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Old 03/01/2010, 09:56 AM   #1
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Bought an 86 Wagovan 4WD from 91civicsi. Goal is to restoring it to near factory state. Only mods will be white color (currently blue), blue/burgandy fabric seats (current blue/gray ones are trashed), slight lift for bigger wheels (nothing flashy, just smoother ride) and engine mods to simplify vacuum system and clear up space in engine compartment.

Some other jdmcity users said I should start an appearance thread. I'll post the starting condition, along with steps as I go through over the coming months. Peace.


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Old 03/01/2010, 10:43 AM   #2
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Drop it paint it and boost it


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Old 03/01/2010, 12:31 PM   #3
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obviously his intentions for this car are not to go fast or look rad, simple conclusion I came about from reading his post. Call me crazy.


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obviously his intentions for this car are not to go fast or look rad, simple conclusion I came about from reading his post. Call me crazy.
ya i know i got that too. but i was just saying that would be sweet to see


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Old 03/01/2010, 09:23 PM   #5
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ya i know i got that too. but i was just saying that would be sweet to see
then YOU should have bought it


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Does anybody have advice for making the front suspension more stiff?


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Old 03/02/2010, 01:30 AM   #7
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Does anybody have advice for making the front suspension more stiff?
stiffer springs


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Old 03/02/2010, 06:39 PM   #8
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Does anybody have advice for making the front suspension more stiff?
look at all the models that have interchangeable parts and then see if any are stiffer

i dont really know much about those cars

but its sounds like a good idea


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i think they sell coil overs for it, front strut bar, sway bar, need i name more?


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then YOU should have bought it
probuly should of but idk.. i didnt so no big deal i didnt need another car sitting around my yard i dont need to make the eastside look anyworse


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POST PICS, WHATS A BUILD THREAD WITH NO PICSSSSSS


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Will do so ASAP. Having Internet firewall issues right now. Can't access the site to post any pics. If you look on this thread, you can see the car pics before I bought it. It hasn't changed much so far.

http://www.jdmcity.com/showthread.php?t=10313

Down about 4 or 5 posts.


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Does anybody have advice for making the front suspension more stiff?
i think i saw one on here or CL that said they put tein springs on theirs.


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just keep it stock because there are very very little aftermarket support and everything for it is hard to do and expensive


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First pics:











Fat 5s are off now, just steelies. Will post additional pics this weekend of engine, more interior, and work on replacing clutch.


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just keep it stock because there are very very little aftermarket support and everything for it is hard to do and expensive
Will keep it stock for the most part. I will either find and buy or build lift springs for the front struts. I want a little more lift and stiffness up front, and then I'll add air shocks in back to provide rear lift and stiffness.


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Old 03/05/2010, 09:25 PM   #18
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Got clutch kit. Installing tomorrow. Will be daily driver. Getting excited.


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Nice pick up.

I'd love one of these.


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Day 1 - Got off to a decent start. Had decided to go ahead and remove the vacuum equipment before pulling the transmission because it frees up a lot of space.

Engine before:


Engine after:


The carb is off because the previous owner said he was having trouble with it at idle and starting. I have one from the doner car that will provide the wheels and air conditioning components:



The doner car also has the 1.3L engine I'll be installing at some point in the future after rebuilding and modifying my other 4WD tranny's bell housing to mount up.



The 1.5L EW1 engine is verified here:


The 4WD Wagovan dash display:


The 4WD Wagovan 6-spd transmission shift knob:


Interior fabric on seats is pretty trashed. Surprisingly everything else is in great condition. It works, no scratches, broken panels, or anything. The carpet and headliner will be replaced at some point, as they are typically things that go bad over time and through use.


The body all around needs some work.


Broken taillight, but lovely original Civic 4WD placard:


Under-body rust, some on crucial supports. Will need new metal:


All in all for day one, I did about half of what I had planned. Spent a lot of time looking over the car, figuring out the best path to get what I'm after. After seeing the condition of the under-body rust, I decided to go ahead and pull the engine next, clean out all the dirt everywhere, sandblast and paint everything that's just rusted, and put in new metal everywhere it's rusted through.

Right now I'll only be able to work on the mechanics of the car on weekends, however I will be able to go ahead and work on the upholstery during the week. This week I'll work out the pattern on the seats, figure out what color combinations I want and maybe even get some initial sewing done. Why am I doing the work myself? Because I want to. :D

Day 1 was a mild success. Did not do as much as I wanted, but the project is definitely on its way.

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Here are my ideas for the seat colors. It's not exact, but close to what I'm after.


The blue would match the interior plastic. And the burgundy would be a little grayer than is pictured here. It's close though.


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Before the deer strike, I had taken the rear seat headrests off. They were in my garage. Because of this, I have some real-world materials to test on.

The headrest had a metal frame insert, glued to and surrounded by foam. The trim cover was pulled over foam before metal frame was inserted. This allowed deformation of the foam, and a taught trim cover when the frame was inserted. Final assembly was staples, which held front and back tight together between metal frame posts. Two screws affixed a plastic piece to hide the stapled area. It slide over the two posts and screwed into thin pieces of plastic sewed into the trim cover edges where the staples also went through.



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Have tried two iterations of seat patterns. Not really happy with either one. Will post pics soon.

Found website for material: www.midwestfabrics.com

Will be ordering Newport Auto / Marine Vinyl, two blue shades (Baby Blue and Silver Blue), plus two red shades (Crimson and Burgundy). May also order white for accents and custom "4WD" logo on headrests.

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Old 12/25/2010, 08:17 AM   #24
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Working on the car next week. Have not done much except getting the engine ready for pulling to replace the clutch. Will post updates.


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U should drop the carburator and go with a d15. I believe there's 1 forsale on here with everything and a tranny

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