1995 GSX Project "RedSun" Restore then Gymkhana

Posted by Leonthefaded, Feb 9, 2012
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  1. Leonthefaded

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    JOURNAL ENTRY 1
    Project: “RedSun” 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX 5-Speed Manual Transmission

    Goals :
    *Full 2Ga to 2Gb Conversion w/ Hardtop conversion

    *Full restoration of the exterior (Rust removal, Paint, Tint)

    *Interior remodel (Racing seats, Partial Gut-out, Sound system, Grey to Black leather)

    *Return 100% of mechanical functionality (In-completed and unaccomplished services , AC, Heat, Sensors, Troubleshoot and remove check engine codes,
    etc..)

    *Stage 1 Upgrade Path

    *Suspension components geared towards Gymkhana (Rally/Autocross)

    *Full engine bay cleanup and dress

    JOURNAL INDEX
    Journal Entry 2 - Apexi, Leaks, Learn and Bro-love

    Journal Entry 3 - Unicorns, OEM and The Story So Far

    Journal Entry 4 - Fuel, Spark, Air and A Bleak Future

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    Story:

    I purchased this awesome 1995 GSX from a good man named Jim on 9 FEB 2012, I recently sold my 98 GS(R.I.P) for $3000 and just so happened to today pick this bad boy up for $3500. I wanted to build my GS towards Gymkhana but knew all the limitations I was placed with having FWD, but now with AWD and a more powerful power plant (4g63T) I am confident and ready to push my mechanical and technical skill to the limit.

    The “RedSun” as I call it, has A LOT of issues. Currently I know I should not drive it very far or harshly, knowing full well that inside the engine bay, there is A LOT of disconnected electrical wires, plugs are unplugged, sensors go unconnected leaving gauges like the engine temperature gauge dead. Grounding wires are corroded, oil is leaking as well as burning in certain areas. Dry rotted, brittle and suspicious lines are visible. It goes unsaid there are a lot of “quick” and sloppy DIY modifications and bolts on all around, ranging from the Glowshift gauge tapped to the dash, to the improperly connected “turbo-timer”, brining back to the UNCIRCULATED Turbonetics BOV.

    The RedSun does not come without its decent list of upgrades. Tein Basic Coilover Suspension, 5ziGen MK6 Wheels, New tires, Aftermarket MAF-Intake, Newer upper intercooler plumbing. I am excited and amazed by the gravity of the situation I am in. I finally found the car that I have been searching for awhile now. On the same note I need to fix a lot of things before I can comfortable drive it with no problems. It runs yes, but for how long.
    First things first. I need to tackle the rust damage, and repair everything I can body wise, at the same time fixing all of the deficiencies’ in the engine bay and the functionality of the motor and supporting systems. After that I’ll be working my way into the interior of the RedSun … I pray it doesn’t melt my wings of hope on my ascension to Gymkhana.


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  2. dsmtwins2g

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    Looks good minus the rust,personally I like the 2gb body style.
    Looking foward to following your build.
     
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    Good to see you restoring it, it looks to be in rough shape...now I may be mistaken, but that looks like a 1g intake or something since it doesn't have the spot for the mdp sensor...is it a 6 bolt?
     
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    yea now that you took pics that are in the day time it is in pretty bad shape but it will be nice to see this all restored
     
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  5. Leonthefaded

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    Thank you all. Yes when I saw it I immediatly thought I want to fully restore it. Especially since these car at least where I'm located are next to impossible to find. To see one in this shape upsets me.

    I just wanted to add on that I know very little about these particular motor, myself coming from the 420a world. I can only apply my basic mechanical knowledge to this and learn as much as I can as I progress this resoration and eventual build of this car.

    As far as block indentification goes more will be revealed as I keep you all updated further and frequently down this road.
     
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    This is going to be awesome! I really can't wait for this to be finished. A Gymkhana DSM.... It makes me drool, haha. Good luck!
     
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    It looks like you have a LOT of little things that need to be addressed in that engine bay alone. I personally hate emissions delete cars, just because they never seem to be as happy as they should be. Maybe its just me... My guess is you have a check engine light on right??

    If it helps any, here would be my priorities

    Get a full timing belt cover (and check the two timing belts)
    check out your fuel pressure regulator situation ( I cant see any vacuum lines going to it and the solenoid doesn't have any either)
    make sure you're coil packs are mounted somewhere (the wires look to be dangling)
    personally I don't like that upper radiator hose
    and I'm sure someone already said about that blow off valve not being recirculated
    just to start...

    Also to let you know, I'm pretty darn sure that engine (or cylinder head) has been swapped. It has the wrong style cam sensor for that year. The 95 and 96 cars have it on the timing belt side.

    Best of luck. I personally love projects so hopefully you do too. Just keep in mind, maintenance and repair can be just as expensive as go fast parts.
     
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    Looks like a 6-bolt to me. That would explain some of those disconnected wires and modified connections.
     
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    I like seeing these restore builds. It kills me seeing these cars rust to the ground.
     
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    Same here, its almost reminiscent of people restoring old muscle cars. It'll be crazy to see these being restored in another 10 years or so.
     
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    I would like to apologize to all those subscribed to my journal, for the length in time it has taken for me to compile photos and my current progress into an easy to read and enjoyable format. Each update to the build as I had forgot to mention will be about 1 to 3 weeks apart depending on delivery and requsition of my parts and installation as well as resource findings on my project. I assure you that tonight will be a major update. Before my first test flight of project Redsun

    For now a sexy preview
     

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    That hood latch is killer. Some people should not work on cars LOL. Fix it! I am happy u finnaly got what u wanted! Is that the state inpspecton sticker on the back bumper?
     
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    Yep, I'm legal until June, then I might not be passing safety inspection anymore cause of my exhaust LOL:hellyeah:
     
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    I'm liking it a lot! You should keep it 2ga!!! They are getting harder and harder to find not all hacked up with a 2gb conversion.
     
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    Hey DSMtuners! I know it's been almost over a week since I last updated you all but I hope I can give all you guys and gals an update big or small each week, if not every other week depending on how fast I get my parts and how long my money lasts LOL. I figured I'd start this update by restating my goals as well as the modifications to my goals, because let's face it, when you start with an idea, along the way you see better or even more functional (achievable) ideas that either make more sense or just seem better at the time.

    Goals :
    *Full 2Ga to 2Gb Conversion w/ Hardtop conversion w/High Rise Spoiler

    *Full restoration of the exterior (Rust removal, Paint, Tint)

    *Interior remodel (Racing seats, Partial Gut-out, Sound system, Grey to Black leather)*Return 100% of mechanical functionality (In-completed and unaccomplished services , AC, Heat, Sensors, Troubleshoot and remove check engine codes,
    etc..)

    *Stage 1 Upgrade Path

    *Suspension components geared towards Gymkhana (Rally/Autocross)

    *Full engine bay cleanup and dress

    ****Items in red are not going to be done****:shhh:

    I decided NOT to do a FULL 2ga to 2GB conversion because I feel in love with the passenger side of the Redsun which features the 2ga with the OEM grey strip. That being said I'm hunting for the drivers side OEM side skirt. I do however still want to find a 2GB front bumper and I'm considering the rear
    bumper as well but that grey strip and reverse lights really turn me on... (ahem). In any case I'm still going to change out the rear spoiler and ATTEMPT a hardtop conversion. I decided not to gut this car out. I don't care about weight right now and the interior on the Redsun is cherry! Grey to black leather is going to take entirely too long to do and honestly, the Redsun looks fine with Grey interior. In other words STOCK is best looking and far superior to anything looks wise aftermarket out there in my opinion. My first test flight was completed on 17 FEB 2012 with only minor issues involving boost leak and oil leakage. Take note... one doesn't miss AC until they don't have it! (Hint for next time)

    So what I started working on ALL of my vacuum lines last week with the very helpful Dsmkauai (THANKS BRO!!). The Previous owner attempted... well I have no freaking clue what they were attempting but they failed miserably. After all
    of the vacuum lines were properly installed, I was able to achieve actual boost. The end result was pathetic at best but I was making progress none the less.
    The Redsun still ran like crap, because of an uncirculated Turbonetics BOV, after finding some old radiator hose and some basic clamps, I was able to recirculate the BOV and the end result was a properly running and idling engine, as well as even BETTER boost. The Glowshift boost gauge was giving me readings of 7-8 PSI at WOT (wide open throttle). Even I a first time 4g63 owner know that is way below stock and what most of our community is pushing, so I decided to begin chasing down possible causes of this lack of boost.


    Meanwhile searching for repair parts for the Redsun I found the cause of the MAJOR leak under the engine bay... the turbo oil return line! I used a very simple process of degreasing (Also degreased the engine bay itself), using Purple Power and my garden hose I cleaned the entire under carriage of the Redsun and let the car sit for around 12 hours on ramps. It was easy to spot the only oily part of the undercarriage being the oil return line from the turbo. Not only is this an easy fix but I will be killing three of four birds with one stone when I swap the eBay POS turbo for the 14B I'm currently rebuilding.
    Unfortunately I ran into some snags rebuilding the turbo. I snapped the turbine wheel and shaft in half during disassembly. After consulting Justin (the messiah of turbochargers) given his expert advice and overstock of replacement parts, as well as proper turbo rebuild instructions I am confident that when all my turbo parts arrive I will have a properly functioning turbo.

    Now for the good news! After careful debate over a proper exhaust system, I chose a 3in Straight custom pipe system with an Apexi N1 Turbo Muffler (Applause) professionally installed by DJ Motorsports, muffler provided by none other than Exhaust Systems Hawaii! They tried to talk me outa getting this system said that the piping and muffler were wrong. Told me to go with a Magnaflow V band muffler instead and 2.25 inch piping. Thanks to you tuners and your quick responses... I stared them down and told them it's my car. I know what's best :hellyeah::rocks::hellyeah::rocks:

    I encounted heavy boost leak on the way home, at full WOT which finally pushed my PSI to 10-11. I think the exhaust system installed gave me what I needed power wise. When I got home I quickly looked over my connections and found all the problems. Now Redsun runs better than ever before!

    Along with new parts I have on the way the first round of replacement as well as upgrade parts:

    Mishimoto Aluminum Radiator,
    Mishimoto Fan shroud kit,
    Mishimoto Silicone Radiator Hoses
    Mishimoto Street Style intercooler (Black)
    NGR Greddy Style BOV
    MIT OEM Sparkplug cover
    MIT OEM BOV Recirculation Tube
    Driver Side door cap
    Wink Mirror (I love them this time no stickers)
    Bonehead Performance Oil Feed Line Kit
    OEM 14B/16G/20G Waste gate Actuator
    14B Turbine Shaft/wheel
    14B TD05H Rebuild kit

    Okay DSMtuners, I don't know what else to say so I'm gonna STFU and post some pictures but before that I want to thank the following people for putting up with my PM and text message harassment and scatter brain meltdowns over the Redsun

    Dsmkauai – You're the best DSM ohana a guy could ask for!
    JusMX141- Turbochargers are new to be but you're an awesome teacher!
    Johnathan Hopkins- Giving me no BS and straight from the hip
    And all you other DSMtuners

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  16. Lofty

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    Interesting.

    Do some good things with this car and your red chicklet will probably disappear.
    :p
     
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    LOL:p You Mods are rediculous but good spirited

    :pray:This car is the last car I will EVER buy. Build. Droll over. :sneaky:

    Tomorrow I head over to a guy named Douglas's place. He has 4 2g DSM's sitting there for parts. Hopefully I can snag a GST or GSX whole or all the body parts I need. Maybe something extra who knows! Although I always feel bad when I strip cars for parts, especially DSMs...:cry:
     
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    Nice post!
     
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    got to take care of that rust homes it looks like it already eaten a big chunk rust is always bigger than it looks bet you you got about 5 more inches of rust not visible.
     
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    Yes the rust is still an issue, I'm considering attempting to remove the rust myself, but I'm not exactly bodywork smart no matter how many how-to's I read and watch. Alot of the "Body shops" around here do not do rust. My option is my self or MAACO
     
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    I wanna say tech center,I am not if its right. Helped a friend paint his car on base and they loaned out tools and the booth. Dont they have something like that were u are at? Did his in DC.
     
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    nice build glad to see you got away from the "4g63" killer thing LOL. looks like a good build. subscribed.
     
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    Get a 1g throttle body to take advantage of the 1g intake manifold opening size. The 2g doesn't match up.
     
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  24. Leonthefaded

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    I am glad you pointed that out, I was doing some research in indentifying if the throttle body on there was in fact from a 1g. I might take advantage of this 92 GSX for sale for parts on my local cragslist.

    There are two bases on oahu with hobby shops one on schofield barracks and one near pearl harbor. The one on schofield has a paint booth, and almst every tool you could need related to automotive. They change 5 dollar an hour for bay use, 6 for the bays with lifts. The paint booth requires a 100 dollar deposit and its around 15 dollars an hour.
     
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    Well thier u go. Repair and prime a panel at a time. When u get her all done, then set up your both time for paint.

    If you need advice on the body and paint just ask. U will save alot of money if u do it your self and take your time, And to be honest I think u could do a better job than crapo.
     
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