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Old 11-30-2018, 04:44 PM   #1
G. Wiffington
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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, 09:23 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, 04:12 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, 04:29 PM   #4
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Old 12-07-2018, 08:59 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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