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Old 02-01-2016, 09:33 PM   #21
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I figured out what it was...bad news. That was a bearing taking a shit. I got some serious rod knock on the home today. So that pretty much wraps this project up in short order. It's strange though, I feel like it was something I overlooked and could have prevented...maybe this is destiny telling me to go back and focus on the CB. idk...kinda pissed, but not really. I think this was much needed, something to get out of my system. I started to feel myself about to sink a lot of money into this,

Here are some pics of the VTEC solenoid:




All cleaned:


Bay pic:


Botched wiring that I fixed:


Remnants of the oil from the most recent change:


Look at all those metal shavings...It was good while it lasted, back to bae.
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Old 02-01-2016, 10:16 PM   #22
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What you have sir, is the perfect donor for your cb, Strip and scrap it. make sure you hack it up with a swazall first, just because it's so much fun and it will make you feel better
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Old 02-01-2016, 10:31 PM   #23
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I actually got a sawzall for xmas too. Lol

Let's see:
Engine
wheels
New cat
Suspension
Seats
Instrument cluster
Spc camber kit from the rear

And I learned the SH suspension bolts on to 4th gen Preludes, which means they bolt on to CBs. Random fact.
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Old 02-01-2016, 10:39 PM   #24
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Don't forget the 5 lug, full prelude lca , spindles, radius arms. the turn in from that swap might have been the greatest handling improvement i made.
of course then its not as forgiving on dumbass mistakes.
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Old 02-01-2016, 10:54 PM   #25
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Wear the emblem as a necklace. Still sucks :/

Let me know if you need help with it
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Old 02-02-2016, 08:04 AM   #26
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Haha. Like a sacrifice, right?

I think I'm going to throw it on eBay. I really don't want to deal with the craigslist BS. The part that really sucks is the PO loves this car and I empathize with him. I think he just got a bad motor, and I was going to try to clean it up. That's dead now.
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Old 02-06-2016, 10:48 AM   #27
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It ain't dead yet...I found an auto lude that has a transmission problem.

So for 1k, I can pick up
Engine
Interior
A/C lines and compressor
Oem PS pump
Sawblades
A good exhaust
A sunroof visor
5lug parts to sell on here
A clean shell to sell to someone who wants to do a v6 swap.
Misc bolts and screws
Honeycomb grill
New radiator is included.

Not bad. I'm going to check this car out tomorrow. I just hope he hasn't ran it hot.
2001 Honda Prelude - $1000
http://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/cto/5387344358.html
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Old 02-06-2016, 06:14 PM   #28
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"Good dependable car"
"Overheats and has a slipping transmission"

Dumbass. Not you of course.
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Old 02-13-2016, 09:09 PM   #29
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So the major hold up on this car is my better half...she doesn't want me to spend anymore time on it.

But I want to do this:
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Old 02-14-2016, 10:23 AM   #30
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The secret to keeping your better half off your ass when modding cars. Build her a car first. Remodeling your house if she doesn't like cars works as well. Doing both will keep you free and clear for years to come.
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Old 02-14-2016, 03:51 PM   #31
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She has a T-bird that really needs work done. I would love to get it back running, plus a manual swap for her. First we have to get it back from her brother who didn't have enough time to work on it and it's been sitting for a while.

We don't have a house yet, but she wants to re-do her parent's place which is a perfect opportunity...we'll see.
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Old 05-07-2017, 09:50 PM   #32
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I couldn't leave well enough alone...stay tuned for updates.
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Old 06-09-2017, 09:56 AM   #33
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Staying tuned!
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Old 06-09-2017, 10:08 AM   #34
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Oh really?!? I want to see this.
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Old 06-18-2017, 01:52 PM   #35
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Teaser


And here is my spun bearing:
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Old 08-14-2017, 09:24 AM   #36
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It's been a while since I updated this thread. The car is not running yet. Now that's out the way feel free to read further or not, or go troll the YouTube comment section, whatever floats your boat.

Let's start from the beginning, a brief summary:
I purchased this car in November of 2015 from a kid(speaking mechanically, not age) who drove her hard, and partially riced her out. The motor was swapped to an H22a4 because the H22A had "bent a valve." I recently found out that it was MUCH more than a bent valve. I'll have to show you guys and gals pics of the carnage. After he swapped the motor, he couldn't get the car started. Turned out to be the wrong balancer shaft pulley was installed, causing the CKP sensor to not see anything, hence no fuel. It did run with starting fluid. So in the previous owner's quest to get this thing fixed and running, several bits were replaced with new parts before he put her up out of frustration.

I replaced the starter, fuel filter and balancer shaft pulley with the USDM OBD2 version and she fired right up. Cool, time for a shakedown run. Everything sounds good...I attempt VTEC...she said nope...no VTEC for you. Fast forward a bit, I fixed some emissions related things and replaced a gutted cat so I can get tags. She's now registered.

I started driving back and forth to work to see if she can daily. Oh...yes she daily's very good! One morning, as I prepare to go to work, I here a bang and a grinding noise. I think everyone here's first thought, if it happened to them, would be "oh sh**." I limped her back home, found out the UCA ball joint had popped out. I'm thinking WTF?? Who puts regular nuts and no cotter pins on such critical components?? I then scold myself...Sonik...WTF were you thinking not doing a full inspection before driving this thing??

Most of the small stuff is now repaired, or rigged at this point. My commute at the time was about an hour one way. She does fine all the way until I hit the off-ramp and meet my first traffic light. Oil light flickers, car shuts off. Oh, must be a bad oil pressure sensor and a dirty IACV or something. Negative. Surprisingly, I drove her like this for about two weeks trying to figure out what was going on. Testament to Honda's robustness as this was definitely considered abuse, although I wasn't driving particularly hard during this period.

The oil light flickering symptom was ignored, mainly because my CB taught me that a leaky oil pressure sensor did the same thing, and I proceded to fix my VTEC issue. Yes, VTEC is more important than oil pressure and bearings . Checked wiring, VTEC wires have been touched. I cringed a bit at that...he probably was manually controlling VTEC *shudder*. Fixed that, still no VTEC. I took off the VTAK solenoid and lo and behold!!! GUNK...EVERYWHERE. Ah ha! I found my VTEC problem. (In hindsight, I should have paid a bit more attention here as this was an important clue, read: bye bye bearings) Cleaned out the mesh screen on the gasket, reinstalled, went to go mmmmmmmmmBAHHHHHHHHHH around town. Success! Now I can turn to the oil pressure/stalling issue.

At this point I have only been in VTEC a few times, and at low speeds, 1st and 2nd gear. I changed my oil, and noticed Tinkerbell had been playing in my crankcase. I proceeded to fill er up with thicker oil, I think it was 10w-40? in an attempt to diagnose my oil pressure issue (I was still thinking it was a minor issue, because ya know...positivity). My engine was too far gone at this point. I was returning home from work and I hear the glorious, humbling sound of 1000 mechanic angels laughing at me. Knock, knock. <Insert multiple four letter words> Rod Bearing Number 3 went to lunch. That leads me to the next post...
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Old 08-14-2017, 01:17 PM   #37
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God I hope my car doesn't end up like this. The more I go through it the more I see no factory wiring, bolts and other things that scare me. We all keep telling ourselves it'll be worth it in the end but it never feels like we get everything sorted sometimes.
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Old 08-15-2017, 11:55 AM   #38
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God I hope my car doesn't end up like this. The more I go through it the more I see no factory wiring, bolts and other things that scare me. We all keep telling ourselves it'll be worth it in the end but it never feels like we get everything sorted sometimes.
The only way to get it back "right" is to gut everything. That, my friend, is a complete PITA. It does make for good build log material though.

I'll upload pics once I find another photo hosting service.

The Build/Rebuild Goal:

Of course every build needs to have an end-goal in mind, otherwise, it will never be finished...rather it will never approach finished. We all know a finished build is impossible.
My goal is an optimized, simple, reliable, car. It should be well rounded in all categories, performance, show, and daily-ability, with minimal sacrifices in each category. This will also be my rolling laboratory to try out my ideas that I never got to do with the CB.

Optimization means efficiency. Reducing losses, getting rid of unnecessary items, maximizing potential, tailoring the car to suit me. This won't be a daily driver so I can sacrifice creature comforts and overall comfort for a more performance based build.

Simplicity, in this case will be subjective. I would imagine this will be a highly complex build when viewed as an entire vehicle, but simple when every system is looked at individually.

Reliability will come through trial and error...something breaks, find out why it broke, make it stronger, repeat.


Engine

Current status:
H23A with bolt-ons being prepped for installation.
All new seals and gaskets
New Oil pump
Balance shafts deleted
Euro-R Manifold with 70mm TB
DC Header
Manual tensioner
Walk Blocker
Fidanza Flywheel
ARP Flywheel Bolts
Exedy stage 2, 4 puck clutch
ARP Clutch Bolts
S2000 oil filter
M2U4 Transmission

Big Goals:
Extract the most power possible from the stock H23A block using only bolt-ons (custom or otherwise). No internal work will be done during the first phase of the build.
Mathematically find the sweet spot or spots for intake and exhaust manifold specs and build by the numbers.


Small Goals:
Get the engine put together.
Get the car up and running.
Clean up the engine bay to allow for maximum space for other projects.
Get new castle nuts and cotter pins so I don't crash.
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Old 08-15-2017, 12:00 PM   #39
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that last goal is key, you could say it's the lynchpin to the whole build
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Old 09-03-2017, 07:48 PM   #40
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Just finished the balance shaft delete...omg that is nerve wrecking!!! I felt like any bit of dirt that got on the crank/bearing would cause a nuclear explosion when I got ready to fire it up.
The mains are now torqued down and the crank turns like butter. Yay!
Now time to button everything up, and hope that I cleaned all the metal out of the block. Q-Tips work really well for that! The shards just stick to the cotton. I'll definitely be watching my oil pressure during the first start.
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