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  • Grumpys93
    Looking forward to the progress. Congrats on getting back in the game!

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  • djcaz_aom
    Very nice.

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  • CyborgGT
    Day One / “0 miles”

    The Canvas…

    - 1993 EX wagon, automatic
    - Purchased on 1.18.20 in Florence, Colorado
    - 286,808.8 miles as I was leaving the town of purchase
    - YR-94M-3 Seattle Silver Metallic / Type D burgundy interior

    I don’t believe I “settled” for this car, as it’s still very much what I was looking for despite the obvious issues you'll see below, but I will admit to getting impatient waiting for a more exact ‘right car’ to pop up for sale. The clear coat is gone on most of the car, and it's not a manual, but it met my three big requirements: it has a D-pillar, has no quarter panel rust, and the chassis is straight (the hood/lights/grille line up, etc). This is the ad I responded to, from a small town three hours south of where I live.

    Character Flaws…

    There are several small issues with the car, but nothing the junkyard or plans that were already made won’t fix.

    Peep the power steering leak ^

    Unfortunately, the seller had already warmed the car up before I got there, so I couldn’t see or hear the effects of a cold start before buying, but he was confident it would make the drive back north just fine, which it did. Although I will say that with as much as I’ve gotten used to my base auto RSX, I had a hard time believing a car could be even more gutless. Here’s a cold start, with some light revs, the next day. It just shat all over the brand new concrete. Of course, the engine it came with hardly matters, considering what's replacing it.

    The obvious problems here being the missing window, the misalignment of the corner light & bumper, and the mismatched mirror. The window motor is still whirring away, but I’ll grab the glass and track from a junkyard - is everything related to the doors the same, sedan vs wagon? Peeking through the gaps around the corner light, it looks like every tab on it is broken and it was poorly glued in place, which explains the spacing. I’ve already got one-piece lights anyway. The bumper clips are a common wear item, and this corner wasn’t even sitting on the bolt head in there. The seller sounded unsure about the mirror; he’s flipped a lot of CBs, this one had been sitting for months, and he couldn’t remember whether this car came with a mirror delete plate on that side. Being a ’93 and an EX, I’m going to guess there was originally a mirror on this side. Either way, I’ve got power folding mirrors in storage.

    Less obvious is the front window. On both sides, it stops at that exact position, when I seem to remember my sedan’s windows going all the way down. Both make a metallic ‘clack’ when they bottom out. The trim piece in the middle of the door is also crushed in a bit, but the door panel itself feels straight. The paint is definitely faded on the hood and roof, and a few small dings are scattered around the car. The faded wheels will be dedicated to winter duty and probably powder coated white.

    I think the rear bumper might have been hit, as there’s a slight upward bulge on the passenger side where that black spot is under the taillight, but it doesn’t seem to have affected anything else. The red and white mess on the back window was from the stickers I scraped off; the previous owner to the seller was a pastor.

    The car does seem to have come with the original, OEM keyless entry fob, but the buttons are broken. Is that exact key fob replaceable and programmable? Anyone know the part number? Keyless entry for 1993 is cool to me, so I’d love to restore it. I suppose I could go aftermarket and do the rear door handle swap for the fronts, since I can still mechanically get in the car through the tailgate. Any ‘90s Honda needs the security of those lock cylinders being gone.

    The interior is slightly disgusting, but appears to be in great shape and it does look like a good cleaning is all it needs. The maroon is not as bad as I’d always thought it would be, even if it’s a bit monotonous. The long-term plan is full custom reupholstery anyway. I’m debating an SE dash, but since there’s no way of actually testing whether that airbag will deploy properly, maybe not. Rust under the spare tire was something I thought to check before buying; there is none, just some oil from an old container that was in a bag back there. Is the sunroof glass interchangeable with the sedan? Mine's cracked.

    A very nice discovery on day two was a stack of maintenance records and a couple dealership items (the tag with the blue string is about cruise control operation) stashed in one of the side compartments. The car was originally bought at Honda World in Peoria, Illinois, and it’s still got the cool little dealer emblem from the period. The work reports are all ten-plus years old, but there was a lot done. The engine's probably on its way out, but the important part (to me), the chassis, feels great in town and on the freeway.

    *Edit: I had a couple freezing, snowy days, and went through it all. It's boring stuff, but as long as I'm using this thread to document the car's history...

    8/11/1997 @ 83,925 miles
    - new tires & alignment check [one wheel was slightly off on toe, but it doesn't say if alignment was corrected]

    7/15/1998 @ 97,638 miles
    "90,000 mile service checklist" was done at Honda dealership:
    - oil & filter checked okay
    - transmission fluid changed
    - brake fluid changed
    - fluid levels [randoms topped off? repair was checked as completed]
    - tire pressure check & rotation
    - exhaust system checked okay
    - a couple light bulbs were replaced
    - washers & wipers checked okay
    - front pads & rotors declared to have 7-10k miles left on them
    - rear brake caliper pins were lubed, pads & rotors were replaced
    - parking brake checked okay
    - brake lines & fittings checked okay
    - valves adjusted
    - suspension checked okay
    - steering checked okay
    - timing & accessory belts replaced
    - coolant replaced
    - air filter replaced
    - fuel filter replaced
    - fuel lines & connections checked okay
    - PCV valve checked okay
    - spark plugs
    - distributor replaced
    - timing set
    - water pump replaced
    - idle speed checked okay
    - EGR valve checked okay

    5/30/1999 @ 113,612 miles
    - looks like the car was taken in for a flat tire but it was unrepairable and replaced.

    9/11/1999 @ 118,000 miles
    - new tires & alignment check

    - new timing belt
    - new cam & crank seal
    - spark plugs
    - axles
    - water pump
    - fuel pump
    - change trans fluid
    - change oil

    - "new rear brakes & rotors turned"

    - oil pan gasket
    - valve cover gasket
    - oil filter o-ring
    - front struts
    - front springs
    - oil filter
    - alignment check

    - "R&R bushings"

    10/29/2008 @ 201,227 miles
    - two oxygen sensors
    - brake pads
    - motor mount

    Checker Auto Parts receipt
    - water pump

    - radiator cap

    - MRB 86-2148D boot kit

    - New front strut assemblies, 171875ST Quick-Strut

    - GSP front passenger CV axle, NCV36502

    Checker Auto Parts receipt
    - distributor cap
    - distributor rotor
    - spark plugs
    - spark plug wires
    - air filter
    - fuel filter

    Advance Auto Parts receipt
    - pair of light bulbs

    - starter

    - Fel-Pro water outlet gasket, 35062
    - Gates timing belt, T186

    4/2/2010 @ 212,653 miles
    - "Customer comment: 1) Get vehicle running. Someone else has been working on vehicle, not sure what is wrong. 2) Check cruise control.
    - "Checked vehicle, found front crankshaft pulley falling off. Had to clean up keyway for crank pulley. Also had burrs on crankshaft, filed down. Re-installed crank pulley and installed bolt wth Locktite. Re-installed front engine belts. Charged battery and got vehicle running. Engine does have internal noises or external acc. bearing noises.
    - "Perform functional tests on cruise control. Checked powers and grounds, okay.
    - "Test drove vehicle and cruise is working fine."

    4/23/2010 @ 212,851 miles
    - "Remove and replaced valve cover gasket and plug tube seals."
    - "Removed and replaced spark plugs, wires, ignition cap, and rotor."
    - "Checked vehicle for vibration. Re-center engine mounts. Checked mechanical rear mount, it is working but loose. Seems like most of the vibration is from the balance shaft belt."

    10/7/2010 @ 216,741 miles
    - [winter tires were swapped onto rims?]

    Not sure what this one is:
    - APS 6609

    10/14/2010 @ 216,997 miles
    - "multi point inspection," looks like an oil & filter change was done. There's a full inspection checklist - it's signed but isn't filled out.

    Progress should be very good this year. Depending on backup at the machine shops, since the head and block are both getting work done, very soon this car will be receiving an all-motor H22 that should be pushing about 240 whp, a manual transmission swap, upgraded suspension, wheels, and several parts I kept from my old sedan & have collected since. All of this to put the wagon at a ‘solid resting point’ as soon as possible so I can take my time improving it in little ways while saving up to go back to school. A bunch of parts are already on order…
    Last edited by CyborgGT; 01-10-2021, 01:00 AM.

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  • CyborgGT
    But First, A Bit of History
    Since I never made a thread for my old CB

    My first-ever car was a '92 LX automatic in Cobalt Blue Pearl with grey interior.

    In the four years I had with the sedan, it was crashed and repaired

    I met some of you in person and enjoyed a few cruises

    thanks to the information in this place, and of course a formal education in automotive tech before even owning a car, I was able to H-swap it myself over a weekend

    and I did a few things to personalize the car

    After the engine swap, the car ran without a hitch for about a year before, in the Fall of 2012, it began to suffer an intermittent electrical problem - which in hindsight was probably down to my noob attempt at tucking the wiring in the engine bay. I could never get the problem to repeat itself in the driveway, so I set my sights on the future by pulling the engine, sending a beautifully rust-free body to the junkyard (yes, I'm still kicking myself over that, even after wanting a wagon instead), and began collecting parts for a power build, knowing that one day I'd get back into the CB chassis that I had grown to love.

    In the meantime, I got an RSX to serve as the reliable daily driver.

    I was hoping to keep it stock to focus funds on the H build, but we all know how that goes - the DC5 is such a great chassis!

    Needless to say, this affected my H22's progress in a big way. Just over seven years after the sedan's engine was finally pulled and torn down, it's only just now nearing a return to life.

    During those off-years, there were a couple people that helped me out with parts I am proud and thankful to own.

    First, our own KeeleDesign made me this absolutely badass "stealth" valve cover. I attempted it myself and it came out a bit rough. I only bothered shaving the "DOHC VTEC" lettering, but Brandon took it to that next level by not only fixing my screw-ups but removing the cam gear cover (I do love watching mechanical things at work), shaving the ridge that runs along the back half, filling in the RHD throttle cable bracket holes, and laying down a proper satin black. I wanted the H left on the spark plug cover because I'm a big fan of Hondas heritage. This valve cover probably won't see much street use just so I can protect that timing belt, but you can be sure I'll be swapping it on for special occasions and when I start taking the wagon to shows. Thanks again for the time and effort you put into this, Brandon! A little part of the CB7Tuner community is the centerpiece of my engine bay.

    The piece I am most proud of is a design of my own imagination. It's something I thought up not long after getting rid of the sedan and only more recently, by chance, came across someone who could help make it happen. As heavily modified as the wagon will be, I wanted to give it my own one-off name. Inspired by the Accord Type R and Euro R, and the badging of the CB wagon as "Aero Deck" in other parts of the world, I came up with a new trim level I call the "Aero R," sing the design and font of the CL7 badge as a base. We went back and forth over e-mail, critiquing the concept in 2D, and then in 3D, before a pair of physical emblems was finally created through the brilliant innovation of 3D printing. I still need to get it chromed and painted to match the look of the Euro R badge, but with my eye for detail I'm glad to be overseeing that myself. Thanks and credit go to Cody Casale at ClubRSX and of Casale Design (his Instagram) for pulling this out of my head and making it real. As a cool sidebar, this guy made the fenders on Big Mike's Prelude in its third, Martini-liveried iteration; as well as the body work for that wide-body RyWire/Mugen S2000 that was at SEMA 2017. Seriously talented guy. Maybe one day I'll be able to have these remade in metal. Teamed up with the '98-'02 Accord emblem and DC2R red H (thanks, tommi!):

    I decided that the completion of the engine parts collection was the right time to go shopping for a wagon. At this point, I still have to get the block and head machined (hopefully this step doesn't take too long), and then assemble & install the engine before putting the car on a dyno for a tune.

    Apologies for the cheesiness, but as long as I've been on this forum a lot of you guys here have helped and inspired me in different ways as well. Too many to remember, let alone list - sadly, many have moved on - but know that I do appreciate you all. Seven years is a long time to stay interested in something you don't own and so can't personally enjoy, but there was honestly never a point where I wasn't excited to see things through to my ultimate vision for this build.

    Last edited by CyborgGT; 12-29-2020, 01:31 AM.

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  • CyborgGT
    started a topic CyborgGT : 1993 Accord EX wagon

    CyborgGT : 1993 Accord EX wagon

    '93 Honda Accord Aero R
    (EX, but shhh…)


    - JDM H22A (closed deck, '97 Accord SiR wagon spec), all motor, goal of 245 whp/200 lbs-ft
    > Head back from the machine shop: pg. 6
    > Block back from machine shops: pg. 6 & 7
    > Assembly: pg. 7, 8
    > Swap: pg. 13 through 16

    - Hondata S300 V3
    - RyWire VTEC sub-harness

    - K&N Apollo enclosed air filter
    - Custom intake using AEM 70mm O.D. aluminum tubing
    - Professional Products 68mm Power throttle body for ITR, polished
    - H22 Euro-R/Type-R intake manifold prepped by Rosko Racing (68mm port match), DIY polished
    - Hondata thermal intake manifold gasket

    - Walbro 255lph pump w/install kit
    - Rosko Racing rail
    - Acura RDX OE injectors
    - AEM pressure regulator

    - NGK BKR7E/4644 plugs (might not be permanent, but this is where I'm starting)

    - Machine work by Heads By Drew
    - ARP head studs
    - New OEM '97-'01 spring-style lost motion assemblies
    - Supertech machine hardened valve locks
    - Supertech titanium spring retainers
    - Supertech 79lb valve springs
    - Supertech valve seals
    - GSC Power-Division valve guides, at machinist's recommendation over Supertech
    - Supertech black nitrided, dished valves
    - New OEM valve spring seats
    - Skunk2 Pro 2 cams
    - Skunk2 Pro Black Series cam gears
    - Skunk2 cam seal
    - Skunk2 "Skunk2 Inside" VTEC solenoid cover

    Bottom End:
    - Rotating assembly balanced
    - Wiseco 11.5:1 pistons (re-sleeve, of course; one of my stock bores was scratched)
    - Eagle H-beam rods
    - ARP main studs
    - ATI street damper
    - OEM S2000 oil filter (part no. 15400-PCX-004 - larger body maintains oil pressure past 8k rpm)
    - OEM block heater (part no. 08T44-SV4-100)
    - OEM balance shaft seal retainer added
    - KS Tuned manual timing tensioner & walk blocker (latter needs a spacer to work with balancer pulley, pg. 8)
    - K-Tuned oil pressure sensor adapter (needs a washer to seat properly on an H22, pg. 8)
    - Powder coated oil pan w/DEI gold heat tape above downpipe
    - Skunk2 magnetic drain plug

    (TL;DR: 2.5" from header to just before first 90-degree bend around gas tank, where it steps up to 3" to maintain flow)

    - PLM 4-2-1 header (needed modifying to fit better, pg. 8)
    - Spoon Sports header primaries (thanks, Ronald_Type-R! - needs 2.5" downpipe)
    - Vibrant 1197 EGT bung, stainless
    - Vibrant 10355 merge collector, stainless 2.5"
    - Vibrant 60804 "turbo" flex pipe, stainless 2.5"
    - Vibrant 1194A O2 sensor bung x2, stainless
    - Vibrant U-J scrap bends, stainless 2.5"
    - Summit Racing 4' scrap straight, stainless 2.5"
    - Catco 6906 cat, stainless 2.5"
    - Vibrant 2.5" x 18" long bottle resonator x2
    - Summit Racing 2.5" V-band connections x3
    - Vibrant 2630 2.5"-to-3" transition
    - Kteller 3" stainless/mandrel piping
    - Vibrant Street Power muffler, 3" in/dual 3.5" out

    Long-term Goals:
    - Weld in factory manual trans bracket so I can put a softer mount in there
    - Better header
    - Skunk2 Ultra Street K-series intake manifold w/larger throttle body & intake
    - Full 3" exhaust, if I feel like it can be done quietly enough
    - Coil-on-plug

    Longer-term Goals:
    - Turbocharge to ~350 whp, inspired by FK8

    - Manual conversion
    - M2K4 gearbox (pulled from an H23A1 4WS Prelude; not sure if it's the 4.0 or 4.2 final drive)
    - 4th gen Prelude shifter/cable assembly
    - Cheddas Auto 4th gen Prelude Delrin shifter bushings (... two of them, anyway. They've yet to get back to me on the others not fitting)
    - MTEC Industries shift springs
    - Speedfactory Racing HD detent springs
    - Valex Racing stainless clutch line, master-to-slave
    - Exedy Racing Stage 1 clutch
    - Competition Clutch 11.56 lb flywheel
    - ARP 208-2802 flywheel bolts

    - Skunk2 magnetic drain plug

    - Anchor Industries rear and driver-side rubber engine mounts, filled with 3M windshield urethane (pt# 08693, cures to 50-55A durometer)
    - Explicit Speed 70A auto-to-manual conversion mount + low-profile rear 'T' bracket
    - Explicit Speed traction bar w/torque strut & ABS plate
    - Fat Four Customs rear LCAs & toe arms (pg. 3)

    - Decided to stay 4-lug, since the wheels I want are available in 4x114. Starting to slowly piece together a front ROH conversion; Prelude 23T brackets are in hand...

    - Rota Circuit 8, Full Royal Sport Bronze, 16x7 +40
    - BF Goodrich G-Force Sport Comp-2, 205/50-16
    - Photos at stock height, pg. 6

    - JDM (Si-T?) one-piece headlights w/TSX projector retrofit (resto pg. 2, final install pg. 3)
    - DIY grille (pg. 5)
    - Coupe/sedan front bumper (needs paint)

    - JDM Si-T turn signals (pg. 9)
    - JDM (Si-T?) sedan front fog lights (install pg. 13)
    - Spoon-style front lip (pg. 3)

    - JDM power folding mirrors
    - USDM '92-'93 sedan slim[mer] side moldings (pg. 5)
    - EM1 Civic Si "DOHC VTEC" qp decals (had to get black reps, since the silver OEMs were invisible against the paint)

    - '05-'10 Odyssey rear wiper assembly (pg. 2)
    - JDM DC2R red "H" for tailgate (thanks, tommi!)
    - '98-'02 "Accord" emblem
    - Custom 3D printed "Aero R" emblems (thanks, Cody Casale!)
    - Coupe/sedan rear lip, for its exhaust gap relocation (pg. 18)

    - 5th gen Prelude gauge cluster
    - DIY glovebox gauge cluster: AEM wideband O2, exhaust temp, oil pressure, & fuel pressure (pg. 2, wired up pg. 17)
    - Skunk2 440 gram shift knob
    - Circuit Hero shift extender
    - JDM DC2 Integra Type R shift boot
    - Blue carpet swap (temporary? dye black in future and keep? pg. 12)


    - A canyon carver with mild power that's still comfortable enough inside for long drives - I want to see the 49 states in this car!
    - Make it my own, build it with quality and attention to detail
    - Drive the hell out of it


    If you have any of these parts you’re looking to sell, PM me, I’m seriously interested:

    - JDM/EDM sedan slim side moldings
    - OEM roof rack
    - Sigma side skirts

    Progress Log:
    - 10.xx.2012 // Pulled H22A from previous sedan, junked sedan, began taking my sweet ass time collecting parts to build up the H
    - 01.18.2020 // 286,808 mi // Purchased the wagon, began cosmetic restoration
    - 06.15.2020 // H22A build/assembly (pg. 6 through 8)
    - 10.26.2020 // Manual conversion (pg. 9, 10)
    - 04.25.2021 // H22 swap (pg. 13 through 16)
    Last edited by CyborgGT; 11-21-2021, 06:54 PM.