Ok .. now for the stuff i really liked about this particular CRX.
1- O-M-G .. one key .. for everything !!
actually i got 2 keys , both keys are identical and the actual , original keys from Honda that came with the car new. One key fits both doors, ignition , trunk / hatch .. and .. wait for it .. YEP , the SECURITY BOX TOO !!
.. and the trunk lock actually works when you turn the key. haha
My 91 key fits when nothing is attached , then when you attach everything ,, key don’t work .. argh
2- The Original Window Sticker from the Honda Showroom Floor was in the glove box
3- Interior was MiNT
.. well seats sucked , and rear plastics are faded ( might heat treat them )
4- CRX Floor Mats .. yeah baby .. :Austin Powers voice: .. lol
5- No visible rust at all .. finding little light rust in the ordinary places. under fender tab / bolt etc
6- The sound the door makes when closing it, gee , it sounds like a Mercedes or some other new car. solid.
7- This CRX was "last name" titled by the first owner as "Williams" and now .. it's still a Williams
8- The port of entry from Japan to USA , Jacksonville Florida
, my home state ( Tampa , FL ) RESTORATION PROCESS:
So, i got started.
one of the first things i did was just to basically clean the interior and a “basic” cleaning of the exterior.
Pretty sure the previous owner NEVER detailed this CRX.
The kick panels and the door crevices were just covered with caked on dust , oil & plant life
Ok well it wasn’t “living” plants but lots of dirt , leaves & sticks.
Kinda went like this: ( > symbol, indicates sub-topic )
1- Interior trash-out & initial basic cleaning.
2- exterior basic cleaning - mostly black trim stuff and the sides / hinge areas of doors & hatch.
3- remove the dang front tag - ick , hate the front tag thing
4- the front lip was bumped coming off so i reconnected it
5- cleaned the wheels with soap & water , abrasive cleanser, steel wool “very gently” and sparingly..
6- cleaned the trunk area , came out really nice
7- trashed-out engine bay cruise ctrl, washed and detailed removed few things on the clutch pedal too.
8- removed the “added” cigarette lighter in mirror switch area / replaced with power mirror switch
9- removed garage door switch from ebrake , a glued on window shade, & perf tint stuff from hatch
10> Bought an engine , and cleaned it too .. ( not the one i intended , oops .. lol )
11> Started Wire Tuck ( about 95% done on that )
12- pulled the cowl & wiper motor and cleaned that “birds nest” & painted the wiper motor.
painted & installed wiper motor w/ custom tuck harness
mud flaps removed , started cleaning / sanding
removed rear bumper bolt plastic cover
washed under fenders / fender frame rail ?
sanded some rust at fender mount points / misc firewall forward.
installed 2 post mount
installed motor mounts
removed firewall sensors from bracket
removed rear plastics
removed security box for cleaning / straightening
cleaned under security box & all behind seats NOTE: oil or hydraulic fluid on PS floor
inspected wires added by previous owner / suspect ghetto kill switch
Removed HF rear interior block off plates for cargo cover / support triangles
Removed trim in front of rear wheel well & cleaned trim & metal NO RUST !! YaY
Removed Rear bumper
Cleaned rear panel & inspected for rust ( 2 pencil eraser on each edge )
loosened bolts for bumper / cover removal ( restore / rusted bad but savable )
** center bolt needs drilled out **
washed inside of bumper cover / loose rust etc
Removed metal bumper / drilled out center screw
Washed & light sanded metal bumper
Remove Security Box Lid
Washed Security box / trunk Carpet
Began Security box lid flattening
Soldered Wiper motor extension under dash on PS
Solder Timing jumper wires / LAST TWO wire in the tuck : )
Removed the PS side lower side trim
Prepped all trim for paint
started removing rust on rear bumper
Final Loom on PS tuck fender tuck wires under dash
Started Finalizing under dash harness Taped / Routed
Wire brushed rear bumper & painted
wire wheel brushed & painted cowl wiper bezel ( under cowl )
Painted all trim & skirts & back bumper w/ Duplicolor Bumper coat
** it was a lot of stuff .. should be a list of it’s own .. haha **
Cut the blanks from the grill & reshaped a few grill supports. ( it’s visually balanced now )
painted heater valve bracket & wire wheel brushed all the rust off it.
Mounted metal bumper to rear bumper cover
Washed front bumper to prep for paint
Taped off front bumper & painted. ( 4 hours ! )
Replaced Lower rear plastics after repairs
Replaced Security box after repairs
Cut Holes for Cargo Divider brackets in lower rear plastics
Installed rear Cargo Cover Supports ( triangle doors )
Put A/C dash wires in 1/4” split loom and tucked
Put 3 main Fusebox wires in 3/8” split loom and tucked
Removed faulty grommet in PS fender , Repaired with 1/2” loom through hole
Inserted main engine Harness into firewall rubber boot
Inserted Alternator Wire & Main Fuse Box Power wire into rubber firewall boot
Re-Pinned Main Engine harness & connected under dash
Sanded rust on PS side fender tabs
Soldered Ring connector on power wire for Main Fuse Box
Installed power wire on Main Fuse Box
Installed Alternator Wire on Main fuse Box
Plugged in a tested fitting of Main Fuse Box
Inserted Firewall Rubber Boot into Firewall as a final fit
Connected 3 big wires on Main Fuse Box.
Mounted Main Fuse Box
Mounted grounds in fender
cleaned rust from DS fender tabs
Extended Wires for headlights
Installed DS door skirt & lower rocker panel trim
Replaced all 10mm bolts under hood w. JDMSpeed dress up kit & stainless steel screws
Finished Headlights extension & re-taped harness
Painted PS shock tower hardware
Installed TPS on engine
Routed Engine Harness ( what a pain )
Installed Engine Harness Connectors on Engine ( need extensions / mods / VTEC sub-harness )
Prepared for Alternator connections / researching wire colors / photographing / checking colors
painted condenser / Radiator support Silver/chrome ( shows grill better )
removed front bumper support for rust removal / restoration
Wire wheel drill - brushed front bumper support to remove rust / finished w/ sandpaper
Painted front bumper support
Installed front bumper support / changed hardware to JDM stainless steel.
Removed Shift Console for electric inspection
Removed Cassette Deck
Removed Added 12v Lighter socket
Installed brackets for cargo divider & installed cargo divider
Installed Cargo cover & clips / inserts
*** Install Speakers
April 1 & 2
Cut front crossmember for headers ( might need more )
Installed rear speakers ( needs wiring )
Installed an A/C bracket & connected compressor to engine. ( needs mods )
April 3 & 4
Modified front door speaker housings to accept aftermarket speakers.
Installed speakers in housing and installed into doors. ( wiring complete )
Installed Battery Cables
Ground Connections to engine
Installed Battery Bracket
Cut holes in rear speaker covers for cargo divider bracket
Installed Rear Speaker Covers
Prepped ELD for extension - planned routing of cable
Prepped Crossover for rear speakers for soldering. wire to terminals
Soldered ELD - taped - routed - connected
Repaired cracked PS door speaker cover & installed
Soldered Crossover for rear speakers & installed
Installed stereo head unit ( Kenwood )
April 10-12 Car Buying .. K2-ReX is born
Installed plastic anchors / screws in exterior trim
removed seatback fabric ( repair and / or use blue vinyl for armrest )
Removed incorrect tranny T bracket
Removed incorrect tranny mount
Painted Door window arches
removed cluster cover & tested dimmer switch ( bad )
April 19 to May 11
BREAK & ( Parts searching , reading / learning )
Installed P72 OBD1 ECU
Installed OBD0 to OBD1 Jumper Harness & VTEC subharness
Installed radiator ( needs brackets / temp for start-up )
Installed Fuel Filter
Installed Spark Plugs
Installed Spark Plug Wires
Swapped OBDO Distributor connector to OBD1 Dizzy
Installed lower radiator hose
installed heater bypass hose.
Fuel Regulator return hose / clamps installed
Upper radiator Hose / clamps / installed
Double checked hoses / fuel lines / plug wires etc
Started Engine for the first time
Page 2 Text - Dailies -
I'll still update the main page text dailies , it will be a full complete text list.
This text daily will be specific to page 2 which will focus on engine / suspension / transmission.
Goals ( bold indicates completed )
My highest priority goals are:1- Motor mounts2- Transmission descision
/ cable or hydro
.. ( see #1 too )
3- Axles / Brakes / Knuckles.4- Shift Linkage
5- Hasport A/C bracket ( for engine fitment ) 6- cable to hydro bracket
1- First Start up of the engine
2- Found a used Hasport A/C bracket ( waiting on shipping )
installed radiator fan
Soldered fan connector
changed from b to d series alternator ( need upper bracket / NOT )
Installed d-series alternator / modded bracket.
bought a cable to hydro bracket ( need upper bracket )
Purchased on eBay:
90-93 T bracket
innovative steel mount kit
innovative cable to hydro adapeter
innovative EF B series shift linkage
Wire Loom / Hi Temp - engine harness re-wire
Purchased throttle cable
Purchased 10” slim fan
Installed cable to hydro bracket
Installed rear motor mount
Installed clutch cable & adjusted bracket.
Installed motor mounts
Installed rear t-bracket
installed throttle cable
Purchased Engery Suspension Shifter bushings
Purchased Acura shift washer set
Purchased SickSpeed dual bend shifter
Installed Shift linkage
Installed ES shifter bushings & new shifter washers
Installed SickSpeed dual bend short shifter
and that’s about where i am.
I’ve ordered a few key parts
1-ebay motor mounts ( yuck , i know
2- OBD0 to OBD1 Jumper harness
3- Teggy 2 post Mount
4- tune up stuff plugs, cap , wires, fuel filter.
5- Duplicor Bumper coat for trim
6- 40 Stainless bolts & JDMSpeed CNC washers
7- Hasport A/C Bracket
8- Stereo System
The Engine Thread is here : http://crxcommunity.com/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=190762
I’ll update everything here , and duplicate engine updates in the swap thread.
Ok well .. I’ll try to slam up a page of photos soon ..
STaY TuNeD .. jeff