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    Frantik's Green Monster - Past, Present & Future

    Prologue

    In 1988 my aunt bought a Chateau Red Metallic (aka burgundy) LX sedan. For whatever reason it sat most of its life in her garage until 2001 when she gave it to my mom for my sister to use for high school.

    After my sister went to college, I ended up with the car in the summer of 2005. I hadn't even driven a car regularly since 1998 when I went to college, so it was nice having some wheels. The thing was practically mint looking with 118,000 miles, and I grew to love it and enjoyed driving it. It was pretty zippy (that LX tranny is super torquey w00t) and fun to drive, though it didn't have a lot of power especially on hills.

    I didn't really have much direction as far as what I wanted to do with it and was pretty n00bish car-wise, but I did end up buying some ventshades (first AEM, then OEM which i never installed cause the aem ones were stuck on lol) and an EQ which i modded to accept external inputs for my CD player and later my ipod. I also bought a pair of brand new front Koni Reds since they were so rare. I didn't even know when I would be able to buy the rest of the suspension to lower the car but I bought em anyways. A couple times when I really needed money I put em up for sale on here and ebay but I always changed my mind after I wasn't broke any more lol.

    Unfortunately the car did have a problem with overheating that I neglected to fix.. which was eventually my downfall as it warped the head gasget and I ended up selling the car for $200

    Here's a few pix:

    Right after I got it tinted






    aem vent shades put on


    oem eq
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    Re: Frantik's Green Monster - Past, Present & Future

    The Green Monster

    So in the summer of 2006 I needed a new car. I looked around at different ones and even test drove an 80s BMW 3 series.. but I decided I just wanted another 3gee. Practically hours after I posted my want thread, a car meeting almost all of my specifications showed up on Craigslist.. and the next day I bought a Montery Green LXi sedan with black and tan interior for $1600. It was too much money for the car but I loved the color of both the interior and exterior and I needed a car quickly. I drove it home that day and left my LX parked in front of the guy's house to pick up later

    Pics of the day I got it. 198xxx miles bone stock





    Almost immediately i had it checked out by a mechanic, and i ended up having them do a timing belt as well as a bunch of seals. They gave it a clean bill of health after that, so I decide it was ok for me to start spending money on hehe. Within weeks I had it tinted.. I seriously couldn't stand driving especially at night without the tint. Plus the car gets rediculously hot without the tint, even on cool days. It's not even a looks thing, though it does improve the look a ton.. but just as far as driving comfort is concerned it makes all the difference.



    Soon after I finally installed my OEM vent shades, and I also got some JDM corners off ebay


    I also picked up some new shoes for $60 of craigslist.. they're from a Geo Storm, and as much as it pains me to say I have parts froma Geo on my car, the wheels look good and I like them a lot. They really emphasize the lines of the car imo and are bold yet not too flashy.



    I also kept my EQ from my old 3gee and put that in the LXi, along with an armrest I got from Monkey.
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    Re: Frantik's Green Monster - Past, Present & Future

    The Green Monster goes on her first outing! Pico, Strugglebucket and myself drove up, and Geddy and Mia also came along.



    First engine bay shot too.. I should have gotten one when I bought the car cause it was a huge mess of oil and dirt


    Finally, some kind of performance mod lol. I bought a civic short ram intake off geddy at the meet so I installed that bad boy! It was ok and I could go a lot faster on the freeway.. but i really missed the low end torque and the torque in general. Plus it was sooo loud i felt like the biggest ricer ever.



    So I was getting pretty fed up with my rinkydink 1.8 megapixel camera, and finally decided to get a new one. I decided on an olympus c400, mostly because i liked maxoutracer's photoshoots and he used that cam, plus it was older (and thus cheaper).. i got one for $200 with some extra goodies like filters and lenses. So with my new cam, I needed to do a full on photoshoot! I went out to the foot hills of east San Jose and found a nice backroad to take some pix as the sun was going down



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    Re: Frantik's Green Monster - Past, Present & Future

    2nd Outing for the Green Monster! This time in San Francisco for a big ass meet




    Around this time I scored a set of Eibach Sportline drop springs off ebay for $75 shipped. It was a sweet deal and I knew it was time to finally drop the car so I also ordered some tokico blues to match the Koni reds which had been sitting in my closet for over a year. I also managed to get ahold of some of Justin's bars when he made a batch recently, so I was ready for some major suspension upgrades. I drove up to the now infamous Pico shop where Pico & his buddy George, along with Geddy and Messy all installed my new suspenion goodies.






    Had to do another photoshoot with the new drop of course

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    Re: Frantik's Green Monster - Past, Present & Future

    Almost immediately after installing my short ram, i realized I wasn't happy with it so I ordered a 2.5 inch mandel bent tube from JC whitney to make a CAI. It took me a while to decide how to best make the cuts in the ubend, but once it was done and installed (at the picoshop again w00t with Pico and Messy's help) it looked great and the performance difference was huge.. torque was increased all around which improved accelleration and handling over the short ram.


    Over the winter I didn't do much to the car.. but recently I've been doing more things. I installed some clearlights which I had made and were just sitting around the house for a while.. I liked them, but i wanted something a lil darker to match the JDM corners. I also finally got an OEM moonroof visor.. it's great.. it makes the car look more sporty for some reason and it blocks the wind and sun when the roof is open.


    I also found an 89 RS integra lip recently so again with Pico's help I installed that badboy. At the same time I installed something which may be a 3geez first.. smoked reflector bumper lights. they look pretty mean




    I installed those the day before the recent Cambria meet



    And thats pretty much how she sits today, with almost 203,xxx miles. I've got various plans for the future, though a lot of it depends on funds which have been short as of late. I do have an JDM maplight which needs to be installed, and I also scored an OEM fog light switch which makes me want to install some foglights too.


    I'll be using this thread as my update thread so stay tuned
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    Re: Frantik's Green Monster - Past, Present & Future

    wow good write up, it's nice to see the history of the car

    and i would have gladly bought that LX off you for $200 :O

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    Re: Frantik's Green Monster - Past, Present & Future

    Great idea with the thread. I guess I'll have to look into doin this too. Your car has progressed nicely.

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    Re: Frantik's Green Monster - Past, Present & Future

    Sweet, it's kinda nice to hear the whole story, and those lights, awesome.
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    Re: Frantik's Green Monster - Past, Present & Future

    Great looking car!

    I don't know why, I always thought your car was Laurel Blue.

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    Re: Frantik's Green Monster - Past, Present & Future

    Quote Originally Posted by carotman
    I don't know why, I always thought your car was Laurel Blue.
    i get that a lot lol actually it's cool cause the color really seems to depend on the lighting on clear sunny days it looks really blue and on cloudy days it looks much more green. the color is a blue-green kinda like the ocean. I like it a lot.

    Here's a comparison with ol blue



    Thanks for the compliments guys i've been meaning to do a thread like this for a little while now

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    Re: Frantik's Green Monster - Past, Present & Future

    Very Nice Thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by picopop
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    Re: Frantik's Green Monster - Past, Present & Future

    Frantik
    Great looking car! Great thread. More of us should do this.

    Carotman, naw Frantik just wishes that it was that cool Laurel Blue color. Actually there are a few of the factory colors that just seem to suit these 3rd generation Accords best. The Monterey Green and the Laurel Blue are two of the best examples of this. And it would be hard to find a better example of this than Frantik's Monterey Green Sedan.
    Quote Originally Posted by carotman
    I don't know why, I always thought your car was Laurel Blue.

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    Re: Frantik's Green Monster - Past, Present & Future

    Excellent writeup frantik, Really cool to see how your 3gee has progressed since you first got it. Nice, clean car.

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    Re: Frantik's Green Monster - Past, Present & Future

    sweet thread Frantik

    BTW what year is that civic short ram intake from? i been wanting one

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    Re: Frantik's Green Monster - Past, Present & Future

    i dont remember.. 92 or something.. i dunno.. almost any one will work you just have to cut a section like i did. I still have the tube thogh if you want it.. youll have to get a filter for it.

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    Re: Frantik's Green Monster - Past, Present & Future

    pm sent

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    Re: Frantik's Green Monster - Past, Present & Future

    Great IDEA!


    Great Pics!
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    Re: Frantik's Green Monster - Past, Present & Future

    nice ive seen the car in person and its very clean inside and out.

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    Re: Frantik's Green Monster - Past, Present & Future

    Finally, a compiled history!

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    Re: Frantik's Green Monster - Past, Present & Future

    this is a great bio... nice car too
    thanks

    honestley never saw a 3gen green like that, saw 4gen that color though.
    The original burgandy car was sweet too.
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    Re: Frantik's Green Monster - Past, Present & Future

    Quote Originally Posted by roodoo2
    honestley never saw a 3gen green like that, saw 4gen that color though.
    4th gens didn't come in Monterey green (BG-20-M), though they did come in similar colors. SEis came in BG-26 which was used on 4th gens. I like the green 4th gens a lot

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    Re: Frantik's Green Monster - Past, Present & Future

    Your car is hot, I love the color and the rims.

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    Re: Frantik's Green Monster - Past, Present & Future

    thanks for the nice comments everybody

    thinking bout installing my maplight this weekend

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    Re: Frantik's Green Monster - Past, Present & Future

    well im kinda pissed.. i went out to install my maplight and i noticed that the space in between the sun visors is too small for the maplight.. so either i gotta find different visors or not use the maplight. most likely it means not using the maplight if anybody is interested you're welcome to buy it
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