Indeed, my EF9 has plenty of signs of a hard life.
From a lack of regular servicing.
And basic car care from previous owners.
I look forward to restoring it to its full original showroom condition.
Where all fans of EE/F9 would be proud to see it in the metal, or online.
Next year I will begin my search for Mugen M7 15x6.5 ET45.
And Silver/Gunmetal/Black Chrome Cut CF-48 15x6 ET38.
I will also keep you informed on M7 as I find them.
Should you be still interested come the day.
Then I should stop.
As already I am spoilt for choice.
Already I have sought advice on repairing all the panel damage.
And respraying the complete car to showroom condition.
This includes repairing all the damage I photographed.
As well as the leaking Sunroof.
And water gathering in the Space Saver area.
I have been recommended to fix all the mechanical issues first.
Followed then by repairing panel and paint second.
Mechanically there are the following to replace, or revive:
- Left Front Hub Assembly ordered
- Oxygen Sensor ordered
- Left Front ALB Sensor Wire needed (no longer available according to Honda NZ via Honda JPN)
- ALB not working
- ALB Warning Light not working
- Broken Engine Mount/s
- Power Steering Rack leaking
These are my foremost issues mechanically to deal with.
As this is a longterm restoration project.
I will not try to achieve everything at once.
But instead, slowly but surely.
Reach my goal over time.
There is no prize for completing it.
Just the satisfaction of the journey.
And seeing what I started with and where I'll take it.
My Mugen wheel collection is not overly light compared to today's light weight wheels.
I like them because they reflect the EF9 period in Honda History.
Even though strictly speaking the NR-10, and MR-5 Final Version are EG generation alloys.
MR-5 15x6 ET38 = 6.8kg
MR-5 Final Version 15x6.5 ET45 = 7.0kg
NR-10 15x6 ET45 = 6.5kg.
I have yet to weigh my MR-5 14x6 ET38.
I am only interested in genuine EE/F9 seats for my EF9, in the same finish.
Mainly because they don't attract attention.
And because they were original to the car I am trying to restore.
Thanks for your patience, and your original invitation to join SiR FH.
Come the day I have the EF9 completely resprayed it'll be most ironic.
In that it'll cost more to respray the complete car.
And repair all the panel damage, than it did to purchase it.
Well worth it IMHO.
And it'll be a great day for me and my EF9 restoration project.
Yes, like you I am a fan of the 'less is more' look, and my EF9 will reflect this.
Even after two weeks, I am still growing comfortable with the Black MR-5's fitted to my EF9.
IMHO they are louder (i.e. attract more attention) than I expected.
Definitely more so than the Silver MR-5 of the same dimension.
Maybe I am just growing old.
I do plan to make changes to the suspension of my EF9.
But only after I have finished fixing all the mechanical issues I mentioned much earlier.
And once I have completed collecting the full Mugen Hard Bush Kit I have been collecting over time.
My goal is to fit the Mugen Showa EF9 suspension kit... whether it's still available is another thing altogether.
Otherwise I'll be forced to fit brand new genuine EF9 suspension.
We'll see when I reach this crossroad.
I will try again and order the A.L.B LSD decal over the counter.
When I return to Japan this weekend for three weeks.
As well as a few other EF9 genuine parts that turned up as 'deleted/no longer available'.
When I enquired with Honda JPN via Honda NZ.
As you well know, the JDM is well known for keeping certain items strictly JDM Only.
I am hoping this is the case with these deleted items.
No doubt I will find out.
I have already collected the missing genuine front Honda badge, rear Honda badge, and SiR badge.
But my panelbeater recommended to only fit them once the complete respray and panel damage has been completed.
Otherwise he will have to remove them when her performs the respray.
A pity, as currently IMHO aesthetically my EF9 gives the impression it is not cared for.
Far from it as you can all feel.
But I will follow his advice, and not give in.
Why the fascination with the EF9?
For me, the fourth generation is Honda's finest Civic.
And the EE/EF9 the finest fourth generation model grade.
The low wedge design, the low window line inside and out.
Super visibility, with clean, unclutered interior, and simple but effective instrument design.
Double wishbone suspension.
And particularly the EE/EF9 with its B16A , steering and gearbox combination.
IMHO when you first saw this fourth generation Civic.
You could not mistake it for anything else.
It looked, and felt well made.
It drove well, and finally was uniquely Honda.
And then came the EE/F9...
Since its introduction I have followed the EE9 with reviews in Autocar UK, and Car UK magazines.
As well as its startling success in the Group N classes racing in the UK back in its heyday.
Where it not only trounced rivals in its class.
But would be found beating rivals in the higher cubic capacity classes above it in the UK racing scene.
Not to mention its success through the JDM/Asia racing scene.
A decade ago I seriously considered buying a Peugeot 205 GTI 1.6.
The steering was fantastic, but the brakes were IMHO appalling.
I tried the Peugeot 205 GTI 1.9, much better than the 205 GTI 1.6.
But it didn't have the change in character I liked in the EF9 with its willing to rev B16A.
It lacked the EF9 short throw, mechanical feel gearshift.
The build quality was not comparable to the EF9.
And the engine note was nowhere as intoxicating, and stirring.
I also tried the Fiat Turbo i.e.
But I've never been a fan of turbo chargers.
Nor did I like what felt like its high center of gravity, top heavy design.
I ended up buying a NZDM 1991 Civic GTi (D16A7) instead.
As used import EF9 had not arrived on our shores here in NZ by then.
But that never stopped my from my passion for EF9.
And I know if EF9 were available back then.
I would have bought it brand new, no question.
It is for these reasons, and many more I have accumulated over the years that I am a fan of EF9.
As things have turned out the number of EF9's here in NZ are dwindling.
As young owners are destroying them in accidents.
Because of their cheap, but powerful performance value.
Thanks to this cheap deal to buy my EF9.
I have been united with my passion for EF9.
And will do my best to ensure a showroom example of a classic Honda EF9 will remain.
Driven daily, and meticulously maintained.
Reflecting the owner in the light of a Honda Classic enthusiast.
Which is why I am here.