I've been watching this build through the power of the internet and waiting for the day I could feature it here. I knew it was going to turn out great and Chandler did not disappoint.
Chandler had been keeping up a thread here and posted up some good progress pictures. The build was going strong and using high end parts and custom body work to tie it all together. I got to see a few teaser shots but was waiting to see this car at this years East Coast Honda Meet. Unfortunately, the car did not make the drive down in one piece. Such a sad thing to see a build destroyed but Chandler is not going to let this keep him down.
Location: Fredericksburg, VA
Build time: 2 Years
Occupation: Generator Technician
First car: 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee
PHOTOGRAPHS BY: Chandler Ellis Rodney Waller
CAR: 1996 Honda Civic CX
K24A4 with K20A2 Head, built bottom end(Wiseco, Brian Crower, ACL; stock head)
D2 32 Way adjustable full bodied coilovers, Blox LCA's and gold beaks bar, NRG front anti-sway bar, Cusco 4 point bolt in cage, c-pillar bar by NRG, rear anti sway bar
15" Sprinthart CPF
P205/50R15 Nitto NeoGens
GSR Front calipers and spindles, converted to GSR disc in back
K20Z3 trans with 4.7 final drive, KTuned cables and bracket, KTuned clutch fluid line
SiR Front lip, Carbon Fiber duckbill, 2000 Si front end conversion, Honda OEM fogs
Red ITR Recaro seats, Personal NeoGrinta Steering wheel with NRG hub and quick release
bay washers and bolts by Password:JDM, KTuned Firewall Grommet, Shifter cable bracket, upper and lower water necks and housing, shifter cables with bushings; KTuned Fuel System, Rail and pressure regulator
247 hp, 181 ft/lbs torque
build another K-motor in a new chassis, perhaps an EG hatch?
Neal @ NThompson Bays N' Bodywork
Phil @ Japanese Engine Import http://www.japaneseengineimport.com/
Nick @ NickRolled
Noland @ ACS
Sandro @ Rosato Motorsports
Chris @ Treblic Tuned
Most importantly, thanks to my incredible fiance Sarah, who has tolerated my hobby/obsession since she has known me, and made it her own as well.
Special thanks to my close friends who made the car happen in the first place, most namely Duriel B., M. Cooper, Nick A., Todd A., Dylan G., Steven G., Mark J., Jim B., Bagel S., Terrence W., and the countless others who were there when I needed a helping hand or simple push in a particular direction.
Any funny build stories or issues that you overcame to put this car together.
Never wanted to build Hondas initially at all; started out building Subarus and Evolutions. Wrecked my WRX track car/wagon and needed a new project. My buddies found me an EF(90 civic) for $300, and it was all downhill from there. Funniest part of it all, to me, was that when I got the EF I swore I would turn it into an EK, the only Honda hatch I ever really cared for(at that time, anyway). My friends told me it wouldn't happen. Well, we know better.... Moved up relatively quickly; traded the EF after I put a B16 in it for an EG, equipped with a JDM B20. Quickly turned that into a B20/VTEC setup, and I just-as-quickly spun a rod bearing and replaced the powerplant with a JDM GSR from Phil at Japanese Engine Import. From there, the EG was treated to fresh paint and minor mods before she was traded for the car we are discussing now, my 96 cx hatch. Looks like I was right. Through luck and a variety of other factors, I made the trades happen to have the car I always wanted initially!
Wiseco 12:5.1 Compression Pistons and Brian Crower H-beam rods. A properly built bottom end makes such an awesome difference.
Worst previous mod
When I didn't shave the bay fully the first time; it just wasn't the way I envisioned, which pushed me to do more.
Shows or events
East Coast Honda Meet 2011
Imports VS Domestic at MIR 2011
Secret Spot Meet 2013
A moment of inattention and loss of control. It could happen to any of us, changing a CD or Ipod track, adjusting an A/C vent, or talking to friends.
His friends came over and left messages on his hood. This is what our scene is really about, friendship, love, and family.