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    Hello everyone and welcome to my EP3 Type R journal/restoration thread.

    So before we get into it here is a bit of background on the cars I used to own. My first car was a 2001 Golf MK4 1.6i SE 5dr, I got it when I was 19 for around 1800 with 60k on the clock. The insurance for it at the time was 2500 . Was a great car but it had it's reliability issues which made me want to switch to Jap. At the age of 20 I bought my first Type R which was a 1999 Integra Type R DC2 in Milano Red. The car had just done 145,000 miles when I got it and was running like a champ! It was the UKDM version so not as fast or good looking as the JDM but I loved every bit of it, especially coming from a Golf! Halfway through owning it I decided to give it a proper rust treatment and a full respray, and then maintain it to a high standard using OEM parts. Here is a pic a few months before I sold it:



    I then decided to sell the car and try something with RWD, so I bought a Eunos Roadster 1.8 (JDM MX5 basically) which had an LSD, decent coilovers and a nice catback. It was great fun, probably the most fun I've had in a car and it was so cheap to repair and replace parts it was unreal! I loved going out in the evenings with the roof down and heating blasting in my face for some spirited driving!

    Pic below (excuse the primer lol)


    The MX5 had it's downsides though, mainly age related as it was a 1992 car, so seeing the amount of cash I needed for the rust repair udnerneath was more than the car was worth, I sold it on (regrettably) and decided to make the stupid mistake of buying a newer car on Finance....

    This is where my 2011 370Z GT Pack came along. It was a decent car to drive, much newer to anything I've driven before and had a lot fo tech, but it was boring. Maybe it was the lack of mods or the fact that the exhaust had 6 silencers! Yes 6! It was quieter than my neighbours 1.2 Corsa on startup ffs... Not only that but it drank petrol like crazy, a set of Michelins for it were 800, and insurance was not ideal either. Then again driving a 3.7l V6 at age of 21 around my area was not normal so yeah, even had an old lady ask if the car was even mine

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    So after that I took a break from performance cars and drove a 1 litre Micra about as my daily mile muncher as I only commuted 5 miles a day to work. I decided to try out the german market again and bought an E46 M3 which was pretty mint and basically OEM. I kept with the scheme bar a few things such as a bit of carbon bits, exhaust and black grilles. The rest was all maintenance (brakes, tires, filters, oil and detailing).

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    After that car, I had to be sensible as I started commuting to work properly (80 miles a day) so I bought a 2007 E60 535d M sport and spent a fortune on stuff I shouldn't have, it ended up being a Stage 2 368bhp motorway beast! Also it was one of the most optioned out 5 series I have seen for the year, it pretty much had everything bar a HUD.

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    And then I sold that about 2 months ago and have continued to drive the trusty Micra! (I swear that car will not die.)

    This was until last weekend, when I travelled up to Glasgow to pick up a well sorted 2004 EP3 in Nighthawk Black. Well I say well sorted, compared to the standard I like my cars in, it was sh*te. Paint swirls galore (sort of expected on a black car though), quite a bit of surface rust underneath, arches need doing as they are starting to bubble, front bumper was misaligned, gap under the headlights too, cloudy headlights with 1 bulb out.... and it goes on and on. BUT! it drove well. It had decent mods which complimented the handling nicely and after going through all the receipts it turns out that it was maintained well by a well known Motorsports garage called Automek. I knew that this will not be a "buy and drive" car and really it would need a bit of TLC, but what I didn't expect was a full on project haha.

    Here is a picture from the advert:


    Car specification:
    2004 Honda Civic Type R EP3 - Facelift in Nighthawk Black
    100,950 miles
    Full Honda + Honda specialist service history
    Has air conditioning that actually works!

    It came with the following modifications:


    Engine:
    Tegiwa Carbon M intake + Tegiwa silicone hose
    NGK Iridium Laser IX plugs
    Powdercoated rocker cover
    Carbon plug cover
    Tegiwa battery holder

    Brakes:
    OEM Discs all around (1k old)
    OEM Rear Pads (1k old)
    Stoptech front pads (1k old)
    HEL Braided Lines
    Motul RBF600 Fluid

    Wheels:
    OEM 17 inch wheels in Anthracite (mainly in good condition with the odd paint chip)
    Brand new Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires

    Suspension:
    Eibach Camber arms and bolts
    Hardrace droplinks
    Tein Advanced Z coilovers
    Progress 24mm polybushed ARB
    FSRU by Automek

    Exhaust:
    Cobra Silenced B pipe
    Toda Ti Backbox

    Interior:
    Some unbranded heavy weight gear knob, but it feels pretty good.
    JDM style Broadway rectangular mirror (this went in the bin the minute I got home lol)

    Exterior:
    8000K HID kit (which looks far too blue for me and is going)
    JDM wind deflectors
    Rear side window tints

    There might be other small bits I've missed but that's the majority of it. So upon getting it home, the first thing I couldn't wait to do is figure out why the hell the exhaust was droning around 70mph, as the Toda is meant to be super quiet compared to some of the others and sounded different from the videos I've seen. I took it to a local garage and inspected the underside to find out that the Cobra b pipe's silencer seems to have gone (or at least feels like it) as it make a tinny sound when I hit it, as if it has bits inside rattling about. If that is the case then an unsilenced b pipe explains the extra noise and will be going soon.

    The next thing I noticed was the amount of rust underneath. Thankfully it is mostly surface rust but jesus there is some on pretty much every component I can see, so rust prevention and treatment is on the cards pretty soon as well (once I can book a ramp for an entire weekend ). Then I had a look at the brakes and all calipers bar the rear passenger one have been changed for new so that was nice, but the pads do not reflect 1k miles to me, so they will need changing. Discs are fine though and do reflect what it said on the ad.

    From this point onwards it was clear that the car will need some loving to get up to scratch, but I was just happy that it drove so well, no crunches in gearbox while cold or hot in any gear, engine is very smooth and no oil consumption what so ever for the 600 miles I drove that day getting the car back, also the oil is very clear which is a good indication too. The guy has used HAMP filters with Fuschs Titan Race Pro S 5-40 so it's all good in that department.

    This is it for now, more to follow as I write up the next paragraph

    Thanks for reading this far!

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    Seeing as it wasn't going to be my daily unless I had it spot on, it was time for a little engine bay clean as it was filthy and had random stickers that needed removing (including an Elmo on the Intake box lol)

    The old man helping out with the pressure washer here after some heavy degreasing and braker cleaner action (don't worry all electrics were covered foil and bin bags )



    Then my phone died and I took no pictures till the evening, when the car was actually in the garage with half it's front end taken apart haha!



    This is where we spot another problem and the reason for the bumper sag. As you can see on the crash bar there has been a slight bump in the middle of it and also another on the left hand side the "handle" in front looks to be bent. Thankfully the impact the car has had at some point has been pretty light but still something that needs sorting out as the only other way to fix the bumper would be cable ties and "yolo" attitude which I don't have . I also hate rust so it all needs to go!

    Getting to work on some of the rusty areas around the slam panel, quick sand down and tear down to reveal as much as possible. A lot of bolts and clips were missing from there so will be sourcing new ones for the rebuild.




    Here you can see the indent, again not too big of a deal for most people as it doesn't affect anything but now that I know it's there I can't let it go un-attended. Also those rusty horns....






    Now that the bar is off, we get a better view of what else needs painting.








    Thankfully nothing else is bent so that made the night a little easier. Off to halfords for some more sand paper and wire brushes and we were underway.




    Quick mask up and then 1 coat of primer was applied.




    While that was drying I hammered out the bent handle on the bar and sorted the centre section out








    Then it was ready for paint






    While that dries I put on some Honda wheel badges and added some Forum sponsored horsepower.






    Back to the front of the car it looks like the primer has dried off so another coat goes on and i start taping off the rest of the bay








    Quite proud of this precise taping right here




    Primer done:






    Can't forget the bonnet strut!






    And that's all done for the night. Letting that dry and will tend to doing the Horns tomorrow while going for paint coats on the bar and front end.



    Also have to polish the headlights and replace bulbs inside.

    For low beam I have ordered some 6k 55W HIDs from HIDS4U and for high beam I have Osram CBI HB3's coming. Indicators are going to be LED T20 bulbs from Ebay and side lights T10 LEDs from Ebay too.

    More to come later tonight.
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    Few bits to go at the to tidy it up then!

    I'm sure after some TLC it'll be up to scratch.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Krzys View Post
    Few bits to go at the to tidy it up then!

    I'm sure after some TLC it'll be up to scratch.
    Yeah it will be ready in a week or so, I am even talking to a paint shop about some plans...

    This "cheap fast daily" malarkey didn't really go as planned lol Well at least the cheap part didn't haha.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SK-R View Post
    Yeah it will be ready in a week or so, I am even talking to a paint shop about some plans...

    This "cheap fast daily" malarkey didn't really go as planned lol Well at least the cheap part didn't haha.
    It rarely does haha! I priced up a bunch of stuff for Bob, the daily. Let's just say its 70/30 of wants and needs haha!


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    Various parts were still drying from their base coats/clear coats so I used that moment to polish the yellowy/muddy headlights.

    To do this I used various grades of sandpaper (wet and dry mostly) and then machine polished at the end.





    Not too bad for 13 year old units! I have also ordered a new set of bulbs for every slot, as follows:

    HIDS4U 55W 6000K Dipped Beam set
    Osram CBI HB3 High Beam set
    T20 Amber Samsung LED Indicator set
    White Xenon 6000K LED Sidelight set

    Next up, the primer around the slam panel had dried so it was time for paint.






    A few other bits got a lick of paint/primer too










    Then I left that to dry and got started on the wheel well section. First up, we have a quick overview and asses what needs doing.








    So after a bit of poking about with the wire brush there was some good news and I've put a to-do list together:

    1. Rust around the arch is thankfully only surface based and quickly scrubbed off, however will still be treated to a deep scrub and respray and will then be protected.
    2. The disc looks pretty meaty, maybe a couple of hundred miles done on it however it has definitely seen better days so it needs a clean up and a refurb.
    3. Pad looks almost new but it's a garbage brand and will be going in the skip (Delphi)
    4. All of the visible components will need a clean (HEL lines, coilovers, eibach arms ect.) to get them shining again and all surface rust around the area will be rubbed down and treated.

    So with that in mind it was time to get to work, first off the disk had to come out.






    Starting off with a little bit of wire brushing to reveal it's former shine, here is a 50/50 shot



    And that's one side done



    And then the other




    While doing that, the caliper bracket was sanded down and primered




    Next we had to preserve the disk's shiny state, so it was time to get painting. First off, we mask the areas we don't want to treat








    Then it was painted as usual with Base coat, 2x Paint, 2x Clear coat. Paint used was BMW Silver Grey Metallic.






    That was then left to dry so I got to cleaning and protecting a few other bits




    At this point there wasn't much to do at the back and it was getting late so I went over to the front of the car to do some engine bay dressing.

    Quick wipe down first.


    Got this on fleabay for 20 posted, was dirty as f*ck but some APC and 10 mins of work got it shining well again.


    Then it was time for the old oil cap to go as it was looking past it's best days, and I no longer have anything gold in the engine bay for it to suit. Some Mugen goodness was purchased and went on in it's place.


    Finished painting the Horns too, they are still not perfect but wayyyy better than what they used to look like.


    Decided to remove the carbon plug cover that came with the car for an OEM unit as it suited it more in this state


    The HONDA lettering had seen better days too as it was starting to go green, so taped it off and gave it a good old polish and clear coat to preserve its finish.


    And that was it for the night, it was 1am again so it was time for bed.



    Next steps are to clean and paint the caliper, fit my new pads and the refurbed disc, clean up the braided lines, control arms and coilovers and treat the arch.

    I will probably move from back to front to side as I find things to do while waiting for paint to dry.
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    Looking much better in the bay now!


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    Bit of silver paint on the inlet mani wouldn't go a miss while you're going all out on the bay

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krzys View Post
    Looking much better in the bay now!
    Thank you mate.

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    Bit of silver paint on the inlet mani wouldn't go a miss while you're going all out on the bay
    Yeah it's in the works, I was actually thinking of trying the BMW Metallic paint on it though, the same one I used on the horns and disc? Not sure how that'd look but I don't think it will be too bad, just more of a grey than silver. I do have some silver paint left if that fails so might give it 1 coat of grey and see if I like it.

    I also need to paint the TEGIWA Battery Tie kit, as Gold is out of place and I'm not paying 20 for a new one just in different colour.

    It's going to be one busy weekend...
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    Great progress, brother. I agree, the grey paint shouldn't look bad at all. I'm interested to find out how this goes. Looking forward to the next week's update.

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