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Street Build Project Ruby Sue - 99 GS-T

Average User Rating:
5/5,
Year:
1999
Model/Trim:
Mitsubishi Eclipse GST
  1. tunernewb92

    tunernewb92 Proven Member

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    Houston, Texas
    So I'm not completely new to the DSM game, but have been out for a couple of years. Previously owned a built 1g Talon that myself and a friend built from the ground up into a Road Race monster. However, I just couldn't stay away and after securing some funds found one local that had no rust.

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    So I bought it for $1700 plus a new set of Drag wheels. And that's basically where this story begins. I will try to bring it up to current speed in this thread.

    Mod List

    Engine

    8.5 to 1 Manley Pistons
    Manley H Beams
    ACL bearings
    ARP rod bolts
    ARP mains
    ARP head studs
    5 angle valve job
    SS valves
    Manley valve springs
    3G lifters
    Kiggly HLA
    68HTA turbo
    FP Manifold
    Megan full 3" Exhaust
    Punishment Racing IC
    Evo 3 O2 housing
    Tial BOV
    FIC 850cc injectors
    Fuel lab regulator
    264/264 HKS cams

    Drivetrain / Brakes
    Stock transmission
    All front suspension components replaced 8/15
    Tokico shocks
    H&R Springs
    Brembo drilled / slotted rotors
    Hawk Pads
    Braided Brake Lines

    Electrical
    ECM Tuning (blackbox / Tactrix)
    AEM Digital Wideband
    AEM Digital Boost
    AEM Oil Pressure
    AEM Water Temp
    AEM Volt
    Battery Relocated to hatch

    Exterior
    Stock - needs paint job
    17" Drag Wheels
    Firestone Firehawk Indy 500 225/45/17

    Stuff Sitting in my "Install This Now" Box
    Finish engine install
    Tucked wiring harness
     

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    My DSM:
    1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse GST

    Street Build

    16g   manual
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  2. tunernewb92

    tunernewb92 Proven Member

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    Houston, Texas
    So I work swing shifts so I only work on the car during my days off every two weeks, so updates will come kinda sporadically. However, when I first got the car it needed some love. It has had 10 owners previous owners. Remember - basically bought a running shell as zero rust was my largest concern. First things first was timing belt job, new fluids, and checking what the hell I got myself into.

    Timing belt was OEM and looked to be in excellent condition when I pulled it off - except for this knick in it.

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    Previous owner was coming from the mustang all motor platforms - he went to AutoZone to get a coupler and they told him it was okay to run this:

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    Jesus Billy, what were you thinking. Also he told me he had removed the ECM Link software and 3" GM Maf crap. And put a stock 1996 turbo ECU in. So blackbox got ordered. The car also had this crappy manifold that didn't leak and looked fairly strong but it put off way to much heat under the hood.

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    So at this point I was two weeks in, still hadn't cranked it over.
     
    My DSM:
    1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse GST

    Street Build

    16g   manual
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  3. tunernewb92

    tunernewb92 Proven Member

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    So after finishing the timing belt (OEM everything) and I replaced the balance shaft belt as well - yeah I should have deleted it, but I didn't, and I'm about to pull the engine anyway so get off my back. It cranks! And the radiator leaks - and by leaks I mean Niagra Falls. And there is a nasty exhaust leak at the 02 housing

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    So obviously a Mishimoto with dual slim lines was in order.

    So why did the 02 housing leak? Well I'll let you decide.

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    I decided that while I was doing the timing and had that motor mount off, that I would put some poly mounts in as the stocks were shot anyway. And it gave me an excuse to buy a Sawzaw, which everybody needs to use once a week minimum.

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    Time for a car wash and fuel - Premium only.

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    Yes that center light is blacked out - Yes it has been replaced now. Yes that is the turbo sticker off a random junkyard car, no I still haven't removed it because I'm lazy.
     
    My DSM:
    1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse GST

    Street Build

    16g   manual
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  4. tunernewb92

    tunernewb92 Proven Member

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    Houston, Texas
    So there were some things missing from the car - and not working. So a trip to the three local junk yards was in order. The main problems were:

    Why didn't my blinkers work? Well they were missing the light bulb clip.
    Why is my bumper held together with zip ties? - Well it needs a upper front metal piece and all the connecting trim along the bottom and where it attaches to the fender.
    Why doesn't my wipers work? Well they need to be plugged in! (this is a reoccurring nightmare in this car)

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    Also scored black carpet for the hatch - and an OEM cargo net. Also pulled the entire interior panels out of that donor car because it was an immaculate find.

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    I decided to relocate the battery to the trunk - and this being the sixth car that I've done that in now - of course I couldn't get it right the first try. But its much better now. Thats the voltmeter I had to check why there was a bad drain overnight - door locks, crap!

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    My DSM:
    1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse GST

    Street Build

    16g   manual
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  5. tunernewb92

    tunernewb92 Proven Member

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    So I ordered Mishimoto coolant overflow and catch cans, a spark plug cover, and a clear cam cover off of the classifieds. Here is what the bay looked like about two months ago. Car ran very well.

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    Idled well:

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    And after replacing this which apparently was siliconed into place (or attempted to), even read mileage and speed!

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    But it was time to get rid of that awful 14b and manifold. So I ordered a 68HTA and FP manifold when they went on stupid sale.

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    Also decided it was time to replace every ball joint on the front end. Maybe I should have taken he time to switch to solid/poly mounts all the way around, but I'm building this car to cruise in so that doesn't really align with my goals.

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    And the sway bar wasn't hooked up - what a surprise. (not really no)

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    And I noticed that my passenger side CV axle looked like this, so I replaced that too.

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    My DSM:
    1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse GST

    Street Build

    16g   manual
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  6. tunernewb92

    tunernewb92 Proven Member

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    Houston, Texas
    So here is what the engine looks like right now, and a couple photos. Also ordered a bunch of OEM bolts and nuts to replace the non matching crap that was there and new brakes and rotors.

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    And this is where she got all temperamental three days ago and the Alternator went out - in the worst part of town too.

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    My DSM:
    1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse GST

    Street Build

    16g   manual
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  7. tunernewb92

    tunernewb92 Proven Member

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    New updates. So I got fed up with my alternator burning out all the time and before I knew it, this happened.

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    and these bearings are completely toast. When I took off the oil pan there were little flakes everywhere, so I guess I'm not reusing the front case. Also I found ARP head bolts and an ACT clutch, with reused clutch bolts - figures. Below are the piston and main bearings.

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    The plan is Manley forged internals. .20 9.5 to 1 compression. New oil pick-up. Not sure if the crank can be saved. Going to let the machine shop decide. ACL bearings. ARP mains, pistons, crank, cam, head studs, cap bolts, manifold to turbo, and turbo to 02 housing. Head will have a 5 angle valve job, titanium valves, manley springs, 3rd gen lifters, Kiggly HLA (for the spirited driving in the mountains), 264 HKS valves, adjustable cam gears.

    Going to probably do some form of a wire tuck. Clean the engine bay, probably touch up and repaint it factor colors as well. I can't weld so I won't be shaving the bay (I'm not really into it anyway).
     
    My DSM:
    1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse GST

    Street Build

    16g   manual
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  8. 99GSTAL

    99GSTAL Probationary Member

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    Well it seems our goals are pretty much in align with each other. I just hate how badly I over paid for mine. I see you are not too far from me. Who did your tune the first time around?
     
  9. tunernewb92

    tunernewb92 Proven Member

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    Houston, Texas

    I haven't tuned it yet. I will be running Evo Scan and probably tuned by Yucki on this board.
     
    My DSM:
    1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse GST

    Street Build

    16g   manual
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  10. ZACH 99 GST

    ZACH 99 GST Probationary Member

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    Memphis, Tennessee
    Nice car man. The funny thing is I saw your car on Craigslist a while back and almost bought it.
     
    My DSM:
    1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse GST

    Street Build

    14b   manual
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  11. tunernewb92

    tunernewb92 Proven Member

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    Houston, Texas
    Man after the last few days, you should have just bought it. If I could get ahold of whoever did a bulk of the modifications (wrong), I would go Dominic Torretto and turn them into a janitor.
     
    My DSM:
    1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse GST

    Street Build

    16g   manual
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  12. tunernewb92

    tunernewb92 Proven Member

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    So first off. New parts update - and a lot of them.

    Got my IC pipes all cleaned up and powdercoated. Also picked up an Evo 3 o2 housing and had it ceramic coated. Since I have a GS-T the 3* different angle shouldn't make much of a difference.

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    Had my bumper support powdercoated gloss black since it was looking terrible and I wanted something that would last longer than rattle can.

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    S90! Now if only my Magnus IM would show up.....

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    Had the valve cover coated something close to the car. Not sure if I will stick with this or go back to black

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    Engine mounts, thermostat housing, water pipe coated silver.

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    FP manifold and entire downpipe ceramic coated. The brake and clutch reservoir brackets were salvaged and powdercoated black.

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    And finally a new engine and head and box of OEM bolts. - Strictly Performance.

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    My DSM:
    1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse GST

    Street Build

    16g   manual
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  13. tunernewb92

    tunernewb92 Proven Member

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    Painted the bay - or tried. For my first try ever it wasn't too bad. A couple of runs here and there that won't be seen once the engine is in. The paint is strong but also a little thin in some places. But the bay is ridiculously clean now and not rusty and that's what I was going for.

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    Yes yes, the heater core and evap core weren't taped off. I replaced them so I just left them in to hold the place and not taping off.
     
    My DSM:
    1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse GST

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  14. tunernewb92

    tunernewb92 Proven Member

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    Replaced the evap and heater cores. Its not that bad, but certainly not something that I will ever want to do again. Also DO NOT order the heater core off of rock auto. Both the $75 and $95 versions are exactly the same (Spectre) and the pipes don't fit and you can't bend them into place.

    So first you get your car looking like this with no dash (yeah the cores aren't in that picture, but don't worry baby birds, I'll show you how.

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    Pull this top piece straight up and off. Just two plastic clips that hold it under the bottom. Just a nice easy sharp tug will do it.

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    Remove the nuts under the green dots - going to need 12mm deep socket

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    Unbolt these two bolts. These are holding the AC Evap core in place. Also unhook the two wiring clips under each bolt.

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    Unbolt this bolt, and the Evap core should slide on out.

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    You don't have to technically do this next part. But its so so so much easier to move everything around. Take the extra five minutes. You will thank me. Remove all the brackets that hold your climate control and your radio in place.

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    Boom all your brackets are out of the way. Now to remove the passenger / rear/ floor / whatever they are ducting. Just two screws

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    Now grab the two lower bolts holding the heater core box in.

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    And the heater core box will come right out. Install is the reverse. Remember that the A/C box goes in last after the heater core and the blower motor/fan box are installed. It goes back in from the bottom sliding in back toward the firewall and up.

    I went ahead and ripped all the gaskets out from between the ducting and put 3m window stripping from Lowe/s Home Depot.
     
    My DSM:
    1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse GST

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  15. tunernewb92

    tunernewb92 Proven Member

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    Painted my wheel knuckles / brackets that are below the subframe / brake shields / subframe HT gloss black engine block enamel. Guess we will see how it holds up.

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    Painting the transmission tomorrow.
     
    My DSM:
    1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse GST

    Street Build

    16g   manual
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  16. Black95TSIawd

    Black95TSIawd Proven Member

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    Dirty, New Jersey
    loving the clean-up work.
     
    My DSM:
    1998 Eagle Talon TSi AWD

    184.4 whp   251.0 lb/ft
    1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX (sold)

    Drag Race Build

    20g   manual
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  17. tunernewb92

    tunernewb92 Proven Member

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    It's an absolute nightmare. But having clean hands while working on parts makes it all worth it. Slowly going back together now. I'll have to try to add some more pictures.

    Can't put the engine in as I lost the clip that holds the fork to the throw out bearing and the pivot ball. So I re-ordered them.

    But the engine is ready to go back in now. Might just put it in without the transmission so I can finish hooking up all the A/C stuff and be done with that pain in the ass.
     
    My DSM:
    1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse GST

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  18. tunernewb92

    tunernewb92 Proven Member

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    Getting somewhere finally. Faint glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. I have about one serious day left of installation mechanically. But that wiring harness is going to be a real pain in my ass. Going with a semi tuck right now and putting the fuse box in the fender as I'll be running fender lining and waterproof the box as best I can.

    This was the first time putting the engine and trans in separately and I have to say it was probably easier this way by myself. Used the engine hoist and a strap to put the transmission in.

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    The growingly popular power steering line tuck.

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    Stock heat shield. Super excited about this. Hopefully I can get decent power and keep my AC working in this 100* heat. Also so shiny and new looking like a proper bay should be.

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    My DSM:
    1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse GST

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  19. 95eclipser

    95eclipser Proven Member

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    Dang nice build so far. Looks good.
     
    My DSM:
    1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX

    Street Build

    464 whp   379 lb/ft
    1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX

    10.920 @ 133.900 MPH
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  20. tunernewb92

    tunernewb92 Proven Member

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    All built outside on a gravel driveway. Miss my 3800 sq ft shop that I had for my 1992
     
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    1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse GST

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  21. arodgst

    arodgst Proven Member

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    Wow! Great build brotha Subscribed! Cant wait to see progress and superclean for gravel! Keep up the great work.
     
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  22. godschylde777

    godschylde777 Proven Member

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    Coming along nicely.
     
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  23. 95eclipser

    95eclipser Proven Member

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    Yea its great work for being outside. Im honestly jealous of your powder coated items. My bay looks terrible. But years ago when I built my first dsm. I spent more time getting caught up in colors, powder coating this and that and it took for ever, and I sacrificed seat time, for color schemes . . The out come it worth it!! 100% but I want to enjoy driving this new car so Im holding off on the pretty bay. As long as it functions Im good!

    Keep up the good work. Your re-sprayed bay is awesome.
     
    My DSM:
    1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX

    Street Build

    464 whp   379 lb/ft
    1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX

    10.920 @ 133.900 MPH
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  24. tunernewb92

    tunernewb92 Proven Member

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    9 months and a bunch of issues and heart ache later ... SHE RUNS !!!!! time to tune.
     
    My DSM:
    1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse GST

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  25. ZACH 99 GST

    ZACH 99 GST Probationary Member

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    Memphis, Tennessee
    Great man glad to see its finally there
     
    My DSM:
    1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse GST

    Street Build

    14b   manual
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