I've owned and purchased many used cars over the years. And whenever I'm on the hunt for a used car, I look for these two sacred words 'original owner'. I don't know what it is about finding a car with limited ownership, but I know I'm not the only one who looks for that. Well, Dave Chik doesn't know what that's like, cause he happens to be the original owner of this car.
No, this Acura Integra was not a hand-me-down. And it's not accidental that he bought this car back in 1991. Dave has been a part of the Southern California Honda scene since it started. In 1989, his older brother Johnny picked up a brand-new Civic Si hatchback and started tuning it. Both teen brothers got into the scene back before there really was a scene. Then in 1991, Dave decided to buy his first car and had his heart set on a red 1991 CR-X. The Honda dealership wanted to add $1,000 for the optional A/C on top of the $12,000 price tag. At the same time the Acura dealership right across the street only wanted $14,000 for an Integra LS. This already had the A/C, but also came with full power and a larger twin cam engine. For a quick minute, Dave also thought about buying a 1991 Nissan 240SX. But at the time, 240SX cars were not very cool, as Hondas were quickly taking over the streets of So Cal. The decision was easy and he decided that an Integra in Jasper Green would be perfect for him.
The two brothers were and still are part of a small car club called Metro Speed, made up of mainly Hondas and Acuras. They never got really big, never won any big car shows, never won any huge races, but they also never did anything 'ricey'. That means they never succumbed to late '90s trends of huge body modifications and light conversions. I remember seeing their cars back in the '90s and they were always super-clean and covered in Mugen. I'd have to accredit one of them to turning me onto Mugen goodies. I had thought Mugen MR-5 wheels were nasty 'teddy bear' looking wheels until I saw one of their friends with a yellow DA Integra rocking 16'' MR-5 rims and a full Mugen body kit. "We knew from the get-go it was all about Mugen and JDM parts. Even before anyone called it JDM", Dave says. Later on, Johnny moved onto an EG Civic when it came out while Dave remained loyal to his first car.
Since 1991, this Integra has seen its share of parts and different looks. Mugen rear spoiler, valve cover, MF8 wheels, M7 wheels, 16'' MR-5 (You're welcome -CT), Vision mirrors and imitation Mugen aero kit are just some of the things he's had on the car. And when Mugen parts became too popular and played out, Dave would switch it up with his 16'' Sprint Hart CP-R wheels, 16'' SSR Super Mesh and the 16'' SSR EX-C Neos and EC Works mirrors (You're welcome -CT) you see now. Most of the rare goodies he and his brother still have are now stored and locked up.
Pictures hide a lot and you guys probably know some of the cars we feature aren't as clean they seem in pictures. This car happens to be the exact opposite. It's hard to illustrate how clean this car really is and 'detail-oriented' would be an understatement. All of the worn OEM parts have been replaced. Most of the engine hardware has been recoated in zinc. And believe it or not, most of the car still has the original paint. Other than the parts that absolutely had to be painted, the rest of the car retains original paint as it was sprayed by the Acura factory. With an astonishing 88,000 miles to date, the car has been babied since 1991. Dave tells me "every single Friday after the street races, my brother Johnny would come home and stay up to 4AM waxing his Civic. Every Friday! He never missed a beat. I learned how to keep the car clean and a lot more from him." It's hard to tell what parts still have OEM paint on his car because it is still that clean and glossy. You can tell he's been waxing the engine bay and interior just the same as the exterior.
Every month our 'Back In The Day' section features old cars like no other magazine. But it's not often we find a car for this section that has been owned the entire time by the original owner.
1991 Acura Integra LS
Owner David Chik
Hometown West Covina, CA
Power Enough To Pass You
Engine '99 B18C Integra Type R head and 1.8L block (both polished); JUN Auto Type 3 cams; TODA cam gears, valve springs, retainers and header; Civic Type R crank pulley; HASport motor mounts with U70A race bushings; HKS Super Mega Flow Reloaded intake; Spoon 70mm throttle-body, carbon Kevlar spark plug cover, radiator cap, radiator hoses and custom anodized oil cap; Mugen thermostat and thermo switch; Mugen oil pan with Spoon thermal barrier; HAMP oil filter; Fluidyne aluminum radiator; SPAL pusher fans; B&M Command Flow fuel pressure regulator; polished B16A2 fuel rail; NGK spark plug and wires; T1R catalytic converter; Vision exhaust hangers; RS*R exhaust; polished distributor; Odyssey PC680 battery; re-zinced engine hardware; berry pink powdercoated valve cover
Drivetrain JDM YS1 transmission built by Jason Haradon; Wavetrac LSD; Exedy Stage 2 clutch and flywheel; ITR shift linkage; MFactory Pro 3.01 1st gear and 4.923 final gear; DC2 GSR 5th gear; polished transmission
Engine Management Mugen N1 (EF9) ECU
Suspension & Chassis Endless Zeal B6 coilovers (14K/10K springs); custom anodized and powdercoated Spoon front strut bar; ST front sway bar; ITR rear sway bar; Vision negative front a-arms; Next Miracle X-bar, c-pillar bar, and rear strut tower bar; Function 7 rear ITR style rear lower control arms with spherical bearings; MFactory rear camber kit and toe kit; Cusco front lower tie bar; Full Race front traction crossmember; purple anodized ASR rear subframe brace; EM Racing trunk brace
Brakes Acura NSX front two piston calipers; Fast Brakes 11'' HD 2-piece front rotors; Power Slot rear rotors; Endless CCX brake pads; Earl's brake lines
Wheels & Tires SSR EX-C Neo wheels 16x7.5'' +32, restored with chrome lips, machined faces and Jasper Green Metallic highlights; Project Kics Neo-Chro R26 lug nuts; old school Nitto NT 555R Drag front tires; AVS Intermediate rear tires
Exterior Mostly original OEM Jasper Green Metallic paint; '92 spec front and rear bumpers with lightweight JDM support beams; JDM headlights and '92 taillights; JDP carbon-fiber front lip; custom modified brake duct front signals; JDM moldings; EC Works Type C side mirrors; FAL Flexite acrylic rear glass; JDM window visors; OEM rear sedan door handles; OEM antenna delete plug
Interior ASM Recaro SPG in sparkle gold; Recaro side mount brackets; Bride seat rails; ITR yellow stitched shift boot; OEM rear speaker, A/C and side mirror delete panels
Audio Original OEM head unit and Pioneer speakers
thanks you God! My girl, True Ngo. Without you, there's no me. Thank you! The Chik family, especially my brother Johnny. Love you bro! Metro Speed Performance, SGV and OC cliques. The homies from Bumberland, my second family. SoCal Inner Circle crew, the best of the best. Jason, Tiana and Cooper Haradon. Marky and baby Stella Lacap. Scotty for the OEM parts from Utah. Phat at RaceInspred.com for hooking me up. Miguel at MOB Works. Charles 'Eggman' Trieu for being down since day one. The Ngo, Mejia, Agoncillo and Hanna families, Mogwai and Cosmo. Robert Young and Pho. Digital Danny Horizon. Matt at ICB. City of West Covina. Scott Dukes for creating magic with a camera. All the OGs of the SoCal Honda scene. The few people that know who I am on NWP, G2IC and S2Ki. Super Street staff for giving me the chance. And all those that looked out for me, thank you!
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