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This is the complete stock 1998 Honda Civic LX we’re starting with.
08.25.2015 I just installed the Stop Tech slotted and dimpled front rotors and pads that Cquence Performance Brake Parts so generously donated. I done a lot of different types of automotive work, but this was my first brake job. Left side took 37 minutes. Right side took 15. I guess that’s a pretty good learning curve.
09.13.2015 Went out to install the cat-back exhaust that Yonaka Motorsports donated, but found out that I’m going to need to do a little custom work to connect/extend the new system to the catalytic converter. Fortunately it should be pretty simply to install, and the parts shouldn’t be too difficult to find.
09.17.2015 I installed the hood latches that Winding Road sent. It went pretty easily. I hit a cross brace in the hood and broke a drill bit, but everything else went smoothly. (12/11/15 Update. Steve Davies our SCTA technical inspector notified us that these spring retainers won’t pass inspection and we’ll need to go with the pin type as well (instead)).
10.27.2015 It was going to be a bit more involved than I thought to fabricate the adapter I needed to connect the stock exhaust pipe to the new custom 2.5″ exhaust from Yonaka. I needed rear brakes anyway, so I stopped by Oxford Muffler here in town and they gave me a great price. Even though the rear brakes are still drums, and I would like to have converted them to discs, I’m still happy with the progress we’re making.
11.05.2015 I’ve always heard that the land speed community was a very giving group of people. (At this point, I’m very much an outsider, but the three people I’ve spoke to so far have all been extremely generous with their time and advice). Kiwi Steve, one of the tech inspectors at Bonneville spoke with me yesterday. I had emailed him a question, and he wanted to take the time to call me. Without going into all the details, he was very straight forward but encouraging. One thing he suggested was to give the car a shake down after making some modifications – see how it does under power on one of the one mile tracks around the country before taking it out there and running it hard. We still have a very long way to go, but we’re encouraged by the support (of all kinds) we’ve gotten so far.
11.15.2015 There are currently no tires that will fit the stock rims that came on the Civic. As we got to the point of needing to buy new tires, I decided to try to find rims that would accommodate the (Y) rated (186+ mph) tires we’ll need to run out at Bonneville. Link:
I had been scouring Craigslist and thought I had found a couple good sets, but they both fell through. Then, I saw for just $300, a set of nice 17″ rims with 90% new tires. That was cheaper than just going to buy four new tires. So we drive to Laurenceville, GA from here in Oxford (2 hours), and picked them up from a well to do guy in a nice neighborhood. He was selling them for a good friend that was battling liver cancer. I told him about our project and he said he was glad they were going to a good cause. The ride is about as rough as I expected, and the wheels look good. I do think we’ll have to lower the car about an inch or so though. The only concern is what racing class that would put us into.
11.21.2015 KMOD Performance notified us today that they would be happy to donate a B18a block and a set of Supertech pistons to the SpeedBird project.
11.29.2015 Installed the battery disconnect switch generously donated by Littelfuse (http://www.littelfuse.com/). The SCTA requires this to be installed on the rear of the vehicle. Installation was quick and easy. We’re waiting to hear back from a couple electrical supply companies about the donation of cables, lugs and connectors to wire it up to the battery.
12.11.2015 Had the windows tinted by Hutch Touch in Oxford, AL today. It wasn’t a donation, but enhances the look of the car. It’s a strategic enhancement that will help us market the project.
12.16.2015 We received confirmation from Terminal Supply Company that they will be donating the battery cable, lugs, and connector we need to wire up the battery disconnect switch we got from Littelfuse.
I installed the new red and black “stinger” racing stripe that the Opportunity Center made for us. The best advice they told us was to spray it down with soapy water and squeegee it out after the stripe was where I wanted it. There’s some air bubbles, but all in all, I think it looks great.
04.16.2016 Installation of the Omni Power 9,000 rpm redline tachometer was very simple and straight forward. It fit perfectly into the original cluster. We expect to run very high boost and very high revs to get the turbocharged 1.8L up to 200 mph.
04.09.2016 We received the wiring parts we need to connect the Littelfuse disconnect switch to the battery. This will be a little more challenging, but it’s always fun.
04.11.2016 We swapped out the 18 year old stock lug nuts for the TiteTec open lug nuts provided by Apex Racing Parts. Quick and simple.
The journey of a thousand steps gets one step closer. I installed the hood pins that the SCTA requires to run. So yes, we’re doing as many easy and inexpensive steps as we can and working our way up to the more challenging components.
04.15.2016 It’s been fun learning and trying new things as this SpeedBird project comes along. I attached the lugs to the battery cables this morning. Simple and fun. Looking forward to more challenging projects. And please don’t think I’m not reaching out for help. Every time you do something new, it’s a great chance to draw on the wisdom, experience, and mistakes of others. So many generous people out there more than happy to help.
09.18.2016 Installed the SCTA required roof rails. Home Depot donated the 3/4″ angle aluminum. These roof rails disrupt the flow of air in the event of the car getting sideways. This disruption of air reduces lift thereby keeping all four wheels on the salt.
10.06.2016 Installed the new lightweight Braille racing battery that came this week. It’s not a full donation, but half off on an excellent quality product.
11.22.2016 Began gutting the inside of the car. Having just picked up a 1995 Corvette convertible with only 6,662 miles, it won’t be a daily driver, but I can start making more significant modifications and ripping out the interior doesn’t cost anything.
4.25.2017 With the help of my dad, we got the battery cables provided by Terminal Supply Company connected to the disconnect switch from Littelfuse and the battery from Braille.
Later the same day, we installed the first two windshield retention clips.