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99 Spyder GS.. working on the 'T'

Year
1999
Model/Trim
Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder N/T

jinscho

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639
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Jun 16, 2017
Bangor, Pennsylvania
Got the tune pretty well dialed in tonight hovering right around 22 psi (and it felt super smooth), but unfortunately had to call it a little early when I spotted some oil dripping off of the shift fork boot. Don't know WTF sprung a leak, but definitely need to get that figured out.

Also decided I'm ditching the 1G BoV. I don't know how people who run speed density put up with the canary song at 2k RPM.. it's f'ing annoying.

On a side note.. we found out that 10 full turns on a Halman Pro MBC will net you just shy of 30 psi on an EVO III 16g ROFL....
 

jinscho

Proven Member
639
281
Jun 16, 2017
Bangor, Pennsylvania
New parts in to complete the final few touches on the car. I inadvertently made the engine bay patriotic without even thinking about it.. red valve cover, white body, blue blow off valve..

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Swapped out the 1G BoV, I just couldn't deal with the whistling sounds it made at 1800 rpm. In it's place went a GReddy Type FV. I never realized just how big of a difference a BoV could make.. but the car builds and holds 23 psi with ease now.

I also swapped out the dipstick tube o-ring to fix my oil leak, and dropped in a new wideband sensor as the old one had intermittent dropouts while logging.

Going to coordinate some time late next week to finish up my tune. Then it's time to turn some attention towards the body work the car so badly needs...
 

jinscho

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Jun 16, 2017
Bangor, Pennsylvania
Started pulling the car out of hibernation only to be met with a wonderful idle surge. The ISC had been acting up in the past, so I ordered a replacement off of Rock auto.

It helped, but still not quite right.

So, she's currently torn down for a boost leak test. Found a pretty nasty leak at the BoV, so I pulled that apart and resealed everything with some RTV. Now I get to wait 24 hrs for it to cure before trying again.
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Also found some carnage on my air filter.. apparently it was bouncing against the headlight bulb cover and wore through the filter.. ordered a replacement (glad I found it.. was impossible to see until I pulled the intake pipe..
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Trying to have everything buttoned up and the car back on the road by the 15th. I took a week off of work to hang out with the wife now that tax season is coming to a close (she works seasonally at H&R Block). She has never been in the car post swap, so I want to be able to take her out for a cruise while the kids are at school. Perfect weather for it lately too..

Fingers crossed I can figure out this idle surge before then..
 

jinscho

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281
Jun 16, 2017
Bangor, Pennsylvania
Nice to see you back!
Never left, just haven't done much other than drive the car! I received a promotion at work last September that allows me to work full time from home, so this was the first opportunity I've had since owning the car to park it in the garage, put a float charger on the battery, toss a cover on, and let it hibernate through the crappy northeast winter. Unfortunately, that idle time must've caused some seals to dry out and now I've got this idle surge to figure out. I'll have it fixed up in short order and plan to take some weekend cruises with the wife and kids.

All 3 of the kids are old enough to sit in booster seats, so I can actually let them ride in the car now. My youngest is already excited just because I promised to take her to school with the top down :cool:.

I plan to get some additional body work out of the way over the summer too. The front half of the car looks so much better than the back half since I sprayed everything properly up front during the swap. I'm going to weld up the factory holes from the oem spoiler and respray the back half to match the front. I may also scrounge up some cash to get the car dynoed at Evans Tuning up here in Mt Bethel, PA. I talked it over with the wife and she yelled at me for not just going that route the first time since the place is only 10 minutes from our house... in my defense, I didn't know they were there.. :idontknow:
 

jinscho

Proven Member
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281
Jun 16, 2017
Bangor, Pennsylvania
The flange is apparently warped.. so, I pulled it apart a second time. This time, I pulled the belt sander out and went to town on the flange.. if it doesn't seal up this time, I'm just going to buy a new flange.
 

jinscho

Proven Member
639
281
Jun 16, 2017
Bangor, Pennsylvania
Now that the drivetrain is situated, I decided it's time I deal with the overdue bodywork. When I originally bought the car, the previous owner had installed a primer black hi-rise spoiler (half assed installation...) and the factory mounting points for the stock 3 piece spoiler were just left open to the elements. I was indifferent on the hi-rise at the time, so I painted it to match the car, and did a quick and dirty body filler job on the stock mounting points for the three piece spoiler.

Fast forward to while I was doing the 4G63 swap, by that time I realized that I didn't like the hi-rise spoiler. The Spyder has limited visibility through the rear window as it is, and the hi-rise blocked all of that visibility. Not to mention, the half-assed installation the previous owner had done always bothered me. So, the hi-rise came off and I threw yet another quick and dirty body filler job to get us by for a while. The front of the vehicle received a proper body-work treatment at this time, so the front half of the car looks significantly better than the back half.

Well, it's time to fix it right. I spent the day today working on the driver's side rear quarter and the trunk lid. I stripped it back to the bare metal, popped out the quick and dirty body filler, and prepped the surface properly. I dented in the sheet metal around the factory mounting holes for the spoiler, and then put down a layer of bondo-glass to fill the holes with something structurally sound (I considered welding them shut, but I have very little experience with the welder and my attempts on some scrap sheet metal did not go well..). Once that was dry, I spent a few hours sanding. Once I was happy with the smoothness of the surface, I threw some glazing filler down, and then did some more sanding. Once all of that was done, I taped off the rear quarter panel and hit the panel with some primer so I could see the hi and low spots a little better.

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There's still a few minor imperfections that need to be addressed.. but holy shit did that come out 1000x better than I had anticipated.. OMG

I need to pick up some sanding supplies tomorrow, but I can't wait until I can start laying down paint. If all goes well, we might be heading to some car shows this summer now that the body work is coming together :hellyeah:
 
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