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Just bought an 85

Hey guys, I'm new to the site and new to imports completely! A little back story: My name is Drewseph and I actually come from a die hard US Domestic cars only type upbringing, I used to be a guy who bashed literally everything that was not "American car made". That all changed when I went to a car meet called SpringFest14 back in June of 2014, hosted in Virginia Beach VA. I certainly never expected what I saw, and to the extent; the import scene has a HUGE following! I loved how seemingly every car, whether it ranged from a 240sx, to an AE86 was a canvas of each builder, all of them trying something new and different to stand out from the crowd. That's definitely different from what I'm used to seeing (copy pasted lifted mud trucks and camaros and mustangs)

I've been involved with cars for about 7 years now, and I have personally owned four different vehicles: 1985 F150, 1988 F250, 1998 Dakota, and a 1985 Prelude. Hands down the prelude is my favorite out of all of these I've owned. The prelude is a handling beast, and while she isn't the quickest (2.0 si A20a3 5spd), she certainly is the funnest on the block. Never in a million years did I think I'd ever own an import, let alone a Honda Prelude (I never did enjoy those Honda guys that give the brand a bad name).

I've worked on and helped extensively build a 1978 Ford Bronco XLT, 1976 Ford F100, 1979 Ford F100, 1985 Ford F150, 1988 Ford F250, 1992 Camaro, 1977 GMC Sierra, 1980 Bronco, 1997 Ford F250 Powerstroke, etc etc.

Anyways, here's the point finally!
I just bought a 1985 Prelude SI. I know virtutally nothing about this car, and Parts for it are nearly impossible to find. From what I know it has an original A20a3 motor, 5speed manual, 180k miles (im told the timing belt has been replaced), and it handles like a pro. I want to learn so much and disect the Ins and outs of this car but there isn't much information I can find about it through a google search. I purchased the car for 1050, knowing that it needs a Rack and Pinion, ebrake cable, passenger turn signal housing, and an fuel pump.
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Welcome to the world of car that could, would and did. Nice back story. A few folks I met last summer went the compact sports car route after hearing my stories of the low slung, mucho nimble Honda Prelude. Right now there are probably a dozen laid off construction workers out in the barn somewhere in middle Va tinkering with their cheap hot rod, while their(former addiction) big ole trucks trucks sit outside these days.
The 2nd gen was supposedly the best one for pure fun. I know guys with Porches, Vettes and other big muscle cars that say they still regret parting with their 85-87 models.

Now at this forum there isn't much activity in the 2nd gen section. Frankly most of us are ignorant of how they work. But a fellow named Jamie had one new. He races his 4th gen and is a very helpful chap while here.

Car-parts.com will be a good place to start. Also your junkyard...used parts across the planet!

If you are near Va Beach there are a plethora of them all the way to Williamsburg. If you don't mind travelling a couple hours, Richmond has some good ones. Even Charlottesville has a few.

Now, go to their websites, fill out a wishlist request for the 2nd gen years. They'll email you when one arrives. I see about 1 per year in Richmond.

Go to roadkillcustoms.com and look up junkyards. Not all the 'big ones' are listed. But there are a bunch of small town type that cater to those old crumudgens at that site. So that'll expand your options. Plus it's a cool site.

Check out this old honda.com as well. Great source for old, old Hondas all the way back to chain drive models. (Yep they began as a motorcycle with a cab)

Honda parts now.com still has some new stuff. But they list discontinued part numbers and typing a part # in the search bar populates a list of cars they were used on. Also check their acura site using search feature.
I'm probably forgetting something...

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/j6zk7id3ywlmzkr/rQ-kreiAzz
^^ here's a pdf version of the 83-87 service manual. Click it and it downloads.
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Doing It Yourself: Rodney Nichols's 1986 Prelude - Stance Works
^^ thought Rodneys 86 might motivate ya some.
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Re: Just bought an 85

Hey man, congrats on the purchase. I can tell you right now that this will be a learning experience for you. The second gen really feels like the gem everyone forgot (can confirm, trying to find carb tuning info on them). That said, the community around these cars is crazy strong.

Have had mine for 10 years now, and absolutely love the thing. Crazy nimble, super analogue, and fun out on the backroads without getting into felony territory.

Oh, and yeah. If you're having problems, it's the vacuum system. Idle is rough / unstable? Vacuum system. part throttle stumble? Vacuum system. Interior light burnt out? Vacuum system.
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