Project 81 Civic Part 7 – Reinforcements

Project 81 Civic Part 7 – Reinforcements

By Brian Gillespie


Brace Yourself

Finally, design work starts on the Civic’s mounts and brackets. A lot of sheet metal is removed to fit the monstrous J35 in the engine bay. We work on reinforcing the areas we cut material so our mounts have something solid to connect to. We wouldn’t want any problems.

Speaking of problems, while trying the engine in our Civic we notice a little issue with ground clearance. Breaking oil pans scraping headers would suck. We look for ways to get more ground clearance without giving up hood clearance.

Have I got a Tool Tip for You

Did you notice in the last episode the Civic’s interior was stripped bare of sound deadening? Right down to the paint. Most recommend dry ice for this task, but we decided to try something new. Ever hear of an air needle scaler? We used it to strip out the sound deadening and it worked amazing.


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Brian Gillespie
Technical Editor at VTEC Academy
Brian Gillespie fell in love with the Honda brand in 1974 when he owned and raced a CR 125 Honda Elsinore. Many Hondas later he started Hasport Performance with his brother Keith. The last 17 years have been spent developing all sorts of engine mount kits, paving the way for nearly every Honda engine swap that's since taken place.