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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 autophile View Post
      Very nice restoration and sensibly done. Good work.
      Thank you

      Quote Originally Posted by hamza_xeg View Post
      sweet ride. Hard to believe what it was and what has it become. Money well spent.
      Thanks for the kind words
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      Jawad bhai absolutely brilliant work on the ES, looks pristine. Can you PM me the price for the paintjob please along with the color code. It seems different than the original 2001 ES charcoal grey and more like the revised grey that came in the 2005 civic, which looks brilliant! Also if possible price for those headlights.

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      Quote Originally Posted by AusI View Post
      Jawad bhai absolutely brilliant work on the ES, looks pristine. Can you PM me the price for the paintjob please along with the color code. It seems different than the original 2001 ES charcoal grey and more like the revised grey that came in the 2005 civic, which looks brilliant! Also if possible price for those headlights.
      Thanks for the kind words - I'm really glad that it turned out the way it did otherwise it would have been a very expensive risk to take. I hadn't noticed the color difference until now that you mentioned it, you are right, it does seem closer to the 2005 version - it's got more 'metallic depth' if i can say.

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      pm me the detail plz juadjee same as Aus1

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      Quote Originally Posted by juadjee View Post
      Thanks for the kind words - I'm really glad that it turned out the way it did otherwise it would have been a very expensive risk to take. I hadn't noticed the color difference until now that you mentioned it, you are right, it does seem closer to the 2005 version - it's got more 'metallic depth' if i can say.

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      Thank you for the messsage. btw one advise, try sourcing some sound dampening material, decent quality and in bulk amount and sound proof the car, doors, floor, wheel wells, hood (if possible), roof( if possible but the risk is pretty great if you havent ever removed the liner.). The car becomes so so quiet it feels like any premium car like an accord or mark x. It will add weight and MONEY, but I felt the premium feel of the doors closing, the silence of the car, no road noise to be a BIG improvement in luxury if you plan to keep the car.

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      @aus1 from where can i go for sound dampening ?

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      @juadjee kindly pm me the details plz

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      Quote Originally Posted by intelosama View Post
      @aus1 from where can i go for sound dampening ?
      Not sure. There are a few people on the forum in the electronics and sound system forum who will be able to help you out. I got dynamat for myself so that was different.

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      Quote Originally Posted by intelosama View Post
      @aus1 from where can i go for sound dampening ?
      Some audio shops in khi have stinger roadkill expert bulk packs in stock. Check tariq road audio shops or Haroon radio. Also, Stp- pakistan also supplies sound damping material directly to the consumer in Pakistan. You may have to look up on Google 'stp-pakistan' and call them.

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      @Taimur92 thanks brother i will surely call them tomorrow.

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