The year was 1997, I think, and my best friend Vince just picked up his brand new Civic EX coupe. The new sixth generation EK Civic brought very little to the table in terms of technical changes. The parts from older Civics and Integra could still be easily swapped, or so everyone thought. The truth was that the rear engine mount was much different on the EK than on the EG, which made the straight swap of the B18 Integra-sourced engines a thing of the past.
Poor Vince, he had the slowest and yet the most expensive car from our group of friends. Things being relative, the fastest car in the group was a stock-ish Eagle Talon TSi and an surprisingly quick ’89 Probe GT. Poor Vince took a lot of shit for that too, but Vince was and is smart and clever. And very stubborn.
After one Saturday night, when a lot of alcohol was consumed, at about 3am at Vince’s house, a fight broke up between Vince and two other guys. Fists did not fly but mothers were insulted and egos bruised. Vince kicked everyone out and started working on his car right there and then. No one heard from him for about two weeks.
When Vince reappeared he was cool, collected, and confident. Under the hood of his Civic was a shiny B18C1 from a wrecked Integra GS-R. The engine was properly mounted, utilizing all OEM parts, with working A/C and power steering, even properly running the then-new OBD2 system. No one, that I know, did that before. That engine mount simply did not exist yet and OBD2 was suppose to kill cars for enthusiasts,… and yet there it was, looking as if it came out of the factory that way.
Now, here today, we feature a similar Civic, but with a much crazier V6 swap from the Acura TL (I think). Word to the wise, fabricating stuff is not as easy as SpikeTV would have you believe. Vince’s swap was not easy and I bet that neither was this. However, even if you’re not a fan of Hondas or wrong-wheel-drive cars in general, some things need to be appreciated, especially batshit crazy projects that do not really have a purpose, such as does this.
[Source: Rapid City Craigslist | Thanks Rob! And thanks to Ian Klass for the tip!]
From the ad:
1998 honda civic. j32 v6 swap – $1 (belle fourche,sd)
1998 Honda civic dx hatch
J32 v6 w/ 6speed
Body has chemical rust application done for rat rod look needs Dr door
Looking to trade for nice 4×4 truck must be ext cab or 4door and in good running and driving condition as that is wat condition the car is. Also might be interested in other trades as well as cash
Text is fastest way to get ahold of me my number is 5eight0-oneXXXXX
Plz include pics of ur trade and I have pics I can send also.thx for looking
My mother has a 2006 Acura TL. The torque-steer in that thing is just rediclous. By that value, the torque-steer in this Civic must be insane. This car probably does not handle well and is more of a drag car than anything, but even then there are probably quicker 4-cylinder versions. So what was its intension? I don’t know, perhaps to shut people up and prove that it can be done. It may not be the fastest or best handling but it’s probably a ton of fun.
Given the “trade for nice 4×4 truck” statement, I don’t think the owner is looking to part with it.