• 2002 Honda Civic SIR reborn from AZ600 features
30 year old Honda AZ600 Influences todays super hatch


On roadways crowded with gargantuan Suburbans, Excursions and Grand Wagoneers, Jose Avila's diminutive Honda AZ600 looks like a refugee from the set of the Disney movie about an absent-minded scientist who accidentally shrinks his kids to ant size.

The micro-coupe debuted in Japan in
1970 as the Z Coupe. A 354cc OHC air­ cooled twin mounted up front and driving the front wheels powered the coupe. When Honda honchos decided to bring the teeny tiny car to the Unites States in 1972, the displacement was bumped up to 598cc. Lampooned as a powered "high-top tennis shoe," the American-badged AZ600 was lost in a sea of Chevys, Fords and Chryslers.

Recently, Tampa Honda Land invited Jose Avila to display his '72 AZ600 next to a '02 Civic Si. "Even though three decades separate these two cars, both share the common Honda attributes of being well­ engineered and fuel-efficient," said Todd Earwood, Tampa Honda Land sales representative.

Jose Avila purchased his 30-year-old Caroline Yellow Honda on December 29, 2001 . "I’ve always wanted to own an AZ600. My father used to own one. I had a lot of fun memories, such as my father tak­ ing me on driving trips across the state," said the 36-year-old Tampa resident.
Over the years, Jose never forgot the thrill of riding in his father's AZ600, and vowed someday to own one.



This is the stock shifter for the EP3 Civic, and the carbon fiber look is an optional add on, I redid mine from the gray painted plastic that was all scratched up. This is a carbon fiber wrap version.



Jose recounted, "In 2001, I did a search on the Internet and came across a few Honda 600s for sale. There was one in Texas, one in Illinois, and a couple in North Carolina. I contacted Mike O'Connor of Statesville, North Carolina, who had two for sale. In early December 2001, I flew up to Statesville to see the cars. He was rebuilding the engine on one and the other one had nothing done to it. He recommended that I wait until he was finished with the one he was rebuild­ ing. So when I got home from the trip, I made plans to fly up back to North Carolina when the car was finished. On December 29, 2001, I returned to Statesville to purchase the Honda from Mike."


Driving his newly purchased 600 down to Florida, Jose, along with his girlfriend Debbie Garrett, encountered quizzical glances from passing drivers and law enforcement. "I was stopped by a police officer in Georgia. He walked up to my car and told me I had a head light out. The police officer gave me a warning and then start­ ed asking me all kinds of questions about the car," said the proud AZ600 owner. "When I'm driving my Honda, I get a lot of thumbs up from other motorists." While driving off the Tampa Honda Land lot, Jose added, "I really love this little car.''



  • Built and not bought Honda Civic
Built and not bought Honda Civic

In case you missed it this video give the low down and secrets on everything from the stickers on the windows to what drives the power plant internals.

[Video] Civic walk around

This is one built and not bought Honda Civic which represents the labor of love and has been handmade and engineered to be as speedy, efficient and exciting as it gets. We'r predicting this Honda Civic might intensely inspire you as well to procure a project car and turn it into an amazing automobile! The host of the video from Car Throttle describes this Honda Civic as the most inspiring car he has ever seen. Well, that surely speaks a lot about this project car.

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  • Civic Garage

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An online store dedicated to providing reproduction and replacement parts for first generation Honda Civics. Parts for some other models (mainly early Honda) will be available but the focus of this store is on 1973-79 Civics.

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  • Honda City Turbo

Mugen and Honda ran a single make racing series using the City turbos. The cars were based on the production vehicles as were the motors. The motors had larger exhaust, injectors, production type turbo (with 22psi), production type inter cooler, and a modified camshaft. These cars did the standing 1/4 mile in 13.5 seconds (which isn’t bad for a front wheel drive car set up for circuit racing). They ran very fat tires (9” front and 7” rear). The official Mugen figure for power output is 138+hp @ 5500rpm but the torque is around 22kgm @ 3500rpm (standard twin camshaft VTEC 1600 has 16kgm, NSX V6 has about 28kgm). It takes little work to produce these power figure in a street motor. The cars from the one make racing series were bought by an Australian entrepreneur with the view to continuing the series in Australia. Unfortunately all the vehicles were in a ware house in Osaka waiting to be shipped when an earthquake struck and buried the lot.
Except for this one!

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100hp EB

Lets start with the original motor. The first generation civics were fitted with an EB engine. These were available in three guises, EB1, EB2 and EB3. The block was basically the same in all three (EB1 had a 2mm smaller bore diameter), the head got gradually increasing valve sizes and better port profiles and the EB3 head is obviously the head of choice. Each different head requires the matching set of pistons to achieve the correct compression ratio. The EB1 motor put out about 50hp while the EB3 managed 55hp. If you are looking for a little more performance then start with an EB3 head. Honda made a nice set of Keihin twin carburetor to suit the EB engine. These were actually released on the Japanese domestic market RS civic. The RS (stands for road sailing) was only equipped with the EB1 motor but with the twin Keihin carburetor and a factory 4:2:1 exhaust manifold managed to squeeze out 70hp (25hp over stock). If you want to keep the motor as standard as possible but want more power then look no further than grabbing the crank and rods out of an EN/EJ 1300 engine. The EB's crossflow head is suited to making power. While your at it increase the compression a little, port the head a little (port match the manifolds as well) and give the timing a little more advance (recurve the distributer). Now your stock looking EB motor should be putting out about 85hp. Drop in a nice camshaft and push it up to the 100hp mark. You should be getting about the same economy if not better at cruise and light throttle.

200hp EB

Use the EB block, EB3 head EN/EJ crank and rods as a base. Add stainless oversize valves, low compression (6.8:1) Cosworth forged pistons (75mm diameter), mild camshaft, GT25 Ball bearing turbo (15psi), bunch of bananas tuned length exhaust manifold, Motec fuel injection, 55mm throttle body on a custom fabricated manifold, 300cc/min injectors, inter cooler and twin bosch blowoff valves. Now you have an engine that can mix it with the best of them. It's time to start thinking about traction! Only money counts here.

120hp ES 1800 or ET 2000

Find a twin carburetor ES or ET prelude motor. These were made between 84 and 86, you can off set these in the engine bay and still use factory drive shafts. You will need to fabricate a slotted front engine mount, fit a spacer plate underneath, modify the front cross member. These motors also came out with EFI and all have a titanium composite 12V head. They are very strong torquey motors and would react well to a turbo. They do have an iron block and therefore they are a little heavy over the front wheels. With just and exhaust and remote air filter the ES 1800 produces 120hp.

EK 1800

Bolts straight into 1200 civics. These came out in the early Japanese and American preludes and 4 door accords. The only ones I have had experience with have had the CVCC carburetor system. They are still quite strong motors and produce a lot of low down torque. Iron block makes them heavy over the front wheels. I do know of one that is aftermarket EFI and turbo equipped that runs 13 sec passes, this car wasn't really designed to go round corners or stop in a hurry though. The US version was way down on power compared to the Jap version. The Jap version actually put out closer to 90hp

EL 1600

Bolt in. Several versions, 60-70 hp motors. These are good little motors, nice and reliable and provide good gains. RayJay made a straight bolt on turbo kit for these, trouble is trying to find one. Again an iron blocker so it is also heavy over a non power assisted set of front wheels. EFI and turbo can shake these up a whole lot to the tune of up to 250hp. Tough block too.

110hp ER TURBO 1200

A factory Honda turbo motor that actually bolts straight into the 1200 civic. That's right, this motor comes out of the HONDA CITY TURBOS. These crazy little motors offer incredible economy and performance. They have 110 hp but more torque than any of the other factory motors that will bolt into a civic1200. They are all aluminum and of the same capacity as the original. As they bolt in with a factory appearance, produce low emissions on unleaded fuel and weigh about the same as the original motor they are one of the easiest motors to register through the local authorities. EFI turbo motors are renowned for their ability to be fired up. Anything from free flowing exhausts, boost increases, larger injectors right up to a full blown 1430cc road going 180hp monster. These are starting to become the most popular conversion for civic enthusiasts in Australia. They are relatively cheap (compared to a complete custom turbo installation), they run like clockwork, are ultra-reliable and produce excellent economy on the open road. Around town on boost can drain that baby tank pretty quick though (still get around 10L/100kms).

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  • We Make It Simple
We Make It Simple
This is a Honda marketing slogan seen in many news articles.

That was the tagline the corporation used widely in the 1970s and early 1980s as it made inroads into the North American marketplace. It was touted the fact that you had a choice of only two colors of one Civic model, red or black.

The 1973 Civic: Simple appeal.

In reality, Honda had to make it simple: They only offered a few models for several years, two variations of the Civic and the Accord. But its advertising made that constraint a asset:

“We know that selecting a innovative new car can be a difficult problem. It’s a problem, however, that we can solve quite easily by giving you your choice of just three cars. Now haven’t we made your life simple?”
Honda was wildly prosperous, and as it grew in popularity it offered more and more vehicles. Eventually, the company added a whole separate division, Acura, as well as minivans and even trucks.
For the most part, the company has continued the high level of quality that initially won consumers over.

  • Japanese Classic Car Show

10 years ago a group of Southern California car enthusiasts got together with the idea of putting on a new event – one that would celebrate vintage Japanese automobiles and the culture that surrounds them. At the time this was a pretty bold idea, as classic Japanese cars had yet to reach mainstream acceptance.

Fast forward 10 years, JCCS has become one of Southern California’s premier car gatherings. In recent years the event has grown right alongside the popularity of classic Japanese cars themselves.

It is and remains to be Americas First and Original Japanese Car Show, Dedicated to the Old school automobile scene.

Next Show is September 23rd 2017, at the Queen Mary, so mark your calendar for this upcoming event.

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  • First Generation Honda Civic Junk Yard Finds

During the 1970s, if you were sensible and had a fat bankroll, you did not buy an Eldorado or Mark IV or even a Toyota Crown. No, you bought a Honda Civic, and then you kept it while the pages flew off many decades of calendars. If you were really serious, you got the Gas mizer CVCC four-cylinder, as the original purchaser of this now-retired-at-age-43 - 44 Riverside, CA did.

Unlike many elderly cars in California, this one has some nasty body damage. If you live close to the ocean and by close we are talking a few blocks at most the salt spray and daily morning fog will cause top-down rust on outdoor-parked cars. This one is not all that bad compared to some examples of Pacific Ocean Body Rot we have seen, but this one appears worthy of restoration.

These Civics are now virtually extinct, both on the street and in the junkyard, because they were used up and summarily discarded. There isnt much enthusiast interest in restoring these cars, so backyards and driveways are not full of get-to-it-someday projects. Thus you will not see the steady trickle of 1973-80 Civics into wrecking yards the way you do Fiat 124 Sport Spiders or MGBs. The CVCC engine ran so clean that Honda was able to omit the use of the primitive early catalytic converters that strangled performance in Malaise Era cars, giving the early Civic a gigantic edge over its competition both in performance and fuel economy. As emissions standards became stricter, the CVCC engines were burdened with both catalytic converters and comically elaborate tangles of smog-related hardware.

In 1978, nothing could compete with the Civic on its own turf. The Corolla might have been more reliable, but it was less fun to drive and its rear-wheel-drive configuration made it more cramped. The Rabbit was fun, but it broke early and often. I owned a 5 of these things, loved them, and have driven Civics almost most of my life. Aggressively greedy California Honda dealers sold these cars for well over MSRP. Buyers were happy to pay the extra cash to avoid driving such horrors as the Chevrolet Chevette or shudder the Fiat Strada.

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  • Movie Sighting

So as you can see, there's more than one Civic in Police Academy, there's three. The one the two guys drive, one as the riot is breaking out (yellow wagon), one as the Police Bus is driving up to drop off the Police Cadets. Here's some shots of the famous movie clips that everyone talks about. Police Academy, Footloose, MacGyver, 1978 Honda Civic in Back to the Future

  • Happy Honda Civic Day!

This 1978 Honda Civic ad includes all of the essentials of a great family car commercial including a peppy everyday car on sunny roads and a young family in need of a ride. Over the past 40+ years, Honda has made a great many cars, but private owners still hang on to their classics.

Many truly did love the original Honda Civic. I'd expect everybody has some nice of story including this little car. It might have been a first new car, a friend's weekend go home machine in college, a parent's well-loved car. The Civic picked us up from school, took us camping, drove away from churches with tin cans tied to its bumper and a "Just Married" sign hung in the back window. It went on long very road trips, got wrenched on by back yard mechanics, got smashed up in traffic, got sent to the wreckers or sold to a friend. But in the end if the rust did not beat the Civic down, it just kept on purring.

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  • RoadKill Ep59 Features First Generation Honda Civic

Roadkill fans always ask to see a competition with hosts David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan going against each other, so we finally deliver it in Episode 59 of Roadkill powered by Dodge! The idea was to have each guy buy a car for $1,500 and enter the Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational in Las Vegas. But there was a catch: the cars could not be American-made. Finnegan ended up with a 1974 Honda Civic—now known as Laphonda—and Freiburger had to go rear-wheel drive with a rotary-powered 1985 Mazda RX-7…but then the whole thing went “Roadkill” in a huge plume of Honda smoke. The story ends up with burnouts, road-tripping, engine explosions, engine swapping, racing, and, as usual, thrashing around in the desert. That’s a lot of fun for $3,000 worth of cars. Roadkill is sponsored by Lincoln Tech, CRC Auto, Optima Batteries, Pioneer Car Audio, Jegs, and Cooper Tire!

  • Movie Sighting - Maxium Overdrive

Maximum Overdrive is a 1986 American action-horror film written and directed by Stephen King. The film stars Emilio Estevez, Pat Hingle, Laura Harrington, and a young Yeardley Smith. The screenplay was inspired by and loosely based on King's short story "Trucks", which was included in King's first collection of short stories, Night Shift.


A drawbridge inexplicably raises during heavy traffic, resulting in multiple accidents, most notably a black AC/DC van and a watermelon truck; while at a Little League game, a vending machine kills the coach by firing canned soda point-blank into his groin and then to his skull; a driver-less steamroller flattens one of the fleeing children, but one named Deke Keller manages to escape on his bike.

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