Volk Wheels

As I approach the end of my 30s, I keep getting reminders that an inevitable transformation is happening. I’m rapidly becoming “out-of-touch”. Whether it’s the latest sounds pop-culture attempts to pass off as music, or the abhorrent look-alike aesthetic of most new cars these days… more than ever I find myself reminiscing on the early 2000s. So far George Carlin hasn’t appeared in front of my local Circle K with a phone booth time machine to transport me back. But man – those times were one of a kind! And this EG Civic hatch represents that turn-of-the-millennium time period when life was becoming more digital… yet somehow remained very analog. 

k-swapped Civic Hatch

Technology of that vintage offered more value…

There seemed to be more genuine excitement & performance to enjoy… but it wasn’t all-encompassing. Phones hadn’t gotten smart yet, and they weren’t tracking your every move from your pocket. And the perceived and (likely) real threat of AI was still a just a thriller novel on a Barnes & Noble bookshelf. Those were solid times. Times we’ll never see again. That’s why it’s so unique when you find yourself on a run-of-the-mill drive, and suddenly your eye catches a foreign yet familiar shape from an earlier era approaching. You back off the accelerator to buy your eyes more time as its undeniable, low-slung egg shape passes you by. Your neck cranes as the characteristic exhaust note of a 90s Honda Civic involuntarily transports you back to the energy of a better time. 

EG hatch vtec

euro cars

That’s the superpower of the EG Civic on your screen right now…

And if any of what you just read resonates, you’ve got Dustin Perry to thank for that. This 90s Honda hatch exhibits the very same transportable quality of that Bill & Ted phone booth time machine. And Dustin, an Atlanta native, hails from the same period just described.

Having been a fan of the big “H” since practically forever

Dustin’s built several Hondas over the years. Recent examples include an EK Civic, Acura TSX, and an AP1 S2000. Those are only the current rides in the stable however, as Dustin’s total car-count adds up to an astounding 78 cars… the vast majority bearing the Honda logo. But intros aside…

K Swap EG civic

Volk Wheels

The story of how this EG Civic made it into Dustin’s garage… 

Is not one you would necessarily expect. So, cue the time machine Rufus! We’re heading back to the days of NOPI Nats & Hot Import Nights. Ok maybe just a little after that… circa 2010. Dustin, the died-in-wool Honda enthusiast that he is, happened upon an EG at a show that stopped him in his tracks. He recounts… 

“I fanboyed super hard! The Civic was K-swapped, wore some Volk Racing wheels, and had striking green paint.” 

Dustin specifically recalls snapping a photo of that EG before carrying on with the show. 

Olive green EG Civic

Fast-forward 6 years later (to 2016)

Dustin had just started a new job at a hot rod shop. Coincidentally, his first day on the job, the shop’s painter pulls-in driving none other than the exact same EG hatch with immaculate green paint! Blown away, the two struck up a conversation & friendship. Dustin learned that he and the guys from D&D Kustom built the car back in 2008. And he was surprised to discover it had been a local car all that time.

EG HKS exhaust

Import Alliance car show

2 years later (2018 at this point) 

The car’s owner contacted Dustin. Having hit rocky times, he was selling the EG, and wanted to give Dustin a crack at it. The engine had blown, and he thought Dustin could potentially bring the car back to glory. But with things not being where he would have liked financially, Dustin sadly had to pass. This car was shaping up to be the one that got away… 

EG interior

Fast-forward another couple years… 

Amongst the backdrop of the pandemic, Dustin gets a hot-tip that the elusive green EG was still around. To his surprise, the car had changed hands to the previous owner’s best friend, remaining local. Cash in hand this time (um, err, thanks stimulus program!!!), Dustin made contact & expressed interest. The new owner confirmed he still had the car and agreed to let Dustin come by. 

EG Civic shifter

Expecting to find at least a blown engine in the EG Civic… 

Dustin arrived at the car’s location, only to find the Civic hatch had suffered additional hardships. Sitting outside over the last 4-years (half under a tarp) hadn’t been kind. The interior had spawned substantial mold & mildew. The cylinder head was off, displaying a dropped valve. Axles were broken, other various components were pulled apart, and pieces had gone missing. Despite the obvious work ahead of him… 

lowered EG hatch

Dustin was determined to reverse the effects that time & chance had brought upon the beloved EG hatch…

He insisted the car be sold to him. However, the owner wasn’t ready, and turned down the offer. It was December of 2021 at that point. And all Dustin could really say was… 

“OK. Just think about it. I’m just down the road if you change your mind.” 

Time went on and he never heard back. But that all changed in March of 2022. 

Pioneer dolphin

ACT clutch

Fate favoring the bold…

Dustin decided to reach out again, trying to get the owner to part with the EG Civic. He explained his serendipitous history with the car… and that he wanted to bring it back to life & restore it to former glory. In other words, he promised to give it a good home. He also raised his offer, and the wheels starts turning. 

Unbeknownst to Dustin… 

The owner of the EG called-up a mutual friend of theirs, Tom Hornsby, who’s a well-known Honda guru in the ATL area. He asked what Tom thought about the idea of selling the car to Dustin. Tom, whose words carry considerable weight, ended up recommending the sale. The owner also reached out to the original builder of the car, who ALSO felt good about letting it go to Dustin. And with that, all minds & consciences were clear, and Dustin finally owned the EG!  

K20Z3 swap EG Civic

Dustin acquired the EG Civic hatch that Spring of 2022…

It was just before Import Alliance was coming to town. Not one to shy away from a project, Dustin sourced an engine for the car ASAP and gathered up all necessary parts to get the car running that same week! He and some close friends did all the wrenching over Thursday and Friday. The blown K20A2 engine was swapped for a Z3 variant. And Dustin ultimately drove the car to Import Alliance! Photos below are of the Civic as purchased

What’s unique about Dustin & this EG… 

Is the amount of time spent trying to buy the car. In essence, the pieces were subtly falling into place for a dozen years. But once it finally happened… an immense amount of work took place in just a short amount of time to get it back to glory. There’s a lesson in there somewhere: Focus on sowing good seeds; and know that the rains might not come on your schedule, but have faith that they will come. Dustin continues to make improvements to the EG hatch along the way. 

“It had red Konig wheels, red control arms, a red valve cover, and a red subframe brace at the time. I changed all that stuff around to make it fit my style.”

EG Civic HKS exhaust

Dustin installed his favorite exhaust for a k-swapped Civic… 

An HKS Hi-Power. He replaced the rear control arms & subframe brace, and swapped the wheels to black Enkei RPF1s with fresh Hankook tires (specs below). Dustin also coated the valve cover himself & installed a slew go OG Skunk2 Racing components.

It’s a process 

Dustin spent several months sourcing OEM parts that had vanished during the car’s disarray. We all know the drill here – tracking down hard-to-find, 30-year-old car parts is tedious. But it’s encouraging to see Dustin’s lifelong affinity for Hondas get passed down to his children & become a family interest. That EK and TSX mentioned earlier?? Yeah – those belong to his son and daughter! They recently finished building-out both cars, admittedly taking a considerable portion of the funds that would have gone toward the next phase of the EG. But that’s ok – because Dustin wouldn’t have it any other way…

“This past Spring, we were able to take all the cars to Import Alliance… together. It’s super-cool to be able to do this as a family now.”

Clean EG hatch

It’s never truly done

The car is never truly finished. He’ll always be tweaking it. But for Dustin, this is a forever car… so there’s no deadline looming over him. No need to rush the process. All in due time. We look forward to seeing this EG continue to turn up at events. Because we know that with its unmistakeable presence, Dustin’s close by.

golden era Honda

Photos by Andy Carter

1993 Honda Civic CX Hatchback

Engine 

K20Z3 swap

K20A2 transmission

Hasport mounts

Powder coated valve cover

Karcepts belt tensioner/idler

Skunk2 Racing low-pro valve cover hardware, oil cap, radiator cap, battery tie down, coil pack cover

Downstar engine dress up kit

Hondata – put down 220 WHP

Stage-3 Competition Clutch & lightened flywheel

Kidd Racing header

HKS Hi-Power Exhaust

Custom intake

Old school FAL fan

Fluidyne radiator

NRG hood struts

Wheels / Brakes / Chassis / Suspension

Bilstein coilovers

Truhart rear LCA’s, subframe brace, rear toe & camber arms

Password JDM 3-point front strut tower bar

Skunk2 Racing rear strut tower bar

Enkei RPFI’s (15×7 +32) with Hankook tires (205/50/15)

Skunk2 Racing lug nuts

Integra GSR brake swap F&R

Powerstop drilled & slotted rotors

Cusco master cylinder brace

Exterior 

Full color change to BMW Urban Green

Spoon style carbon duckbill

Type-R style rear lip

Mugen style front lip

Wings West side skirts

JDM window visors

Black housing headlights with city lights and LED bulbs

Still Hood

Interior

Password JDM shift boot

JDM coin tray

OEM FK8 CTR shift knob

Garage Moon Power floor mats

Custom rear seat delete

Harness bar

Recaro EVO8 seats

JDM ITR steering wheel

Pioneer headunit (with dolphins!)

Custom headliner & painted interior components

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Import Alliance car show