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1992 Honda Civic Hatchback - Salinas Stand Out

Out Of The Bowl And Onto The Strip Comes The Hatch You Won't Soon Forget

Andy Anderson
Oct 30, 2009
Photographer: Pat Lauder

More than eighty percent of America's lettuce is grown in Salinas, CA, earning it the nickname, "The Salad Bowl of America." Aside from lettuce, the city boasts one of the highest crime rates in the country, with violent gang-related crime leading the way.

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An interesting mix to say the least, but there's much more. Over the past few years, the salad bowl has been pumping out more car enthusiasts than tomatoes, and the street scene has been blowing up; nearly surpassing the crime rate. The new question in Salinas is, what kind of dressing would you like with your Honda?

2018 Honda Civic
$18,940 Base Model (MSRP) 28/40 MPG Fuel Economy

Jorge Sandoval came out of Salinas in awe of the Honda movement, not so impressed by the salad scene. While others were watching cartoons, Jorge was drooling over drag races. The sleek paint, slick bodies, and polished manifolds of cars replaced the hypnotic, glowing world of Disney movies. Tonka trucks? No thanks. GI Joes? Never. While other kids were building sand castles, Jorge was busy building B series motors. "Growing up, I had a family member who was into Hondas," said Jorge. "I'd always see the car around at family events, and the more I saw it, the more I dreamed of building my own Honda one day." As the old saying goes, monkey see, monkey do, especially if what one monkey is doing is so addictive.

As Jorge got older, he set out to learn everything he could in terms of cars, builds, and the street scene. "Street racing is really what got me into the car building world," he states. "I'd go out with my friends before we even had cars, and we'd just watch. It gave me the biggest adrenaline rush, and I fell in love with racing right then and there." Illegal, dangerous, yet highly addictive-street racing transformed Jorge from noob mechanic, to builder extraordinaire. "After high school, I enrolled at Wyotech Institute in Fremont, just so I could have a better understanding of car mechanics and how to get dirty," Jorge recalls.

After a year and a half of hands-on training, Jorge graduated with all the necessary skills to 'get dirty' and was quickly picked up by Firestone where he worked as a mechanic flushing fluids, tightening lugs, and switching rims. That's really where I learned how to do things on my own," said Jorge. "And if you can do things on your own, it makes cars even better. I started working on my first car, just learning as I went along. There were some bad experiences, but I learned from them." And like so many before him, Jorge had a few encounters with thieves in his time. Unlike many others, he never let it get him down. He just picked up where he left off, re-sourced his parts, and rebuilt his shattered dreams, one part at a time.

"This is actually the first build I've been able to complete. The last two cars I was trying to build were stolen from me before I was able to finish up. My black '95 GSR was stolen from my front driveway, and I had a blue EG hatch stolen at the mall in San Jose; found nine hours later-completely gutted." Ouch indeed.

But two prior instances wouldn't bring Jorge down. Determined, he bravely set about a third build. The one that would help erase the past. This was a project that would do some damage at the track, draw all the attention at shows, and most importantly, wouldn't get stolen. "I love going fast and having a clean looking car. With my build, I put both factors into effect! I couldn't see myself in a car that's super clean but slow, or a really fast car that isn't worth looking at," Jorge states. Jorge's new project hatch was bought, as is-pretty much a rolling, beat up teal shell with dirty, ripped carpet and missing interior panels. The clear coat was peeling off the car with scratches all around. "It was pretty much a standard jalopy!" He picked it up mainly because of the original color-teal green, which Jorge adores. The body was also perfectly straight and accident-free, which gave it that much more credibility. Sold. "I love teal and I really wanted to keep it the original color, but add just a touch of a blue pearl."

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Jorge sent the EG over to a friend of his, Froggy from Team Night Division, who just happened to be skilled in the art of paint and bodywork. A matching Teal was re-sprayed over the car, with just a touch of blue pearl to spice things up a bit. Originally, Jorge's only plan for the hatch (besides paint) was a standard GSR swap, just to give the EG a little more power and a little more drag-strip appeal.

"The suspension was originally built for drag, but I needed more power from the LSVTEC for it, so I sent my block to RS Machine to be sleeved, while Advanced Motorwerks port-matched the head," said Jorge. But, as time went by, all those tempting JDM accessories and go-fast goodies started calling Jorge's name, so he did what any of us would do; he answered. "I tried gathering parts that I really don't see too much on cars. Even though nowadays everyone seems to be building cars and everyone might have some of the same parts, it's always the little things that set you apart from the crowd. I always source my own parts. I'm online a couple hours a day just looking for things to buy as soon as I get the money for it," said Jorge. He found little extras like a Lakers Edition Benen Radiator Bracket, Skunk2 Battery Tie Down, Golden Eagle LS-VTEC Kit, Skunk2 Cam Gears, AEM DC2R 3 inch intake, and a Skunk2 short shifter, to name just a few. And just like that, Jorge was hooked. Parts were sourced, bolt-ons were soon bolted on, lines replaced. Absolute mod-madness.

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But what to do now with a complete build, flawless paint, and a spotless engine bay? Only a few answers come to mind for Jorge; race it, show it, love it. And he did, and still does, in the Salad Bowl of America, known as Salinas.

Bolts & Washers

Propulsion
B18A1 engine
Hasport mounts
Eagle Knife Edged crankshaft
CP pistons
Eagle H Beam connecting rods
DC2R oil pump
Mishimoto radiator
ARP head studs
Golden Eagle LS-VTEC kit
Skunk2 battery tie down
T1R covers
Z10 Engineering oil catch can
Benen radiator bracket
Skunk2 Pro2 camshaft
B16A2 cylinder head
SuperTech Flat Faced valves
SuperTech valve springs
SuperTech aluminum retainers
SuperTech keepers
Skunk2 cam gears
JDM VTEC Solenoid cover
T1R Oil Cap
JDM DC2R Valve Cover
Walbro 255 fuel pump
RC370 saturated injectors
AEM regulator
ZEX 60-shot Wet Kit nitrous oxide
AEM DC2R 3in Intake w/ Blox Velocity Stack
Skunk2 Pro intake manifold
OmniPower 68mm throttle body
Battleground Engineering down-pipe
APEXi World Sport 2 exhaust
Custom test pipe
NGK Iridium spark plugs
NGK plug wires
MSD Blaster coil
Skunk2 Short Throw shifter
JDM CTR 4.4 Final Drive transmission
ACT Unsprung 6puck clutch
ACT Street Light flywheel
Energy Suspension Shift Linkage Bushing Kit
DC2R Shift Linkage

Stance
OmniPower Drag Full Coilovers
OmniPower shocks
OmniPower springs
Comptech front strut bar
Energy Suspension bushings
Skunk2 front and rear camber kit
Benen Lakers Edition Rear Tie Bar
F7 Rear LCA

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Resistance
OEM

Rims & Rubber
15x7 SSR Type X (+35 offset)
195/50/15 Kumho ECSTA ASX

Outside
Paint by Froggy @ Night Division
Wings West RS Front Lip
BackYard Special Carbon Kevlar Wing
JDM EG6 Headlights
JDM EG6 Clear Corners
JDM DC2R Clear Side markers
OEM Nose Mask
APR GT3 Carbon Fiber Side Mirrors
EG6 SIR-S Side Door "DOHC VTEC" Vinyl
EG6 SiR-S Hatch Emblem
OEM EG6 Fog Lights
Blox Purple Lug Nuts
OEM JDM Window Visors
Antenna OEM JDM Block Off
OEM JDM EG6 Mudguards

Inside
F1 Specs Bucket Seats
JDM EK4 SiR Rear Seats
Alpine Deck
Marksman 2-Way Pager Alarm
Personal Fitti Corsa steering wheel
Spoon Duracon / DC2R Shift Boot
NRG hub, lock, & quick release
OEM JDM EG6 Audio Console
OEM JDM Arm Rest
OEM EG6 Coin Pocket
DC2R Floor Mats
Cerveza SOL Bottle Caps for Vent Block Off
Custom Coin Tray & Cup Holder

Props
My family for the ongoing support for my expensive hobby
Team Insidious
Chris at Advanced Motorwerks
Jesse from Rising Suns
Church Automotive for the tune
Patrick, Joshua, and Carlos from QuickWorks Photo

Owner Specs

Hometown:
Gilroy, CA

Favorite website:
NWP4Life.com!

Screen name or nickname:
InsidiousEG6

Building Hondas for how long:
5 years

Your dream car:
EK9 CTR

Build inspiration:
My friends and our love for Honda's (and all the haters!)

What's playing in your iPod/CD MP3 player right now:
Atreyu

Greatest movie of all time:
Toy Story

Street Racing: Hot or Not?
No one can deny that street racing gives drivers an adrenaline rush unlike any other. Lining up and waiting for the flag to drop, popping the clutch, and taking off in front of every other car is exciting to many. But is it really worth it? Injuries and fatalities are common, and unfamiliar streets with unforeseen obstacles only increase the chance of an accident, not only for racers, but also for bystanders who may unknowingly put themselves in danger. The simple and uncomplicated excitement of racing without the entry fees, rules and politics is tempting for many, but the consequences really do outweigh the benefits. In California, a first conviction for street racing means a minimum sentence of 24 hours in jail, vehicle impound, massive towing and impound storage fees, and license suspension.

The next time you drive up to the line, think twice before you hit the gas. It just might save your life, someone else's life, or at the very least, your wallet.

By Andy Anderson
22 Articles

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