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    Post 1986 Honda Prelude restomod build thread.

    My plans with this car is ultimately to have a prelude that looks as it would if it feel out of sometime in the early 1990's after a few years on the road by someone who had a passion for original oem fit and finish as well as options and rare accessories. im trying to find any period aftermarket (mugen, mugen and mugen) as well as oem factory options (auto cover fogs, floor mats...etc.) This is at this point in my life a sort of thesis paper on my passion for honda's and their history.


    Bought 5-11-09 - 1986 Honda Prelude 2.0Si - 64,351

    Here it sits before i bought it. these are the pics that convinced me to take the train down to D.C. and get picked up just outside D.C. and drive the car home.





















    it was def mint. so at that point i was sold and i set off at 545am on a train out of penn station on my way to pick up what i hoped was an absolute mint 2g and an exact replica of the car my dad had when i was growing up (he also had a 3g accord hatchback). which was also the first car i remember going 100mph in

    so after a long journey of not sleeping i arrived at union station in D.C to pick up the car. hop right onto the subway and out to the burbs somewhere call up the dude and wait. and wait. and wait. it feels like im waiting hours. then i see it. at first im like wtf is that because it looked like an older accord from dead on far away for the first time in person. then i readjusted and was instantly in love.

    figuring this would be the last time the guy would drive the car i let him drive me in it to the dmv so i could get my temporary registration so i could legally drive it back (didnt want any shit from the fuzz). got the registration (i must say virginia dmv A++ waaaaaay fucking better than nys dmw) some nice little old lady helped em out and got everything square and i was on my way. the dude drove back to his apt complex and went to go get the spare key. he came back we said our salutations and i was off for the first time in my new 1986 honda prelude.

    it was mine.

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    here is my first photo shoot (if you want to call it that) in my driveway after i got it home.











    here are some various tags and owners manual. also had the orig first paper inspection when the car had 6 miles. various other orig paperwork and documentation.


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    here is the engine bay after a little cleaning:





    and here is my first mod. red vinyl to cover the bronze "Si" on the rear badge:



    Orig USDM Corners:


    JDM Smoked Corners:




    also decided to get a 2.0 badge from the 07+ JDM Civic for my front grill. it matched the red badge theme that i was going with on the rear since most of the newer and older S and Si badges were red the lude was for some reason bronze...:shrug:





    next mod was another option that i didnt have and wanted. a center armrest. luckily i was in luck a friendly parts man on the 2g forum had a whole bunch of them and i managed to secure one of them. well worth the asking price i was more than satisfied with the addition and it fits perfectly with the rest of the interior.







    and here is the first folly i made on this project so far. buying wheels i knew i would regret buying. you see when i first saw these wheels pressed up over my stock wheels i was in love with how they looked. nice lip good design that went well with the car. so i picked them up. only cost me $750 for the wheels with tires already mounted + a set of rays locks lugnuts.







    here are some pics after they were mounted:







    and then it happened. what i realized as i pulled out of the lot after i bought the wheels. prodrives are for subaru's. and then while at a meet someone came up and asked what kind of wheels they were i said prodrives and they just shrugged and walked off. booo. time to upgrade. luckily there was a second option.....

    meanwhile...

    so i had managed to get myself a pair of the rare auto cover foglights for the 86/87 Si. Luckily they were working and they had the oem clips cut on the harness side not just cut at the back of the foglight.



    so after a trip to the local honda dealership with some part numbers and a nationwide inventory search i found what i needed. the foglight mounting kit. some dealership in indiana had one left and it included the brackets, dash harness and the switch! all for 30 or so bucks shipped.

    after the bracket arrived i knew something was awry. the brackets seemed to be for the non auto cover lights. but i could make a bracket to get them mounted. here is my first attempt at them being mounted before i had the wiring harness made.









    obviously something was a bit off with how they were mounted. looked like an old 80's rally car oh and the stock wheels went back on and the prodrives are now sitting in my basement as i try to sell them....sigh.

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    weeks had turned into a month or so and i still hadnt finished the harness and done the wiring. luckily i had some help with a wiring diagram and got all the necessary hardware to finish the harness and do the wiring.

    while i was at it i also decided that i had enough w/ the rally look on the fogs and decided to mount them correctly after i was given a few pictures of another Si w/ them installed from factory.







    i had also found the last set of brand new rear mud flaps w/ hardware in the country thanks to a dealership in oregon.





    oh yea. about that back up plan on the rims. literally an hour or so after i got home from buying those prodrives the girl who had this set of really clean Mugen CF-48's w/ the Aero disks and center caps. so after a month or so back and forth emails and pictures i jumped in and picked up the CF-48's and still had the prodrives sitting in the basement....collecting dust. boooooo







    i also got a bit anxious and put one on just to see how it was going to look. sexxxxxx.





    after a few weeks i finally got them mounted and since the weather was finally getting warmer i popped them on. took a really quick shoot on the way to work since i couldnt wait any longer.







    and a few nights ago i purchased a Mugen SW3 Steering wheel with the cruise control pad. in like new condition. with some minor wear. gotta get some better pics once it arrives.








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    bought and installed the red clip large jdm flare. surprisingly the usdm kick panel has the mounting hole for it so it was a nice easy install.







    im gonna be ordering the mom hub i need so i can install that mugen sw2 steering wheel i bought months ago.

    finally got around to ordering the momo hub so i could install the mugen sw-2 wheel ive had for a month or so now. the install took about 15 mins. i still have to wire up the cruise pad so i dont have a horn or cruise control right this minute anyways on to the pics.







    i also got some mugen reservoir covers and installed them as well. dont have any pics though.

    just picked up a super rare 2g mugen rear spoiler. some pics from the seller:









    more pics once its in my possession.

    oh and i also forgot to post pics of the jdm map light installed:







    the spoiler needed a bit more work than previously thought so it should be done within the next couple of days (i hope). but in the mean time here is my next item that will be installed after the mugen spoiler goes on.

    electronic navigator:




    Digidash:


    ok here are some cell phone pics but its finally done!!

    here is the dx lid mounted before we attached the spoiler:


    doesnt even look like the same car without its stock spoiler sticking off the back.

    and here it is finally attached:






    so happy with the results. the trunklid wasnt in the best shape so i think im eventually going to buy a new oem trunklid and just remount the spoiler to that. also the stupid stickers that honda attaches the rear quarter panels to prevent the stock spoiler from rubbing, one was a PITA. because the previous owner had gotten some small body work done the body shop clearcoated over one of them so it was a bitch to get the sticker off and its gonna need a bit of a touch up but you can barely see it unless youre up close.

    more pics coming as soon as i get my car cleaned up and get my shit together.

    here are some pics from a month or so ago. just forgot to ever post em up.













    tomorrow is probably the day the trunk lid comes off and stock wheels go on. winter is coming soon :cry:

    just got a complete parts catalog for the 2g in the mail today from a dealership closeout.



    now its time to find extra replacement parts just in case

    finally found a mugen sw36!



    doesn't have the horn pad but this wheel is for the car unlike the sw2 which is for the 3rd/4th gens.

    also had to have the wheel re finished because it was completely missing all its leather. but in the long run it'll have a much higher resale value since it'll be MINT.

    should have it finished in about a week or so. also looking into getting this digidash in since spring is rapidly approaching and with that meet season will be starting soon after. i also have to see what my suspension option look like as i want to lower it a bit to get rid of that dreaded wheel gap not to mention it'll make the wheels look bigger.

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    Lookin good! Always loved this car.
    aka B18C5er

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    Yeah man I really applaud what you're doing. It's definitely not the norm and the extent to which you're going is really awesome.

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    What the hell? I never saw this thread on H.H.U. Nice work, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zedron View Post
    What the hell? I never saw this thread on H.H.U. Nice work, lol.
    never made one

    this is from my build thread on a prelude forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XGRaViSmOrSX View Post
    never made one

    this is from my build thread on a prelude forum.
    Well....that would explain it.
    Thanks for bringing it over.

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    Did you make any progress with the DigiDash?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony_YYZ View Post
    Did you make any progress with the DigiDash?
    not yet. gonna get in contact with my boy who has it and the shroud that surrounds it. (they are repairing a cracked control mount on the right side of the shroud. if they cant get it 100% then im going to have to source one from honda somehow/somewhere. after i have the cosmetic shit down im gonna start to figure out the wiring.

    biggest pain in the ass is going to be opening the top of the gas tank and changing out the fuel level unit for the jdm digidash one. aside from that it should meerly be swapping pins on plugs and such. just a matter of getting the pinout from the usdm harness and matching it up to the jdm harness assuming there even are any difference besides the lhd/rhd thing.

    the biggest issue is gonna be that navigator, mainly because i have to find the dx lower dash piece and find a way to mount it, my radio, and equalizer all in and not have it look modified. :shrug: may have to sacrifice the equalizer which i really dont want to do. either way its gonna be a busy couple of months with this car. so updates shall be coming soon. plus the sw36 should be done any day now. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by XGRaViSmOrSX View Post
    not yet. gonna get in contact with my boy who has it and the shroud that surrounds it. (they are repairing a cracked control mount on the right side of the shroud. if they cant get it 100% then im going to have to source one from honda somehow/somewhere. after i have the cosmetic shit down im gonna start to figure out the wiring.

    biggest pain in the ass is going to be opening the top of the gas tank and changing out the fuel level unit for the jdm digidash one. aside from that it should meerly be swapping pins on plugs and such. just a matter of getting the pinout from the usdm harness and matching it up to the jdm harness assuming there even are any difference besides the lhd/rhd thing.

    the biggest issue is gonna be that navigator, mainly because i have to find the dx lower dash piece and find a way to mount it, my radio, and equalizer all in and not have it look modified. :shrug: may have to sacrifice the equalizer which i really dont want to do. either way its gonna be a busy couple of months with this car. so updates shall be coming soon. plus the sw36 should be done any day now. :)
    Gotcha. Can't wait to see it all finished up though. It will definitely be unique.
    aka B18C5er

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    I actually like this car, just for the simple fact of how clean it is. I would think its pretty rare to find these in the condition that yours is in I would assume?
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    I really think this is a sick car. Good work.
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    So clean, but needs a drop bad.
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    Man that's clean! Is the paint original?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MyNamesNotSteve View Post
    Man that's clean! Is the paint original?
    about 90% original. original owner repaired some damage on the passenger rear quarter and i had to respray the hood after i went under the back of a pick up truck. and technically the trunklid with the mugen spoiler is new, but i still have the original trunklid w/ stock spoiler on it in my basement.

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    such a lovely prelude.

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    kinda forgot about my SW36. went today to pick it up.

    came out perfect. and looks like its literally brand new. all i have to do now is find the horn button, in the meantime iv'e purchased a knock off one and will be making a custom knock off one that is era specific.

    here is the wheel:

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    and here is the horn button that i bought:



    and what i need to make it look like:



    shouldn't be too hard to replicate. will keep everyone posted on the process of a knock off knock of old school horn button!!

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