So I figure for the sake of neatness and organization I'm going to load up my showroom post with progress pictures and keep my technical questions to this thread.
The questions I'm asking here are ones I have not been able to find clear answers to from previous research. Usually I'll trial-and-error stuff if I can't figure it out but all of these things have decent impact on my wallet and therefore I want to be certain of certain things before I spend money.
The car in question is a 1989 CRX DX
I have gotten rid of all of my projects besides this car, so no more distractions. I'm going to funnel my energy and resources into this vehicle and make it as nice as I possibly can.
It has a carbon fiber hood, which I like a lot and plan to sand down and re-clear to freshen it up.
The body will be going back to its factory color, Blade Silver with the usual black trim.
I found out that they sell a carbon fiber rear hatch for the CRX which is intriguing for obvious reasons, and my old hatch is kind of a mess. The seams are rusty, the flat top panel is warped badly, etc.
I was wondering if anyone has experience with those carbon fiber hatches, the only instructions I could find was not to use the factory pistons to support it. It's a decent chunk of change, but if it functions like a factory unit (glass and hardware installs the same) its money I'd happily spend. Then I would paint the roof a charcoal color to tie the two together.
I have rear disc brakes from a 94 Integra, along with adjustable UCAs to get my alignment right.
I plan to follow this guide viewtopic.php?t=13990
My question being, When they say you need 90-91 SI cables, do you need the whole cable all the way from the brakes to the handle?
I also plan to install a hydraulic handbrake, which seems simple enough (fabricate a bracket, extend brake lines to and from handbrake using a Y to and from the handbrake prop valve) and was wondering if anyone had experience with this and could give me some pointers on installation and how you did it and with what parts
Interior: My interior is mostly complete and relatively undamaged, its just a victim of sunfade.
The seats in it are destroyed beyond saving. I have a somewhat worn (no rips or tears though) set of SI seats in my garage, but the fabric is showing its age and it has had at least one bolster re-sown. They did a good job but the stitching is noticeable.
I understand CRXs are weird cars to put seats in due to the fact the stock seats sit so low. I'm 6'1 220lbs so I'm a bit on the larger side and would like to maintain that low seat profile for comfort sake.
The way I see it, to make it nice, my options are either A: Re-upholster my "fair" condition SI seats, or go aftermarket. I wouldn't mind going aftermarket I would just have to buy something that's commonly used in the chassis so as to not cramp myself. If anyone has aftermarket recommendations from personal experience I'd appreciate it greatly.
Thanks in advance guys. Most of my best resources are threads already on this site, so hopefully this can help someone down the road as well.