Thursday, October 01, 2015


Since the last post, I've been working on polishing the head, with a side jaunt last night to polish one of the engine lift brackets.  Getting the head to a smooth mirror polish is not for the faint of heart or for those lacking patience.  The mold joints are all quite rough, along with quite a few mold defects.  Mitsubishi was rushing to get these done as their popularity at the time was through the roof.  This meant that not every aspect of items not seen were cleaned up during the production process.  I've used a dremel tool with a wand extension for most of the work, using cutting discs, cutting burrs, and sanding drums so far for most of the work.  So here's pics of the progress on it over the past week or so as well as the bracket along side a bracket I haven't touched for comparison:

Saturday, September 26, 2015

4g63 lifter cleaning

Again, as promised, my first auto related video.  For anyone wanting to know how to clean out hydraulic lifters, in my case, after a spun rod bearing.

Pics of Eclipse Progress

As promised here are some pics of some of the progress so far over the last month and a half or so.  As time permits, I'll upload tech videos / make tech articles on what's been done so far.  Hey, as a bonus, I produced my first video (not recorded, produced) tonight and will be uploading that shortly as well!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Eclipse progress

I had thought I would wait until I was able to process the video from each step I've taken before posting, but now I remember that to keep an audience, you can't go for a month without any updates. So I now plan on posting updates whenever I complete something, hopefully including pics, then posting how to / progress videos as I process them.
Over the last month, I did pull the motor, bagging all the components as I removed everything.  Seeing as how this is my first motor rebuild, I'm taking it slow and being thorough. I've spent the most time on the head so far, cleaning it, inspecting it, and doing a stage 1 port job.  I think over the next week or so I will go ahead and polish it while it's out.  Luckily, everything is in spec so I don't have to have any machining done to it (other than my own).
I have to give a big shout of thanks to Jafromobile on YouTube, as his videos have been invaluable and fascinating.
Sorry for the slow progress, but as a father of 2 active high school girls, a 10 year old son, and a wonderful wife with medical issues (hopefully soon to be fixed), things progress more sluggishly than I'd like.
Tonight when I get home I'll post a few pics of my progress so far.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Eclipse rebuild

My 1998 Eclipse GST suffered a spun rod bearing on my way to Stillwater back in 2005.  It sat until 2009 when I attempted to just replace the rod bearing and see if it would run.

A couple days later it was apparent it wouldn't.  It has sat since then, waiting for me to have the time to tear it apart.
I've been working on it for the past month or two when I have the time and now it's ready to pull the motor.  Over the next month or so, I'll be posting the motor rebuild.  I purchased a short block back in March, rebuilt by BogusSVO off the DSMTuners forums.  It has ARP rod bolts and studs as well as being prepped for balance shaft removal (no shafts and welds to block the front shaft oil holes).

The next post or two will be the removal of items needed to pull the motor.
I may start making videos of the rebuild process, we'll see if I have time for that.
Stay tuned!