Project 81 Civic Part 3 – Que Series?

 Project 81 Civic Part 3 – Que series will fill the bay?

By Brian Gillespie


After removing the original engine mount brackets and generally cleaning the engine bay of project 81 Civic, we try our K, B and D-series engines again to see how they fit. Decisions, decisions. The K-series has been done in the second gen Civics by a few adventurous souls and that’s an enticing option. Two hundred plus horsepower in a lightweight chassis is a compelling argument to go K, but what does it take to get it to fit.

The OBD1 D and B-series use the same mounts. If a D15 works, in theory so should a B-series.  Some VTEC Academy fans have made it know that this is their choice. B16A, B18C, LS-VTEC or CR-VTEC, any one of those would make this car scream around the track.

Or do we go old school and use a D16A1 from the 86-89 Integra? This small compact engine responds well to modifications. With compression, cams and tuning, 160 HP is totally doable. That’s double the 80HP 1.5 liter that comes in the car.

Do we have a winner? The crew seems to find the answer and settle on a plan. Unless we can get a hold of the turbocharged L15 from the new Civic Si. Oh, the possibilities!



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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.