Back story: I purchased a pretty nice little 91 Civic Hatch in Red that I guess the motor locked up in and someone parked it on a farmers land for 5-10 years. Its mostly complete besides needing the mods for STS and some front end work, but the shell is pretty smooth and is definitely something I can work with. All in I bought this car for $180 plus towing it back. At that price I can't lose.
On to the main point: Alright lets be real with this. Between the two models in the 90s there isn't a huge difference between them. A lot of the "options" were stuff that came standard, and the hard options like AC were "options" so I don't even have to fix them I just have to remove them and match the delete as standard. I now have the option to potentially purchase a new motor which is influencing the decision for the SI conversion.
The options on the SI over standard:
1. Power sun roof/moon roof, I can pick up a nice takeout assembly and restore a headliner as I've done previously on my old civic.
2. tachometer, - ✓
3. passenger door mirror, ✓
4. color matched bumpers, Body needs restored anyways. Smooth just paint is shot.
5. dash clock, ?
6. larger exhaust, Replaced in ST anyways
7. front and rear anti-roll bars, Replaced in ST anyways
8. 14" steel wheels with covers, Replaced in ST anyways
9. Slightly deeper bucket sport seats. Replaced in ST anyways
10. There was no power steering and no automatic transmission available (except in Canada). Mechanical will all be replaced.
So Basically the car needs to be restored and prepped for STS which fixes everything that needs to be changed and I add in a nice used factory power sunroof.
Tell me why this isn't legal for sts asap before I pull the trigger on this motor.