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78CobraII
78CobraII New Reader
10/1/21 10:07 p.m.

Of all the weird coincidences...while browsing UTube for videos on swapping a Civic Si engine...I Found The Car That I'm Buying On Sunday:

Https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qc4kLNhMjDg

Same location, model, color, paint issues, and an explanation of why it's missing the engine and trans.

The Internet is weird...

78CobraII
78CobraII New Reader
10/3/21 11:20 a.m.

Heading home with me booty! Arrgh!

78CobraII
78CobraII New Reader
10/8/21 10:42 p.m.

Made it home in about 6 hours. Pretty smooth for a tow dolly. Now the Donor and the Receiver are parked side by side.

78CobraII
78CobraII New Reader
10/8/21 10:47 p.m.

The sunburnt redhead needs paint, trim, as well as an engine and trans, but it turns out the Donor has most of what I need ! The redhead's interior is coming out for some serious cleaning...it's a little nasty. The fronts will go into my autox Dx right after cleaning...the rears after the transplant.

78CobraII
78CobraII New Reader
10/8/21 10:53 p.m.

We made some more progress unshrouding the engine from the crushed passenger fender and supports. Unfortunately the starter and AC compressor are not the only damaged parts. The mounts for the AC comp are badly smashed...all the way up into the water pump mounting bracket. I'll need to replace both. Still happy with the situation!

78CobraII
78CobraII New Reader
10/8/21 10:58 p.m.

Here's a picture, with the remainder of the passenger side bumper mount gone and the front passenger subframe bolt removed. A little more cutting on the driver's side and removing the suspension and we can drop the engine and subframe out. The ECU and it's wiring will come out first though.

OHSCrifle
OHSCrifle GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
10/9/21 6:56 a.m.

Went from one civic to three. Awesome. Did the red one come with parts in the trunk to replace what's broken?

78CobraII
78CobraII New Reader
10/9/21 2:17 p.m.

In reply to OHSCrifle :

It came with a couple of items like the radiator, fans and shroud, ecu, wiring, and top of the radiator support.

I'm going to replace a number of wear items, belts, hoses, waterpunp in addition to the AC compressor and mounts and probably the alternator.

To be clear (because 3 Civics of the same year can be confusing), the red car gets the goodies from the white car (which is unrepairable), and the black Dx will eventually be sold off. Wife is annoyed at the number of cars in the driveway and the garage!

78CobraII
78CobraII New Reader
10/11/21 12:20 p.m.

The front seats from the Redhead Si are now cleaned and installed in my Dx autocrosser. They were pretty nasty, and I think I ate a layer of skin off my hands after scrubbing the seats with upholstery cleaner for 4 hours. Wear gloves, kids!

The Redhead will get the much better condition interior from the to-be-scrapped white car, but they will need a good cleaning too.

Oddly enough...the Dx and Si seats are exactly the same except for the approx 1 inch taller bolstering and the more grippy fabric.

78CobraII
78CobraII New Reader
10/20/21 12:10 a.m.

I ran my first autocross in the Dx with the Si seats last weekend.  The Si seats are sooo much grippier! Unfortunately the car is just as slow.

My daughter co drove with me and was within a second on a 50 second course. I may need to learn to drive better!

Apparently driving the Dx harder does not make it faster. I need to increase rear tire pressure some more to get the car to rotate more, and experiment with corner entry angle and speed. Also need some 200 tread wear tires. The compromise 300 TW tires I bought are giving up to early.

Meanwhile parts are coming in for the Si-to-Si engine swap. Between projects around the house and family plans, I hope to have it running by the end of the year.

78CobraII
78CobraII New Reader
11/6/21 11:21 a.m.

Not huge progress on either car, but some...

Redhead pulled the console and some trim so that I can get the nasty carpet out for cleaning.

The Donor (white) car has had a few more parts removed to make the engine/ trans easier to remove. I need to start removing the interior and cleaning it so it can go in the Redhead.

Unfortunately,  my black DX autocrosser needs front brakes ( MC, calipers and fluid change) and it has developed a front suspension 'clunk' over big bumps, so I have a bunch of work to do on it before next weekend's autox.

78CobraII
78CobraII New Reader
11/26/21 10:55 p.m.

Not huge progress on the project,  but I did get the MC replaced on the Dx and the braking was much improved at the November Autox.

Unfortunately, the Dx has developed a 'rattle' in the front left suspension, and it really can't be driven again until I figure out what it is. It's not a wheel bearing (this time), or the ball joint, so it may be the inner tie rod.

I co-drove with my daughter again, and this time she beat my fastest time by a couple tenths of a second! The last 2 turns were 180's and they got to me. I carried too much speed through the first and was out of position for the second on almost all of my runs.

The interior is completely out of the red Si, and mostly out of the white Si. Once the smelly insides of the red car are cleaned, and the upholstery from the white car is clean, we will do a transplant.

Then the engine/trans and the rest of the usable parts will be removed from the white car  and the shell will be scrapped. I have a bunch of maintenance parts to throw at the white Si engine before the swap.

The Si's are across town, but I take a long lunch a couple of times a week and get some minor things done. Slowly but surely...

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