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Old 06-14-2013, 08:52 AM   #21
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I hear ya, man. I work 40-50 hours a week. Its hard to find the motivation to work on my project...
Keep at dude. you'll get there
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Old 06-17-2013, 08:54 PM   #22
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I hear ya, man. I work 40-50 hours a week. Its hard to find the motivation to work on my project...
Keep at dude. you'll get there
Thanks man I appreciate the motivation and kind words. The only real big issue is I like to work with someone or multiple people on a project and the only person around here I know is "Straightsuccess" and he is so busy that i feel bad bothering him over petty repairs.
Would be nice to meet more locals that are down to get dirty and fix cars (hopefully cbs )
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Old 07-03-2013, 08:47 PM   #23
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Old 07-03-2013, 10:03 PM   #24
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We got the same color car. Red tails. Just I did a diy to them. I have a bra but a visor now. I need amber corners. See wat u can do
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Old 05-11-2015, 10:02 PM   #25
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Have not updated my MRT in almost two years. Still have the cb. Have not done too much too her. Muffler fell off after this rough winter so I went back to stock lx and one of main seals towards the front of the enginer blew last year and I almost got rid of her.

The guy who worked on her (wish it was me but i do not know what i am doing with major components) said honda realized there was an issue with this seal and issued a kit for it but apparently mine was never outfitted with this kit? I did not know what he meant.

At the junk yards I was able to snag two little blasted clips for the inside of my rear doors. I can't open the doors from the inside! Only from the outside!

I also smacked into my fence one foggy morning about two months ago and destroyed my passenger mirror. I grabbed a black one from a '90 at the yard. Luckily it was power and everything works like a charm!

I am in need of a new oil pan again and a new flex pipe again. The hills are soooo bad around my area, hence my user name.

Enough of me rambling on to the pictures:


If you want to see the before and after of an untreated hood: check out my earlier pics for the before.



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Old 05-11-2015, 10:07 PM   #26
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Still have her I see!
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Old 02-08-2016, 01:06 AM   #27
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Still have her I see!
You bet! I do not want to ever get rid of her. I recently just had her inspected through 2017!

I always dread inspection because around here the OBD1 inspection stations are few and far between. Luckily I found a shop on the way to work and they were extremely down to earth.

She was exempt from emissions (under 5k in Pa i believe) and safety they said she did not need any work.

I now know that my crank shaft seal is leaking oil and they told me that in order to replace it I should do the timing belt and water pump.

At this point I am happy she passed inspection. The odometer just broke 131k the other day as I am driving more this semester because I cannot take Statistics II online.

I am moving out in two months with my girlfriend so I am not sure how much work I am going to be able to do there. Most apartments do not let you work on your cars there and for good reasons.

The rust has started on my right rear quarter panel and is beginning to bubble.

Money is not the major issue for me. It is where I can store the vehicle. My family is not accustomed to keeping a car very long. They do not understand why I want to keep my baby.
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Old 02-08-2016, 08:41 PM   #28
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The guy who worked on her (wish it was me but i do not know what i am doing with major components) said honda realized there was an issue with this seal and issued a kit for it but apparently mine was never outfitted with this kit? I did not know what he meant.

I now know that my crank shaft seal is leaking oil and they told me that in order to replace it I should do the timing belt and water pump.
That seal is pretty common for walking itself out. I had it happen on my motor. Honda made a kit to fix it, which is really cheap I might add, but it wasn't a mandatory recall type item so unless the car was worked on by Honda, odds are it won't be installed yet.

They say to do a timing belt and water pump mainly as a precaution. It's kind of a pain to go in there so if your going in you might as well replace the parts and it's not something that needs servicing often. Do you have to do it? No. Is it a good idea to do it anyways? Yes.

Your car has relatively low miles for its age. Just make sure to nip that rust while you still can before it gets out of control.
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Old 02-09-2016, 04:25 PM   #29
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That seal is pretty common for walking itself out. I had it happen on my motor. Honda made a kit to fix it, which is really cheap I might add, but it wasn't a mandatory recall type item so unless the car was worked on by Honda, odds are it won't be installed yet.

They say to do a timing belt and water pump mainly as a precaution. It's kind of a pain to go in there so if your going in you might as well replace the parts and it's not something that needs servicing often. Do you have to do it? No. Is it a good idea to do it anyways? Yes.

Your car has relatively low miles for its age. Just make sure to nip that rust while you still can before it gets out of control.
Thanks a lot Mike. It really means a lot to hear kind words and someone helping me out. In real life everyone wants me to get rid of 'Betsy' but i love her to death.

If anyone lives near me, my zip is 19026, I will pay to have you help me fix my car. I would love to give money to a CB7tuner member. I know there are some reputable guys who live in jersey but I do not know of any around Philly anymore.

The only two I knew were Joshua(f22a, R.I.P) and Straightsuccess(who is in cali now) so if anyone else around here can help me it would be much obliged.

Right now I am just adding oil as I need. I would prefer to learn how to do the timing belt and the crank shaft seal myself.

If anyone is interest I do have the available space here in Drexel Hill so just let PM me or respond to the thread.

Thanks a lot guys and I appreciate everything this community has to offer.
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Old 02-09-2016, 04:29 PM   #30
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I will get pictures of the rust up ASAP. Right now I am awaiting to hear from WCU about class tonight.

If anyone is local I am always down to help on repairs and meet new people!
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Old 02-13-2016, 11:22 AM   #31
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As I stated before here is the really bad news

Another angle...


New(to me) 92-93 alloys! Finally acquired an entire set from a junkyard! Haggled a bit but I think the yard got the better of me. Guy wanted 150 for all four and all I had was 135. Since I have been away these have been sitting in my garage since last may when I purchased them.





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Old 02-13-2016, 12:54 PM   #32
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I'd be smiling if I found a local cb7 with that little rust.
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Old 02-13-2016, 06:59 PM   #33
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You may get a bit of a surprise if you take the rear bumper off; many times the rust is even worse where the bumper cover mounting brackets are.

It'll take some elbow grease to get those wheels looking good, but it can be done. I know a great (but expensive) refinisher in Dayton, OH, depending on your plans for them.
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Old 02-14-2016, 04:39 AM   #34
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Get that rust sanded down as quick as possible. It will get worse very fast.

What exhaust did you have on before?
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Old 02-14-2016, 02:46 PM   #35
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I'd be smiling if I found a local cb7 with that little rust.
Thanks for the kind words CB9. My girlfriend should read your response because she thinks my car is a rusty old dinosaur..

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You may get a bit of a surprise if you take the rear bumper off; many times the rust is even worse where the bumper cover mounting brackets are.

It'll take some elbow grease to get those wheels looking good, but it can be done. I know a great (but expensive) refinisher in Dayton, OH, depending on your plans for them.
Any recommendations on what I should do to the rims. I have called around to many different shops around my house. They all come to the same conclusion that the wheels are not worth repairing the cosmetic damage. I beg to differ, I am a perfectionist. :P
Is there a way I can try and fix them myself?
I would probably need to buy a tool because I do not think I have a belt sander or wire wheel?

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Get that rust sanded down as quick as possible. It will get worse very fast.

What exhaust did you have on before?
I should probably remove my rear bumper in order to see the extent of the rust damage?
The exhaust that I had on the car before was a junkyard replacement that I got for 50 bucks. It actually was removed by my old mechanic(who i refuse to go to anymore) when he threw on the stock exhaust. Even though I specifically asked for EX exhaust..
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Old 02-21-2016, 10:04 PM   #36
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Replaced my radiator, upper and lower rad hoses, reservoir bottle, and most of the connectors.

I did not install a new thermostat. I never installed one before and I was a little worried lol. I think i was a gasket short anyway. I think there may be two and i have one plus an O ring.
Here is some of the work in progress lol.




Had a lot of fun doing this work. Let car run for 15 mins after and both fans came on and no leaks! Will most likely have to tighten up the hoses when it drops below freezing again.

Yes, I used this to haul my rims four blocks to my mothers house. She has a utility sink in the basement large enough to accommodate oem alloys. They did not come out as clean as I had hoped. Will have to try some DIYs on here to get these suckers clean before i sand them down and repaint.


I will add the tranny cooler info on the DIY page. Thanks for looking. Please leave tips and comment.
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Old 08-22-2016, 11:40 AM   #37
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It has been an extremely long time for me not to post. I actually contemplated getting rid of the Honda. It sat for the last 4 months at my grand parents because I was afraid to drive it with the oil spewing everywhere. Apparently it is leaking from the lower front seal. I believe it is called the crank seal or maybe it is the cam seal but I thought the camshaft was inside the valve cover.

Either way I was afraid to drive it so it just sat because I cannot afford a new car. I recently moved out with my girlfriend to an apartment so I had to get the car out of my grand parents driveway. I ended up taking it a shop that works on some family and friends cars because this repair is out of my league.

I know there are YouTube videos and Eric the car guy made one that you can purchase. I did not feel confident to tackle this job by myself and I do not know any forum guys close that would help me out. Also I did not ask anyone so I did not expect any help.

After a lot of contemplating I decided to change the oil and the battery and get it running again. I went over and started it up every few weeks but I did not really drive it too much. Around the 23rd of July I dropped it off at the shop for them to evaluate the situation and see if it was worth it to repair. He was supposed to evaluate the car and give me an estimate because I am not made of $. Mind you I only have 130k on the odometer.

This is where I begin to explain how bad my luck is. After a week it is there I called to inquire about the status. The owner of the shop tells me they lost the key and if I have a spare. I tell him, no I only have a valet key, I was never given a spare when I bought it 7 years ago. So he says "I guess we need to replace your ignition cylinder." I was thoroughly unhappy. What could I do at this point. So about 6 days goes by.

I called back the following Weds and I get one of his mechanics on the line. He tells me they found the key. I said great is the car done? He said no they still need some parts. So I called back two days later and I spoke with the owners daughter now. She says that they didn't even start on the car yet! So they have had it for 3 weeks at this point, lost and found the key, and still have not even evaluated it.

So she then calls me back at 5:15 that same day and says your bill is 1,143! I almost crapped my pants. I said excuse me!? I have had work done on my car like this and the most I have paid is 600-700. She then says oh we can knock off the taxes and bring it down to 1,000. I said Ok and hung up. I called back not even ten minutes later at 5:25 canceling the work. I said I would take my business elsewhere because I have been lied to by 3 people at your company and the car still isn't worked on. They also tried to tell me I needed a new oil pan gasket and a new valve cover gasket and another oil change. I freaked out and said absolutely not!

So now it is this past Saturday and the daughter calls me up at 9 am. She says I heard that you don't want us to work on the car anymore. You are unhappy with us and you want to pick up the car. She apologizes left and right and says that they can do all the work for 800. I said that is better but I am still not happy.

Fast forward to yesterday and the owner calls me and says he is extremely sorry and he was on vacation all last week. He thought they were going to get my car done while he was away. He told me that I can expect to pick it up today after work. So /end rant. I have the worst luck with this car but I cant part with her.
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Old 10-09-2016, 10:33 PM   #38
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Well I know the forum has quieted down a lot in recent years but I will still update my thread in case anyone happens to browse through.

I got the car back from that shop after having the worst experience of my life. They replaced the timing belt and few other seals. Mainly the cam and crank seals. I've only been driving locally because right after I got the car back I took it to class in West Chester and when I got home there was a small puddle of oil under my car coming off the transmission.

Now I probably could have brought it back to this mechanic but it was a few weeks after I dealt with that headache and I swore to myself that I would never deal with that shop again.

At this point I have been adding oil and checking the fluids every time I drive it, which is maybe once a week. I do not have the funds right now to have more major work done to it. I really haven't the slightest idea what seal needs to be replaced now because I thought the whole reason I had it in the shop was to FIX THE OIL LEAK!

Well I guess god is testing me because I am stubborn and do not want to get rid of her. Once I graduate in may of 2017 I will have a lot more dough to spend. (I pay for my classes without loans.)

End goal would be to restore her and learn everything I can and actually do the repairs myself in an environment where I don't have to worry about my neighbors or the cops asking what I am doing.

Sorry I don't have any pictures but the car has not changed much. Thanks for reading.
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Old 10-10-2016, 09:18 PM   #39
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Is it oil or transmission fluid coming off the transmission? If you can get underneath it, clean off the underside as best you can (late night with a jack at a self serve car wash) then you'll be able to track the leak better. Place a piece of cardboard (white if possible) under the car after parking it. Red fluid will be from transmission, oil will be brown. If it is oil and you're lucky, it may only be the pan gasket; other likely source would be the rear main seal (requires removal of the tranny to replace it).

Get yourself a Honda service manual and it will have all the info to do the repairs yourself; just take your time and double check your work as you go. You can do it!

PS: Here's a thread on redoing wheels: http://www.cb7tuner.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=182063

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Old 10-20-2016, 02:40 PM   #40
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Thanks a lot Fleetwood. I was in contact with Maury and he said it could also be my distributor seals.

I really hope it is not the rear main seal but since I have never replaced it, I am leaning toward that seal.

The fact that it is not tranny fluid, it is brown, leads me to believe it may be my rear main seal.

Has anyone had a shop do this or is this a job I could do with forum members that know more than me?
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