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A little bit of back story on my car for you guys. The car was purchased brand new from Ratigan motors in Missouri Valley, IA by my mother. The car is as base as base can get because my mother could not afford any options at the time making pizzas at Hyvee for a living and being a single parent raising 4 kids. She drove the car all the way through 2008 putting only 45,000 miles on the car before then passing it off to my sister who just turned 16. Big mistake. During the time my sister had it up until about 2010 she had added close to 20,000 miles to the car and been in numerous accidents with it including an accident where she ran into a dumpster (in our driveway) which crushed the fender, sort of t-boning a Durango pulling into school (destroying the driver side headlight and messing up the front bumper a bit), and finally backing into a parked car at the mall. Along with that she took it up a few curbs messing up suspension components and actually seperating the rear stabilizer bar from the body.

My mother then decided to take the car back from her and told her that any car she wanted in the future she would have to purchase. At that point the vehicle was given to me.:D When I recieved it the car was pretty messed up but has been slowly but surely fixed by me. First project I tackled was replacing the whole front clip minus the hood and bumper (could'nt find a bumper at the yard and hood was fine). Then slowly took on other projects including replacing sensors (cam sensor and such) and cleaning headlights and such.
After replacing fenders:


Headlights done and bumper patch:



After doing those things I decided to add a 15" sub to the car with a tiny amp and after that didnt really do much with the car. Then on November 8, 2011 while I was driving down to the junkyard (ironically) my water pump failed and my motor developed the knock that is synonamous to these 2.7 motors. Really sad night for me really having to watch my car get towed away to the dealership for further diagnosis where it was just previously at only days before. I ended up getting the car towed back to my house where it sat for months on end while in the meantime I drove a new winter car until I finally found a parts car with a good 3.5.
Winter car, which by the way was a terrible choice because the tires on it sucked and the traction control and Abs were out in it:

Story to be continued....
 

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After about five months of searching for a parts car I had come across a couple that I had really wanted. The first one being a 99 Intrepid with the 3.2 that had 80,000 miles on it and had minor front end damage (fender was a little crinkled, hood was a little crinkled, and half the front bumper was missing) but the price was right at $700 OBO. I would have bought it except the car was located four hours away and no one was willing to make the trip with me so I was SOL on that one. The one I did it end up getting wasn't as nice as that one however it had great tires and had the 3.5 (non HO motor). This one was sitting at $550 and the pictures tell why....
On the left, first night...

Beginning interior tear out....

Before sending to junkyard...

What you might not see in the pictures is a lack of a radiator thanks to the P.O. smashing a pole at 40 mph. Consequently the radiator was shoved into the crank pulley and the pulley below the A/C was broken off of the timing housing.

Since my mechanic was not yet available to help me work on the car, I decided that I would start doing the easy bits. This included swapping the entire interior out of the parts car into mine because I wanted the leather seats and autostick.
What I was starting with....


Progress being made...



However as you can tell I ended up going against swapping over the seats, autostick, and carpet. Reason being is that I found a nice chunk of leather missing out of the passenger seat and since the seats in my car are mint I decided to just change over the rest. Here was the carnage in the other one...


And I got a little bored after so...

Then of course came motor swapping time. Since the parts car was an 02 I had to get all the necessary parts to make it compatible with my 2000. On top of that I had to get a new timing housing, accesory pulley, power steering pump, and timing housing plate (the one that shields the belt and pump from dirt and such). So on to pictures...
I forgot to get pictures in the beginning so these ones are all with the 3.5 in my car....I know my mom has some with the motors in the air on her phone and the first start and drive but I will have to get those later.


Had to steal a few bolts off the old motor...

Now we come to the finished product after I had everything all cleaned up under the hood.

Like I said it's not a real H.O. motor but I like the badging much better.:D
Hey I found the other pictures...



There is a video of the swap but it gets lengthy so I'm just gonna leave it out
Even more yet to come....
 

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Then I moved on to the outside of the car. Including a complete detail (clay, polish, wax, etc the full nine yards) and blacking the thing out.







20% tint all around


Plastidiped the wheels.




Then progress was made on the front bumper...

The bumper is now finished :D


Yeah I get it I'm weird.....don't judge me.
Future projects include painting up and installing the ES bumper that I picked up, getting the sub back in it, getting OTIS/EVIC installed, and redoing the tail lights. That's all I got for now but the list will probably end up growing. Also I guess my pics may not be visible yet so please bear with the moderators on looking them over.
 

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Nice car, Did you get autostick out of the Donor?

PS some pictures don't work.
No, I left the autostick in it. I just decided that I would leave it be and not mess with it, but when I look back now I wish I would have taken it and sold it or something.

Some of the pics are still awaiting moderator approval....
 

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Well today I changed my oil over to some 5w-30 because it started to make some noise as it was getting colder out and also installed an oil filter that has the anti-drainback valve in it so hopefully all the oil stays up in the engine. All my old oil that I pulled out had a little over 2k on it and it was black. So that should get rid of the engine noises I have been having and hopefully I can figure out this whole misfire thing sometime soon.

Also I finally got my push bumper installed that I got from Wema, it took a while to figure out how it all mounts but it all came together. I know it's been floating around about whether you can use the bumper on the the base/SE bumpers and that's a 10-4 and no cutting or modifying of the bumper is necessary. :D

My friend thinks it makes a wonderful seat!
 

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Since I could not find an ASP pulley I opted for a new dorman one off ebay without the rubber ring around it that causes the wobble, just for until I can find an underdrive one. Good news is that it worked and I no longer have any wobble! Bad news is though that I forgot to put the clamp back on the upper radiator hose that I removed to get the fans out and my car ended up overheating and blowing coolant everywhere. But I was able to make it to the parts store and picked up some coolant and filled it up most of the way and made it home. So as far as I can tell no damage done but I will no more when I can do a little more driving. Plan is to get it properly bled at work on monday
 

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Alrighty so I am still having my misfire problem on my Intrepid which is saying that it is misfiring on cylinders 1, 3, and 5. My boss and I went ahead and did a smoke test and we came up with no leaks(except for on some small ones on random vacuum lines which I sealed up). He pretty much gave up and told me to take it to a sister shop for diagnosis which would more than likely run $125. Honestly, I would love to save the money so and advice you guys have would be great.

Also all this time I thought I was burning oil and today I went ahead and checked my oil level after a drive (which has not been touched since it was changed 1500 miles ago) and found that it was sitting right at the full line and not only that but it was really clean too like fresh oil would be (which is weird considering how when I last changed it after 2000 miles it came out black).

So thats where I'm at right now.
 

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Got new stickers thrown on today.....only issue is that my camera is acting wonky so I cant get any pics right now. I also found out that I cant install my new front plate until I find my angled screwdriver because of my push bumper. So yeah fun stuff, and on top of that I still got that misfire and I think my thermostat crapped out because I only have heat when my foot is on the pedal and it doesnt warm up if I leave it sit in the driveway. Not only that but my cd player works whenever it wants so I am looking into a new headunit with atleast two RCA hook ups (one for my subs and the other for the amp for my front speakers. But atleast I got my LED's the other day which will more than likely be hooked up at the same time as the new headunit and speakers.

So yes super cool and fun stuff......Any suggestions on headunits with multiple RCA hookups and any of my other issues?
 

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On the hunt for 17"s just because I have a set of tires at the shop waiting for them and since I'm cheap I took to craigslist. Was hoping for Mustang rims or maybe a set of 18"s with good tires but this is what I have found so far....



I dont care for the gold color but the style is close to what I like and they apparently have new tires... and for the price of $400 not too shabby.

Then there are these......



They came off a 1990 Taurus Sho (not 100% sure if they will fit) but they look nice and are $250 obo

Then there is a set of 18"s I really like but they dont have tires for $390....



Maybe even these....
http://lincoln.craigslist.org/pts/3518042028.html

http://desmoines.craigslist.org/pts/3539567273.html
 

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Still looking at wheels. However today I decided to pretty much condemn this motor.....why you may ask? Well today I was looking around at the junkyard for a new interior piece that I could customize for the touch screen headunit my friend gave me, when I see this intrepid looking at me with a big insurance sticker on the windshield. The sticker says 94k and after a quick walk around I see why it was there, the rear of it was in the trunk. I also see that it is an SXT with the 3.5 HO that had just had the timing belt done at 92k and after looking at the inside and outside I realize this car was well taken care of. Inside was near mint and the exterior had just recently been detailed and was mint prior to the accident. Only thing I found with the motor was that it had a valve cover leak but I'm not too concerned about that lol
 
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