Our DC2 Integra was a great find, in near unmolested close to stock condition despite being a GSR and being over 20 years old. Most DC2's of this era have either been mauled by a few generations of ricers, stolen several times or kept as treasured garage queens behind locked gates only to be driven to meets or other special occasions.
One of the first things that we knew would require attention with Project DC2 was the cooling system. Clear visual signs of aged and leaky hoses and end tanks were prevalent upon initial inspection of the car before purchase (catch up on the buying process here with article one). The plastic end tanked radiator, which seemed to be the original unit from the factory, looked to be an uphill on a hot day away from separating at the core. Since the plan for Project DC2 is to have a reliable street driven and track capable car, the cooling system needed a big upgrade in terms of safety and a higher overhead in heat dissipation.
As eager as we are to do big upgrades to Project DC2, a good amount of basic maintenance was required. Since our goal was to drive the car regularly on the street, we wanted the confidence of knowing we wouldn't be left stranded because of an avoidable failure. Some of the items on the list of such upgrades were the brakes and wheel bearings. The pads and rotors on the car were not necessarily in poor shape, but they were of unknown origin and brand. There were no familiar markings present on the brake pads and the previous owner had no idea either. We decided to start fresh with brake related parts, since it's the most important safety item on any car. The left rear wheel bearing was making a very audible humming noise so we knew it was on its way out. Erring on the side of caution, we will be replacing all four wheel bearings with new Centric Parts bearings.
MotoIQ has long been synonymous with Nissan oriented project and race car builds. Proof can easily be found in the "Projects" drop down menu on the site. However, when our Project VW Golf TDI suffered a major fuel system failure, Jeff--its owner--was without a daily driver and got the itch for a reliable, inexpensive spare daily driver he could also take to the track for some road course fun. I've been hanging around the shop a lot lately working on my 90's Hondas and telling Jeff all the positive aspects about them, giving him just enough interest to start combing the classifieds for a solid condition, wishbone suspension era, front wheel drive Honda.