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1994 Honda Civic DX - A Decade Of Dedication

Over Ten Years Invested, This Build Just Keeps Going And Going...

Jonathan Thompson
Mar 10, 2010
Photographer: Sean Bradford

Scott Mcintyre's '94 Civic DX
Not many things last for a decade. Favorite bands break up, such as Jurassic 5 and Rage Against the Machine; styles constantly come and go, such as corduroy pants and slap-on wrist bands; and hobbies often change; from collecting stamps to playing musical instruments. The passing of time does not have the same affects on Scott Mcintyre Jr., out of Glen Burnie, MD, when you're talking about his '94 Honda Civic Hatchback. Perhaps the most unique aspect of the build, Scott has devoted a majority of his time and money to the Supersonic Blue Pearl EH2 for over 11 years.

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Naturally, the Hatch went through numerous stages. In fact, the build almost never happened. Scott began searching for a '93 Ford Mustang GT (Gasp!). But fortunately, the Honda gods were looking out for him, as they always do. Scott was unable to purchase the Detroit iron-mobile due to high insurance premiums, so he settled for the used Civic back in 1998, and sentenced the hatch to commuter status. The simple grocery getter charmed Scott and gradually transformed his preferences.

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The EH2 came with a few goodies, like aftermarket wheels and minor performance products. At the same time, Scott's friends were beginning to mod their cars and race them. Scott researched engine setups for about a year before he started just trying different things. He first threw in a swap and added a nitrous kit. "In 1999, a GS-R swap and 50-shot was basically unbeatable on the street," he admits. Scott began to take it off the streets and to the track.

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At the track, he went through transmission after transmission. Scott's appetite for speed escalated with each blown motor. The EH2 went through the original stock engine, a GS-R swap, a single cam VTEC setup, a CTR swap, and a fully built B20/VTEC setup.

"That motor lasted six months until my friend Matt wanted to see it rev to 11,500 RPM," he says. Scott became discouraged and sidetracked.

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Growing sick of blowing both engines and money, he began to play with four-wheelers and luxury cars. However, he couldn't part ways with his beloved Civic. One day, he came across a B16 setup and a Garret T67 turbo. He built the block again and enjoyed laying down exciting performances on drag radials. He then upgraded to a B18 block. "That lasted a while until a vacuum line came off. The car over-boosted and cracked the cylinder walls from top to bottom," he recalls.

Finally, after so many years of trial and error, Scott installed a K20A engine. For now, he's added only the essentials, like a custom intake, a Positive ID exhaust manifold, and a Thermal three-inch exhaust. Looking back on his fun turbo days, he plans to boost the K engine in the near future. He hopes to achieve 500 wheel horsepower.

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Scott still wants to make sure his car can be driven daily, even when he does boost 500 ponies worth. Although, he does admit it can be a chore. "My car is slammed. Anyone with a K series knows how low the oil pan sits, and anyone who has ever been to Baltimore knows how good our roads are," he chuckles. Scott's love for nitrous and speed doesn't fade away on his daily drives. "As for nitrous, I guess you could say I abuse it. I'm not going to lie. I sometimes use it on my way to work if I get bored enough," he openly admits.

Even though Scott is an avid motor head, he didn't overlook tedious details throughout the rest of the Civic. Scott added a slew of parts to the exterior and interior. To ensure necks break properly, he's installed a Spoon front lip, Wings West rear lip and sideskirts, along with a VIS carbon-fiber rear wing. He also shaved the antenna, rear emblem holes, and the engine bay before applying a fresh coat of the classic Supersonic Blue Pearl. The blue paint contrasts well with the custom PPG yellow painted valve cover and the red JDM ITR Recaro buckets.

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Many friends assisted and continue to assist with the build. His buddy Matt painted the entire car, as well as the valve cover. Scott's younger bro Lou helps out when needed. Both Cory and Keith share the same hobbies and are always down to lend a hand. Chris "Spot" has dirtied up his hands on many of Scott's engine swaps. Mike is the mastermind behind Scott's tuning. Scott's childhood friend Sean also enjoys tooling on his builds. Dice acts as the parts runner when Scott and his friends are in the middle of a build. Lastly, his dad and mom have provided support and direction when he was discouraged or loosing focus. It is this invaluable network of close friends and family that enables Scott to achieve his goals continuously throughout the years.

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Scott notes that his grandfather was an essential contributor to the overall build progress and success. Scott's grandfather, also known as Pop Mac, cosigned the original auto loan for Scott to purchase the Civic. Pop Mac ensured that Scott and friends were always fed well. His grandfather actually never let anyone refuse a meal. Unfortunately, Pop Mac suffered a heart attack in 2000 right in the middle of Scott working on his car. Pop Mac watched his grandson work away on his car in the garage one last time before going back inside the house and taking his final nap. "This is for you Pop. I love you. Rest in peace," he stays in a slower, somber voice.

Despite the ups and downs of the build, Scott continues to move forward each day. His dedication and motivation have kept the build moving along for over a decade now. Scott's Hatch may not be pink like the Energizer Bunny, but it sure does keep going and going...and when the needle hits the rev limit, he's gone.

Bolts & Washers

K20A engine
Innovative engine mounts
ITR camshafts
Custom cold air intake
ITR throttle body
Karcepts throttle body adapter
RBC intake manifold
Hondata intake manifold gasket
Positive ID exhaust manifold
Custom three-inch test pipe
Thermal three-inch exhaust
RDX fuel injectors
Hybrid Racing fuel rail
K-Tuned fuel pressure regulator
Walbro 255 lph fuel pump
Custom stainless steel lines and fittings
Earl's fuel filter
NGK spark plugs
Competition clutch
Karcepts shifter box
Driveshaft Shop axles
Fluidyne radiator
Samco radiator hoses
Hondata K-Pro ECU
Custom PPG yellow painted valve cover

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D2 Racing 36-way adjustable coilovers
CTR front shock tower bar
DC Sports rear shock tower bar
DC Sports lower tie bar
Omni-Power rear lower control arms
Skunk2 alignment kit

ITR brake conversion
Hawk brake pads
Earl's stainless steel brake lines

Wheels & Tires
17x7.5 Advan RG (+42 offset)
205/40-17 Yokohama Parada Spec-II

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Supersonic Blue Pearl paint
SIR fenders
SIR headlights
SIR corner lights
Red/clear taillights
Spoon front lip
Wings West sideskirts
Wings West rear lip
VIS rear carbon-fiber duckbill
i-VTEC door decals
Shaved engine bay
Shaved rear emblem holes
Shaved antenna

JDM ITR Recaro seats
GS-R leather rear seats
JDM ITR steering wheel
JDM S2000 shift knob
Momo pedals
ITR dashboard conversion
JDM ITR gauge cluster
Auto Meter volt gauge
Pioneer head unit
Pioneer i-Pod connection
Boston Acoustics component speakers
Si rear panel/speaker conversion
Custom leather door panels
OEM power window conversion

Mom, Dad, Jd, Chunk, Louis Richie, Candice Mcintyre, Chris Dandrea, Mike Sweeney, Mike Pratt, Sean Bradford, Sean McCready, Keith Williams, Cory Shifflett, Will @ Hybrid Racing

Owner Specs

Favorite website:

Screen name or nickname:
Scotty Mac

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Building Hondas for how long:
11 years

Your dream car:
Bugatti Veyron

Build inspiration:
My grandfather

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

Greatest movie of all time:
Top Gun

How To Minimize Build Costs
The current recession has reintroduced the idea of spending wisely. Car builds are no exception to this reestablished mantra as builds can easily go over budget. Essentially, every car builder dons the title of Project Manager. As the main decision maker in a build, car enthusiasts should utilize available resources to spend as little as possible while obtaining the most out of their purchases. The main tool used for saving money is the Internet. There are numerous websites that offer discounted parts or used parts. Exercise caution before committing to a purchase. Obtaining sponsors can easily reduce costs and sometimes result in free products. Lastly, all purchased parts should be thoroughly maintained to retain their future resale value, especially wheels and power plants. Always research multiple sources before purchasing. Sometimes the excitement of a rare part can lead to buyer's remorse and an unwise use of precious build resources.

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