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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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      MashAllah it worths every single effort u made to bring her back into life !

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      Quote Originally Posted by MrUnknown View Post
      A complete rebirth must say MASHALLAH looking fabulus specially the paint job is epic


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      Awesome paint work.... supern..
      Quote Originally Posted by ziyad.ahmad.391 View Post
      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!!!!
      Thanks very much for the kind words
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      Wonderful paint job i had dimilar experience with Javed autos in lahore for my car. Civic is meant to be kept like this amazingly kept...

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      Great work bro... throughly enjoyed...

      Can you please share where you got the windscreen buffed ... computer tuning too...

      Thnks

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      Quote Originally Posted by juadjee View Post
      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?
      Its nice you changed the hubs and links but a piece of advice with respect to shoxk absorbers for u and anyone else reading , dont buy used shock absorbers they are mostly repaired ones the oem shocks nitrogen filled absorber but these repaired ones are oil filled so they are never up to oem spec , always but new shock absorbers the oem Thailand ones are available in market for 12000 and 10000 for front and rear pair even the Japanese kyb shocks are available and cheaper than thailand ones. Where as u get a so called kabbli set for 10000 and 8000 on avg so with that lo difference ita bes great to not gamble with used shocks and buy new ones

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      Mashah Allah, looking nice car,

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      Quote Originally Posted by juadjee View Post
      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.
      Can you please tell me the address and phone no of the place from which you had your wheels done

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      how much Yazdani Motors charge you for complete paint job because i am also giving new life to my civic 6th gen.

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      @juadjee have u installed the nexus 7 yet or not?
      I am looking to do the install as well but cant find a proper process.

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      Quote Originally Posted by bmw_waqas View Post
      @juadjee have u installed the nexus 7 yet or not?
      I am looking to do the install as well but cant find a proper process.
      Unfortunately I haven't got around to doing it as yet - been very busy. But I've bought all, well most of the requires accessories. Now I'm in the process of executing some big plans which may imply that I wont get to do it altogether.

      Man there are tons of guides available on the internet, this has to be one of the most popular diys ever! Also look through YouTube you'll find instructional videos there too.

      You might need to do some modifications to the inside of the panel so do take into account the risks and skill required to do that.

      All the best.

      PS: I remember seeing someone having done this for a swift in Pakistan. @DrShaggy I believe. Seek his support.

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      from where did u get the steering. i own civic 2005.

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      This Ne

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      this ne ?

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      Quote Originally Posted by intelosama View Post
      this ne ?
      sorry that was a typo thanks to the mobile ads.

      What I meant to say was this particular one was sourced from Bilal Gunj.

      2005 would mean beige interior... Now I don't know if you'd be able to find that.

      @uiv?

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      yes beige interior, ur in karachi right ?

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      Quote Originally Posted by juadjee View Post
      Unfortunately I haven't got around to doing it as yet - been very busy. But I've bought all, well most of the requires accessories. Now I'm in the process of executing some big plans which may imply that I wont get to do it altogether.

      Man there are tons of guides available on the internet, this has to be one of the most popular diys ever! Also look through YouTube you'll find instructional videos there too.

      You might need to do some modifications to the inside of the panel so do take into account the risks and skill required to do that.

      All the best.

      PS: I remember seeing someone having done this for a swift in Pakistan. @DrShaggy I believe. Seek his support.
      I have seen too much on the internet but cant seem to find the necessary parts locally, especially the DAC. Thats why I thought if u had done it, it would have been a great help.

      I will check out DrShaggy. Tnx.

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      Quote Originally Posted by bmw_waqas View Post
      I have seen too much on the internet but cant seem to find the necessary parts locally, especially the DAC. Thats why I thought if u had done it, it would have been a great help.

      I will check out DrShaggy. Tnx.
      I ordered all the cables, charger etc from Ali Express. After all the guides I went though I concluded that going for the DAC or processing doesn't really add much value so my plan was to keep it simple and go analogue through the aux cable. Everything else is pretty simple as long as you are ready to get your hands dirty.

      Hope this helped. All the best and do share your experience

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      plz check ur inbox @juadjee

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      Very nice restoration and sensibly done. Good work.
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      sweet ride. Hard to believe what it was and what has it become. Money well spent.
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