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Treasure hunter

Written by : Posted on October 20, 2010 : 18 Comments

When people think of treasure they think of gold, or diamonds but some people find treasure in different forms. Consider this, your browsing a forum and stumble across a car. Something that is so special it makes you send a crazy message proposing a trade. Well this is how Nick Tadwell came to be with this car. A random message, a crazy idea to trade his 350z for this Integra and boom! Nick was cruising home straight JDM style on the right side of the car. Nick understands what he got himself into, it is hard being the second owner of a car, especially a car that is as wild as this Honda Integra. Tadwell explained to us that all the work was done by the previous owner but he does plan on adding his own touches to this ride to make it his own.

There are a few things about this car that jump out right away. First off the fact that this Integra is Right hand drive (RHD). Sourcing a complete JDM front end the old Acura nose was chopped off and went the way of the old milk in the fridge, to the trash. Following the factory stitch welds the new JDM front end was attached and done to be flawless. The front end was attached and a few other touches needed to be done to pull the new look off. Deciding on a OEM Honda color the new JDM whip was painted Midori Green, and adding a further touch the engine bay was offset as a Battleship Gray. So the color was done, the front end was attached and now the wheels became the questions. To complete this car the coveted BBS RS was chosen, but not just any RS. To give this star it’s shine the BBS RS Prima Donna was added, 16×9 for the fronts and a staggering 16×10 for the rear. The stance was set off with a set of Function and Form type II coilovers planting the Honda to the ground. The stage was set but the interior and engine had to be just as sick to finish this car off.

The interior of the car is important because all of your drive time is spent there. First things first, seats. Adding a bit of German flavor to this Japanese ride a pair of 78 Vintage Recaro Orange Varient seats were installed. We all know what happened the last time Japan and Germany paired up but this time it seems to be working out better lol. Seats were accomplished and to further add some class to the inside of the ride a Nardi wood steering wheel with a NRG quick release hub was added. Trust me riding down the road in this car is fun, right until the time Nick took the wheel off and handed it to me…..yeah. So after avoiding what seemed to be sure death I was able to notice a few other comforts of the car. A Pioneer head unit provides entertainment and throughout the rest of the cabin little JDM touches are dotted here and there. Having more JDM flavor than a Japanese steakhouse this Integra was almost ready to roll….almost.

Outside check, inside check. But what to do with the engine? B16? B18? How about some special k? And no its not what’s for breakfast. This little Honda is powered by the big boy K20 motor and after all is said and done this power plant is laying down 231 horsepower. Rocketing this car forward evermore a 2008 Civic SI transmission was added, along with a boat load of other engine goodies. This motor was not just plucked out of an RSX and installed, it was sent to the gym and beefed up before it was planted in this car. Recently Nick started his own touches with a stage 2 tune for the car. Ever more ready to hit the street this JDM fighter was ready to break out.

Modifications
Engine
Built K20 motor
CP pistons 12.5:1
Prayoonto/BC stage 2 cams
Eibach valve springs
Portflow retainers
RBC manifold
Prayoonto CNC ported head
Rcrew throttle body adapter
Maxbore 70MM throttle body
RCrew fuel rail
Injector Dynamics 750 injectors
Wrinkle finish USDM valve cover w/ -12 earls black finish lines for vent
AEM intake
RCrew headers
RCrew 3 inch exhaust
08 SI tranny 4.7 final drive non-lsd
clutch masters stage 2 clutch
clutch masters aluminum flywheel
Holley 255gshared_pm fuel pump
Holley fuel pressure regulator
all Holley fuel lines in -6 black with black fittings
Earls fuel filter (less than 2k on it)
Hondata KPro ECU
New alternator, AC compressor, starter, and belts
ARP head bolts
Cometic head gasket
CORR shifter cable bushings
Mishimoto radiator
Mishimoto rad fans

Exterior
JDM HID front end (all O.E. – all metal)
– hood
– fenders
– side markers
– rad support
– HID lights
– OE JDM Lip
Complete color change to Honda Midori Green (car was painted with Dupont Premium)
engine bay was done in battleship grey
J’s racing front air duct

Wheels & Tires
ITR 5 lug conversion
BBS RS 16×10 in back 16×9 in front

Interior
RHD conversion – this was done professionally and the stitch weld from factory was redone to insure its 100%
JDM ITR cluster
JDM vents
JDM auto air
JDM door switches
NRG quick release
NRG quick release lock
Nardi black face wood grain steering wheel
C’s c pillar bar
JDM ITR floor mats
vintage 78 Recaro Orange Gradient seats
JDM ITR arm rest delete
F1 Spec brushed shift knob
RCrew short shifter
JDM ITR center console
Pioneer head unit – AVH-P3200DVD /CD/MP3/WMA/TOUCH SCREEN

Suspension
Static
Function and Form Type II suspension
aluminum lower control arms
ITR front sway bar
ITR rear sway bar

Photography by J.C. Magana

 

18 comments

  1. Fallenraven2k22 on said:

    Stage 2 Tune really wtf are you talking about an SRT4 honda tunes don’t have stages. A tune is a Tune. Traded his 350 and is selling the integra for $7500 obo FAIL>EPIC.

    • Wait? Are you implying his wheels are fake? Possibly, I don’t know. But… the cap your are talking about is the newer prima donna ( super RS ) which only come in 17 and 18’s.

  2. It tells us that he has different tastes than you.
    ‘Proper’ fitment is, like many things, completely subjective. It cannot be proven truth that a certain car has better fitment than another as there is nothing to base it on other than personal opinion. If the owner of the car happens to like how it sits as-is, then there’s nothing wrong with leaving it like this.

  3. REAL TALK on said:

    i find it a bit retarded that you would feature a car that has had so much work done to it by the previous owner. I mean Phil built this car from the ground up. If phil didnt give you the feature, why chase the new owner for it. just my $0.02

    • Thanks for your .02 cents. So you are aware, Phil wrote to us when this vehicle was posted and he mentioned he was very excited to see his previous car being featured. He even gave us props for it as we clearly mentioned he was the one responsible for the build. In fact, there’s; a good chance we will be featuring his new project in the near future.

    • Thanks for your .02 cents. So you are aware, Phil wrote to us when this vehicle was posted and he mentioned he was very excited to see his previous car being featured. He even gave us props for it as we clearly mentioned he was the one responsible for the build. In fact, there’s; a good chance we will be featuring his new project in the near future.

    • Thanks for your .02 cents. So you are aware, Phil wrote to us when this vehicle was posted and he mentioned he was very excited to see his previous car being featured. He even gave us props for it as we clearly indicated he was the one responsible for the build. In fact, there’s; a good chance we will be featuring his new project in the near future.

    • Thanks for your .02 cents. So you are aware, Phil wrote to us when this vehicle was posted and he mentioned he was very excited to see his previous car being featured. He even gave us props for it as we clearly mentioned he was the one responsible for the build. In fact, there’s; a good chance we will be featuring his new project in the near future.

    • Thanks for your .02 cents. So you are aware, Phil wrote to us when this vehicle was posted and he mentioned he was very excited to see his previous car being featured. He even gave us props for it as we clearly indicated he was the one responsible for the build. In fact, there’s; a good chance we will be featuring his new project in the near future.

  4. Dontworryboutit on said:

    lol sweet, not only does that integra have stupid fitment, but the owner now actually bought it with stupid fitment. so what does that tell us about the owner?

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