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Old March 16th, 2017, 06:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Cool 2008 GT Personal Project Thread

Starting point : 101k miles
Goals: Restore car mechanically and cosmetically.

known issues:
1) [A] Broken driver side headlight bracket, weather stripping broken and foggy passenger headlight
2) [A] dented passenger side fender
3) [B] Both mirrors paint chipped
4) [C] rims badly road rash / gashed
5) [A] front bumper has screws / industrial glue from previous owners body kit
6) [D] wires hanging from LED under seat lighting between radio and glove-box
7) [E] Coolant thermostat failing
8) [F] Flex pipe needs replace
9) [F] Heat shields above Y-pipe, flex shield need securing / replace
10)[F] exhaust needs de rust/paint
11) [A] both front splash-guards loose
12) [A] under-engine splash-guard somewhat loose
13) [G] Sunroof derailed
14) [D] behind radio messy from led light/ aux cord wiring
14a)[H] Passenger door lock sometimes sticky

Maintenance to be attended to:
15) Oil last changed: 100k miles - Synthetic
16) [E] Coolant needs change
17) [I] Power steering fluid could use change
18) [I] Transmission service
19) [I] differential fluid to be changed (do eclipses come with LSDs? rookie question sorry) - nope

Extras:
20) [A] Headlight eyelids need paint and mounting
21) [O]Replace all rusty bolts/ nuts in engine bay
22) [J] repaint emblems/ gas door/ key hole matte black color
23) [J] tint third brake light and paint
24) [K]background paint tail lights black
24a) paint and tint silver fog lights
25) [L] Replace yellow bulbs for white LED
26) [A] re-mount license plate to set it offset
27) [M] heavy sand/ grind on calipers and repaint
28) [N] Paint fluid tanks in engine bay
29) [N] De rust / paint exhaust manifold heat shields
30) [N] Paint valve cover / intake manifold

Solutions / shit ill do: (materials)
1: Replace headlight housing to halos (headlight housings)
2: have replacement fender, need weather to be warm to paint and mount (Paint and clearcoat, mounting pins / bolts)
3: Sand / touchup mirrors, if looks bad consider replace (paint and clearcoat, sandpaper, primer, alcohol for cleaning)
4: Considering replacing currently, otherwise will sand and bondo back to fill gashes (metal bondo, primer, paint, clearcoat, sandpaper, painting tape/ gargage bags / index cards or something to cover tire, alc for clean)
5) Replace front bumper (new bumper, paint, clearcoat, sand paper, primer, alc)
6) drill hole through back of glovebox to re route (need drill)
7) Replace thermostat (ECT thermostat)
8) cut out old pipe, bracket new one in (flex pipe, exhaust brackets, red rtv OR welder, pipe conversion sections, need grinder)
9) Hose clamp heatshields above pipe, rip off under pipe, replace if really bad (hoseclamps, maybe heatshields)
10) grind, sand and paint exhaust to protect from rust in future (paint, primer, sandpaper, alc, wire brush, grinder)
11) put in more of those plastic pin things (plastic pins)
12) ^
13) snap sun roof back on rail (none)
14) just tighten up wires (none, maybe like zipties)
15) again at 110k (currently 101xxx) (syn oil)
16) change when weather nice (coolant, radiator flush)
17) change when weather nice (PS fluid)
18) change when weather nice (tranny fluid)
19) change when weather nice (gear oil)
20) (paint and clearcoat, sandpaper, primer, alcohol for cleaning)
21) replace all bolts ( new nuts and bolts)
22) (paint and clearcoat, sandpaper, primer, alcohol for cleaning)
23) (alc for cleaning, light tint)
24) replace tail light housing (tail light housing)
24a) Paint and tint fog lights (sand, paint ,primer, alc, light tint)
25) (new bulbs)
26) maybe will relocate within windshield, otherwise just drill holes to the side of new bumper (need drill)
27) disconnect brake line and remove caliper, will likely bleed brakes / likely replace brake lines for steel braided
28) (paint and clearcoat, sandpaper, primer, alcohol for cleaning)
29) (paint and clearcoat, sandpaper, primer, alcohol for cleaning)
30) (paint and clearcoat, sandpaper, primer, alcohol for cleaning)

Job order: some of these jobs be very convenient to do together
* - first priority, ** second and so on

****A) 1,2,5,11,12, 20, 26 - all of these jobs require the front bumper to be removed, and so I will do them all while the bumper is off
*******B) 3
*********C) 4
**********D) 6, 14 - these jobs require fucking around in the glovebox/ radio thing
**E) 7, 16 - jobs require dis assembling coolant system
*F)8,9,10,- jobs require cutting exhaust, jacking up car and getting under car
***********G) 13
************H) 14a
***I) 17,18 ,19 - no common thing, just doing fluid change day
*****J) 22, 23 - paint in area, paint day
*************K) 24
**************L) 25
*******M) 27
******N) 28, 29, 30 - common painting area
***************O)21


Thread is mostly for me but I will update as kind of a diary

Update: 3/19/2017 as plans for the car after the maintenance and problems are solved

I have plans to mod the car as follows:

1) Replace exhaust with nice catback or full exhaust, I know modding should start with suspension, but since my suspension is in good shape and it seems every day I find a new exhaust problem, this will be a priority for me
2) Coilover kit
3) going to restore the rims like I said, but will prob use as winter beaters, that being said im looking into new rims and tires
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Right on, nice and clean. Any modding plans?

Also, you can take a hair dryer on high or heat gun on low, and go over the seats. It'll tighten them up again and they'll look like new
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Right on, nice and clean. Any modding plans?

Also, you can take a hair dryer on high or heat gun on low, and go over the seats. It'll tighten them up again and they'll look like new
Theres the whole thing
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Hell of a list. Loving the black and blue, though. Excited to see what you do!
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Update 03/19/2017

Yesterday I completed job 8) Flex pipe replacement.

I used an angle grinder to cut off the old one and put in a 2.5 inch pipe in which replaced a 2.3 diameter pipe i believe. Anyways its only clamped on so I think im going to take it to a muffler shop or a mechanic to get it welded in to seal it because I can tell it is not air tight just by sound. Also to anyone that may need to do this, thank Mitsubishi for putting the pipe between the oil drain pan and the transmission, making cutting it out extremely stressful. Have not done the full job F like I planned, but it was cold, rainy and got dark so I will finish later, still need to secure heat-shields desperately because it makes my car sound like a 2 stroke.
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