Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
Dave

Daves MA8 Civic

Recommended Posts

Ok, I'm always telling new members to get a project thread going, so thought I'd better put in mine! So, the brief....

Bought the civic from my wife when she got her aerodeck, she was the 2nd owner. It had full FHSH, and 32'000 miles on the clock! Had it for around 4 years now (she had owned it for a year)

As bought, completely standard

My civic no mods.JPG

First mod was to change the rear lights, as I hated the orange indicators. So changed to later style MB lights

new rear lights 2.JPG

Then I turned to the interior. Luckily for me, my wife got me a brand new, still in the box, OEM leather interior!

Trouble was, it was the actual leather lit itself, from Honda, and I had to retrim all my seats by hand!! Nightmare! Well worth the effort though. Aslo fitted a cd player, JVC, then followed that with another JVC which played MP£ aswell and had a funky display, but that broke so opted for a pioneer this time. The difference in sound quality is wicked, and this one does mp3/wav etc, and has input sockets on the front 8-) Upgraded the speakers to Sony Xploads (utter rubbish they are) anyways, the interior

My Honda (lovely leather interior drv side).JPG

Next, I got a rear boot spoiler for it, and at the same time, changed the rear bumper to the later style MB civic. Again, I just prefered the shape compared to MA civics, and it tied in with the rear lights

My Civic new rear bumper and spoiler.jpg

I got bored with the original 14" alloys, and wanted some 15"jordan style alloys. Could'nt find a set at the time, so opted for a brand new set of wolfrace excites, with 195/50/15 tyres. These look similar so was chuffed. Also fitted a genuine Honda sunroof wind deflector, for a bit of the JDM look lol. Also fitted one to Dawns aerodeck

civic wi new alloys 003.jpg

Then it was the brakes, and although it was never gonna be fast, I wanted it's brakes to be good! Fitted Black Diamond Grooved/vented front discs, with B/D predator pads. These were ok for a bit, but the predator pads were really poor. Changed them to ferodo, and now it stops perfect!

MyCivicpic11.jpg

Then i thought, the centre caps really spoiled the look of the wheels, so changed them to proper Honda ones

P3190090-1.jpg

Much better 8-)

Now to the front bumper, which has been buggin me. The car came with half colour coded bumpers, which meant the bottom half was just black plastic, which I hated. So, decided to fully colour code them, as I had just bought a new gun for my compressor :D Also replaced the grill with a new one, as the old one was perished and the chrome bumperdone001.jpgwas perished too, and fitted MB6 H/light washers, which I think change the look of the MA big time at the front

bumperdone002.jpg

So, not got any recent pics up appart from these I took after a good clay and polish on the civic and the aerodeck

carpolishingbonanza015sideviewmine.jpg

carpolishingbonanza012platesblanked.jpg

Plans are..

Respray bonnet as it's a replacement one which is white! Colour code the bump strips, mirrors.

Fit the VTI rear spoiler I have (with brake light)

Fit the vti (standard) front lip I have

Lower it

Fit front window wind deflectors

Fit the original MA front fogs I got for it 8-)

 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

any better pics of the Mrs Deck?

How much were the centre caps and where from??

Lookin nice tho Dave! ;)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

lookin sweet mate.i know what u mean about the half coloured bumpers, that front 1 looks mint,it will change the look.i need a rear mb 1 to.

bet that leather was a bitch 2 fit.

did u have to use plastic primer for the bumper?

found this ma whilst trawling the net.

unbenannt.jpg

looks like a stock bumper which has been well modded,no number plate recess and no join line(top/bottom)

it looks orleans blue 2.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

LOL Not too sure on that custom bumper, a little bot o.t.t for me, but looks to be well done though. Yeah, you have to use the plastic primer, as the black plastic will never have been primed. Without the plastic primer, the paint won't stick and will last about a week! Make sure you prep it well.

The leather was a total pain to fit, with all these little metal hoops/clips to try and hook through the metal frames that run through the foam. My fingers were like worn down to stumps after it lol :lol: Don't think I'd attempt it again, but was worth the effort 8-)

Looking at that pic again, I do like the smoothed over numberplate recess, that bit looks cool

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

worn ur fingers to stumps lmao :lol::lol: liked that.

yeah know what u mean about the over the top ness i aint keen on that lip,i just like the overall smoothness.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

yeah, alot of time been spent blending that by the look of it. heres a recent pic of the car as it stands...

[attachment=1]civic at harbour1.JPG[/attachment]

[attachment=0]civic at harbou2.JPG[/attachment]

When the next pics get posted, she'll look alot better ;)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

lookin good bud,i think the headlight washers make a difference to the ma front end,i want some :mrgreen:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yeah, Simple mod but one I like alot. Makes it more MB'ish, but still confuses folk cos it's an ma! Theres plenty h/light washers for sale on here, check out the for sale for mb's breaking ;)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

got started today.......one mod almost done, this wee mod will be finished by the weekend. 8-) Also went and got the paint/laquer/thinners etc today, so it'll soon be all systems go go go!!! ;)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

have you got a oven you can rent then . only once did me and brother try and paint something in a garage and it looked like someone had throw sand in it :shock: . it tuck 4 hours to flat and polish it . never again :evil:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

HEHE, i got the use of a garage, but only one thats next to the house! Never had any probs with dust/dirt etc, a long as you make sure area is ubber clean, and damp the floor before spraying, it should be ok ;)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

its still in the air mate . have a go but i bet you are not happy with it when its done .

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Its a difficult one really, i have seen some absolutely shocking jobs from so called smart repairers and people doing it without ovens etc, however, a mate sprayed my xr3i and it turned out mint, (check the "what did you used to drive" thread!!) much better than i thought it would, and that was in a workshop next to his house!! I am no expert on painting cars, but he spent so much time on the prep, i rekon thats the key to a good finish! I will probably get shot down in flames by the sprayers on here, but im just going on my personal experience!! :oops::lol:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

No you're spot on Ad, you can have the best sprayer in the universe with a top notch spraybooth/oven etc.........but if the prep isnt 100%, it'll look crap. I see where Rich is coming from though, theres always crap in the air but I've never had any problems with results on the cars or parts I've sprayed. 8-)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

you are spot on the paint job is in the prep 100% i have been in the accident repair trade now for 12 years and my bro has been a painter for 10 years . you will get a ok job on non flat panels like doors and stuff because the dust can not land on them . but bonnets and roofs will get it . i have been there and done it may times trying to do someone a cheap job . we rent an over by is for £80 for a sat morning its just not worth taking a risk for that money.

This is my car straght out of the gun in an oven.

12122008683.jpg

12122008684.jpg

but i do see what you are saying we did the door shut in a garage ( and they are ok )

10122008680.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I normally don't like green on a car, but that colour looks amazing! 8-)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

its a hard one to explane it looks amazing in the sun . the car was painted black then a bmw dark green and then a blue emerald metel flake pearl on the top to give it its green to blue flip then metel flake in the sun is amazing everyone loved the colour at the rising sun . the down side is the sun has to out for the colour to work or it just looks green .

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

lol, but we don't see the sun very much in the uk!! lol , looks tops mate 8-)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

So............a little update. Been busy last couple of days. Decided it was time to fit the OEM front fogs I bought for the civic ages ago, so first off it was strip down!

post-1620-13704391357382_thumb.jpgNew fogs_02resized.jpg[/attachment]

[attachment=1]New fogs_03resized.jpg[/attachment]

[attachment=0]New fogs_06resized.jpg[/attachment]

Next job..............getting that damn white bonnet resprayed! lol :lol:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks Ad, been a long time coming! lol Getting ready for the prepping and painting now, so hoping to get it all done soon ;)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×