Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Burgaw, NC
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More answers to your great questions!
Shifter: The stock Prelude shifter will be turned 180 degrees so the cables point backwards. I've designed a plate with bellcranks which will mount on top of the trans to convert the motion from the cables to the shifter and selector arms on the trans. Different bellcrank arm lengths will shorten shifter lever throw.
Electrical: I have the complete interior, including dash and HVAC and complete wiring harness from the Prelude which will be installed in the GSR. The Prelude ECU is mounted in the passenger foot well but will be relocated to behind the passenger seat, so I'll need to lengthen the portion of the harness between the ECU and main chassis harness. The engine harness between the ECU and engine will be stock. Otherwise I'll use the Prelude harness everywhere and interface it to connectors on the Integra where necessary. A lot of the connectors are plug compatable, as you would imagine. one thing the GSR has that the Prelude dosn't is the rear wiper/washer. I'm going to try to use the stalk switch from the GSR mounted somewhere on the Prelude console.
Inspiration: I've wanted to do this project for a long time, since 1991. I've been inspired lately by TV shows like American Chopper, American Hotrod, Overhaulin', CCR, etc...
Sponsors: I would love to involve sponsors in this project. I think it fits nicely into the wave of automotive/fabrication related TV shows on today. I have been hesitant to approach sponsors until I actually have something to show them, rather than just an idea.
Street Legal: absolutely
Vacuum Connections: I'll be using the GSR fuel return line to feed vacuum from the intake manifold up front to the brake booster. All other vacuum connections will be stock.
Gas Tank: I bought an MR2 fuel tank off eBay from a guy in Texas and will be mounting it sideways (it runs longinitudinally under the tunnel in the MR2) behind the seats. There will be a steel fire wall between the passenger compartment and the tank which will continue rearward (with a removable panel) to cover the entire engine compartment.
Roll Cage: The car is intended to be a "driver", not a racecar, so no cage. I am considering a roll bar, space permitting, but it's not necessary based on the intended use.
Space in Front: There will be lots of space between the radiator and firewall and I intend to use it for trunk storage. I would really like to duct the air from the radiator up through louvers in the hood and build a seperate box behind that for storage space. Haven't thought about it a lot other than the difficulty of sealing it to the under side of the hood without modifications to the hood support structure. It would need to be water tight.
Front Structure in Back: Yes, the main reason for using something already built is that it's already designed and built exactly for the purpose of bolting everything up. All of the motor mounts and suspension mounting points are already there.
Thanks again for all of your kind comments and questions. Hopefully a lot more of them will be answered as I go along.