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Solomon's 2GNT Build ('98 RS)

Year
1998
Model/Trim
Mitsubishi Eclipse N/T

BLACK'98DSM

Proven Member
2,580
825
Feb 9, 2019
Birmingham, Alabama
I got everything installed and trest drove it. Immediately I noticed the difference in the clutch pedal. Before it would press all the way down with minimal effort. But now, it's super stiff and I can actually feel when it engages and disengages. No more slipping either. So far 2nd gear works better than ever.

I wish I could get the 500 miles done this month, but with this quarantine stuff going on it could next month or the month after.

To say the least, I am very satisfied with where the build is. Still more to come in the future, but for now there's nothing else I could even ask for. It's the best 90's car I've ever driven.
 

silvreclips

Proven Member
1,284
343
Jul 19, 2005
Greenville, South_Carolina
What type of disc is that clutch? If it's just an organic disc, they don't really have a break in period. You can beat on them from the beginning. The only disc that really requires a break in, is a kevlar disc, you have to wear the fuzz off or you can glaze the disc
 

BLACK'98DSM

Proven Member
2,580
825
Feb 9, 2019
Birmingham, Alabama
Nope. Still about 250 on it. Been building a Nissan KA24DE and a racind go kart.

Gonna be really busy and might not stop by the forums for a long time. We'll see though.
 

midwestmopar

Proven Member
98
103
Feb 14, 2020
Commiskey, Indiana
I'm in the same boat, every since my car turned out to be a heartbreaker its been pushed outside and ive been working on other stuff, it had been about 3 weeks since id been on here so i figured id check out what everyone had accomplished.
 

BLACK'98DSM

Proven Member
2,580
825
Feb 9, 2019
Birmingham, Alabama
I sourced a smooth valve cover that somebody decked the letters off of. Coated it in bedliner. I also ordered a custom tag, it's very suitable for the application :)

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BLACK'98DSM

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2,580
825
Feb 9, 2019
Birmingham, Alabama
I've got a few high performance parts lying around. I'll have some pictures when the block and head come back from the machine shop. I pulled the engine from a '98 Neon R/T and decided to go all out on it. No more bolt-on Eclipse for me. I'm looking to make a few more horses and hopefully be more reliable.
 
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BLACK'98DSM

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2,580
825
Feb 9, 2019
Birmingham, Alabama
I'm daily driving my Eclipse now that I'm not worried about whether the engine blows or not. With the new engine I'm building, I'm taking things very seriously. Corners will not be cut and nothing will be re-used unless it is rebuilt or machined. Hopefully the engine will be completely sealed, and make more power!

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BLACK'98DSM

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Feb 9, 2019
Birmingham, Alabama
I picked up my head and block from the machine shop today.

I had them mill the head as much as they possibly could. It was milled until the machine was right on top of the intake valves. I also had them weld the plugs closed so it could handle higher stress levels.

The block is bored 0.20" over, electronically honed, and resurfaced.

Soon I will get the block painted and start the assembly.

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BLACK'98DSM

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Feb 9, 2019
Birmingham, Alabama
Made some progress today. First I painted the block. Then got the main bearings installed, crankshaft installed, bedplate installed, sealed and torqued.

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BLACK'98DSM

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Feb 9, 2019
Birmingham, Alabama
I had to go to 5 different autoparts stores before I found some assembly lube. Today I started filing the pistons rings to proper specs... it won't be long before I'm yanking my old engine out and swapping parts over, like the headers and tb.
 

hughes_22

Probationary Member
24
2
Jul 4, 2018
Milton, Florida
Hey man, love the backstory and progress! My car was a similar find, just needed some quick fixes to get it running and driving, but then I started to hit the issues of lack of maintenance by the previous owner(s). After reading every post of this build, you've pretty much inspired me to get my own build thread done. Had the car two years now, and a lot of changes. My direction is more stock building for a daily driver, with very modest mods.

One question I had is what paint are you using? I know a similar question was asked, but it was just about the "how" and not the "with". My engine is currently at a machine shop, so I'm trying to get all the dress up done while the car is up on stands.
 

BLACK'98DSM

Proven Member
2,580
825
Feb 9, 2019
Birmingham, Alabama
One question I had is what paint are you using?
Are you asking about what paint I used on the exterior of the car? I just used some generic Rustoluem Jet Black. It's not the best stuff but it got the job done. At some point I'd like to get a higher quality paint job.
 

hughes_22

Probationary Member
24
2
Jul 4, 2018
Milton, Florida
Yes, correct. I had to do some minor fixes on the body of mine, and the paint I used as a temp fix has faded to a very very dull, almost colorless paint. I actually have the same paint gun you do, did you thin the paint with anything specific?

Also, do you have seat covers? They look like they fit extremely well.
 

BLACK'98DSM

Proven Member
2,580
825
Feb 9, 2019
Birmingham, Alabama
Yes, correct. I had to do some minor fixes on the body of mine, and the paint I used as a temp fix has faded to a very very dull, almost colorless paint. I actually have the same paint gun you do, did you thin the paint with anything specific?

Also, do you have seat covers? They look like they fit extremely well.
I used mineral spirits to thin the paint.

Yea I have some $20 seat covers. They fit extremely well and look great for the price.
 

BLACK'98DSM

Proven Member
2,580
825
Feb 9, 2019
Birmingham, Alabama
Decided to port the heads. Trying to squeeze every last horsepower out of this engine. Also I made some progress on the engine. New water and oil pump is installed. Also got the rings gapped and the pistons dropped in. Oil pan and heads should go on tomorrow.

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BLACK'98DSM

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Feb 9, 2019
Birmingham, Alabama
I'm ordering a set of PT Cruiser lifters. They have a much larger hole, so the top end will be lubricated much better. Just a matter of time before I rip the old engine out.
 
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