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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-26-2011, 12:56 AM Thread Starter
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Thought I'd post some pics of my Intrepid!

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Pretty Clean Engine Bay (for 10 years old)
But the headlights need some login, I'm thinking about retrofitting Quad Bi-Xenon's in the housings. Or rather buying another set of housings for her when I have the cash, and retrofitting them.

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I love this car already! Can't wait to get to modding it to how I want her to look.

First things first, I'm going to be tearing off that bra.... I'm not even sure it's for this car, and I don't like the ratty look it's giving off... I'll probably replace it though, I like the protection it offers.

****New Pictures after the polish of headlights****

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12/12/2011

Well, another exciting day with this car.... I couldn't figure out why the stereo wasn't working, so while the Wife and Kids were at a function, I decided to pull the radio out a bit in the parking lot, and take a look.

I'm not impressed.....

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Some bonehead went and hacked the harness... Fortunately he/she left enough wire for me to soldier the connections back in. I left the fuse out for this mess, and can't wait to see what else comes of this! There was power going to the radio, but no sound... all the wires were just hanging in the back of the unit, and only the power and ground had electrical tape on them. A shocking discovery for sure!

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-26-2011, 01:52 AM
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Nice looking 2nd Gen you have there. Yea, ditch the bra - I'm liking the idea of the clear stick on bras myself...

I like the red color, the power plant, and the wheels... it is about what I'll look for if I take the 2nd gen plunge...
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Nice looking 2nd Gen there. Give that engine bay a good cleaning and might want to blacken the tail lights.

Late!
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Welcome.... Nice to see another 01 ES on the site!!! Keep the hood bra and just get rid of the lower bra!!!
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I trashed them both today. I'm going to replace it with a full face mask, Possibly a clear bra. I would have kept the hood bra, but it was unstitching itself, and tearing.

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You could have offered it for someone to buy, someone may have been interested in repairing it.

Nice looking ride by the way..... Schweet!
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You could have offered it for someone to buy, someone may have been interested in repairing it.

Nice looking ride by the way..... Schweet!
The material was sunbaked, and falling apart, I would have stitched it back together myself if it were worth saving.

Thanks! I like her too!
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Hey! Just wanted to do a little update.

I've finished my finals this week, and have been able to do a little bit of work on the Trep.

I polished the headlights, and did a little work on the fogs. I was a little timid about doing the headlights, but decided that I really couldn't do to bad.

Stuff I used:
0 - 2,500 rpm drill (Corded)
3M polishing kit (included sandpaper, and drill adapter)
Meguiars polishing kit (included polishing compound and polishing pad on drill bit)
Microfiber towels (shop towels would work OK)
Spray Bottle with Water in it

I started off with the 3M kit, and used the sanding pads to sand off the grime and such. I wetted the pads, and then soaked the headlights with water. As I was sanding a slurry built up, and I frequently removed it by spraying water on the lens and pad (you will get a little dirty doing this).

After I had sanded with the rough sandpaper, I continued until I got to the single sponge looking sander (not the orange polisher), and after using this, the headlight looked like I had started out, only without as many scratches, and the lenses were noticeably clearer.

I then polished the headlights with the Meguiars Plastex compound (which looked like lotion). The headlights looked great afterword, and I could defiantly tell a deference at night!

If you're a rookie (like I am), I would recommend this method to you for sure!

Things to watch out for:

DON'T let the headlight get dry at all while sanding! I did put a mark in the headlight when I let the white sandpaper run out of water. I'll have to re-sand the unit to get this mark out...

Don't use a drill over 2,500 Rpm, unless you want to stand there with a hose and sand the headlights. At 2,500 Rpm I was having to spray and sand at the same time, this made for slow progress. Instead I used approximately 1/2 of the drill's speed, and was able to get at least two passes over the headlight before re-spraying (in ~40 degree weather). Even at ~40 degrees, the friction heat from sanding at 2,500Rpm dried out the lens fast.

Be carful of getting close to the paint with the sander. Might sound dumb to say this, but I did rub the paint in a couple areas on the bumper with the "pad holder," even with the tape that came with the kit. Solution? open the hood, and put extra layers of tape, this will minimize any damage you may cause.

Take your time! I spent at least 45 min on each headlight, and another 15 min per foglight. If your new at this, it might be a good idea to allot about 3 hours, and enjoy the process.

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I hope this will help someone, I know I enjoyed working on the car, and even used the Meguiars polish to spiff up the badge on the hood! She buffed up nicely, and looks almost new. The headlights however.... I'll have to pull them apart to polish the insides to clear up the slight fog that still exists. If I am to do that, I'll be installing Morimoto Mini projectors in them at that time.

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Looks nice. You'll get plenty of mod ideas from this site for sure.
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Looks nice. You'll get plenty of mod ideas from this site for sure.
Got a list started already! LOL!!!
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nice car...i like how the paint colour matches the horizontal red plastic on the trunk lid....thats always kinda bugged me ...i wish Chrysler had made the trunk solid metal.....but with your colour, it blends in nicely
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Purdy! I like it much better without the bra!
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Purdy! I like it much better without the bra!
I do too!!!! If I ever replace it, it will be with a clear bra, or some nice thick wax.....
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nice car...i like how the paint colour matches the horizontal red plastic on the trunk lid....thats always kinda bugged me ...i wish Chrysler had made the trunk solid metal.....but with your colour, it blends in nicely
The only reason I like the plastic reflector is for the ability to put LED lights in it. Only one of many mods I'll do with LED's back there.
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