Something Different part 3

Let’s try this again.

No damages!

Note: the first compressor I ordered was a Delphi brand. I didn’t take detailed pictures of it (only of the damage) but the pulley was significantly bigger than the OE pulley. Something to pay attention to if you’re ordering aftermarket replacement parts.

Here is a pic of the Delphi from online:

Here is the Denso:

Denso’s slogan is “First Time Fit” and they weren’t kidding!

😎🤙What a nice way to start your Sunday morning 🌄

By the way, this is me waiting for Shark Week to start later tonight.

What will they do this year? 👀👁️👁️🦈

Summer of 73 (and 2019)

Looked like fun times back then. Nowadays AC comes standard on cars. Back in the 70’s all the way up to the 90’s AC was optional.

Now imagine working in this blazing heat in a shop or something of that nature. I can’t believe I survived doing that years back. It’s been humid this whole week, which made it hard to get anything done on the cars. But today I managed to get some maintenance done on the ol’ Civic.

Good thing that the temperature drops at night; I was able to get more things done and tidy up Ryu so he wouldn’t look like I’m living in it lol

With the maintenance all done and car all cleaned up, it makes me feel like:

Lol ☮️

Something Different part 2

I made a rookie mistake. I had everything taken out to replace the old AC compressor on the Odyssey…

Just to find out the new compressor arrived damaged. 😠

Always check your parts when it arrives and prior to install! 😅

I wanted to post this failure, because I’m not ashamed of it. I would rather learn from mistakes and have others learn from it as well. When you accept yourself with all your flaws and imperfections, you become powerful. You are embracing who you are, you realize that you don’t lack anything. You appreciate yourself for what you are. We are all unique and authentic in our own way, but ego makes us forget all of that. Ego makes us seek acceptance from outside of ourselves. When you accept who and what you are, you gain power and freedom. Welp, time to order another part and it better not arrive damaged lol ☮️

Something Different

“Something Different” is right. When it comes to owning a Honda, an image of a EG or EF comes to my mind; with the interior gutted and stripped, coilovers, engine swap, and a grocery list of mods. You already know this. Especially if you own a modified car. But this one is a whole different approach than what I’m used to.

When I initially bought the van, I had plans to drop the height and maybe a motor swap. But after cruising around, I actually like the higher ground clearance (this car is soo easy to drive btw, I love it!) I had the stock SOHC in my EG only for a few months back in 2004. So, I didn’t really have much of an experience with that type of motor. This 2.2L SOHC serves as a good platform. My new goal is to get it running as if brand new. Or at least close to new. Just like the one in the Motor Week video.

It’s going to be an “Odyssey” though… (Pun intended.) You don’t even wanna know what kind of things I found wrong with this van. But as always, anything can be repaired. The interior was filthy but everything else was in tact and in good condition. Here are some before and after pics of the OEM mats:

Before 🤮

After 😁

Next step is to get the AC running properly and definitely some tires before wet weather comes back. But overall, I am happy that I bought it. I had a moment this past weekend. It was a cool evening in San Diego. I had the windows down, music bumping while I reached over and grabbed a French fry… I felt like a champ. Words can’t really explain it lol. But it was an ill moment for me. I’ll leave this as a part 1 of perhaps many. Peace y’all, I hope everyone had a good weekend.

Garage Days

Words and pics by PVT Ian.

Sometimes, you just need to get shit done.

Been making some plans with Private Runner Mel(Baaambol) to bust out a clutch job on the EK. Since I was about to do all this work, I decided now is the time to switch out the LS trans for something with shorter gears. I struck a deal with Mel (homie hookup fasho) to take the trans off the B16A swap he recently picked up. He’s working on something for his EF and plans to use the funds on a cable trans while I make use out of the hydro one.

The time finally came to get down and do the work. I came up to Mel’s pad, he had cleared some space in his garage so we had some work room. This meant that his immaculate and freshly painted EF hatch had to come out and see the light of day. I brought all my tools that I thought we’d need and laid them all out. Mel’s homie Ozzy came by to join us. He’s rocking Mel’s old white EF on some Mugens. Pretty cool car, I remember admiring it the first time I saw it without even knowing who it belonged to.

The surgery finally begins on the EK. Immediately out the gate we run into issues with the axle nuts. Ended up making a tool run and buying an Impact gun. This impact gun proved to be very helpful through the rest of the process.

We worked til late, or til we were frozen over since it was a cold night. At one point, we lost all power! Circuit breaker decided to call it a night. No light, no heat, we decided to call it a night as well.

Ozzy left not long after everything went AWOL in the garage. He probably didn’t realize what he was in for when he came over. Mel told him to cruise by so he can hear his exhaust lol. One thing led to another and he was under the car hammering out the bitch pin, among other things. Guess you never know how a night can go when you kick it with some runners.

Oh and for the record, after 3 long nights of work, a few homies coming through to lend a hand and one really shitty tow situation, we got that shit done!

Side note, by PVT Runner:

I too put in some work today, which I feel very accomplished. Did an oil change on the PVT Support Vehicle and changed the suspension on the daily Yaris. No pics, I felt like that isn’t exciting nor interesting as Ian and Mel’s experience. But we share the same aftermath of feeling accomplished at the end. As PVT Ian said, sometimes you just need to get shit done.

Catch these hands bwoy

… I mean, catch can bwoyyyyyy

This install is long over due.

VTEC B Series engines have “OEM catch cans” known as the Breather Box on the back of the engine. That’s where the PCV valve is located as well. There’s nothing wrong with the “OEM catch can” but we all know an aftermarket one is much more effective. There are closed systems and open systems. For me, I went with an open system.

There are many ways to install a catch can. I went with the very basic setup; the PCV valve hose to catch can and valve cover nipple hose to the catch can. This Open Air system is also the same setup that a lot of N1 cars in Japan use, but depending on rules or preference, tuners utilize the washer reservoir as a “catch can” seen here:

When people use a vented-to-air catch can (Open Air) setup like this, some drill out the PCV valve to eliminate the one way valve inside or they pull out the PCV valve and insert a hose where the PCV valve went. I decided replaced the PCV valve with a 3/8 to 1/2 straight-through barbed fitting like this:

Then I inserted the fitting where the PCV valve went on the Breather Box. I attached a hose to the fitting then to the catch can.

Next is the valve cover nipple hose to the catch can. Note: I also used a clear braided hose so I can monitor whats’s going into the can. This clear braided hose has a high temp rating, but NOT made for vacuum.

Done. Pretty simple.

This setup works if you are NA. If you are FI, I would do some research to see which setup is best for your build.

Peace