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1993 Honda Civic Hatchback - Spotlight

Time For A Change

Jul 1, 2009
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Well, it took awhile, but I finally sold my long-term project car. It's something that I struggled with for a while. After owning my '93 Civic for more than eight years and putting it through countless changes, I was presented with an opportunity to get myself into an S2000 that I just couldn't pass up. After shooting so many nice S2Ks last year, I've since had my eyes on AP1 prices and owner issues. The fact that money isn't falling from trees in the U.S. right now only helped during my search as prices have dropped dramatically. Feeling like it was time to take a break from the Civic and Integra world, the little roadster felt like the perfect car to move on to. I know absolutely nothing about driving a RWD car, and I'm sure I'll look like a granny the first few laps I take around a road course, but I'm excited to learn, and the idea of trying something new is exciting to me.

"What's The Deal? I Thought You Loved That Car?"
Don't get me wrong; it was a great car. It was a bargain when I found it, never gave me any hassles even when I was daily driving it, always performed well-even against stiff competition-and was easy to swap engines into. Those are probably some of the main reasons that Honda continues to be so popular among enthusiasts. But the two big factors that helped me make my decision were theft and police enforcement. I'm not going to get into the whole "theft in SoCal" issue-it's been beaten to death, and everyone knows it's bad. As far as police profiling, well, that car wasn't exactly street legal. In fact, it was nowhere near being street legal. In all honesty, I would have deserved the multi-page violations list I was bound to get written up for as they towed my car to the impound yard. The stress of just taking it for a quick drive through the local back roads was becoming a headache, especially with another Fast and Furious movie premiere right around the corner and a massive crackdown in my hometown.

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Out With The Old...
I set the price reasonably low but couldn't get any solid takers. After months of getting incredibly lame offers to trade "straight up" for stock four-door Civics and beat up Nissan 240s, I decided to separate the engine from the chassis and give it another try. I pulled the engine, tranny, and everything related and posted it up for sale on the forums. Within 48 hours I had a couple of committed buyers and the engine was as good as sold. The car took a little longer, but eventually a local guy caught wind of my ad and a week later I handed him the title and keys. After unloading all of my spare Civic parts, I ended up making more through parting it out than I had expected by selling it as a whole. So, in the end, it really did work out for me.

"You're Going To Miss It!"
Eh, probably not. I wasn't getting sentimental over it, and I never tried to talk myself out of it. I don't get teary eyed at the thought of selling one project to fund a new one. That mentality always seemed silly to me. I see people posting threads online about how they miss their car so much and wish they'd never sold or traded it. They go on and on about how heartbreaking it was and I always wondered why they don't just build another one. I know if I ever wanted to start a new Civic project, I'd know exactly what not to do, and I'd probably save myself a ton of money and headaches with all that I've learned from my first time around.

What's Next
As of right now, I'm enjoying the S2K in stock form with no plans to modify it. When the time comes, I think a suspension and brake upgrade with a new set of wheels will keep me happy. It may sound weird, but I could never say that with a straight face when referring to past cars. I guess it really is time for a change.

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