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Intro to '89 Civic 1.4GL, called Phoebe by previous middle-class owners

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#1 OFFLINE   ANYOLDIRON1984

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Posted 14 January 2019 - 10:06 PM

Hello fellow Autoshiters!

 

Just a quick intro to my 1989 Civic GL with a couple of expertly taken photos in the style of Rembrandt.

 

Had the cars since, I think, April 2018, garage had it till September (I told them to do it "at their leisure"), where it had tons of welding, which was done to an MoT-worthy, but not cosmetic-worthy, standard (not dark patches near arches). Had carbs rebuilt due a stuck float, naturally it doesn't run quite right. New brakes lines, loads of underside rot cleaned off. Bit of a service. It's certainly driveable but not sure how far I should take it given that I'm reasonably sure the timing belt will be celebrating its 30th birthday in December.

 

Genuine 48k miles on the clock from new, starts on the button even when parked up for a month. Suppose it's a "daily" but I barely drive it due to not really needing a car at the moment.  

 

Got test till September so hopefully I won't need to spend anything on it till then. 

 

Not sure what else to say about it, it's a bit shabby but very worthy!

 

Looking forward to perusing the forum and seeing what other shite people have. I just love a rubbish but good car.

 

Dave

 

 

 

 

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Posted 14 January 2019 - 10:30 PM

Ghosty will be well pleased with this.
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Posted 14 January 2019 - 10:35 PM

Ghosty isn't the only one. I adore these!


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Posted 14 January 2019 - 10:35 PM

I like these, more pics please.
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Posted 14 January 2019 - 11:11 PM

More pics coming when I have them. Given the limited daylight at the moment I'm struggling but I'll do me best!

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Posted 14 January 2019 - 11:20 PM

I R disappoint no pictures of xtriples dog  :mrgreen:


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Posted 14 January 2019 - 11:50 PM

That’s ace. 1989 Hondas are for WINNERS.

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#8 OFFLINE   ANYOLDIRON1984

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Posted 14 January 2019 - 11:58 PM

I should point out that everything electrical works. The one-touch driver's side window, the sunroof, the heater fan on all speeds. Apart from the rot these things were built to last.


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Posted 15 January 2019 - 12:18 AM

One of of my favorite gen Civics, my brother had 2 CRX and a sedan of this gen, lovely cars, as good as they get for their time really!

 

The size difference between the "compact" i30 and originally same class Civic makes me a little sad...


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Posted 15 January 2019 - 05:30 AM

The size difference between the "compact" i30 and originally same class Civic makes me a little sad...


I thought that, then I imagined crashing into a crisp packet and I feel a little better.

Welcome btw, the phrase "at their leisure" is that a new category for getting work done on the cheap?

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Posted 15 January 2019 - 05:46 AM

Looking good - red and not faded either!

 

Mine's a '91.

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Posted 15 January 2019 - 05:57 AM

Ghosty, yours looks in fine condition. Probably one of the last ones, too.

I'm afraid mine does have faded panels and many cosmetic issues, it's just that I'm a rubbish photographer.

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Posted 17 January 2019 - 02:50 PM

Just a couple of quite snowy pics of the old girl. Tried to get some side shots but the battery died on my phone. Doh!

 

Should have cleared the snow from the front number plate as its barely legible.

 

However I did manage to get some video footage which I'll be sticking on the tube tonight or tomorrow.

 

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Posted 17 January 2019 - 02:54 PM

I like it.


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Posted 17 January 2019 - 02:57 PM

Faults I've found today after not having driven it for 3 weeks:

 

Severely cracked sidewalls on a couple of tyres and all tyres massively under-inflated.

 

Won't idle without choke, even when hot.

 

Starter intermittently stays engaged for a couple of seconds after engine starts.

 

The joys of old motors. Even a trip to the shops is an adventure/


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Posted 17 January 2019 - 04:34 PM

"..The joys of old motors. Even a trip to the motor factor [..again..] is an adventure/ .."

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Posted 17 January 2019 - 04:46 PM

I had one of these briefly before stuffing it into the side of a mk4 Astra about 10 years ago. Quality motors these. Electric windows, central locking, power steering, electric sunroof, electric mirrors, twin choke Weber carbs.... it was ace. Shame it wrote off. I tried to buy another some years ago but the prices have shot through the roof becausejaptax
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Sideways is the only way forwards!

 

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Posted 17 January 2019 - 05:12 PM

Would love to try one with easier to service carbs / more mainstream carbs. Forgive my ignorance about my own car but I don't think anyone knows how to tune the Keihin carbs.
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Posted 17 January 2019 - 05:35 PM

Would love to try one with easier to service carbs / more mainstream carbs. Forgive my ignorance about my own car but I don't think anyone knows how to tune the Keihin carbs.


Hmmmmm.... ?

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Posted 17 January 2019 - 06:50 PM

Get some Weber’s for it

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Posted 17 January 2019 - 07:33 PM

Don't get Webers! The keihin carbs are meant to be good and modified can make the car fly, think if I remember right search for bisimoto
I absolutely adore these, had 4 but it's never worked out, one day I might buy one that isn't fucked/pineappled
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Posted 18 January 2019 - 01:27 AM

Thanks. I'll check that out but need to fix the idling issue first. I'm sure it's running lean.


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Posted 18 January 2019 - 01:34 PM

.... Our carb expert advises a 'spring chop' ??

Many years around S.U. carbs has led me to believe a 'high resistance/thicker/firmer' spring is the way for power - resisting the desire for the needle rise so increasing the inlet depression=pulls more fuel/richer.

Filing a flat down the length of the needle/firm spring is 'old skool' SU tuning ;)

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Posted 18 January 2019 - 11:17 PM

What's this about carb tuning?
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Posted 22 January 2019 - 04:18 AM

Rookie question - how do you set the timing on one of these D14A1 engines? I'm not even sure if it has an ECU somewhere.


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Posted 23 January 2019 - 04:48 PM

Cambelt. GLs don't have any sort of electrickery.
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Posted 04 February 2019 - 11:41 PM

For anyone that's interested, more pictures, this time displaying crustiness / parking scrapes / faded paint / non-cosmetic welding. Enjoy!

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Posted 12 February 2019 - 12:11 AM

Well, had the timing belt done, new tyres and just drove it from Durham to Inverness with no issues, apart from the fact it won't really idle. I have no idea why I undertook this but if the engine weren't too big I'd enter it into the Mongol rally!
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Posted 12 February 2019 - 12:44 PM

I had one of these. Exactly the same. Think it was KDZ3231. Only 5 years old when I got it. Absolutely amazing car.
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Posted 12 February 2019 - 01:22 PM

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