Both doors were dented horribly and the car had birdseeds in it. You really can’t make this stuff up, and that’s exactly the condition that Moe Drennon of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, found the weathered shell that was eventually transformed into the beauty you see before you. Willpower and vision are two incredibly powerful weapons, and the story of how this vehicle came to be is a testament to how these two traits can be effectively exploited.
Moe’s journey isn’t all that dissimilar from the typical Honda enthusiast’s. He became interested in Hondas at a young age and went through various chassis and engine combos as time progressed in his search for that “perfect setup.” Starting at the ripe young age of just 16, he purchased a ’91 Integra and immediately picked up a JDM B16. Unfortunately, he was unaware his baby had an LS transmission, which he admits kept him from feeling the full effect of the motor, and he was quick to move on. Within just one year, Moe picked up a CRX Si that already had a USDM B16 installed. This car, like the last, proved less than satisfactory, and it came and went just as quickly. As time progressed and Moe matured, so had his ideas and perspectives on what and how he wanted his project built, and he wasn’t willing to settle.
Many people say that 18 is officially the age that transforms you into a full-fledged adult. Legally speaking, this is true. Overnight, you become responsible for your actions, gain the right to vote, serve in the military, get married, along with a long list of other legal responsibilities and privileges. For Moe, life changed drastically once he reached this chronological milestone. “I got my first real job working for Nissan,” Moe reminisces. Taking advantage of his newfound income, he didn’t continue to pursue another Honda build. All of the dissatisfaction he experienced with his previous vehicles led him to try another manufacturer, Lexus. Going after the ever-so-popular VIP style, Moe outfitted an SC300 with a body kit and a set of staggered 18-inch wheels. It was “a dope cruising car,” he states. Yet even after attaining a vehicle that most outsiders would consider a step up from a Honda, and modding it in relatively tasteful fashion, the infamous Honda Itch wouldn’t let up and Moe once again set his sights on the Honda family, this time in the form of a ’92 hatchback.
The creation of the silver head turner you see pictured was no small task. After selling the SC300, Moe set out to find a Honda shell that could be used as the basis for his new vision. Unfortunately, even with the help of friends, the search yielded no immediate results, but eventually a shell was found. To say that it needed some work would be a massive understatement. The car came virtually empty. No seats, no carpet, no dash, nothing. What it did include, however, were two major issues: both doors were “dented horribly,” and it was full of birdseed. “The guy I bought the car from put birdseed in it so the birds could eat out of it.” Any lesser man would have gone running for the hills, but not Moe. He had big plans for this shell and enough determination to make his dream a reality. The fact that he was able to pick the car up for just $200 didn’t hurt, either.
Deciding on Vogue Silver Metallic, Moe actually painted the interior, door jams and engine bay on his own. He then took the chassis to a local body shop where his friends Jody and Mike finished painting the exterior. Upon return of the freshly painted chassis, reassembly began with the help of his friends and fellow crew members. Being a part of the PG+K crew, known for their clean, well-rounded builds that stand out and hold their own among the best, Moe knew he had to cover all of his bases. One of the aspects of this build that differentiates it from the majority is an H22 motor that sits snugly between the shock towers. Although the 2.2L provides more than enough power to move the hatch, Moe chose to complement the motor with a few additional bolt-ons, including a custom three-inch intake arm with Circuit Hero velocity stack, Omni Power 70mm throttle body, and Skunk2 Pro Series intake manifold. To stabilize the Civic both on the street and on the Nashville Superspeedway tarmac where Moe attends road race events, suspension upgrades were mandatory. A Kirk Racing rollcage, accompanied by upgrades from Buddy Club, Function7 and Skunk2 were all enlisted for duty. Exterior aero enhancements remain sleek and aggressive with a J’s Racing front lip backed by a Top One USA splitter, canards and rear diffuser.
The car went through various stages to get to the point that you see here, and although many may consider the car complete, enthusiasts like Moe are in constant search of progression. Since the photo shoot, the H22 was pulled in favor of a K-series powerplant, and there’s plenty more changes on the horizon. We look forward to seeing what Moe comes up with next, but in the meantime, we’ll sit back and appreciate all of the hard work that went into transforming this mundane bird feeder into a neck-breaking gravel-eater.
Top One USA
At the world-famous southern California Eibach Meet in ’09, an enthusiast by the name of Julian Cordova debuted his Civic coupe build. Of the various modifications, his custom canards, air duct and climate control block-off plate seemed to stand out in the often-fickle crowd. After receiving multiple requests to mass- produce his custom aero parts, Julian did a bit of research and found that no other company was offering what he could for the applications he had in mind. Building on the momentum from the event, and his feature in Honda Tuning magazine, Julian introduced Top One USA. Based in Modesto, California, Top One offers various aero enhancements catering to a niche market including very specific items like canards intended for the ’94–’01 Integra with JDM front end, winglets for the ’96–’98 hatchback with CTR lip and a host of others. Log on to www.toponeusa.com and check them out for yourself.
Although the 2.2L provides more than enough power to move the hatch, Moe chose to compliment the motor with a few additional bolt-ons, including a custom three-inch intake arm with Circuit Hero velocity stack, Omni Power 70mm throttle body, and Skunk2 Pro Series intake manifold.
Bolts & Washers
Custom 3-inch intake with Circuit Hero velocity stack
Omni Power 70mm throttle body
Skunk2 Pro Series intake manifold
RMF replica header
Omni Power adjustable test pipe
BYS Magnum R full exhaust
Avid Racing motor mounts
Walbro 255 lph fuel pump
Golden Eagle black edition fuel rail
Trickflow fuel filter
Chase Bays fuel line tuck kit and fittings
Custom HaSport axles
Exedy Stage 2 clutch
Fidanza 8-pound flywheel
Innovative alternator relocation bracket
NGK spark plugs and wires
Buddy Club N+ coilovers
Skunk2 front upper control arms
Buddy Club front lower ball joints
Function7 lower control arms and subframe brace
ITR rear antisway bar with ASR endlinks
SPC rear camber kit
Integra GSR calipers
Hawk brake pads
Power Slot rotors all the way around
Honda brake fluid
Chase Bays brake line tuck and booster delete
Wilwood master cylinder
Wheels And Tires
16x7 +33 offset bronze Volk RE30
205/45-16 Dunlop Direzza DZ101
Vogue Silver Metallic paint
J’s Racing front lip
Top One front splitter, canards and rear diffuser
Recaro Pole Position seat
Nardi 330mm steering wheel
NRG short hub
Works Bell quick-release
Kirk Racing 4-pt rollbar with additional X-bar
Cusco front tower bar
Circuit Hero shift extender
Karcepts shift knob
Pioneer 6.5-inch speakers all around
Family, friends, PG+K Fam, Squirk and Tiger of Empire Auto Works, Chase of Chase Bays, Greg at JDM Speedworx, Frank of Downstar Inc., Brad at Carma Performance for tuning, Chris Sullivan for photography, Anderson aka Astr0not, Top1 for all the aero parts
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