Civic Coupe EJ1

NZ Performance Car - - 1972 Mazda Rx-2 Capella -

The op­por­tu­nity to buy your dream car doesn’t ar­rive often, so when your flatty of­fers up his re­cently com­pleted K-se­riess­wapped Civic coupe, which you’ve al­ways wanted to call your own, it only makes sense to jump on it. Orig­i­nally built by Mitch Wil­son, the coupe started life as a D16-pow­ered nanamo­bile fol­lowed by a se­ries of swaps be­fore torque be­came king and a K24A from a DC5 was swapped in courtesy of the Has­port bil­let con­ver­sion mounts.

The K-se­ries it­self runs a DC5R baf­fled sump and a CL7R in­take with Spoon Sports ported throt­tle body–and–Blox ve­loc­ity stack combo, and Pri­vate La­bel Mfg K-swap head­ers. A Hon­data KPro4 ECU looks af­ter the im­por­tant de­tails, and a CL7R six-speed lim­ited-slip-dif­fer­en­tial gear­box was fit­ted with a DC5R clutch kit, Mu­gen short­shifter box, and K-Tuned shifter mounts to en­sure that it could be thrashed around the track with­out worry on those par­tic­u­larly rugged down­shifts.

The in­te­rior fea­tures a pair of Re­caro SR3s but is oth­er­wise orig­i­nal — much like the ex­te­rior, which sports only an EK bumper lip and a set of 17x8-inch Ad­vanti Stalk­ers — a set of Tein EDFC coilovers helps to keep ev­ery­thing bal­anced.

It is, as Tyler told us, def­i­nitely a work-in­progress, but he seems to have a few sweet plans up his sleeve for the near future. Tyler would like to thank Mitch for “be­ing silly enough to sell me the car” and “also Kaz for bat­tling with my pri­or­i­ties and con­tin­u­ously be­ing there for me”.

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