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1986 Honda Civic Si - Team Effort

With the right people in your corner you can accomplish anything

Big Mike
Jun 24, 2013
Photographer: Henry Z. DeKuyper

"I wanted to break 10s, and we did with relative ease." Accomplishing a goal like that is one thing, but doing it in a 26-year-old classic Honda chassis is another. Shawn Hong of Las Vegas, Nevada, was able to achieve his goal with time, patience, and good people in his corner.

Many Honda enthusiasts would love to own a classic Civic E-AT chassis, but finding one in decent condition is no easy task. It seems as though fate was on Shawn's side as timing proved essentially perfect for him in acquiring the car you see before you. He didn't pick it up recently to build it and have something "old school," he purchased it more than 10 years ago. In fact, it was the very first car he ever owned. "I bought it with my first paycheck from my first job," Shawn reminisces. As a young man who had just worked at his first job, getting that first paycheck must have been a great feeling. Do you all remember the first dollar that you earned? Did you already know what you wanted to buy with your newfound income? Or did you just want to put it away and stack it until the right time and item came along? Well, regardless of what Shawn may have planned, that first check was about to disappear with the quickness; he just didn't know it yet. Understandably, Shawn drove straight to the bank and deposited his money. But it didn't stay in there even half of a business day. "Literally, the day I put the money in the bank I saw the car on the side of a street in a gas station with a 'For Sale' sign on it asking for $800." The decision to purchase the car was made in that very instant, so Shawn turned right back around to go and get his money. "I went back and took all the money out of the bank again. LOL." Finding out that the clutch on the vehicle was going out, he offered $500 to the seller, and the rest is history.

01 1986 honda civic si JDM ZC hood Photo 2/9   |   1986 Honda Civic Si - Team Effort
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$18,940 Base Model (MSRP) 28/40 MPG Fuel Economy

Shawn isn't ashamed to admit he blew the clutch learning how to drive stick on the car. Well, he also isn't ashamed to admit that it may not have been just basic driving that blew it out, as he did race the car as soon as he got it. After getting that fixed and making sure the car ran properly, Shawn had the car painted and readied for his day-to-day commute to school. Although he did use it as a commuter, he also continued with that lead foot of his, which eventually led to a problem a lot larger than just the clutch. "I beat on the car day in and day out until the timing belt went out on me," he says. This time Shawn optimized on the circumstances and used the mishap as an opportunity to learn to work on the car. "I did everything except the machine work," Shawn states proudly. Not too long after that, he decided to swap out the original motor for a B16, and with the help of some friends, knocked out the swap. Unfortunately, the car never ran quite right, which caused Shawn to look for a professional shop, ultimately leading to his becoming friends with Dennis of LDL Speed Shop of Las Vegas.

Shawn's newfound relationship with LDL proved to be providential as proper guidance and experience are invaluable when doing anything to a car. "Dennis and Marissa are the most honest mechanics/shop owners in Las Vegas. Besides the work being arguably the best in Vegas, they know how to treat their customers and have told me many times if I was wasting my money and time," Shawn states. "I decided to 'go big' and build an LS VTEC turbo setup. I wanted to break 10s." So they got down to business and put together an LS block with Arias pistons and Eagle rods. Up top, a B16 head stuffed with a Skunk2 valvetrain and Integra GS-R camshafts was prepped for battle. For induction duties, a Precision T4 ball-bearing turbo was mated to a Neukin equal length manifold. The end results have yielded a rock-solid 464 hp and 341 lb-ft torque on LDL's Mustang dyno. "I told Dennis I wanted to break 10s, which we did with relative ease. We ran a 10.7 at 132 mph. Eventually 9s are in the future!" Shawn says.

08 1986 honda civic si mugen MR5 Photo 3/9   |   1986 Honda Civic Si - Team Effort

It is clear from the pictures that there is distinct aesthetic value to this car. Shawn intended to build a well-rounded vehicle, so after achieving the first goal of running 10s, he took a break and focused on the exterior as well as engine bay. "I decided to pretty up the car a bit with some paint and body and did a wire tuck. I did all the work myself." Although the car looks great and has earned its place here in the pages of Honda Tuning, Shawn isn't satisfied. "It looks great in pictures, but I would really like to redo the work again, eventually retune for the higher horsepower needed for our quarter-mile goals, and then get some new wheels." Good luck on your quest for 9s, Shawn. We look forward to seeing what you guys can accomplish.

Bolts & Washers

Propulsion
B18B block
B16A head
HaSport motor mounts
Arias 9.0:1 pistons
Eagle connecting rods
OEM GS-R camshafts
Skunk2 cam gears
Skunk2 valvesprings
Skunk2 retainers
Knife-edged crank
CTR crank pulley
Aeromotive A1000 fuel pump
Aeromotive fuel filter
Aeromotive fuel pressure regulator
RC 1,000cc injectors
AEM fuel rail
Precision PT61 T4 ball-bearing .70/.58 3-inch V-band turbo
Precision 3.5-inch intercooler
Custom LDL Speed Shop intake piping and filter
STR 68mm throttle body
Edelbrock intake manifold
GReddy Type R blow-off valve
Neukin equal length manifold
3-inch custom LDL Speed Shop downpipe
TiAL 44mm V-band wastegate
Moroso oil pan
ITR valve cover
Golden Eagle spark plug cover
OEM '95 Civic Si radiator
NGK spark plugs
NGK/MSD hybrid spark plug wires
SDS fuel management ignition box
SDS fuel management coils
JDM YS1 cable transmission
OEM GSR shifter
ACT 6-puck unsprung clutch
ACT 12-lb flywheel
'86-'89 Integra axles

04 1986 honda civic si B18B block Photo 7/9   |   1986 Honda Civic Si - Team Effort

Power
464hp and 341 lb-ft torque (Mustang dyno)

Suspension
Tokico Illuminas
H&R 1000 springs

Resistance
'86-'89 front hubs
'86-'89 Integra calipers
'86-'89 Integra rotors
'86-'89 Integra brake pads
'86-'89 rear hubs and disc conversion
Steel braided brake lines
'85 Prelude master cylinder
'85 Prelude prop valve

05 1986 honda civic si autometer gauge Photo 8/9   |   1986 Honda Civic Si - Team Effort

Wheels & Tires
Street: Mugen MR5s, 15x6 +38mm, BFG 205/50-15
Track: Lenso drag wheels 13x7.5, M&H 24.5x8.5-13 drag slicks

Exterior
JDM ZC hood
JDM black housing headlights
JDM bumper corner lights
JDM fenders
JDM rear bumper
OEM roof spoiler

Interior
OEM Si seats
JDM "DOHC" steering wheel
OEM GS-R shift knob and pedals
OEM cargo cover
OEM sunroof shade and bag
OEM radio delete
OEM rear speaker panels

Electronics
GReddy Profec B boost controller
SDS stand-alone fuel management
SDS datalogger
Auto Meter Ultralight tachometer and boost, oil temperature, and volt gauges

Props
My wife for putting up with me and my hobby, my baby boy for the love and support, LDL Speed Shop (Dennis and Marissa) for the build and being there for me every step of the way

Owner Specs

Daily grind
Bellman

06 1986 honda civic si precision intercooler Photo 9/9   |   Slicked down and ready for battle.

Favorite site
RedPepperRacing.com

Screen name
C8V6C

Building Hondas
10 years

Dream car
Rolls-Royce Phantom

Inspiration for this build
Kinda doing my own thing, really

Future builds
'95 BMW 750IL V12 VIP styled, eventually another S2000...unless I substitute it for a Porsche!

LDL Speed Shop

Starting in 1990 in a humble 950-square-foot shop in Fremont, California, Dennis Liongson turned what began as his hobby into an established business. In 2002, they expanded in to Las Vegas and now occupy a 6,000-square-foot facility that contains 30-plus years of automotive performance experience utilizing a chassis dynamometer, various lifts, dedicated diagnostic and fabrication workstations, as well as an inventory of performance parts that continues to grow. Services include everything from routine maintenance and service, to corner balancing and alignments, transmission rebuilding/modifying, full car/chassis preparation, and basically everything in between. Go to www.ldlspeedshop.com and check them out for yourself.

Sources

HASport Performance
Phoenix, AZ 85040
602-470-0065
http://www.hasport.com
Golden Eagle Manufacturing
San Dimas, CA 91773
909-592-4311
http://www.goldeneaglemfg.com
AEM Fuel
Hawthrone, CA 90250
310-484-2322
http://www.aemelectronics.com
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