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Old 04-05-2010, 07:22 PM   #1
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Well, i got the urge to start tinkering with the car and i was hoping it would pass, and well... The urge didn't go away, so 2 weeks ago i moved the Eclipse to the garage to start the long and painful process of making her breath again. Plans aren't completely decided but its going to be gone through bumper to bumper. all i can say is it will still be a 5 speed, it will be pretty, and it will be fast.

For those that dont know, a fucktard tried to paint my car a while back and yea... that didnt work worth a shit. from talking to people the best guess is that aside from the fact that he cant paint to save his life, he got some contaminate in his air supply or paint or both that ruined not only his paint, but ate and pitted the factory paint as well. so, the only solution is to remove ALL of the paint he sprayed and all of the factory paint underneath it as well down to bare metal. this is the engine bay, exterior and the hatch area.

Heres what started it all...



And then the start of the paint pain in the ass


The "attempt" at paint. looks okay from a distance, but upclose its sandpaper and flaked all to hell

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Old 04-05-2010, 07:24 PM   #2
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In the Garage:




Then after about ten days of work. shitty paint is almost all gone, still some work in the engine bay, wiper cowl, and tail light area. all interior is gone minus steering wheel and ebrake, glass is all removed. Doors and hatch are off.




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Old 04-05-2010, 07:25 PM   #3
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Engine Bay is GAY! sucks alot, but its getting there







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Old 04-05-2010, 07:26 PM   #4
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After about 10 more hours of work in the engine bay, Ive finally got those corner crevasse that are such a pita to get to and the wiper cowl which also is a MAJOR pain in the ass all stripped and sanded down.

Also dropped the front and rear sub frames and fuel tank. front sub frame needs a bolt hole and a few bushings replaced and while its out it will get cleaned up and painted as well. Fuel tank is going for 2 reasons, number one is i dont need it anymore, and number 2 is im tired of smelling the damn thing. haha.















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Old 04-05-2010, 08:02 PM   #5
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Well, here is the Radiator support that's going on to replace the old one with some damage from prior modifications (intercoolers and such)



Front mount damage from huge pipes running under the headlights


Old Side mount pipes damage


Going to be removing the spare tire well and replacing it with some flat sheet metal to mount the Fuel cell and n2o bottle


Fuel door that's getting filled in and molded to the body.


A/C holes in the engine bay that are going to be welded up as well before painting
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Old 04-05-2010, 09:02 PM   #6
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Looks like quite a bit of work done here! what color you gonna paint it?
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Old 04-05-2010, 09:19 PM   #7
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Looks great man, but have you ever considered bead blasting or were you just wanting something to do?
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Old 04-06-2010, 12:01 AM   #8
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Nice project!!
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Old 04-06-2010, 07:22 AM   #9
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Nice pics man.Keep us updated on your progress!!
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wow.. you have spent alot of time on this already!!! Gonna be nice when completed though. Knudos for not cutting corners
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Let me know if you want me to move this to the projects section and I'll get that done for ya.


Lots of work getting that thing down to bare metal, but you're doing the right thing.
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Old 04-06-2010, 03:25 PM   #12
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Great job already! Keep us updated...
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Looks great man, but have you ever considered bead blasting or were you just wanting something to do?
sand blasting was a choice, but it would have left pits and a rough surface, and using walnut shells (media blasting i assume is the same) was pricey. i got a fair amount of it off with some heavy duty paint stripper, and then the rest with a DA (poor air compressor),a wire wheel on the drill and alot of elbow grease.
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Looks like quite a bit of work done here! what color you gonna paint it?
undecided, either a matte black or a dark charcoal color.
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Old 04-06-2010, 04:58 PM   #15
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Looks good, glad to see you decided to keep the car and fix it. I remember back in the day it was always a really clean car & sure it will be even better when your done with it this time
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Old 04-19-2010, 08:06 PM   #16
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Old radiator support gone, cleaned up and getting ready to weld the new one on


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New support on and the car outside to get some more sandblasting done,





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damn...you have been doin work!

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Jesus! puttin in work for real. Bet your neighbors are like WTF, lol
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Time attack car winner!!!

Looks like someone is doing some work. That driveway is begging for mercy. Damn that is a lot of dust.
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Time attack car winner!!!

Looks like someone is doing some work. That driveway is begging for mercy. Damn that is a lot of dust.
Drive cleaned up nice, only took an hour. hahah
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Jesus! puttin in work for real. Bet your neighbors are like WTF, lol
they are cool, i dont make noise after 9, and they like asking questions. mainly what type of car it was. haha
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