By Michael Kitchens
Name: Ronny Bosque
Hobbies: Anything vintage including cars, BMX, skateboards
Year/Make/Model: 1988 Honda Civic Wagon RT4WD
Color: Lime Green
Build Time: 1 year
Exterior: Black trim, OEM mud flaps, Inno Advance roof rack, Thule bike rack, tow bar, polished dual exhaust tip, Heineken sticker-theme
Interior: Color-matched Grant steering wheel, Heineken shift knob, Heineken neon bar sign
I.C.E.: Clarion DVD single din deck, 2-Kicker 6.5 door speakers, 2- Infinity 6x9s in box, 1-Rockford Fosgate amp for subs, 1-Zapco 4-channel amp, Optima battery
Suspension: Skunk2 dropped springs, lowered shocks, pillar brace
Wheels and Tires: 15×8 Avid 1 AV-11s with NEXEN 175/50R15s
Shout-outs: To my homies, Lee Gardner from Automotive Innovations, and Ale Lacuesta and Daniel Lalosin
Low rider enthusiast Ronny Bosque has been getting low with his cars for years, an impressive assemblage of modified vehicles made up of slammed mini-trucks, dropped Impalas and low-ridden wagons. He’s even been the proud owner of a 1963 Impala station wagon that was covered in Lowrider magazine.
So why is he rocking a Honda these days?
“My son was into Hondas, and I told him that I (was) going to build an import for the hell of it,” says Ronny.
Naturally, Ronny wanted something unique after stumbling upon this original owner-only 1988 Honda Civic Wagon. So what makes this ride special? Well, for one thing, it’s a Real Time Four Wheel Drive version, aka RT4WD. For another, the car, which features a D16A6 engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission, is highly sought after by Honda enthusiasts — and for good reason.
Ronny immediately decided to focus on the car’s color. In a last-minute decision, he had it painted in what he hoped would be Heineken green. But the finished product wasn’t anything like he had imagined, and Ronny briefly considered having the painter start anew. In the end, however, Ronny decided to roll with the lime-green goodness, and later added the black trim and sticker job to complete the look. The end result is hard to miss. Throughout our photo shoot, the car was constantly complimented by passers-by, thanks in large part to its theme.
The car was dropped on Skunk 2 lowering springs combined with a set of lowered shocks. Extra stability was added by a rear pillar brace with rear control arms adjusting the drop. Also, 15×8-inch Avid 1 AV-11 black-polished wheels are mated with blue wheel nuts and feature NEXEN 175/50R15s all around. The details add up with an Inno Advance roof rack that he uses to transport his vintage BMXs as well as a dual exhaust tip and tow bar.
The interior is in fantastic condition for a 26-year-old vehicle. Ronny cannibalized parts from a donor vehicle to bring it to pristine condition. A color-matched Grant steering wheel and Heineken shift knob are the most noticeable features, but the glowing neon Heineken bar sign will really knock your socks off.
The car features a pounding system that includes a Clarion DVD single din deck mated to two Kicker 6.5-inch door speakers with 2 6x9s in a rear enclosure, both powered by a Zapco 4-channel amp. An enormous Kicker L7 12-inch sub pounds out the bass with power provided from a Rockford Fosgate amp.
The engine is currently stock at the moment, but Ronny has some major plans for it with a turbo kit on the horizon. For now, he’s satisfied with the power and feel. “It’s got cold A/C … that’s what I love,” he says.
Ronny set out to build something unique and eye-catching, just to prove he could. It’s obvious he’s reached his goal, so have a green bottle and enjoy the view.