This is probably my last post for a while. I just want to share the status of the car as it is today, and the projects we have in the works and some plans for the future.
Since we got the car done at LHT it has been a blast to drive. The tune is very conservative so the car is very reliable. It drives very smooth until you step on it at which point all hell breaks loose and 2 drops of pee come out.
The engine bay is looking very sexy now, but the overflow tank now looks out of place. Its old and yellowish plastic and it will soon be replaced by a stainless steel one which should fit better aesthetically.
We have a follow up appointment scheduled a month or so from now when he will take care of that as well as a couple of other things (minor things)
As for ongoing projects, well my brother decided he wanted to do some sound deadening a while back. He did a lot of research (like he always does) and decided that sounddeadenershowdown.com was the best option. They even had the exact measurements for an integra so he decided to order enough material for the doors. A super heavy roll of some dense plastic looking foam, some very light foam, and some tar looking pieces came in. We checked out the contents of the package and put it in the closet where it sat for about a year.
One thing that I can't stand about my brother. He will do an insane amount of research before he takes the first step on anything. He will take that first step, but the second step doesn't come without a ton of persuasion from someone else (usually me).
This is what happened with the engine which we purchased on craigslist, and then it sat in his room for about a year.
Back to the sound deadening stuff.
His door made this creaking, grinding noise when you opened it, and I did some research and found out it was the door check. Its pretty easy to remove, just 2 bolts, 1 pin, and if you have the door panel off you just pull it out. Well I figured I'd take that out and since we have the door panel out we can do the sound deadening too.
He was super motivated for about 4 hours of this project, and then he just quit and left a huge mess in his living room for about a week and a half.
The process is not very straight forward, you have to create a template, then you have to cut the thick plastic looking piece and make sure the panel can mount back on with it (lots of trial and error) then you have to adhere the foam to that, then you have to strategically place super strong velcro to hold it all on, and find a place to route all the window and lock and speaker cables through it when you put it all back on. yeah its a big project but were about 95% done and thats how its been for the past month or so. Actually he got to the point where he just threw the passenger side on, left the cables unplugged, and never put the door check back in... not gonna complain about how much that bothers me... but it bothers the crap out of me!
Here is some pics of when we started that project
Door panel off with a bunch of oem plastic pieces for door lock push rods, and new plastic screws and what not that hold the panel in place.
Cutting the plastic foam thing to fit the panel
and right about now is when he decided to stop and leave that mess (every single little piece) on the floor for a week and a half
Not gonna complain... but what the hell!?
Now like I mentioned before, we bought the engine on craigslist, we got it for $800 and it looked decent, no idea if it ran or not, but we were super excited!
After about a year of it sitting in the room I decided to start working on it. Instead of just doing a compression test on it and throwing it in the car, I wanted to make sure things were good on the inside so I took the head off and took it to a professional. We also took the block to a local machine shop for them to see if it should get honed again.
The head was completely cleaned and it looked brand new when we got it back, some of the seals were replaced.
The block looked good on inspection so no need to have anything done there
We were lucky enough to have a spare room for us to work on this inside, here are some pics
Now this was my first time working on a K series engine, and I have to say, it was way easier than I thought it would be. Working with a timing chain versus a timing belt was so much easier!
I didn't take many progress pics (if I find those later on and people would like to see them I might post them up)
I just want to share some before pics, and the way the car looks today.
Here is the messy engine bay from before
And here are some shots I took today
And here are some shots of the new exhaust
and the car itself
So whats the plan for the future... well its a long list.
First the small things. The secondary O2 sensor is not reading correctly, John will have to check that out as well as diagnose the squeaky breaks, prevent the intake filter from rubbing on the AC line, and unfortunately the turbo parts will need to be ceramic coated again (I saw some flaking today) luckily they will do that for free so all that will be done at once when we take the car in during our scheduled appointment.
The door panels will get done completely, even if I have to do it myself... just have to find a free weekend.
A new shift boot will most likely go in soon, its cheap and the current one is not looking great.
I would love to find a new steering wheel, well not new, but one in better condition than the one that's currently in there. It looks great from a far, but up close you can see the wear on it.
The car definitely needs a paint job. We love the current color, its black with red flakes, when its clean on a sunny day it looks incredible. It will most likely be repainted the same color. His rear bumper has spider cracks since someone backed up into him, the front bumper has some cracks, and that fender doesn't match at the moment.
The current suspension makes the car look great, but as far as comfort, its lacking. We hope to eventually go with a buddy club setup.
As for the wheels, I'm not a big fan, but my brother loves the look of the current ones. Either way, they are now scratched up and would either need to get restored, or he might go with another set.
The current sound system is good, just needs to be tuned, thats another weekend project when we have some free time and are in the mood for messing with it.
Thats it for now. I hope you all enjoyed our adventure and I hope that it continues.
Thank you for reading. Stay safe out there and enjoy your integras!