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Road Race Build Solomon's 2GNT Build ('98 RS)

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1998
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Mitsubishi Eclipse N/T
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  1. BLACK'98DSM

    BLACK'98DSM Proven Member

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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 as it is my baby 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 drove 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. 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 guard 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 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 was amazing. At least in my eyes it was.

    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 few hours. It was all worth it though :).

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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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  2. 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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    1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse N/T
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    I've spent the last few days getting my "paint booth" all set up. And the last couple of days 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 boy lines straight, now time to paint the rest. :)

    Here's a little eye candy for those who care: 20190818_175023.jpg 20190818_175043.jpg 20190818_175102.jpg 20190818_175116.jpg
     
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    Road Race Build 3K  10  25

    1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse N/T
    fwd · manual · 2G DSM

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    2008 Tomberlin Crossfire 150R
    rwd · manual · Misc Vehicles

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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.

    Pics: 20190821_190314.jpg 20190821_202024.jpg 20190821_190321.jpg 20190821_202044.jpg
     
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    Road Race Build 3K  10  25

    1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse N/T
    fwd · manual · 2G DSM

    127  3

    2008 Tomberlin Crossfire 150R
    rwd · manual · Misc Vehicles

    167  6

    2008 Tomberlin Crossfire (325 swapped)
    rwd · manual · Misc Vehicles
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    20190822_205024.jpg 20190822_210610.jpg Back painting again. Both the doors this time.
     

    Road Race Build 3K  10  25

    1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse N/T
    fwd · manual · 2G DSM

    127  3

    2008 Tomberlin Crossfire 150R
    rwd · manual · Misc Vehicles

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    2008 Tomberlin Crossfire (325 swapped)
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  6. BLACK'98DSM

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    Im very dissapointed. I hydroplaned in the rain and crashed into the wheel of an SUV. Its been raining like a damn monsoon here lately and it caused me to lose traction. This undid everything Ive spent the least few months doing. I just painted that fender. I just replaced that bumper. I just replaced the headlights and bulbs. And now I get the fun of doing it again. Well at least I'm not injured. And at least the engine is ok. 20190826_171202.jpg 20190826_171149.jpg 20190826_171143.jpg 20190826_171139.jpg
     

    Road Race Build 3K  10  25

    1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse N/T
    fwd · manual · 2G DSM

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    2008 Tomberlin Crossfire 150R
    rwd · manual · Misc Vehicles

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    Went ahead and ordered the headlights and bumper. Also the paint and clear arrived.
    I will have to be much more careful in the rain!!!
     

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    1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse N/T
    fwd · manual · 2G DSM

    127  3

    2008 Tomberlin Crossfire 150R
    rwd · manual · Misc Vehicles

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  8. Joakim

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    Nice to see that you dont give up on it after the accident! Soon the car will look great again.
     

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    Thanks for the support man, I need itLOL

    #savetheeclipse
     

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    1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse N/T
    fwd · manual · 2G DSM

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    Just ordered the new fender. All of the parts I need are on the way! Once they arrive I can get back to painting. Maybe I can have the whole car done before winter?
     

    Road Race Build 3K  10  25

    1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse N/T
    fwd · manual · 2G DSM

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    2008 Tomberlin Crossfire 150R
    rwd · manual · Misc Vehicles

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  11. Joakim

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    Nice, up and running soon again! I just got my new headlights yesterday, hopefully the bumpercover arrives today or tomorrow.
     

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    20190831_104920.jpg 20190831_111740.jpg 20190831_110000.jpg Did a compression test today. I am satisfied.

    EDIT: I did not do this test properly. I redid the test in November and the numbers were higher. (190+ psi)
     
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    1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse N/T
    fwd · manual · 2G DSM

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    2008 Tomberlin Crossfire 150R
    rwd · manual · Misc Vehicles

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    I have ordered some shifter bushings and some header wrap.

    I want to go ahead and rebuild the whole shifting system instead of just replacing a single bushing. This way it can live up to my high expectations and be reliable. I ordered 2 of the heat wrap rolls. This way I can wrap the headers, downpipe, and and have some left over for future projects.
     
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    Road Race Build 3K  10  25

    1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse N/T
    fwd · manual · 2G DSM

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    2008 Tomberlin Crossfire 150R
    rwd · manual · Misc Vehicles

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    As of today I have all of the parts I need to repair the accident. The new headlights and bumper are what I ordered from Ebay. One of the fenders I ordered from Chicago Autobody Parts, 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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    fwd · manual · 2G DSM

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    2008 Tomberlin Crossfire 150R
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    Today I installed the new pulley. The old one was warped, so I think this will give me a much smoother idle and acceleration. I also noticed that this pulley is slightly bigger than my old one, so theoretically it will take less rpms for the same output.

    Edit: I think I had that backwards LOL ^^^

    I'm going to spend the rest of today painting my new fender.

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    1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse N/T
    fwd · manual · 2G DSM

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    2008 Tomberlin Crossfire 150R
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    Painted fender today. Tomorrow I will install it along with the new headlights. Whenever I get more time I will have to paint and install the new bumper as well. Accident is almost undone!

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    1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse N/T
    fwd · manual · 2G DSM

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    2008 Tomberlin Crossfire 150R
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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
     

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    Gonna be one of a kind when I'm finished with it. Good lookin and fast as hell
     

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    1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse N/T
    fwd · manual · 2G DSM

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    2008 Tomberlin Crossfire 150R
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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.

    While I had the fender off, I noticed that my door hinges and some of the frame was super nasty. So I grabbed some degreaser and a spray can and made it look new again. It's just one of those things that nobody ever sees but it makes me feel better.

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    1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse N/T
    fwd · manual · 2G DSM

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    2008 Tomberlin Crossfire 150R
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    Nice to see some progress, soon up and running!
     

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    I plan on getting a lot of work done today.

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    1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse N/T
    fwd · manual · 2G DSM

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    2008 Tomberlin Crossfire 150R
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    On Saturday I was able to wrap the headers and the downpipe along with changing the gaskets.

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    And I also replaced my shifter bushings. This was very much needed LOL

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    1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse N/T
    fwd · manual · 2G DSM

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    2008 Tomberlin Crossfire 150R
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    2008 Tomberlin Crossfire (325 swapped)
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    I finally got around to painting the 2nd new bumper. Maybe I won't smash this one LOL . I'm getting tired of doing paint and body work on this car, I hope to finish it up really soon. 20190923_181636.jpg
     

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    1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse N/T
    fwd · manual · 2G DSM

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    2008 Tomberlin Crossfire 150R
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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!
     

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    1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse N/T
    fwd · manual · 2G DSM

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    2008 Tomberlin Crossfire 150R
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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
     

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