Popular for its light weight, nimble handling, and fuel efficiently, the Honda CRX brought a breath of fresh air to the compact market in the 1980s. It helped originate the aftermarket auto scene with its simple yet efficient construction and wide availability of parts. It provided a perfect fusion of sporty sub-compact style, economical cost, and most importantly – the thrill of driving. The 1988 Honda CRX marked the beginning of the second and final generation of the car. It received many accolades, including Car and Driver’s 10 Best List for 1988 and MotorTrend’s Import Car of the Year award. The Honda CRX truly captures the spirit of Honda in the 1980s and early 1990s.
My goal is to find, restore, and enjoy an original CRX. I’m happy to share my experiences here as this project progresses.
- Transmission Repair & Suspension Upgrade at Agile Automotive PerformanceAgile Automotive Performance helped diagnose the issues in the transmission. The transmission was rebuild by GearSpeed and reinstalled by Agile along with new suspension components.
- Transmission Repair at Agile AutomotiveI decided to repair or replace the Y1 cable transmission. After searching for a reputable transmission shop, I found Agile Automotive in Maryland. They are helping to coordinate rebuilding the Y1 transmission.
- Reassembling the Roof, Doors, Rear, and InteriorThe CRX was back from the paint shop and ready for be reassembled. I spent two weeks putting the roof, hatch, rear bumper, doors, and interior back together with (mostly) labeled and documented parts.
- PaintIt’s finally happening! It’s been almost 3 years since I purchased the CRX from South Carolina. Now that the body was work completed, it’s time for a new coat of paint. I was able to schedule time with Heritage Auto Collision in Carlisle, PA to have the CRX painted. Dan and his team painted the entire chassis, fenders, engine bay, bumpers, and garnishes. It took about a month to complete and it was definitely worth…
- Rear Floor Pan & Engine BayThere were still a few items remaining on the list before the car could be considered ready for paint. The first order of business was to patch up the rear floor pan. There were several spots that needed attention in the main well where the spare is stored. We were able to cut a piece of spare metal from the quarter panel patches and share it to the area removed from the pan. Bondo and…