As the old adage goes, "You should never judge a book by its cover," meaning that oftentimes things are not what they appear to be. With so many variables in life that exist, it's really hard to pass judgment on anything unless you take the time to look thoroughly. In the Honda community, there are often moments when car builds can be misinterpreted. From experience, we've always expected the purpose-built race cars to be a little rough around the edges, where style and cleanliness have been sacrificed for the sake of speed and power. In cars that are dedicated show vehicles, we expect nothing but the cleanest execution of style, leaving little room for error in the eyes of car show judges and peers alike. For your average daily driven Honda, you give a little bit of leeway where the cars don't have to be the fastest or look the best because, well, they are driven everywhere and face everyday issues with traffic and abuse.
Again, it's easy to be misled as we've been trained to believe that we think we know more than we really do. If you were to take a quick look through the two Integras you see featured prominently on these pages, you'd think they were good friends who built very similar cars. They are both Japanese ITR clones, with JDM Integra Type R front end conversions and more. They both have CCW wheels, albeit in different finishes, but both executed for a similar stance and appearance. Due to their spotless appearance, both are probably weekend show queens that don't see a whole lot of road duty. If that is your initial assessment, well, you are not totally wrong; they are indeed styled to resemble the Japanese Type R, but neither are purebred trailer-riding show cars. In fact, they are far from it. The two just happen to be clean enough to double as show cars and were built by two individuals who really do not know one another at all. It is just a coincidence that they have similar aesthetic tastes.
Kellen Maddox's '97 Integra RS
Kellen Maddox owns the '97 Toyota Sandstorm-colored Integra with a naturally aspirated B-series setup that he drives daily. He's always had intentions of building his Integra for daily use, though he admits he was on a break from Hondas after having a Civic stolen and then blowing up another that had a fresh turbo setup. He'd never owned an Integra prior, but his boss' teenage daughter just happened to be selling one. It was an RS model, so it didn't really have much, and that was perfect for him since he had no plans to mod it. Of course, as always, plans tend to change rather quickly with the temptation to tinker staring you in the face.
Maddox had saved up a good chunk of money to finish tattooing his entire arm, until his tattoo artist decided to bail on him. It wasn't the first time this had happened, so he was all but finished with the idea of completing the piece. The money began to burn a hole in his pocket, and he just had to find a way to spend it. He made his way to a local JDM parts dealer to simply "look around," as he tells us. Yeah, you probably already know where this story is heading.
"I was like a kid in a candy store!" he says. "It didn't help that I had a Ford Excursion with me that had plenty of room for parts. I was in a fog after that as I found myself loading up my SUV with a JDM ITR front end, full interior, five-lug swap-it just seemed like it was never-ending!"
So in the course of one afternoon, Maddox went from having an Integra RS he never planned to mod to potentially having his own U.S. equivalent of a Japanese Type R. The modding bug had bit him hard, and he soon found himself delivering the car to a local body shop for paint. While the chassis was being massaged of any exterior flaws, he continued to collect parts. He already had the Type R face, so the next was, of course, its heart. He sourced a B18C5 engine with a complete head package from Inline Pro. Once the shell returned from paint, everything that he collected went right into the car in the weeks that followed. All in all, the entire build came together in a mere four weeks. The longest duration of time in completing his project was waiting for his custom Candy Teal LM20 wheels to be built by Complete Custom Wheel (CCW), and even that only took about 90 days.
Though it may seem that Kellen built his Honda with haste, he's been overjoyed with his car thus far. "I just wanted to build a clean daily driver that I could also pull up to car shows and meets in," he states. "I have plans to track the car in the future, though. I love the way the car looks, but as my friend Mike constantly tells me, 'It's time to track that sh*t.'"
Bolts & Washers
Inline Pro port/polished/blueprinted cylinder head
Inline Pro High HP stainless steel intake valve
Inline Pro Inconel exhaust valve
Inline Pro dual valvesprings
Inline Pro titanium retainersv Password:JDM Kevlar intake
JDM ITR exhaust manifold
JDM ITR exhaust
Blackworks test pipe
Competition Clutch Stage 5
Competition Clutch flywheel
Driveshaft Shop Stage 3.9 axles
Skunk2 Pro C coilovers
Skunk2 front/rear camber kits
Rook Industries M brace
Cusco H brace
Function7 lower control arms
Benen Industries rear tie-bar
OEM ITR front shock tower bar
OEM ITR rear shock tower bar
OEM JDM ITR front sway bar
OEM JDM ITR rear sway bar
JDM ITR five-lug conversion
Wheels & Tires
16x8 +20 CCW LM20
205/45-16 Falken Ziex ZE-912
JDM ITR HID front-end conversion
Toyota 4U0 Sandstorm paint
Shaved antenna, rear wiper, emblems, rear hatch keyhole, side moldings
JDM ITR Recaro seats
JDM ITR SRS steering wheel
JDM ITR carbon-fiber gauge cluster
JDM ITR climate control
JDM ITR ashtray
JDM ITR lighter
JDM ITR cupholders
JDM ITR shift boot
JDM ITR door panels
JDM ITR amber clock
Password:JDM brass knuckle shift knob
Black suede headliner, A-pillar, rear quarter glass surround, armrests
Alpine head unit
My wife Ashley for her complete support or lack of showing frustration during the whole process of not only the build but also weekends spent at meets or shows instead of date nights. Kevin Inge for always being willing to keep on pushing to get the car done even after long days at work. My brother Kiel, who was always a source of help when going through different ideas for colors or parts options. Quality Tire of Woodbridge, Virginia, for always keeping the doors open late at night.
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Buick Grand National
Inspiration for this Build
I wanted to build a daily driver that could also be a competitive show car
All-motor S2000 that is set up for these backcountry roads
Kevin Petaway's '94 Integra GS-R
Kevin Petaway built this Candy Brandywine Integra, and while the House of Kolor's paint screams "show car," Petaway's DC2 is actually a 750hp turbocharged beast built for the quarter-mile.
"The (Integra) was supposed to be a weekend warrior from the start," Petaway explains. "I wanted to just throw a swap in the shell and race it. Once my team and I started brainstorming ideas, it started a snowball effect. Things just got out of hand quickly because it had some big shoes to fill."
The "shoes" that Kevin is referring to were those of a turbo B-series Civic coupe that he'd owned for 10-plus years. It was his favorite Honda build no doubt, but there were just certain things about it that were dated, particularly under the hood. In a community where having an immaculately clean engine bay is of the utmost importance, Petaway felt that his Civic was lacking. He soon tore the EJ1 coupe apart and began the process of rebuilding it. He had a plan but became indecisive, especially after this '94 Integra GSR entered his life.
"A good friend of mine was selling his caged Integra shell, and I couldn't pass on the deal. It was perfect because I would have no downtime at all. While I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my coupe, I could also put this Integra together."
Petaway's first order of business was stripping the entire shell bare and doing something he had never done with his Civic: shaving the engine bay. He then purchased a complete JDM ITR front end and sent it off for paintwork while he built a K20A2 motor for boost. Good friend and notable racer Norris Prayoonto was called upon to rework the entire K-series cylinder head as Kevin gathered turbo components, with the centerpieces being a Precision 6765 turbine and twin-scroll manifold from Full-Race. Immediately after the DC2 returned from its House of Kolor makeover, Kevin and his team spent countless nights putting it back together in his small garage in Stafford, Virginia.
"I had a lot of good friends behind me, so the whole build came together a lot faster than I expected. To me, this isn't a show car by any stretch of the imagination-it's a really clean race car," he expresses. "Everything came out so good that I just wanted to show it off for a while at shows and meets. The car turns heads everywhere because of the Brandywine paint and the amount of detail that went into it. It sounds like I'm bragging, but I'm just honestly really proud of the work that my buddies and I put into this Integra. The next step is to put the power to the ground and get some seat time on the dragstrip. By the time this goes to print, I'll probably have a three-piece front end and full drag wheels on it."
Bolts & Washers
Avid billet engine mounts
Prayoonto Stage 2 camshafts
Ferrea rocker arms
Precision 6765 turbocharger
Custom intercooler piping
TiAL blow-off valve
Full-Race twin-scroll turbo manifold
Thermal R&D exhaust
IPS intake manifold
Wilson Manifolds throttle body
Walbro 255-lph fuel pump
Bosch 044 secondary fuel pump
ID 1000 fuel injectors
Inline Pro fuel rail
K-Tuned fuel fittings/lines
Aeromotive fuel filter
Aeromotive fuel pressure regulator
All-In Fab radiator
K-Tuned radiator fittings with nylon lines
NPQ3 five-speed transmission
Competition Clutch twin-disc clutch
Quaife limited-slip differential
Driveshaft Shop Stage 5 axles
Omni Power Drag-spec coilovers
Omni Power lower control arms
Function7 rear subframe brace
Power Slot brake rotors
EBC brake pads
Goodridge brake lines
Wheels & Tires
16x8 +29 CCW LM5
Shaved engine bay
Shaved side moldings, antenna, key holes
Custom six-point rollcage
House of Kolor Brandywine paint
JDM ITR HID front end conversion
Alpine head unit
Alpine component speakers
JDM ITR non-SRS steering wheel
OEM RSX Type-S shift knob
Jeremy Law, Demont Jenkins, Neal Thompson, Norris Prayoonto (Prayoonto Racing), TDAutowerks (Damian Borotto), Alvin Chon, Rook Industries, Hardware909, Supertech, Full-Race, K-Tuned, All-In Fab Derek, Chris Treblic (Treblictuned), Mike Gerber (MachV Motorsport), Delonte Craig, Kellen Maddox, Joey Hudson, Kevin Morgan, Chris Parker, Ryan Short, DRE, Scott, and my lovely wife Sarah Petaway
Nissan master technician
Inspiration for this Build
My previous Civic coupe
Shelby kit car with turbo F20C swap