I’m new to this forum and new to cars as well. I’m from Canada and I brought a 1990 Rio Red Integra GS manual transmission coupe from my friend last summer for $1500 at 248,500 km. I’m looking for some great advice from all of you for what to do with my car. I think it’s gonna to get pretty detailed as I want to be clear and tell all of you my current situation, hopefully it’ll help you to give me some better advice.
I’ll first list off all the things I’ve done with my car since last summer. I replaced the CV Shaft for both the front left and right wheels, Bosal muffler, Two new front tires, Ignition cap and rotor, NGK ignition wire set, NGK spark plugs, Valve cover gasket and sealed cam end plug, Rear brake pads, Machined front/back rotors, Right front lower ball joint, and also did the passenger floor water fix.
I have also recently flushed my engine, added treatment and cleaner. My engine was pretty darn dirty, when they drained it, it was all black… I also had the power steering fluid flushed, coolant flushed, and changed the transmission oil and added treatment. I think all the necessary things needed to be fixed on my car have been done. All the major liquids, except the brake fluid has been flushed as well. One thing is that my blower motor is shorted I think because of the water getting into the passenger floor. I’ll probably do that soon after I’m sure the leak has stopped. It was a lot harder to get it to stop leaking than I thought, using the Shoe Goo method now.
In all, my car should now be technically “worth” around $4200, meaning I’ve spent $2700 on labour and parts for the above mentioned things and other smaller expenses. Not sure if I am getting ripped off…
So the above is the current state of my car, running now at 256,500 km. Some paint was chipped off when I got it around the front and rear bumper, not sure how to fix it… Some rust is forming on the left rear side above the tire area. Other than that, it’s in pretty good condition, I think…
So I like my car, its shape and everything and would definitely consider keeping it and spending more money to make it better. My question is what I can do with it and what are the steps involved in getting me there. I don’t have a lot of money right now so I can’t afford to mod it all at once. However I estimate that my future income will allow me to spend any amount of money on my car. So please base your answer on the assumption that money is not a real issue, however when to spend the money is i.e. what mods I should do first, second, third etc. However I would still like to know the actual cost of each mod of course.
I know this Integra is definitely not a fast car but I like the car itself and the old-school style. I am considering an engine swap, but not sure which engine to swap in. I was thinking of doing the B18C Type R swap, though I know it is not a common swap. What I am looking for is to increase my horsepower and performance while keeping the body of this Integra. Of course my options include turbo, nitrous etc.
People have told me I might as well buy a newer used car and mod that instead i.e. Third generation Integra, Prelude, NSX etc. What do all of you think? Is it really worth it to spend a huge amount of money on a car that’s already 20 years old?? Does insurance even cover the mods if someone crashes into me? I’m all up for suggestions right now because the way I see it, if I don’t plan to upgrade this car, there’s no point in me spending any money at all on this car aside from the normal wear/tear on the car. If I do want to keep it, I want to spend a bit of money here and there, and work my way up to my goal over a period of time.
The mods I have heard that should be done first are the cold air intake and the high performance exhaust. If I’m going to keep this car, I plan to get the intake probably next month.
So my secondary questions for these two mods are:
- Cold Air Intake: What brand should I get? And if I decide to do an engine swap, would this mean that my intake would no longer work and I would need to get an intake that matches the new engine?
- Exhaust System: Again, what brand should I get? My mechanic said that a high performance exhaust reduces torque especially at lower gears, is this true? I couldn’t really find anything about this on the web.
After these two mods I’m not sure what I should do with my car next. Any suggestions and steps I would want to take? When would be the appropriate time to do an engine swap? I know the Type R costs around $4000-$5000 including the transmission; I may have that amount of money ready in the next 2 years. I also realize that if I am doing an engine swap I might as well do other mods as well such as the clutch, flywheel, anything else?
I am sure I can find a friend or someone in my network to help me out with my car, so I can save a huge chunk of money on labour costs. Of course I realize to truly make my car worthwhile I will need to spend equally as much or less on non-performance mods i.e. new paint job, interior mods, rims, body kit etc. What is the total price range I would expect if I do go through with all these mods?
Thank you everyone in advance, I really appreciate getting some valued feedback and advice from all of you. Referring me to any threads would be great too. If there are any details I am missing, please ask, but I think my situation is pretty clear at this point. Thanks again!