I'm sure alot of this post has been answered a million times but I have a few simple questions that hopefully a Honda veteran wouldn't ming answering. I'm 33 and a Miata guy myself. It's a '94 turbo'd, injectors, my own manifold, T3, EMS standalone, 250hp to the ground. I have a bit of experiance with tuning. When it comes to Honda I'm lost because when someone says D16 this or B16 that I have no clue as how to even identify the differences. Which brings me to my story and questions. I picked up a 98 Civic hatch with 152k and a toasted engine. The body is nice so I figured I'd pick it up and "pimp it out" for my girlfriend to bring along to the shows. She's excited but unfortunatly guess who's doing all the work. The local yard gets $185 for any engine from any car and I planed on putting the stock -whatever- engine back in it. D16 sohc and no vtec? This will be her daily driver but it will be getting a turbo on whatever engine goes in it. My ideal goal is about 200-250hp. My first problem and -major- limiting factor is she's wants me to keep it automatic!! Questions... -What can the auto handle? (I might swap it to stick and she can learn) ^_^ -What can the rods handle? (Might go Eagle here) -What compression are the stock pistons? (Might go 8.5:1 here) -What can the crank handle? -What can the block handle? (I assume I'll need the cylinder stiffener) -IF I did an engine swap... Is there a DIRECT bolt-in engine (using stuck ecu w/ piggyback, wiring, ect.) that would be a better choice since there all $185 anyways. I would like to get this project done and over with. I still have the interior to customize. She has $2000 to invest but note I'll be using alot of used parts like the turbo, for example, might be the IHI VJ-11 from a Ford Probe. They spool quick. The manifold I'll be making myself and since the car is OBDII I'll probably go with the E-manage blue or with AEM. AEM has there new piggy comming out soon. If it runs the same software as my EMS then I'm likely to go with AEM since I know how they do things. If possable please state the model and year of Honda that any engine recomendations come from. If you said "throw a B16 in it" I'll have no idea what car to look for. There are too many versions for me to have to learn yet another manufacturer's varity pack of engine types. Thanks. EDIT- The $185 engine I have to pull myself. Can the subframe just be dropped out the bottom of the car engine and all? After cutting the wires/hoses ofcorse.