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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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      Significant updates have happened since I last posted here. Just haven't got the chance to share - been really busy. I'll try and recap now, after replying to some of the posts here.
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      Quote Originally Posted by evorider View Post
      from which workshop are you getting the work done?
      I got my paint work done from Yazdani Auto Works in Karachi.

      Quote Originally Posted by chinyoti View Post
      Congrats. The outcome is amazing.

      Personal opinion the 2001-2003 red rear lights look more appropriate to this car. And the red indicator makes it more sweet.

      Anyways. Great out come Yazdhani always come up to your expectations.

      Glad to see another car brought back to life.
      Thanks for the positive comments I too like the 2001-03 rear lights so had to go through some deliberation before deciding for these. My key considerations were: 1. These are an upgrade to a newer model and they add a lot of cosmetic value 2. I already have the old lights from the car as an option to switch back whenever I feel - so I decided to spend this money on something that adds to my options as of right now, I'm really liking the look and dont have plans to switch to the old lights.
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      job very well done !!
      Thanks
      Quote Originally Posted by abdkhan2 View Post
      update?
      Updates coming through now
      Quote Originally Posted by ali454 View Post
      is there any workshop in lahore that does a paintjob of this quality??
      i have an average experience with Honda Fort..apparently the ground preperation is of not so good quality resulting in irregular wavy pattern on the finish..however the shine is good.and paint doesnt crack..
      its the mirror like no wavy shine m interested in..i am willing to spend bucks only if i get a supreme finish..any help?
      I am based in Karachi and can guide you about workshops here. For Lahore you can check with @shaheryar.khokhar he got the same car painted very nicely. May be able to help you.
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      Default Suspension Works

      So after I took delivery of the car from the paint workshop, I had a few suspension related problems that needed attention; practically no shock dampening - it was as if the car was only running on springs, really bouncy, clown like hehe. So I got all shocks and springs replaced. Front and back. The great thing about this model is that the junkyard markets are full of Kabuli goodies, you get em cheap and guaranteed. One of the shocks was replaced a couple times before I was fully satisfied.

      Additionally the tie rods, linkers etc were all checked/replaced too. The hubs were also really noisy - at speeds above 60kmph, i would feel like an airplane was about to take off - replaced these too.

      Total expenses: Approximately 20K - pretty good, eh?
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      Also got a buff done on the front windscreen - it was full of scratches and night visibility was terrible. I have to say I was thoroughly impressed by the outcome, the windscreen is practically brand new and scratch/swirl free.

      This costs Rs. 1500 only - highly recommended!

      Also got a computerized tune up. The car recently got a replacement of engine oil, atf, spark plugs, air filter etc. It was still not so friendly with the economy (not that this model has a reputation to be, anyway). But the final check-point was to see if the intake mixture was adjusted to the right setting and that was not the cause of the poor economy. Got this done and I found a significant improvement in the tuning and economy came up from 6.5 to 8, even 8.5 on a good run.
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      Here are some photos of the car, inside and outside taken here and there while getting minor upgrades - really loving the output in terms of the depth and shine of the color. The interior now coming up to my liking as well, after installing the new steering and giving it a thorough clean up (door panel upholstery was fixed previously). Things are shaping up.
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      Default Look what I found!

      After maybe 3 months of searching, this finally arrived to my doorstep. Huge thanks to my mate @uiv for his relentless help throughout. Could not have made this upgrade which has in fact been one of the best things about this project.

      I got a pair of OEM HID headlamps for the ES. These babies are beautiful - everything from the amber corners to the 'newness' and the lift and depth these have brought to the car is remarkable!

      These lights do not have projectors, however the mechanism is well designed such that the bulb fires from behind the silver thing you see in the picture and makes full use of the reflector housing to result in an excellent cut-off. Comparable to projector based HIDs actually.
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      Loooking brand new.

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      The headlamps being installed. Loved the quality of build material, harnesses, wirings etc. which came along with this. The headlights can be wired by any good electrician - fairly simple job, but it does require slight bit of work on the wires, wont be plug and play.
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      A few pictures trying to show the light fire and cut off, though the night photography isn't good enough to show how good the performance actually is - i am extremely pleased with it!
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      And now.. some latest pictures of the car, with most of its planned upgrades completed. I'm pretty much done with the project. A few things here and there such as the opti-tron cluster is still pending. I'm going to couple that with the big carputer project that i'm planning in the coming weeks; in-dash swap of the Nexus 7 tab

      That's all the updates i have for now, but stay tuned.
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      A complete rebirth must say MASHALLAH looking fabulus specially the paint job is epic


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      Awesome paint work.... supern..
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      Bro isn't the place in snapshots NHS karsaz?

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      @ juadjee

      Brother ma sha ALLAH very well done every bit of work. I must say that getting a car repainted is an extremely tedious job, why m saying is because here in pakistan, very few painting efforts are done on a properly set up grounded metal.. i know yazdani motors, they are very fine. But i must appreciate that you convinced them to properly prepare the ground surface before paint. Thats the key to the brilliant outcome of your car's finish. Its amazingly good ma sha ALLAH without any waves. I hate waves by the way.

      Do give sadqa and keep the car in good condition. Best of luck brother.

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      Isn't the place.in snapshots NHS karsaz??

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      Amazing amazing amazing paintjob and i salute ur attention to detail..looks like a zero meter car mashAllah..Allah naseeb krey and big applause for ur efforts!!!!
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      N brother if u needed anything from islamabad / rawalpindi, do let me know as here Sultan ka khoo has very cheap parts as compared to magazine lines, saddar and sher shah.. plus here there is very much variety. If u needed OEM keyless entry remote i can source that as well as once i saw that in Sultan ka khoo.

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      bhai level kar dia ha apnay gari ka sth maza aya dikh ka
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      Bro the paintjob is flawless, worth every penny. Thumbs up!
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      MA awesome!
      Went through the whole thread , each and every bit of your car is great MA
      Loved the detail of the paint


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