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Caffinated Soap's 3000GT

Just drove it home Sunday. I've already switched her over to Mobil 1 Pure Synthetic. ;)

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I know, the front bumper is chipped on the bottom. It's the only part on the car that is though. I plan on doing something to that black strip and having the entire bumper repainted.

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I love the way that spoiler looks on the car.

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I tried to make the metallic finish shine in the sunlight. You can kinda see it in this shot.

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Falkens sitting on stock rims. That'll change. But not before the engine. ;)

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I love those center gauges. I think the interior looks great for a car that's this old.

That's all I've got right now. I'll post s'more after I get some mods under my belt again. :p
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Looks great! How many miles on her?
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an automatic? cmon!!!! i'd have kept the trep!!! j/k

what are your plans?
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Hey that interior looks exactly like the Dodge Stealth my brother had ... do you think same car? J/K... funny to hear one of those called old I remember driving my brothers car brand new from the dealer... I was the first one to drive it because I talked him into buying a stick even though he had never driven one.

I hope it doesn't have the 12v version of the 3.0L.... I smoked my brother in my Probe GT. Although quality wise the Stealth had it all over my Probe GT... too bad you got an auto the standard transmission on the Stealth was just too sweet... really short throws and a quick clutch...

Anyway nice car I always liked the styling of the 3000GT over the Stealth

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non turbo, AT, FWD model?!?!?! I thought you were going for a faster, better car?

Just kidding, congrats on the new ride
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So when does the TT/AWD conversion start?
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It starts this spring. :p Seriously. I'm ordering my new engine at the end of this month, and I'm gonna see if I can get some 15g's by the end of the year. I'm gonna drop the engine in as soon as winter's over. The ATX FWD model is definately the cheapest one of them all. I just bought the car so I could get around until I muster the cash for my horsepower mods.

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I say: Let The Ricing Begin!!!!!!!!!!!! :gross_07:
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How much do you plan on paying for a turbo engine?
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It's got 106k miles, and has the 24v DOHC V6 engine. The only thing that was wrong with it was that he said it was losing oil somehow and didn't want to spend the money to fix it. When we got there, I looked underneath the car and saw the drain plug dripping oil, and tightened it back to the pan. It hasn't leaked or burned any oil since then. Great deal if you ask me. :p

On the engine I'm gonna go with a MitsuParts.net one. I don't know yet if I'm gonna build a high compression/low boost (FWD TT conversion style) or low compression/high boost (VR-4 stock style) engine yet. I'm thinking for my design it might be more sensible to go with the high compression low boost so a tuning device would be able to compensate for my different sized injectors a little more easily. The only downside to that is that it's less powerful unless I bore the engine and get larger pistons. Though it would be more reliable. Many people twin turboing the 10:1 compression engines are getting 100+ hp by adding the turbos alone. I really like those numbers.

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I suggest against high compression, if you are planing on making a lot (350+) of power with this car.

I would also suggest just getting larger turbos from the get go, rather then getting stockers and upgrading later.

Wow. $2500 for that motor.

Seems like a lot of people are turboing thier NA motors. I wonder if the motors are of the same strength. I know the TT motor has higher flow heads.

For $2500 (or just over) you could your motor built with forged pistons. As long as you just sent the block alone to the machine shop, and have them just put together the bottom end for you. Makes labor cheaper then having them disassemble and reassemble the whole motor.
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They're much cheaper on eBay. I don't know why they list them so high on the web site when they sell for half that on eBay.

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Nice............I want to trade in the Laser in a few years for a Stealth, so I know how you feel. The interior of the Laser really resembles your 3000GT ;)



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Seems like a lot of people are turboing thier NA motors. I wonder if the motors are of the same strength. I know the TT motor has higher flow heads.

For $2500 (or just over) you could your motor built with forged pistons. As long as you just sent the block alone to the machine shop, and have them just put together the bottom end for you. Makes labor cheaper then having them disassemble and reassemble the whole motor.
The engine blocks are identical. Same bore, same stroke. Only the piston compression changes (from 10:1 to 8:1). There are some differences through the years that will vary an engine's strength. The '91 and '92 engines have a cast crank. Later years used a forged crank. Doing further research, it's looking like I'm going to just get a spare engine and machine it to accept some larger 8.5:1 pistons (upping engine displacement to ~3.15L from 3.0L) and throw some big turbos on there, and buy a MAP ECU piggyback for tuning. Many, many more features than a SAFC and a lot less expensive than an AEM standalone ECU.

Anybody see any reason why that wouldn't at least put me to 450 crank hp?

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It depends highly on what turbochargers you use, and how much boost you run.

Definatly go with a forged crank engine though. Otherwise that will be your limiting factor later on. Also try to use the high flow heads from a turbo engine. If you use a used crankshaft, have it reground (if needed), or polished. Use quality bearings (matched to the regrind size). The main and rod bearings don't have much surface area on that engine. You need to use good ones, and keep them well oiled (with a slightly heavy oil).

Does someone accually make oversized pistons in that size? Or are you talking about getting ones custom made? Oversized pistons will definatly help with spool time, and torque.

With that piggyback, make sure that you are always pulling back fuel, and not adding it. Go with slightly larger injectors then you need, then just pull back fuel on the piggy back. Try to get the injectors closely matched to your power output. Try to tune too far with that piggy back, and you will start getting check engine lights. But a piggy back system is a much better place to start then standalone. Standalones are a bit harder to tune.
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