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 Post subject: 1983 civic S progress thread.
PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2011 10:42 pm 
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Hello everyone.
I am starting a new thread to document the progress of my 1983 civic S.
this is how she sat the day i got her.
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within a few hours i got the "old person driver" decal put on. I bought it from Kyoei USA in Tempe. the Historic plates are copper and i think it is my favorite mod so far!
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that night i also installed a new stereo.
the car had damage on the trim around the doors so i took it off, did some minor body work to straighten both sides out and painted it satin black.
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I was able to find a parts car for the civic at a local pick and pull yard. A 1983 civic 1300. the car is pretty complete, minus the wheels and door guard trim.
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I was able to take a few pieces i was looking for.Image
included is all side markers and blinker lenses. headlight door trim pieces, the deck lid for the rear hatch, a vanity mirror, and the metal body piece that goes below the grill.
my rear driver side marker was broke so i replaced it with my new found treasure. (the pic is of the broken one)
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that is it for now. hopefully this thread keeps going as long as my car has been running!

thanks for looking.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 6:22 am 

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WOW! That interior looks pretty amazing! Looks like you got lucky with the junkyard find as well. Keep up the good work :tu:


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:57 am 
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Nice car! These sorts of projects are fun, you can drive and enjoy them and work on little trim bits as you go.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 5:59 pm 
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Looking great man :tu:


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Camshaft wrote:
Nice car! These sorts of projects are fun, you can drive and enjoy them and work on little trim bits as you go.


Agreed, sir!


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 19, 2011 1:42 pm 
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i got one wheel painted today before a storm blew in. it is a little bit darker of silver than stock.
i also got some lug nuts that were not rusted. looks alot better


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 1:53 am 
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Looking good :tu:


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this car looks like so much fun! good luck an keep up the good work


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2011 4:04 pm 
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i finished painting the rain gutter on the passenger side.

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then i touched up all the faded pin-striping.

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then i just put on the new front lip this morning.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2011 4:27 pm 
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I like the little lip. Is that standard, or did you make it yourself?

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2011 6:02 pm 

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It is a factory thing on s ( I think GL too ) models. 8)


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2011 9:13 pm 
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haha sweet! it worked! that lip is actually a universal ebay lip. $32. made out of foam!
im really glad it looks as good as it does. i had no luck in finding an oem type s lip.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2011 9:09 am 
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Need better pics of the car with the lip on!


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 3:38 pm 
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Hazwan wrote:
Need better pics of the car with the lip on!

ok i took a few more. sorry i'm using my cellphone for photos. its the easiest way for me.
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under view
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 5:07 pm 
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Griot's Garage Vinyl & Rubber Dressing will do wonders for that front bumper. It'll look black & shiny again. :tu:

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 6:25 pm 
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haha, thanks for the tip. it used to be all nice and purdy but weve had two storms in the past two weekends so whatever had it shined up before has washed off...


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2011 2:35 pm 
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well i got the car all washed and waxed on saturday. storm blew in on monday!
anywho, i finally stopped by the mechanic after class this morning, told him about my mpg woes. im only getting around 22 mpg. i also mentioned that the clutch was slipping a little and he said that a failing clutch would hurt my mpg alot. so i guess ill be paying for that soon.

i have replaced a clutch in a 92 prelude and a 96 chevy s-10 by myself with a little help, does anyone know if it will be about the same difficulty or any easier?

i sure wouldnt mind saving a few pennies doing it myself...


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2011 3:07 pm 
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rsport wrote:
i have replaced a clutch in a 92 prelude and a 96 chevy s-10 by myself with a little help, does anyone know if it will be about the same difficulty or any easier?


Similar process to the Prelude, and less stuff to remove, so... :tu:


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 2:53 pm 

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The clutch change should be easy enough. If youve managed a prelude you can do this. BTW what engines in this car?


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 5:08 pm 
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the civic s came with a 1500. carbed.


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