Can you believe that the original Honda Civic Type R is already over 20 years old? The EK Civic featured in this video is actually 23 years old and as you can see it has definitely seen better days. The front fairing is gone, the fenders are crumpled, the interior is gutted and it is literally swallowed up by the forest. But, this is an original Type R. Someone has to save this hot hatch.
Fortunately, someone is doing it. The Mad4Motors The YouTube channel tells the story, and while it sounds like a hopeless case, the road to recovery for this abused Type R doesn’t look so bad. Then again, experts tend to give the impression that tough jobs are easy, and it’s pretty clear that we’re dealing with someone who knows a thing or two about Hondas and who is familiar with auto repair.
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It all starts with disassembly. The damaged fenders are pulled out, as is the hood and that’s when we find out that there is no engine inside. Don’t worry, the original engine was included with the car, and in fact its initial absence makes the teardown process easier. After doing a few minor welds to repair structural damage, the engine bay gets a new coat of white – presumably, Championship White, as it looks like this project is not just about fixing the old Type R, but also about it. revert to original specifications.
As such, the rest of the car needs a repaint, or does it? The matte black finish is actually a wrap, and with a little elbow grease (and a heat gun), we find the Civic’s original color underneath. The engine is checked and reinstalled, along with new or refurbished parts in the engine compartment and front suspension. New carpets and seats arrive to dress up the interior, while used wheels, headlights and taillights are intended to replace damaged and missing components. Rusted areas along the sills and floor are refinished, and the original white exterior is polished to give it a proper shine.
Final assembly sees it all come together, and the result is a glorious Type R that looks fresh from a showroom. Not bad for 23 minutes, although you know this restoration is actually the product of hours and hours of hard work and dedication. As we mentioned before, the video makes this project easy but in reality there is nothing easy to resurrect a car as neglected as it was.
And just like that, another iconic performance car is back on the road. Well done, indeed.