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Timothy Markworth

Old is the new new.

Caliber was throwin' a bit of a fit last night, so I decided to reward its hard efforts with some new spark plugs. Of course, I don't love it that much, so it got house brand ORLY plugs that cost less than $10 for the whole set. A noticeable improvement. I suppose I'll have to check fuel economy again.

First oil change. Valvoline Maxlife 5W-30 and K&N HP-1017. First mod. Spectre air filter. Ricers gonna rice.

Timothy Markworth163 days ago

Quit trying to save money by downsizing your wipers.  Stupidest thing ever.  You (maybe) buy them once a year and might save the value of a pack of cigs.  Stop it. Just changed the wipers on the Caliber (finally) and couldn't help buy notice that the ones that were on it were, of course, smaller than it calls for.  Pretty sure this has been the case every time I've changed wipers on a car that I didn't already

Timothy Markworth179 days ago

Finally got the chance to determine my fuel economy.  Took me keeping two receipts to do it since I kept forgetting to check, but whatever.  2.0L four banger with CVT.  Mix of short highway stints and in-town driving.  Almost exclusively cruise control managed.  As little speeding as humanly possible. 24 MPG. This is street racing a Honda territory.  Really awful.

Timothy Markworth186 days ago

Cannot stress enough how great it is to buy tires from a Ford dealership.  Having a GOOD set of tires makes so much difference on a vehicle, yet that tends to be a point of neglect for most vehicles.  If you can't afford to buy a full set straight up, finance them.  Don't buy Walmart tires. It's such an improvement to have four matching tires that don't weeble-wobble and make crap loads of road noise.


[]Ernie Szots

Tires are super important. I'm not sure I'd buy them from a dealership (hard to believe you'd get the best price there), but I am big on purchasing quality rubber, regardless of where you buy from.

[]Vincent Plante

me too! it's what connects you to the road. can't cheap out ob tires

Timothy Markworth244 days ago

Been driving the Caliber for less than a week.  Put roughly 100 miles on the Caliber today.  So far, an absolute joy.  I do get the feeling that there's simply something about driving a slushbox that I don't understand, but the wimpy 2.0L and CVT are quite comfortable for the likes of me.  Low end torque is rubbish like your typical old school Honda, but things like achieving passing speed is surprisingly quick.  I haven't studied the gear ratio

Timothy Markworth250 days ago

Gotta say.  My quest to get a new daily was only successful because people hate CVTs so much.  Depreciation on CVT equipped vehicles is hilarious. If you're like me and can't stand driving an automatic because the gas pedal feels disgusting, try a CVT.  You might be shocked.

Timothy Markworth257 days ago

My F23A1 has died a death much quicker than expected.  The rear main seal and the piston rings have effectively completely failed.  Just used a quart of oil in 45 miles (15W-40!).  So for the millionth year in a row, the Cool 90s Accord will be taking a sabbatical having suffered yet another 6 months of grueling daily driving.  Time to get a backup car so I can deliberately throw a rod on the world's least reliable F23A1.


[]Ernie Szots

What's the plan going forward? Rebuild? Swap?

[]Timothy Markworth

I gotta get a daily first. Then I'll probably just buy a cheap JDM F23A. I have until July next year to get the car running to pass inspection. I'd like to think that I can afford this venture.

Timothy Markworth269 days ago

Always a great week when you have to work on your car every evening.  Not.  Of course, my oil filter relocation kit leaked like hell and had to be removed.  Despite giving it all it'd suffer, it was pissing oil out of the ORB fittings on the adapter plate, of all things.  Yet another classic waste of my money and time.  Now I get to buy and install a sandwich adapter because I spent $200 on a gauge with

Timothy Markworth274 days ago

Complete oil change to Mobil brand 15W-40 dino-sludge because it was on sale at Walmart.  Also added an entire V8 bottle of engine restore.  Installed the oil filter relocation portion of a Rev9Cooler 19 row cooler kit (didn't use the radiator) which I had from another project.  Now running a K&N HP-4001 which puts me at somewhere over 5.5 quarts of oil in the entire system.  Oil pressure is substantial with this setup.  Never seen below 38 PSI.  That's

Timothy Markworth281 days ago

Rebuilt the PCV system yet again and it finally idles properly.  Yay!  I'm not sure if that valve cover filter will hold up to being less than a playing card away from the strut bar, but it sure looks cool.  A wonderful amalgamation of American hot rodding and 90s ricer garbage.


[]John Caldeira

Doesnt the valve cover filter hit that strut bar when under load? Had this problem before with my hatch jus trying to help...

[]Timothy Markworth

I've driven it around a bit and so far, so good. I'm not sure if it will survive long term, but I'm just going to wait until it proves to be an issue. If it doesn't catastrophically self-destruct, then I'll keep it.

[]John Caldeira

Yep good luck hope all goes well 👌🏻

Timothy Markworth292 days ago

I had the brilliant idea today that if I introduced a vacuum leak, the engine would increase idle speed enough to not stall.  Sure enough, I yoinked my vacuum gauge line and it settled in nicely at roughly 1050 rpm.  Came home and restored the stock PCV behavior and it works again.  This seems entirely obviously, except I'm pretty sure that I've had idle stall issues since long before I attempted PCV delete.  Eh, whatever.  It works. If

Timothy Markworth303 days ago

Had some work done on the Cool 90s Accord.  She now has braided steel brake lines, DOT 5.1 brake fluid, and no exhaust leaks.  Sounds much better now with all the extracurricular exhaust noises fixed. Compression test revealed that the rings on cylinders 2 and 3 are fried.  185-120-120-185.  So basically, I make 12WHP over stock with a trashed engine.  Shout out to Modified by KC. Now if you don't mind, the best Honda Accord on Wheelwell

Timothy Markworth320 days ago

Automotive vanity and automotive health.  Two things that consume all of my money. In the health department... Added 15W-40 last week. Car sounds healthy and doesn't appear to be burning it off. Good enough for the F20B5, good enough for the F23A1. I seem to have somewhat cured the low idle until stall issue mechanically. Just loosened the idle air screw. Not ideal, but it'll do until I can get enough stuff together for the car

Timothy Markworth328 days ago

First the bad news: Car stalled out three times today despite swapping out the entire fuel rail.  Spark issue?  Jeez, I hope not.  Dunno.  Dumped in a bottle of that new fangled Chevron cleaner and another 13 gallons of gas on top of it.  Car really didn't want to idle after that.  Maybe the cleaner will do something...we'll see.  I can't afford to keep chucking gauges on the car at the rate that I need them, and definitely

Timothy Markworth329 days ago

I've been very busy ricing out the Accord recently.  Saturday was no different.  Decided I would take a chance on trying to swap out the stock brake booster vacuum line with a custom silicone hose arrangement.  The stock hose has an integrated check valve, so I had to work that out.  Luckily, I already had this aluminum 1/2" check valve available. So how does it work?  Dramatic improvement.  If I wanted to, I could probably lock up the

Timothy Markworth330 days ago

Wasn't very fun, but the Cool 90s Accord is now super legit what with its AEM fuel rail, pressure sender, and pressure regulator.  There's still something or other going on with it, but it's much better than it was, and at least I know one more thing that isn't wrong.  Also, having this big honking fuel rail makes my ticking fuel injector even louder.  I'd love to know the duty cycle my injectors are reaching on the current tune.

Timothy Markworth332 days ago

Installed new AEM fuel rail, fuel pressure guage, and fuel pressure regulator. I'll post photos some other time. Needless to say, the installation could have gone smoother.

Timothy Markworth359 days ago

Burned out a fog light today. Great news because now I can replace my fog lights with some over-priced junk LED bulbs and further my quest to have a car that is clearly worse than its rank suggests.

Timothy Markworth366 days ago

#StanceNation Put Yokohama AVID Touring-S 205/65-R15s on the Cool 90s Accord. Holy crap it's so much better. Handles and rides completely different. Also, having a full-size spare eliminates so much road noise. This is the tire that the four banger 6G Accord wants and needs.

Timothy Markworth376 days ago

It finally happened. Took a year and thousands of dollars. Crystal Pepsi, Surge, and my car in running condition.

Timothy Markworth379 days ago

Good idea: Adding an oil catch can to mitigate issues caused by excessive blow-by. Bad idea: Forgetting to check if you actually have any clearance for an oil catch can before you purchase it. Oh well. Good opportunity to recycle resources from old projects. No plumbing for now as I need a vacuum scavenger oil cap first.

Timothy Markworth380 days ago

Not sure that attaching an emergency repair battery terminal to the remains of the OEM terminal is the best approach I've ever taken, but man, the stock Honda battery terminals are rubbish.

Timothy Markworth388 days ago

Shout out to Replikaz. I just wanted a matching rim for a full-size spare, but damn. Seeing the old 98 Accord alloy all shiny and unblemished is such a treat. What a great design. I should replace the whole set since they're not even $120 each.

Timothy Markworth401 days ago

Getting adjusted to the tuner daily life. The combination of winter and not having any functional emissions gimmicks is making my Accord thirsty. As in 22 MPG. Can hardly wait to get 15 MPG at best on E85.

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