RexSeven SuperDork
Oct. 21, 2012 2:52 p.m.

After asking a lot of stupid questions and looking at a lot of crapboxes, I have finally found my winter beater - a 1993 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX.

It has 168K miles on the clock. The PO has had a lot of mechanical work done to it, including a new timing belt at 165K miles in May, valve cover gasket, rear control arms, rear diff seal, and so on- all receipts included. The car drives well with no leaks or smoke, it holds boost, no odd noises. Came with shifter bushings, a rear strut tower bar, and a turbo-back exhaust (it's emissions-exempt). Most of the issues with it are cosmetic - including that stupid biohazard symbol painted on the hood.

That will be replaced or repainted post-haste. Besides that, the sunroof needs a new latch, the headliner and hatch plastics/liner are missing, and the previous-previous owner also did the crappy rust repair on the fenders.

The left door also has some surface rust on the frame. It should still pass MA safety inspection. Basically, I plan to replace all the missing interior bits, get patch panels for the fenders, and try to flip the Eclipse once winter is over. Oh, and I will rallycross it at least once.

Spinout007 SuperDork
Oct. 21, 2012 3:06 p.m.

Nice, project thread time?

RexSeven SuperDork
Oct. 21, 2012 4:07 p.m.

I will make a project thread later this week.

CSB: When my dad saw the biohazard symbol on the hood, he just shook his head. Then he told me about his first car, a Chevy Vega, and the sweet Trans-Am-style screamin' chicken it had on the hood when he bought it. Just thought that was amusing.

bastomatic Dork
Oct. 21, 2012 4:15 p.m.

I for one like the Biohazard symbol.

HappyAndy Dork
Oct. 21, 2012 5:26 p.m.

Sounds like an ideal candidate for a plasti-dip paint job.

Goid score BTW.

irish44j UltraDork
Oct. 21, 2012 5:29 p.m.

The band Biohazard approves

92CelicaHalfTrac MegaDork
Oct. 21, 2012 5:35 p.m.

I assume you paid next to nothing for it?

That looks... pretty clean. I almost covet it.

RexSeven UltraDork
Oct. 21, 2012 7:19 p.m.

Less than Challenge price. Not much less, but less. Considering some of the overprices crapboxes I've seen, I think I paid a fair price. You're not going to find much around here that costs less, passes inspection, and has all the maintenance receipts, even appliance cars. About the only abnormal thing are the missing interior panels, and that's no biggie to me considering I had to replace many of the center console panels in my N/A FC.

Secretariata Reader
Oct. 21, 2012 7:58 p.m.

So were you or the car kicking and screaming?

RexSeven UltraDork
Oct. 21, 2012 8:00 p.m.

Neither. Though the seller might have been (he's a certified DSM nut, having owned three 1st. gens.). It was a play on the typical "Look what followed me home" posts you usually see.

novaderrik UltraDork
Oct. 21, 2012 8:30 p.m.

so you are going to fix up a car that you claim you bought as a winter beater? isn't it the main point of a "beater" that you don't have to worry about making it nice and keeping it that way?

regarding the hood: Joe Dirt doesn't approve..

pinchvalve UltimaDork
Oct. 21, 2012 8:33 p.m.

love it.

ultraclyde Dork
Oct. 21, 2012 9:04 p.m.

Man, the sunroof is huge. Nice find.

StatusPerformance New Reader
Oct. 21, 2012 10:19 p.m.

Nice car, I've always liked this body style.

dean1484 UltraDork
Oct. 22, 2012 12:00 a.m.

I hate you I have looked for one of those on and off for quite some time and I can never find one worth the $$$$ or they are complete pieces of ... . OR they are in peices as the PO takes them apart and bails

CLNSC3 HalfDork
Oct. 22, 2012 1:08 a.m.

Nice winter ride, I have always wanted a dsm

pres589 SuperDork
Oct. 22, 2012 8:25 a.m.

Eh, biohazard warning on the hood makes sense if the emissions controls & such have been removed or disabled.

Oct. 22, 2012 9:37 a.m.

I'm thinking medical delivery with the biohazard symbol.

4cylndrfury UltimaDork
Oct. 22, 2012 9:46 a.m.

I have turbo awd DSM lust...nice score.

z31maniac PowerDork
Oct. 22, 2012 10:05 a.m.
novaderrik wrote: so you are going to fix up a car that you claim you bought as a winter beater? isn't it the main point of a "beater" that you don't have to worry about making it nice and keeping it that way? regarding the hood: Joe Dirt doesn't approve..

He said he was going to try to flip it next spring.

4g63t HalfDork
Oct. 22, 2012 12:29 p.m.

Keep me in mind!

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