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Old 08-27-2014, 09:52 PM
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I've had a few fun cars in the past; none such as the Charger that was posted, or that bad ass VW Cabriolet, but fun nonetheless.


My first vehicle, a 1988 Dodge Dakota Sport. It was in pretty damn good condition before all this happened. Unfortunately I don't have pictures when I was given it by my parents. It was a great truck. 5 speed, 239,000 miles and still ran like a top. Then it sat through two Minnesota winters and didn't turn over. I owned the vehicle before I knew how to change oil.



After the Dakota, I purchased a 1990 Dodge Dakota ES.



I found this vehicle for sale on CarDomain, when it was still a well setup website and on a good server. Custom taillights were pretty neat, had the Mitsu 6G72 which apparently had a port and polish on it. Didn't know anything about cars even with this vehicle. Was fast though, almost stayed neck and neck with a new SRT-4. Just like the Dakota, 5 speed as well.



Somewhere around this time I also purchased my Aunt's Chevy Metro. The transmission promptly took a dive, I gave the vehicle to my friend who also had a Metro. I don't have any pictures, but think of a 1996 Chevrolet Metro that's red, and there you have it.


My first delve into the import scene was with a 1994 Nissan Altima GXE. KA24DE 4 cylinder motor was great; very reliable. Unfortunately, I bought it with a bad clutch and had to deal with a slip quite frequently. Still, I have not yet changed oil on a vehicle, let alone a belt or anything else. Later on, I managed to clip a deer, crushing the passenger side. Time for a new car. Sold it to a friend who ditched it in the winter.




Presenting a 1994 Mitsubishi Eclipse base model. 4G37 equipped with the manual transmission of course. It was this car that gave me a love, and respect, for mechanics. It gave me the love for vehicles; work on them, improve them, learn about them, study them, and go to college to become an ASE certified mechanic.













I purchased the vehicle not knowing anything of DSMs, or the joint venture with Mopar. This car, along with the community at DSM1Eights, many of which I'm still in contact with, have taught me many things, as well as I've taught them.

After purchasing the vehicle, the thermostat stuck closed and overheated. I wasn't ready to give up on it as I just purchased it. With help from a friend, we swapped the engine and transmission completely, filled with coolant. And then, after the whole swap, I did my first oil change.

(The 'aluminum foil' on the intake is actual duct insulation. I was too poor to afford an intake sock, and this works just the same, though it looks ghetto as hell)

Later on though, this engine that I swapped would finally give out due to rod knock and a burnt valve. I would eventually scrap the car; this was the saddest decision I had made as I had spent hours of blood, sweat, tears, hope, and love with this car.
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While the Eclipse was down, I needed to use my father's vehicle once again, which he had sold to his current job and we 'bought' back. A 1990/88 Dodge Caravan C/V LP equipped.











As you can see, I got bored and decided it needed an intake, because, why the hell not? This van was definitely a work van. Immediately upon acquiring the vehicle I changed the oil, noticed the thermostat was bad, driver's door wouldn't close completely and neither would the sliding door. Windows wouldn't roll down, radio didn't work, didn't have third gear in the three speed junk transmission, but it would go through everything and travel to and from the Lutsen Mountain ski resort daily. Also, it could easily beat a 1G manual trans Avenger in a quarter mile.

After searching online for another cheap car with intent on moving to another city, I had a friend check out this.

Another Metro, but this time a 1994.





This car would have been excellent; great gas mileage, lightweight. But it did have a certain problem; burning exhaust valves, starting with valve 3.

I used this $600 car for a while. After a tune up I couldn't go over 40. Figured the exhaust valves were burnt completely and I bought a pub. Turns out, after my third Metro (to come!) the Chilton's guide is wrong about how to route the spark plug wires. They were installed incorrectly, thus misfiring and not able to get over 40. I sold the car for next to nothing, unfortunately. It was a great car!

From there I inherited my father's Ford Ranger, which, two weeks later, was totaled by a young teenager.



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The frame being bent, I collected the insurance money and bought my first 'real' tuner car.

A 1990 Eagle Talon TSi AWD. Some modifications, but more were to come.







CXRacing radiator, VRSpeed Factory FMIC, S16G, 3" turbo back into Magnaflow muffler, 550CC injectors, 255 Walbro, short throw shifter, slim fans, ECMLink, '99 Mustang GT wheels, lowered, boost set at 20; this car could haul. With three people she'd keep up with a modded WRX STi with one person driving. Winters were great.

And now for a daily driver while the Talon can rest and be worked on.

A Cheverolet Cavalier base with, sadly, an automatic transmission. This only lasted for a short while.




And now bought for $300, the most reliable vehicle I've ever owned.









This truck started on every day of the year; from 90+ to -20. It was reliable, stout, and the most trustworthy thing with 4WD. Unfortunately, I traded it for another DSM, which wasn't too well cared for.
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I found a person willing to trade a truck, any condition, for a 1990 Mitsubishi Eclipse. I needed something with better mileage and little more fun to boot.







Only the exhaust was done on this vehicle. I figured that I could use this as another DD project car. Turns out the balance shaft belt broke and took out the timing belt after a month. This car was torn apart and shell scrapped. It was great while it lasted though!

From there I had to drive the Talon as a DD.

During this period, the fiancee, after selling her crappy 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier with terrible Pacesetter exhaust, bought a 1993 Mazda MX-3 with a manual transmission and the B6 engine.









We only did sound modifications to this vehicle as it was a DD, so in went my sub and amp and I purchased her new speakers along with a Digital Media Receiver. This car is still in service with over 200,000 miles. It. Is. Excellent. She loved this car, and Mazda, so much that she purchased another.
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A 1992 Mazda MX-3 KL-ZE swap.







The hard, and expensive work, being over, I have to still clean up messes created by the previous owner. It's a great car; fun, fast, handles well, and is frightening enough to be driven daily, but won't be driven daily, since it's a great project to have.
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Rep Power: 6
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Default Cars I've Owned Post 6

The Talon snapped it's timing belt as well from, sad to say, my neglect. The vehicle is being sold to a friend who will use it in his DSM build that will reach an easy 500+ numbers.

From the Talon I went to, yet another, Metro. This time a terrible 1998 Chevrolet Metro. It was rusted everywhere, ran terribly, had bad wheel bearings, and the exhaust was junk. After I was finished, the mechanical parts were fixed; exhaust done cat back straight through, rear wheel bearings and brake job, fan switch in place, cooling problems taken care of, etc.















I ended up selling it after finding that, like all G10 engines, had a 50 PSi reading on cylinder 3. A bad exhaust valve.
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