Dennis Duff has owned 19 of these dumb old Hondas. He’s obsessed. In fact, he recently sold one of his Wagovans… and he was an emotional wreck afterwards. Even now, if you mention it, he’ll fall apart.
Dennis bought this particular 1989 Civic hatchback from Mikey at Profunction. The car is #1282 of the 1989 year of hatchbacks… making it one of the lighter, stiffer, more desirable Japanese-built shells. Mikey from Profunction is a renowned Honda tuning pro. The real deal. He can usually work his magic to extract every last possible horsepower from a build. He’s also well-practiced at the art of the internet troll, and can simultaneously upset someone dumb on the internet between dyno pulls, while eating a hoagie. This car’s current mostly-stock B16 made 165whp and 123wtq at the hands of the Mikey the ninja.
165 HP might not seem earth-shattering, but it is for a stock B16 with bolt ons. And it’s more-than-plenty for what Dennis does with the car. While the EF sees some street duty, the majority of the miles put on this hatch are to-and-from, and ON Midwest racetracks. This lil black oddball gets thrashed, and thrashed, and thrashed again – and loves it! Dennis has been driving with groups like West Michigan Honda Meet, Gridlife, ITRexpo, and GPS Track Time for 8 years – and also recently started instructing. It isn’t uncommon to see multiple drivers in this thing on track, as everyone needs to feel a super close-ratio Synchrotech trans, LSD, and just the perfect amount of crisp HP.
If a car could give high fives, this little EF would make your palm sting.
I have adored this car since the first time I saw it. It’s affectionately called Ugly Ed. And it’s a simple car really – there is nothing extravagant, expensive, or rare bolted to it. Anyone could build something like this if they could think it up. But it’s so unique to see a cheap, capable little car with so much thought and passion put into every detail… which is why it gets so much attention in the paddock. The photos show how unique & different it is, with inspiration clearly taken from Mad Max movies, hot rods, and touring racecars… with a little old school Japanese tuner / Kanjo influence in the mix.
The custom louver-punched steel hood was hand built. I just LOVE that hood; it makes the car. The hood might be an eye-catching part of the Civic build, but it’s also full of function. The louvers pull air from the engine bay, allowing the radiator to work more efficiently. It’s quite the opposite of the ‘JDM hood lift’ mod you so commonly see – which can actually create a high pressure zone in the engine bay. See – the area at the base of the windshield is a high pressure tumbling air zone when at speed – and it can backfeed that air back into your engine bay. In other words: it can trap more air under the hood. And that hurts flow through the radiator, because air flowing over the front of the car chooses the path of least resistance. If you’re sucking air OUT of the hood, it’s going to allow fresh/cool air to be more easily sucked IN through the radiator. SCIENCE! There is a reason why the OEMs seal it off on most cars, or feed the engine’s intake tract with that air.
If a car could give high fives, this little EF would make your palm sting. Cars don’t always take on a personality – some seem so bland, and mail ordered. Not this one. I’ve had so many conversations with people about this car, usually starting with “Did you see that black hatch over there?! I just noticed the………”.
It just seems to inspire people, and put off a good vibe. Most of us got into this hobby for fun, and because messing with cars satisfied an urge to tinker with things. But then we started taking ourselves too seriously, just to try & impress some outsiders, or to try and convince the world that our Hondas are rare serious business because we put a few rare-ish parts on them. This car has been endlessly tinkered around with, and each mod continually seems ‘just right’. Maybe we all need to go take off our rear bumpers, hack the lower half of our front fenders off, and get rid of the turbochargers. Dennis and Ugly Ed are having more fun than 99% of the automotive community. Keep it simple. Go faster. Spend the money on track day entry fees and go hang out with your friends.
John Deere Blitz Black paint
Custom louvered hood, cut fenders, spoiler, splitter, hood latch delete, bumper light deletes,
Shaved antenna, hatch lock, washer nozzles
Aerocatch hood latches
LED light bars with lexan covers
Ceramic tinted windows
SUSPENSION / BRAKING
Full poly bushings
K-Tuned traction bar
Suspension Techniques rear sway bar
Cobalt xr2 pads
Brembo blank rotors
Full SS braided brake lines
Skunk2 upper control arms
CRX rear disc brakes
EBC yellow stuff pads
Brembo blank rotors
Moog upper rear control arms
SPC toe adjuster
Enkei RPF1 15X8 +28 (track setup)
225/45 BFG Rival
15×8 +36 Traklite Gear (street setup)
205/50 BFG Rival
SynchroTech built YS1
YS1 1-4, with an LS 5th gear carbon synchro
MFactory helical LSD
Competition Clutch Stage 4 6-puck
4.7 final drive
IPG metal shifter bushings
@ShaySpec custom delrin shift knob
B16A2 – mostly stock
70mm throttle body
ITR intake manifold
2.5 exhaust with resonator
AEM fuel rail
Walbro fuel pump
Custom fuel lines
Shaved valve cover
Mishimoto aluminum radiator
Smoothed engine bay
Lizard Skin ceramic coated fire wall
175hp 123tq @mikeyspec tuned
Gutted dash – no heat, no a/c
Black dyed dash and door panels
G-Force 5pt harnesses
Momo Monte Carlo steering wheel
Wagovan sun visors
Dual 12v outlets
Painless GM wiring
Lizard skin coated fire wall and floor
Werker battery with custom mount
Baby foot gas pedal
Custom floor plate
1.8 or 2.0 block
LHT Jackson supercharger & cooler
Rear pushbar with tow hook
LED taillights and smoked turn signals
Shave rear wiper and logo holes
Mom, Rich, Grandma & Wanda
Mikey B @oheymikey and his dad Bob
Mikey Singhaseni @mikeyspec
Cris Parra @acuraparts
Adam Jabaay @adamjabaay
Tall Kyle Brontosaurus @tall_kyle
Mark at One6
All my track buddies!