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BLACK'98DSM

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Solomon's 2GNT Build - 1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse RS


Let me just give a little history about the car. I bought the car on January 4th of 2018. I paid $950 for it, and I must note that I over-payed for it, but I have no regrets about that because it was HARD to find LOL. When I bought it, it needed pretty much everything except interior work. The body was pretty rough, and the engine had like 5 different oil leaks.

So, I had someone drive me there and follow me as I drove it home. I had to stop by the auto parts store and buy an extra quart of oil just to get me home. I'm not joking when I say that the engine was spewing oil.

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Very first thing I did once I got home was pull it in the garage and find the most major of the oil leaks. Upon degreasing and inspecting, I found that it was coming from behind the timing cover. Once I had the timing cover off, I found that the oil was soaking the timing belt, causing it to tear up easily. The oil was coming from the crankshaft seal behind the crank sprocket (front main seal). And for some reason a large chunk was missing out of the crank sprocket LOL. So I decided that it was best to do a complete timing job. One thing I also noticed is that the timing was one tooth off.

The next thing I did was replace the radiator. The old one was busted and leaked a bit of coolant. The previous owner was such an asshole and such a liar about things... But he was nice enough to include a new radiator with the car. So all I had to do was replace it. Of course I went ahead and put some fresh new coolant in it. Easy enough.

After I got that fixed, I just drove it. To my surprise it was a very smooth running car that handled nicely. But one day while cruising, my oil light came on. Immediately I killed the engine. Checked the oil level, and it was barely low. So I took my spare oil from the back and topped it off. Started it back up, and the oil light was on and off, kind of flashing. I was scared that I had lost the oil pump. So I limped it back home, did a little research here on DSMTuners, and found out that the oil pressure sending unit could be causing this issue. So I went to RockAuto and bought one. Replaced it, and the light went away. This was a great relief because that unit was a fraction of the price of an oil pump, and only took a few minutes to replace. While replacing it, I noticed that the old one was leaking oil. So that worked out pretty well.

Next up, the front end rebuild. I noticed that the insides of both of my front tires were worn. Almost bal actually, while the outsides of the tires still had the molding nipples. So I suspected two things:
- the previous owner did burnouts before selling the car LOL
- and the balljoints were failing.
Upon inspection, the balljoints were complete trash. The little rubber boot was missing on both sides. In fact, all of the steering and suspension was trashed on the front. So I went on a splurge at RockAuto... Nearly $300 later I had nearly rebuilt the whole front end. Then got it aligned, of course. I took it for another cruise... Man, I thought it handled well before, but now it felt amazing. Not as tight as a new car or as a track king, but much much better than before.

Now, the interior was perfect, and the engine bay was... well, it was getting there. So it was time to address the body. It was a combination of stock paint, and what looked some some spray can primer that he sprayed over the peeling clear coat spots... It also had quite a few dents and scratches. It was ugly to say the least. So I spent less than $100 at Lowe's and Harbor Freight on budget materials and painted it in my garage. I chose flat black :toobad:. I knew it wasn't going to be permanent, so I decided to experiment a little. I really just didn't want to drive around with it looking so bad, and I knew I would be driving it a bunch because of how much I enjoyed it.

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Now... I had to get rid of those stock wheels and tires. 14 inches of wheel and 10 inches of tire??? Seriously :ohdamn:. After a while of research and pricing I bought the 16 inch KONIG wheels. But there was one more thing I had to do before replacing the wheels. When I bought the car, it came with only 4 lug nuts per wheel. I thought it was only because the previous owner kept the locking nuts. But upon inspection one of the rear lug studs was beat to hell, so the nut couldn't catch a thread. And I guess he just took the other ones off to match? LOL

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And now, to finish up the exterior, I had to replace those freaking crust faded headlights. The process wasn't really that hard, but being that it was the first time I ever took apart the front end of a DSM it took me a little while.

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That is only a small portion of things that were actually done. I bought the car at the first of 2018, and started this build thread more than a year and a half later. I will try to update this post every time I remember something else that I did. And I will search way back in my camera roll to see if I can find any old pictures to put here.

Despite everything, this car is my baby and always will be. I won't stop working on it until there is nothing left to do, which is never. I don't care that it's a base model car. People always tell me not to build it because it's not worth what I'll put into to it. And to that I say f*** you. I don't build cars to get a better resale value. I build cars because it is my passion and there's nothing else I'd rather spend my time or money doing.:laser::dsm::talon::hellyeah:
 
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BLACK'98DSM

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Yea, I finally decided to use this build thread. I should have been the whole time, but It's never too late to start. Tonight I kept it simple. Just put some LED's in.
 

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BLACK'98DSM

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I've spent the last few days getting my "paint booth" all set up. And the last couple of nights painting and clearing my new bumper. Last night was a late night, I spent a long while getting the new bumper put on, and also aligning all the front end panels. I think I got all the body lines straight, now time to paint the rest. :)

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Did some more body work and painting this evening. Both the fenders. Tomorrow I'll pull the paper and tape off. This is going slow and steady, hopefully it turns out great.

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There has been quite a bit of rain here lately. I took a turn too quickly and slid accross the intersection, crashing into the wheel of a Jeep. My stomach dropped. Luckily I'm ok and so is the car... well mostly. This kinda undid alot of my work. But that's ok!
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BLACK'98DSM

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Nice to see that you dont give up on it after the accident! Soon the car will look great again.
Thanks for the support man, I need itLOL

#savetheeclipse
 

BLACK'98DSM

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Today one of my shifter bushings popped loose. 1st and 2nd gear didn't work so I had to find a way to drive home using only 3rd and 4th gear. I could smell the clutch toasting by the time I got home. I ordered some Torque Solutions shifter bushings. They are supposed to be much stiffer than stock and last alot longer. I also went ahead and ordered some fiberglass heat wrap. Planning on wrapping my headers and downpipe to keep the intake temps lower and make it easier to work on the car after driving.
 
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As of today I have all of the parts I need to repair the accident. One of the fenders I ordered from Chicago Autobody Parts (which I overpayed for), and the other one I went and picked up from Pull-A-Part just in case I ever need it for future DSM's. While I was at the yard, I also picked up a new spoiler since the one I ordered from Ebay a few months ago is complete trash. Never buy those cheap chinese products on Ebay. Soon I can prep and paint these pieces so that I can install them.

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BLACK'98DSM

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Gotta say, i'm glad to see another N/T Eclipse. I thought i was the only one for a bit LOL
Gonna be one of a kind when I'm finished with it. Good lookin and fast as hell
 

BLACK'98DSM

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Last night I got the fender and headlight replaced. I decided to leave the bumper off, it would make no sense to put it back on just to take it off again in a few days.

There was a spot behind that fender that didn't look too good. So I had to paint it. It's just one of those things that nobody ever sees but it makes me feel better.

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The accident is finally undone! In fact, the car is in better shape than it was before. I did a little more customizing while I had the bumper off, and a little fab work as well.
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As you can see I mixed up a little more of the Cherry I had left over LOL. Damn she looks good!
 

BLACK'98DSM

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Looks awesome man, keep it up. I'm a little jealous. Mine looks like it belongs in a junkyard LOL... not for long though hopefully
Save a few dollars and buy some new headlights. Then give it a good wash and wax and you'll be good to go!
 
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