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    My arabian cruiser - '87 Prelude 2.0Si

    Like promissed in the newbie thread here are a few more information and pictures from my Prelude.



    It's a '87 Prelude 2.0Si, chassiscode BA3, so basicly its like the standart US Preludes. But mine isn't US-spec, it's was made for the arabian Gulf. So there are a few differences to the US model. For example the engine. Here is a A20A4 under the hood instead of a A20A3, so there are absolutly no emmission controls on this car.
    Here is the full spec list (everything stock from factory):
    - A20A4; 120hp, 165Nm
    - 4AT automatic transmission with the pistol grip gear selector
    - cruise controle
    - air condition
    - power antenna
    - power mirrors
    - power windows
    - power sunroof
    - power steering
    - 13" mesh alloys (including spare tire)
    - cromax windows all around
    - Pioneer AM/FM tape deck headunit
    - 4 speakers
    - JDM front and rear lights
    - courtesy lights in the door cards
    - rear spoiler
    - km/h-mph gauge cluster (km/h on the outside ring, mph on the inside ring)
    - 120km/h speed warner
    - "Electric Navigator" (english one!)

    The car was bought new from a german engineer, who was working for the oil industry in Kuwait back in the '80s. It's first registered on Feb. 1st 1987 in Kuwait City. In 1990 just before the Iraq invasion in Kuwait the owner moved back to germany and took the car with him, where it stays. I'm the 4th owner and bought it from a friend in December 2012.
    According the VIN number it wasn't delivered to Kuwait, but to Saudi Arabia. And speaking of the VIN number: It's the 51th Prelude BA3 build for the model year 1987, so it's produced in the second half of 1986.

    Since I bought it, I collected a bunch of NOS parts for it, did some details and minor mods and started with fighting against the rust. As well I collected some rare goodies.

    And finally here are some pictures.









    The goodies I've collected so far:
    - OEM Honda vacuum cleaner
    - JDM autocover fog lights (covers aren't nice and I don't have wiring or a switch so far)
    - rear mudguards
    - period correct Export number plate from Saudi Arabia
    - K&N replacement airfilter

    Other stuff I did so far:
    - replaced the blasted and cracked front turn signals with NOS units and tinted them with foil
    - polished the JDM corner lights and tinted the front part to make match with the grill
    - removed all rust at the rear panel and the upper part of the left wheel arch
    - removed the aftermarket hazard indicatior, they installed, when they imported the car to germany
    - fitted a stock hazard indicatior from a european Prelude
    - restored the header heat shield
    - installed some new ignition wires
    - replaced the battery with a OEM Honda unit
    - replaced the old worn speakers with new Pioneer units



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    Re: My arabian cruiser - '87 Prelude 2.0Si

    and nice car as always!

    Post up more pics!

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    Re: My arabian cruiser - '87 Prelude 2.0Si

    Just for you, Hazwan :P

    Some interior shots first.








    Btw. a new sticker arrived.




    And some random pics.











    The vacuum :P


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    Re: My arabian cruiser - '87 Prelude 2.0Si

    Wow. That's SUPER clean. USDM Washington plates? You folks overseas are funny :P
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    Re: My arabian cruiser - '87 Prelude 2.0Si

    I had temporary plates that time, which where to wide for the license plate mould and I didn't want an empty license plate mould. So I took what I had laying around. I had to chose between Washington, Idaho and some old dealer plates. The arabian plate just arrived a few days back.

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    Re: My arabian cruiser - '87 Prelude 2.0Si

    Welcome...i am also new here...

    Your taillight look different..more nice..

    And...i want the vacuummmm....
    Last edited by scania360; 06-07-2014 at 08:45 PM.

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    Re: My arabian cruiser - '87 Prelude 2.0Si

    A Honda branded vacuum cleaner?! OMG! That would be worth like a gazillion dollars on eBay.

    BTW, welcome! Your car is awesome.
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    Re: My arabian cruiser - '87 Prelude 2.0Si

    Someone gave the vacuum to me for free, because he wanted to throw it in the trash...

    The new "first aid box". There is even some space left in there for the high visibility vests.




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    Re: My arabian cruiser - '87 Prelude 2.0Si

    The car is amazing, and clean! I wish I had orange gauges instead of green...

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    Re: My arabian cruiser - '87 Prelude 2.0Si

    Orange gauges ftw!

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    Re: My arabian cruiser - '87 Prelude 2.0Si

    Quote Originally Posted by GrafKröte View Post
    The new "first aid box".
    I can't think of a more subversive use for a cartridge box.
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    Re: My arabian cruiser - '87 Prelude 2.0Si

    Last weekend I refurbished some parts.


    And last week I recieved some parts



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    Re: My arabian cruiser - '87 Prelude 2.0Si

    mmmm I want that armrest

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    Re: My arabian cruiser - '87 Prelude 2.0Si

    You prepped and painted the horns? LOL. That's some OCD right there.

    Looks great BTW.
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    Re: My arabian cruiser - '87 Prelude 2.0Si

    Yes, I did. So they look great behind the bumper and the foglights. :P The car will get a major overhaul, with a lot of details.

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    Re: My arabian cruiser - '87 Prelude 2.0Si

    The armrest is in. I love it


    And the current look of the front end... I think there is some free space for a new bumper..

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    Re: My arabian cruiser - '87 Prelude 2.0Si

    Oh yeah that armrest looks sick!

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    Re: My arabian cruiser - '87 Prelude 2.0Si

    such clean much want!!!

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    Re: My arabian cruiser - '87 Prelude 2.0Si

    I love NOS parts <3


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    Re: My arabian cruiser - '87 Prelude 2.0Si

    Clean Lude man

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    Re: My arabian cruiser - '87 Prelude 2.0Si

    I don't think I've ever seen "Phase locked loop" printed on a radio. Now you're lucky if they mention PLL radio tuners at all. Having shortwave is cool, too, and is something I haven't seen in a car radio at all.

    Very nice car overall. The back story makes it even more interesting.

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    Re: My arabian cruiser - '87 Prelude 2.0Si

    Best Prelude ever!

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    Re: My arabian cruiser - '87 Prelude 2.0Si

    I'm addicted...

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    Re: My arabian cruiser - '87 Prelude 2.0Si

    More parts!

    Left side front mud guard, distributor rotor, some bulbs and one of the steering wheel horn buttons.

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    Re: My arabian cruiser - '87 Prelude 2.0Si

    You're replacing horn buttons? LOL. Super OCD. LOL. I only say that because I spent an hour at the junkyard looking for suitable replacements for my worn horn buttons. Seems like on all the steering wheels, one button is completely worn blank and one button is still brand new.

    I'm totally loving this build.
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