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Street Build 1990 GST

Year:
1990
Model/Trim:
Mitsubishi Eclipse GST
  • Ownership Status:
    I own it
    Turbo Type:
    14b
    Drivetrain:
    FWD
    Transmission Type:
    Manual
    Build Type:
    • Street
    Mods-Bolt-on:
    Mishimoto Radiator and Mishimoto Upper and Lower hoses
    Cracked valve cover at pcv valve cause I made a stupid mistake
    No horn air can if that counts
    Parts Wishlist:
    Coil-overs
    Subtle Exhaust
    Functioning A/C, Compressor is seized and who knows what else is wrong
    New headliner or removed, mine is falling apart and the old glue sometimes falls apart and gets in my eyes when the windows are down
    I'd really like to find some foglights for it
    Background:
    Was searching for a second vehicle after moving to Idaho for school. I'm traditionally a Japanese car kinda guy but if it goes fast I like it. One day in February I saw a white GST come up for sale nearby. It's got a Japanese heart and so I went to look at it and after driving it and feeling the turbo kick in for the first time I knew I had to have it, so I payed cash for it then and there, $2600. Had around 180k miles when I got it and was owned by 1 owner for 29 years before I bought it from the second owner. Since then I've replaced the actual original radiator and broke some stuff. I hope to just bring it up to nice daily condition which means A/C and trying to keep it running.

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  1. Mech Addict
    Nice score! I'm just over in WY, and I love your photo of car in snowy lot. Most upholstery shops can replace the fabric on your headliner; don't simply remove it, cause they are impossible to find new. You can get a carbon fiber one for about $450. I had to for mine, and had it covered in fabric anyway for stock look. A/C compressors are still available, at least rebuilt, and can run on the new refrigerant, R134A, instead of R12, which is phased out mostly. Have a shop charge it for you, as it takes very specialized equipment. Coil overs are a decent value upgrade that can do a lot to help the car carry speed in the twisties. Look for recommendations in the forums, and get ones that are "sport", not "track" unless you want buckboard ride. As you read more posts, you'll find we all have damaged our cars at some point trying to fix stuff. Valve covers are frequently for sale in the classified ads on this site, even powder-coated purple and green, if you like. Swap in fresh gaskets while your'e at it, and maybe look over the valve train while it's open. If cam seals are leaking, consider doing those. Timing belt interval on these engines is every 60k, and often several other components need changed with higher milage (pullies, water pump, tensioner, and both timing belts, not just the cam timing belt). Lots of posts on that (I know because I just did mine, and gots some great advice from other members along the way). The interfere nature of the engine means if the belt breaks, so does valves, pistons, etc. OEM parts are vanishing fast, so be ready to adapt aftermarket parts or buying used. Seems like half the DSM cars are now in New York, New Jersey and PA; not sure why. You will likely not find them in an Idaho wrecking yard. (definitely not Wyoming). Sometimes adds come up in the Salt Lake area on KSL.com free classified ads, if you ever consider a parts car.
    Welcome and good luck!
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