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The 1990 RAF Civic

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dreamsofjvl
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The 1990 RAF Civic
August 10, 2016 01:07PM
So a little while ago I picked up this car as a fun side project:



And now I am prepping it to fix some of the rust:



It's actually not too bad. I'm really digging in though, as I want the car to be solid and to last another couple of years at least. The car runs VERY well, it started life as a Civic DX, then received a D16A6 combined with a D16zc jdm transmission (really nicely spaced close ratio box, the only issue being the final drive of 3.9, need to fix that with an order placed to m-factory).

The car is a BLAST to go ripping around in. It came with rebuilt hotbits (not installed on the car) and I sold those to a Saskatchewan competitor that is coming back to the sport. I'll be using Aaron Luptaks info, as well as having chatted with Cody Crane and Tein USA, as a starting point for the bilstein setup I'll be building.

My idea behind this car was to 1) Have a backup since I crash so much 2) Have something fun if I get tired of spending oodles of cash on the open class car 3) Use it to showcase my E85/E98 fuel lineup, the new gravel rally wheel line, and my new gravel rally tire line 4) Ideally begin renting it out for ~$1k for a regional to help people dip their toes in the sport without having to commit $6k+ for a build or being forced to purchase a car while never having competed.

I'm excited, everyone needs more rallycars in their life grinning smiley
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dreamsofjvl
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Re: The 1990 RAF Civic
March 09, 2017 11:38AM
To bring this back from the dead:

We went at it and got the car back together. Quite pleased with how everything turned out, and the car is going to its first event at Cochrane this weekend grinning smiley

Over the course of the past couple months, I stripped the floorpan down to bare metal throughout the front of the car. This was tough with so many layers! Days upon days were spent in coveralls and a dust mask getting rid of any surface rust so the car would be taken care of once and forall until it dies (presumably, this will happen with a newb crashing it). No pictures, but I did find out recently that these things are amazing:



The best way to get into tight nooks and crannies to get rid of paint/rust. And they actually last a long time if you don't overspin them grinning smiley

Not the prettiest welds, but this sheetmetal and that seat mount bar are not going anywhere EVER!



This is what the car looked like sitting in my condo's underground parking for 6 months, the concrete dust from the new build is INSANE:



The final product cleaned up:





Mmm, RFX 14" gravel rally wheels from Revolution! Hopefully the 14x6 fits ok, probably should have went 14x5.5 but oh well. They are for a Micra, but they fit perfectly fine on Civics as well



Peter Brook and Pete Chadwick are renting the car, so the team name is apt:



The Cochrane Rally area has gotten a TON of snow the past week or so, way more than I've seen in at least 5 years I reckon. The car is currently sitting on stock suspension... with 200lb of cage, and 400lb of dudes in it, she sits pretty low. As a last minute solution, I ordered brand new coils for a EK civic. I would have went used, but finding any was impossible! It came out to $200cdn, which is fine as they will pair nicely with the bilsteins on order for a winter rally setup. EK coils raise a EF civic 2", which should definitely help while keeping the car easy to handle for beginners.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/09/2017 11:42AM by dreamsofjvl.
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