<strike>So a few weeks ago I was ...</strike> <strike>A funny thing happened to me on </strike> No shoot how do I start this off.. Ah, here we go. To some people the sounds of certain things are like a drug. To car guys, the sounds of a big heavy-hitter V8 rumbling at idle, or the sound of a formula1 12 cylinder at high RPM. Myself, I discovered my favorite car sound at N9 in Canada. Packs of Civics sound like someone pissed off a hornet's nest. I love that sound. So I find this cat on the highway with a dressed up Civic coupe.. Prolly an EK but the headlights / tail lights were so modded that I didn't know for sure. Anyway, we're having fun on the highway and listening to our exhausts bounce off the walls and other cars.. doing about 80 or so mph. I blast forward when the traffic clears and he catches up. Well his car is sounding really shitty - and when he hits the gas it blows a plume of smoke that looks like spyhunter. My exit is coming up, so he honk at each other and I proceed off the exit. And that horrible noise I heard was me. The Civic now sounded like a WRX with a vishnu exhaust. Sounded really good. Well, as you may know after owning a car - When the sound suddenly changes that dramatically and for no good reason - for better or worse, something about the car is changed. And car's don't gain HP suddenly or get better, so I'll have to assume that something has indeed gotten worse. And it's running on 3 cylinders. So I do all the regular checks to no avail. The plugs are really wet everytime I fire it up, and it won't run on the #2 cylinder. Clayton comes over and brings the compression gauge. All cylinders are healthy except #2. #2 holds no compression whatsoever - at all. Valve or ring... doesn't matter the plan is now set in motion. Do I bank on the $100 for a new headgasket and support rebuild gaskets ? Then the head work? Or only to find that the ring is shot ? Or.. do I just swap in a motor and call it a day ? I put out the call for a new motor to replace it with and 90SiTuner answers that call. He's got a 90 Si motor from his Si ready to go, with trans. $170 and I'm away with it. I had no room in my garage, so Clayton offered to use his garage for the swap. How hard can it be ? Well the MPFI swap was in line, but ultimately the DPFI came off so well that it seemed like a better idea to leave it. So what went in there was a D16 with DPFI. And the results can be found in my sig. Part 2 : Driving impressions up next.