Monday

The Weight Has Been Lifted

Best Blogger Tips                     As you might know if you follow my Instagram Erics car is done. HOOORAAAYY, I will finally be closing a very challenging chapter in my life. In no way am i complaining or even suggesting that I regret doing this build. However i do realize now, that i took a much rougher road along the journey then i should have.
                             
                          Lets go back to 1998 maybe 99' when i was sophomore in high school, and I learned of "rice burners" and purchased my first issue of supper street. I was immediately hooked and i knew then that i wanted a honda civic. it was just a style that i liked, it was different, and it was cool that a 4 cylinder could be as fast or faster then a v8 "muscle car." fast forward a few years and i got my first "honda" it was a white cx hatchback it was awesome but ridiculously slow. But it was mine and i loved it, not having much money i got a second job working at a small shop in Carson as a shop bitch, But learning everything i know today from there. Some how i found  a way to get a b16 in my car, I totally pieced it together but it worked great, i had the head built by Tom at portflow three angle valve job, port polish, milled 40K, titanium valves and valve springs. I payed it off by working at the shop. I got a used clutch from a tranny job i did, threw some oem axles in, that were laying around the shop, one of the guys that worked there helped me wire the knock sensor and the 4 wire o2, I borrowed someones chipped p28, and boy did the car rip. well at least by late 90s/early 2000's standards.I always lusted after the HOLY GRAIL. The JDM Type r swap, this being 5000 bucks and pretty rare at the time i knew i was never going to get it. fast forward to 2003, I got a great job opportunity to move to Las Vegas. (this story is going somewhere i promise) so having multiple tickets for street racing, and wanting to start fresh in Las Vegas with no debts i decided to sell my car and pay everything off. I thought this was it, i am out of the scene. But much like being in the bloods or crips (I assume) you are never really totally out of it, and my passion for imports layed dormant while i struggled as a adolescent out on my own with my girlfriend, in a strange new city having to pay rent, phone bills, utilities, food to eat, and all other essentials of living. blah blah blah, i bought a truck tried to be a bro with a preunner. blah blah blah, met my best friend. blah blah blah, he had a mirage. With that small crappy 500 dollar car he got from some mexican that beat the crap out of it. We tinkered with it doing small things to get it running and driving correctly, then we slammed it and put a cage in it, and he was even thinking of putting a 4G63 in it. With that car the spark was reignited and i felt that i could know longer stay away, i had to get another Honda. this was 2005ish, and he was kinda realizing that  a mirage was lame. so he bought a 240sx and we swapped a SR20 in it and he started drifting. and we took the mirage out in the desert and DESTROYED it! I drove my truck into it, he gashed a hole in the tranny oil pan(it was auto) from a rock and the car would no longer drive, I pushed it back to his house with my truck. That marked the end of my down time from hondas, and i ended up getting another Civic but this time a vx, and again wanting a type r motor but knowing that there was no way i could afford one. I met "jdm mike" a dude from the original mid 90's boom of hondas. this guy probably has more rare/race stuff in his three car garage, then anyone else in las vegas. He had a jdm sir 2 swap that he was going to put in one of his cars but ended up getting married and not wanting anything to do with imports any more he sold it to me with payments so i could afford it. and its still the motor i have today in my civic today.

                Now that you know a little bit about my past, i can move on with my main point i was getting too. I have always wanted a Type R swap. its more then just a fast motor, It has meaning, sole, personality. its not just a B16 or a GSR. its a legit race version motor. it helped honda achieve the title of fastest production FWD car.

                Like every single person in the world, i am selfish. With Erics inheritance i saw that not only could i build him one awesome civic, but i could finally live out my teenage dream of having a type r motor. So Eric being the awesome brother he is knew that i always wanted one, and he had enough money to buy him and I one. so we did it i took the plunge i dove in head first researching everything for a K swap,and price everything out. Then figuring out how  i could take all the money he had allocated for car stuff, Build him an awesome civic and still have money left so i could get a type r motor too. on paper i was able to work everything out, it seemed like everything was added up i could afford everything. but after buying the two motors, the car, and the first wave of parts it became apparent that i would not have enough money to complete his car, through that time the selfish part of me did not want to give up my motor. The teenage dream that had finally come to fruition, One of the goals that i was able to accomplish in my life.so rather then selling it to get the money to finish his car, i dragged out his build for almost a year buying car parts with everyone of my checks. putting all my bill son the back burner and living paycheck to paycheck just to keep my dream alive, the dream of a type r motor. this not only put stress on my brother and I's relationship, it was putting tons of stress on my actual relationship with my girlfriend. This caused much animosity, and put much strain on our relationship. I cant even blame her, i was making such stupid decisions to help keep my type r motor. blowing off bills for a fuel system, or a traction bar. borrowing money just to keep our phone on and keep that damn motorcycle insured. As i dug deeper into a financial hole i could see that it was getting bad but i knew that i was so close and if i could just get a couple extra bucks i could finish the car. I felt like a heroin addict or something, i could see the downward spiral i was in, im 32 years old and playing with hondas. still acting irresponsible and selfish to achive my own goals. but i could not deviate from my plan. i truly felt like i had to have a type r motor in my car, i felt as if it was some sort of milestone that i needed to reach. In a way i feel like saying set your goals and do what ever it takes to accomplish them, but in another way i realize how selfish that is.

                 I am such a lucky guy that i have my sweetie pie, and that she loves me more then she probably should. As of today April 6th 2015 Erics car is DONE, I am driving it to D.C. on April 17th. i would also like to say that i am very lucky that my brother loves me as much as he does, and Bro i promise its worth it.
   
                 Now that the chapter is pretty much closed i do not regret anything, it was an amazing journey. I found out that i almost like the "building" almost more then the actual having the completed project. each time i accomplished something on his car i felt so good, it was soo rewarding. I was able to build a car that is my ideal image of what a honda should be. fun, fast, reliable, and respectable. I have so much pride in this build, so much soul. I am very sad to see it go i feel like i built my dream car. But the saving grace is that i still have my type r swap sitting in the garage, and though it may not be going in anytime soon. I can rest assure that it will always be an amazing motor, and that my dream will one day be fulfilled. but until that day comes Eric will have an amazing car, and I hope that he will enjoy it as much as i do.

                Now i probably could have just told you all that i a few words, but you wouldn't have a heard a great story and learned a little more about me.


                Here is a detailed spec list of the car
MOTOR
2006 JDM dc5 prc swap
hasport mounts
skunk2 swap header
RBC intake manifold
Karcepts throttle body adapter
Karcepts CAI with velocity stack
Karcepts Fuel rail and lines
AEM FPR marshal liquid filled gauge
Ktuned stainless steel clutch line
Ktuned tensioner pulley
Made my own charge harness/ ground wires
Hasport conversion harness
Secondary O2 harness made by 2point1 (k20a.org member)
Ktuned radiator hoses/heater hoses
Oem gsr throttle cable with Karcepts bracket
Exedy 3 puck sprung clutch
Hybrid racing timing chain tensioner
Drive shaft shop level 2.9 axles
Ktuned traction bar
Ktuned no cut shift box
Skunk2 alpha radiator
Oem prc stock ECU
walbro 255lph fuel pump
Custom 3 inch exhaust.

Chassis/Suspension
GSR brakes all around
DA booster/master cylinder
40/40 prop valve
Brembo cross drilled and slotted rotor all around
Stoptech pads all around
ARP extended studs all around
JDM type r front sway bar
ASR rear subframe brace and sway bar combo
Skunk 2 PRO S V2 coilovers
New bushings through out the car

Wheels/tires
Kosei K1 15x7 +35
Nitto NT-05 205/50/15

MISC
All brand new brake fluid
OEM Honda coolant
OEM Honda MTF
Wix oil filter
Castrol GTX oil

Now on the the real reason you clicked the link. THE PICTURES!!!!!!!

thanks again to my BFF ever for shooting the pics, they are awesome as per youzhe.




























And a quick video of a 2nd thru 5th pull till it hits the speed limiter. yes it is a 6 speed trans too.

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Tuesday

Bitten off more than i can chew.

Best Blogger Tips                 Biting off more then I can chew is a direct result of my desire to have the coolest and best of everything. Within the last 6 months some great opportunities have come my way and i didn't have enough will power to say no. Lets go back to May2014...I might have a hard time getting the story to make sense, but just try and keep up.

 My brother has always had the plan that when he gets money he wanted me to build him a fast car, from early 2014 the plan was to build him a LS2 S13. But after much thought and idea throwing around between Ever and I we decided that having 400rwhp was at bit much for a DAILY DRIVEN street car. I mean my RB25 S13 is outta control and it only puts out 265rwhp, so having 400rwhp was just going to be down right dumb. Literally you wouldn't be able to pass people on the street or merge on the freeway with out creating a scene, tire smoke and painting elevens all over the street would get old pretty quick. So the next idea we had was a civic, that's my bread and butter. I've been building Hondas since i was 16. With reliability and daily driveability being the main focus of this build i decided to take on the all mighty K swap, since the motors are newer they would be very low mileage which was great for reliability, and being a K series it would be plenty fast.

So now lets pause the car situation, and throw some other form of speed and temptation in the mix. The MOTORCYCLE... when my brother left for the District of Columbia to join Americas Naval force he left me with his supermoto leaving him no transportation. With the desire to acquire another supermoto he put me on the hunt to research and come up with the best bike he could get that would be comfortable and have the ability to drive long distance at high speeds, which was the major set back of his previous supermoto. So after a few weeks of looking into get another supermoto it became evident that a supermoto probably wasn't the best idea since most supermotos are just single cylinder, or twin cylinders which aren't the ideal for sustained high speed and RPM. Then one day  the answer was right in front of my face, literally on the cover of mens health magazine. there is was the 2014 Yamaha FZ-09, upright seating and comfortable, 850cc triple, naked styling, and the ability to travel great distances and still be a ton of fun. so in October 2013 he purchased the first FZ-09 in D.C. It didn't take long to realize that having a brand new bike payment, full coverage insurance, and being his first year in the Navy equaled not enough money to live. So here is the first great opportunity he bestowed upon me,  the chance to have the bike and take care of it for him until he is out of the navy and all i had to do was make the insurance payment and he would make the bike payment. NO BRAINER right? well that's what i thought. But turns out that the insurance payment was quite a bit even for me being 31 years old.

So now im the owner of two bikes, a 96 Kawasaki and a 2014 Yamaha.( lets not mention the other four cars that i have). So by now it is june 2014 and he has accumulated enough money to do the civic project, so lets begin that story.

June 2014, A large sum of money has just be deposited into my account, and the start of a bad idea was brewing in my mind. It seemed like a good idea at the time, "Hey Bro spot me the 5k so i can do a Kswap in my civic too." Of course being my brother how could he say no, He loves me and knows how much having a K series in my car would mean to me. My plan was to sell my B16 Full Swap outta my car and pay him back for most of the 5k that i owed him then sell some other things i had laying around to square up the deal. So with his approval we drove to HMO and purchased 2 JDM DC5 full swaps and it was the best day ever! when i got back into vegas i purchased a bunch of parts i needed to start doing the swap into his civic (which i forgot to mention that i bought before i picked up the motors) a bone stock civic vx. the most perfect of candidates for this motor swap or any motor swap, plus they look awesome and i have one too.

Now this is where the project starts to lose momentum, after buying a 94 civic vx, 2 Kswaps, and the first round of parts to get his project going. the money started to run out and the cost of owning a motorcycle started to add up. Helmet, gloves, jacket, exhaust, oil changes, new tires, and the insurance was starting to make it difficult to consistently purchase kswap parts for his car with each of my checks. so we had agreed that it was time to sell the supermoto that i had, and put that money right into his car. I was able to quickly sell the supermoto and it wasn't long till the next round of parts for his car started to come in. This whole time i was working on his car i was also trying to sell my complete B16 swap outta my car to continue to fund his car, this was proving to be impossible though no one wanted to fork over good money for a strong, healthy, reliable, real parts having motor swap. So after almost six months of not having my civic running, missing events, and fun things along the way i decided it was time to put my motor back in my car and at least enjoy it.

December 16th 2014, my garage is full. there is a civic that runs and drives, a motorcycle that i drive everyday, and a baller ass unfinished civic project that haunts me every time i go in the garage.  I realize that i am in over my head, I have bitten of more then i can chew, and am now spending more money on all of these things then the money that i have coming in, and finishing my brothers civic will never happen. From the very start i told my self that i cant buy ANYTHING for my civic, nothing for the kswap, nothing to make the car better, NOTHING. I couldn't do anything to any of my cars till his was done and out of the garage. basically vegas' car scene is crap, people only want blackworks and STR wheels, they don't want quality they just want the look. No one is forking over money to buy my swap. they would rather buy a backyard built LS/Vtec swap that is garbage. So therefore this has put a halt on progress, my motor is still for sale and is currently in my car and running.

The most frustrating part of this whole debacle is that it was my selfishness that has brought me to where i am now. i have an unfinished project, I let my brother down, and i have a K20 just sitting in my garage waiting for me to put in my car. most people in my situation would sell the extra  K20, or possibly sell one of my cars to fund it. But not me i want my cake and i want to eat it too. And there is no way I'm letting the k20 swap go, it would be like carrying a baby for 9 months then adopting it out when its born. It really is that important to me.

So to sum up that long ass story. having a motorcycle, and trying to 2 k swaps is very expensive.

Here are some pictures of whats going on in the garage right now.


 Here is the route of my problem, this thing is the funnest thing in the world. its faster then both of my cars put together, it looks cooler then both of them, and it often makes me wonder why i even fix up cars since it is so much faster then anything on four wheels.

Here is my broken dreams.






My car as it sits, waiting for someone to buy the FULL SWAP.



Since i cant put money into my car, i decided to take things out. totally gutting the whole car pretty much.





This is how my brother car is currently sitting. Gobs and gobs of juicy parts, Ktuned AC/PS delete pulley, ktuned radiator hoses and heater core hoseses, Ktuned clutch line,Hybrid racing timing chain tensioner, Exedy clutch, karcepts complete fuel system, karcepts cold air intake, karcepts throttle cable bracket and oem gsr cable, Hasport mounts, Rbc intake manifold, Aem Fuel pressure regulator, Hondata intake manifold gasket, Brand new OEM si clutch master, and countless other new oem  parts, nuts, bolts, sensors all over the car.the brakes are completely done. Gsr knuckles, Gsr calipers, Gsr booster, DA master cylinder, 40/40 prop valve, rear si discs, brembo cross drilled/slotted rotors, stoptech pads.


Ktuned traction bar, Jdm type r sway bar, Ktuned No cut shifter box.



Almost looks stock.


Old school/New school for lack of better words

One day.

Saturday

Finished

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           Upon returning from our trip across country to pick up my sick new toy. I knew I really needed to finish my cage completely, this basically was just getting bobby to get me some 16g steel plate for the a pillar dimple dies, paint the cage, interior back in, dash cut to fit, glue in the window I failed to break upon removal, and some wiring. It seems like a lot but in reality it was very easy stuff to do, but with the weather heating up and I was also moving.  So it's been pretty easy to just blow off working on the 240, but at the same time I was very excited to get it all running and drive it. So yesterday I finished it, changed the oil and almost took it to the car wash, but ever needed to pick up a gas tank for his 14 so he can finally get that thing running. So tomorrow Sunday June 1st I will officially complete the 240sx cage project, with a simple wash it will mark the completion of my project.

Had ever snap a few just to show what it looks like ( which according to Ian is the same as before) but anyway I'll take some better ones after I get it washed tomorrow