Ferd Natividad's 1994 Honda Del Sol S Anyone who has ever built a project car that has reached any amount of success will promise the next project will be even better. The hunger just doesn't die. If you build a car and it ends up in a magazine, then you definitely have to come back even stronger than before. It's often hard to pinpoint why, though it could be attributed to pride. Maybe you just want to prove to yourself that it wasn't a fluke. Either way, the thirst to create never really goes away. Nobody wants to be a one-hit wonder. If you can produce hits, why not keep going? There's no such thing as true satisfaction when it comes to building Hondas; people are always striving to do more or change something up. If you run out of something to do to your car, more than likely, it's time to move on to something else. Even the person who says "I'm just going to enjoy my car now" is still tinkering with something here and there.
Ferd Natividad can attest to this. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Ferd, he is a member of Nor Cal's infamous ATS Garage crew. He was once the proud owner of a khaki-colored EF-style Civic, which, to this day is still one of the most memorable Civics of the current generation. After that car was sold, the Daly City, CA, native woke up one morning to the realization that his garage was missing something very important.
"I really missed my EF project," Ferd declares. "I'd get home everyday and my garage was empty. I had a right-hand drive DC2 project that I had started on but collecting parts and waiting for them to arrive became monotonous." Natividad had an itch that he just had to scratch so he decided to occupy his time by finding a new daily driver. "I came across this white Del Sol and thought that it would make a good beater because it was an S model. It had a couple dings here and there, needed a new hood and front bumper, but everything else was straight," Ferd explains.
Having a right-hand drive DC2 in the garage as a project would usually leave most with more than enough to do, but not Ferd. "I don't know what happened but the next thing I know, I have the car completely apart on jack stands in my garage-and all I wanted to do was lower it!" The original single slammer that came with the S model just wasn't cutting it. Ferd elected to replace it and quickly came upon a B18C Type R engine. He wanted the new home for the engine to be clean, so he began to scrub down the bay. 15 years of duty left the bay grease-stained and dirt-ridden so he had no choice but to get it re-sprayed. "I'm really into details so I began to plan out exactly how I wanted everything in my engine bay to look. I didn't know I was planning to do so much to the car because it was just a daily commuter. You guys know how it is though, once you lower it that's when everything begins. It helps that I have guys on my team like Ray and Jimmy, who also own Del Sols, and they really motivated me to build this thing."
Once the bay was repainted, all of the plans that Ferd had laid out for the bay came to fruition. Being so meticulous meant that it would be time-consuming, but the bay is truly where this Del Sol shines. It has a little bit of everything. He had the harness neatly tucked away thanks to a custom engine harness created by Ray (aka ATS*EG2). A wire-tuck is definitely an essential part of every build nowadays. Having fewer wires makes for a clean bay and gives more attention to the ARC Super Induction Box, intake chamber, and a rare J's Racing SPL exhaust manifold. He also opened up the cylinder head of the DOHC engine and added a set of Blox HSL camshafts, intake manifold, Supertech valve springs, and retainers. These modifications ensure that his daily commute will be a fun one. "I love to add little details that most wouldn't even notice at first glance. I had the rear engine mount wrinkle-coated and replaced all the OEM hardware with Allen-head bolts. Make sure to take a closer look at the Roadsailin' Industries dip stick too," Ferd says.
With the bay completed, Natividad was finally able to get to his original plan, which was to lower the Del Sol. He wanted maximum adjustability so he went with D2 Racing 36-way adjustable coilovers. The coilovers help close the distance between the chassis and the 16x7 Weds Sport TC05 wheels that Ferd had picked out for his beater.
"I looked at all the dents and dings all over the car and it really bugged me," Ferd declares. "The bay was already colored-matched to the exterior so I inquired about Dent Pro paintless dent removal. The quote I got was a little too high for a beater so I passed on it. I held off until I got my brand new OEM hood and front bumper and I ended up getting the entire car re-sprayed in Frost White. The complete paintjob was about the same as the dent removal so it just made sense to redo the whole car."
It may seem like an awful lot of work for a daily commuter, but Ferd Natividad had the means and the know-how to pull it off in stunning fashion. The entire build came together in just 6 months. It always helps to have the right people around for motivation too. If you ever catch this Del Sol on the road, know that Ferd is driving this thing throughout Nor Cal on a daily basis. He's probably picking up parts for his real project. If he just kind of threw this thing together as a beater, can you even imagine how his DC2 build, which he deems his "final project", is going to look? I don't know about you, but I can't wait to see it.
Bolts & Washers
HASport billet mount kit
Blox HSL camshafts
Skunk2 cam gears
Supertech valve springs
Supertech valve spring retainers
Blox intake manifold
ARC Super Induction Box
ARC Intake Chamber
JG Edelbrock ported throttle body
J's Racing SPL stainless steel header
Tanabe Medallion Touring cat-back exhaust system
Blox 2.5-in test pipe
Walbro 255lph fuel pump
Golden Eagle Pro Series fuel rail
AEM fuel pressure regulator
Summit full-flow fuel filter
Russell Pro-Classic lines
JDM Y80 transmission
Exedy Stage 1 clutch
Energy bushing kit
ATS*EG2 custom engine harness
Custom wrinkle-coated rear engine mount
Shaved/powder-coated valve cover
Spoon Sports carbon kevlar wire cover
R-Crew Racing oil cap
Motorsaver breather filter kit
Roadsailin' Industries oil dipstick
All OEM hardward replaced with allen-head bolts
D2 Racing Sports 36-way adjustable coilovers
ITR front anti-roll bar
Carbing front shock tower bar
Carbing rear shock tower bar
Carbing lower tie-bar
Nar-Spec lower control arms
Integra GS-R brake conversion
Earl's stainless steel brake lines
Custom wrinkle-coated brake booster
Rims & Rubber
16x7 Weds Sport TC05 (+42 offset)
205/45-16 Yokohama Parada Spec-II
5mm wheel spacers
Wedsport Racing lug nuts
OEM PPG Frost White
OEM EG6 front spoiler
OEM splash guards
OEM auxiliary lights
Shaved front bumper markers
Roadsailin' Industries tow hook
Bride Ergo seats
Takata 340HR safety harnesses
KEY!S Racing 330mm deep steering wheel
Momo steering wheel hub
ARC titanium shift knob
OEM S2000 headunit
ATS*EG2 custom cabin harness
ATS*EG2 custom super-low seat brackets
Nicole Pangilinan (girl friend)
Victor Natividad (DAD)
Ray Bautista (ATS*EG2)
Fred Chapman (ATS*EK24)
Philip Sison (philthy)
Jeremy San Juan (JSJ*EG6)
Phil Nguyen (jdmPHIL)
ATS*GARAGE family & friends
DPK Crew family & friends
Jr. of J's gathering/wekfest
Weksos Industries (Ken, Adam, Collin)
RedZone Performance (Jeremy,Brandon,Wayne) SuperTwinz (John, James)
fatlace (Mark Arcenal)
Five Star Auto Body Works (Boris Furman and the crew)
Lavish Creative Juices clothing co.
FINE LINE barber shop (Derrick, Richie, Dillon)
GARAGEinc. (Andy, Ryan, Bo, Pat, Yao)
Twin Cam Motorsports (Dave)
SF Honda Parts dept.
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So What Exactly Is A Honda Civic CR-X Del Sol?
The EF-chassis CR-Xs have quite the cult following nowadays but even back then, it was a very popular car. So in the early '90s when the Del Sol dropped, it was quite the head-scratcher as to why Honda would deem it the successor to the CR-X. After all, it wasn't a lift-back like the original CR-X, and it didn't carry any styling cues from the previous model. There just wasn't anything "CR-X" about it, so to speak. The only part of the name that made sense was ironically the non-English part of it. "Del Sol" translates to "of the sun" which was in reference to the open roof, and was the focal point for Honda's marketing campaign. The targa-top was a novel idea and the Japanese domestic market even had a "Trans-top" model, which consisted of a motorized top that retracted into the trunk. Even with such an innovative idea, purists still complained about it using the CR-X namesake. In 1995, Honda decided to drop the "Civic" name altogether in the U.S. market and just tagged it as the Honda del Sol. The European market, on the other hand, dropped the del Sol moniker and just re-branded it as the CRX, probably because they're more worried about why they never see the sun and not why their CRX doesn't look like the old one.