Bobs 1978 CVCC Project

by bob78cvcc » January 1st, 2009, 8:48 pm
Here is a project or should I say a restoration that has been shared and gotten a lot of attention since January 2009. 559 replies. 70,296 Views, that is a lot of looking. I am sure Google has had a lot of look, but have you. If not; now the time to put your feet up and discover what its all about.

This car looks deceptively good from the outside. It has nice paint on the outside. But as you peel back the layers there is a lot of work to be done. It should be going to the body shop sometime this winter to take care of the rot and paint the whole interior. I plan to refinish the dash, install an AM/FM Stereo, deluxe gauges and repaint the seat brackets. I would love to have the car finished in time for the Carlisle Import Show
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Happy Honda Civic Day!

by Randy » Jan 2nd, '17, 07:56
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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Police Academy

by Randy » Jan 2nd, '17, 07:56
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

So Cal Junk Yards

by Randy » Jul 16th, '11, 20:17
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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Honda S600

by Randy » Aug 23rd, '10, 20:55
The Honda S360 was introduced in 1962 as a prototype car. This 4 seated convertible sports car that had a top speed of 100km/h. This was achieved with a new double overhead camshaft engine with 4 carburetors, it’s inline four cylinder engine was water cooled and ran at 9000rpm to make 33hp from 356cc’s of motor.

It had a 5-speed manual transmission with a chain driven final drive with rear independent suspension. The S360 never went into production because of Japanese restrictive displacement laws. Future changes of the S360 would increase the engine size to 531cc @ 44hp with drum brakes to make the new model S500 convertible for the Japanese domestic market. S600 facts: The S600 was launched in 1964, First Honda car offered in two trims, Powered by a DOHC, water-cooled, Engine capacity 606 cc, HP: 57 at 8500 rpm, Top speed: 90 mph, Redline: 9,500 RPM, Carburetors: 4, Convertible weight: 1576 pounds, Suspension was independent with roller chain drive to each rear wheel, First "mass marketed" Honda car, 11,284 built between '64 and '66

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Honda T360 Truck

by Randy » Sep 6th, '16, 08:32
The mini Honda Trucks with the mid-Engine

The T360 Coupe was introduced in 1963 as one of Hondas' first Trucks and production models.

This unique truck that has a top speed of 100kph(62 mph). This was achieved with the first (DOHC) double overhead camshaft engine with 4 Keihin carburetors, it’s inline four cylinder engine was water cooled and ran at 7200rpm to make 30hp from 356cc’s of motor.

It has a 4-speed manual transmission gearbox. The front was held up by MacPherson struts, while the rear used a swing axle; a more modern style attached to leaf springs.

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