Saturday, May 26, 2007

MORE Great News

Not about the 911, but about my Civic. My Dad and I worked on the Civic yesterday. My Civic, for those who are not aware, was stolen out of my driveway about 3 - 4 years ago. They took the wheels, the stereo, ripped the heck out of the interior, stole the distributor, wires and computer. The insurance company totaled the car out. I bought it from them for $250. The car has sat in the garage, and the driveway, since then. I bought parts for it, but never got off my rear end and fixed it. Yesterday, the distributor and computer were installed. We connected a charged battery via jumper cables, added the wires and gave it a shot. Nothing. We messed around a lot, trying to reduce the electrical load. This was actually a bad idea. The problem was actually the jumper cables. When we directly connected the battery, replacing the battery in the car, the car started to turn over. But we were not getting a spark or any fuel delivery. We spent a lot of time trying to test the distributor and the fuel lines. Did you know that the computer doesn't allow the car to start if the SRS (airbag) fuse is not in place? Neither did I. Nor did the book mention this. Once we put this fuse back in and got the firing order set up correctly the car started. On 3 year old gas - after sitting for 3 years - after having been stolen, raped of all it's parts and basically abandoned by me, the car started. Weird thing is it ran like a top. I would have been happy if it had just run, but it actually runs well.

I need to replace the hood, get a gauge cluster for it, fix the ignition then decide what to do with it. Duff suggests keeping it as a winter car. My brother would like to buy it from me. Or I could sell it to a complete stranger. Tough call...

4 comments:

duff said...

winter car, winter car, winter car...

Amy said...

Gotta love a Honda! 4 years ago, we bought a '96 Mustang to "replace" hubby's '92 Prelude, which needed the valves reground (the timing belt broke, oy!). Well, he got the valves done anyway, and couldn't part with it, so I got the Manglestang (did I mention it's a convertible?). This last summer, the Prelude, which has been slowly succumbing to road salt, decided that the hood should not be entirely attached and the windshield should crack. So, we bought a '95 Prelude to "replace" it. Guess what? Despite the VTEC in the new one, he still likes his better, so now I have a Prelude and a Mustang (and an Expedition, and the cream of the crop, a Geo Metro). Anyone want to buy a Mustang?

Ed said...

Yeah, gotta love them. The oddest thing is I took it around the block last weekend and I would swear it was faster then the 911. Much easier to shift, much lighter clutch.

Dee, Taylor's Owner said...

Keep the civic, leave it outside and hope someone steals it again - then get the insurance money from it! Remodeled Kitchen!