Aerodynamic, Light, and Just the Right Size
Buying the Integra
When I started this project I hadn't decided on a body to use. At first I wanted a wagon for the amount of space and four doors. I had a couple of models that fit the wheel base I was planning on using (104"). One was a VW Passat B3 or B4, and the other was a Ford Escort. It was hard to find a Passat in the condition I was looking for, and I real wanted to keep this project all metric, so I broadened my search to include any import car, two door or four door. I wanted to maintain a lot of useable storage space (accommodate long items) so I limited my results to hatchbacks and cars with folding rear seats.
I found some decent cars but nothing that lined up with what I had in mind. Then one day I saw a 1994 Acura Integra in the auction listings. The auction was taking place at a time when I would be around. I decided to try and buy the car. The car had been written off because of a minor collision. Only the passenger front fender had sustained any damage. I was able to get the car for $900.
My initial plan was to get the car safetied and registered before driving it the 1000kms home. I was hoping this would make it easier to get the final project registered. But when I got the car back from the inspectors, I realized that would be more work then it's worth. The main things it needed were suspension parts and body work. Both of which I would be removing or changing. It was decided that I would forget about registering it as a Acura Integra and worry about the project paper work later.
The car ran and drove fine. It had been a while since I had driven a light and peppy car, I really enjoyed it. As I was transporting the car home, I thought about how hard it would be to reduce this nice working car in to a assortment of parts, but the project must go on, and so it's going to be disassembled.