So what started as small talk in December 2018 via instagram about the cars setup, turned into January of 2020 putting a deposit down on the exact same car and starting the plan of a cross country road trip to obtain said car.
2001 Honda Prelude Base with Manual Transmission (H23 Swapped with LSD Trans, Tein coilovers, and Hondata)
It’s not some uber-elite car but to me is a bucket list item.
Car was fully addressed and made road/track worthy over ownership. Multiple modifications to make “ultimate driving machine”.
Buyer actually delivered car to my cousins house in Vista since he was in the process of moving 3 states away.
Flew out on February 11th from Houston IAH to San Diego.
Sue me I’m not photogenic
Arrived in San Diego around 8PM and we got an Uber to my cousins house to sleep (bodies where still on Texas time).
Woke up February 12th and road tested car around neighborhood and drove fantastically! Spent the rest of the day doing tourist things and spending time with family.
Good relaxing day and enjoyed the getaways from life GREATLY!
Awoke February 13th and began RoadTrip home
15 minutes later (or 6 miles as I like to recall)EPIC FAILURE! On a slight right curve in the road passenger side wheel fell off from result of a failed passenger lower ball joint, which in turn caused axle to snap.
GREAT, AWESOME - Living La Vida Loca
My wife doesn’t kill me, and actually the vehicle behind us pulled over to assist. They ended up having TripleA and footed the tow bill after seeing how bummed I was in our current event.
Got vehicle towed to the closest reputable shop I found (in my least bit of sanity). This shop was Hal’s Auto Repair in Oceanside.
Before arriving I had already called and informed of failures and what parts where going to be needed. Upon inspection at Hal’s I made the decision to go ahead and replace both lower ball joints, both axles, and both transmission seals. ALSO found passenger tire to be excessively chewed from impact to fender. They got vehicle around 11:00-11:20 and had it completed and road worthy by 4:00 same day. (three thumbs up).
Spent the night at my cousins AGAIN just to regain composure and rest my brain. At this rate if the car breaks every 6 miles it’ll be brand new by the time we complete the 1,600+ mile drive home.
February 14th (Happy Valentines to my wife)
We make the drive from Vista, CA to Chandler, AZ.
Over time on the internet I had made a good friend in the area and had planned on actual meeting up and grabbing dinner. The drive was flawless and no more hiccups on this day.
BUT FIRST a stop by to say hello to @icbmatt . Made parts list for my brother in law for his DB Integra ITR swap so scrolled through and placed my order in person with Mr ICB
Some of the pickups
Departed from here with the goods and headed to dinner with David at Potbelly’s (once again wife didn’t complain about three-wheeling haha). Was good times at catching up followed by some great coffee/custard spot David talked about (three thumbs up). That was the end of the evening and we departed back to hotel for some sleep.
Woke up after good rest and got some generic hotel “continental breakfast” for the AM. Ran by the mall to get the niece/nephews some gifts
Started our trip towards Tonto National Forest and my failed attempts to learn to start vehicle due to the Hondata Theft feature engaged (hahha should have seen my Hulk rage)
Arizona/New Mexico border
Made it safely and checked into our hotel from the days journey. ONLY AFTER figuring out back in the early 1900’s it was a Psych Ward (wife still not made at me)
February 16th on the road to Texas
Had to stop at Santa Rosa RT66 Museum
Got serious about getting home so drove further than expected but got hungry and did more RT66 photo-op’s
Got some LATE lunch at a Mexican spot in Amarillo
Finished the drive to Wichita Falls to our last hotel for the trip.
February 17th the departure back “home”
Since the incident from day one the hood and passenger fender where damaged from impact. So found JDM fenders and hood in Houston.
Drove back home to Beaumont and made arrangements to get Uhaul on February 18th and make a parts run to Houston for my front end parts and brother in law to snag an ITR front end.
Completed Parts Haul
So I got matching fenders, replacement hood, and second hand 17” BBS RX’s
So that was probably the most entertaining 5 days of my life and definitely a great step to test any marriage!