Hi all, my name is Jason. I’m 43 years old and live in the Netherlands. I am a self taught mechanic and love to meet new people and make new friends. I bought this K-car about 3 years ago and been having fun with it since, I’m not much of a storyteller, but I heard people love pictures, I hope you enjoy took me alot of time to make this post…
Here are a few showroom pictures of the car:
A picture next to my wife her Civic Ep3, she was so nice to go pick up the car with me altho that 2 liter engine drinks 98 octane
The first thing I did was make sure all the lights worked and changed them for Leds:
Cleaned the rear of any emblems or stickers:
The old battery with unknown history got swapped for a new one:
Gave her a well deserved service, fresh oil, plugs and filters, she loved it!
A few floormats cleaned her up a little more:
After some searching I found these on ebay, it did not drop the car the way I had in mind, oh well…
This is a picture after the ZerOne Coilovers, sit on 12 inch wheels in this picture:
The coilover did fix the handeling a little bit, I was expecting it to be stiffer, I guess I need to upgrade them in a later stage of the project, especially for the plans I have prepared for this little nugget
A small steering wheel for a small car, this made the car feel like a kart, I loved it!
I’m not that great of a singer, so I decided to update the audio system, by making a trace of the original panel and remake it out of thin wood, after spraying it with satin black, it gave the car a clean look.
OOPS!!! not there hahaha…
Much more like it:
Let’s do the front:
Here I had already swapped the door handles for the grey ones:
I did not like the blue interior much, made me feel like inside of a KLM, to my luck I found a same model Cuore at the wreckers wich had a grey interior wich I sprayed with a special plastic interior spray:
The blue carpet got removed to make room for the clean grey one:
I’m happy with the finished look:
A friend of mine who is painter did these for me, they turned out very nice:
The rims are from a Ford with the center machined to fit, with wobble nuts:
The Tyres are Yokohama’s A539 175/50/13
I drove her like this for a year figuring out what my next step would be… going back and forth between a few swap idea’s and how much work there was involved with making the swap work. With my previous experience of a turbo car, I decided to take on the challenge and do an engine swap, what turned out to be a simple swap turned out to be a huge project… you know how that goes… hehe
Scraping all that undercoating, it was a horror and took me forever…
My phone had a small crack in the screen, my son was playing with it and it fell in the water, I lost most of the undercoating of the car, swapping the engine and fitting the suspension and brakes, I’m sorry about that…
The engine is a stock rebuilt EJ-VE for now:
My friends garage became a little bit crowded, in order for me to continue I had to get my own spot:
Off to my first own small garage… I was so excited
Isn’t she lovely?
The last motor was carburated and I didn’t want to put a fuelcell in the back of the car, I wanted the fueltank to be on the original spot of the car, to keep the car as clean as possible, I made a small example out of karton then drew it. Finally bent into shape and welded for the final product. It’s holding a 450 LPH Walbro pump for E85.
The returnline is welded with a bung on the bucket where the fuel pump sits in, to make sure the pump will always have fuel, kinda like a baffle bucket.
Here is where the tank will be placed:
The turbo is a Garret GBC17-250
Just enough room for my Oil Relocator:
Just welded 1 runner as reference how much room I have to work with:
Needed to cut the frame a little to make room for the Intake Filter coupler:
I will be cleaning up the engine bay when the time comes, need to get me one of those spotweld drills.
The Jig is almost ready, had some things to finish up at home, probably finishing it this week:
3-1 Merge collector test with steel:
That’s it for now my friends, if you sticked around all the way to the end, thank you… This is 3 years crammed into 1 topic, lots of memories… hope you all enjoyed the read up and the upcomming updates to follow…