Gusto's '79 1200

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Gusto's '79 1200

Postby Gusto » March 22nd, 2010, 10:25 am

Following on from my greeting thread, I thought it best to continue here in the project section.

[ img ]Photos from previous owner.

As far as I am aware, this is a 1979 Honda Civic 1200 Mk1 3 door hatch 4 speed manual. It currently has a blown head gasket which I plan to fix, and if that fails, I hope to source a Honda City Turbo engine somehow (I live in Adelaide, South Australia). The paint's shiny and in good nick, but there are a number of small stone chips here and there, and some slight signs of rust, but it doesn't look as bad as my toyota which is 10 years younger! The front and rear bumper bars have both had a minor hit. Now for my photos.

Open Sesame
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I noted that there is room on the right for another badge, for when the car is worthy of sporting another badge. Note also - mudflaps!

Gear stick
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The engine bay
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This is where it gets interesting. The chassis badge states that it came with an EB3 engine. However the engine in the engine bay is an older, EB2. Thusly, this is obviously not the first engine that has been in this car, and likewise, this is at least the second car that this engine has been in.

Old Top Radiator Hose
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DYI split hose fix by 2nd previous owner caused leaking coolant and subsequent overheating by previous owner, leading to a blown head gasket. Inside is coated in a light layer of rusty red...

New Top Radiator Hose
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Fitted by me. Was going to replace the Bottom Radiator Hose as well, but as I took the old top one off, water came out of the engine, signifying that the bottom one doesn't leak. Due to the colour of the water, it looks like it's been running on water and not coolant for a bit too long. Plan for a radiator flush.

Carby top slighly cracked
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No major problem

Blown head gasket..
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Base of the head. Thinking possibly cracked/warped head.

Blown head gasket..
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Base of the head. Thinking possibly cracked/warped head.

Empty Coolant Resevoir
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The previous owner was refilling with water and not coolant .

Slightly split pipe
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No prob.

This pipe goes.. nowhere
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No prob as well - an air outlet I understand.

Faded red on wheel
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Out of the factory, the background around the Honda logo was a bright red.

Loose door trim
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Under bonnet rust
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Appears non-structural, but there are patches like this around the vehicle in not-so--immediately-visible places.

And the badge on the rear
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Last edited by Gusto on February 9th, 2011, 8:58 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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Postby Eduardo I. Nieves Davila » March 22nd, 2010, 5:09 pm

Nice, as I always ask, what will it be used for? Daily driving or weekend cruising?

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Postby Blackbullet » March 22nd, 2010, 5:17 pm

looks very clean, nice car

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Postby HondaCarCare1 » March 22nd, 2010, 7:15 pm

NICE! :D

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Postby Gusto » March 22nd, 2010, 8:33 pm

Once it's running it might be used as a daily or weekend car, not sure yet. One thing's for sure - I'll be entering it in at least one Motorkhana event.

I just received a workshop manual (Scientific Publications no.140). Will be doing lots of reading.

I wonder if when I pull the head off, if it's warped and I get it machined back into shape, perhaps the machinist should do something with the cam while it's accessible?

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Postby Layspeed » March 22nd, 2010, 10:05 pm

Nice photos. The depth of field makes them very interesting to look at. What camera are you using? Also, the two pics you posted of the 'base' of the head actually looks like the top of the head where the valve/rocker cover sits. Just an observation. Hope you get her fixed up. 8)

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Postby Steph » March 23rd, 2010, 1:37 am

Snap! Same colour and model as mine, and we live in the same city :D

Mine's a Hondamatic though, but they look exactly the same. If you need any parts just give me a hoy and I'll hook you up with some good connections. I know where some exhaust valves are locally, plus a new water pump for $26 :wink:

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Postby Gusto » March 23rd, 2010, 3:58 am

Thanks all so far! Will start reading the workshop manual tonight.

Re base/top of the head, thanks for that observation Layspeed! This'll be the first engine I'll be really touching. Usually I don't want to touch anything because I think I'll break something.

The photos above were taken with a Pentax K-7 DSLR, with a 50-51 year old Asahi Takumar 55mm f/1.8 lens.

Steph - Cheers, I'll let you know ;)


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