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1992 Honda Civic CX - He Hate Me

A Boosted Hatch Sprinkled With A Little Hate For You To Love

Joey Lee
Jan 12, 2011
Photographer: Rodrez

Randy "RC" Chacon's '92 Civic CX
"I don't even like this particular body style of Civic" he says. Sure, it isn't the best way for us to start a story about Randy Chacon's spotless '92 Civic, but it's appropriate to escape from the fantasy sometimes and return to the real world. In that often romanticized world in which we hold our breath, close our eyes, and try to believe in, everybody loves their Hondas and has cute little girl names for them. Nobody ever has problems putting their cars together and their builds come out exactly as they imagined. In the real world however, oftentimes cars never end up the way they were originally planned, and people are quick to ditch their failed projects for something new. In the bizarre world that Randy Chacon lives in, he absolutely hates his Civic, yet he continues to build the hell out of it. It's not something we recommend or can even remotely comprehend, but that just so happens to be Randy's reality. He may not like this car all that much, but he's formed an unholy union with it. On paper, the casual enthusiast might think that this Civic was an absolute labor of love-to Randy, it's anything but.

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"I've just never really been a big fan of this chassis, I just ran across this car on one of the local internet forums one day and it looked in decent shape. At that time, it had an LS-VTEC swap and a cheap turbo kit, but the body looked straight. The owner was looking for trades and I was in search of a weekend car, so I traded him two Civic coupes I had for it. I drove over an hour to go pick it up and it was raining so hard that I didn't give it much thought. I test drove it around the block and it ran fine. I thought it was a good deal."

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Little did he know that his careless inspection would later come back to haunt him. An inquiry with the Arizona police department resulted in Randy discovering that the motor had actually been reported stolen. What sounded like a good deal at the time was actually much more troublesome than Chacon had ever envisioned. "I made a huge mistake. The guy who originally owned the car had a pretty decent reputation on my local Honda forum and I took it in good faith. It just goes to show you that you really can't trust anyone out there." Randy adds.

After trading away two cars in exchange for a (now motor-less) hatchback, it's no wonder Randy developed some disdain toward this car. Even with the love-hate relationship leaning clearly towards the "hate" end, Chacon soldiered on and decided to continue. He made plans to build up an 82mm ITR engine but little issues with the car kept adding up to the point where Chacon ended up doing an unplanned restoration of his Civic.

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"I started putting the motor together but then I figured I couldn't have a newly built motor inside a filthy engine bay, so I started cleaning it up," RC says. "While I was working on the bay, I realized I didn't like that huge hole in the front bumper and the random dents in my fenders so I went to the dealer and purchased a completely brand-new front end. Once I saw the new front end pieces, I knew I couldn't have a new front half of the car without changing all the exterior moldings so I went back and bought practically everything they had at the dealership. It just totally snowballed after that. Everything from the exterior to the inside of the car; if it looked old, I replaced it," he states.

Once the aesthetics were taken care of, Chacon was finally able to concentrate on finishing the heart of his Civic. The only problem with that however, was that Chacon had so many ideas running through his mind that he couldn't decide on what he actually wanted. He made plans to attend the annual Eibach Honda Meet, and out of nowhere, came the realization that he wanted to boost his motor the week of the event. Luckily for him, he had good help. "My brother Reggie came through for me and stayed up all night and day with me until we finished. Without him I can honestly say that I wouldn't have finished the car on time for the Eibach event. Those five grueling days prior to the event were nothing short of hectic. I was up night and day with my brother trying to get the car running. It came back from paint that Tuesday of the event, and by Thursday the car was loaded onto the trailer and off to the dyno for tuning."

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When huge projects like this are constructed in such a short amount of time, problems tend to arise, which help to further RC's hatred for his car. "Well, let's just say the (cylinder) head had to come back off late Thursday night," Randy explains. He knew the car wasn't to blame in this instance and quickly made the necessary repairs. Friday quickly appeared and he was finally able to get it down to Locash Racing for a street-tune. Once the car was driveable, it was off to California for one of the nation's premier Honda gatherings. It was at this event that Chacon's car would be spotted by HT editor Rodrez (and countless other admirers), and after some lengthy conversations online following the event, the two made plans to meet back in Southern California at the end of 2010 to shoot the car.

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Randy's Civic was originally meant to be a weekend cruiser that he acquired by making a simple trade. Instead, he received a dinged-up chassis with a stolen motor that needed nothing short of a complete restoration. To top it off, the motor he had built for it was being stubborn and didn't even want to start. It's no wonder Randy holds some contempt toward this hatchback.

"I'm sure it has more to do with me just not being able to decide on what I want to do to the car," Randy says. "Since the Eibach meet, I've made so many changes to it. I've been through three motors and three turbo kits. I just couldn't have normal stuff. The first turbo kit I had was too 'off-the-shelf' for me. I needed something custom, and that's why I now have a top-mount V-band manifold with the Precision 6262 turbo. I'm sure one day I'll be satisfied with the car, but for now I'm continuing to collect new parts for it. Change is always good. I'll build it until I fall in love with it. For now, I'm hatin'."

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Restoration: Once thought over the top-quickly becoming the standard
Randy has taken the route that many enthusiasts are currently taking by attempting complete restorations of their projects. Replacing aged OEM parts with new goods from their local dealership is becoming quite popular within the Honda community. This is due to the growing age of popular platforms like the '92-95 Civic. It's become increasingly difficult to find an older Honda body that has been unmolested, or doesn't show signs of wear and tear. People that want to restore their Hondas are flocking to dealerships to scrounge up whatever OEM replacement parts are still available for their aging cars. Some even scour the internet for days at a time to find that one part that is unavailable to them locally. Chacon's Civic may be relatively simple from the outside, but no portion of his hatchback has been left untouched. The original undercoating has even been stripped and fresh reapplied, while large parts like the steering rack have been rebuilt inside and out. The SSR Dori wheels have been around just as long, if not longer, than this '92 Civic, and have also been meticulously disassembled, polished, and repaired to their original state.

Bolts & Washers

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Propulsion
B16 cylinder head
B18A engine block
Dynoed at 480 hp
Hasport engine mounts
B18C1 camshafts
B16A flat head valves
Crower dual valvesprings
Crower titanium retainers
CP pistons
Eagle connecting rods
Darton sleeves
All-In Fabrication intake manifold
70mm throttle body
Custom V-band top-mount turbo kit from JDL Auto Design
Precision 6262 ball bearing turbocharger
2 3/4-inch hot side intercooler piping
3-inch cold side charge piping
TiAL 52mm blow-off valve
TiAL 44mm MVR wastegate
Vibrant Performance VanJen clamps for charge pipes
V-Band hood exit downpipe w/dump tube hood exit
Walbro 255-lph fuel pump
Bosch 044 inline pump
ID1000 fuel injectors
AEM fuel rail
-6AN push-lock fuel fittings and lines
Trick Flow 10-micron fuel filter
Aeromotive fuel pressure regulator
All-In Fabrication tucked radiator
All-In custom radiator filler neck
Custom -16AN radiator hoses
Y80 transmission w/LSD
6-puck sprung clutch kit
11-pound flywheel
DSS 5.9 axles
Pearl orange powdercoated valve cover, subframe, and battery tray
Locash Racing prototype breather tank w/ -10AN hoses and fittings

Stance
K-Sport Basic coilovers
ITR front sway bar
ITR rear sway bar
NEXT Special Edition Miracle X bar
Function 7 subframe brace
Function 7 lower control arms

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Resistance
4x114 ITR front and rear disc brake conversion
Fast Brakes front rotors
Fast Brakes rear rotors
Hawk brake pads
RCG custom brake lines
Wilwood brake master cylinder
RCG brake booster delete plate
ARP extended wheel studs

Wheels & Tires
15x7 SSR Dori Dori (+23 offset)
195/45-15 Toyo Proxies
Project KICS lug nuts

Exterior
Rebuilt shock towers by Auto Renew
Championship White paint
Mugen front lip

Interior
Buddy Club bucket seats rewrapped w/ orange stitching
Buddy Club shift knob
Nardi woodgrain steering wheel
OEM black interior swap
OEM optional audio console
OEM optional armrest
OEM floor mats

Electronics
Hondata S300
Hondata boost controller
Neptune Tunerview RD1
Alpine head unit
Alpine components

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Props
First and foremost my mom and dad
My brothers Reggie and Twan
My GF for understanding
My crew: Team Topnotch
Josh and family @ Tri-Tech Motorsports
Matt @ ICB
Weeman @ Wrongwire
Derek @ All-In Fabrication
Jeremy White @ Platinum Spray
Joe @ Locash Racing
Jesse and Rick Stowing @ JDL Auto Design
Aaron, Henry, Jake, Raul, my painter Jeff, and everybody else down at Half Race
Nick @ Ksport
Taggart and Garcia @ AFI
Lilrob @ Doesntknowanything.com
Glendale Powdercoating
Vibrant Performance
Hasport
Auto Renew
Pete @ Intense Motorsports
Randy and all the guys at Arrowhead Honda

Owner Specs

Favorite website
AZHT.net, NWP4Life.com, Stickydiljoe.com

Screen name or nickname
Kingdingaling

Building Hondas for how long
10 years

Your dream car
1968 Dodge Charger

Build inspiration
My dad who inspired me to actually build cars and finish them, not let them sit for 30 years like him LOL.

What's playing in your iPod/CD/MP3 player right now
Boyz II Men

Greatest movie of all time
RAD

Sources

Buddy Club USA
Ontario, CA 91761
909-923-9188
http://www.buddyclub.us
Vibrant Performance
905-564-2808
http://www.vibrantperformance.com
ICB Motorsport
Chandler, AZ 85226
480-626-1927
http://www.icbmotorsport.com
Precision Turbo & Engine
Hebron, IN 46341
219-996-7832
www.precisionturbo.net
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