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:::Tienbac2005::: 1993 Si VTEC

Hi! My name is Trung, and this is my first real post. Everything else were just either comments or WTB post, but now I finally have time to tell my story below.



Engine:
- H22A swap with stock transmission
- Cheap SRI
- New OEM exhaust/muffler

Interior:
- Stock
- Climate control fix

Exterior:
- JDM 1 piece headlights
- OEM fogs
- 5th gen sunroof conversion (panel only)
- Accord rear lip (from deaflude)
- OEM chrome exhaust tips (from garurumon)

Suspension & Wheels:
- Stock (bits and pieces replaced with OEM parts)
- '96 ITR 4 lug rims

ICE:
- Pioneer head unit
- Cheap Kenwood speakers
- Original rear center speaker/sub

Future Mods:
- Fix rust
- Paint
- Suspension work, possibly lower (please excuse my current wheel gap)

I purchased this car in June 2010 for only $800 with about 179,000 miles on it at the time. When I first brought it home, it was pretty rough on the outside and pretty dirty on the inside. However, 1 test drive I was convinced that this will work for me. Everything mechanical was working as expected with a decent history of maintenance from the previous owner. I am now the third owner of this car. The previous owner did an oil and filter change as well as safety and emissions inspection before the title was transferred so that was a relief.

As you can see in these 2 pictures below, the paint was faded pretty badly but luckily I was able to make it kind of shine again with some rubbing compound, wet sanding, polishing, and a final wax. I don't remember exactly which order it was done but I knew that I needed to try something.




Once the outside was taken care of, I cleaned up the inside as well as fixed up the climate control.


After this point, I don't really do much to it except for routine maintenance like oil changes and changing out spark plugs once a year. I use the car as a DD for my 25 mile round trip commute, which works out pretty well. Driving gentle can get me between 25-27MPG on average. Fast forward to about October of 2012, I got my hands on some free JDM 1 piece headlights from another luder nearby who got rear-ended :(.

Free headlights:

Test fit:

Finished:


Oh yea, I also just hit 200,000 miles shortly after:


At this point I still had my OEM rims on, but sometime in the winter, I ended up hitting a pothole pretty bad and bent or cracked a rim. The tire on that wheel couldn't hold air any more, so I was shopping around for some tires. No one around me had the exact size tire, so it would have cost me about $500 to replace them all. I came accross a set of 96' ITR rims that had good tires on them, about 75% tread left, for only $200. It was a no brainer so I went ahead and got it.


It didn't come with centercaps, so I ordered some generic 3 inch centercaps off of Ebay along with red Honda H decals and made my own. They don't look bad from far away, look weird up close, but much better than no centercaps. Within the past few months, I had to replace a leaky water pump so I went ahead and got the timing belt with manual tensioner and other belts down there changed.

Currently the car sits at 214,000 miles. One day stuck in traffic I was thinking, why am I killing my car by exposing it to this type of driving. We all have to go to work and stuff so that is understandable, so it came down to why am I killing a Prelude? They don't make cars with character like this anymore, but if they did, it would totally be out of my price range. I've finally made the decision to retire the car and take it off the road. I've just got a 2013 Civic as a DD, so this will give me a chance to give the Prelude the attention it needs to make it back up to 100% condition again. I also want to hang onto this so that when my little one (he's in the pic below) is old enough, he'll be able to appreciate the car as much as I did.



Its a long read, but I hope it makes up for the 2+ years I've been on here without making a post :) Thanks for reading.

-Trung
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Old 08-27-2013, 04:00 PM
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Re: :::Tienbac2005::: 1993 Si VTEC

the car seems to be in decent shape, glad you decided to save this beast it can be!!!
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Re: :::Tienbac2005::: 1993 Si VTEC

Great story!!!
You've done well by that car.
Whatever order you did the compound/sand/wax worked. Looks real good.
Your son looks quite natural in the driver seat there.
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Haha did you even end up using those chrome exhaust tips? :p
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Nice job saving that red 4th gen. And yes, your story does make up for the last two years. That and pics of baby Luders always helps.
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Re: :::Tienbac2005::: 1993 Si VTEC

awesome paint restoration. good luck with the build
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Re: :::Tienbac2005::: 1993 Si VTEC

Looking good so far man. Keep it up. :)
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Good stuff man!
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Nice lude! thumb up!
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I like it man!! Would be worth it to get a re-clear. Looks great man!
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Re: :::Tienbac2005::: 1993 Si VTEC

While I had it parked in the garage for most of winter, I was able to clean up the car a bit more, took all the seats out, then separated the seat covers from the foam and put it in the washing machine. Steam vac'd the carpets and put everything back together. The musty old car smell is now gone.

Another thing that I did was take down the headliner and panels and re-fitted the 5th gen glass sunroof so that it would sit more flush with the roof. I did only the panel that time, and wind noise was the thing that bothered me the most. I put maybe 3 or 4 washers in between each bolt of the sunroof assembly and that lowered it enough where the wind noise went away..most of it.

So the weather here has gotten nice finally, and it stopped raining long enough for the roads to dry. I took it out for its first real drive of the year. No where fun really, just to work. That's all for now.

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