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1994 Honda Del Sol - Lone Ranger

Deep In The Heart (And Sol) Of Texas

Brian McGurk
May 18, 2010
Photographer: Christopher Sullivan

Fernando Huerta's 1994 Del Sol
Things to remember about Texas; steak, the Alamo...& this sick Del Sol

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The Lone Star State's got a lot of room for you to spread your wings and standing out in a crowd isn't very easy. So when San Antonio's Fernando Huerta picked up this neglected little Honda as a daily driver, his intentions were to own a cheap cruiser to rock around during the summer. "I had a 2000 Celica that I was installing a wide body kit on at my friend's house and needed something to drive. The Sol was his neighbor's. "I'd always asked about it, but the guy wasn't selling." Fernando's luck changed when the stork delivered a bundle of joy to the neighbor and he suddenly became hard up for cash. "The guy just called me up and told me to bring money and to come get the car." Fernando's new Sol had been housed out in the Texas sun for nearly a year, and hadn't been fired in quite some time, so after pushing the car from one driveway to another and swapping out a fuse or two, the little 1.6 liter sputtered back to life.

After cruising around for a week, the neglected little single cam decided to spit one of the rods through the block and the Del Sol went right back to the driveway; the downtime was minimal as Fernando found a smoking-hot deal on an H22 swap locally and wasted no time pulling the old engine. But, as the old saying goes: if a deal is too good to be true, it probably is. "I got ripped off! The H series head had bent valves, so I found another short block with a 100-percent startup warranty and we swapped it in and it fired right up." Fernando could have stopped there but when the engine came out for a re-spray, he decided to go all out. "I saw a new BMW one night in Arctic Blue and I just knew that was the color. That night I went home and started ordering parts." Fernando's JDM shopping spree dressed up the Sol in the finest the land of the rising sun had to offer; matching Japan spec bumper moldings on the front and rear and JDM side markers were only the start. One-piece headlights, auxiliary lights and front fogs were swapped for glass OEM alternatives from across the pond. The hood, roof, and trunk were replaced with lightweight VIS carbon fiber alternative. Completing the exterior is a JDM-spec rear fog light to match his new tail lights and rear plate filler straight from Tokyo. With the parts in the mail, Fernando's bay got all of his attention. It was stripped bare, and all brake lines and wiring rerouted so all eyes would be focused on Fernando's 2.2 liter heart.

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A famous Texas quote goes something like, "that guy's all hat and no cattle." Fernando knew he wanted some cattle to back up his "hat" so the H deuce-deuce was freshened up with a Koyo double-wide radiator with Samco hoses to keep things cool. A custom intake system was installed to feed fresh air through a 70mm throttle body, down the runners of a Golden Eagle intake manifold, and to the fresh four angle ported and polished head. Everything is topped off nicely with a Euro R valve cover. Although not the fastest animal on the street, the little targa-topped coupe had no problem holding its own, and Fernando was happy with the engine....for now.

With the Sol in the spray booth and the engine in pieces, Fernando realized a fresh paint job and new motor needed an interior to match, so out went the credit card and he was at it again! A set of Bride Low Max seats straddling custom seat brackets and sporting Takata harnesses got Fernando warmed up, followed closely by a Spoon Sports steering wheel and shift knob. Mugen MT pedals and an NRG quick release and short hub combo rounded out the aftermarket accessories. An "airbag-free" '93 Del Sol dash was sourced locally and stuffed with a JDM CRX Del Sol Cluster and JDM fog light switch. The doors were treated to a pair of OEM (in Japan) map lights, and the less than useful visors upgraded to the JDM-spec derivative.

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Wheel whoring isn't a crime....yet, but if it was, Fernando would be doing 20 to life. "I had everything from Regas to RPF1s and a set of TE37s. When I got the Meisters, someone wanted to buy them, but I said no way because I knew I was keeping them." Fernando's rolling purchases, courtesy of Work, were wrapped in Yokohama S-drive rubber and obscure the view of the PIC select coil-overs that reside between Blox lower control arms and a Carbing shock tower bar. Keeping the Sol firmly planted around corners are ASR anti-sway bars and a sub-frame brace, while Spoon Mono Block Calipers clamping Hawk brake pads around re-drilled Prelude VTEC rotors at all four corners slow this asphalt assassin down.

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Fernando's vision was coming to light, but after rolling with the same setup, boredom bit him in the ass and he went to the local speed shop, Nori-Bilt, for some power adders. The setup centers around a T60-1 turbocharger, custom exhaust manifold, and custom Nori-Bilt exhaust system. Fresh air is fed through an intercooler and piping customized to fit nicely behind the fog light-equipped front bumper. The H22's thirst is quenched with a Walbro 255 fuel pump and RC 750cc fuel injectors. To get the Sol's power to the ground, Fernando opted for a Competition stage four clutched paired with a Competition lightweight flywheel. With his new setup, the Sol put down a hefty 330whp with just 11 pounds of boost. According to Fernando, there's much more power to be had but his Sol's future holds a big dose of vitamin K. With all the attention he and his Sol are getting, not only from the Del Sol crowd, but the entire Honda community, Fernando's now a big star in the Lone Star State.

Bolts & Washers

Propulsion
H22a
Garrett T60-1
70mm STR throttle Body
Custom intercooler piping
Custom intercooler
Custom turbo manifold
Custom 3" cat-back exhaust
Custom 3" Downpipe
Tial 38mm wastegate
Tial 38mm BOV
Koyo Radiator
Samco hoses
Euro R valve color
Billet spark plug cover
Skunk2 cam gears
Walbro 255lph fuel pump
RC750 fuel injectors
Golden Eagle Pro Series fuel rail
Golden Eagle intake manifold
Earl's fittings and fuel lines
Earl's inline fuel filter
Turbo Smart Fuel pressure regulator
Competition stage 4 clutch
Competition lightweight flywheel
HaSport axles

Stance
PIC select Coilovers
ASR Rear Sub Frame Brace
Beaks Lower Tie bar
Blox lower control arms
ASR Sway Bars
ASR spherical end links
Carbing Front Strut Bar type 2
DC rear upper shock tower bar

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Resistance
Honda prelude rotors redrilled.
Hawks brake pads
Spoon 4-Pot Mono Block Calipers
Honda brake fluid
Earl's brake lines front and rear.
spoon sports reservoir covers

Rims & Rubber
Work Meister's 16x7 +35
Yokohama S drive 205/45R16
Volk formula blue lug nuts

Exterior
VIS Carbon fiber hood, VIS Carbon fiber top VIS Carbon fiber trunk
Ameripol blue glass top
JDM Del Sol 1 piece headlights
JDM Del Sol tail lights
JDM Del Sol lower fog lights
JDM Del Sol glass auxiliary fogs
JDM Del Sol bumper moldings
JDM Del Sol rear fog light
JDM Del Sol license plate fillers
JDM Del Sol side markers
JDM Del Sol antenna block off plate
EM1 front lip, OEM mud flaps

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Interior
Bride Low Max Carbon Kevlar seats
Custom brackets
Takata seat belt harness
Custom C-pillar bar
Spoon sports steering wheel
NRG Short hub
NRG Quick release
Mugen sports MT pedals
Spoon sports shift knob
JDM CRX Del sol cluster
JDM map lights, JDM speaker gathers
JDM sun visors, JDM fog light switch
JDM Type R shift boot
OEM floor mats
Cusco four-point roll bar

Props
My girlfriend precious
Emmanuel
Panchito
Mando
Ryan
David
Steve
Emilio
Gene at J&Y motorsports
Chad, Tim, and Mike at Nori-bilt
My parents
My brothers & sister
Everyone who helped with the car
Matthew and the Honda Tuning crew
Steve my photographer
Chris Sullivan - CRS photography
My DSOC friends

Owner Specs

Favorite website
NWP4life.com

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Screen name or nick name
The_EG2

Building Honda's for how long?
Seven years, and loved every minute of it

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Your dream car
Ferarri

Build inspiration
My big brother, and my cousin Panchito

Whats playing in your iPod/CD MP3 player right now?
Mostly Hip Hop, whatever's on the radio

Greatest movie of all time
Death Race & Transformers

Wait, it's not rare?
A lot of folks go ga-ga for the smallest of things, the most common piece in Istanbul can get blown into the next forum fad as long as no one else in the States has it. So when Fernando rolled out to his local spot with a full blue tinted glass top, people's jaws quickly dropped, and Fernando just smiled. "Everyone thought it was some super rare option or something, like I spent five grand on it." Little did they know that Fernando did some digging and found a manufacturer right here in the States making custom tinted glass tops for a lot of targa top cars. "He did a lot of work with Corvettes and stuff, but he also had Del Sol versions right there on his site. I just Google searched it." Fernando has a great time going to shows with the glass top on the car, and the carbon fiber version in the trunk's roof storage rack. When people ask him about his "super rare JDM top" Fernando just tells them with a grin, "Yeah it's super rare." Don't worry Fernando, your secret will stay between just us and the HT readers.

By Brian McGurk
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