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Hi guys,

I'm new to the forum. I have a 1988 Honda Prelude 4WS that I have been working on for quite some time. I have atached some pictures. Hope you guys like it!

Vehicle Specifics: The car is a 1988 Honda Prelude Si 4WS. In the engine compartment sits a stock B20A5 w/ manual transmission. The car currently has 71,000 original kilometres on both the body and the drivetrain.

The Story Behind The Car: My dad purchased this prelude brand new from T&T Honda back in 1988. He drove the prelude sparingly, all it's life. There were a few occurrences when it was stored for 5-6 years without being started or moved. Unfortunately, when it wasn't being driven it was stored outside and uncovered, so the body started to suffer from the odd rust spot and fading paint. Luckily, my dad never drove the car in the winter so the weathering wasn't too bad (i.e. no "Honda rust" or rotting floors), but nonetheless there were some areas that needed serious attention.

My dad gave me the keys to the prelude in spring, 2010. At the time, it had about 62,000 kilometres on the odometer. The car still had the original michelin tires, which were bald to the point where the steel threads were showing. So my first purchase for the car was some tires that I found off of (I think I paid $100.00). I had them mounted at the local Kal-Tire and began to drive it around that spring. Here is what it looked like at the time:

I drove the car around like that for the rest of the year and stored it for the winter.

The next spring (2011), I reconnected with an old friend from elementary school, who was as into cars as I was. He had just bought a side swiped S13 with a pre-swapped SR20 and I had helped him to repair/modify it. The mod-bug eventually caught on and it inspired me to fix up the prelude.

I got into contact with "mungo" from beyond and had the car painted at the Heninger Toyota body shop for $600.00. I think he was doing it under the table...but I didn't care, I was just excited about the great deal. I believe he was fired not too long after. I prepped the car myself (my first time) and he painted it. It was a dual stage paint job, I believe. Unfortunately, I did not know anything about body work, so I did not know anything about block sanding or the like. I just sanded the original paint with some 600 grit and just grinded/bondoed over the rust spots. :thumbsdow The paint job turned out okay though. Here are a couple pictures of the process and final product:

During mid-winter (2011), I purchased some "EK" civic Koni yellow shocks and ground control sleeves off of Kijiji. I installed them, along with some HUGE 25mm spacers...this was the result:

Here is my latest update from another forum:

Got a few things done. The interior was painted. I will be running full interior on this car though, so it probably will never be appreciated.

IMG_20180821_2126252 by[email protected]/, on Flickr

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The mounts I received sucked. The driver's side one did not fit properly. I ended up running 1 AZ race mount from my donor car for now until I figure something out.
IMG_20180822_2029472 by[email protected]/, on Flickr

I ended up putting the engine in by myself. It went in from underneath.
IMG_20180822_2211533 by[email protected]/, on Flickr

IMG_20180822_2211436 by[email protected]/, on Flickr

Might be putting a big wing on it...I will be running two trunks if I will be wingless for street use. Not sure how I feel about it. It is an authentic voltex type 2.

IMG-20180823-WA0001 by[email protected]/, on Flickr

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IMG-20180823-WA0005 by[email protected]/, on Flickr

Also have some cool things that just came in. Should be updating soon!

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"The interior was painted. I will be running full interior on this car though, so it probably will never be appreciated. "

That's a spectacular job, and I've been restoring cars for 45 yrs. You appreciate it, and that's all that counts. And I appreciate you sharing your major efforts to produce this gem!
Thank you.
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