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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-14-2005, 01:08 AM Thread Starter
 
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New Member, and 2G Intrepid Restoration Project

Hello everyone, I am a new member here
I did not know that this site was for Concordes as well. I've had one (2001 LXi) for 3 years now. I also have an '05 Chrysler Pacifica and a '99 Dodge Intrepid.
But the main reason I joined the site is I'm going to need a LOT of help with my Intrepid.
A little backstory is in order:
We originally got this car for my brother who was a senior in highschool at the time (Mistake #1). Its a used 1999 Intrepid 2.7L with 60k miles on it which we thought he will be using just for school commute and the occasional mall trips (Mistake #2).
Fast forward to the present: I hear that his car is in the shop due to a major breakdown. After talking to the mechanic and interviewing several people who had the inside scoop on what happened, this is the info I gathered:
1. He took the car off-road and got the car stuck in deep mud.
2. His "friend" tried to tow the car out of the mud by tying a chain to the car but tied the chain to the wrong part of the car, thus causing more damage to the car.
3. The mechanic also told us that they picked up some fault codes when they hooked up the OBD, which leads us to think that this car had popped up the "check engine" light a few times and my brother did not bring it in.

Total hit at the auto shop: $1300.00 for this episode.
Overall, my brother treated this nice car like crap (so much grattitude for someone who just gave you a $12k car).

So I take the car away from him and HOPE that this car is still worth saving. In its present condition, chances of a decent trade-in value is nil. I may still be able to restore this car and it could make its living as my mother's commuter car for her short drive to work everyday.

Below are pictures of the car the day I took it back, and another set after I tried to clean and restore the engine bay. I'm sure there are still some damaged parts out there but I'll see them once I spend more time with the car.

BEWARE! Graphic Images!
Set 1: Before restoration project: Yuck! is an understatement.





Set 2: After Restoration project:
You will not believe how much gunk I had to remove from this engine bay.
I'm still going to do another inspection of the engine bay to make sure all parts are still roadworthy.





Again, I am still hoping that this car is not beyond salvation.

Of course, I had to sneak in pictures of my other rides





Take care everyone,
John

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OMG what is your brother address I need to have a little face time with him. You can not treat a Trep like that and what appears to be a silver one also. Just give me five minutes alone with him. (Just joking)

Looks like you are doing a good job so just keep up the good work and keep us posted. I like your vehicles.
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3. The mechanic also told us that they picked up some fault codes when they hooked up the OBD, which leads us to think that this car had popped up the "check engine" light a few times and my brother did not bring it in.
Welcome aboard John! Do you know which codes that your PCM threw out?
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Welcome aboard and yeah, we need to have a talk with your brother and knock some sense out of him By the way, nice job cleaning the engine bay area
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welcome to the site, enjoy and have fun!!!!
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Welcome to the site. And make sure that 2.7 has some full synthetic oil in it, if not already.
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<--- uncovering eyes...... I'm glad i didn't see those pic of that 1999 2.7L engine bay... Welcome to the site, and I nice looking rides!!!! Does your pacifica has the Auto Stick option? Oh yea, those are a bit&h to align.
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Thanks for the warm welcome and the encouragement
I'm sure I'll be taking a big dent in my bank account to get this car roadworthy again. But I believe that this car's got heart and will make it worth the effort.
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Welcome to the site. Nice rides and great job cleaning the engine bay!
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what did u use to restore/take out all that gunk off the engine area?
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what did u use to restore/take out all that gunk off the engine area?
* Blood, Sweat and Tears
* carwash soap
* 2 cans of engine degreaser
* 2 pieces of old toothbrush
* Garden hose with the nozzle set to "jet"
* Armor All
* 1 roll of standard electrical tape

Basicaly what I did first was try to cover all the electrical contacts with plastic (saran-wrap) and hose down the engine bay to remove the dirt. Then scrubbed it down with carwash soap to try and get more dirt out. Then rinsed with water again.
Once it was at a manageable level, I sprayed engine degreases on the entire engine bay, let it sit then hose it down. Rinse-repeat until it was clean.
Afterwards, I replaced any faded or worn out electrical tapes that I could find and there were a couple of hose fittings I needed to replace.
For the portions with electrical contacts, like the sparkplug coils, I sprayed enginge degreaser on a rag and scrubbed those parts by hand and with a toothbrush.
Once everything was clean and dry, I applied Armor All. I had to do several applications as the plastics were very "dry" after being subjected to much neglect and was drinking up a lot of Armor All.

I spent a total of 3 hours cleaning this car's engine bay and I still have to clean the interior. The plastic panels and dash inside were also beginning to appear "dry" and will need some Armor All treatment.

I have to admit, its looking much better and after the last trip to the mechanic its running much smoother now.
A couple more weeks and I think this baby will be ready to leave the nest and start its new life as my mother's daily commuter.
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Welcome to the site.

I need to try some of that cleaning on my 2.7. It isn't as dirty as yours was, but seeing yours how it looks now makes mine look like hell. Good job. Nice pair of Chryslers too.
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WOAH, that engine bay was in BAD shape.........I can't beleive how good it looks after you cleaned it up , great job!!! Welcome to the site.



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That was quite the cleaning job! Welcome and enjoy the site!
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good job on that bay......i know it took some time and sweat!
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