Vince’s 2001 Orthia build thread

Hi,

Might aswell introduce myself first, I’m Vincent, 35yo and from Belgium.
I own(ed) a lot of honda’s over the years, but this is about my newest import, a 2001 orthia.
It’s a low mileage manual trans AWD version, so pretty rare, especially over here.
I’ve been refreshing and updating it, mostly to an oem+ spec, and I’ll post updates here along the way.
For now, here’s how it looked when I got it:
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So I started with the chassis, although the bottom of the car already was stupid clean, and cleaned it up and applied a new coating

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Then I pulled the front subframe, steering rack and suspension.
I had an EK9 subframe and swaybar to spare so I had these sandblasted and powdercoated to install on the orthia, together with new hardrace upper and lowers, tie rods and endlinks
A new set of driveshafts are waiting aswell, Hence I didn’t really care about pulling the old one out in one piece.

Spindles and brakes are up next…

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Love this. So different :+1:

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Thanks. I accidentally stumbled upon it at the Japanese auctions, didn’t plan to buy anything.
But here we are :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

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you gotta love the Honda oddities from overseas.

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It’s an oddity for sure. It’s like honda threw spare parts from 4 different cars together and made this Frankenstein looking thing.
But I like the potential it has, and want to find out what I can make of it.

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That’s cool! Wish we could bring one of those to the States. Not quite old enough yet though.

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So the orthia was put on a back seat for some time while I was waiting for parts.
But here they are. From US to Belgium in 2 weeks, during holiday season, that’s pretty impressive.
Almost as impressive as the parts themselves.
These S1 trailing arms are next level stuff!
In case you were wondering why I would buy awd arms for a car that is awd from factory, they come with drum brakes on the rear and I wanted discs, to complement the front brake upgrade. Also, even though the shell was really clean, the subframe, front & rear arms, steering rack etc were in bad shape so that’s all being replaced. So choice between oem with drums or reinforced oem look with discs was easy :grinning:

Meanwhile I’m keeping busy with some small cleanup and upgrade stuff, that I’ll post about tomorrow.

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So will be ready for inspection soon then ? Get it on the road :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

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It’ll be on the road sooner than the EK9 at least. Hopefully by summer. Depends on how fast I can get it to the paint shop

One of the small things I did was get a second valve cover and restore it.
The one on the car had some paint coming off.
So I got another one from the breakers,
Stripped it, cleaned it, put fresh wrinkle paint on it and sanded and machine polished the letters.
From this:


To this:

And finally this:

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Little impulse buy:
Front and rear Spoon strut bars and a rare Spoon lower tie bar.
Going to get the mounts blasted and coated and polish the bars, then install them with new (titanium) hardware.
Just got to find out if I can actually fit that lower tie bar. :face_with_raised_eyebrow:

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If it doesn’t fit, it will fit on my EG :grin:

I’m going to clean them all up anyway, so I it doesn’t fit and you want it, we can work something out :blush:

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Spoon bars arrived today.
They are in pretty good shape but I had some time to spare, so i gave them a quick sand and polish.
I didn’t want to make them too shiny, just remove the scratches and imperfections.
Before:


After:

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oooo a shiny silver spoon

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