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Honda Civic Gets a Major Mid-Engine and Body Makeover

Published January 30, 2016

This Honda Civic is definitely a one of a kind build inside and out with major modifications. The Civic was a five year long project with very unique results that will definitely draw the attention of Honda enthusiasts at the first glance. The major body modifications were required to facilitate the new mid-engine configuration. The 136 horsepower V-6 motor was out of a 1986 Acura Legend prior to being installed into this 1984 Honda Civic.

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The front engine bay is now home for a 14 gallon fuel tank and a radiator that was salvaged out of a Corvette. Based on the illustrations it also appears that the wheels may have originated from a Corvette as well.

The unique body-kit was fabricated to facilitate the extension of the body that was required to mount the new power plant and drive train. The Honda had to be widened by two inches in the front and almost five inches in the rear to facilitate the major modifications. A custom tubular frame and roll bar were also installed to accommodate the structural changes that were required. The suspension was completely modified as well and incorporates custom coilovers and a fabricated sway bar system.

The approximate cost of the complete rebuild was about 13,000 dollars and the builder who is an engineer took pictures throughout the build. As you will see in these illustrations almost every inch of this 1984 Honda Civic was modified to make the new design successful.

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About Calvin Escobar

The Car scene is so diverse Where I come from, most enthusiasts recognize the amazing engineering (particularly the engines). The bulk of the ridicule originates from the manner in which many of the vehicles are modded/maintained. Thus, the jokes and or hate tends to be aimed more at the owner rather than the machine. All of which makes seeing properly sorted old Toyota's and Hondas at car meets, auto shows, and track days all the more refreshing.

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