My '75 Civic Restomod

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My '75 Civic Restomod

Postby Speedy » March 6th, 2015, 12:34 am

Hey all,

I'm really excited to be able to share my resto with all you guys, I hope you find it interesting. So if you read my New Member's post (link here viewtopic.php?f=4&t=19186), then you know that at the beginning of my resto project I had 5 Civics on my property. Also there was this picture there of three civics being hauled at once on our rig:

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The car I actually started with on my project was the '75 white car that is hanging off the end of the trailer. It was also the most incomplete car there :lol:
The car started out in this condition

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I finished stripping out all the wiring and glass and absolutely everything on the car. Obviously there was no suspension so we stuck some super heavy duty old casters on a piece of 1-1/2" thick plywood and put it under the car as a single heavy duty dolly. After that I made the horrendous mistake of sending the car out on a trailer to a powder coating shop to have the entire shell sandblasted.

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After Sandblasting

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After Primer

Most of this project is occurring under a canopy on the side of my house, so we just had to put up some plastic as walls and used the canopy as a temporary spraybooth. Now I must say if you are ever considering having your car sandblasted... DON'T. DO NOT EVER HAVE YOUR FIRST GENERATION HONDA SANDBLASTED! EVER!!! Terrible mistake on my part because it warped the thin sheet metal that Honda used for these cars and weakened all of it as well. Anyways, the sandblasters were not very clear on when they expected it to be done so we ended up picking the car up from them earlier than they thought and they did not get the interior of the car blasted. So I went to harbor freight for a cheap spot blaster and ended up blasting the entire cabin myself and then doing primer-work to it.
Now I went to put some color on the car! Sort of. The engine bay got a coat of heat resistant engine enamel. Spray can stuff, that way I can easily touch up the engine bay if it gets scratched without having to tear out the engine to get a gun in there. Around the same time I bought a bunch of 3M spray undercoating and did the wheel-wells.

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After that it was on to suspension. I bought brand new everythings for the suspension front and rear except for struts because I plan on getting the BC Racing setup at some point later on in my resto. Repainted a lot of old components, no detail will be spared here!

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The Eagle has landed! Finally got four tires on the ground! Next I got to play with the engine. Pulled it from a parts car and completely rebuilt it. Crank polished, cylinders bored out 1mm over with flat top pistons instead of the stock dished type, new crank bearings (machine shop lost mine), Valve job done, cylinder head resurfaced, and everything top to bottom gets cleaned and a fresh coat of paint.

Whoops! too many pics already. I will continue posting on this tomorrow. More pics to come
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Re: My '75 Civic Restomod

Postby Don » March 6th, 2015, 8:21 pm

Sign up for photobucket or other photo sharing account. That way you have no posting limits here and it doesn't stress the forums resources.

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Re: My '75 Civic Restomod

Postby bob78cvcc » March 7th, 2015, 11:55 am

Great to see another 1st gen Civic getting some much needed love! :)

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Re: My '75 Civic Restomod

Postby Bill » March 8th, 2015, 6:02 am

Great progess so far! Please keep us up on the updates and parts needs. I can see from your IP where you are, but you might want to post an area where you are located with whatever level of area scope you feel comfortable with, it can really help with parts and even special tools and help when you run into that problem that is just making you crazy!
:welcome
Welcome to the site, hope you enjoy it here!
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Re: My '75 Civic Restomod

Postby Speedy » March 8th, 2015, 10:43 pm

Don, I got a photobucket account like you suggested. Thanks for the tip! :you_rock

username: I'm from the gilroy area, but I'm comfortable making drives all the way up to Sacramento down to the Pismo area. I'd love to meet up with you guys sometime

SO! I got the engine all rebuilt and (almost) ready to go. Need to tear it down again and get the ARP studs on it.

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Sanded off the paint on the CVCC lettering, been having problems with clear coat on the valve cover wrinkling. Hard to spray clear when you can't see it :P Along with these cans spraying really fast. I saw Steph's thread for an ITB setup using Honda CBR throttle bodies. I was thinking of doing the same with my CVCC but now I'm starting to lean towards putting in a turbo. So I'll make another thread inquiring more about how to get my engine ready for turbo and what it would cost to go that direction.

I apologize for the next couple sections of this post but it's going to be all over the place because I've been working on multiple parts of this project at a time. I forgot to show you guys what my end goal for this car is going to be. Basically I am hoping to have the car painted similar to this color:

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Most likely a bit more yellow in color to brighten it up a bit with a bit of metallic to it.
Trying to get these side stripes (Is this QDseeker's car? I've had this picture for a couple years now, didn't realize it was a forum member's car until the other day)

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and these stripes

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Can't find any good pictures as example on the internet, but I bought a roof rack for my car and in between the chrome strips I'm going to put wood slats to match the wood steering wheel I purchased. Most likely going to be african mahogany, about an inch wide and 1/2 inch tall or so. Haven't actually gone out and measured anything yet, I'm not ready for that stage. I'm also getting african mahogany veneer to put on my dashboard. I work at a large cabinet shop and have easy access to all the lumber and veneers I need to do everything. Actually just thought about putting some veneer inserts on my door panels as well, along with a custom full wood center console so I can put some cup holders in this bad boy 8) Also, bought an NOS center console and a full set of NOS mud flaps! Don't have a pic of mine but if you don't know what the factory add-on center console looks like it's this one

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For the mud flaps I'm going to try to make the rears fit at the back of the wheel well like the fronts do instead of on the rear valance. I don't care for that placement too much. Also! another idea I have is that I want to fit a custom bumper overrider on the front to fit some rallye lights. Specifically speaking of these:

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(Not mine but I love the Hella lights and I really love these covers, I think they would really fit the car well)

The way I want to mount them is to have the outside of the overrider start on the bumper almost inline with the inside of the headlights then come up diagonally a couple inches and two lights would mount on that step. Then in the middle the overrider would step up again and two more lights would mount on that step. and then the whole bar would be slanted outwards a couple inches. I guess the best way to describe this would be to "draw" it for you guys. So here's my crummy drawing with a mousepad and my super fancy high end photo editing software Microsoft Paint!

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Probably should have used a different color just for demonstration purposes, but I don't feel like fighting terrible editing software again just to properly change a color. But as you can see I would have to delete the blinkers and then most likely mount another set underneath the bumper which I don't mind doing.
I also plan on getting the BC Racing suspension kit. I've heard that this doesn't fit the CVCC's is that true :?: :?: :?: And yet another thing I will be doing is that I will be fabbing up a rear hitch assembly so that I can haul a small trailer that I have for my dirtbikes to the hills! I need to do some modifications to the trailer as far as deck and wiring goes. Plenty of welding for me to do in the not so far future. And the custom trailer hitch in the back reminds me to tell you guys that I will also be doing a rear disk and master cylinder upgrade which ALSO reminds me that I will be doing a 4x100 conversion which ALSO reminds me again that I need to look for some 4x100 panasport/minilite/Rota RB wheels. <These are all similar right? I haven't figured out a difference. If someone could give me information on those that would be great. Looking for a 14" that fits without screwing up handling. I say 14" because around here there is almost no tire selection for 13" rims and I doubt I'll be able to find the actual rims I'm looking for in a 12" size. But basically I want these rims

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ANYWAYS. Back to my actual build. I left off on the engine. Well since I got the car rolling and the engine built, I had the car sent out to the body shop where, because of the sandblasting of the car warping the sheet metal, I spent $3600 in body work alone. I will be getting the car back this friday and start saving for some good paint and start my search for a good guy to spray it with a warranty. My body guy won't paint it because he's already got $4500 into the car and he's charging me $3600 because he likes my car and me and had originally quoted me for $2000 and didn't want to keep upping the price. Really a great guy and he does amazing work. My rockers were completely caved and he cut them out, straightened them, and welded them back in and the whole car is looking like new now if not better. Only area that he couldn't get perfect is the roof but with the chrome and wood on top of it there shouldn't be a problem.

While the car's been at the shop (been about 7 weeks now) I've been working on other things like the steering wheel, shifter knob, bumper brackets, dashboard, and grille. The steering wheel, shifter knob, and bumper brackets are coming along well. Dashboard and grille are a work in progress.

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This is "before". I forgot to take a pic before I sprayed the metal spokes. There was rust popping up on the metal so I tore it all down and got some nice super metallic silver spray paint. It's more metallic than stock and looks great. Afterwards I stained it:

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I got two coats of eurethane on it before a guy at my work in the finishing department offered to finish it for me (didn't even offer to use his stuff, knew that what I was using was already top of the line :mrgreen: ) because spraying is more consistent and even than using a brush like I was doing lol. So the steering wheel and shifter knob are at work and this guy is also making me sample colors on a board of african mahogany. Once he gets the color that I want down, I'll order the veneer and the boards for my roof rack.
As far as the grille, I started to paint it and even after all my prep work and degreasing it fish-eyed like crazy. So that got put on the backburner. But I did get the grille emblem started, and that is looking good. 8)

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"Before". Again I have a hard time remembering to take pics before I start something. I get too excited lol

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It came out alright. I "filled" the red and white areas again the other day with paint and it came out better. Didn't have a syringe to fill everything and this acrylic paint didn't spread as well as I wanted it to. Next step is to scrape off any paint that got up the side of the raised "H" and do some precise masking so that I can spray the emblem with that same metallic paint I used on the steering wheel. (Thought about it after the fact that I should have sprayed them emblem first and then filled the red and white afterwards :roll: )

My cousin is actually well known on the forum RedPepperRacing.com as KSousa for his custom and stock replica fiberglass parts that he makes. He is currently helping me research parts for making my CVCC a turbo engine. He is currently building one for his CRX, so he will be a good resource as well for sure. If you know someone who wants some custom body pieces for CRX's and 3rd gens, he's your man. He even has these sweet stickers lol

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So that's my build so far. I'll keep you guys updated when I get my baby back from the body shop. Sorry for the long read, I hope you guys enjoy

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Re: My '75 Civic Restomod

Postby Darqnez » March 9th, 2015, 1:56 am

Hey, thats great work so far, I am up near Berkeley and have my own build going, let me know if you need any help or maybe parts. I fabricated my whole front end so may have things I wont need. Keep us posted on progress!

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Re: My '75 Civic Restomod

Postby olag76 » March 9th, 2015, 2:37 am

looks great so far keep up the good work :burnout :mrgreen:

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Re: My '75 Civic Restomod

Postby Speedy » March 12th, 2015, 1:37 am

So it looks like my pretty engine will be up for sale now. It's posted on Creepslist in the CA south bay area. As of Sunday my cousin KSousa and I did our research and I decided I will do an engine swap to an EW4 engine. We feel that it's not a horrendous swap, meaning that it's not going to feel like swapping a GM motor into a Mopar. Instead it's more like upgrading from the very early E-series motors to the final revision of the E-series. The motor is already fuel injected which is awesome, it's similar in size 1.5L (I heard someone stuffed it into a 1200? anyone got a link?), aluminum block makes it lighter, more reliable, 80% more power stock than our CVCC motors which will come in handy when I decide to put a small trailer behind my car, my cousin knows his way around them very well and can help me upgrade to 130HP very cheaply, I can swap out the fifth gear to a CR-X HF fifth gear and get well over 40mpg highway (his CR-X got 40 after upgrading to 130HP and fifth gear swap at 1950lbs, our civics only weigh about ~1500lbs) which matches our cars when they're tuned right on stock carbs. And I mean who the Huh knows how to tune those stock carbs that well anyways? :lol: Along with the fact that from my understanding the mounts don't require extreme modification to weld in makes this a great choice because that is the part I am most nervous about is just getting the placement of the mounts right.

Anyways, I will make a for sale thread on the forum. Hopefully someone can take it quick so that I can go pick up a donor CR-X that I'm eyeballing right now. I will post a link to the for sale thread here soon


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