1988 Honda CRX Si
I've got a crx that I bought about 10 years ago from a friend, and I've
decided to keep it for the long haul. So I've started a project to
renovate it, nothing fancy, but I want to fix it up and repair what
damage I can that's occurred over the years. It's on its second engine
(I lost the timing belt a few years ago) and it still runs well. And I
haven't found another car that I like quite as much.
Oh, and I bought a DX to practice body work on
- End of round one. This is after working out some of the dents, and stripping the interiors and parts of the exterior
- Rust Repair. The DX has lots of rust and body damage. This page shows my attempts to cope.
- The Hood. My first experience with modern body filler (prior to this, all I'd done was 20 years ago, and the standard "stuff some bondo in there and watch the metal rust around it". Hopefully this will have a better outcome.
- Filler and Primer
- The passenger door. This is the better of the two....
- The driver's door. A tale of dents and woe, full of sand and furry, signifying nothing...
- Shooting color and clear, finally.
- Fixed the passenger headlight: The headlight seal gave out, and
it perpertually had water in it. I removed the cover (by baking it at
170 in the oven to loosen the seal), cleaned it up, cleaned and painted
the metal bracket, and resealed it using the original sealant followed by a very thin bead of silicone along the outer edge.
- Replaced the hatch struts. No more stick.
- New floor mats. Just a cheap black rubber set from auto drone, but I like them.
- Rust abatement on the interior pan. Fixed some minor rust spots inside, and on the console metal.
- Radio and Speakers. Nothing special, but the led on the old radio
had given up the ghost so you had to set it by feel, and it lacked an
auxilary in for my ipod. So I got a new one and a set of kickers for
the rear. Now, of course, I need a new set in the front....
- Rust abatement and repair on the sunroof. I found a very good pdf document on sunroof cleaning and repair,
but I don't know who the author is. Many thanks for that document
whoever the author is. The sunroof is working much better now, and I've
at least slowed down the rust. I'll have to come back to this, tho.
- Fixed the leak from the hatch washer. The washer port is held in
place by a plastic clip, you have to get something very thin under the
seal on both the front and back, and press inward pretty hard to push
the clips in, then you can work the washer port out and reseal.
- Shampoo and bleach the carpet. I think I got rid of the mildew.
- Deodorize the AC system. A mouse built a nest in the blower,
after I got the blower fixed, the smell was, well, impressive. I
sprayed some anti-urine enzyme at the intakes with the fan running on
high, I think that got it (helped anyway).
- iPod holder installation: I converted the ashtray into a docking point for my iPod.
- Do the wiring mod to patch the door buzzer to the headlights, and perhaps enable drive running lights. Done!
- Fix the rattle in the hatch. Done! I took out a spacer from the loop on the hatch, used a hammer driver to get the bolt loose. To get one of the screws loose, I used a hammer driver from Sears, it's about $25.00 and well worth the money--basically, you hit it with a hammer and it twists the tip about 20 degrees. Very useful on rusted bolts, and allows an incremental approach in the amount of force applied. Plus, I like hammers.
- Replace the hatch carpet. It's not in good shape, and the fabric on the divider panel has worn off badly. Done!
- Recover the seats. I've ordered some "leatherette" covers, I hope
I can manage a good job on repairing the foam and recovering the
Things to do
- Fix the leaks at the rear lights. Tried once, almost got it, but not quite.
- Replace the aerial, it's bent and doesn't fully come out (I pushed the bent section back in so the aerial wouldn't break off).
- Polish or replace the windshield. There are lots of tiny pits,
and wiper scratches, which cause enough glare to be irritating. I'm
going to try a polish kit first, that's only about $30.00, and see if I
can clean it up. I'm sure I won't get all of the pits out, but I think
I can get the scratches.
- Get the AC fixed. It needs recharging and probably new seals. I'm
looking into r12 replacements, too. I don't want to do a conversion,
- Get the car's metal fixed and painted. I'm not even gonna try to do the welding and painting. Update: I changed my mind, gonna try to do as much as I can myself. Started with the rusted rocker panel.
- Engine mods? I don't know yet, but if the paint works out, I
might make some conservative modifications. I like the motor as it is,
but a little more power would be nice.
Many thanks to all of the folks on line, especially the crx resource and crx community sites for help and inspiration.
Last modified: November 13, 2007