Gary Burton; EJ8 Civic EX; Cropwell, Alabama
It isn't uncommon for the wish list's length to exceed the mod list's, no matter how long the build's been going on. For every two parts that are added, there are usually three others that would complement them just right. Such is the case for Gary, who happens to own a '99 EX that some might consider complete, but is far from that in Gary's mind. To get there he tells us he's going to need a bolt-on GReddy turbo kit and Mugen twin-loop exhaust system, CTR-spec Recaro seats and CTR carpeting, Password:JDM fenders and sidemarkers, and Password:JDM front and rear bumpers to go along with it all. But Gary's build is far from incomplete, despite how the wish list makes it sound. He's already ahead of the game performance-wise thanks to a GReddy EVO2 cat-back exhaust system, an AEM cold-air intake, a DC Sports header, and Taylor spark plug wires for good measure, while a Mugen valve cover, and oil and fuel caps make it look like Gary means business. Handling was addressed with the addition of Tenzo R front and rear shock-tower braces, Skunk2 coilovers, and 15-inch Rota GT-3 wheels matched with Yokohama Advan tires. Outside, Gary livened up the EJ8 body with a Mugen front grille and lip, a VIS carbon-fiber hood held down with Mugen hoodpins, CTR headlights, APR carbon-fiber mirrors, Password:JDM side moldings, and ion foglights. Gary also added CTR badges out back along with a set of JDM window vents. The inside remains simple and consists of a Password:JDM airbag delete, Mugen floor mats, and a CTR shift knob and shift boot combo.
How It Went Down:
Gary didn't tell us much about how he found and purchased his car, how his build went together, or even how long it took him to get the car to where it is today. He did tell us that he spent "a lot of time, blood, sweat, and tears on this car" and that he hopes he can finally get recognized for his hard work. You see, this isn't Gary's first buildup; before the EJ8 he put together three Civic hatchbacks and one Integra, none of which garnered Gary the sort of respect he felt he and his hometown of Cropwell, Alabama, deserved. Fair enough, Gary. Consider yourself on the map.
Love And Hate:
SoCal builds are predictable. It's nice to see something like what Gary has every once in a while from one of the last places you'd expect to find it.