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Old 02-08-2015, 07:19 PM
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How long did it take you to find the right 4th gen?

Hey guys, just over a year ago my prelude was stolen (89 4WS si). I was really choked about it as my mother actually bought that car from the dealership brand new. I've tried a couple other vehicle but I never enjoyed any other car as much as the lude. So, now I'm looking into a 4th gen prelude. However, so far every 4th gen I've seen is either a rust bucket or a backyard spray paint project. How hard is it to find a decent condition one? How long did it take you? Thanks.
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Re: How long did it take you to find the right 4th gen?

Good ones are hard to find. You may have to travel some. Some folks here took many months and travelled several hours. One guy for a shell to swap parts from his crashed car to.

Once I was going to take a train 5 states away to buy a 99, but it sold in a few minutes...
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I remember my first thread, asking what a noise was when I got going 110mph.
Pretty much got flamed for driving like a jackass and was told to slow down. And I'll be damned, slowing down fixed it.

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Good ones are hard to find. You may have to travel some. Some folks here took many months and travelled several hours. One guy for a shell to swap parts from his crashed car to.

Once I was going to take a train 5 states away to buy a 99, but it sold in a few minutes...

That's not what I wanted to hear hahaha. I'm from Canada so the US Preludes are pretty much out of the selection.
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Re: How long did it take you to find the right 4th gen?

Well I coulda told you there are 14 with your name on it within walking distance. But the newest 4th gen is nearly 20 years old and there were only around 99,000 made, most of which are well worn out or gone...
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Well I coulda told you there are 14 with your name on it within walking distance. But the newest 4th gen is nearly 20 years old and there were only around 99,000 made, most of which are well worn out or gone...
That's all that were made? Holy crap! Didn't know that, so far I've checked a few out with some clean motor swaps from 99+ ludes but the body isn't clean.
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^^ the numbers.

Some say that was US numbers, others say that's all there were on the rock we call earth.

Point being, it's most likely you've either got to do a helluva bunch of work, be patient/lucky, or willing to travel and fork over a buncha more benjamins than the typical price of the majority of what's left.
I found a rust free, genuine really nice shell at a junkyard not long ago. It was #000410 of the 92's. Tried to find it a home. No takers because the junkyard wanted $850 for it with a busted engine/tranny. It was worth every penny because of the overall condition was extremely nice. Couldn't take it home myself due to having 4 preludes and a shell in the herd already. But man what a shame that was.




Hope you find one soon.
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0.2 seconds. October 2008 I knew it was mine the second I saw it.

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Re: How long did it take you to find the right 4th gen?

I'm on lude #6 and I still don't know if its the right one lol
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Re: How long did it take you to find the right 4th gen?

I'm on Prelude #3 and knew she was the one the moment I saw her. However, it took a month to find her. She was posted for sale literally the day I was going to settle on another one.
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I searched for about a month before finding mine In Denver Colorado which was nice because it's only a 4 hour drive. Don't get impatient. Take your time or you may buy a junker.
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Re: How long did it take you to find the right 4th gen?

Thanks guys. This search is brutal not going to lie. I've seen a lot of rust and DIY paint jobs in the past week.
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If its meant to be honestly I promise you when I was 16 I prayed for a jap car that's a stick and a sunroof..1 year later after I pass my drivers test my dad found a Toyota celica..I was like eehh idk..2 weeks later my uncle said this guy at his job is GIVING him a Honda prelude SE for 900 bucks.(pictures are in my profile) I was so excited for it to be my first car! Came with a sunroof and it was a 5speed. ������ keep God first thing in your life is what I learned.
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Re: How long did it take you to find the right 4th gen?

I like the 4th gen the best (I love the dashboard). We raced a 92 Si in SCCA ITS class for several years. It still holds the track record at Mid Ohio. We bought a very nice, super straight 93 Si with a blown engine as a chassis spare for our race car back in 2008 and never used it. It sat inside for the last 7 years.

We recently sold the race car so I got another Si engine, completely rebuilt it with all new seals, bearings, belts and gaskets, oil pump, fuel pump, etc. and put it in the car. I then spent many trips to PicknPull to get all the little interior pieces it needed. I then repaired all the rust and replaced the front brake pads, rotors and calipers and anything else I thought it needed. It is now an extremely nice car with a new engine and no rust at all. It even has 5 beautiful wheels with good tires, and I am throwing in 4 more alloy wheels with old tires.

I was going to keep it for my grandson who will be driving in a few years but I realize it is way too fast for a 16 year old. I have been trying to sell it out on the road and on the Columbus, OH Craigslist for $4500. Plenty of people stopping to look but no one has grabbed it yet. It's at a higher cost than the average Prelude Si just because of all the money I had to put in it for all the new parts. Most people don't know really what it is. I suspect when the snow is finally all gone it will have plenty of interest.
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