Anyone who has performed a total rebuild of a vehicle can testify about going through a few trials and errors. If you're a perfectionist, it's especially depressing when things don't go right. Andre Bourne can attest to this firsthand. If the name sounds familiar, then you should know that this is the second coming for Andre and his EH3. Previously featured in Import Tuner, it was blanketed in Milano Red garb with a list of parts that would make any JDM fanboy envious. Completed, the car was an instant show winner and had a fantastic spread in IT, but Andre was dissatisfied after seeing his car in print. Feeling that it was rushed the first time around, he felt the need to revamp the Civic to what he had envisioned in the first place. Determined to redeem himself, he immediately set off on a course of reconstruction that would transform this once daily driven EH3 into something he can finally be proud of.
When planning a build as detailed as Andre's, one of the most important parts is finding the right paint and body shop. The problem is that Hondas don't garner much respect from body shops; most tend to think of them as another grocery-getter economy car. Andre researched for a reputable local shop that was willing to execute paint and bodywork to his level of expectation, all while meeting his strict deadline. After getting recommendations from his peers about a West Palm Beach autobody shop, he decided to check them out. Impressed with some of their examples, an agreement was made to have his EH3 shell completely resprayed in Hampton Sand Metallic prior to an upcoming Import Alliance Show. This was when things went wrong. Not only was the deadline missed, but the shop also did a lousy job on certain areas of the chassis. To top it off, they tried to force Andre to pay more for bodywork that should have already been performed during the paint process. The situation became a nightmare, it was one of the worst business transactions he ever made. Frustrated, Andre was at the point of giving it all up and selling the chassis. But after a few months, his motivation set in again to complete what he had first envisioned. Moves were made to make things right and what was left half-assed got attended to. It's a good thing Andre is headstrong; he didn't let this incident end up deterring him.
The exterior was kept simple with only a few aero additions, letting the freshly applied Hampton Sand Metallic call for all the attention. The First Molding CF lip on this EH3 is a rarity that's not often seen here in the States. Speaking of rare, the adjustable RS Brothers rear wing is something out of the ordinary. Front lighting was swapped over to their JDM counterparts while the EDM taillights house an integrated foglight. Rounding out the rest of the exterior are JDM window visors and custom carbon-fiber mirrors. Although the exterior is mild, the overall package mixed with the current stance makes Andre's EH3 stand out amongst a sea of mundane Civics.
Andre doesn't follow all the trends. No shaved or different-colored engine bay here. The engine compartment is a thing of beauty but do not let the looks fool you. Underneath the glitz and cleanliness lies the heart of a monster. Powered by the same RSX Type S motor and six-speed transmission as previously featured, he deemed it necessary to rearrange or replace most of the accessories to coincide with his newly refreshed exterior. With help from his sponsors, he ditched his old radiator setup and went with an All In Fab tucked radiator with custom hoses. K-Tuned added some finesse by supplying their signature upper and lower radiator necks, fuel rail, regulator, and accessories. This company makes the K-swap elementary with swap-friendly proven products. Skunk2 stepped up to the plate and provided Andre with their latest Black Series throttle body, radiator cap, and slew of engine bay dress-up components. If you aren't blinded by the polished RBC intake manifold, you'll notice that it has been shaved of unnecessary protrusions. A custom 3-inch intake pipe pulls air in while a modified TSX DC Sports header expels gases out to a custom mandrel-bent B-pipe mated to a MagnaFlow muffler. Stance can make you or break you; either you have it or you don't. Andre's vision of grandeur included an aggressive posture for his Civic revamp. The original four-lug was ditched in favor of the popular five-lug ITR conversion that allows him to have access to more wheel options. Volk Racing TE37s (16x8) fill the wheelwells as if his EH3 was wearing a schmedium T-shirt after a hard workout. Andre performed the hand-polished shine on the wheels himself, and the outcome is impressive, to say the least. Falken jumped in with their latest RT-615K tires, giving the wheel package a meaty, aggressive look all while being race ready. Skunk2 came to the rescue with their Pro C coilovers, front camber kit, and rear lower control arms to allow Andre's Civic to produce its aggressive stance. An Ingalls rear camber kit lets the 8-inch-wide wheels squeeze into the quarter-panels for a tight fit. Stability through the twisties is enhanced with ITR sway bars and Blox adjustable endlinks. The rear sway bar is attached to a polished ASR subframe brace for additional chassis stiffening. Custom-painted Spoon calipers peek through the wheel spokes, clueing in onlookers that all bases of his EH3 build have been covered.
The EH3's interior was executed with a minimalist approach for the sake of weight savings. Besides the righthand-drive conversion, one of Andre's other favorite aspects of his interior is his custom Status seats that are color matched with tan suede door panels and roof liner. To keep his mind at ease, an EG6 SIR gauge cluster and Prosport gauges monitor the vital signs when his Civic is pushed to its limits. The tan interior theme coupled with a Nardi woodgrain steering wheel and shift knob exudes the sense of elegance and luxury. A custom rear seat delete kit makes the interior tidy while keeping weight to a minimum.
With his head above the clouds, dedication to his original vision of the ideal Civic helped Andre overcome the ordeals. What started off as a daily driver turned into a long-term obsession. Modifications to his Civic were performed by Andre himself besides the paint and bodywork. Everything in this build serves a purpose and all parts were chosen and precisely placed in accordance to his original plan. Although his vision is finally fulfilled, he noted that he isn't done. Plans are in the works for forced induction sometime in the future as hinted by the boost gauge already mounted in the gauge bezel. In the meantime, he wants to take a few trips down the quarter-mile and enjoy his revamped EH3 cruising through the streets of Miami. I just hope Andre feels fulfilled this time around and won't alter his state of mind when he sees his feature. But then again, that might be a good thing because I'm anticipating what he can do to top this.
Behind the Build
Miami Shores, FL
Mercedes-Benz Sales Consultant
cars, cooking, art, reading
To build a car that looks as good as it performs
1993 Honda Civic EH3
200 whp / 142 lb-ft of torque
Engine '04 Acura RSX Type S 2.0; shaved and polished Honda RBC intake manifold; custom 3-inch intake; Skunk2 74mm throttle body, Black Series radiator cap and low-profile valve cover hardware; Walbro 255-lph fuel pump; K-Tuned fuel rail and fuel pressure regulator; custom fuel lines; DC Sport headers; custom mandrel-bent exhaust piping with MagnaFlow muffler; NGK spark plugs; All In Fab custom radiator with -16 AN hoses; K-Tuned thermostat, upper radiator neck, lower swivel thermostat housing, and paint-matched spark plug cover; custom shaved and powdercoated valve cover; Doc-Swap ECU; CTR crank pulley; Hybrid Racing motor mounts; Odyssey PC680 battery; AMSOIL fluids
Drivetrain Acura RSX Type S transmission and axles; Karcepts shifter relocator; AMSOIL Syncromesh
Suspension Acura Integra Type R five-lug conversion and front/rear sway bars; Skunk2 Pro-C coilovers, Pro series front camber kit, rear lower control arms, and lug nuts; Ingalls rear camber kit; ASR subframe brace; ARP extended studs (front); Blox adjustable endlinks
Wheels/Tires hand-polished 16x8 Volk Racing TE37 (front +30, rear +36); Falken Azenis RT-615K (215-45-16).
Brakes custom-colored Spoon twin-block calipers; RSX Type S rear caliper; Hawk HP+ front pads, Acura RSX Type S rear pads; Goodridge stainless steel brake lines; Honda 40/40 prop valve; Honda S2000 brake booster and master cylinder; custom brake line tuck
Exterior Hampton Sand Metallic; First Molding CF lip; RS Brothers rear spoiler; JDM EG6 headlights, corner lamps, and window visors; EDM EG6 taillights with integrated rear foglight; custom CF mirrors
Interior custom Status Ring seats; Buddy Club seat rails and brackets; Nardi woodgrain steering wheel and shift knob; NRG short hub and quick release; JDM EG6 gauge cluster and center console; Prosport monitoring gauges; suede- covered door panels and roof liner; custom rear seat delete
Audio Alpine head unit; Infinity door speakers
Gratitude "First and foremost, thanks to all my sponsors for their continued support: Aaron and the Skunk2 staff; Mike and the crew at K-Tuned; Falken Tires; Meguiar's; Prosport gauges: Derek at All In Fab; and AMSOIL. I'd also like to thank Tina: I love you and appreciate everything you've done for me; my little brother, Richie; La Ricka; Juli at Straight Hype Media; Carlos at Label One Garage; Fortunerox; Chino Detailing; and my boys Frank and Adam."