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Street Build #Sleeper_Beauty

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

    SlipknotSmoothi Proven Member

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    Captains Log 02112020;

    Things are moving along well now. I missed my Monday update because we were out celebrating my youngest daughter's 5th birthday. It was a bit of a much needed break for me, since I've been putting in a bit of work around the GSX in the past week.

    I went ahead and got the engine back into the engine bay, but it is still on the engine stand. I needed it in its relative position so that I could plan some routing of oil and fuel lines, fuel filter, fuel pressure regulator. Small things, but things I only want to do once. It took just under an hour to complete and I got it on video, you can see the link for that below. I also got the radiator mounted, so that I can plan some potential ducting for the cooling system. I had lots of cooling issues before, so I'm really investing some effort into trying to resolve that early and permanently as well. I've included a picture of that with my fantastic JM Fab radiator brackets, in purple. The bottom posts of the radiator had electrical tape wrapped several hundred times - that was what the previous owner had used as a bushing. Sigh. I got 2 OE replacements from ExtremePSI and got those installed too. Now it fits like it should and we're all happy.

    Next on my priority list is to get the intercooler and oil cooler properly mounted. I'm going to have to make a bash bar / 'wire frame' type of apparatus to support the bumper, since that was removed before I got the car, and to properly mount the coolers... along with the horns, and likely a few other custom electronic items. I'll certainly be getting video of that, as it will be very involved and different from what I see these days.

    That is all I have for today!



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  2. SlipknotSmoothi

    SlipknotSmoothi Proven Member

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    Spent some time trying to build up the front end part's frame. Didn't go well. I was working with 16ga mild steel tubing, but I couldn't get my weld on the factory bumper support brackets to penetrate. Not completely sure what that is about, but I think the better solution is to take some flat steel, also 16ga, and just cut out some 'tongues' to mount this too. That should fix the issue IF my problem is because of metal thickness/hardness differences. So, I think I'm taking a break from that and focusing on something else for a few weeks.

    My youngest daughter, 5, have tested positive for flu AND strep yesterday, and my flu-like symptoms may mean I'm dealing with more than a cold. Honestly, I don't feel like dealing with much but I need to at least try to get some fuel and brake lines done up. Perhaps that will be doable while I'm not feeling so well, since its less intense. I've also been resurrecting my Raspberry Pi + ECMLink project. Not much to talk about there since I've just been focusing on getting it back together after being packed away for a while.

    That is about all of the update I have for now. Toodles until next time.

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  3. SlipknotSmoothi

    SlipknotSmoothi Proven Member

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    With how the front end work panned out, I decided to take a break. Also, during the week.... we had a family emergency that took out 2 days of progress and also requiring a break from what I was focusing on. This took me to the rear of the vehicle and interior once again. I decided to go ahead and start cleaning the back seats and panels, and shampoo the carpet of the hatch. Things are looking pretty damn lovely, especially for its age.

    I also cleaned the power steering system, the AC condenser, starter, and the bracket for the timing belt idler pulley. Painted nothing, just wanted it clean. Lastly, I focused a good bit on the fuel pump assembly. This was an adventure. Everything came out of the tank alright and I got a great surprise of a rust-free tank, sending unit, and gas. Okay, so the gas may be old but its been sitting for 3 years and there is no rust in there. I'm happy.

    I went ahead and removed the sending unit from the car and started on what I came here to do - Remove the stock intake line. I already have all the components I need to run the -8 feed and -6 return lines from the pump to the pump (get it?? LOL). Due to the siphon system of the AWD, I decided to keep the stock return barb, though, and just add the -8 bulkhead to the sending unit. I have a -8 to 5/16 barb bulkhead .... but its so long that it pushes the pump too far down the hanger to install. Crap. During this time I found some interesting things, though:
    • Some installed the GSS341 pump (for a 1g) in this thing
    • Due to alignment issues with in/out, they couldn't fit the rubber boot and hanger clip on
    • 1G NA fuel sending unit's boot and clip fit just fine
    • The wiring's plastic 'thing' has been removed from my hanger before, but they 'crimped' it back in
    • Good job to that guy for terminating the harness correctly

    I did go ahead and do the siphon mod, with the 1/8 size bit. I am going to replace the pump, with the correct gss342 model, and try this again. In the mean time, I have the bulkhead in and I can start running my lines to the firewall. Thats the adventure for now. 87151690_3075087245869546_7444884117474246656_o.jpg
     

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  4. SlipknotSmoothi

    SlipknotSmoothi Proven Member

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    Captain's log 02262020;

    Its only been a few days since my last post but I felt like the amount of work since then deserved an update. I ended up getting all of the interior back together and installed, except the console. It looks great. I also took a bit of time to mark any dimples or dents in the body, so I could start handling them. I have 3 dimples and a crease in the rear passenger qtr panel. Nothing a little body filler cannot fix.

    The largest thing i wanted to do was get the new fuel lines ran. This was a little bit of a challenge because of where the car is on the lift, situated where the fuel and brake lines are on longest part of the lift and blocked by that. How ever, with a little twisting and the right tools, I was able to get the new lines ran, though I've left myself several feet of spare just in case.The next step of that is to flare the ends and put the filter and pressure regulator on. We'll worry about the rear on another date - we're still just focusing on the engine bay.
     

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  5. Ludachris

    Ludachris Founder & Zookeeper

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    Pics of the interior?
     

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  6. SlipknotSmoothi

    SlipknotSmoothi Proven Member

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    Captains Log 03022020;

    Last week was busy. So busy, in fact, I posted two updates in one week. I was going to post a 3rd I decided to wait. Saturday, while working on a bracket to hold my fuel filter and AFPR, I accidentally nicked my knuckle on my left index finger. Since I wasn't wearing proper PPE, I got to see parts of my insides that I really never wanted to see. Luckily, it only went down to the fatty tissues .... and the cut off wheel burned most everything shut. I got 3 stitches and some antibiotics. Wont be doing that again but thankful it didn't hit a tendon... bone... or completely cut my finger off. It does suck because its sort of like a man losing his penis - this is my action hand for the wife. She's going to be upset about that.

    Incidents aside, it was a productive week and weekend. I got my bracket fab'd up. I started working on another bracket for the oil lines. I got the -8 and -6 lines ran ... mostly. The need secured and bent to fit - that is going to be hard with my injury. I had to tap new bolt holes into the AFPR, since my second hand one came with them stripped out. The metal was super soft, so I wasn't too surprised. I used a m6x1.00 tap, and the same size nuts for the fuel filter - an attempt to provide some uniformity and standards to anything I add on.

    I see Ludachris is super anxious to see the inside of the car now that the interior is looking good. Standby, buddy. The lighting in there is difficult to get a camera to do it justice. Be patient I'm working on it :)

    Depending on the injury, I may be finishing up the engine this week. It still needs a timing belt, water pump, all that stuff. I have the parts, they're just not bolted on yet. Not sure I see a reason for them not to be anymore. I had to get a new housing for the rear main seal since all of mine are in poor shape. They may work..... but I didn't want to chance it considering the cost of a new one. I also took a few minutes to mark all the little dimples in the body - ironically all on the passenger side. Nothing major to work on there, thankfull.

    For any of my readers that are big techies, I also hit a major milestone over the weekend in my environment. Friday night, while I was taking a break from the car, I managed to successfully deploy an openshift cluster. I've been working on this for months now with failure over and over. I've been thinking about what kind of useful tools I could containerize into that for the car. Perhaps some kind of auto-log ... uploader thing? Perhaps a python version of that spreadsheet full of macros for Link. I don't know yet .... but its exciting to get some of my cron based arbitrary scripts off my VM's and have them in a more manageable place. My scripts that go out and search specific junk yards for 1g and 2g junkyards, classifies, etc, and email the results to me will is a great example of a pile of shi...scripts that needs to be moved over.

    Toodles for now.

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  7. Ludachris

    Ludachris Founder & Zookeeper

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    LOL

    That was a great update - I'm still chuckling on that first paragraph. Glad you didn't do some real damage.

    Make sure you click the "Full Image" button when you upload your attachments. Clicking that will force them all to display full size under your post so people don't have to click the thumbnails. I took care of this one ;)
     

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  8. SlipknotSmoothi

    SlipknotSmoothi Proven Member

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    I actually tried to, but every time I did it responded with a generic error and to contact the sys admin. Looks like you got the note ;) I'm also glad there is no real damage, the stitches hurt more than injury .... but there is some humor in the situation to be had still :)
     

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  9. Ludachris

    Ludachris Founder & Zookeeper

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    Did you get that error on this post or previous posts? We had an issue with the site doing that last week, which I just recently corrected. (it was a system security module attempting to prevent malware injection - obviously being a little too overzealous)
     

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  10. SlipknotSmoothi

    SlipknotSmoothi Proven Member

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    It was in today's post, but only after I clicked the 'full size' option in the images.
     

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  11. SlipknotSmoothi

    SlipknotSmoothi Proven Member

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    Not much of a DSM update today. My stitches have made it difficult to do some of the more delicate work I need to be doing there. In other news, I completely obliterated the caliper on my Rogue (the daily). That became an emergency repair since I suddenly lost brake pressure in while driving.

    On a tech note .... I stood up an instance of "NextCloud" in my DC. Its almost like google drive and I'm quiet pleased with that. I will likely have (yet another) public share for DSM things - mostly my own notes and such for my build, inspirational content, other Mitsubishi paraphania. While on the tech topic, I wrote an email to the address provided in LinkTools, hoping to get some feed back from the author. I got a failed response from the mail server .... so it appears that address is no longer valid. If he is around, I'd love for him to message me.

    Stitches come out as early as today. Hoping to make some great progress this week. Cheers for now.
     

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  12. SlipknotSmoothi

    SlipknotSmoothi Proven Member

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    Captain's Log 03122020;

    Another week of two updates, though the first one was a bit weak. I've been a bit of all over the place - picking up parts, fitting here, fitting there, tapping this, grinding that, sanding this part. That can actually wrap up this update up in words. Last night, my 5 year daughter and I tapped a spare oil plug I had, which happens to be in good condition, with a 1/8NPT tap. I saw on STM's website that I could order one, new, with washer, tapped, for $40. My frugal side said: Nope, DIY this bi***. So I did and spent some quality time with the little. The plug nicely holds my oil temp sensor for my Innovate dual gauge. Protrusion looks decent but nothing is set in stone until its test fitted. I spent more time getting the rust off of the plug than I did tapping it so if it ends up not working out it really isn't a huge loss to me.

    In other news, I grabbed a fitting for venting crank case pressure out of the block via the shaft inspection hole. You know the one in the back? Facing the firewall? That looks good and I'm thinking between that and one on the VC, I should have decent ventilation for my setup.

    I also spent a bit of time cleaning up the front subframe - a whole afternoon of cleaning and sanding all of the rust away. Today's plan is to hit it with primer, along with a few other parts like the fenders, bumper, and a few engine components I wanted to see painted.

    The parts I picked up aren't really a big deal atm. I got my down pipe back from Scott, complete with new flex section. Looks great and super excited for that. I also had him weld up some AN fittings to a spare VC - not sure where I will use it yet. I also had him make me one of the metal bushing rod things for the poly motor mounts. I bought mine used, but never instead.... and one of the metal parts didn't make it here. This is the risk of buying used - but it wasn't hard to fix with lathe access.

    Lastly, I spent several hours this week working my way through some MySQL, HTML, CSS, and PHP, setting up a browser friendly version what used to be known as LinkTools. My plan is to import the csv's into a sql table and exported as json by PHP. Some Javascript creates a nice chart out of it.... which is going well so far. At some point, I'm going to be refactoring all of that PHP to Python. If you want to follow or contribute to that cause .... https://github.com/kami-nashi/DSMUtils .. is where you need to look. I'm both excited and hesitant about that progress.

    Okay, toodles every one! Its picture time:
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    Gosh, what a week and weekend. I've a sensation that this week will have multiple updates due to the 'crisis' that is going on with covid-19. We'll have to just see how that plays out. Over the weekend, I got a ton of work done. Mari's daily is still down - the 2007 Ford Escape. I got the oil drained, noting glittery in the oil. No metal chunks. No discoloration. No foul smell. That is a pretty good sign but still no exact cause yet.

    For the 2g, I got a lot of the front side of the motor assembled. New front case gasket, new water pump gasket, new OFH gasket. I spent a LOT of time measuring bolts, double check torque specs and application. I cleaned every mating surface with a razor blade or otherwise as needed.

    I got the timing belt on which was a bit of a trip for me. I have done this several times.. but as I started to do it this time I realized that I had forgotten the process. I looked up a few videos, some faqs, and pulled up the FSM to check things out. The only thing I had forgotten was the details about the qtr turn backwards and the amount of times to rotate the motor before removing the pin - though I recalled that being a 'thing'. I posted a short video on social media show the pin removal, when some one called out that my tension-er pulley wasn't right. In essence, I had it installed 180* out. So I put the pin back in, rotated the pulley and re-torqued it. Once it looked good, I again did the 1/4 turn backwards -> 6x forwards rotations and waited to remove the pin. It still came out fine, but the big thing to note here was the belt clearance against the motor mount. With the pulley upside down, there was less than a millimeter of clearance, which worried me. Rotating it so that it was 'eyes up' gave it quiet a bit of clearance and tension at the same time. All is well there.

    After that, I put on the oil filter housing, from a 90, the lower timing cover, the water pump pulleys, the drive pulley. It looks so complete and ready to go now. So exciting. After all of this, I turned my attention to the firewall. I've sorta been putting this work off.... though I'm not really sure why. After referencing some photos as a reminder of where things go - I realized that there isnt much to put on there. I bolted up my resistor pack, my brake proportioning valve, the cruise control linkage .... and there isnt much left now. I need to re-install the brake and clutch stuff in the corner and install their lines.

    Once the above is done, I can do the fuel lines. I took the bracket that has my FPR and filter on it and tried to figure out where I wanted it.... just to realize I didn't like any of it as much as I thought I would. I think I'm going to stick to a more traditional placement for the regulator. The filter.... I want that thing easy to service, so I dont know what I'll do there yet.

    Well, thats my plan for the week. Should we all get a 2 week quarantine, it will be all I work on I guess, or the Linktools port I'm doing. Toodles for now, its picture/video time!

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    I'm late to update, even by my two week interval. Life in quarantine is a bit hectic with the family. It feels like I'm either working or parenting. Very little in between. Very little to do about it.

    The build is still sort of making progress. I got the top of the subframe, the rusted part, primered ... just to realize that the primer I used _really_ wanted me to apply epoxy primer to the bare metal parts. In frustration, I decided to back away from that for a few more days. Its just work that I don't want to do and don't need to do right this second. I'm so far away from needing that thing .... I just dont feel pressured into breaking my back over it just yet.

    I also spent quiet a bit of time working on the wife's daily ( the ford escape ). We finally have a solid diagnosis of 'out of time'. I tried to visually re-align marks.... but it didn't help. the special tools for that arrived today, I know I'll be doing more of that work this weekend.

    In my own engine bay, I have the fuel rain, injectors, intake manifold all torqued down. I ended up tapping my mani not once but 3 times. The rear now has a 1/4NPT port and I drilled out the two 1/16BSPT ports and tapped them with the 1/4NPT as well. I was going to run a vacuum manifold from one port and plug the rest ... but a conversation about that on facebook, along with a discussion with my buddy Josh convinced me to suck it up and not push all my boost through one hole. Fine. It isn't the worst I suppose. I'm still looking for a place to mount the AFPR...... my womanhood is at full force with this and I'm just not happy with it any where. Idid have to tap new holes into the ignition module bracket since I'm using a 1G intake with a 2G module. I didn't have a 1G module to compare it to, other than one from a 90 - totally wrong. But that is all mounted very well now and the coil packs are in their factory location as well. The brake hardware is all on the firewall now, too, and the clutch hardware is mounted along with the new line. Power steering lines are freeballing in their rightful place for now .... it is soooo slowly coming together. It is finally taking the shape of a real car again.

    Because of the weird state its in .... I'm not posting pictures today. Its ready enough to start seeing what I'm doing, but its too early to fully understand WTF is going on .... so I'll save it for another update.

    In the word of 1's and 0's; I've not spent a lot of time on DSMUtils and DSMPi projects. Thanks to a post by Nathan Crisman, I realized that the DSMUtils project has the potential to import a CSV from either a RAW input from the pi itself (thank you Ricky @ Rix Racing for that tip about the 0-5v sensors), take all of that data and overlay it ontop of the imported log from Link. That gives us the ability to read an aux data source for making adjustments or just better resolution of the scenario when t-shooting stuff. I'm really excited about that, so I created an "Issue" on github for each project so that it didn't get left behind. If any one thinks of more 'stuff' like that, you should also open an issue. I love building sh** and that extends into the digital world. Links to the repo's are below. If you're not sure how to do all that, message me and I'll do it for you and still give you the credit.

    Github: (look for the tab called ISSUES)
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    https://github.com/kami-nashi/DSMPi
     

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