Project CRX

 1989 Honda CRX DX D15B2 1.5L I4 5-Speed

CRX As Is 1As you can see, this powder blue CRX DX originally equipped with the D15B2 was in need of some serious help. Unfortunately, like most CRX's out there, you either get a garaged gem that has withstood the test of time due to endless loving care....or you get this, a vehicle that needs more help than it's worth, but for some reason you find yourself devoted to putting it back on the road with a new lease on life. This CRX was purchased off of eBay as a test subject to see what BLP could do with even the most haggered out CRX. Granted, the car doesn't look THAT bad, but keep in mind, the decent front clip pieces you see in these pictures were stolen shortly after this vehicle was purchased, putting us on the hunt for one of the hardest things on this planet to find, straight CRX fenders and a hood that isn't dented beyond repair. Sure, we could just buy new aftermarket replacements, but anyone can do that! This CRX had a lot of hidden problems too. Not just the obvious crystallized old school purple tint that took three days to remove. Not just the mis-matched tire sizes, or even the typical B-pillar garnish moulding missing from both sides. This CRX has what every CRX has in one spot or another; RUST. Underneath those quiet, un-assuming rocker covers was more rust that you could imagine. We even thought about bailing on this CRX to find another in better condition, but then we remembered what we had set out to do in the first place; make a clean street car out of something that should have gone to the crusher. So we found a donor driver door, which was the worse of the two, (passenger door will need some sheet metal patches) and quickly began prepping the vehicle for paint. This vehicle had more tiny, shallow dents in it than you would believe if I told you. We could take the cheap way out and just Bondo over these dents, but again, we are here to show what we can do, and HOW we do it. Bondo was not and is never an option at BLP. Out comes the Spitznagel!

CRX As Is 2

So I know you're thinking, "Hey, I've seen worse CRX's. Those headlights aren't half bad and someone took the time to put some nice aftermarket bumper lights on her." Yeah, well someone also took the time to steal those when they stole the fenders and hood! Basically the car was stripped down to the fender rails and core support. All in all that did us a favor because at that point we decided, "Why not paint the engine bay?" So we began stripping the engine bay down to nothing and prepping it for paint. Then came the big question, what color to paint this unlucky little CRX? After a lot of deliberation, we decided on a rare and alluring color that we felt would help the CRX's body lines and overall help compliment it's assets. We narrowed it down to two lighter 'blues' to keep the original color's history somewhat intact. The colors we chose were oddly both BMW colors, Electric Blue off of the Mini Cooper Type S and Laguna Seca Blue off of the BMW M3. In the end, we chose the LSB due to its rarity and limited availability. BMW only used this color on occasion, which limits how often it is seen on the streets. Also factored in was the contrast that the aftermarket body parts that were purchased would have against the LSB, as these parts will be sprayed a pearl black to make them pop. We are kicking around the idea of adding a carbon fiber hood, but we aren't sure if that would be too much black on such a bright, vibrant and small car.

CRX As Is 6On to the powerplant! Out with the D15B2 DPFI boat anchor of a motor. Especially after only 3 weeks of driving this vehicle, it dropped a valve due to a broken, corroded valve spring! Originally, this CRX was to get a built, supercharged D16A6 via a Jackson Racing supercharger. The thought there was to make this vehicle sort of like a Mini Cooper Type S as far as drivability and handling, while being great on gas. Over time, we started leaning against the supercharger as we felt anyone could bolt on a JRSC kit and make 50 more whp. Our current thought is to utilize the same D16A6, but turbo it and get moderate power out of it. On the same token, anyone can throw on a huge turbo and tons of fuel to get peak numbers on a dyno, but what use is 800whp in a front wheel drive CRX on the street? We are after a fun street car that can be taken not only to the drag strip, but also SCCA events and maybe even be able to win a trophy or two at local car shows. This project is in no way meant to be a show car, it is meant to be a cheap, usable toy that throws down respectable numbers from a forgotten powerplant. For those of you questioning the D-Series motor, yes we kicked around the idea of putting a K motor in it, but we have another CRX for that! More to come on that CRX at a later date, on another page, but we'll touch base on it as it does directly apply to this project.

Speaking of that CRX, we came across a 1991 Si model that was for sale from a customer of ours that we just couldn't pass up. The price was right, the car was already stripped down for us, and we found all of the missing parts for our project car, available and in decent shape on this Si! Not sure how that worked out so easily, but thanks for that! Being an Si, obviously this other CRX has a sunroof and has the black and grey interior, which we wanted to change out the old DX blue interior on our prjoect anyways, yet another thank you! This Si did not come with an engine, or a transmission, or even glass for that matter, and with the interior parts and body panels going onto our project car, that leaves literally a bare chassis, more bare than the one we are starting with on our project car. So I guess in all reality, BLP has TWO project CRX's, but we'll call this one, the first. With the second of these CRX's being so stripped down (and having tapped something with the front end) we are less interested in making it a driver and more interested in making it a one piece front end, strictly strip car. HERE comes your turbo K motor that you guys are all after. But first things first, let's finish this one and then we'll get on to the next project.

 So here is the first CRX as it sits, well 'sat' prior to everything being stolen off of her. Note: we did not pull the dent out of the hood because we knew we were going to be replacing it due to not closing properly (as seen to your right). At this point we were well on our way to getting this vehicle finished up and in paint within a few weeks, only working on it in our spare time. Then all of the parts were stolen off of it and it really set us back in the motivation department. It sat...and sat, and sat for a long time. But BLP has now picked back up the enthusiasm we once had for this project and will begin work on it again shortly. We have two very large customer projects to focus on right now, but once those are over, we will begin focus on this vehicle once more.

Please check back regularly to see the progress on this project!