FREE '88 Sedan

I have a Honda story I want to share...
A very good friend of mine, I'll say.. basically "abandoned" this car in my yard, mid "project".. A little over a year ago.
(Still searching for a picture of the state in which he left it, but who wants to take one of those...)
I grew extremely tired of looking at it.. and seeing as he would likely never touch it again, I convinced him to sign the title over to me, in trade for the work. I am ALWAYS down to contribute to his again, "projects".
Last week I decided to throw it back together, and chuck it up in the yard with a FOR SALE sign on it to clear some space and grab some cash..
After having 2 different guys come and look at it, only to low ball the WAZZOO out of me.. Knowing that my swap alone was worth more than their offers combined.. :x I decided to start to spruce up some of my old work.
Unfortunately for people that come to my house and see the jalopy sitting in the driveway. Whatever bug that it had, bit me, and now I kinda like the stupid thing... Becuase I have always wanted an air cooled VW or Rat Rod or Patina style something! But Honda has HAD me stuck.. and sooo I thought "what better than a Honda with a little patina?" Let alone a FREE one! :lol:


  • ChaifeChaife Instagram grand master
    Almost everything I need to put a sedan together, I had on my shelf of EF extras.. So Total cost so far?
    Drivers side Trans-axle seal: $6 (which I tore while pulling the engine out)
    Alternator Belt: $12 (dried up from sitting so long)
  • turbo_tegturbo_teg Council Member
    I too would love something with that 50's rusty look with layers of paint and body filler on some red steelies with crome rings or maybe even some smoothies.....
  • ChaifeChaife Instagram grand master
    This car is a 1988 Honda Civic LX Sedan

    Power Windows
    Power Mirrors
    Power Door Locks
    Pioneer Speaker up front, Memphis in back
    2 bridged Alpine Type S subs
    Kenwood Headunit
    Si cluster
    EG Center Console/ Arm Rest
    B&M Short shifter

    JDM Amber corner markers
    some old junk yard lip
    80's Porsche gas cap
    $30 Wal-Mart Roof Rack
    Tweeked antenna w/ pirate flag
    Single Giant fog light
    8000k HIDS
    Yellow High Beams
    All 4 OEM mud flaps

    As low as I can get it for now!
    KYB GR-2 shocks
    Matrix 350lbs spring in the rear
    Ebay spring in front
    Ebay Lower tie bars
    Si sway bar
    A few random Energy Suspension bushings... lol

    Engine Bay:
    Honda Polor White w/ Neon splatter paint.
    JDM D15B Vtec
    '88 CRX Si Trans
    Full wire tuck
    Chipped P28 ECU
    Power steering delete
    Cruise control delete
    A/C delete
    Magnaflow CAT
    Magnaflow Resinator
    Magnaflow Muffler
  • ChaifeChaife Instagram grand master
    As low as she'll go. 8)
  • ChaifeChaife Instagram grand master
    The motor had some threads that were ripped out of the block.. So the motor came out and the engine bay was the first thing I had to tend to.
    So I actually ended up building a new wiring harness
    finalized the wire tuck,
    tapped the block,
    machine larger holes in motor mounts for heavier bolts,
    I had caught a wild hare I guess, and the rest is history.
    I used the left over paint from my White CRX
    Even painted the AC plumbing, brake lines, shock tops, and hardware.. quick and dirty.
    Because I just want to have fun with this one... skip to the fun part. 8) Plus my friend's lazy ass painted everything like 5 different times already. :lol:
  • ChaifeChaife Instagram grand master
    turbo_teg wrote:
    I too would love something with that 50's rusty look with layers of paint and body filler on some red steelies with crome rings or maybe even some smoothies.....

    LIKE!! lol I was thinking white walls and red steelies with rings... but we'll just have to see. :mrgreen:
  • DRMORTYDRMORTY Council Member
    That looks like fun!
  • LayspeedLayspeed Wagonist
    Not my cup of tea, but neat nonetheless. I had a gray 4dr dx as my first "family" car...should've kept it. :lol:
  • BillBoardBillBoard council member
    i like the bay and the oil cap......

    as for the rest of it... not my thing but i oddly enjoy the pictures... in for more!
  • ChaifeChaife Instagram grand master
    Glad to see people are reading this! :lol:
    I'm just excited to have gotten my first FREE car..

    Did some work on the car today...
    Rewired Subs
    Rewired all 4 speakers
    Rewired entire headunit harness and Honda Factory radio harness lol
    Laid New power cable and ground cable for trunk mounted battery.

    Thinking I'll continue this project tomorrow...
    and build a custom injector harness (real nice and purdy like)
    Maybe do some wheel shoppin'.. :roll:
  • 666DAN666DAN Wagonist
    My man!
    A sexy as hell AK Shuttle, an amazing EF CRX and now a badass EF Sedan!

    Top work, I love rat builds dude.
  • jessedmjessedm New Wagonist
    What engines in that ef sedan a z6/d15b i cant tell. Really digging the rat look you should do a rust hood lol.
  • ChaifeChaife Instagram grand master
    Thanks Dan! 8)
    Bill- Good, that means that you like the only part that I have finished so far... lol

    I had a buddy over to help me build that custom injector harness.. (which I need more pictures of really...)
    cool with me though because he is a Engineer at MOTEC/ Mooresville, right here in Race City, USA. The NASCAR capital. HAHA
    He also helped me to tuck a few more wires
    tuck the relays for the cooling fan
    add and tuck some more grounds

    He also let me borrow his NIKON...
    While I was in the middle of raising the white CRX back up to it's normal ride height...
    Which led to this... :lol:

    even managed to find enough time to get some work done on the CRX race car...
  • Lol too cool! I kinda wanted to do something like that to my bay.
  • CharbCharb Administrator
    I secretly love North Carolina. Almost moved their twice. Love seeing the backgrounds in your pics.

    You have pm :)
  • 666DAN666DAN Wagonist
    666DAN wrote:
    My man!
    A sexy as hell AK Shuttle, an amazing EF CRX and now a badass EF Sedan!......

    Top work.

    Edited cos I forgot about the racecar :lol:
  • FrankzZHereFrankzZHere Band Wagon
    Glad I found your thread bro, Enkei's looked amazing.
    Just wished they fit, haha keep it up Chase.
  • wagodizzlewagodizzle Council Member and EDM expert
    looks like a lot of fun!

    so dude, sand it down to bare metal.
    definitely get some red steelies with crome rings and caps.
    thatd be ill..

    keep the sticker bombed fender tho :mrgreen:
  • TerminusVoxTerminusVox Senior Wagonist
    In for pictures! It's fun to see what can be done when there's no fear of "wasting" or "ruining" something for which you've paid a fair amount of money. Low cost = low pressure.
  • mosdefbeemosdefbee New Wagonist
    man ive always wanted a sedan. Tempted to trade my wagon for one >.<
  • jessedmjessedm New Wagonist
    I traded my ef sedan for my wagon lol.
  • lecoqlecoq Wagonist
    Wagon >Sedan
  • Dude that sedan is the fuckin TITS! So much personality.
  • NCxEE4NCxEE4 Wagonist
    Keep killin the Honda game for NC's sake man. You're doin it right.
  • love the engine bay. im doing mine like this
  • crx_arturocrx_arturo New Wagonist
    sickest sedan i've seen :) love the ratrod look since i grew up around vdubs but a honda rat looks even sicker
  • 3rd4ce3rd4ce Council Member
    i bet U could pull off blue or green rims like these with white walls ....
    gotta have white walls
  • dfgesusdfgesus Band Wagon
    I've never seen an EF sedan that I liked more than this one. Super well done hahaha
  • MexiChriSMexiChriS New Wagonist
    Needs more updates!!
  • ChaifeChaife Instagram grand master
    Thanks guys, Updates!
    Had to relocate the antenna.. had a party the other night and some hot wet bitch that was extremely drunk ripped it off..

    OC, Cali. sticker ;) ROOTS..

    since this is my HOOD ride, it sort of mocks some of the treasures one might find there.
    3rd brake light mounted megaphone with exposed wire? YES PLEASE! :biggrin-new:
    Now you have no choice.... you hear my music.

    Fresh new HIDs

    Budget Roof Basket..

    exterior air freshener!

    The Patina is really turning out pretty cool. maybe this time next year it gets satin clear?
    Still wheel shopping.... can't find anything weird enough to buy. :p
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