Purchased a 98 Eclipse GST

I purchased a 98 Eclipse GST on Monday night that has a bad vehicle speed sensor. I was thinking I would just pull the motor out of it and build it to put in the VR4, but when I got there, the car looked too nice to take apart haha. Going to replace the speed sensor this week, if that fixes it, that car may be my new DD while the VR4 is down.

So now I am still looking for a motor for the VR4, but I’ll have an Eclipse to toy around with in the mean time!

I don’t really intend to do much to the Eclipse, but I’m going to track the builds for both the VR4 and Eclipse here going forward since I do have a couple of things I would like to do with the Eclipse too. One of those things is that I am going to get a Forced Four shift box for it and try to set up some paddle shifters. I also plan on upgrading to a 20G turbo for a little bit of extra fun. ATX ~350-400HP Eclipse will make for a fun daily driver. We’ll see what happens with the Eclipse, but right now it is bone stock and will stay that way for a little while so that the funds will be going towards the VR4.

VR4 plan is still a 4G63 swap with a billet Holset HX40 on E85. I’m still planning to keep it a manual 5 speed currently. 600-700awhp will be pretty nice for that car, I’ll still be able to drive it on the street and enjoy it at the track as well.

Engine bay part out in progress!

Engine bay part out in progress!

I’ve pulled and sold a lot of stuff already and working on getting the engine and transmission out in the next couple of weeks. Making room for the new 2.4L built 4G motor and transmission that I’ll be picking up next weekend for it!

I found a good deal on a built 2.4L, so the plan has changed a little from my original idea of a built 6 bolt block. I’m still planning to go with a billet HX40 turbo for now and should hopefully have it all back together with all of the new stuff by the first week of February if all goes as planned! After I get it all back together with the new stuff, it will be tuned then going to paint probably closer to the end of February.

Update 12/11/2016

I received my Cianci widebody vented fenders that I’ve been wanting for years! I’ve also purchased a 99 front bumper over the weekend that should arrive any day now. I had been going back and forth with the idea of doing a 99 front end for awhile now and decided to give it a go. I’m going to keep my 98 front bumper to modify it and make it accept the 99 corner lights and I’ll most likely put it back on the car after that. I like the 98 front end more, but like the 99 corner lights more. I’ll try out the 99 front end and see if it grows on me.

I got my 5 bar AEM MAP sensor installed in the back of my plenum over the weekend. I want to try to get the AEM all set up for my 6G motor so that I can learn a little bit before switching to the 4G motor. I’m still waiting for an aluminum pipe that I ordered to go in place of where my GM MAF used to be to weld in the bung for the IAT sensor to. Car will probably be down until the second week of January due to time restraints of the holidays.

I’m still searching for a built 6 bolt 4G63 and transmission/transfer case for it. I’m very excited to get this thing all together!

I’ve sold a lot of the aftermarket parts that I had installed on my car including the Chrome ECU, LCDBC, MAFT, and some other random little things.

Update 12/06/2016

Well, the car is down for the time being. I sold my Chrome ECU and bought a stock ECU to throw in there until I had time to get my AEM EMS v2 set up. Sadly, the stock ECU ended up being bad and the car was not drivable with it. Thankfully the seller returned it and I got my money back, but the car is down for now until I can figure out this AEM stuff. Hopefully I’ll get it back up and running this weekend if all goes well.