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Old 25 Jan 2013, 01:31 pm
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Default Good to restore 1988-1991 civic?

Hello! I want to buy either a crx or 88-91 civic hb and restore it, maybe do a swap with something with lower miles. It is hard to find a crx for a good price, but the 88-91 civic hb are pretty nice too.

Are parts readily available for those models? Are they hard to work on?

I will be working on it spare time in my garage, I can do car maintenance, good with the wrench, have some spare cash. Also got fabricating experience and have access to CNC machines.

Just want a DD, mostly looking to restore it to look nice, performance is not a concern at the moment.

Please share your opinions.

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Old 25 Jan 2013, 01:46 pm
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I'am sure that you'll find lots of parts for even the 88 models,in fact autozone has a lot of parts listed for those cars.Many ppl like to work on those cars , plus there still is a lot of them still on the roads today.If you ask many of their owners a lot of them will tell you that they like the older model Honda's a lot more then the newer models and they would much prefer to keep driving their older models.

Hope that helps and best of luck.By the way if you've the space, time , energy, patience, some money and especially the will power you might be able to pick up a couple of cars and use them to make one good car or over haul one car and make restore it fully.Plus if you do have more then one car it allows you to have have some spare parts too. Also many of those models may have some interchangeable parts.
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Old 25 Jan 2013, 02:02 pm
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Both of those cars are nice. And parts for these cars are cheap & easy to find. Hondas are the easiest to maintain & build. As for me, I been working with cars all my life. And it was never about speed & power. It was always about taking an old beat down car & turning it into a work of art.
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Old 25 Jan 2013, 02:17 pm
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It really depends on what parts you're looking for. Engine wise, you should have no problem finding parts for any Honda engine. Exterior and interior parts can be a little bit harder to find depending on what you are looking for. On the crx and ef hatch, its harder to get a B series swap in there than it would be on say a 92-95 civic. You also have to convert from obd0 to obd1 if you are considering a B swap. Overall they're nice cars and are worth restoring.
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