Last fall, I had the opportunity to buy three gen II Civics for $100 each.
One is an '81 with a great body but bad engine.
The second is an '83 that was heavily vandalized but has a good
engine/automatic. Got it started and in spite of having a totally
broken windshield, it ran and all the instruments worked. Tranny is
strong as well.
The third is an '82 automatic that I've chosen to refurb for another
daily driver. It last ran in 1983. Didn't take take much to get it
running and then I set out to take care of the little things to make it
roadworthy. Replaced the front struts, alternator/regulator, tires and
attempted to bleed the brakes with minimal success but no replacement of
Got to drive it down a back road yesterday and it shifts great, has
plenti of stamina and rides nice 'n quiet. The drive revealed that one
of the front axles is noisy, but I scored a rebuilt pair on eBay for $50
including shipping yesterday. I also have all the parts to completely
rebuild the brakes and will set on that next week.
Damned... I now have six Civics!
Life is good.
(Who's waiting for the price of gas to go to $5 per gallon!)