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Sean Hardwick: 1996 Honda Civic

Sean Hardwick bought the 1996 Honda Civic Hatchback in 2014. The Civic was yellow with a body kit and an Acura Integra Type R frontend. When Hardwick's daughter first saw the car she told him it looked like a "bee-do", a minion from the Despicable Me movie. So when Hardwick was deciding on a different paint color, and what he wanted to add and do for the engine swap, he started looking and couldn't find anything with a minion theme. "My wife, Lacey, and I searched for minions and discussed of the overall theme of the build," remembers Hardwick. "Since then we have redone most of the interior and the trunk, as well as painted the engine bay and swapped the motor with a B18B1 with turbo." They fixed any body damage found and repainted the car Lamborghini Geraldo yellow pearl with gold flake.

"This car helped me get to a place where I was confident enough to start my own car club called Limitless," states Hardwick. They have been a group since 2018 and have been growing.

Hardwick's Civic has inspired his wife to start a project car of her own, and joined the Limitless car club. "Our daughter's favorite thing to do during the summer is go to car shows with our Limitless family," he mentions.

The Civic is family-built. "My daughters help me change the oil and service it, as well as help detail it before shows," Hardwick mentions. This car is not just a car; it's something that their family does together. "Now 5 years later and our family is all about our car life. We love the car community - the friends and family we have made along the way."

Owner: Sean Hardwick
Location: The Dalles, OR
Vehicle: 1996 Honda Civic Hatchback
Horsepower: 400 whp
Club: Limitless Oregon


Facebook: /sean.hardwick.9
Instagram: @the_minion3

Photography by Sean Hardwick.

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  • Electron blue pearl and yellow valve cover
  • B18B1 swap
  • Bored @ .020"/0.5mm
  • Manley rods
  • ARP bolts
  • CP pistons, 9.0:1 compression
  • ACL rod and main bearings
  • APR head studs
  • Cometic head gasket
  • Edelbrock Victory X intake manifold
  • Off brand 70mm throttle body
  • 450cc blue top injectors
  • Mishimoto radiator, intercooler
  • Garrett GT35-R turbo
  • HKS blow off valve
  • Sickspeed neo chrome solid motor mounts, radiator cap, oil cap, engine bay dress up, top hats, valve cover spikes, strut towel spikes, fuel filter
  • Walbro 255 fuel pump
  • Moroso oil pan

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  • Custom 3" exhaust straight down 8"

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  • P28 tuned

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  • Acura Integra GSR 5 speed transmission
  • Stage 4 6 puck clutch
  • Hasport shift linkage
  • 1000hp Insane shaft axle shafts

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  • 17" Konig Backbone wheels, painted Electron blue
  • Federal tires


  • Drilled and slotted rotors

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  • Tein full adjustable coilovers
  • Blox camber kit
  • Sickspeed neo chrome lower tie bar and lower control arms

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  • ITR front end conversation
  • C-West hood, bumper, side skirts, rear bumper
  • Wings West Tuner Type II rear mid-wing
  • Carbon fiber duck bill
  • Cut quarter panels with molded widebody
  • Lamborghini Gallardo yellow pearl with gold rainbow flake paint


  • XK Glow engine bay
  • Underglow
  • LED under dash, doors and trunk

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  • NRG steering wheel, quick release
  • Carbon fiber blue and black front seats
  • GSR leather rear seat
  • Diamond stitched door arm rest and cargo cover
  • Minion theme
  • Custom trunk setup


  • Kenwood dual-din touchscreen DVD player
  • JL Audio 8" subwoofers (4)
  • Kenwood 1500 watt amplifier

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"I would have to say the motor and transmission swap because when I did it the car was a y8 with an automatic transmission. Now it's a B18B1 swapped with a manual transmission."


  • Air ride
  • Wider 3-piece wheels
  • Lambo doors
  • Custom one-off wrap
  • Retro fit headlights
  • Roll cage
  • Harnesses
  • Custom Status seats

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  • Sickspeed
  • Savage Stance
  • Insane Shafts
  • Mishimoto
  • JD Audio
  • Modded World

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  • JD Audio
  • Sean Hardwick
  • Family and Friends

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