datsunfreak wrote:
qdseeker wrote:
Didn't realize I hadn't put this on here yet.


Technically this is the third thread on your car. :wink:

viewtopic.php?t=4895

viewtopic.php?t=4032


But that's cool. 8)


Whoops! Sorry about that. I forgot about those. I was trying to find a complete thread with all stages in one. I am about to be updating here in about 2 months and just wanted one thread to showcase all the work from start to finish.

I apologize.


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 Post subject: Re: 1979 Honda Civic CVCC "sort of" restoration...
PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2009 3:08 pm 
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qdseeker wrote:
Sorry about that. I forgot about those. I was trying to find a complete thread with all stages in one.


No worries. At least all of the threads contain different information. :tu:

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I am about to be updating here in about 2 months and just wanted one thread to showcase all the work from start to finish.


Good idea. 8)

Can't wait to see it.


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 Post subject: Re: 1979 Honda Civic CVCC "sort of" restoration...
PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2009 3:44 pm 

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datsunfreak wrote:

No worries. At least all of the threads contain different information. :tu:


Good idea. 8)

Can't wait to see it.


Yeah, this way I won't be making more threads out in the GENERAL KNOWLEDGE section. I can just update this thread.

I can't wait to show it, lolol. The next step (in January) will be finishing the interior. Having the seats restitched and the carpet laid down and the radio hooked up and that will be done.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 2:44 pm 
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awesome! I like that pic with the paint spots and the background in black and white. Have you thought about clearcoating over that kinda thing and leaving it like that? IMO it'd be sweet :tu:

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2009 9:50 pm 

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The car does currently have a semigloss clear on it.


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Nice 1st gen :|


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Thanks, Robb.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2009 9:22 pm 

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Seats are getting ready for the move over to the upholstery shop for new guts and skin. Doing a completely different look from what you see below. While the seats are out for renovation, I will be putting down new carpet and at that same time, running new wire from the stereo to the rear pocket speakers (rare for this car). I am going to hardwire my Sirius receiver to the back of my radio so that it stay hidden in the dash and I will have the factory AM/FM radio and still be able to listen to whatever I want.

Below are the seats/carpet now. Also the dealer option rear pocket speakers with the Honda logo embossed on them.

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Oooh those pocket speakers are sweet. They look like they'd fit in the Accord's rear pockets too. Hmm!

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Oooh those pocket speakers are sweet. They look like they'd fit in the Accord's rear pockets too. Hmm!


Haha! I don't know, man. But they will be nice once they are firmly installed with new speakers behind them.


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QD, by any chance, is the front passenger seat upright fabric in good shape on the side panel that faces the door? I have a small crack where many hands have pulled that seat forward to let in a back seat passenger.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 12:53 pm 

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February saw the addition of the dealer option decals on either side and a Grant Classic wood steering wheel.


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hey how did you go about lowering this? im looking to get an 83 civic and plan to do something similar.
thanks!


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He cut the springs or heated them if i remember correctly.
This is a great source for info, maybe you can become a member there also, they are not very friendly with cutting springs.
http://www.1stgencivic.org/world/c1zr/m ... m.php?f=88

I would cut my springs though if i had another set laying around. :D


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I did heat the springs. In all the years of heating/cutting (24 years), I've found heating to be the more effective method for everyday driving.

Here are pics of the new Grant wood wheel and the dealer decals.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 6:26 pm 

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Your car keeps looking better every day :D .That steering wheel would look even better if it had a center H imo 8) .Why do you say heating is better thn cutting? I had always been told cutting was better because the spring rate was easier to match up among springs( the four will be the same height, unless you heat them off the car?)

Ps.Hurry and polish that beauty rim before it rots out :P

Another question about your car: What kind of epoxy was that your car was sprayed with? What brand? 8)


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 7:23 pm 

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I prefer heating because of the ride quality I get. It rides with just a hint of stiffness and if you didn't know it was lowered, you'd never be able to tell. It has a nice, smooth ride whereas cutting leaves the ride a little more choppy. I heat the springs while on the car.

Yeah, I do need to get that trim ring cleaned. Unfortunately it's at Malley's having a one off front air dam made for it right now. But, lucky for me, I have 2 extra sets of the rings, lolol.

I have no idea the epoxy as I had this done and can't get a hold of the painter anymore.

Thanks for the compliment, man. I appreciate it.


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Love those decals QD. :D :wink:

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