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Re: Okay, so now what?

Subject: Re: Okay, so now what?
From: Richard Beels <>
Date: Tue, 26 Nov 2002 08:47:59 -0500
Funny, I just sent my '89 Si packing to the u-pull-it.  Lady pulled a 
u-turn from the shoulder in front of me.  Wife bought it in 93 with 40k for 
$3000; it had 210k and the lady's insurance totalled it for 
$1500.  Replaced the radiator, alternator, the exhaust and a fuel 
line.  Other than that, just tires and oil.  Love them Hondas.

I just went thru my parts boxes, consolidated the Honda stuff into 2 big 
boxes and moved them to the barn this weekend.  You need some parts?  I 
have a K&N, new timing belt, water pump, fuel filter, a tail light (forget 
which side), set of headlights, couple rad fans, a well-used Haynes (not as 
bad book as far as Haynes goes) and bunches of miscellaneous parts....

At 11/26/2002 at 02:21, Shakespearean monkeys danced on Mark J Bradakis's 
keyboard and said:
>Ah, a classic example of how an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
>My 1987 Honda Civic Si is the only vehicle I've ever purchased from new.  It
>had 7 miles on the odometer when I first drove it.  Now it shows 133,3XX
>miles, and sits at the shop perched on jackstands, waiting for me to deal
>with it.  I'm ready to dig into it and get it back on the road.  A one ton
>cargo van that tips the scales at nearly 6,000 pounds and can drag along twice
>its weight while barely breaking a sweat certainly has a place in a racer's
>vehicle wardrobe, but the daily drive to work and fetching groceries is not
>the best use of such a beast.  I want my little black Honda back.
>So with the head off the engine and various parts scattered about, I'm 
>about what to do with the Civic.  I think I threw out my Jackson Racing and
>Lightspeed catalogs a few years back - I got them in '87 when I bought the 
>they may have been out of date.  And Triumphs I know about, Hondas I don't.
>Should I just go with standard parts from the dealer to get it back together?
>Is there a slightly sportier cam I can drop in to get a bit more grunt?  Maybe
>an exhaust header that improves the Si's breathing a bit?  I ought to replace
>the front shocks while I'm fussing with it, any recommendations on what to 
>Any good Honda related websites I should check out?  I've spent a few hours
>already studying for some clues
>to enlightenment.
>The plan is to just use the car as a daily driver and reserve various
>Triumphs for real racing, but it might be nice to tweak things a bit while
>I'm doing the valve job and some suspension work.  And some sunday morning
>when I'm running late and too lazy to load up a Spitfire, I may just drive
>the Si to the event and slap some Street Mod, Street Prepared, whatever
>numbers on it.
>So if you have some constructive suggestions, I'd appreciate it.


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