1998 CIVIC


Updatessss!!! on the new rear bumper for the civic, after collecting some resources, more sandpaper, primer, colour code matched paint and clear coat I went to work today, after my last post of prepping, 2/3 hours worth of sanding it, I laid the primer, few coats, wet sanded at 800 grit to smooth it out again and then laid the paint, 3 coats with time inbetween to let it stick and settle, left for an hour and finally 4 coats of clear and here is the result as finished, leaving to dry overnight and then will hit it with some polishing and see how it turns up :) pretty stoked for this as paint is a first time for me properly.

colour match looks bang on too, so over the next couple months I’ll be painting the rest of the bits on the car in similar fashion, rear wing, wing mirrors, front lip (eventually a front bumper), skirts hoping by around June the car will be all one colour again and look put together again

Total costs around £60-£70 for this so not breaking the bank on it as well which is always a bonus

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More updates ! Just got myself a lovely second hand personal wheel! To replace the deep dish sparco one I had in the car

Won this leather personal grinta on eBay for just £60 ! Minter

No horn button unfortunately but that’s all good ! Will either get a new button or reroute the wiring to a blank on the dash

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Will try and make this one short and sweet but it’s a fairly big update with pictures to be included

We (myself and my little brother) got started on the welding for the rear arches on the civic a couple weeks back

What a ballache of a job to do,
1. Heart wrenching to cut your car open
2. You have zero clue what you’re going into
3. Pray and hope lol !!

Anyway here’s a few pics of what the worst side looked like beforehand !

(I’m aware my enkeis need a refurb, will do this down the line dw!)

The passenger side has took a small beating on the rest aspect, started falling away and the full arch lip had corroded to the point of distortion not a pretty sight to be hold !
 

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So after planning what to do, we cut the arch open to see what lingered beneath, scary af ! But it wasn’t half as bad as I expected ngl !

Same with the skirt mounting holes, lined some holes there but wasn’t anything I didn’t know of before hand !

And the inner arch didnt rot any further than what you can see in the pictures here ! Thankfully !
 

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Next we did loose and generous measurements of what we needed and cut the panels to fit !

And after some messing about we got to welding (my brother welds by trade so this was a massive benefit, although typically he doesn’t work on cars or such thin metal)

Fabbing up some pieces of inner/sill we managed to get it fitting and solid, fully “custom” made up the 1/3 of the inner that had rotted and made it fit flush to the outer panel to be tacked onto
 

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And then finished it off last weekend with a couple touches and coated with primer for the time being to keep it protected, still needs some extra grinding before a skim of filler to smooth it out but overall we’re happy with this !

All of the inner /sill patches have also had seam sealer applied since these photos and should be fully waterproofed and ready to underseal !!
 

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We then moved onto the drivers side, much the same but with a tonne less work to do !

Only partial bits of the inner and outer was replaced !!

Again same process, need to grind the welds down and skim although primered for now to protect it from the weather as I have no storage myself unfortunately!

She’s looking not bad for a couple lads and honestly 2 full days worth of work at 12hrs each ! Pretty happy with how much we have done so efficiently!

Got a couple little bits to tamper with on the drivers side like the skirt fitment as the repair panel is just too long for it to fit so I’ll be sorting that this weekend !
 

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On top of all the welding work I also managed to acquire this battlecraft tear drop shift knob along with (unpictured) DC2 strut brace mounts so I can make myself a front strut brace with em !

And previously I had removed the back seats, and this last weekend I took out the rest of the rear interior plastics, I plan on making some blanking plates for the rear quarters to cover up the gap between the inner and outer panels (and the welding visible from inside) hopefully using some light aluminium sheet and cut to size !
 

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Little (big) update on the civics body work and other bits

Grabbed myself for brand new NS2Rs, already run these however mine are currently barely legal and with a couple trips down south I felt it was best to just get some new rubber over risking some points for some very negligible tyre wear.

Started flattening the previous welding done over the last few weeks, touched up a couple bits underneath, skimmed over one of the rear quarters with a small amount of filler, and sanded (by hand) to smooth them out, decided while I was at it that I already had some paint sitting and decided f**k it I’ll just bash out painting that quarter, took it to bare metal where needed, smoothed the rest as best I could by eye and feel, and got to painting, didn’t take all of the original paint down as I decided to give myself the task of blending the panels instead and after some lightly extensive research I think I managed to do it well enough for a rattle canned job !

I’m 100% aware that this is not bang on perfect, as I am just one simple idiot with a civic and a dream, no experience in any of this and some balls to try it

There’s some bits I would adjust and do differently, I may in the future just decide to take the paint down again and fix the issues but for now this is painted up to clear coat and the metal is solid once more, I do plan on a livery soon enough so a lot of my work will be covered / distracted by that so I don’t need it showcar perfect.

Also managed to just prep and primer one of the front wings so it’s ready for paint, will do more throughout the week and hopefully have the rest of the remaining panels painted by the weekend :)

Don’t judge too hard :|

Fyi - yes I used cling film to cover and mask areas from overspray lol ! True diy job at hand here
 

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Little (big) update on the civics body work and other bits

Grabbed myself for brand new NS2Rs, already run these however mine are currently barely legal and with a couple trips down south I felt it was best to just get some new rubber over risking some points for some very negligible tyre wear.

Started flattening the previous welding done over the last few weeks, touched up a couple bits underneath, skimmed over one of the rear quarters with a small amount of filler, and sanded (by hand) to smooth them out, decided while I was at it that I already had some paint sitting and decided f**k it I’ll just bash out painting that quarter, took it to bare metal where needed, smoothed the rest as best I could by eye and feel, and got to painting, didn’t take all of the original paint down as I decided to give myself the task of blending the panels instead and after some lightly extensive research I think I managed to do it well enough for a rattle canned job !

I’m 100% aware that this is not bang on perfect, as I am just one simple idiot with a civic and a dream, no experience in any of this and some balls to try it

There’s some bits I would adjust and do differently, I may in the future just decide to take the paint down again and fix the issues but for now this is painted up to clear coat and the metal is solid once more, I do plan on a livery soon enough so a lot of my work will be covered / distracted by that so I don’t need it showcar perfect.

Also managed to just prep and primer one of the front wings so it’s ready for paint, will do more throughout the week and hopefully have the rest of the remaining panels painted by the weekend :)

Don’t judge too hard :|

Fyi - yes I used cling film to cover and mask areas from overspray lol ! True diy job at hand here

Looking good! :)
 
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