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1989 Honda Civic Si - Second Chance

Every Honda Enthusiast Deserves One

Jonathan Thompson
Feb 5, 2010
Photographer: Ben Hermance

Jorge Andujar's '89 Civic SI High school is a breeding ground for car infatuation. Between loud ringing bells and paper airplanes, there exists the slightest hint of romance. Romance and friendships evolve, then everyone has to go home after the last bell. That's when transportation comes into play. One look across the black sea of asphalt is proof of this. There are tons of vehicles to and fro. Then there is always that corner near the back on every campus that requires the badge of honor, the H badge. That corner is where Jorge Andujar of Deltona, Florida, happily found himself.

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Jorge actually grew up in Puerto Rico, commonly nicknamed "the 51st state." He visited his brother Jeffrey stateside and decided to stay. Although his love for all things Honda began after his move, his enjoyment of reggaeton music started back on the island. Even today, you can hear artists like Wisin y Yandel pumping out of his Pioneer- and Kicker-infused stereo system.

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The journey began back in 2003. Jorge happened upon a good looking '89 Honda Civic Si hatchback. The price seemed fair enough, and after a short negotiation session, off he drove. He had seen a lot of hooked up EF7s and wanted to make this one his own. However, something didn't seem right after installing window tint and lowering springs, so he sold it. He quickly jumped into a '91 Si hatchback that he picked up for cheap. Although a steal of a deal, the car needed too much work. Jorge's head began to spin as he felt he'd made a grave mistake.

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That's when the Honda gods threw an Auto Trader magazine into his lap. The breeze picked up and turned the pages. Jorge could not believe his luck; after six months of regret, he found the exact EF7 he had originally sold. Of course, the owner knew Jorge's attachment to the hatch and eagerly charged him $500 more than he had originally sold the car for. With the lesson learned, he dumped his beat-up '91 Civic for some rims and began the second phase of his build in 2005.

Jorge turned to his father Mariano for guidance. The two discussed the build in detail. They talked about what engine he wanted, how he wanted the car to look, feel, amongst other items. Jorge set out for a shop with a renewed spirit and clear vision. He came across All Version Motoring out of Orlando, Florida. For the next two to three years, Jorge would visit the shop each week, go over current matters, sign over his check, and head back home. The owner-Pop as he's known-took care of logistics and ensured parts coming from overseas such as a Mugen gauge cluster and a slew of JDM SiR parts didn't take decades to arrive. Meanwhile, Tong and Mark performed the engine build, swap, port and polish, and a meticulous wire tuck. "Never hesitate and go crazy. Don't worry about how much money is being spent in the process because in the end, it's all well worth it," he boasts. Between Jorge's frequent visits to the shop, $48,000 managed to fall out of his pockets.

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Jorge's build didn't go as smoothly as expected. He had the EF7 sprayed three times in total. He didn't like the first white paint mixed with red pearl and the second paint job didn't look flawless. "I am picky about paint jobs," he says. Well, at least he's honest. Not to mention, the rare 15x7 Sprint Hart CP-R rims wrapped in 195/45-15 Toyo Proxes match superbly with the custom white paint, giving the Civic an OG appearance.

The first time he tried to take the car home, he didn't make it. There was a lack of oil flowing throughout the engine due to a faulty part. Ultimately, he ordered another B18C1 short block. "I was like, wow. It really brought me down. I was so happy about getting it..." he says softly.

Once the second GSR engine was installed, he finally got to take his baby home for good. "It was such a good feeling," he recalls. Jorge took it to Hot Import Nights in 2008 and couldn't help but blush from all of the attention he received. "I was happy. Everyone was looking at the car; it's what I wanted," he says. Looking back on the whole build, he reminds himself that it was good faith that kept everything and everyone together.

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In the end, Jorge was able to do what most cannot. He took an '89 Honda Civic Si hatchback and created a car so attractive, so unique, that it could easily garner more attention than a newer model Honda Civic Si. When asked what makes his car special, Jorge takes several moments to respond. "I don't know. It's the way I like it. It's just special to me," he says.

Jorge speculates that he should be putting down 220 horses to the ground, due in large part to the TWM 50mm individual throttle bodies adorned with even sexier carbon-fiber velocity stacks. The fully-built GSR engine stuffed with Wiseco pistons and rings attached to Eagle rods helps as well. Then there are always the Jun Stage 3 camshafts adding to the power equation. Regardless, he still wants to go faster. He's not too sure on how he intends to achieve his goal. "Maybe a K swap... (silence) I'm trying to enjoy it right now...and I'm happy with it," he sighs. The long pause and strain of voice wasn't convincing. He's not letting his second chance slip away. Not this time.

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Bolts & Washers

Propulsion
B18C1 engine (84mm bore)
Hasport engine mounts
Skunk2 cam gears
Jun Stage 3 camshafts
Jun valves
Jun valve springs
Jun retainers
12.5:1 Wiseco pistons
Wiseco rings
Eagle rods
ITR crankshaft
TWM 50mm individual throttle bodies
TWM carbon-fiber velocity stacks
Spark Racing 4-2-1 exhaust manifold
Skunk2 test pipe
Thermal muffler
Walbro 255 lph fuel pump
B&M fuel pressure regulator
RC Engineering 440cc injectors
Stainless steel lines and fittings
NGK spark plugs
NGK spark plug wires
ACT clutch
ACT flywheel
Quaife LSD
Custom transmission gears
Fluidyne radiator
Samco radiator hoses
Cusco oil catch can
JDM ITR valve cover
All Version Motoring port and polish
All Version Motoring wire tuck
Honda P28 ECU
OBD-0 to OBD-1 jumper harness
Hondata S300 ECU
Odyssey PC680 battery
Gator Axles

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Stance
Skunk2 coilovers
Koni dampers
Vision front camber kit
Skunk2 rear camber kit

Resistance
DC2 Integra disc brake conversion
Wilwood hydraulic brake system
EBC brake pads

Rims & Rubber
15x7 Sprint Hart CP-R (+35 offset)
195/45-15 Toyo Proxes

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Outside
Custom white paint
JDM SiR front end
JDM SiR center garnish taillights
JDM SiR rear bumper
JDM SiR rear lip
JDM "DOHC-VTECH" stickers
Password:JDM carbon-fiber front lip
Password:JDM carbon-fiber side skirts

Inside
JDM SiR front/rear seats
Mugen gauge cluster
Mugen shift knob
Mugen shift boot
Panasonic 7-inch screen DVD/CD player
Pioneer component speakers
Kicker amplifiers
Kicker L7 12-inch subwoofers
Custom subwoofer enclosure

Props
Friends
Family
Shops
Dad
Pop, Tong, and Mark at All Version Motoring

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Owner Specs

Favorite website:
www.autotrader.com

Screen Name Or Nickname:
N/A

Building Hondas For How:
6 years

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Your Dream Car:
Any Ferrari

Build Inspiration:
Build my "own" Civic

What's Playing In Your Ipod/CD/MP3 Player Right Now:
Wisin y Yandel

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Greatest Movie Of All Time:
Scarface

Buying Used Hondas
There are many ways to purchase a used Honda. Going to the local used car dealership will most likely result in a headache from the salesman's cologne and a car that disintegrates in three months, not to mention a Mt. Everest-high interest rate. Check out Auto Trader's website and other popular Honda-based forums for great deals. Don't be afraid to run the V.I.N. number on www.carfax.com for peace of mind. Never pay for a car before physical inspection-it's just not smart. Check the oil, tires, exterior, interior, etc, and don't forget the compression test. Turn on every widget imaginable as well as the requisite test drive. Double-check with state vehicle agencies to determine how to handle the paperwork and what fees apply. It's never fun to find out Mr. Shady forgot to mention the car was salvaged and he doesn't have any paperwork after the purchase. And lastly, take a second or 10 before signing the dotted line. Happy hunting!

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Sources

Skunk2 Racing
Norco, CA 92860
951-808-9888
http://www.skunk2.com
Password:JDM
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
888-795-3601
http://www.passwordjdm.com
HASport Performance
Phoenix, AZ 85040
602-470-0065
http://www.hasport.com
Kicker Stillwater Designs
Stillwater, OK 74075
800-256-5425
www.kicker.com
Fluidyne High Performance
Ontario, CA 91761
800-358-4396
http://www.fluidyne.com
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