Jamie Hobden Honda Integra Type R DC5
My first car was a Peugeot 206 estate it wasn’t great but it did well until I bought my second car which was a Honda CRZ, this is where my love for Japanese cars took place. I had my CRZ for a good three years and I took a lot of time doing modifications for the perfect look for such a smart car.
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Honda Integra Type R DC5
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Location Taunton automobiles
My name is Jamie and I’m 23 years old and based in Exeter Devon. I’m a car painter with 4 years of experience behind me and I currently work in a small garage that deals with all cars but we’re a Bentley and Rolls Royce specialist. I’ve always had a passion for things with wheels and making them different. I got into cars at a young age when my dad started giving me driving lessons at the age of 13 on private land.
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He always had some sort of project car in the making on which I’d lend a helping hand. I’ve always had an interest in modified cars and I even started modifying my first car before I passed my test. My first car was a Peugeot 206 estate it wasn’t great but it did well until I bought my second car which was a Honda CRZ, this is where my love for Japanese cars took place. I had my CRZ for a good three years and I took a lot of time doing modifications for the perfect look for such a smart car.
Shortly after selling my CRZ I went out and bought a Lexus Gs300 which I and my friends called the “land yacht", and of course I had to modify the car within the first two weeks It was slammed on coilovers less than an inch of the floor and tucking tyres all around. Unfortunately, it didn’t last as long as I was 35miles a day to and from work and averaging 12miles to the gallon. The car was so low and as having the Lexus as my daily car it wasn’t the ideal vehicle for rocky back roads of Cornwall which I ended up dragging a rock halfway up the road until I had to remove it from in between the manifold and floor pan as it was extremely low.
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When I originally bought the Integra it wasn’t in the best of conditions, since buying the car I have taken time to do all the work myself from mechanical work to bodywork. In my ownership of the car I’ve not had any issues with it, it has been a great car and it has provided me with unlimited fun. I am the second UK owner. It was originally imported in 2014, with a massive selection of Japanese paperwork and history from Torque GT. The car has always been a well-maintained vehicle and has always been looked after.
When I first got the car, the paintwork was looking dull and was developing a misfire in damp/ wet conditions.
This was due to the intake so I swapped out the K&N typhoon filter for a Tegiwa carbon fibre intake, which scoops air from the scuttle panel. I then gave the car full service. I then made a start on the paintwork as it was dull and started fading. I treated the car to three-stage machine polish and hard waxing. This made the car look more improved whilst I saved up for a full respray. I went out and purchased a pair of 5 point Takata racing harnesses and fitted them to the car.
I then started bodywork. There was a rust patch where the third brake light was, so I cut the rust out and welded the plate in to smooth the brake light recess. After that, I ground back the small amount of rust on the passenger side quarter panel lip. The driver's side was fine but I continued to bare it anyway in case there were any bad bits of metal underneath, luckily enough this wasn’t the case. I then filled the three or four dents which were left and blocked then flat.
- Unknown power due to not been dynoed yet.
- BC coilovers all around.
- Professional four-wheel alignment.
- Tegiwa carbon intake.
- J’S racing 60 rrs exhaust system.
- Stage two racing clutch.
- Possible cams.
- Takata racing harnesses.
- Brand new Honda OEM headlights.
- Genuine Honda Integra type r stickers.
- Full respray
- Custom Smoothed boot
- Debadged boot lid
- New OEM Honda badges front and back
- New spark plugs
I had help from my friend to strip the car and get the glass out so it was ready for paint prep and primer. I always use Epoxy primer because it is better than a normal primer for many reasons. The car was then left for a week for the primer to settle and do any sinking it had to do. Once all set I prepped the car for paint and masked it all ready for painting, I then painted the car after work one night and didn’t leave the spray booth until midnight. We then put the car back together and it was back on the road.
After a few weeks being back out on the road I realised the wheels were letting the rest of the look of the car down so I went out and bought some very rare work, meister seeker, Ex wheels. Unfortunately, they were too wide and ended up chipping my fresh new archers so back into the booth I went. After this event, I sent my work cr kai wheels to be refurbished and have new tyres. The next step was to get a new pair of headlights imported from Japan which were a lengthy process to source and ship. The car is running unknown at the moment as me and the previous owner think it may have been cammed in Japan, before being imported.
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