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Old 07-11-2015, 07:52 AM   #1
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Samhain's 91' ALB Lude

This is the first build thread I have ever written, but not my first build.

The reason I purchased a 3rd Gen Prelude is because of some of the great 3rd Gen's that I have seen over the years, as well as, the fantastic support of this website. After seeing MUlrich07's Prelude years ago, I knew I wanted to build something very similar. I was looking for a project car for years, but could never find anything worth purchasing. MUlrich07's Lude is not going to be the only car inspiring this build. 4ws Ryan's Lude was showcased in Honda Tuning the month before I purchase my car and is one of the best import cars I have ever seen in my life. I love the stance of IsThataV-tech's Lude, and work that DonDominican did to his car in his garage has been a real inspiration.

I purchased my 91' ALB in July of 2014 for $600. I found the car locally, off of Craigslist. The car had to be towed to my house because the clutch did not have any pressure. Once I got it home, I filled the system with fluid, bled all the lines and was able to drive the car around my neighborhood, despite the leaking slave cylinder. The car needed a tune up badly, but instead of spending time and money on getting it going I decided to start taking it apart. My goal was to remove everything I knew I would not be keeping (AC, PS, CC, windshield wiper fluid reservoir...ect) and start working towards pulling the engine so I could have the car sent off to be painted.

After about 10 months of the car sitting in my garage, (I also have a 2012 Civic SI, and a 2012 KLR 650 motorcycle, which get most of my attention) I decided to change my approach. I'm going to start putting the Lude back together, enough to drive it around, and then continue upgrading it until it's finally time to send off to paint.

I have big plans for this car, and fall more and more in love with it everyday. It's going to take a lot of time and money, but I'm in it for the long haul. I have recently started a new career (real estate agent), so money is currently tight until I get things going. However, the new job will give time to put into building the Lude correctly.

So enough of the back story, let's get to some progress pics...

Here is the car the day I purchased it.




Here is how the car has been sitting for the last 10 months. Time to start doing so work to it.




Here is my Password JDM universal battery relocator. I hope to eventually move this closer to the fender, but some body work will be necessary to accomplish that. For now, this location will do.





Here is the intake mock up.
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Old 07-11-2015, 08:02 AM   #2
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I sent my shifter off to MustardCat, and this is what I got back. This mod is highly recommended and you should take advantage of any kind of service like this before guys like MustardCat decided to not provide them anymore. We are lucky to have him. Thanks MustardCat!



Installed with Skunk2 shift knob (I have always wanted one!)




Here is my FIV removed and the block off plate is courtesy of DonDominican. I purchased this from him last year.



Installed


ERG block off


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thumbs up ^^
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Old 07-11-2015, 02:13 PM   #4
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Old 07-11-2015, 06:18 PM   #5
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It's going in a nice direction, good luck with it
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Old 07-15-2015, 07:50 PM   #6
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Here are some updates...

I painted the radiator brace flat black, and installed my aluminum radiator. Also, installed new Gates hoses and clamps.




Here you can see where I mounted my fan. I reversed the blade so it blows, instead of sucks.


Improved ground wires (8 gauge)




Ahh, that looks better!


More to come in a couple of days...
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Just curious, why the reversed fan?
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Just curious, why the reversed fan?
It cleans up the engine bay.
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Old 07-17-2015, 04:54 AM   #9
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where did you purchase the the aluminum radiator?
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where did you purchase the the aluminum radiator?
Ebay
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I painted the headlight surround with some Krylon Fusion paint.



Here are my head light and fog light set up. I got some newer fog lights from a junk yard.


These are fantastic head lights. I used to run them in an old Miata that I had.


I'm a big fan of these head lights bulbs and fog light bulbs. I run them in all of my cars.


Here they are installed.



I got my OBX header installed.


I used these instead of the stock studs. It looks cleaner. You can buy these at Home Depot.
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I got a bung welded on to the OBX header for the new O2 sensor.


Before


After some Krylon Fusion, Plasti-dip, flat black paint and new Valeo wipers

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Wow, the wiper garnish (?) looks great. More details about what you did?
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Wow, the wiper garnish (?) looks great. More details about what you did?
If you are referring to the piece that goes against the windshield, I hit it with paint stripper and scrapped all the paint off of it. Then I gave it several coats of Plasti-dip. It turned out great.
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Installed new alternator.


...and belt. If you have deleted PS and AC this is the belt you need.


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Installed my "modified" Integra intake, painted valve cover, new cap and rotor, NGK wires and some new hardware.






I plan on starting it up tomorrow.

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So, how did it go I'm interested in your progress, pretty methodical and clean setup you've put together. Glad to see people are still making use of these boards.
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I wish I had good news to report, but after the first attempt to start the car, I had a horrible fuel leak at the fuel rail and my thermostat was leaking. The car didn't start. I replaced the o-rings in the injectors, cleaned them, reinstalled and replaced the thermostat gasket. The car started up after a couple of cranks and ran smoothly. However, it started spewing out coolant from the header. After a compression test, I have a blown head gasket. I just ordered a new one and hope to install it next week.
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Well, I still have a blown head gasket, but I had some time this weekend to replace my sway bar bushings.



















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I would put on a bigger washer for the sway bar frame mount bushings. I had whatever that came with them. I think. They were small like those and I bent them towards a U shape. NOT good. I caught it in time so there was only a slight bend but they were headed that way.
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Allen key bolts instead for the front? And are those ES rear endlinks? Looking good though.
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I would put on a bigger washer for the sway bar frame mount bushings. I had whatever that came with them. I think. They were small like those and I bent them towards a U shape. NOT good. I caught it in time so there was only a slight bend but they were headed that way.
Will do. Thank you.
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Allen key bolts instead for the front? And are those ES rear endlinks? Looking good though.
I got them from a group buy on this site.
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Getting back in the game. New head gasket and remanufactured head.
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Hey,

Whats de different with of without EGR
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