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TrboBlu, named for the license plate that is on her, came to me as a hacked up hot mess. I swear there was not a single bolt or wiring harness spared in the rice-attack of the previous owner. The car was rot free, so figured she deserved another chance at life.
This tracks the ground up semi-restoration of this Kona Blue Pearl 1995 Eagle Talon TSi AWD.
Posted 09-05-2011 at 08:59 AM by95talongirl (TrboBLU - Project Ricecar to Racecar)
Well, the car has about 19 miles on her. Drove around town looking for a place to do an alignment. The first place said they wouldn't touch it because of the lowering springs. Ended up at Belle Tire. However, they couldn't get to it; so she goes back Tuesday.
In the meantime, messed with the damaged CF hood a but, fixed some odds and ends on the car.. like a new lower radiator...
Posted 08-04-2011 at 06:04 PM by95talongirl (TrboBLU - Project Ricecar to Racecar)
Ok, So not a whole lot going on with the car this week. Dropped the oil pan, since it was leaking. Also took the test pipe to get it expanded to fit over the Thermal exhaust. That exhaust had the wrong flange on it; so had to cut it off. It was made for a stock downpipe, not a 3" one.
Also worked some more on the interior and made sure the radio still works. It does! Yay!...
Posted 07-23-2011 at 07:21 PM by95talongirl (TrboBLU - Project Ricecar to Racecar)
Updated 07-24-2011 at 04:59 PM by95talongirl(added some things)
TrboBLu decided that she really, really likes life up on jackstands. Either that or she has a thing against the Brad Penn green oil. Regardless, a leak developed from behind the timing cover. Fearing the worst, the cover was removed... but come to find out it's just the oil pan.
Posted 07-17-2011 at 07:35 PM by95talongirl (TrboBLU - Project Ricecar to Racecar)
She's alive and kicking! Yesterday rolled it over on the stock ECU (just incase something was haywire with the wiring...) Today swapped it to the DSMLink-chipped ECU. Loaded the last tune into the computer, which had the correction for the GM MAF; then let her run for a good half hour or so. Here's a short video of the car running.
Posted 07-16-2011 at 12:42 PM by95talongirl (TrboBLU - Project Ricecar to Racecar)
Got the bumper on the car today; with the headlights. Also put on the coolant hoses for the turbo, spark plugs and wires. Now just got to modify the exhaust, continue to figure out what bolts go where, and just keep on truckin'.
Posted 07-11-2011 at 08:55 AM by95talongirl (TrboBLU - Project Ricecar to Racecar)
Is it time for an update? Perhaps.
....it still doesn't run...
Anyways, did get some more items "fixed." First we'll start with the windows. I have no idea why anyone would remove the window guide felts, stoppers and plastic guides on the bottom; but this a$$clown did. So the window would roll up too far and cause the door to not shut. For anyone...
Posted 06-23-2011 at 11:24 AM by95talongirl (TrboBLU - Project Ricecar to Racecar)
Ok, so besides this car causing all those involved with it to loose their minds, I think it's finially starting to come together.
Regardless, the engine cranks over! *yAy* This was after replacing the main start cables that were corroded. It's not running yet because it needs some 3/8" heater hose for the turbo lines. And spark sticks. Yes, spark sticks.. I keep forgetting about...
Posted 05-13-2011 at 01:16 PM by95talongirl (TrboBLU - Project Ricecar to Racecar)
Well the weather looks like it has finally broke for summer! That makes working on things so much easier...
Cometic sent out the correct gasket this week and I got it yesterday. So Just got to package up the old one and sent it back. They, did, indeed send me one for the EVO8 block. The coolant jackets are different. Who woulda thought? It's a thick gasket, that's fo-sho!...
Posted 04-25-2011 at 12:37 PM by95talongirl (TrboBLU - Project Ricecar to Racecar)
Yes, they sure are. The part I dislike about a rebuild is when you get all these new parts in and freshly machined blocks and heads; they all look so good that I almost want to keep them out for decoration.
So.. just a few shots of the short block.
Anyone want some stock 2g pistons, let me know. They are good..
Posted 04-15-2011 at 03:41 PM by95talongirl (TrboBLU - Project Ricecar to Racecar)
This week, in addition to picking up the engine... also picked up the bumpers and sideskirts that were resprayed blue. I was thrilled with the results! Of course, I'm sure they will make the rest of the car look bad now.
I was quite "impressed" with just how many bolts attach the rear fascia on. haha! Honestly, it seemed a bit overkill. Had a few of them break...
Posted 04-11-2011 at 08:53 PM by95talongirl (TrboBLU - Project Ricecar to Racecar)
After a rather long day on the road; the engine is back! The shop did a beauitful job on it. Didn't have the camera with me, so I'll add pictures later one.
But in short, the block was decked .007, bored over .020, magnafluxed, degreased, aligned and honed.. the JE pistons were fitted to the rods; ARP rod bolts, the crank was polished and I also had everything balanced. ...
Posted 01-25-2011 at 08:27 AM by95talongirl (TrboBLU - Project Ricecar to Racecar)
Well over the weekend decided to take apart the engine from the white car, as well as look at the other blocks I have. I now understand why the white car had temperature issues. The deck was warped on the block. Oddly enough, the head seems to be ok. So I guess who ever rebuilt it last spent the time to get the head work done, but not the block. The Cylinders were found to be out of round as...
Posted 01-08-2011 at 07:13 PM by95talongirl (TrboBLU - Project Ricecar to Racecar)
Tonight the engine/trans was pulled from the car. Decided that since the car is down this far minds will rebuild the other 7 bolt and use the cylinder head I have redone. I had BC springs and retainers installed and it will be getting a set of FP 272 cams.
The question is now... which block to use. Technically I have two. I am thinking of seeing if the block from the white car...
TrboBlu is still under the knife. There were some hairline cracks in the towers. I'm going to guess these were from the *awesome* high-performance suspension parts that consisted of ebay coilovers on stock, blown struts. The car could probably rattle my brain back into being sane.
Also grabbed the washer line from the white talon; which is looking kinda sad... all up on the trailer....
You know... sometimes I wonder what kind of mind set one must be in to wake up one glorious beautiful morning and think: "You know what would be SWEET? Painting my already blue car, which of course has a blue engine bay; a lighter, nastier shade of.. BLUE! Any why stop there? Paint the hoses and lines the same aweful color!"
Turbo Blue was treated with a product called Rust Encapsulator while the rear suspension and tank were out of the car. I have used both POR-15 and Rust Bullet before. POR-15 proved to be ok; however did not work as well as the Rust Bullet. I found that an unprepped surface worked better for the POR-15.... so decided to try out Rust Bullet. That product is holding up better on the Dodge Shadow...
Once upon a time; back on July 7, 2007, (that would be 7-7-07 for those who like numbers) I purchased my first dsm. It was a black Tsi AWD autotragic car. I say "autotragic" because on what was suppost to be the luckiest day EVER, the car goes into "limp" mode as soon as a drive away with the title.
Haha... Should've known then and there that this...
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