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The Project ATS*SS Honda Civic Picks Up Speed

Making Progress

Apr 29, 2016
Photographer: Jimmy Uy

If you've put your project car on the back burner before, you're not alone... Whether you're busy with school, work, or maybe you have a high-maintenance girl who's takin' up all your time and money, there are many situations that force us to put a pause on the cars we set out to build. This goes for us at pbskids, too... Between all the events we attend, the constant traveling, magazine deadlines, and the other jobs we take on, things like our '99 Honda Civic, aka ATS*SS, are first to get put on the shelf. It's been an entire year since we introduced our hopeful hatch, and we're reluctant to report that it's still not done. But, thankfully, we have friends who came to our rescue and want to help us finish. So over the last couple of months, IP Auto Design and Priola Body Shop from the Bay Area have put us back on track with our ATS*SS build.

Barn Finds

2018 Honda Civic
$18,940 Base Model (MSRP)
28/40 MPG Fuel Economy

In the '15 Honda issue, we introduced this Civic and nicknamed it Project ATS*SS because one of our main build partners is ATS Garage. But what we didn't mention was the story behind the donor car. Originally, we found the EK collecting dust in a parking lot in Orange County. It had been sitting for a year and a half and needed some love and attention. So we picked it up for less than $1,500 and started compiling a list of parts to restore it. Our game plan for the motor was to swap in a Japanese-spec B16A. A good friend of ours referred us a to a white del Sol that had been rotting in the back of a body shop for more than six years. It had been rear-ended by a Hummer, ultimately totaling the car, but under the hood sat a reusable JDM B16A. A deal was struck and we had the two main ingredients for Project ATS*SS.

  |   Project Ats Ss Honda Civic Project Car

This '99 Civic has seen better days after collecting dust for nearly two years.

  |   Project Ats Ss Honda Civic Del Sol Donor Car

The wrecked del Sol that had been sitting for six-plus years. We were able to recover the JDM-spec B16A, luckily!

  |   Project Ats Ss Honda Civic Engine Bay

Goodbye, D-Series!

Slowly but Surely

Since we acquired both donor vehicles, nothing was really getting done, until Carlin Chiu of IP Auto Design came to our aid. He was housing both cars for us, and during his free time, he stripped the EK to prepare it for paint, while also pulling both motors. From there, Priola Auto Body painted the EK shell BASF Porsche Fashion Grey. We're truly blessed with Carlin of IP and the guys at Priola. If it weren't for them, we might still be sitting on a pair of rotting cars. Stay tuned for the next update, and we promise, it won't take another year until it comes!

  |   Project Ats Ss Honda Civic Carlin Chiu

Carlin Chiu of IP Auto Design has been a key player in helping us get Project ATS*SS rolling.

  |   Project Ats Ss Honda Civic Basf Porsche Fashion Grey
  |   Project Ats Ss Honda Civic Basf Porsche Fashion Grey

Fresh out of the booth, Priola Auto Body takes our EK to the next level with BASF Porsche Fashion Grey paint.

My Goodies

We've also been busy collecting some key parts for Project ATS*SS. The following are sitting in our garage, ready to install:

  • A'PEXi ExV coilovers
  • 15x7" +35 SSR Type X wheels (refinished by LAX Wheel Refinishing)
  • 195/55R15 Toyo Extensa HP tires
  • EBC USR slotted rotors and pads
  • Hasport EK B-Series two-bolt motor mounts (street urethane)
  • Koyo radiator
  • DC Sports stainless steel 4-2-1 header

  |   Project Ats Ss Honda Civic Apexi Ex V Coilovers
  |   Project Ats Ss Honda Civic Ssr Type X Wheel
  |   Project Ats Ss Honda Civic Ebc Usr Slotted Rotor
  |   Project Ats Ss Honda Civic Koyo Radiator

Sources

DC Sports
City of Industry, CA 91746
800-237-7560
EBC Brakes
Sylmar, CA 91342
702-826-2400
HASport Performance
Phoenix, AZ 85040
602-470-0065
Koyo Cooling Systems
Irvine, CA 92618
949-727-7054
Toyo Tires
800-442-8696
BASF Refinish
800-201-1605
A'PEXi USA
Orange, CA 92868
714-685-5700
IP Auto Design
San Mateo, CA 94403
415-602-5338
Priola Body Shop
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