4th gen civic hatch build, Access bodykit

Hey guys, I’m gonna try to post a small recap of my build so far.

It all started in december of 2016, I came accros an add on FB for a Honda Access bodykit for a 4th gen civic hatch. It was in The Netherlands, about an hour from me here in Belgium. Price was great so I didn’t hesitate, even tho I didn’t own a 4th gen hatch at the time :smiley:







As you can see, the kit was pretty banged up, but that didn’t matter. Had to have it, very first time seeing one in person so was exited to own it.

Fast forward to june 2017, when I found a 4th gen hatch for sale that was not to expensive or rusted to pieces. Went to look at it that day, made an agreement and picked it up with a buddy of mine the next day.



It had it’s faults but nothing that really scared me, a friend of mine agreed to do the quater panel replacement and the other weld stuff so I stripped the car and brought it to him so he could do his work. About half of juli 2018 I dropped it off, and got it back end of september 2018.



Offcourse I test fitted the bodykit after I got the car in 2017




Rear part of the bodykit would not fit because I needed a JDM or USDM rear bumper

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While my friend had the car to weld everything, I started repairs non the bodykit, searched for a JDM or USDM rear bumper and other Access pieces so I could add those to the build.









Got the windshield cut out, engine removed and all the other stuff that was left inside. Removed the front suspension and got the whole car sanded down so I could put a coat of epoxyprimer on it.






Sanded the inside and engine bay down again and started doing a bit of small bodywork where needed. Prepped it all again so I could lay down some color.




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While I did all that sanding and painting in the warehouse, I continued the search for OEM parts I needed and what I could replace with new OEM parts. Also cleaned up all the parts that came off the car and needed to go back on.


And coillected some more goodies offcourse, wing, a couple of sets of wheels, seats, …

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Cleaned up the engine, put all the interior back that is going back in, just dash and doorpanels. Fuel and brake lines back in, wiring harness that I first stripped down, rerouted a bit and made pretty again. Engine went back in not to long ago, need a few bits to get it all done and do the engine harness.

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Sanded down the loose bodypanels and bodyworked them where needed. Insides of the hood and doors are already in epoxyprimer,


Made a plate for the battery and made a holder for the kill switch and volt meter to go above the battery, my friend made me a plate for the connector in the engine bay.

Made holes for my midwing on the trunk, kinda scary without a template, but made it work.

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And that’s about it, just recieved my oem front fog light brackets today, need to drop off my bumper support at my buddy’s place tomorrow so he can do some welding.

Most recent pictures of last saterday when I tested out my Access skirts and I replaced my old fuel lines with new black ones on the dual carb setup.

Still have a long way to go, I hope to get the bodywork done this year so I can lay down some more epoxyprimer and then when the weather gets better again I can sand it all down again, put down some primer and color.

Currently have my MR5’s here at home to take apart and refinish them along with my Prop Fan’s.

Questions, remarks, … just let me know :wink:

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Went to the warehouse yesterday to get some more work done, but my buddy had some fiberglass work I needed to do also so couldn’t really spend all day working on the car.

Started the day with driving to my friend Leon, where I dropped off the bumper support couple of days before. He had it all tacked up for me so I could do a testfit and see it all was in the correct place. Once in the warehouse I started with the fiberglass work first.
Test fitted the bumper support with the bumper on it, finally it was in the correct location. Took it all back off so Leon could do the final welding on it.

Then I started making a backing plate for my connector plate. Just had the plate but no real way of holding in place so after some measuring I cut a piece of aluminium to a ruff size, drew on where I need to make holes and started making what I needed. It still needs some more refining but overall I’m happy with what I made, it does the job so that’s the most important part.

Continued on my front Access piece, removing old double sided tape and other glues stuck on the inside. Also cut off all the little pins left from the repair I did, still loads of repairs still left to do but trying to get it done piece by piece so I don’t distort the overall shape to much.

To end the day I drove back to my firned Leon so he could do the final weldng on the bumper support.

And the first MR5 is broken down, gonna try and do the other 3 next week so I can start with sanding, polishing.

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Awesome progress. Jealous of the the access kit

Thanks, really hope to get it on the road next year. Was planned for last year first but health issues prevented me from working on it for about a year.

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Yesss :ok_hand: :ok_hand: so good to see it all come together

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Thx Leon, couldn’t have done it without your help :wink::+1:

Got some more done yesterday; finished my new fuel lines. The other line I already recieved was to narrow for the hardline coming from the tank so ordered a larger diameter.

Still need to order clamps to secure everything. Also measured the groundwires, need to order some new ones. And checked what room I have for my trumpets.

Bumper support and front fog light brackets installed, just need to sand down the support so I can put some paint on it.

New radiator installed, and cleaned up the hood lock.


Put the passengers side door back on the car and remade the holes for the rear side moldings.

And lastly continued the repairwork on my cowl.



Forgot my sandpaper at home so couldn’t move forward on the rear quarters, so that’s something for next week.

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Made inventory of all the small new parts

Already used a bunch

And have more parts on the way :smile:

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So much good, can’t wait to see the outcome :+1: