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Old 07-11-2017, 08:05 PM   #1
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AhYesCB7 : 1993 Accord SE



First pic I ever took of the car, the night I bought it.

This is my 1993 Accord SE sedan, I bought this car 7 months ago in the middle of December. To fill you in on how I came to own this Honda, 8 months or so ago I got t-boned in my Stratus RT and needed a car badly. For the next month after the accident I searched craigslist with two things in mind; first, whatever I bought needed to be good on fuel, and second it needed to be older than 95 or so. The Stratus was killing me with the premium fuel it loved to burn through like it was nothing, and I have a thing for old cars in general, they have a "soul" or "charm" post 2005 cars lack in my opinion. My last project was a 78 Caddy Fleetwood, so you can kind of guess I am a car guy through and through lol.

Anyway, I grew up in CT so Hondas were and are everywhere and I know they can take some abuse and obviously sip fuel so I figured I'd give one a try and see what all the fuss is about. However I didn't want to go the same old route and get a Civic or an Integra, luckily nothing of the sort in running condition was within my price range whether I wanted them or not. What I did find was this Accord and a 90 Civic hatch with a 5 speed. You can see which I chose

This car was being advertised as a running car but in need of some brake work, struts, exhaust and cosmetic work and a few other things. The car came with new front rotors and pads for all corners NIB. $500 firm as is was the price.

I did everything wrong when going to look at a used car off the street lol. I went and met up at the guys house after dark, in what felt like -20 degree weather. When I got there the car was already started up and running, I took a quick look under the hood and saw that it was bone stock and fairly quiet other than the exhaust being technically gone. The leather was in fair shape and the heat was fantastic, I fell in love with it right there. I needed to at least see it drive and shift before I could jump on it. The seller took me around the block with the car, at that point I could tell the front wheel bearings were severely worn, however the seller figured it was the brakes because the car had sat for a year and a half or so. After the ride and looking at some of the included receipts and paperwork I offered the guy $400 and told him I'd have the car gone that night, as he wanted the car gone asap. Obviously he agreed so I drove home and got a ride back from a neighbor, popped my plate on her and took off. That photo above is her back in my area after its maiden journey, as scary as it was.

Now that you've been bored to death by my waxing poetic about my Honda lets look at it some more. I'm going to post a few older pics and then one as it sits today, then pics highlighting the mods in no particular order in later posts.










Modifications

Engine-

Intake resonator tubing removed, vacuum capped
OEM air filter box gutted, stage 1
Breather on fresh air inlet
Generic header, 2.25" straight exhaust

Exterior-
Legend sedan front lip
CB7 long bar spoiler
VIS Xtreme CF hood, hood pins
Grille removed
Drivers side fender swapped with donor car

Interior-
Custom power drivers seat
Front and rear heated seats
Custom upholstered door panel inserts
Sound deadening stage 2
Custom visor vanity lights
CD5 map light
Ashtray light to match soft blue in dash
Heated mirror switch
Acura CL headrests
LED door courtesy lights

Wheels and Suspension-
Stock SE wheels, new tires
TIEN H.Tech drop springs
KYB Excel G shocks
All new suspension links,balljoints, bearings
Full size spare in trunk

Audio and Electronics-
No radio or speakers currently

Future Plans-
All kinds of stuff, but I always get new ideas and change things
NEW EXHAUST!
False floor in trunk
Custom doors




Thanks for checking it out, more to come for sure! Shout out to you high post count OGs who really know these cars like the back of your hand, you've all been an ocean of knowledge, drowning myself and all those able to use the search function

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Old 07-11-2017, 08:07 PM   #2
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The first thing the car needed was wheel bearings, they were rough and LOUD! Heres a few pics to show you my process. Just wait until you see the heat discoloration on the bearings lol...








When I did the bearings I pressed the new ones onto the hubs before bolting on the rotors... OOPS

Nothing a dremel cant handle, they arent so captive after all...


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Old 07-11-2017, 08:27 PM   #3
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Few shots of the spoiler install and the engine when I first got the car. It sat for a while, squirrels were living in the air box lol.







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Old 07-11-2017, 08:39 PM   #4
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A couple shots of the Legend lip going on.


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Old 07-11-2017, 08:57 PM   #5
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Here's some recent repair work from this past Sunday. As you've seen in the pics the rear bumper is falling off on the passenger side. I noticed its finally gotten to the point where the bumper corner was beginning to rub on the tire so I decided to do something for now. I will eventually get some patch panels but for now this is what I came up with. I first scraped away the bubbled paint and flaky rust and hit the remainder with some rust treatment. Napa brand if you're curious. With that dry I mocked up the plastic slide mount, the bottom clip was still in place so I had a reference point. I found that my only option was to take a screw and run it through the plastic mount right through the most solid seeming part of the rust to give the top the support it needed to hold the bumper. It worked out great the car looks so much better. When I get some patch panels all Ill have to do is fill in the hole the screw will leave on the inner fender well.





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Old 07-11-2017, 09:08 PM   #6
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I should mention this car looks rough because of the awful maaco job on it but its originally Geneva Green and that's pretty much the only bit of rust on the car. It only has about 175k or so on it. Id have to check the math, the cluster was replaced when the speedometer broke according to the seller. I was given the original cluster with the original mileage. Runs great, I did a valve lash on it like two weeks ago and that really made it happy (after it blew a spark plug). Once the oil gets nice and warm the engine is damn near silent now. I need a new exhaust asap so I can really hear it under the hood. Damn flex pipe leak...
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Old 07-11-2017, 09:55 PM   #7
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When I did the bearings I pressed the new ones onto the hubs before bolting on the rotors... OOPS

Nothing a dremel cant handle, they arent so captive after all...
You had to dremel out the profile on the inside of the rotors? Most are designed to fit over the bearing mounting flange (every one I've replaced has been).
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Old 07-11-2017, 11:19 PM   #8
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Nice start. It may be rough, but a little elbow grease will go a long way! Body is in decent shape overall (minus that rusted quarter and the fender which you already replaced) and it seems you only need to address the areas that normally wear out. I'd say it was a good purchase overall!
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Old 07-12-2017, 09:48 AM   #9
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Old 07-12-2017, 10:20 AM   #10
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Thanks guys, its been a great little car so far and Ive already put quite a bit of miles on it.

Yes for some reason the rotors would not slip over the back of the hub, it was off by a hair.

And yeah the body isnt too bad, still need a passenger fender but I promised to sell the other fender and door off the donor car so Ill search the yards for another. The doors have a few dings but honestly I dont want to get crazy fixing the body, Im going for a clean and quiet interior and a smooth ride as my first order of business.

Pics are working on my end, I'll have more up later to reall show of the car as it sits right now.
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Old 07-12-2017, 06:11 PM   #11
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So I teased in another thread about power seats implying that I wanted power but I was NOT going to lose that awesome captains chair armrest on the stock seat. As we all know the later model Accord and CL seats will bolt right in, I was suspicious of other similarities between them and our stock units.

I believe what I have in my car is a one off joint that no one has attempted. I haven't read a single word about it and I've read a whole lot since buying this car.

Stock seat next to bottom half of CL power seat.



Bottom pan was a perfect fit.



Top half of frame was also a perfect fit however notice how the recline motor is squeezing the foam.



The solution was simple, cut some foam out.







Bottom pan has dual stage heat like the top.



Here it is in the car, in need of a serious cleaning. I might open it up again and fix that wrinkle in the bottom corner near the recline motor but either way I like it a lot. Also a shot of the CL headrests, gives the seats a sportier look in my opinion. Gonna sew up some tan covers for them to match the leather soon.



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Old 07-12-2017, 08:03 PM   #12
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Heres a shot of the car next to a newer Accord, you can still see a bit of the styling cues in the new one.



And here are a few shots of the day I bought the hood. I actually saw this in the junkyard on a sedan that was rattle canned blue literally inside and out with a body kit and a huge wing. I had a laugh but kept walking initially but a month or so later I was at the yard again and saw the car, this time pretty much engulfed in a mud puddle up to the front wheels. This was unusual since this yard swaps out cars weekly. I figured I'd take a closer look at the car and saw that this was in fact a legit carbon fiber VIS hood. I had to have it, I laugh every time I see the car now. I luckily had a ton of zipties in my trunk and was able to rig them around the radiator support and holes in the hood to keep it closed during the ride home.







The CB7 has a certain early 90s Skyline look to it in my opinion, and now the hood really gives it that dangerous look lmao. I want a set of all amber corners for it, that solidifies the sporty front end IMO. That and the factory fogs too, I gotta find a set.



I just wanted a little gas saver and within a few months that's what I'm cruising around in lmao.

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Old 07-22-2017, 11:40 PM   #13
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I wouldn't have put that hood on my car if you would've paid me

But to each his own.
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Old 07-23-2017, 06:20 AM   #14
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Really looks good sir. I like all the work you have put in so far. I am surprised no one took the hood for the cb from the yard sooner. Around my area the CBs are usually molested in a matter of a few days
Considering how old the car I am shocked the leather is still in pretty decent shape. Looks good so far. I have the same rusting on the rear quarters like you have. I guess we all will at some point
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Old 10-25-2017, 07:42 PM   #15
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So I've been driving this car since I bought it on blown shocks and worn bushings/joints, now I'm finally able to fix her up properly. Bought a few things so far. Clearly the shocks being blown and the alignment and camber being wonky has wreaked havoc on the car and I'm guessing the original springs arent as snappy as they once were even if I installed new shocks lol.

So I've ordered and received a full set of KYB Excel Gs, and I'm about to order a set of TIEN H.Tech springs to match them. I'm looking into a bushing set for cheap but we'll see.

I've also ordered a cheap ass full exhaust system, the 4-2-1 flange kind, not that sleeve and spring crap. The straight pipe dumping by the rear tire is fun but I want this car to be quiet inside lol. I've ordered some fiberglass header wrap too because why not?

Gotta scrounge around the junkyard... I want to do the ROH swap and beef up the front brakes...

So I have to install the new suspension and bushings and see what the alignment, particularly the camber, is looking like. I'm hoping the blown out shocks and old tired springs are why the car had uneven camber. If not I'll have to get a camber kit... hoping not though. The shocks and springs alone are a little more than I paid for the car itself lmao.
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Old 11-12-2017, 08:56 AM   #16
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Spent about a full day in total installing the cheapo exhaust. Had to pack it up around midnight the first try because a cheap chinese cast stud wasnt starting properly. Second day went better with new hardware. The fitment could be better but for the price you cant beat it, the car doesn't stink like exhaust.

Believe it or not its a bit louder and more fatigue inducing than the straight pipe dumping near the rear wheel! I think the bigger piping and odd muffler that resonates like mad has done more harm than good lol.

I ordered a walker stock SE twin outlet muffler and I'm gonna cut that crap buzz can off! I think the third time will be the charm, this stock muffler looks beefy. I don't mind the raspyness but the volume is way too intense, the ebay muffler is just a can with what looks like a woven flex pipe inside, it MAKES noise not muffles it.

Also as of yesterday my strut assemblies are together. I ordered new top hats, stops, boots, and bushings and threw them together with a rented spring compressor. TIEN H.tech springs, KYB Excel-G shocks, with KYB/MOOG assortment of other involved parts. Didn't need a compressor on the rear assemblies lol, just press down on them while standing, fronts were a bit of a bitch.

I have a big stack of boxes for my Honda, I decided to spend a little more for the luxury of not spending hours torching and pressing bushings, decided that polyurethane isnt what I'm going for with this car, and that quality rubber is the way to go. This is an SE model and I just drive about, not racing it in any way, I think poly would take away from what this one is supposed to be, a luxury trim Accord.

I've got damn near everything you can replace underneath a CB7, 9/10ths of it is MOOG the rest is Beck Arnley and two trailing arms from Mevotech.

The car should ride like a cloud man, at least compared to its current state that is. Hoping to sort out the caliper confusion soon.
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I have that same Walker muffler, it was nice and cheap too. It's definitely quieter than the ebay straight through I thought I'd try and get by on.
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So the suspension overhaul is about done I'd say. Saturday I tackled the rear of the car, took about 12 hours because of a stubborn wheel bearing race but all in all I installed new end links, wheel bearings, trailing arms, upper control arms, rearward lower control arms and strut assemblies.

Today I worked on the front, and only spent about 7 hours total. I replaced the end links, strut assemblies, knuckles, wheel bearings, lower ball joints, and driver lower control arm. Brakes as well.

I had previously gotten a set of 2.3CL full knuckles and pressed some new ball joints and bearings on them earlier this past week. I also got a set of 3.0CL calipers and brackets that I installed to beef up those brakes.

After tonights initial test drive I'm very impressed and pleased, very much so with the bigger brakes. The car starts to grab a lot quicker than the stock brakes did with new parts. Still think I need to bleed it again to get the pedal a bit more firm but its definitely much better.

The springs are TIEN H.Techs and the shocks are KYB Excel Gs, the ride is so much better than before, it soaks up the bumps like it should now. The front end links were completely gone so that helped too. The ride is a bit bouncy it seems but my friend says it'll settle in a bit and soften up as well as get a little bit lower. The rear sits a bit higher than I thought it would but seeing as it should settle a slight bit it'll end up looking great. Front sits nice and low, gotta set it on level ground and take a close look.

I'm pleased with it, its nice and firm but comfortable, gotta get that muffler on there asap to really make it enjoyable again.
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Old 02-22-2018, 01:16 PM   #19
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A bit has happened since I've last posted and update.

Something strange happened with the brakes which had the car parked for almost three weeks. I was getting ready to leave work and the brake pedal was a bit soft, I drove it home carefully and parked it and checked it out and found that the master cylinder was almost dry, but there were no visible leaks. I guessed that the MC may have failed and ordered a new one, but after installation I still had no pedal to speak of. I decided to remove all of the ABS at that point and run a hard line and prop valve to simplify the problem.

After installation of those bits I was rewarded with a very stiff pedal and no pressure building at the calipers. Like a fool I somehow forgot how the lines entered the prop valve. With that fixed I finally had brakes again, still think they need to be bled again though.

I found a trunk compartment from a wagon with mint carpet and the OEM rubber mat in the junkyard for cheap too, even got the grocery net to go with it. Super happy with that, in the process of fitting it.

I've laid down a bit of sound deadening so far. The floorpan, rear seat, and trunk area is covered pretty extensively, along with the rear parcel shelf and the whole back of the rear seat. The rear seat bottom cushion had its empty spaces filled with "jute" and covered with a thin layer of foam to hold it in. Still have more to do in the doors and I'll call it done. Even with a straight pipe and a fart can the car is a lot more tolerable inside now.

Still have to find some time to fit the stock muffler on!

I put heat in the back seats, still contemplating the spot for the switches.

Kinda going for an "SE Touring" sort of theme. Leather, moonroof, all seats heated, super dampened interior space. Long comfortable trip on the highway kind of car.
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What kind of sound deadener did you use? When I look at what's out there it gets complicated real quick. Like just to do my doors I see recommendations for like 3 different layers of stuff.
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