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  1. Yeh it was great to see you too! DD is looking stunning as always, and the MX5's pictures really dont do her justice lol. I've been accused of being stubborn in the past lol.
  2. As far as I'm aware the DC2 steering wheel is a direct fit, and I think someone told me once that the EG wheel fits. I'm sure someone else can confirm.
  3. Sounds good! I'm away this weekend but any time after that I'll be around if you want to pop in and say hi (I dont get home from work till about half 6 though)
  4. Yeh man, living in Dalkeith now, another meet would be brilliant, when were you thinking?
  5. Right! here's a proper update for a change. It's been a bloody long road but got there in the end. So after the last real update the rebuild began. A friend who had promised me that he was capable of doing the job started ripping the engine apart in his shed, I was extremely limited in what I could do as in the middle of this I had to move to the other end of the country. Anyway, work commenced and the engine was stripped and cleaned ready for re-assembly. Things moved pretty slowly for a while until I had an opportunity to go and lend a hand, so over the course of a couple of days we got the engine re-assembled and back in the car. Bonus points if you can spot the mistake in the pictures above, the answer will be later in the post I was out of time and had to go home/back to work so I left it with my mate. roughly 6 months went by and he eventually admitted defeat, it wouldnt start and he couldnt figure out why. As he had thrown the towel in I took it to a garage that had a good reputation, the owner had "supposedly" built race cars in the 80's. They assured me they would get it going and I'd be able to come and get it in a few weeks..... .....Weeks went by..... and more weeks.... every time I spoke to them there was some other excuse as to why they couldnt do any work on it parts missing or wrong (which they were not). I eventually lost patience and took two weeks off work to go and put some hours into it myself. after spending 3 days on it I figured out that the distributor was naffed and the new ignition switch I had got for it didn't work. I managed to get a new Dizzy and bypassed the ignition switch and managed to get it to turn over for the first time, and it felt like we were getting close. Remember that mistake I mentioned..... it was at this point we noticed the fresh engine oil seeping out between the head and the block.... Yeh the head gasket was on upside down. So I pulled the head off and sadly the gasket wasnt saveable. I managed to get a new gasket overnight and put it all back together. Also in the middle of all this some n*****ts put a multipoint socket on my ARP head studs and rounded two of them off so I had to replace them and I could only get genuine honda bolts in time. And once again I ran out of time and had to leave the poor girl at the mercy of the morons in the garage. fast forward one month and distributor number 3 (they broke the new one) and I get a call to tell me that its running and I can come and get it. The garage put it through its MOT, some welding was done on the sils and a couple of small things (track rod ends etc) and her new wheels were put on. managed to get there on christmas eve 2018 to pick her up and finally was able to drive her away, she was running like a bag of spanners on the factory ECU but she was running. At this point I was finally able to try and get her cleaned up. she was absolutely filthy after having been neglected by various mechanics over the last 3 ish years. the back seats were folded down and the back was full of old parts and other crap, while emptying it out I discovered a 5L bottle of oil with no cap lying on its side.... and the seat backs of the rear seats were full of oil. On top of that the seats were covered in mould and she was generally in a pretty sorry state. Luckily a friend of mine who used to work as a mobile car valeter kindly agreed to come out of retirement and give her a proper interior clean, I unbolted the steats and he spent a full day with the steam cleaner and other gadgets in the car. He did a fantastic job and it looked like a new car when he was done. I gave her a good wash once he was finished, starting to look like a respectable car again! So next job was mapping, I decided rather than risk driving it a few hundred miles to get it mapped it would be better to trailer her. so we hired a car transporter and drove her down to Triple H performance in Irvine. So, I had to leave her there and Henry at Triple H put her on the Dyno the following week, and she filled his workshop with smoke like a coal rolling diesel. at that point we feared the worst and thought there was a problem with the piston rings that meant it was going to have to come apart again. I had to wait a few weeks for Henry to have the time to investigate properly and after spending a few days on it on a hunch he had the injectors tested and it turned out that 3 of the 4 injectors were b****red and were putting full fuel rail pressure into the cylinders. Over the rest of the week Henry installed new injectors and tidied up a lot of little things, (Adjusting tappets and several other things that needed done.) and at the end of last week she was mapped properly. 192HP and 131lb ft of Torque. I went and collected her on Saturday and drove her home, she is still smoking a bit under acceleration (and a lot in vtec) but the guys at Triple H performance reckon that its due to the bore not being properly honed and it should clear up after about 5k miles. They also think she could pick up another 10HP by the time the engine is run in properly. it was great to finally drive her properly and she's going really well, and it was cool seeing the workshop over in Irvine, they have some really cool toys I took her for a long drive on Sunday as a shakedown and my Fiancee came for the run on her new Bike. It's been a long journey but she's finally driveable again and the next job is going to be trying to make her a little prettier again.
  6. I'm nearing the end of an NA build with mine and its all been done to a budget (mostly). Blox inlet manifold (these are close enough to being the same as the Skunk2 inlets for a fraction of the price, I got mine second hand for £150) DC2 integra cams and valve springs, it might take a bit of digging but you can get a set of cams for £200 and I think the springs were an extra 50. On top of this I got an engine rebuild kit which came with YCP B16B pistons. the kit was approximatly £500 but I had to pay a fair chunk in import tax and shipping as it came from the states. it also included a full set of king bearings and seals for the whole engine. An ebay special 4-2-1 stainless manifold with a 2.5 inch collector to go with my exisitng 2.5 inch mongoose exhaust. the manifold was about £160, The exhaust was on the car when I got it. The car is going on the dyno in the next week or two when I get everything buttoned up finally and honestly none of us have any clue what kind of power its going to make. all we know is the compression ratio is higher than any of the factory engines, with VERY approximate napkin maths it should be nearly 13:1. you can pick and choose how far you want to go with yours but obviously some of the mods require some of the others to work, and once you get past a certain point you really do need to Map it otherwise it will never be right. Also bear in mind that if you do the inlet manifold it means deleting the IAB's which caused me some headaches in the beginning. I'll be doing a full update in my build thread once I get time to sort through all the photographs.
  7. Some Great pictures there..... See that Orange Rapier, that actual car was my Grandmothers, she had it from new and we gave it to the museum to display when she stopped driving in her late 80's. One day when I have a garage to do it in I'm going to ask for it back so I can restore it properly
  8. Success! She runs and is drivable but she's in a bit of a sorry state, best Christmas present I could have got Like the new wheels?
  9. Thanks dude, Glad to see there are some of the old faces still around ^^ Small Update: Shes having some welding done at the moment and a few bits and peices to get her through an MOT which should be finished by next week, going to pick her up between christmas and new year. Can't wait
  10. Awesome, I'll let you know when I get a better idea of dates
  11. Hey dude, it has been a long time! I'm back in Edinburgh now, I should have the car back down here shortly after new year, fancy a road trip to the dyno once its broken in?
  12. Sorry about the radio silence chaps! there was an um..... delay. Anyway, for the first time in roughly 3 and a half years she started this morning! she'll be through her MOT next week and getting mapped on a dyno in the new year after shes been run in (newly rebuilt engine and all). sometime after christmass I'll get a proper update on here with pictures and the full story of the build :) And Hi to anyone whos new here wondering where this old thread surfaced from ^^
  13. awesome thanks mate, It'll be next week before i can get back at it now so ill let you know how that goes!
  14. Hi Dave the engine has indeed been right out, the other ECU that we tested the car with has run it before, (not recently though) as far as whats been done, nothing has been changed wiring wise since the last time it was working, its got new/different pistons and cams, also a new inletmanifold that no longer has the IAB's however it was running with that already changed before we pulled the rest of it apart. we have been over all the connections with a fine tooth comb but havent found anything that was forgotten. Ill have a look at the fueses though thats a good shout thanks.
  15. Hi guys, I was getting all geared up for the big reveal on my build thread and now the b****ring thing wont start and i need one of you electrical wizards to help! symptoms: turn the ignition on and all the lights on the dash come on as they should.... with the exeption of the engine management light which doesnt come on at all. the main relay clicks but the fuel pump doesnt prime and then the engine wont even attempt to turn over. immobiliser light flashes and then goes off the way it should tried: different and known working ECU all earthing checked and cleaned main relay tested any suggestions would be immensely appreciated,
  16. the wheels i got are the 4x114's came from a mates 96 spec teg, he did a hub swap to 5 stud recently so i nabbed his old wheels if you could send them that would be great, not sure when ill be able to get to a meet next
  17. Thanks @Dave, any chance i can get my forum stickers for it when its finished?
  18. well seeing as im not gonna be able to get individual pictures of the parts now >< I may as well fill you in. just under a year ago I finally got round to fitting the Blox inlet manifold that I had bought months before, this resulted in (I'm assuming due to increased pressure or something) the stem seals and/or piston rings blowing themselves to b****ry and enormous clouds of black smoke. So after some deliberation i decided to buy a wee van that i could use for work and take the car off the road while I got the stuff together to rebuild the engine and fix the problems. it was about 10 seconds after that decision that i thought "well if its all coming apart anyway......." so months later and hording parts for the best part of a year I now have the following! High Comp B16B pistons DC2 cams and dual valve springs P28 socketed ecu (to be mapped once everything else is done) ACL race series bearings Super Street 4-2-1 2.5 inch exhaust manifold and adjustable decat. shiny new Bridgestone Adrenalin RE002's on 16 inch black DC2 alloys and of course the Blox inlet that caused all the issues in the first place The Beard is excellent thank you! I honestly cant wait to get her back on the road, Ive been dealing with the worlds most gutless berlingo for nearly a year and its driving me MAD
  19. What's Happnin' Dudes! hows it going guys I know i have been AWOL for a while, I've been crazy busy with work and car stuff has been sidelined due to time and money issues, however i managed to avoid selling her and found a corner to hide her in under a cover but things are starting to happen again, she's been off the road for a little under a year while i stockpiled parts and the rebuild has begun! lots of shiny things going into her and i will post a full update when i can get some pictures Hope everyone is doing well and I'll speak to you all later now I'm gonna go lurk around the rest of the forum and see what everyone else has been up to
  20. when i rebuilt the front end of mine i just put an M8 bolt with some big washers though the ends of the bumpers and the wings much more secure! and you dont have to f***y around with those stupid clips and tec screws
  21. Already said it on facebook but Congratulations to both of you again cant wait to see the procession of wedding cars
  22. personally i'm waiting for the day i can afford an FD2, far prefer it to the FN2, the new one is cool though but the profile of the FD2 makes me think spiritual successor to the MB6 lol
  23. Dougie


    cool thanks for the info dave, I dont need anything too fancy though, just want it to be tight so it doesnt move in the wind, all it needs to do is keep the seagull s**te off the car so it doesnt ruin the paint while its sitting for a few months
  24. Dougie


    Cool thanks, @Chandler do you think it will fit the hatch ok? (I'm assuming you used it for your deck)
  25. Dougie


    So the civic is going to be off the road for a while, and I need to put a cover over it. Anyone know of any good covers that fit the hatch backs really well? I want something that's going to be a nice snug fit so it doesn't flap around in the wind
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