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Old 10-12-2010, 10:49 AM   #1
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83 honda civic swap?

So I picked up an old 83 honda civic hatchback 1.3 L that is in decent shape. I want to upgrade the motor/tranny, suspension and brakes. What I want to know is what parts/swaps will work. I want to build a budjet sleeper that will blow the doors off most cars, and 1 g cornering at least. Any constructive feedback is appreciated.
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what's your budget? 83 civics are hella light, you could do something like a built b20vtec and kill a lot of cars or a boosted low comp lsvtec. there's a ton of options.
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Need pics of said car.
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ok, I'll try to get some pics. Your right, it's light as hell. So if I get like 200 horse it would fuckin fly lol.
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ls/v-tec way to go.
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AAACCKK, what's Justin's username on here - he'd be the guy to ask.

He's done several D/B + suspension swaps into 1st gens.
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Old 10-15-2010, 11:36 AM   #7
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thanks for the responses, but I really need the specifics like what driveshafts ,motor mounts etc. will work. I'm going to do all the work myself. Would it be worth trying to find a written off integra or something to use for parts? And if so, which model will I get the most parts off. Thanks guys, This is my first honda so bear with me :P
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I dont want to spend shitloads on this car, I'm basically going to leave it stock on the outside besides the wheels and maybe a paint job. I will be putting in racing seats and fabricating a roll cage in it also. I think a n/a vtec would be good enough for now, because of monetary reasons.
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I just blew the head gasket on it, and third gear didn't work when I got it. So I kinda need a new engine tranny combo asap.
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Well I guess no one knows how to do it here..
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this would be a good question to ask on vcc instead. not a lot of people are going to have experience with '83 civics around here.
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Ohh that brings back memories I had a 83' 1500s dual carbs 5 speed black/red trim damn fun car
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Thats exactly what I want to build, a damn fun overall car I'm having a hard tíme finding info on the 2nd gen civic. I got it for free, so I don't mind putting some hard-earned cash into it. Especially if it ends up being a disguised missile.
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They rust real bad in the lower rocker toe board area so check that out. Mine was mint and then I found that and scrapped it. This was long before I was any good at rust repair I regret it now.If your creative with fabrication and can handle wiring then you can put most any Honda drivetrain in it or others.
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B18c5 would be amazing in that car.
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I got enough skills, I have 15 year equivalent bodywork/painting experience and I can turn a wrench as good as anyone. That's not the point, I need to know what to buy before I pick up a wrench.
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