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    Hey guys, my names Matt. Some of you may already know me from my saturn build or possibly my very short lived aveo build. anyhow, onto the build! I've always liked the shaped and bodystyle of the 6th gen Civic hatchbacks, so I decided to pick one up and build one of my own. about a month ago I started browsing the web and car ads for something rust free, not to badly beat up, stock, '96-'98, and hopefully black in color. Eventually I stumbled across this one which managed to meet most of the criteria.


    (The stock wing that came with the car was broken and I had already put this one on before taking pics.)


    the car however was fairly rough on the edges, but had almost no rust. the cars back bumper had been replaced with a cheap reproduction bumper that fit horribly


    the passenger fender had several dents in it and the hood had been hail damaged. also someone had put on a very cheap clear hood protector film which seperated and ruined the front part of the hood.


    as well someone had attempted to fix a dent and some rust with bondo.

    and dents on tons of panels.

    the interior was also rough... someone had broken into the car at one time. The owner tried to fix it but the door card didnt sit right anymore, the car couldn't be locked from the inside, the speaker cover was gone, and the window crank was gone.

    the other window crank was also missing, and the whole car was pretty much filthy.

    and of course the radio didnt work

    As well the previous owner tried to spray paint things on the outside to "fix" scratches and such. All that accomplished was weird looking splotches of less gloss paint. but it was cheap and rust free!

    So first thing to get fixed was the rear bumper, manged to find an alright one at the junkyard. it needs some filler in some spots as well as being properly aligned, but its better then it was.


    and i replaced the dented and bondo'd passenger fender


    found some weird breaks and rust on the inside of the passenger door so I decided i would be better off just swapping the door. it still needs to go onto the car.


    swapped in a center with an armrest as well as heated seat buttons

    got a cluster from an acura el with a tach


    I also picked up a set of acura el mirrors, I find they look very similar to the jdm ctr mirrors. They're power and even heated, plus they fold.

    But of course being from a 4 door they have some fitment issues i will need to clear up first.

    also in the plans are the newer '99-'00 style center hvac controls, Si tweeters, power everything (locks and windows). already have 99% of the parts for it


    To me it seems most civics are done up like race cars (gutted, race buckets, roll cage) which is fine, its just not as appealing to me. Instead I would like this car to have almost all the options you can get for comfort like: power windows, locks, heated seats and mirrors, nicer interior and so on. it's going to make the car heavy and goes against what most of the honda comunity seems to do, but I wouldn't have it any other way. style and comfort are the priority.

    But of course I would also like this thing to sit on the ground.... so it will be on air. I had already picked up a set of used airlift struts before i had found the car. Accuair will be ordered relatively soonish.

    probably won't get the warmest welcome from the honda-tech guys, so i'll stick to here for now sorry for the loooooong intro and too many pics
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    good rust free start! id take dings and dents over rust any day

    pics are what make a good build thread.

    any more future plans? wheels? paint? do tell

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    oh snap

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    You've done such a nice job with the Saturn so I really can't wait to see how this turns out.
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    looking forward to how this turns out

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    this is gonna be good!!

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    This WILL be dope!


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    Yep i'm happy!!! Can't wait to see what you're going to do.. are you going to sell the Saturn now?


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    I cant wait to see where this goes

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    Hopefully I can see this thing next time I'm in town!!

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    As with the rest of your random builds, I'm gonna go ahead and Sub

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    How could I not give the warmest of man hugs for this?
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    Loved your Saturn, in for this

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    What is this? Non-junkyard parts?

    And you are ruining a perfectly good handling car how dare you, heathen.

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    You shut your whore mouth Micah! There are junkyard parts and the other stuff is used so its still junkyard budget.
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    This is awesome! cant wait to see more progression!

    Haha i think i recognize those air struts, did you get them from a guy named mitch with an EG civic?
    i was eying them up for a while trying to think of a project for them. have you ever thought about the acura EL front end?

    also screw the honda-tech 'purists'! they may have great tech info but i can do without their narrow-minded opinions on ride height and style haha

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    This I am excited for. Something different!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrailerTrash View Post
    good rust free start! id take dings and dents over rust any day

    pics are what make a good build thread.

    any more future plans? wheels? paint? do tell
    Don't have very specific plans for the car yet, I'm kinda just plan as I go type guy lol. Would like to get the type-r rear lip, possibly the front lip as well. Wheels I'm not sure about yet, probably end up with something old school. As for paint, it will stay black, I will try and fix the paint to as close to mint as possible, if I do change the colour it will be a vinyl wrap job. Better to have good paint under the vinyl first though I figure.
    Quote Originally Posted by Nick475 View Post
    oh snap
    Crackle, pop.
    Quote Originally Posted by aLaFleur View Post
    You've done such a nice job with the Saturn so I really can't wait to see how this turns out.
    Quote Originally Posted by lazyrs View Post
    looking forward to how this turns out
    Quote Originally Posted by Belvader View Post
    this is gonna be good!!
    Quote Originally Posted by Chuckdee View Post
    This WILL be dope!
    Thanks guys! Appreciate the kind words
    Quote Originally Posted by 244Brick View Post
    Yep i'm happy!!! Can't wait to see what you're going to do.. are you going to sell the Saturn now?
    The saturn for now is still my daily, it will be kept for at least a little while. May end up keeping both cars. Only time will tell
    Quote Originally Posted by rsingh3g View Post
    I cant wait to see where this goes
    Thanks!
    Quote Originally Posted by MixDuP View Post
    Hopefully I can see this thing next time I'm in town!!
    If your ever in town I'll make sure to try and meet up again!
    Quote Originally Posted by Ben_S View Post
    As with the rest of your random builds, I'm gonna go ahead and Sub
    Thanks mang
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    How could I not give the warmest of man hugs for this?


    Quote Originally Posted by TheTynosaur View Post
    Loved your Saturn, in for this
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    Thanks man
    Quote Originally Posted by M.Doban View Post
    What is this? Non-junkyard parts?

    And you are ruining a perfectly good handling car how dare you, heathen.
    HahAhAHa a good handling honda! Lol good one mic...... Wait a minute, I own a honda to now.... Darn, no more honda jokes.
    Quote Originally Posted by CrackerTeg View Post
    You shut your whore mouth Micah! There are junkyard parts and the other stuff is used so its still junkyard budget.

    Quote Originally Posted by crxmarc View Post
    This is awesome! cant wait to see more progression!

    Haha i think i recognize those air struts, did you get them from a guy named mitch with an EG civic?
    i was eying them up for a while trying to think of a project for them. have you ever thought about the acura EL front end?

    also screw the honda-tech 'purists'! they may have great tech info but i can do without their narrow-minded opinions on ride height and style haha
    Forgot his name, definitely had a black eg with white itr wheels and an s2000 cluster. Thought about it when I couldn't find a hood or bumper at the junkyard, think ill stay with the original bumpers though.
    Quote Originally Posted by Wyatt Lay View Post
    This I am excited for. Something different!
    Thank ya sir! Hopefully it's a little different, always been wary of building a honda cause there are millions of them out there that are modified. Hard to make them unique without throwing on 19" Dayton's
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    sooo update time!


    Someone was selling a new type-r replica grill. the kid had bought 2 in case he messed up painting on the first one, so I snatched it up for a bargain

    it looks black in the first pic, but its really just a darkish grey plastic so I painted it to match the rest of the car.


    Also picked up a new bumper that came with a free replica type-R lip

    it looks good from far, but it really needs some love. It seems like someone repainted it somewhere along its life so parts of it are rough.

    there are no breaks in it though so a proper paint prep should fix all the small imperfections and scratches.



    Was having thoughts of shaving the rear wiper off the hatch, but it seemed to be a pretty big hassle, especially when I don't yet know how to weld.

    luckily i stumbled across another hatch the same color with no wiper. some off the clear needs to be touched up, but thats not a big deal.

    didn't feel like swapping the wing tonight so the stock one is still on. needs the honda emblem still, but i plan on shaving the civic and cx emblems as well as removing the dealer logo.

    And now for my favorite bit! picked up a deck for the car. still trying to find little bits and pieces for my dash swap, and have a deck install kit ordered for the radio but i couldn't resit not mocking it up.

    and a better picture of what it looks like running.
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    fuck yea!

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    Woot! Woot!


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    Much good! Woot!

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    Soooo, I have run intgo a few setbacks. first off I have found that one of the air shocks is toast, (the shock absorber itself is leaking oil) so new front shocks are gonna have to be ordered.

    as well the snow is officially here which severely limits my use of the garage.


    now for the good stuff!

    guess ill start with the audio goods.
    I wanted a subwoofer that didn't fill my entire trunk so i decided on a 8" woofer.


    yes... this is an 8".... the great thing about it however is the maximum box size for it is around .6 cubic feet. if the box is any larger it will literally pull itself apart

    and my front speakers also arrived. I absolutely love the Mb quarts i have in my other car (they will be moved over and installed in the back) and decided I couldn't go wrong with another set.

    and I somehow managed to score a set of Si tweeter mirror caps at the junkyard so ive started to swap the oem tweeters out.



    While at the yard I also scored a Crv map light. Figured it would be easy to add in.

    and while it sat around waiting to be installed I decided to convert it to led using these.

    old shiz removed, and unnecessary tab dremeled and removed.

    lights in

    original ground lead drilled to allow soldering

    all finished

    still need to be painted black though

    and of course they still come on individually but are bright as hell now


    now this is gonna sound really stupid possibly, but I would like the rest of the build to go exactly like the map lights. I want to leave my mark on almost every piece that goes into this car. I want all of my work on this to challenge me to become a better builder, to try and learn new things, and to advance my skills. I want to be proud of every singe detail that I've done to the car with absolutely no shortcuts taken. I would like everything on the car to seem almost as if it could have come from a factory, yet upgraded and updated. maybe I'm becoming OCD

    Also while at the yard I stumbled across this "Glove box" thing from an RSX. I figured it would be a great way to either conceal the accuair controller or my phone and radio plug-ins.

    plus it would look much better then the ugly open din slot in front of the shifter

    it wasn't exactly a perfect fit, so i had to drill some holes

    and in!



    Now at this point I'm sure you are all bored out of your minds, but what can I say... this will be a build of small details.


    The cars interior is a horrid shade of cheap looking grey that I cannot stand. Its in the process of being changed to all black e'rything.

    look at this ugly mofo speaker cover...

    and the one on the opposite side that I've painted black. as an added bonus it makes the parts look almost brand new



    I also converted to '99-'00 tailights (no orange, all clear signals)


    and scored some baller valeo bronze headlamps that need some small internal repairs.



    And I've decided on a scheme which will take inspiration from these two epic bikes.


    I would usually apologize for the long post but....
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    Loving everything you're doing.. sorry to hear about the struts


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    Def excited about this build. I see you going in a great direction with it

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