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    Default My Journey with a 7th Generation Honda Civic (ES) 2001

    Hello All,

    Haven't been on the forums for a long time so I thought what better time than now to finally post something - I recently bought a car which I plan to restore and I wanted to share my experiences during this journey. Hopefully will keep sharing updates as we go along.

    What this is about
    My friend was selling his car, a 2001 Civic VTi Oriel (Gray Color). This guy is an old time friend of mine so I knew a bit of the history of the car, but in the last couple of years it had fell completely into the hands of his drivers and was severely neglected. So anyway, I was up for a bit of a project and he was kind enough to sell it to me at a throw away price so I could do that.

    First View
    When I checked the car from a condition assessment point of view, I got to know that it requires quite a bit of work. Broadly speaking, I thought it would probably need an engine swap - the current engine had been overhauled once before and had a recent blown gasket after fixing which the car was experiencing terrible missing and stalling. And the paint on the body had aged so it would require a full paint job as well.

    Engine
    The decision about the engine swap was almost finalized, I was looking for D17As and had almost sourced once, but my mechanic worked his magic and with the replacement of a few ignition coils, a fuel pump and some valve and timing adjustments was able to get the current engine back into quite a decent nick. I'm currently testing it out to see how well it runs and might just continue to use this.

    Body and Paint
    The car is currently in the process of getting a full paint job. I had a couple of options to choose from and decided to go with the paint job available with the best possible guys here in Karachi. Hope it'll be worth the spend and wait.

    Alongside, I'm trying to get my hands on lots of stuff which I want to upgrade/replace in the car. Below are the items I've secured to date along with their prices for guidance:

    1. Seats. The stock seats in this model are ultra uncomfortable and gave me a back ache from the first time I sat in them, plus Honda have been so cheap and have literally used the 'mattress wala Molty Foam' (see picture below). So I decided to throw those out. I got a replacement set of Toyota IST seats. They are comfortable and similar profile in terms of seat height etc so seemed to be a good option. These costed me 5K in exchange for my old seats, it would take another 2K for installation.
    2. Rear Bumper. The one I had was cracked from the right side, got a new genuine bumper for 5500. Thailand/Taiwan ones were available for 3-3.5K but are made out of harder plastic but they're decent too.
    3. Tail Lights. I decided to upgrade and go crystal, even though the car originally has the non crystal version of lights. I got the DEPO (Thailand) ones which costed 9K for a full set.
    4. Under Sheilds. Genuine, 3 pieces for 3.5K
    5. CF Steering 3K
    6. 2005 Speedo 4K
    7. Inside Sun Visors 2K (Japanese)
    8. Door Panel Upholstery. The condition of the upholstery was quite bad, it was coming off or sagging. A couple of glorified 'cushion walas' i visited were asking 2.5K just for a simple re-pasting job so I decided to do this at home. DIY pictures below.
    9. Headlights For now, I've got the old headlights refurbished and will be using those but I will be on the lookout for a set of OEM HID headlights that are available for this model, as soon as a clean pair can be located. What i know is that those cost between 12-15K -

    So the car is currently at the workshop where it will get a paint job. At the moment it is being dented, so in about a couple more weeks the paint job would be completed. Below are some pictures which will do the rest of the talking about all I've mentioned above. Will try to update as much as possible as developments happen.

    Big shout out to my great friend @uiv for being super helpful!

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      Quote Originally Posted by Faizan920 View Post
      I am going bg on Monday... I will check if its still available.. Because those lights are very rare
      Great, please do share if you spot a nice pair. Thanks
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      No major updates as the car is still at the paint workshop. Its going to be 2 more weeks before its ready so this is the patience stage. Had the sun visors at home so and they were pretty dirty so thought of doing a bit of detailing and having them ready. Before and after pictures attached.
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      Updates updates... Its been quiet here for a while since the car had been in the paint process which took 5 weeks and lots of money but here's the situation as of yesterday. Paint work has been completed and now all the fittings are being installed. Will get the car by Saturday.
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      Some more
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      Also got the wheels refinished. Found this guy who does 'diamond-cut' facing of the wheels (if you look closely you can see small cut lines going round on the face of the wheel) that's a small part of the metal peeled away. I hate those silver buffed shiny rims so this was the perfect find. This guys work was really impressive, he restored it close to the original thing. Took them back to the paint workshop where hardener will be applied to the wheels.
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      One last small thing but also got the plates re done. Look pretty neat in my opinion and these make so !much difference to the look of the car
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      Now just waiting for Saturday when I get to take delivery of the car. First thing that needs to be done then would be the installation of the seats. Then the steering and speedo will follow.
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      @juadjee can u tell me where your painter is, need to get my car fixed?
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      Quote Originally Posted by muradi View Post
      @juadjee can u tell me where your painter is, need to get my car fixed?
      It's Yazdani Auto Works. Located in DHA, Karachi.
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      Quote Originally Posted by juadjee View Post
      It's Yazdani Auto Works. Located in DHA, Karachi.
      Oh They r quite expensive, lekin work is indeed very good.
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      very nice quality work going on, I need to know about the cf steering wheel, did you use any adapters or is it a bolt on, also is the opti tron odometer bolt on or requires some signal wires to be relocated, regards
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      Best of luck! Need a ride in it once done
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      Oh finally i found your thread, i would request @MODS to please move this to the diy section cuz its a restoration thread and the OP will post the final outcome in the Member rides section afterwards.
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      First if all congratulations for the successful completion of your project. i personally loved the paint job outcome plz pm me the cost you paid for it. i would regret your statement about 7th gen factory fitted seats, they are much comfortable seats unless the foam under them gets hard and dry (not saying cuz of being a 7th gen owner).
      If you are changing the tail lights with the crystal ones than you should have body color matching door moldings as the pre-facelift version came with black moldings. once i wanted that cluster for my ES but i got the RS cluster instead of this one, you gonna need the wiring to be redone for this cluster and i have got that diagram lying with me, tell me when you need it. do not drop the plan for getting the jdm amber headlamps, its one of the best oem parts an ES can get.
      Moreover if any help required from lahore you can contact me freely, seeking for final outcome along with HD pics. it was a real pleasure meeting you and uiv that day. All the best!
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      @juadjee how much u paid for the paint job? Kindly Share here else PM


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      Default It's here!

      Finally took delivery of the car yesterday, and it looks b.e.autiful. Although, had to dish out quite a bit for this paint job, I am thoroughly satisfied with the quality of output! I've been asked to bring the car in after 4 weeks once the paint has cured, for a final finish and polish. Some small stuff such as installation of tire mud guards and emblems is also pending for that round. But anyway, have a look at what I'm talking about:
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      So after I picked up the car from the painter's, I went straight to get the seats installed because they were just kept in the car unfastened which was unsafe, so it was urgent to get it done asap. Little did I know the guy who would fix my seats is located in Jubilee market where traffic is anarchic (rawalpindi saddar like, for those who don't know the south) and I would have to navigate my way through narrow lanes and save the car from kids on bicycles. What a test *phew* thankfully, the car came home unscratched and the seats are successfully installed. Some clicks:
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      The seats appear different in height in the above picture, but that is because the driver seat has an adjustable height which is set to the lowest setting at the moment, as I prefer. overall the seats are way more comfortable than the ones I took out. They also fit in well and look pretty decent so no regrets about the decision to have them changed.
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      Quote Originally Posted by kkoool View Post
      very nice quality work going on, I need to know about the cf steering wheel, did you use any adapters or is it a bolt on, also is the opti tron odometer bolt on or requires some signal wires to be relocated, regards
      Thanks very much. Glad you like it. The steering is still to come - haven't installed it yet. My friend who sourced it for me, sent along an adapter and a clock spring. I don't think the adaptor should be required since this steering has commonly supplied stock in CF/ES models abroad. The opti tron cluster is also yet to be done. I will post learnings once I have it installed both. Stay tuned.

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      Best of luck! Need a ride in it once done
      Thanks, HB Zaroor - we can do a mini trip Hyderabad? Need to have some suspension and mechanical work done before that though.

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