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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-07-2017, 01:49 PM Thread Starter
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My quest to have a good daily driver begins

Hello everyone,

My name is Mat (you can call me Ash, Mathew, Mat. Up to you) and I have just bought a 1995 Integra LS automatic. The vehicle is entirely stock inside and out. It has 260k miles and, with that considered, the thing drives really well.

Before I get any further info detail on the car and my plans for it, I'll give you a little background on me. I have very little mechanic experience, in fact almost, but I have a little knowledge of Honda/Honda motors and I am a quick learner who is very good at researching things on the Internet. I have a few friends who are rather experienced mechanics including two professional mechanics, one of which just graduated from an automotive engineering program with a 4.2 GPA. Enough about me back to the car.

As I was saying, for having 260k miles on it the integra drives infinitely better than expected but:

1. It burns oil. I can especially smell it when I turn the heat on but the car only smokes a slight bit when it's cold. Once warm it doesn't appear to smoke. Not sure if it's the rings, head gasket, or both.

2. The thermostat just went out and I have a theory that the radiator has a pinhole leak on top of that.

3.it's an automatic and a B series manual transmission is just not in my price range at the moment

4. I have a d16y8 motor/trans I purchased in a 97 or 98 civic ex a while ago. The civic is fully drivable but the rear windshield was shattered by hail and the front windshield is one stiff breeze away from shattering itself. Replacement costs would be around the same price as I paid for the Integra and I love the integra body style.

So I plan to swap the D16 into the Integra and do a manual conversion. I'll be trading the B series head and automatic transmission as part of the payment to get the swap done but save the block to build on over time so I can afford to build a ls/vtec motor the right way.

Thanks for bearing with me through this long winded introduction of myself, my car, and my plans and please forgive me for the multitude of noob questions I may ask after failing to find an answer already posted.
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While your plans to build an LS/VTEC is admirable and a good choice, you're going to find that the d-series will be a big disappointment if you're going to be daily driving until then. Honda/Acuras already suffer in the torque department, and you'll definitely have even less of it with a d-series (approx 20ft-lbs less). The Civic could get away with the d-series since those had 400-600lbs less weight than our Integras. Just give yourself plenty of time to merge and accelerate on highways & roadways. Power can always fun, but it can also help get yourself out of sticky situations as well.





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Welcome to the site.

While your plans to build an LS/VTEC is admirable and a good choice, you're going to find that the d-series will be a big disappointment if you're going to be daily driving until then. Honda/Acuras already suffer in the torque department, and you'll definitely have even less of it with a d-series (approx 20ft-lbs less). The Civic could get away with the d-series since those had 400-600lbs less weight than our Integras. Just give yourself plenty of time to merge and accelerate on highways & roadways. Power can always fun, but it can also help get yourself out of sticky situations as well.
Hey there JJ, thanks for the reply. I apologize for the extremely late response. But I would like to say that I decided to keep my Teggy running the stock B18b1 until I have assembled everything for lsvtec and the manual conversion. The motor still has plenty of power despite (this is an educated guess at best) having bad piston rings. Now I just have to decide what I'm doing with my d16 as I gather parts for lsvtec.

Just an update on my plans:

I decided that I would use a b16 head and transmission. That's about as far as I've got lol.
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Hey there JJ, thanks for the reply. I apologize for the extremely late response. But I would like to say that I decided to keep my Teggy running the stock B18b1 until I have assembled everything for lsvtec and the manual conversion. The motor still has plenty of power despite (this is an educated guess at best) having bad piston rings. Now I just have to decide what I'm doing with my d16 as I gather parts for lsvtec.

Just an update on my plans:

I decided that I would use a b16 head and transmission. That's about as far as I've got lol.

Idk what's in your price range but have you considered buying a bombed out manual Integra for cheap and taking what you need for the swap and selling the rest? I say this because that's what I did with my Auto LS before I sold it after getting a GS-R. I bought a rusted out 94 LS manual with 225k on the clock from a lady in northern WI. The car drove fine an shifted great, even had all the service records! I took all the pieces I needed out of it and what I could sell and scrapped the car, it was rusted out to the point of no return. Made my $850 back from buying the car and got the swap parts
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