My First build thread and I wanted to start this a bit sooner but oh well, and I know I'm not the best writer so please bare with my guys...Post is a bit long sorry
History of car:
I recently got a 1989 Honda Accord lxi 5 spd for 475 Bucks. Which I think over payed for considering all the work it needs, year, and mileage (243k on body and motor) but I fell in love the body style so in the end I can't argue. The guy who I bought the car off of was nice enough to hold the car for me till I had the money and it was in very rough shape but some what very well maintained over the years (about a 4 inch stack of recipients & documentation of all the work and maintenance done to the car over there years) So with that being said the project begins .
The good: runs and drives, interiors decent and just about everything other then the ac works. Under the car isnt rusted to hell like most cars this age especially considering all the salt over the winters (im from connecticut)
The Bad: quater panel rust, needs fenders, driver side corner light, driver side taillight, Rocker panel rust, passenger mirror, and has a misfire & a oil leak believe its just from the valve cover but havent looked into it.
Its a big project and I'm on a budget but I wanna do things right the first time & i already feel invested and committed
My plans condensed : Bodywork - Suspension - swap - Paint
Goals - reliable as I plan on daily driving the car but im not driving it till I'm done with most to all the work. My hp goals are 350 - 400 whp
Ive been floating around piecing a bunch of the information i need as im new to accords but i need help and info on the swap , i searched but
havent found much specifics. I know i need the motor, tranny, ecu, wiring harness, axels, and shift linkage and custom mounts but I'm not sure what axels I need and about the wiring. I decided to go with a d16z6 with a d16y8 head with a ef si tranny but before u guys knock on me and give me a hard time I'm set on this motor swap. Since I'm getting it for cheap & The a20a3 currently in there is kinda strong with everything considered but there's no after market support and my goals are 400 whp . This is my biggest obstacle parts are extremely rare and I'd rather drop in a lower mileage motor that's cheap and easy to replace in worst case scenario , compared to custom parts most the a20s need . I'm getting the motor and tranny for about $200 with goodies plus some other parts I might buy from a friend. Downside is I'd have to wait till he comes back from basic training to get the parts. But till then I'll read up and work on the rest of the car.
So far I started prepping for the body work. I've sanded down the whole car already. I'm probably going to start doing the bondo tomorrow and work on the quarters and rockers on Monday.
It took me a whole week of searching but I finally found the parts I need , tried every place online that seemed trust worthy with no results and junkyards all over but I finally found all the parts I needed for the car in a junkyard in western up state NY a 5 hour drive from where I'm located. They would only ship it freight for 220$ just for shipping so I decided to just take the drive. So I'm going to go on Friday morning soonest day I'd be able to go and they were closed this weekend for the holiday.
I'll post pics in a bit and I'll keep you guys posted on any work I do on it even if no ones reads this.