15 Henry Vela 1997 Honda Civic TBGIVE PASMAG

Growing up alongside his dad’s project cars in the garage, Henry Vela wasn’t as into the world of cars back then as he is now. After helping his dad for so long, basic processes like oil changes and brake services started to stick with him as he understood more.

05 Henry Vela 1997 Honda Civic TBGIVE PASMAG
Henry Vela's 1997 Honda Civic is featured in PASMAG #145. Click HERE to order.

Fortunate enough to be a part of a family which was heavily into modified cars, everything started coming together after he saw the first Fast and Furious movie. He started to develop a keen interest in cars, and once his brothers took him to local car meets where he was surrounded with car culture in the late nights, his fate was sealed.

10 Henry Vela 1997 Honda Civic TBGIVE PASMAG
Henry Vela's 1997 Honda Civic is featured in PASMAG #145. Click HERE to order.

As a full time college student, Vela had to be careful when diving into a modified car. He has to handle a balance of personal life, school life, and his family among the time dedicated to working on a car, so he went with a 1997 Honda Civic with the aim of keeping costs manageable. Of course, once you pass a certain point, there is no going back.

07 Henry Vela 1997 Honda Civic TBGIVE PASMAG
Henry Vela's 1997 Honda Civic is featured in PASMAG #145. Click HERE to order.

Vela went into his build with a vision in his head, saying he wouldn’t be swayed by the opinions of others while working away on his car. Since that day, the look of his car has been changing over time, and it stands out among any crowd. With a modified D-series Honda engine under the hood and plenty of mods both inside and out, this Civic was put together with love and appreciation.

12 Henry Vela 1997 Honda Civic TBGIVE PASMAG
Henry Vela's 1997 Honda Civic is featured in PASMAG #145. Click HERE to order.

Vela extends a heartfelt thank you to Teddy, Son, Jose Garcia, and everyone else who helped him out along the way. He closes with a plea to up and coming enthusiasts: “Never let negativity diverge you from your own vision,” he says. “Build what makes you happy.” That is a philosophy we can get behind.

01 Henry Vela 1997 Honda Civic TBGIVE PASMAG
Henry Vela's 1997 Honda Civic is featured in PASMAG #145. Click HERE to order.

ESSENTIALS
OWNER: Henry Vela
LOCATION: El Paso, TX
VEHICLE: 1997 Honda Civic
ENGINE: Honda D16Y7 1.6L I4

TUNER BATTLEGROUNDS #TBGLIVE EVENT
Low Class Militia logo 2a
Low Class Militia: Spring Fest - El Paso, TX

SOCIAL
Facebook: Henry Vela
Instagram: @the_grand_leveler

08 Henry Vela 1997 Honda Civic TBGIVE PASMAG
Henry Vela's 1997 Honda Civic is featured in PASMAG #145. Click HERE to order.

ENGINE
ARC (magic air filter, intake box)
Custom air intake
Skunk2 (64mm throttle body, 70mm intake manifold)
Gates Racing timing belt
Downstar hardware
Aftermarket headers
Spoon reservoir covers

03 Henry Vela 1997 Honda Civic TBGIVE PASMAG
Henry Vela's 1997 Honda Civic is featured in PASMAG #145. Click HERE to order.

04 Henry Vela 1997 Honda Civic TBGIVE PASMAG
Henry Vela's 1997 Honda Civic is featured in PASMAG #145. Click HERE to order.

EXHAUST
3-inch straight pipe exhaust
GReddy DT exhaust tip

13 Henry Vela 1997 Honda Civic TBGIVE PASMAG
Henry Vela's 1997 Honda Civic is featured in PASMAG #145. Click HERE to order.

DRIVETRAIN
K Tuned B/D series shifter

WHEELS/TIRES/BRAKES
BBS RS wheels – 16x9.5 (f), 16x11 (r)
Yokohama front tires – 195/40/16
Federal rear tires – 215/40/16
BBS Bugatti caps

11 Henry Vela 1997 Honda Civic TBGIVE PASMAG
Henry Vela's 1997 Honda Civic is featured in PASMAG #145. Click HERE to order.

CHASSIS/SUSPENSION
Airlift V2 management and struts
Skunk2 (control arms, camber kit)
MPC drop forks

06 Henry Vela 1997 Honda Civic TBGIVE PASMAG
Henry Vela's 1997 Honda Civic is featured in PASMAG #145. Click HERE to order.

EXTERIOR
Charge Speed (front lip, side skirts)
Honda Access (bumper moldings, headlight washer nozzles)
Rear bumper valences
Euro Type R grille
Sonar clear tail lights
Custom duck bill spoiler
Custom flared rear arches
Valencia Orange paint
Yakima roof rack
ARC canards
APR carbon fiber mirrors
XK Glow underglow
Carbon fiber license plate frame
Euro plate holder w/ custom Euro plate
JDM static strip
Clear side markers
Quik-Latch mini front bumper quick release
Sickspeed hella horns
Carbon fiber hood

09 Henry Vela 1997 Honda Civic TBGIVE PASMAG
Henry Vela's 1997 Honda Civic is featured in PASMAG #145. Click HERE to order.

INTERIOR
FG2 front and rear seats
Euro black panels
Suede dash
Custom upholstered door panels
K Tuned shifter w/ shift knob
Purple carpet
Cusco 6-point roll cage
Custom headliner
Wink mirror
NRG hub w/ quick-release
Momo Ferrari Gritti steering wheel
Mugen pedals
Carbon fiber dash tray
Cluster gauge pods
Takata harnesses
Custom trunk setup

16 Henry Vela 1997 Honda Civic TBGIVE PASMAG
Henry Vela's 1997 Honda Civic is featured in PASMAG #145. Click HERE to order.

AUDIO/MULTIMEDIA
Pioneer single-DIN head unit
Optima battery

SPONSORS
Buddy’s Body Shop, Broken Wrench Automotive, Sickspeed

02 Henry Vela 1997 Honda Civic TBGIVE PASMAG
Henry Vela's 1997 Honda Civic is featured in PASMAG #145. Click HERE to order.

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