Terry’s EM1 project

terry_em1

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GD3 Fit and EM1 Civic
For the past 4 years, I’ve been driving a Fit.

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1.5 VTEC with some bling bits ;) Just before the end of 2021, I bought myself an EM1, which belonged to a good friend that unfortunately passed away. Sickened seeing it sit and rot, I made the decision to restore it and give it the love it deserves.

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She looks rough, but the foundation is there. Zero rust on the chassis, some tasty extras, and a relatively healthy B16A2.

Some extras include:
Shift Sports bonnet
Yellow Speed coilovers
EK9 calipers and 282mm grooved discs
Power folding mirrors
OEM wind deflectors
Si rear lights
Si clocks
Facelift dash conversion to run auto climate control
Fully polybushed

Theres probably more that I haven’t discovered just yet. I’ve already collected some parts for the EM1. Theres also some parts that I can scavenge from the Fit and transfer them over.

Plans at this moment are:
To give it a good service.
Fix anything thats not working like it should.
Book it for a NCT (MOT for you UK folk).
 
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EK9/E82
For the past 4 years, I’ve been driving a Fit.

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1.5 VTEC with some bling bits ;) Just before the end of 2021, I bought myself an EM1, which belonged to a good friend that unfortunately passed away. Sickened seeing it sit and rot, I made the decision to restore it and give it the love it deserves.

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She looks rough, but the foundation is there. Zero rust on the chassis, some tasty extras, and a relatively healthy B16A2.

Some extras include:
Shift Sports bonnet
Yellow Speed coilovers
EK9 calipers and 282mm grooved discs
Power folding mirrors
OEM wind deflectors
Si rear lights
Si clocks
Facelift dash conversion to run auto climate control
Fully polybushed

Theres probably more that I haven’t discovered just yet. I’ve already collected some parts for the EM1. Theres also some parts that I can scavenge from the Fit and transfer them over.

Plans at this moment are:
To give it a good service.
Fix anything thats not working like it should.
Book it for a NCT (MOT for you UK folk).
Nice car,

That car looks familier. did it have a load of mugen bits on it back in the day.

Only reason i asked was me and the previous owner were the only people who had the si clocks over in uk/ireland.
 

terry_em1

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Sorry I’ve neglected to update this thread. Not much progress. A lot of parts being collected lately. Here’s some things that have been done.

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Brand new EK9 shift boot with Hybrid Racing shift boot collar. Greddy shift knob with the old style Trust badge.

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Brand new pedal covers. Before it was the bare pedals with heaps of double sided tape and black silicone. The idiot that owned the car previously to my friend thought it was the correct way of installing Mugen pedal covers… All that was cleaned off using a blade.

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Little aluminium Greddy badge.

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New Bride rail I got from Japan.

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All assembled and fitted to my ASM Recaro RS-G seat.

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Picked up these Valeo headlights for €20. Bargain! They needed a little love, so I sanded them, used compound and polish with a rotary. They came out decent.

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Hopefully things pick up again soon, as I’m itching to drive this car.
 
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terry_em1

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Small update. Converted the Civic back to facelift, so gone are the Shift Sports bonnet and replica Air Walker bumper.

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Wasn’t pleased to see previous owner’s attempt at a USDM kit.

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Wires spliced into indicators. Other end going to nowhere.

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Bumper is on hold for the moment, until I get new hardware from Honda. Already loving it more than the prefacelift.

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terry_em1

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Installed my Recaro. The Bride rail was fighting me the whole install because it was a few millimetres short of sitting flush to the floor. And its ‘bolt-in’!

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After that I decided to attempt to install my Momo wheel. I did the usual aftermarket wheel install. Disconnect the battery. Remove the airbag.

Removed the airbag to find that it has been plugged out the whole time. No SRS light on the dash, so I can only assume that the bulb has been removed. No big deal…

Next I pulled the rest of the wheel off. Found that the clock spring is gone. Wiring has been chopped… I also noticed the steering wheel surround is actually too big for this car, so I’m going to try source the correct one. Was wondering why the key barrel had a big gap between it and the plastic.

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I managed to find someone breaking an EK3 Vi-RS, so hopefully I can fix this mess. Just need to figure out whats actually missing on my car.
 

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Hi everyone. Haven't updated this thread in a while, partly because I keep forgetting its existence... :rolleyes: Since my last post, theres been a few changes.

A replacement clock spring has been fitted. Installed my Momo, using a Works Bell hub. Added some bling with Nightrunner titanium bolts.

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Repainted my valve cover. Fit it back with a brand new gasket, brand new nuts, my Spoon cap, and a brand new ground cable.

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Theres also new parts you wouldn't notice, like new headlight seals, Honda Fit washer jets, and a new bonnet prop holder. While I was busy that day, I changed out all the interior bulbs for PIAA LEDs and replaced a cracked light lens for a new one.

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Swapped out the clear indicators for genuine Honda ones. Put in some fresh NGK plugs and dressed the bay up with some Nightrunner socks.

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Bumper and lip installed, with brand new OEM hardware. Also have these Advan and Work wheels that I borrowed from a friend, while my actual wheels are being restored.

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Finally the latest update is some new cluster bulbs and a new Carrozzeria headunit. I'll try to remember I have this thread, so I can keep you guys posted haha.
 
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Got my replacement bulbs in from Japan, along with the knob for the vents.

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Looks nice now, all fully lit. The same day, I fixed my dodgy wipers, as they kept freezing at a certain point. Turned out to be rust, but its all good now after a little clean and WD-40.

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Went down to an old friend's workplace and had him fit new discs and pads up front. The old setup was Mintex pads and I highly suspect MTEC discs.

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You can see they're warped... They couldn't stand a few laps at the track.

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For anyone interested, I'm running EK9 calipers with CL7 EBC Yellowstuff pads and Mini Cooper Brembo discs. With the CL7 pads, the caliper springs touch the discs, so toss them. I've no issues so far and the difference is night and day.

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