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Old 8th March 2019, 19:06   #31
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Update :

Vtec went for a quick detailing job + an active subwoofer install and here’s the output. Someone asked for a better shot and here they are!

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This is an excellent restoration! Thumbs up for your perseverance what about re-registering as you had changed the color? is it a straight-forward process?
That is still work in progress. I will let you know what the process is once its successfully done.

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My first car was the OHC 1.3 so I can understand your love for the car. The car is just awesome. Power, handling, looks- everything about it is spot on. Really miss it.

Have you faced any issues with the Automech exhaust? I also had it on my car. The problem I faced was that the system had no flexible joint incorporated into the kit. After assembly it was like a solid piece of pipe from the engine to the exhaust tip. While revving a lot of vibrations were felt inside the cabin. I had a flexible joint added to the system just after the 4-2-1 headers and it solved the problem. Performance was good, but was too loud for the better half and she simply refused to sit in the car without reduction in sound levels. We reached a compromise and I had the mid-can changed for the sound to change to a low rumble, which she liked later on.
I do not have any such vibrations at this point. The headers are bolted to the body soon after the 4-2-1 joint. this is the case with both stock and automech headers. Do you have a picture of the flexible joint that you got added?

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Its a beautiful looking car, restoration looks top notch. Your FNG has done a very good job.
If you dont mind, what did you do with the Vtec alloys?

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My stock Vtec alloys are preserved. I'm in the process of getting hold of the right guy who can restore them without painting them. So far, I only have guys who are willing to paint it but I want the stock finish.
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Old 9th March 2019, 14:08   #33
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I do not have any such vibrations at this point. The headers are bolted to the body soon after the 4-2-1 joint. this is the case with both stock and automech headers. Do you have a picture of the flexible joint that you got added?
The flexible section looked like the pic below and was installed at a FNG exhaust specialist. If I remember correctly the original Honda exhaust either had this type of flexible pipe or ball type flanges which give required flex to it. Check the original exhaust which you may have preserved.

Imagine if you are backing up your car and your exhaust tip hits a big stone or the pavement, this flex joint will not let the shock go to your engine. Also, in a front wheel drive car the engine rocks back and forth while revving and specially during spirited driving. If the exhaust has no flex then it will cause metal fatigue at the weakest point and eventually it will break.

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Hi Very happy to see your project. That is one very slick looking ride you got there. By the way, I am currently staying in Kondapur and pass by Harsha toyota every single day. Hoping to see you and the car in person one day
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Hey King!

Heart congratulations on your latest acquisition! The mere fact that you moved from a Civic to a City VTec shows your immense love for the car!

That said, I'm so impressed with the work that went into the transformation of a regular City-esque car to an extremely subtle looking luxury sedan is mind-blowing. The paint job, the exhaust kit, those body skirts, the subtle use of chrome around windows, the key fob, those leather seats etc, all speak for the subtler version of you transforming into the car.

The only standing out or rather loud bit of the car (looks per say) would be the wheels and the amazing tread design in the tyres. Mighty mighty impressed.

Please keep this thread going. Might inspire a lot of other 90s kids to help bring back those amazing once-upon-a-time Hondas back to life and glory!

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A fantastic restoration thread!

It takes a lot of passion & perseverance to actually attempt restoration of a relatively older car especially when the allure of buying the latest & greatest is always there. The paint shade that you’ve chosen for the car is absolutely fabulous.

The 3rd generation City, especially the V-Tec will always have a special place in my heart for it was the first Honda that we test drove back in 2001 at Prime Honda in Ghaziabad before settling for the more sedate regular City. I still remember the perennial smile on my face when the we took the delivery of the car and drove it back to Shimla.

In 2006 I moved overseas and have had a chance to own different cars such as the Honda Civic (close to my heart as well, Manual 2008, now sold) & the Dodge Charger (sold as well) however the City has a special place in my heart just as another 4X4 from the land of the rising Sun.

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Over the years the paint has oxidized and the bodywork has some scratches & dings as the car was parked out in the open for some time however even today on my trip back home when I drive the car, the engine though under-powered by today’s standards puts a smile on my face when I put my foot down & it revs effortlessly way beyond what today's restricted motors are capable of. The car is still with my parents in Shimla and in last 18 years it has clocked all of 47,000 kms.

You thread gives me inspiration to restore it back to its former glory however paucity of time during my short back home is a hurdle that I would need to overcome.

You’re really lucky to live in the vicinity of a city (Bengaluru) that is an automotive heaven, be it the availability spares of the older cars, auto tuners, body work specialists or the specialist mechanics. Would it be possible for you to share contact details of a few auto parts dealers in Bengaluru who deal in the spare/body parts of the 3rd generation City; it would be highly appreciated.

Thank you once again for sharing this wonderful thread & wish you thousands of miles of safe & spirited driving!
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however the City has a special place in my heart just as another 4X4 from the land of the rising Sun.

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Your pic reminded me of this. Same combo I owned at some point in my life. Best of both worlds.
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