I hate when things don't work out. Finished this whole air box lid, welded it all up, but the heat warped the lid now it's crooked, some of my hardware doesn't line up, I'm going to remake this lid, and cut out the weld nut tabs in the air box and start over. How frustrating
Looks pretty, but it's not going to work
Thought up a new design so I will try to start on it tomorow. I need to finish this part
Pulled the engine out tonight. I have pretty much just been grinding and smoothing. Not much else. At this point the crx build is running low on funds, realistically if I were a single man all of my funds would be crx funds, but I got a family, can't be a frivolous spender. Anyways, for the time being, pulled out the engine to FINISH this bay. Including framing (little left on the under side of the car) and a little bit left on fender wells. still haven't started the firewall but I have reasons for that. I've heard hasport and innovative mounts lace the engine very differently and I need to make sure my base rsx axles won't bind with the inovative mounts. Secondly I'm glad I haven't started the firewall because my plan was to make it so the engine can still come out of the top, but after tonight I realize I would destroy firewall, paint, brackets, trying to ever get this out the top later. So I now know this will be a drop out the bottom engine forever, and that changes some of my design ideas. Anyways, heres a pic of the monster
Tonight I modified the rear traction bar, no longer a place to bolt it to the tow hook locations anyways, so I welded it. I wanted it welded either way because i like the idea of it becoming permanently part of the structure of the car. It's bolted by the two subframe bolts, then welded to the frame rails.
I haven't tried, so I don't know for SURE, but measuring tells me this bar will not interfere with engine removal. 99 percent sure
Right now the car is about 1-2 inches lower than it will be when it's on the road. And that should be perfect since after test fitting the rsx base axles they angle up just barely. So they should sit flat later on.
Was looking through some very old pictures, so just for fun ill post them. My brother gave me this car when I was 17. He owned a body shop and wanted to paint it, (it was a bone stock black crx back then) I told him how I would want it and he delivered. Haha, this was in 2004
He did an amazing job on the paint but after about 7 years the clear coat could no longer handle our horrid summers.
When I'm done he will be repainting it for me (warranty lol) will be the same chevy blazer yellow my brother had chosen. Gotta keep with tradition!
Been working on my calipers. Still using front 90-91 ex knuckles and brakes with the 10.3 rotors and was going to use stock Ef si/dx brakes in the rear but even the standard 9.5 rotors with Ef calipers looked way too big back there. I chose 84-87 calipers and rotors for my rear. They are a direct bolt on, smaller calipers and 9.1 inch rotors. They look more like rears now.
I soaked all of my calipers in vinegar for a night then scrubbed them to bare metal the next day. Then silver caliper paint and a rebuild kit for each one. New boots and seals.
So after running into personal matters and having to sell Project Rise of the phoenix and my k20 hatch im back again.
My old build :(
My old hatch :(
IMG_2748 by Andres Valentin Photography, on Flickr
No more crying over spilled milk...
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