February 14th, 2017, 11:03 AM
"a kid" = lots of hobby time, but little $$$
we can't all be born ballerz like you
February 14th, 2017, 11:09 AM
That'd be my guess.
I suspect he had or had access to a wrecked base model Civic and used it as the donor. There are not many higher-end EGs available in California these days - the selection of wrecks is probably quite small. Plus, like he said in the ad the clip swap is the hard part - future engine swaps just aren't that big of a deal. We did the B18C swap in my friend's CRX in a weekend! Those little Honda motors are so darned cute!
I'd probably have done the same... I mean, what I really wanted was a 2002+ Ranger with a 2.3l and a manual transmission, but what fell in my lap was an '05 Focus with a 2.0l and an automatic. The $1000+ I saved on the Focus vs. a insurance-auctioned Ranger will easily buy the stuff I didn't get.
February 14th, 2017, 11:10 AM
C'mon, you think a guy can put that car together but can't piece together a used B16A2 from eBay? Just a quick eBay search reveals all the individually-priced components that you'd need.
Originally Posted by balki
February 14th, 2017, 11:18 AM
Not saying it couldn't be done, but clipping a $500 Civic wreck and then doing some welding is a lot different than clipping a $500 Civic and then buying $2000 worth of B16 & fuel injection on top. A lot of the people that have the mad skillz to do that type of body work don't have an extra $2000 lying around. (I lack both the mad skillz and the $2000!). I can definitely get behind spending $500 on an experiment and seeing if it works before spending the next $2000. I'd be really hesitant to throw $2500 at a project unless I was 100% sure it'd work... the people that do that are (IMHO) the same people that end up with half-built cars sitting in their driveway and eventually post the "Unfinished project, would have been bad ass but lost interest and/or ran out of money, all parts there, you just need to build it!" ad. And, really, the *only* thing lost as this got done is two days of engine-swapping work. Not a big deal. I fully support this approach. The welding is the experiment - fitting any Honda engine ever made onto an EG subframe is *solved*.
(And, selfishly, in 2017 a B-series swap is nutso... ZC is the easy button.)
February 14th, 2017, 11:26 AM
$2,000 sitting in cash in your favorite sock and a $150 part here, $350 part there over the course of two years are two totally different things.
Ask this baller how he knows.
February 14th, 2017, 11:33 AM
God damn I want to say something gross about money in your favorite sock.
Like, "the only money in my favorite sock is a money shot" or "Nobody would take my money if I kept it in my favorite sock."
Something like that.
February 14th, 2017, 11:42 AM
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February 15th, 2017, 06:42 AM
Reading this makes my heart hurt. You should be window shopping T-56's.
February 15th, 2017, 06:53 AM
I'm not good enough.