The weather was really nice today so my friend and I decided to wash our cars. We took out the hose, a bucket with hot water and soap, and the mighty sponge. I was washing and she was doing all the rinsing so the cars got washed pretty quick. It’s amazing how dirty your car gets in the winter from all the salt, dirt and grim that’s flying around from car to car. Now that my car is cleaner my wipers should work better too. I’ve washed my car at a public car wash before and no matter how well I wash it, I can never get it as good as I can at home with a sponge.
Body and Paint Archive
I was driving home tonight after work and the rain started to fall. I turned on my wipers and all I got was smudge after smudge after smudge, my visibility was bad. Why was it bad you ask? Because my wipers are dirty and my windshield needs a wash. This is especially bad when you are driving in the dark and you get the glare of oncoming traffic on your windshield. My solution for this is to clean your wipers with isoprophenol alcohol and the windshield with Windex. This will help the situation for now and when you get a chance purchase some new wipers if their a few years old.
Does your Honda Civic have quarter panel rust? Yeah I thought so… Most people know that a Honda Civic’s weakest link is the integrity of the body. If you own a Civic that is 10-15 years or older and it’s seen a few winters than it’s bound to have some rust.You can patch it up for a year or two but that usually won’t last so the best bet is to cut out the rusted panels and weld in new pieces.
I found another EG Honda Civic on CarDomain.com with the same body kit I was aiming to get last summer. The car is painted gray and has shaved rear hatch lights and Lambo doors but still looks good with that front bumper.
Click Here for the link.
I was reading some posts on D-Series forums tonight and found this post about a guy who wondering what paint scheme he should use on his Honda Civic Hatch. This was the same question I had last summer and never came up with an answer, but looking at these images makes it easier to figure it out. Click Here for his forum post.
Out of all his ideas I found these three schemes to be the most interesting and possibly one that will be my future paint job.
Don’t you hate it when your outside window molding is all cracked and ugly. When you bought your Honda Civic Back in 1993 the molding was all black and nice, but over the years the sun and weather have deteriorated the plastic cover and now it’s just a nuisance to looks at. Well there is an easy solution for this and only takes about 20-30 minutes to swap out a new one or a better condition one from a wrecker.
And just in case you want the part numbers of those molding pieces I put them below so you can order them right from Honda brand new.
1992-1995 Civic Hatchback and Coupe Part Numbers:
window molding: 72410-SR3-003
door sash garnish: 72430-SR3-003
window molding: 72450-SR3-003
door sash garnish: 72470-SR3-003
This is a 1993 Honda Civic How To bumper swap or removal for turbo installation.
Tools Needed: Philips Head screw Driver, 10mm Socket Wrench with Extension.
Step 1 Take a 10mm socket wrench and unscrew the 1 screw that is on the left and ridge side of the bumper just in front of the front wheels once you fold back the inner fender Depending if someone has changed the bumper already you might run into Phillips head screws instead of 10mm.
Step 2 Use the 10mm socket wrench and unscrew the two 10mm bolts that are underneath the bumper. Please use the included image for reference.
Step 3 Use a Philips head screw driver and unscrew the 5 Philips head screws that are located on top just in front of the hood latch, once you pop the hood. Once the all the screws are removed you should be able to just pull the bumper right off and replace it if needed. For reinstallation just follow the steps in reverse order.
I’ve been working crazy hours this week so I haven’t had time to write up a complete Bumper Swap How-to article, but I thought I would at least get up some pictures. As you can see the newer bumper from a 95 Civic has the fog light area painted the same color as the bumper where mine is just black. From what I’ve seen this was only done on the 94 and 95 models but I am not 100% sure. In all the bumpers were really easy to swap, with 2 screws by the wheels, 5 under the hood and 2 under neath the bumper. As soon as I get a chance I will post a complete How-To on the bumper swap but here are my pictures for now.
These are images of my 93 Civic with the old bumper on the left and the new bumper on the right. It might not be visible but my old bumper had dings in it from rocks but the new bumper has a fresh set of paint on it so my car looks better now.
The bumper and fender swap between the two Civic’s was a success, it was quite easy and only a few tools were needed. I pulled the bumpers and fenders off by myself but got some help from a friend to put them all back on. The reason for this swap was that my bumper and fender in my 93 Civic was all dented from rocks but the 95 Civic had a new painted bumper and a fender with only 1 ding. I will post pictures tomorrow as I didn’t get a chance to pull them off my camera yet. I also replaced the drivers side headlight on the 95 Civic because it had a hole in it and the inner reflective part was all rusting away. Check back tomorrow for some before and after pictures.
Well the Weekend is finally here and this weekend I am gonna attempt to swap my bumper and drivers side fender with the other Honda Civic that I have. My other 95 Civic is a lot more beat up all over but the bumper and drivers side fender are in better shape then my 93 so I figure I better swap them over before winter. I’ll try to take picture along the way just in case others might want to know how to take off or change their Honda Civic’s bumper and fenders. Keep checking on the site this weekend as I will try to post this up soon as I get a chance.