dodint wrote:I only say that because I've researched my Nordschleife trips a few times and they have full time spotters that hang out there ID'ing cars all day. I imagine other venues like that do it as well.
Nice, good looking out. Although I could just go north to zee autobahn with it also... What a boring job that would be.
dodint wrote:500hp '92 Eclipse? Awesome value.
Yes, yes it was. Started as my senior design project in college. I did most of the machining and my friend and I did all the wrenching/tuning. Very cheap, almost super car performance.
The parts list:
The car: good body, blown motor $750
.020 over JE forged pistons $400 on Eagle stroker rods (2.4L displacement instead of 2.0) ~$350. ARP rod bolts $75
ported/polished head Free! 1mm os stainless valves $250. BC 272 cams with BC titanium beehive springs/retainers. Guessing $1k. ARP head studs. $150 Cheap ass felpro head gasket (was my "fuse", bad things happen $50 part and 2 hours to fix instead of blowing holes in expensive pistons)
Junkyard Holset HX40 $250 (from dodge cummins diesel pickup). Cast iron exhaust manifold to fit head and T3/T4 turbo $300 (couldn't spring for the custom equal length stainless pretty one). Cheap Chinese cx racing front mount intercooler and 3" piping $400ish ( can't remember dimensions, but had to cut bumper supports to make it fit.). Stainless o2 sensor housing and used 3" stainless down pipe and exhaust with a functional fart can. ($300). Ran 38 PSI, controlled by a Home Depot made manual boost controller ($50), used HKS blowoff valve with open dump ($50), loud as hell.
Walbro 255L/hr fuel pump $(200) feeding 1150cc/min injectors ($500), controlled by a piggyback system on my ecu that connected to my laptop called DSMlink ($600). <insert stupid F&F "danger to manifold" reference here>
Transmission/clutch. Stock transmission rebuilt by Shep racing in Columbus (he ran 7's in his talon and knew how to build a bombproof tranny that still did the 1/2 shift like butter ($3k, ouch, but got tired of grenading them and changing one without a lift sucked) Tilton twin disc carbon/carbon clutch and aluminum flywheel ($1300ish).
Suspension: KYB adjustables with Eibach springs ($700, not great by miles above stock)
Brakes: early 90 model year "big brake" calipers (junkyard) cross drilled rotors (I forget) and ebc pads.
Appearance: stock wheels, faded stock paint, only thing that gave me away was the fart can and the triple gauge pod on my a pillar. Oh and the two step if someone wanted to play at the light, that was a dead giveaway.
Launched that sucker at 3900 rpm, when it built around 15 psi. That clutch was like an on/off switch! Launch any higher, 4wd burnout or output shaft carnage, any lower bog city, but the two step integrated into DSMlink made it idiotproof. On the road it loved wot from 3500 up to 8300. If I didn't stroke it, could of went to 9500.
I miss it so, but was tuning on a long straight stretch of back road to get the right amount of fuel to it at wot in 5th, stupid, but went by a cop with the speedo buried (it went to 145
) so I just kept going, got in the twisty back roads and took it to my friends garage where a sale that didn't hurt the financial side too bad was done in a week.
Now I'm married and drive a company Taurus and my wife drives a 2004 Altima with the 3.5 sport package (for sale cheap since I'm moving in the near future.)
Total: ~$11k without whatever I forgot/broke along the way along with a lot of hard work and knowledge.
I will return with an evo or STI once I settle in a place long enough to get a house and a garage. More than likely an evo since I'm familiar with it, although I think I'd like to play with an older M3. Had a buddy find one with engine issues cheap and yanked to problem child out and dropped and LS in it
The rear end on the M did not like.