Started on May 27 by teamdixonracing

Honda Civic, 1977


This is currently my project in waiting. The RX-7 has to be finished for the $2008 Challenge before I get started on this. Here’s the plan for the car: Dec. 2008 - May 2009 My brother and I are going to get it running and on the road so we can trouble shoot it. In May 2009 we’re going to run it in the BABE Rally. May 2009 - Oct 2010 The real work begins (building it into a Challenge car). (So far all of the below is speculation due to the fact that I haven’t done enough research yet.) Since I also own a 1994 Civic I think I’m going to use it for measuring purposes and see how much of the 92-95 Civic suspension parts I can put on the 77. I have found that there is not a lot of aftermarket for 77 Civics. Since the car will be running I plan to sort out all of the suspension first. Next step is possible engine swap. My thoughts right now are possible D16 swap. I’ve also decided that I would like to be able to use this car as an around town car and an autox car so I’m thinking about retaining the D16 AC parts. (It get’s HOT here in Alabama) Next will be interior and body work. I plan to update the interior a little (haven’t decided detains yet). Again I would like it to be comfortable for driving so I will probably keep full interior. The outside I plan to keep yellow with black rims.

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May 27, 2008, 9:16 p.m.

I had a neibor with one good luck

May 28, 2008, 11:36 a.m.

Thanks. I haven't decided for sure yet what I'm going to do with it for the challenge. I'm considering a D16 swap. It only weighs about 1600 pounds so it doesn't need a ton of power to move it around.

May 28, 2008, 11:44 a.m.

those cars are great. i haven't seen one around here in about 15 years though. don't forget to give us more pictures!!

May 28, 2008, 4:45 p.m.

I posted some pictures on CarDomain. Check out the link. I will update later when work gets underway.

May 29, 2008, 1:06 p.m.

Who knew Honda used to make cars that looked cool?

May 29, 2008, 2:25 p.m.

Hey now. Honda pays my salary. So.......

May 30, 2008, 12:09 p.m.

Awesome car. I've seen a few at SCCA races, they go like stink. I'm sure you'll be able to figure out the suspension. Check out the EW3 (D15A3) for possible power. Much lighter motor than the D16, though it's SOHC.

May 30, 2008, 1:48 p.m.

Too cool, my brother had one. He replaced a 63 Coronet 440 4-door with his. It was an incredibly fun car to drive. Odd looking though. Bright red with a white vinyl top. Of course since he didn't have any money he bought some 5-spoke wheel covers for the stock steels and painted them black. He also removed the spare tire and mounted a subwoofer in that area. Made it a little tricky to put things in the trunk without damaging the sub, but it didn't sound too bad. Still remember the only speeding ticket he got with it was heading uphill out of a riverfront park here in West Linn. He was doing 30 in a 20mph zone. Eventually after the third headgasket, it went away to be replaced with a Shelby Charger turbo.

May 30, 2008, 3:32 p.m.

I've also considered a D15 since that's what's in the 94 Civic I own. If I went with the D15 I could do all the measuring and prep work ahead of time to minimize the time the car would be off the road.

June 19, 2008, 6:24 p.m.

I would do the D15 just for convenience. But I don't think it's much lighter than a D16 which is also a SOHC just like the D16 which I believe the only significant difference is the D16 is first generation VTEC. At least the one in my '99 Civic EX is... ;) Cool toy. I'll keep my eye on your Car Domain site for updates.

Feb. 20, 2009, 6:37 p.m.

Sweet! I play with 4G civics, but I love the older Hondas!

March 1, 2009, 11:14 a.m.

Sold in the interest of buying a running toy. However, I was told that it may be at the challenge this year.

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