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Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
8/28/20 2:58 p.m.
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Something we didn't expect to come across our desk today: a 1984 Honda Civic powered by a 3.2-liter V6 out of an Acura CL Type S that now lives behind the rear seats. Think of it as a slightly newer Renault R5, but with serious RADwood vibes.

The best part? It's for sale.

Said to be the creation of hotrod builder Andy Barcheck …

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AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter)
AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
8/28/20 2:59 p.m.

damn, i love that.

Duke
Duke MegaDork
8/28/20 3:03 p.m.

MAJOR WANTAGE

I always wanted to do that with a 2nd generation Integra hatch and a supercharged K24, but this is cooler.

 

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
8/28/20 3:08 p.m.

So cool. 

 

SOO SOOOOO COOOOOL

 

Second only to Super Synchronicity.

NickD
NickD UltimaDork
8/28/20 3:18 p.m.

That car originally used the C25A 2.5L V6 out of a 1st-generation Legend. I remember a big deal being made about that car back on the Acura Legend forums. That and the 1G Legend with a supercharged NSX engine and transmission mounted up front driving the front wheels.

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
8/28/20 3:22 p.m.
NickD said:

That and the 1G Legend with a supercharged NSX engine and transmission mounted up front driving the front wheels.

That sounds insane. I love it.

KyAllroad (Jeremy) (Forum Supporter)
KyAllroad (Jeremy) (Forum Supporter) UltimaDork
8/28/20 3:25 p.m.

25 large starting bid seems optimistic for a Honda Fiero.

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
8/28/20 3:26 p.m.

It won't have any trouble with the starting bid. You are apparently not the target demographic here.

NickD
NickD UltimaDork
8/28/20 3:45 p.m.
Colin Wood said:
NickD said:

That and the 1G Legend with a supercharged NSX engine and transmission mounted up front driving the front wheels.

That sounds insane. I love it.

Here's the build thread: http://forums.acuralegend.org/showthread.php?t=517 Not sure how many of the photos are still active anymore, that's a 10+ year old thread. The story was that the guy's son owned this 1G Legend and loved it. He passed away unexpectedly, and the father decided to turn it into the ultimate Acura Legend in his memory. 

racerdave600
racerdave600 UltraDork
8/28/20 3:49 p.m.

Wow!  That is way cool!

 

nderwater
nderwater UltimaDork
8/28/20 3:53 p.m.

Now THAT is a passion project.

dean1484
dean1484 GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
8/28/20 4:08 p.m.
Keith Tanner said:

It won't have any trouble with the starting bid. You are apparently not the target demographic here.

To recreate that now I bet it is two or three times the current bid. And I don't mean doing it GRM challenge style. (Although some one needs to do this). I mean build it and count the labor at current custom/hot rod shop rates.  
 

That is a really cool car. 

Duke
Duke MegaDork
8/28/20 4:21 p.m.
KyAllroad (Jeremy) (Forum Supporter) said:

25 large starting bid seems optimistic for a Honda Fiero.

Whereas I think $25k a total bargain for that build quality and uniqueness.

 

Ian F (Forum Supporter)
Ian F (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
8/28/20 4:29 p.m.

The bid is already at $35K, so it seems $25K was an appropriate starting point.

Looks really well done. 

ChrisTropea
ChrisTropea Associate Editor
8/28/20 5:41 p.m.

This is cool on so many levels. 

Saw that earlier! They should have left the 2.5 c-series in it. It's such a unique time capsule otherwise that the j-series adds nothing. Like finding something that Ed Roth made way back when and saying, "Yeah, the SBC is original to it but the LS1 is faster." 

captdownshift (Forum Supporter)
captdownshift (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
8/28/20 8:26 p.m.

This doesn't help my desires to toss a k24 into the back of a Fit. 

mr2s2000elise
mr2s2000elise SuperDork
8/28/20 8:32 p.m.
captdownshift (Forum Supporter) said:

This doesn't help my desires to toss a k24 into the back of a Fit. 

I have low expectations. 
 

i would be ok with it in the front. 
 

https://www.k20a.org/threads/k24-honda-fit.97645/
 

https://www.roadandtrack.com/car-culture/a22697519/honda-fit-engine-swap/

jimbob_racing
jimbob_racing Dork
8/28/20 8:35 p.m.

I have wanted this car for decades. 

Mike (Forum Supporter)
Mike (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
8/28/20 9:05 p.m.

I'm just going to point out how nice that back bumper looks.

bgkast (Forum Supporter)
bgkast (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
8/28/20 10:15 p.m.

Wow. Everything is so sano, but when they got to the air intake setup they went with a cone filter with a piece of dryer vent pointing at it?!

slowbird
slowbird SuperDork
8/28/20 10:59 p.m.

In reply to CrustyRedXpress (Forum Supporter) :

The ad contains a video where the original builder is reunited with it for an interview, and he says the upgraded engine is good, he always felt like the car needed another 100 horsepower. The current owner/seller also says the old engine was "tired" for what it's worth. Apparently it was a daily driver for at least some of its life, which is pretty sweet.

In reply to slowbird :

Had to go back and find the video-thanks!

Man, when did Honda guys get so old?

DWNSHFT
DWNSHFT Dork
8/29/20 8:05 a.m.

I love it.  I think it's awesome.  Specific thoughts:

- It does a great job evoking it's inspiration, the Renault R5 turbo

- Is that a >green< dashboard?

- That is the best use ever of that style of Corvette wheel!!!

- I miss the flush mounted headlights of the 1986 Civic

- My, what a big battery you have!

NickD
NickD UltimaDork
8/29/20 10:58 a.m.
slowbird said:

In reply to CrustyRedXpress (Forum Supporter) :

The ad contains a video where the original builder is reunited with it for an interview, and he says the upgraded engine is good, he always felt like the car needed another 100 horsepower. The current owner/seller also says the old engine was "tired" for what it's worth. Apparently it was a daily driver for at least some of its life, which is pretty sweet.

Yeah the old C25A/C27A motors, while smooth, were not big power monsters. Like, approximately the same as a B16 but with more complexity and a hanky valvetrain, very little aftermarket support and dwindling parts availability. Oh, and they suck to work on.

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