I would like to introduce you to the newest acquisition in the Auto Fiend stable, a ’91 Honda Civic ED6 Hatchback.
Currently the vehicle is stock as a rock with only 140,000 k’s on the twin-carb D15B4 single overhead cam (SOHC) engine. I have been craving another front wheel drive (FWD) since selling my last hatch, an EG Civic with B18c2 and Type R hardware at all corners. I bought that car ready to go already modified and best of all it was engineered for the engine swap and braking upgrade.
But buying a machine that had already been transformed never sat quite right with me. Being fairly hands on with my machines, I like to do things for myself, probably stemming from my lack of money when first playing with cars, resulting in me having to learn how to fix and/or replace malfunctioning components on my cars.
This time though I had a chance to start from the bottom and do everything the way I wanted it from the start.
But first I had to get the car, which was located in Wollongong, New South Wales, a casual 850km journey each way.
Grabbed a mate to fly up in the morning, caught the bus for about 3 hours to get to Wollongong, then drove back.
Standard hubcaps on stock steelies are not overly attractive to be honest, and something that I plan to change as soon as I get some new tyres.
The more I look at it the more I hate that tow bar.
The interior is very clean, which I appreciated immensely, as I loathe being in dirty cars. There are a couple of little things I am hoping to replace, broken clips etc.
And we finish with the mighty D15B4, such an impressive engine.
Thanks to my lady Steph, and good friend Jesse for helping me get to Sydney and back before work the next day.
Keep an eye out for more posts as progress needs to be made.
Photos: Nick Drew
Words: Nick Drew