I've known the owner of this particular Civic for quite some time. When I think back to when I first met Teddy, in 2010, I asked him if he wanted to have his EK featured, and I was a bit surprised when the answer he gave was "no". The car wasn't ready in Teddy's mind, but as a fellow Honda enthusiast (I sold my last build about a year ago, RIP) I did understand where he was coming from. A project like this is never really going to be "finished" in the eyes of the owner-there's always something new to add or something to change up. Thankfully for you all, Teddy is finally satisfied with the car to let us feature it, and the car is a seriously sweet example of what a Honda can be when the builder takes the time to do things right.
Teddy has owned this car for a number of years now, and it's gone through quite a transformation. This is not his first Honda build either; he's owned a number of other H badges in his day, including a '93 del Sol, '90 Integra and '95 Integra GS-R. When he was a younger lad, Teddy first fell in love with cars because his dad was a Mitsubishi mechanic, although it was the classic Hondas of the day that piqued his interest more so than the DSM mark. When the EK first entered Teddy's life, he was inspired to model his based on classic builds from around the country, and we're sure if you're a forum addict, you probably know exactly which cars they are (think EK Squad). Over the years, Teddy changed up his car a lot depending on what his current tastes were, but it has always been top shelf or nothing when it comes to selecting parts.
The outside of this EK is impeccably clean, sporting a fresh coat of Championship White paint, which is pretty much "the color" for a Type R-style build. Type R head- and taillights set off the lighting department in a subtle but important way, and the personal touches don't stop there. A Shift Sports vented hood keeps hot air flowing out of the engine bay, Vision TC mirrors look right at home above the fenders and a First Molding front lip adds a bit of down force, or perhaps more importantly, a ton of extra pimp juice to Teddy's mixture. On the back end of the car you'll find a Seeker Version 2 wing, a large but not offensive looking spoiler and down low you'll see a very rare part indeed-a Sergeant RD lower diffuser. This diffuser is really cool because it flows perfectly into the bodylines of the factory rear bumper and mimics a Civic Type R rear lip in shape, but earns a bunch more brownie points from the Honda elite.
Inside the cabin, you're greeted by yet another display of rare and awesome JDM parts, the personal favorite of mine being the Zoom Engineering F1 Monaco rear view mirror. You straight up just don't see these, not on a late '90s Honda at least. Another nice touch is the very rare (and incredibly expensive) Spoon Sports gauge cluster. This cluster is cool because it looks much like a Civic Type R cluster, but with green needles and increased RPM and k/ph displays. The steering wheel and hub have been upgraded of course, courtesy of Sparco and Works Bell respectively, and Teddy has gone with a period-correct choice for seats in the form of Recaro SRDs and Takata harnesses. The interior wouldn't be complete without adding Civic Type R panels and carpet. The ARC Magic shift knob adds a final nice touch, another rare item not usually seen on this vintage of car.
Teddy's car isn't just about looks though, although it DOES look amazing. The EK is powered by a built '97-spec B18C5 Integra Type R motor that's been mated to a newer transmission from a '00 ITR, which is good for 221 horsepower at 8600rpm and 151lb-ft at 5,500rpm. A set of KW V3 coilovers with adjustable TEIN upper mounts helps keep everything in line, aided by a long list of supporting bars, arms, links and other suspension pieces, of which there are too many to list here. Teddy says that he has built the motor to suit his style of driving; the ultimate goal isn't high horsepower but rather a usable powerband that he can use around town or at the track.
And speaking of track time, Teddy says his future plans for the car involve exactly that. He likes the car as is, and wants to begin using the car on track to really explore the limits of what he's got. Many of you know that once you first get on track, that opens up a whole new can of worms as far as how to set up a car for track versus street/show style, but I have every confidence that Teddy will do just that. After all, he's had the car for this long, why would he stop tinkering with it now? I can't wait to see what comes next for this car, no matter what it ends up being. It will be awesome, and it has now been officially certified as a staple for anyone looking to build an EK in the future. Good show Teddy!
1999 Honda Civic
Location North Hollywood, CA
Occupation Manager, FX Auto Design
Engine '97 1.8L B18C5 Integra Type R; TODA Spec B camshafts; Alaniz Spec valves and custom headwork; Supertech retainers; Golden Eagle head studs; 81mm sleeves; Civic Type R pistons; p73 crankshaft; Innovative motor mounts; Iceman cold-air intake; Skunk2 intake manifold, fuel rail; Walbro fuel pump; RC Engineering fuel injectors; custom AN fittings; Whitfield exhaust manifold; J's Racing 60mm after-cat exhaust; test pipe; NGK spark plugs & wires; Koyo radiator; Billion radiator hoses; Flex-A-Lite fans; Mugen fan switch; RyWire custom engine harness; custom valve cover
Drivetrain '00 Integra Type R OEM transmission; Exedy flywheel
Engine Management Hondata S300 tuned by Church Automotive Testing
Footwork & Chassis KW V3 coilovers; TEIN upper mounts; 26mm sway bar (f), 23mm sway bar (r); Function 7 end links, rear lower control arms; Carbing strut tower brace (f); Skunk2 Pro Series camber control arms (f/r); J's Racing fender braces; Buddy Club roll center adjusters; ASR subframe brace (r)
Brakes Integra Type R 5-lug brake conversion; Goodridge lines
Wheels & Tires 16x8" +43mm Sprint Hart CPR wheels; 215/45R16 Falken RT615K tires; Project Kics lug nuts; ARP wheel studs
Exterior First Molding front lip, Civic Type R headlights, taillights, rear bumper w/Sergeant RD lower diffuser; Seeker Version 2 rear wing; Shift Sports vented hood; Vision TC mirrors; Championship White paint and custom rolled fenders by Edson Olguin of Premier Auto Body
Interior Recaro SRD seats; Bride Low Max seat rails; Civic Type R rear seat, dash panel block off plate, door panels, carpet; Takata harnesses; Sparco harness bar, steering wheel; Works Bell hub and quick release; ARC Magic shift knob; Mugen pedals; Zoom Engineering F1 Monaco rear view mirror; Spoon gauge cluster; custom upholstery by Chan Wong of FX Auto Design
Thanks You Kevin Nguyen and Mike Swanson; Edson at Premier Auto Body; Steve at hmotorsonline; Chuck and Rocky at Showstoppers USA; Supertuning Performance crew; everyone at Marks Garage; Ben at Bulletproof Automotive; Matt at ICB Motorsport; Bisi Ezerioha; Eugene at Prostreet Imports; Church Automotive; Robbie at Garage RZ; Joel Gaeta and the old 2nd gen crew; everyone at M's JDM Motors; Phil and Collin at Inspire USA; all of the Northwest Honda kings (you know who you are); Dee Duong, DJ Murdok, Salem Garcia, Quan Nguyen, the AS1 familia, Kevin at Whitfield, David Andrade, Ryan Basseri and Ryan Der at RyWire; Joey Lee of The Chronicles; David Timoteo and Jillianne Rabia for the love and support