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Old 02-29-2016, 11:35 PM
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H23a1 Replacement Questions

Hey guys,

It's been a long time since I have been on this website and I have some questions that I have searched for and been able to find exactly what I'm looking for and I hope I'm not asking simple questions to most but I just need to know what to expect.

Question #1 I have a Prelude that I had blown up 5 years ago and I have a used engine I have bought 4 years ago without the time to replace it and I have just let it sit since then. I plan on replacing it over spring break with my father in our shop on the farm. After 5 years of sitting what other things should I replace? I was planning on doing all fluids, clutch for convenience, and with the engine I have I'm considering doing all the seals and checking if the head needs to be machined (it had roughly 70-90k miles when I purchased it used and has been sitting for a while). Is there anything else I need to consider with the car sitting for so long?

Question #2 I have read that the best way to do this is through the bottom I'm curious if anyone can point me to a resource to either remove it from the top or remove it from the bottom with out a car lift? We have a hoist, a large shed, and the majority of tools we need for the job and have access to the ones we don't own, just any resources I can get a hold of for this.

I apologize if I come off as ignorant or I'm posting about a common topic but all I could find was upgrading. All I want is my stock Prelude si back on the road. I am dedicated to this project. My dad will be helping me with his knowledge and experience but most of that is in Chevys and tractors. I have full confidence we can complete it and get my Prelude back on the road after so many years. I'm just after help, if anyone can direct me towards the right threads or has any advice I would appreciate it.

This is a guy trying to bring back a car from his teenage years. It was the first car I ever truly cared for and I am glad I am finally able to get it back on the road if everything works out well.

I also plan on replacing all of the hoses that I can due to having the radiator removed for the last 5 years. Any other advice is greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

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Re: H23a1 Replacement Questions

Seems like you know what you're doing. Do some research and you will find the answers you seek.

I do know that with the h23a1 engine, there was an issue with the balancer shaft seal popping out, so Honda made a retainer for it. If you call Honda and ask for it, they won't be able to order it without a part number.
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