1998 Honda Integra Type R

Finished – The 1998 Honda Integra Type R is Ready to Go Home

With all of the work completed on the 1998 Honda Integra Type R, it’s time for the wonderful 1990s JDM sports car to head home.

The team at Bridge Classic Cars have revitalised the car for its owner, with several mechanical jobs and some in-depth paintwork done on the car we had to get some final photos with the car.

To take a look at the entire project from the very start, click here.

Front End – New Calipers, Polished Indicators and Sorting Out the ABS on the 1998 Honda Integra Type R

The Bridge Classic Cars are working on the front end of the 1998 Honda Integra Type R.

The team have fitted the newly repainted front brake calipers onto the knuckles of the iconic DC2 Integra. From there, the team began to bleed the brake system. But, there was a small issue.

While looking into the problem, the team also removed the indicators from the front bumper to have them polished. They have come as good as new and been reinstalled back into the bumper.

The issue with bleeding the brakes was traced back to the ABS pump. It is believed the system inhale air and caused an air pocket which wasn’t allowing the system to be completely bled.

So, Jon carefully and gently released the ABS lines from the pump in order to ”burp” the system and release the air pocket. With this now done, the team can top up the system with the specific brake fluid for the Integra and bleed the entire system completely.

Colour Correct – Painting the New Front Callipers on the 1998 Honda Integra Type R

The paint shop at Bridge Classic Cars have got some new parts in the in-house paint booth.

Our paint technician, Mauro, has cleaned down and repainted the front brake callipers on the 1998 Honda Integra Type R. The team have sprayed them in the colour coded hard-wearing red to match the other callipers on the car as a finishing touch.

Good as New – Painting the Wheels of 1998 Honda Integra Type R

The wheels for the 1998 Honda Integra Type R that has been here at Bridge Classic Cars to be restored are done in the paint shop!

Chris has been hard at work getting the correct colour and finish on the classic wheels to exactly match the white they needed to be. The wheels themselves have been refurbished so the colour was the final step of the process.

Through Chris’s hard work and dedication, the wheels have come out absolutely fantastic and will match the finish and standard of the rest of the car.

Stay tuned for more on the Integra here on the Bridge Classic Cars blog.

Coming Back Around – Work Continues on the 1998 Honda Integra Type R

Tamas and Paul have been hard at work putting the 1998 Honda Integra Type R back together after its recent bodywork here at Bridge Classic Cars.

The car is being put together in our workshop piece by piece to factory specification as part of its aesthetic overhaul. This wonderful example of 1990s Japanese engineering has been with us for some time and has grown in the hearts of many who have worked on it.

During it’s final assembly, every component and system will be thoroughly checked over to ensure everything on this DC2 Integra works exactly as it should.

To the Same Standard – 1998 Honda Integra Type R Wheels Off for Refurb

With all the hard work put into the 1998 Honda Integra Type R by the Bridge Classic Cars in-house restoration teams, we had to make sure every element of the car was in the best possible condition.

The wheels are no exception. The wheels are finished in matching Championship White but have seen better days. Thankfully, they can be refurbished. With care and attention, the wheels will be back soon and looking as good if not better than when the DC2 rolled out of the showroom back in 1998.

Back Together – Refitting the Engine and Gearbox to the 1998 Honda Integra Type R

Tamas and Paul, our in-house restoration technicians have been busy refitting the wiring harness, accessories, engine and gearbox back into the 1998 Honda Integra Type R that is in at Bridge Classic Cars.

Using reference photos and the catalogued parts from the dismantling of the car, the whole engine bay now looks as good as new.

Next stages for the Integra will be to get the vehicle back together before final check overs. Expect to see more here on the Bridge Classic Cars blog.

Coming Back Together – Refitting the Engine Bay of the 1998 Honda Integra Type R

The freshly painted 1998 Honda Integra Type R is out of the paint booth after its sympathetic respray here at Bridge Classic Cars. Now it’s time for our in-house restoration technicians to begin putting everything back together.

As you may have seen previously, the engine bay on the Integra Type R has been cleaned up and resprayed in its factory Championship White. Now the paint has cured it’s time to refit all the systems under the bonnet. Tom and Paul have been working on getting all the pipework and components back to their original locations while also taking extreme care as to not undo any of the hard work done by our in-house painters.

Soon, it will be time drop the engine back in…

Back in the Booth – Painting the Quarter Panels and Roof on a 1998 Honda Integra Type R

Bridge Classic Cars have been working on a bit of a modern classic recently. This 1998 Honda Integra Type R has previously had a list of metal work done to it by our in-house body shop along with a full engine bay clean up and resprayed in its factory Championship White.

Now though, it is time for the back and the top of the car to receive the same treatment. The rear quarter panels needed some attention from the Bodyshop so to make sure it all looked as good if not better than the day it arrived on the showroom floor 23 years ago.

Our in-house paint expert Chris carefully prepared each panel to make sure the best results were achieved for our customer. The results are absolutely sensational.

All in the Prep – Preparing the 1998 Honda Integra Type R for Paint

Honda Type R’s always look fantastic when finished in Championship White. Clean, crisp and purposeful.

That is what the outcome will be on the 1998 Honda Integra Type R that we are currently working at Bridge Classic Cars will be by the end of the process.

Our talented and experienced painter Chris has been working hard on getting the Integra prepped to have some paintwork retouch. As you saw in the last post, the engine bay had grown tired. It was time for a refresh on this future classic.

Chris, our in-house painter, began by stripping back the affected parts of the engine bay and core support along with a section of the rear quarter panel. This will of course be finished in that bold Championship White to match the rest of the car and to keep it to its original shade of white.

Keep a look out for future updates on the Integra Type R at Bridge Classic Cars by watching the News page.

Honda now in the workshop!

After last being seen in the painting bay, the 1998 Honda Integra Type R is now in the workshop!

Paul is now taking care of it and has taken everything out of the engine bay.

He’s also repaired and welded the chassis section where the captive nuts cover is.

As you can see, the radiator and air conditioning condenser are in desperate need of repair so these will be overhauled prior to being refitted.

Painting continues on the Honda.

The 1998 Honda Integra went into the paint bay at the end of last week. The body shell and bonnet have been primed and the doors and boot panel have been coated in the final coat of new white paint.

Honda starting to look fresh…

The painting has started on the 1998 Honda Integra Type R. Now that all the different panels have been prepped with sanding, filler, priming and more sanding, they’re filtering through into the paint booth. They’re having a fresh new coat of white to revive the car to its former glory.

It’s the detail that counts with the Honda!

Lydia has been continuing her prep work again for the 1998 Honda Integra Type R. This time around she’s been sanding down the primer on the various panel pieces for the wing mirrors and the fuel cap. They were all gone over with 500 grade gold soft pads, followed by grey scotch and then panel wipe to clean the sanding and paint dust off.

Boot panel prep on the Honda.

Lydia has been continuing the prep work on the 1998 Honda Integra Type R. This time she’s been sanding down the original paintwork on the underneath/inside of the panel that goes around the boot of the car. She used 500-grade gold soft pads to get rid of the bulk of the shine, followed by grey scotch pads to get into the tricky places and to go over the whole thing as well. Lydia then cleaned off the sanding and paint dust with panel wipe.

Welding update on the Honda.

James has been doing the last bits of welding repair work on the 1998 Honda Integra Type R. He removed the left hand quarter panel and repaired around the wheel arch. Then he finished the spot welding around the rear wheel arch.

Continuing prep work for the Honda.

Chris and Lydia have been continuing their work on the 1998 Honda Integra Type R in the paint shop.

As before, Chris has been spraying primer onto various panels from the car, including the front and rear bumpers, the sills, the registration plate panel, the spoiler and the wings.

Lydia has then been sanding down this primer, using either a block sander, DA sander or by hand. She covered each panel in black guide coat beforehand to help see how much sanding needed to be done. You can read about last week’s work on them here. https://bridgeclassiccars.co.uk/more-stages-of-the-prep-work-for-the-honda-integra/

Small repair on the Honda Integra.

James has been working on the 1998 Honda Integra Type R.

He’s repaired a section on the lower quarter panel by fabricating and welding. It’s now ready to be re-fitted back onto the car.

More stages of the prep work for the Honda Integra!

Lydia has been helping Chris in the paint shop with the 1998 Honda Integra Type R panels.

Chris has been priming them, and then Lydia has been coating them in black guide coat, which shows the imperfections in the primer surface when sanded down. She sanded each panel down until no guide coat could be seen anymore. This was done with a mixture of blocking, using a DA and sanding by hand. Lydia then went over each panel with a grey scotch pad lightly and cleaned off any sanding dust with pre-clean.