Hello ALL!! Its finally time to breathe new life into my tired and trusty 1G Accord my kids and i call "Betty". Around fall 2011 i was still DD old faithfull when suddenly while cruising on a level freeway i drive weekly i could hear slight pinging (detonation) from the motor. All of a sudden within seconds the detonation was really loud and temp shot straight to hot. I pulled off the freeway and the motor was detonating horribly even with no load and slight throttle. I pulled over, parked and let it cool and checked oil/coolant levels. I stay up on all drivetrain related operation/maintenance so i knew something was up but i stayed optimistic. I let it cool and drove off. The motor started detonating right away and was now missing, pulled over and called for a tow. 1st thought right away was HG failure. Working exclusively on fuel injected hondas ive never seen a hg fail without a culprit that led up to a failure (non working fans, clogged radiator, bad t-stat, too much timing, etc etc). I did a quick visual check later that week and sure enough i was getting compression through the radiator =/ After checking the fans and wp belt i decided to remove the t-stat. There was a small rock size chunk of cast material that had cracked and broke off and was resting in the t-stat housing. From the smooth texture on one side and course on the other it looked to be part of the small coolant passages that are around the combustion chamber/sleeves on the block or head where they meet, im assuming its from the head. Has anyone seen or heard of this? The car would no longer start and was almost locking up while cranking because of the fluid that was in the cylinder(s). I was pretty discouraged and selling her was not an option so i closed the hood and walked away. Here we are a little over a year later!
I purchased Betty in late '03 and DD her an average of a 100+ miles a day till the day the motor broke. I racked up thousands of miles on the original motor so the correct mileage is unknown. Gotta love a 5 digi odometer! With that being said and internal damage unknown (metal chunk/overheating), unknown engine noise from the block when cold possibly piston slap or rod knock, AND an oil consumption issue the motor was a bit tired to say the least. Definetly served its owners well with 30 years of service. I opted to find a clean untouched longblock which was not an easy task. After about half a year with no luck and only finding junk and neglected motors i finally found the motor you see here locally at a pick-a-part type yard out of a clean donor that read 68k on the clock, actual mileage? who knows. . i popped the pan and checked the rod/main bearings and it was extremely clean. FINALLY! Cool thing was the junkyard was having a half off sale on everything in the yard the following weekend so i went back saturday and decided to just grab the complete swap to take advantage of the sale. I ended up paying $206 USD for the complete motor and trans and i mean COMPLETE from carb to the oil pan and every accessory in between, even included an early type hood with hood emblem i found in the yard. It was a good day at the junkyard!
For those unfamiliar with the car here are a few old links on the site hopefully they work. SORRY for the cell pic quality but you get the picture.
FINALLY MOVED TO A PLACE I CAN WRENCH ON HER AFTER A YEAR OF SITTING
DONOR CAR AT THE WRECKING YARD WISH I WOULD HAVE TAKEN MORE PICS.
COMPLETE DRIVETRAIN FROM DONOR FOR A STEAL OF A PRICE
ACCESSORIES REMOVED AND READY TO REMOVE 30 YEARS OF GRIME
CLUTCH LOOKED REALLY GOOD WITH LOTS OF MATERIAL LEFT ON THE DISC