1988 Honda Prelude

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So I have a new "project." 1988 Honda Prelude SI Fuel Injected 2.0L with 4 wheel steering and a 5 speed manual transaxle. 4 wheel disc brakes. The interior is no different than from new, has a new clutch, all new brake pads, new tires. Body in great shape just needs a little work and can use paint only because of repairs from minor dents and dings. Everything works fine, power sunroof, power windows, hide-away lights, power locks, A/C, ect, all of those things work fine. It's in great shape. I pulled the motor because of a knock. Someone used the wrong oil (most likely, I know 50 weight was being used) and the bearings got wiped. One completely, and ruined crankshaft and rod. So I'm rebuilding the motor. Cylinders has virtually no wear on them...as does the rest of the motor. Sad. Anyway I'm just going to rebuild the motor, throw everything back in (clean as a whistle and painted of course all in great shape) and have it as a daily driver as my crown vic has seen better days and my...Coronet..er..hasn't seen days yet.

Anyway, don't know much about Honda, just wanted to get some help, pointers, and directions to get into the grove.

Websites and such is what I'm looking for. Things I should upgrade while I got it down, and mainly, where the heck do I look for good con rods and other parts of the like.

posted by  67Coronet383

Good luck DR. I dont know much about Hondas, but wish you good luck on your project!

posted by  StiMan

Thats funny, if all goes well I'll be getting the exact same car, except not 4WS.

posted by  Mathew

As long as you have everything out, swap to forged internals and stiffer valve springs. Then boost!!!

posted by  OombaIsBack

ENGINE SWAP:hi: :thumbs:

As far as websites, um, honda-tech is a great place to search for anything related to your car. Man I wish I could help you more but all the websites I have are for 5th gen Civics. I did a quick search on some and all of them have stuff for BB4 and BB6 (92-96, 97+) Preludes. Good luck though and enjoy your Honda.

Oh, almost forgot...http://www.hondaautomotiveparts.com/
Great place for OEM parts and/or part numbers.

posted by  elchango36

You know I have a belly full of engine swaps.

Thanks for the website.

So I put in a CD player. I'm going to throw in 4 new speakers while I'm at it and I'm going to throw on a new shift knob. That'll do for the interior.

posted by  67Coronet383

No Problem..!:thumbs:

posted by  elchango36

For an everyday car why not try swapping in a VTEC motor from a later Prelude or a Civic. As for painting the car you could try the roller method which if given enough practise and patience can give good results.

http://board.moparts.org/ubbthreads/showflat.php?Cat=0&Board=QuestionAnswer &Number=2348049&fpart=1&PHPSESSID=de83235d3233c39230432b6d5fe08df8

posted by  fudge

I wonder what ChrisV has to say about this method???

posted by  elchango36

Who cares what he thinks? You can see pictures of the car in that thread and they look really good. Not the route I'd go, but it did turn out really good.

posted by  OombaIsBack

Um, i care seeing as how he has REAL WORLD EXPERIENCE. :2cents:

posted by  elchango36

For show car quality you're better off going for the spray, but this method is great for getting a decent paint job without having to spend thousands. Also you won't have to worry about chips and scratches as you can repaint it later and know you won't have to spend so much. For a project like this I think it's worth while as its an everyday car.

Maybe this summer I might give it a try on some old panels to see for myself how good this method is, thing is I don't know what the british equivalent of Tremclad or Rustoleum:doh:

posted by  fudge

what is your name on honda-tech? i have to start over on there. i forgot my password.:banghead:

posted by  glagon1979

I'm not a member of Honda-tech, all the time I spend on there Im searching through the archives for info (great info at that).

posted by  elchango36

So he says.

But again, who cares what he thinks? I don't care if he's a 6 year old from Ethiopia or Micheal Schumacher, the pictures tell the same story. It turned out good, but its not as good as a quality paintjob.

The most important thing in paint is the prep work..

posted by  OombaIsBack

Since theres a good chance I'll be getting the same car, I'm just curious about engine swaps. I've heard you can swap an H22 motor in...I'm wondering how much it would cost from the factory and also used. I'm having trouble finding anything, except for on Ebay.

posted by  Mathew

http://image-cache.boostcruising.com/database/madcarphotos/files/MugenLude2 0050113213322madcarfile1.jpg

So while white seemingly looks the best on this car, it's just boring. This color of blue I ran across yesterday however seems to be the best color, and it's not boring. What do you think? I'm even liking the wheels.

posted by  67Coronet383

That looks really really nice. :thumbs:

posted by  99integra

Anyone know what kind of wheels those are?

posted by  67Coronet383

all sorts of brands go for that design too, but id go for BBS,
http://www.tirerack.com/upgrade_garage/WheelSearch.jsp?autoMake=Honda&autoM odel=Prelude&autoYear=1988&autoModClar=

this has the prices in dollars but i dont know if they are expensive or not???

posted by  True_Brit

Where can I find those headlights?

posted by  Spanky2324

So dang, my digital camera is broken. In the next few days I'm going to be buying the parts I need for the motor and haul everything to the machine shop. So I'll be building this motor real soon. Just no pictures to put up here. :ohcrap:

posted by  67Coronet383

New paint and uhh...those blue wheel wells...WHAT!?

Lots of...work.





posted by  67Coronet383

Hmmm..... Never seen blue wheel wells on a white car:puke:

So what's planned for the Prelude in the coming weeks?

posted by  fudge

Blegh..white, just my opinion but black or a nice silver would have looked nicer, why not take off the black plastic accents on the sides before paint?

posted by  99integra

I'm guessing it was new paint before he bought it, as it looks like someone did some body work or something in spots..

posted by  car_crazy89

The plans for the coming weeks are to build the motor and get it all back in and running. Then I'm going to go ahead and put on new brake pads, rotors, shocks, Halfshafts and whatever else I decide it may need. As far as the paint, it's going to be the color of the one posted in this thread. And yeah 99integra - I plan on that.

posted by  67Coronet383

I hope you plan on getting rid of that luggage rack to.

posted by  Pythias2050

Well, I got a good crank, a new rod to replaced the chewed one, and a new set of pistons. It's all been in the machine shop 2 weeks done. Hopefully will be finished up by this weekend or shortly after. I'm having the 16-valve head fully rebuilt, the pistons weight matched, as well as the rods, and the crank spun to make sure it's balanced (supposedly was), pistons put on rods, and the pistons fitted the the newly honed cylinders with a clearance of 1-2 thousands. Coming along good so far. I have changed my mind about the paint. White. I'm keeping it white. Keeping trim, but painting it white. Going to get white painted wheels, bigger (16-17) so they actually don't look far to small for the car like the originals do. I'm going to put a new clutch actuator system in, new brake system, exhaust, and a full suspension rebuilt with minor upgrades while throwing things back together such as good shocks and good springs as well as good bushings. Just going to hit the high spots of everything to have a great car. Should have pictures soon enough.

posted by  67Coronet383

honda-tech.com :thumbs: great website loaded with info

posted by  V-Tec

67 the 3rd gen lude is a bitch to build on. Very little aftermarket support....HOWEVER....don't buy springs yet because tein is supposed to be putting out a very limited production of some coilovers and springs. Tokico blues are crap I've heard and take off those black accents on the doors it looks much better
Teggy as for white that is an awesome color on the prelude if seen in person. Also you can check out preludepower.com for full details on everything about our ludes. Hope I helped:thumbs: and good luck with the project. Oh and btw I don't need new paint it's just the hood.

posted by  Spanky2324

I just got the block, crank, pistons, rods, & head, back from the machine shop sunday. (along time, eh?) Well, Between about 25 trips here and there to grab parts and waiting on ordered parts (parts for this car are hard to get a hold of) I just got the motor finished up last night and put it in. I'm waiting until tomorrow to get the halfshafts, a new radiator, radiator hoses, distributor rotor, and a clutch slave because now is thanksgiving and everything is closed up. But, I'll order that stuff tomorrow and have this thing running as soon as it comes in.

I rebuilt the 5 speed tranny
New pistons & rings
One new rod
Ground crank
.020 Overbore & Honed
New water pump
New Timing belt
Head rebuilt & milled
Rotating assembley balanced

Various other things done such as new plugs/wires/cap/new hoses/ ect...

Still have'nt gotten a new digicam since my old one broke but I got some pics from my camera phone that I'll post soon.

Everything will be cleaned up very nicely once I get it running and I need to paint the valve cover and manifold heat shield.

posted by  67Coronet383

Bwah? I thought Doderida67 was gone for good?

Nice to see the Coronet project coming along...

posted by  DSMer

So I got the 'Lude on the road Monday before last. Been running strong and I've put over 1,000 miles on it so far. Good power, no leaks, no problems, good compression, good vacuum, smooth idle, smooth all throughout RPM range, minimum blow-by, ect. Strong healthy motor. Awesome to drive because it's light, rev-happy, and the all wheel steering is a dream. The 5 speed transmission is well known to be a very, very, I repeat, very smooth shifting transmission. Like slicing through bread. New clutch is great. I have a good sound system in now but I'm going to go ahead and get a set of four new 6.5" 4 ways and put a good amp to go with them. I'm going to get the windows professionally tinted with good quality tints. I'm going to install a new brake system from MC, Hoses, Pads, and Rotors. New springs, shocks, and bushings in the suspention, too. New tires and a set of white wheels. To finish it off I'm getting new fenders, hood, and trunk lid and I'm going to paint the car. It's a great car and fun to drive.





posted by  67Coronet383

well, i used to have one, and it was a great car. they are one of the worst cars to work on, having such a cramped engine compartment. but being that you are taking the engine out, it might not be too bad. gl.

posted by  iamjonscranium

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