Introducing Project EJ Honda Civic

By Chuck Johnson

You're probably wondering what this busted ass Honda Civic is doing on the virtual pages of MotoIQ. I mean, it's far from the flawless presentation of MotoIQ's usual project cars and lacks the engineering luster to be excusable like Coleman's innovative crap cans. Instead, this Civic's clear coat is peeling off and almost every panel has some kind of battle wound on it… but every gear head has a story about the car that was their first love.


For our resident editor, Annie Sam, this busted ass civic was her first love. With the odometer now reading just over 260K, Annie's 1997 Honda Civic has seen it all from her high school days of riding on cut spring and scamming on wannabe gangster boys to her first hot laps at Willow Springs.


While Annie was learning how to road race, she faced a very steep learning curve. This was a result of one of her "lessons" learned.

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Der Bruce
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Thursday, April 07, 2011 8:04 PM
I'm sensing a possible theme and contest between Steve's Jetta and your civic Annie!?
Thursday, April 07, 2011 8:39 PM
Interesting. I think those Civics are one of the best FWD to turn into a track car. Lots of aftermarket and tons and tons of information on the net to make whatever your goals are.
Thursday, April 07, 2011 9:35 PM
Very interesting! Just when I was selling my current car + looking for a EG with B18c1 or B16b :D D
Thursday, April 07, 2011 9:47 PM
I got a similar busted "project." A 93' coupe Civic (EJ1 for the nerds) with a stock D16Z6, dogbox gears, and a 4.7 ATS final. Let's just say it has seen better days.
It is my daily. It's got 270XXX miles on it and it still runs strong ! Nothing beats Civic for that.
Looking forward to the next article.
Thursday, April 07, 2011 10:47 PM
I have a 94 coupe that is also similar. I just finished changing bushings over to the energy suspension kit. Mine too, has seen better days. It was stolen 4 times during its lifetime, and now carries lots of dents, dings, and marks that it accumulated over the years. Still brings me smiles though.
Friday, April 08, 2011 2:53 AM
My first car was an '86 Integra. Living in a salt state, it was in pretty sorry shape by the time I got it. When I inally got rid of it, the windshield was crakced in two places, the seats were toast, the gas tank leaked if you parked on a hill, and the floors had holes big enough to put your feet through. But it's still the most fun car I've ever driven, the EVO included.

Theres an old saying "driving a slow car fast is way more fun than driving a fast car slow." It's TOTALLY correct.
OMG Its Weasel
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Friday, April 08, 2011 5:10 AM
out of all the SCC projects i miss, the project civic(s) were my favorite underdogs.
Friday, April 08, 2011 5:14 AM
That's interesting. My first real car was a 96 Civic Ex Coupe and was the car that got me interested in performance and modifications. I wrote it off and moved on to an Evo that I still have.

Recently I have been thinking of buying another Coupe. Maybe this project will be the inspiration to do just that.
Friday, April 08, 2011 5:37 AM
Ugh, that Cookie Monster shot on the cover brings back sad memories...

Looks like a fun project. And no, Der Bruce, other than quickly loading passengers, a stump pulling contest, and speed limit racing across the country, my TDI project stands no chance against Annie's Civic in any contest of speed. Her B18C1 makes more power stock than my 1.9L TDI is expected to make after a retinue of mods... :)
Friday, April 08, 2011 7:32 AM
Sweet. I've got a 97 Civic sedan that just rolled over 260k a couple days ago. It's got the same suspension setup, plus GC extended top hats but minus the sway bar (interested if you guys get rid of it though). And minus the B18C1. =( Still, it's a great car, is relatively trouble free, and is fun to drive. I do need to figure out how to mess with wiring and such... my dash lights went out last night. Hopefully you guys have good how-to articles on basic newbie troubleshooting stuff like that too.

So in short, very interested in how this project progresses. For these project cars (the civic & jetta) can we have a running total of all the mods too? And is there a targeted budget for them or is the sky the limit?
Friday, April 08, 2011 7:49 AM
"lacks the engineering luster to be excusable like Coleman's innovative crap cans." buahahahahahahaHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
That just made my day. Thank you MotoIQ!!! XD
Chuck Johnson
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Friday, April 08, 2011 1:06 PM
I'm just waiting for Dave to read that one. How can you compliment and insult someone at the same time? See me for lessons :)
Friday, April 08, 2011 4:28 PM
Wouldn't Dave take "innovative crap cans" as a compliment anyway though?
Sunday, April 10, 2011 9:27 AM
MORE projects..! cool
Monday, April 11, 2011 1:55 PM
Reminds me of my first love Civic, which I still have. It's no where as beat up as this Civic and it's an EG (better than an EK, heheh) but it only has 210k on it. I can't wait to see this project start! We both have good taste in engines (b18C1 with a JRSC via Hondata S200b) and I put it in myself also in 1999. I've owned my Civic since 1995 when I drove her off the lot! One owner!
Jdm 4 eva
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Tuesday, May 03, 2011 10:24 AM
wow thats a nice civic u need to repair the rear bumper i am not sure how much it cost u could buy the bumper let me know k
Thursday, May 05, 2011 4:29 PM
This is cool, I have a Civic too and I'll be looking forward to updates on this.
Are you rebuilding the 'tired' Koni/Ground Control combo or are you replacing them altogether? I have the same suspension and seeing if there are better options out there.
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