Lithuanian 1992 Shuttle named "Gargamel".

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  • TadasTadas Wagonist
    Well more work done today,

    As promised the car got delivered by me and my buddy to a local body shop where the rusty spots and all other places will be welded up.

    I decided to get rid of the rear windshield wiper and some other holes in the body that I find useless.

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    And she is ready to go!

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    Lol I just have to put up a pic of my buddy driving the towtruck to the shop.

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    Some of my d16z6 engine parts lying around. I still cannot decide if I will be able to put the whole motor together by myself or not.

    But sure as heck I will try it!

    I will make updates along the way when I will stop by the body shop and while constructing the motor.

    Glad to have it out of the garage and being worked on.
  • TadasTadas Wagonist
    I was away on a trip, but now I am back and I did a bit of work today.

    I got some 0 sanding paper, some matte black paint and primer. Basically I decided to try and paint the ugly looking stock interior panels from grayish blue to black.

    Here is the result:

    P.s. The not so shiny peace is the only black OEM one I found in the car. The one on the right is painted by me.

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    As you can see I also took off all the parts from intake manifold. I decided to take that nasty piece and try and make it all shiny and nice again.

    I know it will take lots of time, but I really wanna try doing it.

    Oh and I found my missing side-skirts so welding can start soon I think.
  • drfinkdrfink Wagonist
    Little late now, but the dash harness is a completely separate harness from the cabin harness, its like 3 plugs into the fusebox and one harness plug. You don't have to take anything off except the two grounds.
  • TadasTadas Wagonist
    Heh I cut some of them wires with a smily face. But that dash cost me good 3 hours of time. Updates coming soon for those interested!
  • TadasTadas Wagonist
    Since the shuttle is away at the welding shop I have been thinking about many things that should be done to it.

    First, I have decided on making it a color that no one else seems to have on their shuttle.

    And I want to go with this particular color scheme.

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    Tadaaaaaa, Spoon Yellow look with black bits!

    I want to lay out the current plan for the car so I can track my progress a bit better.

    Exterior:

    - Welding of the rust.
    - Widening rear/front arcs.
    - Painting the body with OEM honda: phoenix yellow - Y56.
    - Finding a great looking front lip.
    - Finding a Ef hatch wing and modifying it to fit the shuttle.
    - Getting the nasty window tint off
    - Making custom stickers (SOHC Vtec, rt4wd etc).
    - Making a final choice on rims - diamond racing 15x8 or rota rkr 15x8 both ET0 or even negative.
    - Blue long lug nuts.
    - Getting 205s or 215s on it.
    - Hood/trunk dampers.
    - Clearing up all the lamps/replacing bulbs.
    - New window rubbers.

    I cannot decide if I should wrap the hood with CF vinyl and paint the pumper yellow OR leave the bumper black and hood yellow?


    Interior:
    - Painting grey interior plastic to matte black.
    - Removing old sound insulation.
    - Spraying inside with new sound deadening material.
    - Adding sheets of extra sound deadening - dynamat.
    - Get the new honda oem unit hooked up.
    - Buy new sound system/amp.
    - New rug/matts
    - Refurbished stock seats/door inserts.
    - Redo roof liner with cloth.
    - 70s civic cvcc 2 spoke wooden steering wheel ( I will post a link )
    - Screwdriver instead of oem honda plastic key handle.
    - Redo lighting with led's.
    - Get different pedals.
    - Get new synchro for crisper shift feel.
    - Extended, weird-looking shift knob


    Suspension:
    - BC Racing coilovers w/ soft springs.

    Engine:
    - Decide if I need a new clutch.
    - New radiator.
    - Pick up new p29 pistons assembled on old rods.
    - Get the huge list of new stock parts for the engine rebuild.
    - Refurbish the nasty looking old parts into shiny looking ones.
    - Decide on intake - oem box w/filer or growling aluminum pipe with cone filter.
    - Finish gathering the parts for the block build and starting it!

    Oh also, redo the whole wiring for obd and wiring in general for the car.



    Here is what I worked on the other day:

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    Made the incredibly nasty intake manifold have that aluminum shine!
  • TadasTadas Wagonist
    If this does not get your attention or comments then I do not know what will!

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    I almost have all parts I need to start the engine rebuild with 75.5 pm7's and hopefully 12:1 compression.

    Just need to pick the new belt later on and get the old oil pan back from a friend.

    Hopefully this weekend I will start putting the block together!
  • wftbwftb Wagonist
    I am picking up a d16z6 on monday for our wagon .Looking forward to see how it fits in yours , give me a bit of heads up for what is involved .Keep the updates coming , great thread .
  • TadasTadas Wagonist
    So since there are people interested I will update this thread as I go along.

    During the holidays I have been studying the mighty 92-95 honda service manual to pick up on all the little details of putting d16z6 together.

    That manual is like 1'258 pages long! But hey I thought I should at least share a cool pic of the engine I found:

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    And VTEC!!!

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    Also, I tried to finish up cleaning and reassembling intake manifold.

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    Here are injectors getting cleaned. Also the ends were all nasty.

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    Assembly in process and done!

    My eyes are turning onto this now -_-

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    And this:

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    Take note of the bump it has. Hoping to go from 9.2:1 compression to 12:1!
  • TadasTadas Wagonist
    I bet you guys missed me already and cannot wait for the new boring engine work update!

    So here it is!


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    It was kind of hard to get a hold of montage paste for the engine assembly.

    I also had a hard time making work space in our garage since it usually is full of random people hanging around.

    Here is the work that has been done:

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    92-95 civic manual is a huge help when putting together d16z6!

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    Dat Dome!!!

    As you can see I installed the crankshaft, main bearings, rod bearings, all rings, pistons and torqued everything down.

    On to the head work:

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    Aaaaand the valves are done! I got them seated in properly using two grinding pastes and a stick with a rubber on the end.

    Doing all this engine work for the first time is kind of exciting, more things to come!

    Tomorrow I will try and get springs and retainers installed, clean the whole head and maybe torque the head onto the engine block.

    I will try and do my best to keep these updates coming!
  • Mad work son! I cannot wait to go mpfi and vtec! I really enjoy watching and reading your build, keep it coming. :)
  • VladiVladi Senior Wagonist
    Good work on the engine.

    I know of a guy who's planning to repaint his wagon in Spoon yellow too and I saw a pic of another spoon yellow Shuttle too.
    (Just saying, in case you really really want to be one of a kind)

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  • TadasTadas Wagonist
    Oh my lord Vladi this looks incredible! I am so in love!!!
  • greenteagodgreenteagod Moderator
    Yellow good, black hood bad.
  • TadasTadas Wagonist
    So I have been working on the d16z6 engine more and more, and I would have done more work but I seem to be missing small pieces.

    For example, a shop gave me the wrong camshaft seal and I have a hard time recovering my wagon oil pan, and the d16z6 one will not work on the car.

    But meh I learned a few things and here is what stage I am at:

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    I got sick of waiting for a motor stand to get ready so I made my own "stand" from wood.

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    Got the springs and retainers in place, and put the "crab on", torqued everything down up to spec.

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    Coated my head casket.

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    It was a bit hard to align properly..

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    Got everything cleaned, oiled up and ready to go in.

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    And bam here she is all proud!

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    Then unexpectedly my buddy showed up in a 7 series limo (don't ask it was saturday) and helped me torque down the head bolts.

    Then I finished up by adjusting the valve clearances and recheked everything like 3 times just to make sure.

    Also, the valve cover is away to get painted. Now I will search for the missing rubber seals, bolts, gaskets and other random things needed to get the engine ready to go into the car.

    Furthermore, there is a bonus that I have found in the d16z6 transmission that we bought with the engine:

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    A full exedy clutch with the cover and all! Great news for my little shuttle.
  • Makes me super jealous, my wagon is a piece of shit compared to what this will be. Absolutely awesome awesome job!
  • VladiVladi Senior Wagonist
    Lol that Limo!
    I wouldve run an escort service if I owned that car.
  • TadasTadas Wagonist
    Since monday sucks and you might be hanging around civicwagon rather then working, here is an update - engine is coming along not as planned but work is still being done! Here are two more "artistic" shots.

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    and a better one

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  • I love engine porn :encouragement:
  • TadasTadas Wagonist
    Ugh we have been busy for a while now making our garage to have a corner in it that is more like a clubhouse.

    However, I still did a bit of work:

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    As you can see I got the belt put on (from the 3rd try to get it to align properly), as well as refreshed generator.

    Also, I had to remove the newly broken oil pump seal and get a new one put in.

    Furthermore, a buddy showed up in the garage and decided to donate a bigger throttle body.

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    Here they are side to side for comparison. The new one is from I believe H22 series motor.

    And to get that to fit onto my current intake manifold I had to learn how to trim the metal from the manifold.

    Took me a while but I got it to fit.

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    Also got a new cover for coil pack and got that installed.

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    And finally a bonus pic of our clubhouse!

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    Yes we got a table made from an engine!
  • TadasTadas Wagonist
    Since killa_ef_uat is KILLING it with more and more updates I need to keep my thread updated.

    I got the valve cover back and gave it a try to get the letters sanded off. Kinda f'ed up in a few places but I hope it will buff out!

    Gosh I still have quite some stuff to do to get the motor ready to go in! But hey, I learn something new every day.


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    After:


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    P.s. I really like the color in person.
  • Looks good!! Especially cause it says vtec lol. Nice club house!
  • TadasTadas Wagonist
    Ugh since most of the work on the engine itself is done, and only minor things are left, I am trying to accumulate more parts needed for interior, exterior and so on.

    Also, I was at a local show-off event and wanted to share this 4th gen hatch.

    This is how clean I want my car to look, only yellow:

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    I have also spotted another shuttle at the event! It looks quite sad, but it seems lowered, has overfenders, a turbo ( guessing from intercooler ).

    However, seeing this one made me decide for SURE that I am not leaving the stock color.

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    And now back to my shuttle,

    Welding is finally being done!

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    And the most vulnerable places:

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    It looks kinda sad seeing my poor wagon laying dead on the side. But hey fenders are next!

    Lastly, a pic of the engine:

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    I hope you guys enjoy the build and I will try and make it more interesting!

    Oh, and I got one "random" cool looking bolt that Is a twist on using fingers in the middle of my valve cover, just because one of the oem ones sucked, and I think it worked out to look really good.

    I will try and get a pic of that during the weekend!
  • 2fast2fast Band Wagon
    that green shuttle is mine, now waiting for bodywork and paint job :D
  • TadasTadas Wagonist
    2fast wrote: »
    that green shuttle is mine, now waiting for bodywork and paint job :D

    wow that is awesome! Welcome to the forum. I was going round and round about your shuttle wondering what hides inside!

    I hope we can meet some day in Vilnius or if you come to the seaside.
  • TadasTadas Wagonist
    Oh, and I know only a very few wagons are doing this. I mean I am going frankenstein on it! I want that curvy looks like a girl with nice hips!

    Here is whats going on:

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    Wide fender flares from metal coming soon!
  • 2fast2fast Band Wagon
    welded new metal sheets or bended old fender?
  • TadasTadas Wagonist
    Both I think. I will get more pics when there is more done.
  • TadasTadas Wagonist
    A few more things happening.

    I bet you guys can figure out whats up.

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    As you guys can see I got a 4th gen civic arm rest in good condition!

    Also, I am getting all the interior stuff reupholstered and I found a fabric that I love.

    It looks like old shirt that my grandfather would wear, and that is just the look I wanted!

    The rest of stuff will be covered in black cloth. I did want to get rid of all the leather.

    And that is not because I want to save cows, but I rather prefer cloth over leather in a old school wagon.

    Furthermore, I asked to redo my steering wheel and try and make it "fatter" more like an bmw e28 M5 wheel with a thick feeling to it.

    Oh and I wanted the wheel to be done in the best leather or whatever stuff they got.


    Current errands that I need to run are:

    -Take the shift boot to get reupholstered
    -Take the dash to get reupholstered
    -Buy NGK BKR6E spark plugs
    -Buy a fat lip
    -Check on fender flares
    -Take the car to the bodyshop/painter.
    -Make a decision on a shifter (if you have ideas please share them)
    -Get a mid wing from hatch
    -Wait for the parts to start rolling in.
  • Coming along nicely, i cant wait to see how the fender flares turn out. Nice armrest too!
  • snowbrdsnowbrd Wagonist
    Where did You find the armrest? I am looking for a while, but nothing found..
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