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Old 03-07-2013, 09:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Blending Old Hobbies with Ecomodding

Hey everyone. My name is Josh, I'm from the St. Louis, Missouri area, and I'm starting to really build interest in ecomodding. I've been lurking here for awhile, and have decided that it's about time to actually join the community instead of peeking in on it. I come from owning cars where I didn't care about gas mileage at all: lifted Jeeps, V8 Camaros, turbocharged 4s that only took 93+, etc. However, I just got married a few months ago, bought a house, and am working on getting into PA school, so to save money and limit some of the financial hardships associated with taking on all of these things at once, I bought a '93 Honda Civic hatchback. It was in "less than desirable" condition when I got it, to say the least. I've spent a few months redoing the body, gutting the parts off of the car that I don't need/want, and putting together a D15Z1 swap for it. My crank has a small groove worn in to it, and it leaks a small amount of oil, but I have another Z1 on an engine stand at the moment, and it'll be getting rebuilt as time and funds allow. Haven't actually started driving the car yet since I'm just now finishing up the rebuild (wheel bearings get pressed in first thing tomorrow morning), but I hope to get it on the road and able to be logged in the garage here before too long. I realize that some of the things I've done will go against ecomodding (15" wheels for instance), but I can't bring myself to go completely for ecomodding just yet. I still have a desire to be a part of the local car scene and have to find a balance between saving fuel and building a car I enjoy.

The Car:
1993 Honda Civic Hatchback (VX Clone)

Goals:
Build a reliable vehicle that not only nets 45+ mpg, but can also pull up to local cruise spots and fit in.

Mods:
D15Z1 Swap
ABS Delete
Rear Integra GSR Disc Brakes
Rear Seat Delete
Radio/Speaker Delete
A/C Delete
Wire Tuck
Brake Line Tuck
Full Color Change (Cement Grey from the 2012 tC2)
Battery Relocate
Lowered on Coilovers (~2" Drop?)
15" Integra GSR Wheels
Microsuede Headliner
Black Interior Swap
Passenger Mirror Delete
Carbon Fiber Spoiler
HID Headlights
LED Taillights

Plans:
MPGuino
Grill Block
DIY Belly Pan
DIY Rear Diffuser
Rebuild and Swap a Second D15Z1
Lightweight Seats
Carbon Fiber Hood
LED Gauge Lights

Will update this post with pictures if/when I'm able to.


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Old 03-07-2013, 11:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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A few before, during, and after pictures:
















So, all of these should give you a decent idea of what this car has been through lately. Still a few things to work out on it, but it's awfully close to being ready to hit the streets.
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Old 03-08-2013, 03:27 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Have you ever considered to go with a single-arm windscreen wiper? It saves a few ounces, looks cool and even improves the aerodynamics
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Old 03-08-2013, 10:37 AM   #4 (permalink)
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...also, while you're still doing body-work, consider smoothing over those fake-scoops (where road lamps might go) on the front bumper...help reduce the cars' aero drag.
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Old 03-08-2013, 03:41 PM   #5 (permalink)
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The grey is actually the paint, not primer... It's the Cement color from the Scion tC2. I'm all done with body work, but smoothing those out in the future might become part of the plan!



And also to the above posts, I've never considered a single wiper. You mean just removing the passenger side? Or actually converting it to one arm?
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Man that looks like a lot of work! Good on you for getting it done. I am always jealous of people that get to work in a garage instead of parking lots like I have to lol.
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Like the tuck work. Cleans it up alot but man it's alot of work. Looks good.
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Dang, nvm, I was just going to say if you are near Washington state and want to hang some 1/4 panels on a VX, I had a job for you OP. But you are pretty much at the other side of the continent lol.
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Dang, nvm, I was just going to say if you are near Washington state and want to hang some 1/4 panels on a VX, I had a job for you OP. But you are pretty much at the other side of the continent lol.
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I've never considered a single wiper. You mean just removing the passenger side? Or actually converting it to one arm?
I meant converting it to one-arm, like some Mercedes-Benz from the 80s and 90s. If you could make it stand up while not in use, like some race cars, it would be even better

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