1993 honda civic 5spd manual. engine rattles in 1st and 2nd gear

when i engage the gas in 1st gear the engine or something sounds like there is a hollow chain dragging sound until i get the rpms up. any help?

this only happens when i drive the car in 1st gear or 2nd gear. i think it sounds like a transmission issue.

A 93 could have lots of things wrong with it but the first thing to check is the catalytic converter shield when it isn’t hot or any other metal shield on the exhaust system. If it ends up being a transmission problem, have a good time with your next car.