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Old 11-30-2018, 03:44 PM   #1
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I bought another Civic (#3) 1996 Coupe EX

I forgot to post this up but, a few weeks ago I bought another Civic.
I have a thing for the "EK" Civics.
I haggled the owner from $700 down to $450. It was the most interesting
haggle ever because the guy was from Russia or something & his daughter
had to translate us going back & forth.

I was sure this Civic deal would settle the U.S.'s & Russia's differences

KIDDING

So he was selling the car because his daughter is getting some job at a
hospital in Philly & he needed to get rid of some of his assets. He had the car
listed on CL for $700 saying that the Ignition Coil was bad. I made an
agreement that I could bring my own distributor in order to get the car started
before I purchase it. Well, I went to check it out only to find out the alternator
was completely seized up. It was so bad that the crank pulley was spinning
the ALT belt but not the ALT pulley due to the rust.

So I haggled the guy down to $450. To get the car home I cut the ALT belt,
bought a fresh battery from Vatozone & drove it a hour home. There is
only 170K on chassis & engine. ALL HONDA MAINTENANCE. ZERO RUST.

The next day I bought a new alternator, put the original distributor back on,
& she fired right up!

Clutch & transmission feel amazing. I need to redo the brakes of course.

The only major issue I need to address is the wiring harness for the driver's
side door. Apparently, on these Civics ( & CR-Vs I discovered ) the floor
harness that goes throughout the cabin & to the driver's side where the
harness connects to the driver's side door harness, the wires get pulled out
of the back of the plug (plug #C556). I was reading on some other forums
that the wires on that floor harness are a bit too short, so after years of
opening & closing the driver's door the plugs can get pulled out.

I might just do some ghetto wiring for now just to get it working so I know
everything is okay.

My plan for this Civic is to just flip it. For $450 there is no way I can't make
my money back plus some.

Just a little D16Y8 VTEC..I have heard D,B, & H series VTEC Crossovers
but on these engines it is so quiet haha. At least my EK Sedan has a
short ram & exhaust compared to this bone stock setup.




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Old 11-30-2018, 08:23 PM   #2
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Nice grab! I’m always on the hunt for these kind of deals.
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Old 12-07-2018, 03:12 PM   #3
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Oh my goodness what a nightmare rewiring BOTH doors!!!

I think there was a total of 17 wires on the driver's door & 10 wires on the
passenger side door that all had to be rewired.

So the issue was the wires were pulled out of the back of the plug. ALL WIRES

I basically said screw repinning the plugs & doing all that work. This car is
going to be a flip so I cut both plugs off for each connector & just hardwired
from the floor harness straight to the harness in the doors. I just matched up
all the colors of the wires. I did go the extra step of labeling the colors of
each wires so in the future if someone has to redo anything they will have it
a little bit easier.

Anyways, I am happy because after the rewiring EVERYTHING in the car
works just as it is supposed to!

I went to a local junk yard to get a new power steering pump. I actually
pulled off two different ones but of course the one I took home did not
work haha. I am not even sure why is doesn't work. I guess the pumps
just die over time? The OEM worked but I think the bearings inside were
shot because when the pulley spins it just makes a horrible grinding noise.

I also put a set of headlights from my sedan on this car & I think it looks
pretty good. (future reference, sedan & coupe headlights are the same lol)

I wired up the halos for daytime lights. I guess these are like early 2000
halogen type headlights. They look kinda ricer lol. Oh well..

I am in about $750.00 soooo I can deff make something off this one.
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Old 12-07-2018, 03:29 PM   #4
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Old 12-07-2018, 07:59 PM   #5
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Civics are a decent, economical car that happens to have an overwhelming amount of aftermarket support and an abundance of cars at the JY. I thought of getting one about 3 years ago but the only thing that kept me from doing so was the still high theft rates of them, instead i got a boring ol' 98 Corolla. Some dude gave my dad a 01 LX last year because of distributor issues, he got it painted the original clover green and turned it into his daily.
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Old 12-14-2018, 04:49 PM   #6
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Yeah it is not a bad car at all. Sometimes I will drive it to work or I will
casually drive it to the grocery store. I just finally got the Title so I think I
may list it for sale soon.

Nice! yeah it's cool to find something nice out of what other people think is
no longer any use for them.
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The amount of butt connections hurts my soul. $450 though? Canít beat that.

Flip that thing for $1500 or donate it for a $1000 tax break. Youíre good whatever you do.
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Old 01-18-2019, 04:17 PM   #8
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The amount of butt connections hurts my soul. $450 though? Canít beat that.

Flip that thing for $1500 or donate it for a $1000 tax break. Youíre good whatever you do.
Haha believe me if this was my car that I was keep I would have done the
whole pin-out & wired it all correctly. It was so tedious to redo all the wiring
though.
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Old 01-18-2019, 04:27 PM   #9
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FLIPPED! $$$

I was getting tired of paying insurance for 4 cars so I finally had to get rid of
the EK Coupe.

It literally only took 45 minutes to sell it once it was posted in a Honda group
on Facebxxk.

I did not end up finding out what the real issue with the power steering was.
I would bet that when it got in an accident that it must have bent the rack
to a point where it was binding when attempting to make left turns.

Anyways, I am from Maryland & the buyer came from Pennsylvania. I met
him at the Target parking lot by my house. I took him for a ride, showed him
everything electrical works & he was happy to buy the car. I listed it for
$1,700 but I honestly only wanted to get $1,500.

He pulled out a wad of cash & asked if I would take $1,500 without even
having to haggle. I said that is fine with the price.

Went home to add up all my receipts to find out my spending total.

Spent: $768.00 (rounded)
Buyer Paid: $1,500.00
Profit: $732.00


I was just glad to rescue a Honda from sitting &
get it running just as it should. & I was even more happy because the guy
who bought it is using it as a daily. Also, he was an older gentleman so
I assume he is not going to rice it out.

This was a very fun project!
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Old 01-18-2019, 06:03 PM   #10
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FLIPPED! $$$

I was getting tired of paying insurance for 4 cars so I finally had to get rid of
the EK Coupe.

It literally only took 45 minutes to sell it once it was posted in a Honda group
on Facebxxk.

I did not end up finding out what the real issue with the power steering was.
I would bet that when it got in an accident that it must have bent the rack
to a point where it was binding when attempting to make left turns.

Anyways, I am from Maryland & the buyer came from Pennsylvania. I met
him at the Target parking lot by my house. I took him for a ride, showed him
everything electrical works & he was happy to buy the car. I listed it for
$1,700 but I honestly only wanted to get $1,500.

He pulled out a wad of cash & asked if I would take $1,500 without even
having to haggle. I said that is fine with the price.

Went home to add up all my receipts to find out my spending total.

Spent: $768.00 (rounded)
Buyer Paid: $1,500.00
Profit: $732.00


I was just glad to rescue a Honda from sitting &
get it running just as it should. & I was even more happy because the guy
who bought it is using it as a daily. Also, he was an older gentleman so
I assume he is not going to rice it out.

This was a very fun project!
I wish I had the time and wrenching ability to flip. I feel like it would be a great way to drive a lot of cars on my bucket list without dealing with the long term BS that is holding onto a car as a second / third car.
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Old 01-19-2019, 09:19 AM   #11
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You deff have the ability to do it!

Yeah you could definitely acquire some nice cars if you just look out for them.
It would be hard for me to get rid of a car that I really like.
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