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Polonczyk's 1998 Integra Build Log

Ill get right to it. I just bought a 1998 Acura Integra as my new daily driver and this is where Ill be keeping the build log.

Little background on me.... Im 33 years old, helicopter mechanic in the Marine Corps for the last 15 years or so, have been a car guy since I was 14. I have built and modified many different types of cars, American Muscle and Old School Big Bodys, European Sport Compact and Luxury, Trucks and even some bikes. I recently just sold 2 of my cars, a 73 Caprice and an 05 Impala which left me with just my 04 Ram 1500 and my Harley. Well its been cooling down here in NJ recently so Ive been driving the truck instead of the bike for my 45 minute trip to work each day and decided that 11 mpg sucks. I made the decision to buy a daily driver that not only gets good gas mileage but also would be enjoyable to play around with. When I was in high school I wanted either an Integra or a Prelude. I never ended up with either. I have not really had a chance to build a tuner/import so figured this would be as good a time as any. So I started my hunt. My requirements were:

-Integra or Prelude, 2 door or hatchback
-5 Speed Manual Transmission
-Low mileage for the year
-Good mechanical condition
-As close to stock as possible (I didn't want to inherit someone elses headache or have to un-do 5 previous owners worth of half assed, shortcutted jobs.

I wasn't really in a rush so I kept my eyes open. Eventually I came across a 1998 Acura Integra hatchback. It had 100,512 miles, was a single owner vehicle, ran very well, interior was amazing condition, exterior was pretty good, and best of all it was a virgin. Not a single mod to it at all. It even had the stock Acura CD player installed still. I found the car. I bought it and took it home. Below is the list of what I found that needed attention or repair.

-Drivers window does not go down. No sound of motor engagement.
-ABS light on. Was told it was the passenger front sensor.
-Hood does not latch closed easily. It takes about 10 minutes of messing with the latch to get it to hold closed. The lever does not spring back forward when pulled to open the hood.
-Tires will need replacing before winter. I plan to do the wheels at the same time.
-Both sides have some rust on the rear fender above the tire.
-Power antenna does not retract.

So I bought the following parts to repair those issues:

-Drivers window motor.
-Hood latch assembly.
-Hood release lever and cable assembly.
-Power Antenna motor and mast.
-Front drivers and passengers ABS sensors.

And then, the next day while I was driving, the exhaust got really loud. I pulled over and found that the piping had rusted through and broke right after the cat and was hanging down. Perfect timing, it couldn't have happened 3 days prior.... dammit. So I got underneath and the entire exhaust system is pretty rusted out. I had planned to eventually replace the entire exhaust from the header back but didn't plan to do it so quickly. I didn't have much time to research so I went off the little bit I could do. I ordered the following for the exhaust:

-Hytech Style 4-2-1 header
-Skunk2 Test Pipe (will replace with magnaflow high flow cat later)
-Ebay cat back exhaust system with carbon fiber tip (was just looking for a cheap throw on kit until I do enough research to find the one I want.)

As far as the wheels and tires, I am researching and will replace them together here shortly. I just need to ensure that there will be no fitment issues. Im looking at the Rota JMAG wheels, 16x7 +40 offset with 205/45ZR16 tires. I will lower the car about 1.5-2" all around. Camber will be kept as close to 0 as possible. I don't like stretched tires, super negative camber, or the low offset wheels that stick out the sides. I prefer a clean look.

So that's it for now. Ill continually update this thread as I work on the car and do stuff. Feel free to chime in and give me advice or ask advice as you want. Ill post pics in the next comment.

Im sure that Ill find a few other things as I own it and work on it. But that's all good, I enjoy working on cars. That's it for now, Ill add more and update as I work on it.
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Welcome! Next to see complete sentences from a new member. The integra is a great chassis to start from and it looks like you found a nice chassis.
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Thank you for your service sir! You're going to love how nimble that thing is compared to those boats you mentioned up there.
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that thing looks clean!!
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Welcome! Next to see complete sentences from a new member. The integra is a great chassis to start from and it looks like you found a nice chassis.


Thank you. You know how they say "If it's worth doing, it's worth doing right"? I agree and also feel that if it's worth typing, than it's worth typing correctly.


I hope there are no hidden gremlins with it. I went underneath yesterday to throw a coupler in the exhaust as a temp fix until the parts I ordered show up. I looked for rust all over and the only thing I found other than the exhaust is the shifter linkage and hardware from the transmission to the stick is pretty bad so im adding that to the list of shit to fix. But its to be expected.

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Thank you for your service sir! You're going to love how nimble that thing is compared to those boats you mentioned up there.
Hell yeah ive noticed already. Its fun to drive but needs a little more pick-up. Been looking at some salvaged TSX's with K24s and six speed trannys. My brain is at it already.

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that thing looks clean!!

Its pretty good considering the year. I always liked the tan interiors. Ive been looking around for RSX interiors. Tan leather should go well. Im wondering if its possible to swap a Civic rear seat into mine. Id like to have a 3rd seat back there for the kids so I don't have to take the truck everytime its all 5 of us.
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Nice Integra. Mine is exactly the same, but the interior isn't nearly as nice and the body needs a lot of work. Thankfully, I don't have any rust though, I live in the West.

I'm trying to figure out what I should do with my car. I'm definitely going to swap out the motor, and I'm not sure how I want to go about doing the interior. I want to restore the car but I don't know if I want to switch out the tan interior for something else.

I'm a former Marine as well. Semper Fi.
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From the pictures interior does look like it's been taking care of good find and good luck with the build.
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Nice Integra. Mine is exactly the same, but the interior isn't nearly as nice and the body needs a lot of work. Thankfully, I don't have any rust though, I live in the West.

I'm trying to figure out what I should do with my car. I'm definitely going to swap out the motor, and I'm not sure how I want to go about doing the interior. I want to restore the car but I don't know if I want to switch out the tan interior for something else.

I'm a former Marine as well. Semper Fi.
Semper Fi brother. I plan to eventually do a swap but for now just want to get everything 100% and drive it for a while. A little bit at a time, you know?
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Dammit. Got the new window motor in today. Took the door apart, got the window motor and regulator out, replaced the motor, put it all back together, and turned the car on. Window went straight up without touching the switch. Pushed down and nothing. Slapped the switch a few times and it went down on its own. Pushed up and nothing. Slapped the switch a few times and it went up on its own. Turns out the switch was the issue. Wasted 50 bucks and an hour and a half. Just looked at how much for a new switch. $238?!?! Seriously..... well guess I'll be taking the switch completely apart and cleaning all the contacts and hoping for the best.

Hood release lever and cable assembly, hood latch assembly, power antenna assembly, and the abs sensors all got here too. But no more sunlight... well I have Friday off so looks like I'll have some work to do. Also going to install an aftermarket head unit and run all the cables for adding some amps and look into replacing the speakers too. Hopefully the exhaust parts get here before the weekend because the exhaust sound is killing me. FiancÚ should be home from work soon so time to wash up and get ready to head to the gym with her.
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Dammit. Got the new window motor in today. Took the door apart, got the window motor and regulator out, replaced the motor, put it all back together, and turned the car on. Window went straight up without touching the switch. Pushed down and nothing. Slapped the switch a few times and it went down on its own. Pushed up and nothing. Slapped the switch a few times and it went up on its own. Turns out the switch was the issue. Wasted 50 bucks and an hour and a half. Just looked at how much for a new switch. $238?!?! Seriously..... well guess I'll be taking the switch completely apart and cleaning all the contacts and hoping for the best.
Similar thing happened to me on Friday, got in the car after work and the drivers window dropped all the way down with out touching it.
I tried a few times to make it go up but nada. I finally got it up when I got home, by toggling the shit out of it up & down. I'm going to take the switch apart and clean the contacts this weekend.
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