Nov 11, 2005 update to the Honda Civic SI project car

Hot Naked Wheel Action w/Lock Removal

One of the NASA rules calls for the wheel lock on all race cars to be disabled. While we were poking around to figure out where the wheel lock was, we ended up tearing out wire reel and remaining guts that were tucked behind the airbag. This has left us with a pretty neat looking bare Honda wheel. Ultimately, an aftermarket wheel with a quick-release will probably find its way in the car, but for now this looks pretty tough.rnOur friendly neighborhood Tech Editor, Per, came by to help us find the wheel lock, and in true Per fashion he requested a big screwdriver and a large hammer. A few thwacks later, we had some wheel-lock guts on the floor. We’re going to epoxy the internal sliding mechanism in the open position, but the epoxy is drying so we’ll get a shot of that later.

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Some more pics:

Original Promo Pic:

Nasty engine bay:

Going down to the bare metal:

Primered and getting block sanded:

First coat of 350Z Pike's Peak White:

Engine bay is done!

Short stay back at home:

It's now going through re-assembly and getting the motor refreshed. With only a little over 18k on the odometer, there's not a lot of refresh necessary...

Here's a pic of the motor:

The prototype Cartech Blow-Thru Triple Mikuni intake setup:

The interior is "mostly" done:

Next is to finish the motor and get it all re-assembled...

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