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Street Build #Sleeper_Beauty

Rating:
5/5,
Year:
1998
Model/Trim:
Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX
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  1. SlipknotSmoothi

    SlipknotSmoothi Proven Member

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    Joined Feb 24, 2011
    Fayetteville, North Carolina

    Street Build 951  2

    1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX
    awd · manual · 2G DSM

    Street Build 703  0

    1993 Eagle Talon N/T
    manual · 1G DSM
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  2. SlipknotSmoothi

    SlipknotSmoothi Proven Member

    45
    7
    Joined Feb 24, 2011
    Fayetteville, North Carolina

    Street Build 951  2

    1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX
    awd · manual · 2G DSM

    Street Build 703  0

    1993 Eagle Talon N/T
    manual · 1G DSM
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  3. SlipknotSmoothi

    SlipknotSmoothi Proven Member

    45
    7
    Joined Feb 24, 2011
    Fayetteville, North Carolina

    Street Build 951  2

    1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX
    awd · manual · 2G DSM

    Street Build 703  0

    1993 Eagle Talon N/T
    manual · 1G DSM
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  4. SlipknotSmoothi

    SlipknotSmoothi Proven Member

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    Joined Feb 24, 2011
    Fayetteville, North Carolina
    So this project has been idle for years. Quick explanation:

    3+ years ago
    • spun a bearing. Killed the 2.3L.

    ~2.5 years ago - LOTS of issues
    • Odd TPS values, unable to respond to throttle for several seconds
    • Melted driver side fan - twice
    • Fried 3 alternations
    • Destroyed 2 drive pulleys

    In April of 2018, I had surgery, which had me on bed rest for several months. Just recently, I started working on stuff.
    • Fixed driver strut tower rust.
    • Fixed front passenger sub-frame bolt (sheared - had to be replaced)
    • Reconstructed Mid-passenger sub frame mount - rusted to into nothing.

    Over the past year, I've been collecting various parts for the rebuild/rehash of my project. I had originally named this "Kyuubi", but its no longer appropriate. Hope every one enjoys the build, I'll be posting pictures and updates as often as I can remember to.
     

    Street Build 951  2

    1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX
    awd · manual · 2G DSM

    Street Build 703  0

    1993 Eagle Talon N/T
    manual · 1G DSM
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  5. pat white

    pat white Proven Member

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    Joined Jun 10, 2017
    West Bay, NL, Canada
    congrats on getting back at it
     

    Street Build 238  1

    1991 Eagle Talon TSi AWD
    awd · manual · 1G DSM
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  6. SlipknotSmoothi

    SlipknotSmoothi Proven Member

    45
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    Joined Feb 24, 2011
    Fayetteville, North Carolina
    Thanks! I got a whole lot to do if its going to the shoot out in 2020 :D
     

    Street Build 951  2

    1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX
    awd · manual · 2G DSM

    Street Build 703  0

    1993 Eagle Talon N/T
    manual · 1G DSM
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  7. SlipknotSmoothi

    SlipknotSmoothi Proven Member

    45
    7
    Joined Feb 24, 2011
    Fayetteville, North Carolina
    Captains log, 10292019.

    This week, I've been unmotivated. My oldest kid got suspended from school until Friday, so I'm having to be a warden while also working, while also doing everything else. Over the weekend, I managed to clear up some of the rust in the driver corner, where the clutch and brake masters are. I had previously put down primer there, but it was obviously not sticking and rust actually came through. I sanded it all back down, and re-primered it ..... day 2 shows improvement. If this holds out, I will need to brush the rust off of the welds I had to do and lay down primer there as well. If all goes well - perhaps I can get some color sprayed this weekend.

    In between errands, I did manage to knock out the rubber from the trans mount so that I can install the poly bushing. Once it was out, I gave it a nice coat of paint, as well as my cam gears. With so many fresh parts and paint, it only seems fair that I can get everything looking good while it is all out of the engine bay. I also degreased the coolant side of the head, since it was filthy with grease, dirt, carbon, etc. It looks almost like a new part now. The cosmetic parts of this build are coming along nicely, I'm hoping it at least runs as well as it looks.

    Also over the weekend, I found that my CM3 and the IO board I had for it was in fact fried from trying to power the system via GPIO headers. I confirmed it by ordering a new CM3 module, which booted up in the board, but none of the USB ports worked. That means that basic DSMPi development has to take place on the standard raspberry pi 3. That did give me enough to work on the setup script, which installs everything needed for ECMLink to run, and copies the things to the places - it now runs error free and with out asking questions. Not the worst, as I've been using it to look at and export logs from ECMLink for a closer look on my desktop. The next major improvement that needs to happen is automatic log upload from the pi to some storage - cloud or something in the house. It doesn't matter, as long as it makes it some where else. I'll have to wait until Friday to order a new IO board. Sigh.
     

    Attached Files:

    Street Build 951  2

    1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX
    awd · manual · 2G DSM

    Street Build 703  0

    1993 Eagle Talon N/T
    manual · 1G DSM
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  8. SlipknotSmoothi

    SlipknotSmoothi Proven Member

    45
    7
    Joined Feb 24, 2011
    Fayetteville, North Carolina
    Captains log, 11042019.

    The week of punishment for my daughter is over ... for now. As a family, we spent all weekend starting renovations on the living room, which included some drain repair on the upstairs shower - allowing us to keep our rooms secure from prying teenage eyes. This means we spent no time at all on the DSM nor the RX7. Due to the Halloween day and suspension, work days didn't allow for work on them either.

    Friday, I did manage to order several much needed parts. Starting with something I ordered a few weeks ago, my new brake and clutch reservoir brackets have arrived from GSX-Dude. These things are a work of art and just holding them resonates excitement through my body. I cannot wait to get these loaded up. I can't just install these new brackets on fresh paint with yellowed, f***ed up cups though, so I went ahead and purchased a new reservoir for each, via extreme PSI. I also went ahead and grabbed a kit for new engine connectors, since I'm completely redoing the wire harness. The GXL wiring that was recommended for this was available online, with fulfillment via Amazon. I choose those words carefully - the supplier just happened to already do business elsewhere but the use prime shipping made it pretty irresistible. I think I have everything I need now for a full, new, custom engine harness - except for the kit that sheridan has. ExtremePSI always gets my stuff here quick, so I'm not fretting about it. When it comes to wiring, its important to take your time, and just do it right.

    I also managed to get my replacement IO board for my DSMPi project. It was a quick install, as its designed to be, and my setup script had ECMLink looking for ttyUSB98 in under 10 minutes - a record in my case. I spent a bit of time last week looking for config files where ECMLink may store things such as what device to look for. I found them, as XML files in the user directory, but hidden. I'm now including them as part of my standard deployment script. With that included, and a new udev rule that finds the serial number of the ECMLink cable and always assigns it to ttyUSB98, setup and predictability is pretty solid. Now I can move on working more on the development of other features.

    I've also been thinking about this blitz bodykit that I've been holding onto for some time now. I was pretty sure that I had preferred how it looked on these cars, but I think I'm starting to feel better about stock. There is something about the lines in the front bumper cover that make me lose sleep ... and the rear bumper is going to take quiet a bit of work to just look decent. The sides aren't much to talk about either way, but the front and back aren't giving me the warm and fuzzies. Not to mention that I'm not sure how ground clearance will be once coil overs are installed. So, I may just sell the kit now. I'm undecided, and need more time to think about it.
     

    Attached Files:

    Street Build 951  2

    1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX
    awd · manual · 2G DSM

    Street Build 703  0

    1993 Eagle Talon N/T
    manual · 1G DSM
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  9. SlipknotSmoothi

    SlipknotSmoothi Proven Member

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    Joined Feb 24, 2011
    Fayetteville, North Carolina
    Dear diary.

    Another slow week. With the abrupt drop in temps, painting has been ... difficult. With laundry being done in the garage, and the servers running as loaded as possible, I'm able to get the garage temp to about 70 when it still being in the 30's and 40's. How ever, that is hard to pull off for an extended amount of time. I finally have the rust removed from the driver corner of the fire wall, the whole area where the giant booger weld is. I'm giving it extra time to dry/cure, due to how cold it is.

    If things pan out this week, I hope to shoot some color at it. It is difficult to make promises on that, since there are still a few things outside of my control. Once we have the color done in the bay, i expect things will really start moving along.

    Since I'm not keeping the blitz kit that I have, I pulled out my OE bumper to assess what damage it had. A small rip in the very front, a tear in the corner where the hood latches and meets the headlight - but otherwise, just looks 'used'. I bought a $20 plastic welder from harbor freight to see if I can repair these things. I'll very likely have video of that one.
     

    Attached Files:

    Street Build 951  2

    1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX
    awd · manual · 2G DSM

    Street Build 703  0

    1993 Eagle Talon N/T
    manual · 1G DSM
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  10. SlipknotSmoothi

    SlipknotSmoothi Proven Member

    45
    7
    Joined Feb 24, 2011
    Fayetteville, North Carolina
    Captains log, 11182019.

    Another week has passed, filled with extreme ups and downs - very few of anything between. This morning, I get to make this update with a (mostly) clear respiratory tract since I'm on the mend from cold #2. I questioned the value of even posting today, as it doesn't seem like I managed to get much done, but we do this every day at work for the team, and I do it ever week with my peer engineers - there is some kind of 'value' to these, because 'it helps you hold yourself accountable'. What ever.

    Over the weekend, I managed to push through my laziness and finally spray a first coat of paint on/in the engine bay. I'm using a single stage urethane paint, on an epoxy primer. The primer says if it dries naturally, there is no sanding. We'll have to see how that really turns out, though the areas I had to wire brush some times ago..... we rather resilient. It was below optimal temperatures outside when I sprayed, but the garage was a nice 70 degrees due to all of the stuff I have going on in there - mostly the servers. I did a quick smoke test with a credit card bill that should have been sent electronically to ensure that my vapors weren't going to move to a place with flames. It was both liberating and reassuring. So the first coat is done, since the temp changes a bit, I'm giving it a few days before I sand and re-coat.

    Also this weekend, I attempted to fix my stock bumper with a $20 harbor freight plastic welder. The results were mixed, the rip in the front from impact damage .... seems to be fine. The rip in the mounting/headlight corner.... was a complete failure. Looks like my only option now will to see if I can get a body shop to JUST fix that one spot for a small fee or .... replace the whole damn thing. Disappointing. I have, how ever, spent more money on worse decisions. Bottom line, for our application: Would not recommend. There is some video, but I've not yet done anything with it because I wanted it to be a start to finish video of the work ... and its not finished.

    On a extreme positive note, I was tagged on FB by Adriana, as she used some of my photos from the shootout for some of her promotional work. I was so surprised, I almost fell over. I expect stuff like that from professional photographers, like Marybeth, since that is how they pay their bills, feed their kids, etc. Since I just do what I want ... and don't charge, I've never considered my work to be on that level. It is flattering and overwhelming. I will continue to shoot, when ever the opportunity permits.

    Speaking of media, I've seen a lot of guys doing 'slide based' short videos of their cars. Nice slides out and around. Some look really good, some look really bad - a whole lot of in between. I tried my hand at some of these Saturday night, though it was really more of a video of parts and ... neglect since that is all I have to feature at the moment. I thought, maybe if I do one of these per season, it'll help tell the story of my build. I broke out the gopro hero 5 black, and did some slides, with just my hands. Its not as stable as I want, its visible. Also, I used 120FPS but it still feels choppy. Perhaps I did something in Premiere poorly. I definitely adjusted my colors/blacks/whites/contrast/shadows/highlights incorrectly. They looked fine in preview, but after encoding there was a lot that was blown out. Hopefully, we'll see that evolve over time with the build as well.

    That is all I have for this week. I'm going to close this with a few links of the material mentioned above and only one image - of the engine bay. Until next time......

    Shootout 2019 Photos:
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/125745541@N07/albums/72157710428316382

    Video Link:
     

    Attached Files:

    Street Build 951  2

    1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX
    awd · manual · 2G DSM

    Street Build 703  0

    1993 Eagle Talon N/T
    manual · 1G DSM
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  11. SlipknotSmoothi

    SlipknotSmoothi Proven Member

    45
    7
    Joined Feb 24, 2011
    Fayetteville, North Carolina
    Captains log, 11252019.

    The week felt short, the weekend felt long. With the warmer temps out, I was able to do some more painting though most was rattle can. I got the master clutch and brake cylinders, the brake booster and the diverter cleaned up and painted. I also got 50 ft of new steel line and 14 new fittings, complete with a flare kit. I've never flared brake lines before so I'm a little intimidated by it ... but I'm sure it will be fine. Its easy to spot problems before things go awry on that system.

    While working on all of these things, I noticed there were a few dull spots in the bay paint from where I didn't completely coat. Not a huge issue - I'll be attempting to knock that out today. Very, very excited to get these things back on the firewall and all shiny. Though a short update, I feel like I've made more progress since my last entry than any of the others. Hope every one enjoys.
     

    Attached Files:

    Street Build 951  2

    1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX
    awd · manual · 2G DSM

    Street Build 703  0

    1993 Eagle Talon N/T
    manual · 1G DSM
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    pat white likes this.
  12. SlipknotSmoothi

    SlipknotSmoothi Proven Member

    45
    7
    Joined Feb 24, 2011
    Fayetteville, North Carolina
    Captains log, 12112019.

    Not much meat to this post, it almost feels obligatory. Thanksgiving week was packed full of last minute project meetings, customer requests, and other crap. No free time. The week after was a bit askew as well as I played catch up with work and also took my daughter from appointment to appointment. I managed to stage a few more parts for install, also got a dual gauge from a fellow DSM'er - from the classifieds section. Fantastic transaction. How ever, while that was en route - my pump for the air compressor completely failed. It wasn't a surprise since I was like the 4th owner and its as old as I am. How ever, the wife says that I cannot replace it before xmas. The last thing I need at this point is relationship trouble - so she wins this one. Hope her tire doesnt need air :-S Also, my dremel tool died a fiery death. Thank god for gloves, because it literally caught fire while I was trying to clean something. So... no air tools ... no air to paint with. No dremel. I'm stuck. I may try to work on some interior stuff (if its accessible) or perhaps some new wire harness stuff - though I really wanted to wait until I could place the motor in the bay as it would help reduce wasting wire and loom.

    Sigh. This is truly discouraging. Hopefully, next update will be full of awesome but .... we'll have to see if I get a surprise.
     

    Street Build 951  2

    1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX
    awd · manual · 2G DSM

    Street Build 703  0

    1993 Eagle Talon N/T
    manual · 1G DSM
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