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    1. Member Mag-X's Avatar
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      12-16-2018 06:34 PM #1
      Back when I was just out of high school, I bought a 1980 Honda Accord that had everything wrong with it and spent way too much money paying a mechanic to get it running again. I ended up basically giving it away because it was just such a massive waste of money. It was a rusty pile and got horrible oil mileage.

      Fun fact, I got my first speeding ticket in that car doing the maximum speed I ever achieved with it. 74 MHP!

      Fast forward to the present day, and I finally have a house with a garage and I felt like I needed yet another hobby. High school auto shop class and watching a ton of Roadkill and Might Car Mods is really all the experience I have with working on cars. I though I'd get something worthless and fairly simply to get started and remembered the Honda. After watching Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace for a few weeks, this thing popped up, and now it's mine.

      1979 Honda Accord LX.

      It's crazy complete. All the chrome trim seems to be accounted for, and it's had seat covers on it since brand new.

      It starts and runs, but the all original carburetor is dumping gas into the engine, so that'll need to be addressed first. It's exempt from emissions testing here in Washingon, so hopefully I can just remove and cap off a lot of the stupid vacuum lines for the emissions system. Other than that mess, it's basically a tractor.





      The front looks really nice, but it's like they ran out of money for designers when they got to the back half.












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    4. 12-16-2018 06:38 PM #3
      I love itttt

      I bet metalitubby has never worked on one of these
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      12-16-2018 06:42 PM #4
      My first car was a hand-me-down 77 hatch. Still have the dealer brochure.

      https://forums.vwvortex.com/showthre...ccord-Brochure

      Nice find, you never see these things anymore.

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    6. 12-16-2018 06:56 PM #5
      CONGRATS!

      That thing is a time capsule. It looks amazingly well-preserved.

      A luxurious LX too!


      Brings back memories because that was my first car back in 1985, a '79LX in the same color and everything.

      I loved it.

      Mine ended up getting totaled when a Fiero pulled out in front of me. I replaced it with another '79 Accord but it was base with 4spd and manual steering.

      Every car I've ever owned has been a front wheel drive 3 door hatchback.

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      12-16-2018 07:03 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by @McMike View Post
      Nice find, you never see these things anymore.
      The newest ones would have been moving onto their second owners by the time I was born. I don't remember ever seeing these first generations on the road.

      From what I gather, their rust proofing was terrible, and they just simply dissolved.

      It's the same color as rust, so it's hard to see even in person, but there's lots of places where the paint has chipped off and it's starting to rust. None of it seems to be flakey or bubbling under the paint, and the underside looks good from what I can see without a lift.
      The exception is under the battery. I'm not sure if the battery leaked out or a rock broke a chunk of the rust proofing liner out of the fender, but that part is a bit see through.

      The clear coat is destroyed on the hood and top, so after it's running well, I'd like to see about getting it stripped down, holes filled in, and resprayed. We'll see how far I get with that though.

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      12-16-2018 07:06 PM #7
      Wow. That is awesome.
      I keep up with traffic with only 90 hp. What's your superpower?
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      12-16-2018 07:08 PM #8
      That interior - 50 shades of brown

      Love it
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      12-16-2018 08:09 PM #9
      Ready for Radwood. Congrats !

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      12-16-2018 08:15 PM #10
      Wow! Awesome find and I'm curious about pretty much everything that happens here, from carb fixing to driving impressions.

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      12-16-2018 08:19 PM #11
      really takes me back to my days just out of high school, buddy of mine owned one around 89 or so, such a great little car till he blew a hg trying to hoon it

    13. 12-16-2018 08:40 PM #12
      Very nice to see a proper size Accord. Even the Civic now has larger dimensions than the original Accord.

      2018 Civic 177-183″ L x 71″ W x 55-57″ H

      1979 Accord 163.2 L 63.8 W 52.6 H

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      12-16-2018 08:48 PM #13
      Awesome! Congrats!
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      12-16-2018 09:01 PM #14
      Congratulations, it looks to be in fantastic condition considering it's age. But all that spaghetti wiring, plumbing and vacuum lines under the hood, yikes.

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      12-16-2018 09:11 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by Meroving1an View Post
      Ready for Radwood. Congrats !
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      A girl I dated just after HS had one of these, it was old even then but in pretty nice shape. It was that lovely 80’s Honda teal.

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      12-16-2018 09:40 PM #17
      Very nice score, it looks to be in excellent shape!

      What are your plans for the carb? Are there any bolt up modern solutions that would help eliminate the complex vacuum setup and provide good running out of the box?

      And if not, how about converting to a set of motorcycle CV carbs? A set off a small bike like a 650 or so would probably be sized just right.

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      12-16-2018 09:53 PM #18
      I have to imagine someone has a great write up for a de-smog and carb update on these things.

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      12-16-2018 10:00 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by Jettaboy1884 View Post
      Very nice score, it looks to be in excellent shape!

      What are your plans for the carb? Are there any bolt up modern solutions that would help eliminate the complex vacuum setup and provide good running out of the box?

      And if not, how about converting to a set of motorcycle CV carbs? A set off a small bike like a 650 or so would probably be sized just right.
      I'm not sure yet. The original plan was to bin the original one and do a conversion to Webers, which seems to be pretty common with these. However, they don't seem to support air conditioning, which this car has surprisingly. The car is also original, it'd be a shame to put non-stock parts on it. I'm hoping I can get it rebuild and just remove a lot of the hoses and cap them off as emissions testing isn't required for a car this old here. I have no clue yet what they all do though.

    21. 12-17-2018 02:04 AM #20
      This could be your friend and only 10.95 on ebay
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      12-17-2018 07:59 AM #21
      Congrats on a cool find!!
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      12-17-2018 08:16 AM #22
      I love this twist on brand identity:

      Offer a car called the Civic.
      Offer another car called the Accord that has a badge 'CVCC'.

      OP, that is a seriously cool car. Good luck with the vacuum leaks!

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      12-17-2018 08:18 AM #23
      Awesome find.

      I still remember the morning i woke up and looked out at the driveway from my window and discovered my dad had traded his last Olds Torondo for a '77 Accord (silver/black).

      That car was all kids of awesome, and my first experience with a three pedal car.
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      12-17-2018 08:19 AM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by ImpeccableNEW View Post
      I bet metalitubby has never worked on one of these
      You'd lose your money.

      The dealer I worked at had one as a shop club-racer that was beat into the ground. Pretty much every technician hated working on it, be we all had our chance at some point during our careers. I think that car is currently a lawn-ornament in someone's yard with trees growing up around it.
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      12-17-2018 08:20 AM #25
      Looks to be in amazing shape, enjoy it! If you do remove things at least photo document and save them.

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