Natural Selection

It’s one of the rarest things to find a stock Honda Civic, ‘EG chassis’, these days. Imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon Marlon Garvey’s glistening hatch. Unfortunately, upon closer inspection I found out that stock was but a ‘once upon a time’ moment for the Civic. Blame it on being colour-blind, but I failed to see the bright red Bride bucket seat screaming “I do” Fortunately, that’s the kind of mix-up that Jamaican Tuner is looking for and not necessarily that of the manufactured beef between divas.

His third car, Garvey’s civic is a far cry from his first, a Daewoo Racer. He sold the Daewoo and entered the Honda dimension through the purchase of a right-handed EF civic shell. With the insertion of a B-Series motor, “the car was mad fun!” exclaimed Marlon. After winning ‘best exhaust’ at a local car show, a spectator approached him and offered him a good price for the car. According to Marlon, he’d always wanted the comparatively newer EG chassis, especially since parts were easier to obtain; hence, the choice was a no-brainer.

Marlon went shopping for the civic he now owns, what he found, took our breath away – well no, not really. He found an EG that housed a D15b carburettor motor affixed to an automatic transmission, not quite ‘Stig’ worthy material, however, it was perfect for Marlon. So, when asked if the plot for the newly acquired Civic involved modifications, Marlon replied, “Is that a trick question?” Thus, the next step was to make it fast, as well as, undoubtedly clean.

The D15b would have been perfect for getting grocery and overtaking cyclists on busy streets, still, Marlon had other plans. He purchased a complete B18b from Speedsport Auto with intentions of ‘bussing vtec’ and obviously sending more power through his LSD equipped gearbox. Yet, he ended up putting that motor back on the market. He opted for an additional 200cc’s and bolted in a B20 motor that was in a friend’s car but he didn’t stop there. A 70mm Omni Power throttle body combined with an Edelbrock Performer X intake manifold, supplied the oxygen; whilst a Vibrant 4-1 header extracted the CO2 from the combustion chamber.

The swapped B20 motor was known for 170 horses before the transplant. With the additional ‘goodies’, there was no telling if there was a power increase. Marlon made a 14.5 second quarter mile run on street tyres during a test and tune session. The plan was to return to race day equipped with slicks, however, he failed to show up due to unforeseen circumstances.

Speed is one thing, aesthetics is another. Majority of EG owners pride themselves with the outward appearance of their machines. Often times this characteristic, if not curbed, can lead to excessive amounts of ‘rice’ – and we all know, too much of which can be unhealthy. Luckily, Mr. Garvey is able to control these unexplainable symptoms of granular folly. He brought his Civic to Charles and Shut Body Works spray shop for the full treatment. After dousing it with 3 gallons of paint stripper, the car was treated to an NSX metallic grey colour responsible for the gleaming effect on this page.

“Well I hate the shocking colours and prefer a simple looking car,” Marlon told Jamaican Tuner, hence the reason for diving into the books of oem Honda colours.

An important aspect of any build are the wheels, some may even say it’s the most critical aspect. Marlon had an understanding of this and went for the beautifully crafted Enkei Rivazza, wrapped in Falken ZA912’s. The shade blended well with the overall tone of the car and the choice was much easier than choosing a starter Pokémon – sorry Charmander.

Like a whistle, this EG is clean, naturally. Minus all the preservatives and additives of forced induction, the capabilities of this B20 are carefully being disclosed by its owner. Even then, Marlon alluded to another B20 setup that was being fitted with ‘extravagances’ and prepped for another heart-transplant further down the road. It’s always refreshing to witness clean applications of modifications on project cars. Even more so, meeting owners with a passion for building ‘beefy’ motors and less about ‘ricey’ cars – no duplicitous projects found here!


Denton Lewis is the Chief Editor of Jamaican Tuner Magazine. He's experienced in many areas including but not limited to: web design, SEO, Graphic Design, Photography, Networking etc.

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