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    Hello again, already... Its ya boi.... the one that just won't stay away. I'll be honest, I didn't think I'd be making another thread so soon. I'm still telling friends and acquaintances I sold the RX7. I'm still finding wires, relays, and gaskets from it, and I already have another car in the garage. When I sold the RX7, I knew my next car wasn't going to be a swap, or anything complicated. It was time to re-discover the joy I have experienced with cars in something simple.

    Once again I considered a Corvette (somehow still a bucket-list item), but I wasn't comfortable with the price. I don't know why, but I feel weird buying anything "expensive". Almost every car I've bought was under 5k... In a country of wealth, or..... presumed wealth, I enjoy the cheaper things. I feel less guilty about them. I am more comfortable modifying them, and I worry less about them. I like used, and cheap.

    The problem with buying used and cheap, is that it usually means what you're buying is almost worthless. Cheap things are cheaply-built, and cheaply-built things tend to wear out quickly. Usually when people are "done" with a car, it is at the end of its road. Everything rattles, everything is worn. There are missing parts, dented panels, rust, and all of the expected wear and tear of a vehicle that's been used-and-abused for years.



    But not always.



    In the enormous sea of used car fish, one may easily forget the feeling, of reeling in a well-preserved, cheap car. It is a rare catch, but it is special when... man... I really need to drop the "fish" analogy.

    Without further verbal-poo, I present to you, a 1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse with manual 5-speed transmission, and seating for two.







    Ah... where do I start? Bless you, unknown souls, that buy cars brand new, garage them, hardly drive them, forget about them, and then some strange day, through death or other unfortunate events, lose that car to such undesirable characters as myself. This car isn't missing one screw, trim piece, or latch. It's all there. It smells like stale, storage. Like the inside of a hot vacuum-sealed bag in a metal shed or warehouse. It almost smells new; if that "new" were a plastic-shell suitcase in your grandparents closet.

    The seller said the car might need a fuel filter and pump, cause it bogs when the gas tank is lower than 1/4. Everything else seems new. Belts and hoses. I bought the car with 62,000 original miles on it.







    The suspension is firm and has the numb-thud of healthy 90's absorbers. I can smell the plastic as the sun warms it through the windshield, and the carpet is still fluffy. The exhaust hasn't been touched, and the engine whirrrs like it did coming off the showroom floor in 1996. I am smiling widely as I pull it off the highway into our first gas-station together, for a generous filling of premium petrol. Everything is new and exciting.







    Its home now. This is my second Mitsubishi Eclipse, or "DSM" as the enthusiasts tend to call them. You are probably wondering about power, turbos, 4G63's, GSX's, and GST's. I am proud to announce to you, that this car bears none of those options. In fact, this Eclipse has quite literally, the least available options money could buy in 1996. Please enjoy the following specs:



    1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse RS
    2.0 N/A 4cyl Engine (140hp 130ft tq)
    5-Speed Manual Transmission
    Weight: 3,550lb
    Front Brakes: Disc
    Rear Brakes: Drum
    A/C and Heat: YES
    Cruise Control: NONE
    Windows and Doors: MANUAL
    Sunroof: NONE
    Interior: Gray/Plastic
    Seats: Manual/Cloth










    Didn't want a black car, didn't want a pre-facelift, but it is clean, low-mileage, cheap, and one of my favorites from the 90's. Excited to take my time with this one, and enjoy sharing it with you all.
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    Yeah man, I knew you would not resist too much without something to write awesomeness about LOL
    Those are weird fuckers, not many eclipses around. Actually a good friend of mine is building one (while complaining about the zero aftermarket support that car has this side of the ocean) and it was the first one I've ever seen.

    What's the plan?

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    This thing looks clean! Can't wait to see what you do with it.



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    Wow this looks so fresh, can't wait to see where this goes!


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    Oh boy oh boy
    So fresh looking, great find!
    Can't wait to see what you do to it. Also what you do to it FIRST
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    Hi

    Nice eclipse bro,

    have fun
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fruttolo View Post
    Yeah man, I knew you would not resist too much without something to write awesomeness about LOL
    Those are weird fuckers, not many eclipses around. Actually a good friend of mine is building one (while complaining about the zero aftermarket support that car has this side of the ocean) and it was the first one I've ever seen.

    What's the plan?
    They are weird, for sure. Especially the RS. Does that stand for Rally Sport? Really Sexy? Really Stupid? Cause usually, an RS is the more powerful model in other car examples. Not in this one. They even went so far as to leave out the Tachometer. I still catch myself starting at that blank void, hearing the RPM's, but not seeing them... only in my mind's eye...

    Quote Originally Posted by Kenz View Post
    This thing looks clean! Can't wait to see what you do with it.
    It is. It really is. Don't be expecting any power mods....

    Quote Originally Posted by 19birel View Post
    Wow this looks so fresh, can't wait to see where this goes!
    Wherever it goes, it won't be getting there very fast... Might just post "stock" photos of it forever, idk

    Quote Originally Posted by gnmzl View Post
    Oh boy oh boy
    So fresh looking, great find!
    Can't wait to see what you do to it. Also what you do to it FIRST
    Hey man, no pressure.

    Quote Originally Posted by O2car View Post
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    Nice eclipse bro,

    have fun
    That is exactly what I intend to do. I'm done with the over-ambitious ideas... I just want to chill and have a ricer to tinker with.

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    I cannot wait for continuous updates with nearly stock photos and your narration.

    Seriously. Wheels and drop will change this drastically.

    and overnight parts from Japan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saturnstance View Post
    I cannot wait for continuous updates with nearly stock photos and your narration.

    Seriously. Wheels and drop will change this drastically.

    and overnight parts from Japan.
    Ask and you shall receive.



    To re-live the past, one must travel back into the land of Microsoft Windows XP



    Where the grass is always green, and the hills roll endlessly.



    May the wind be forever at your back. Where you'll need it, with only 140hp.



    And even though you look like a catfish now, hang in there. It is only middle school.







    You may be tall and lanky, to a frightening degree...



    But you've got soul, you've got spirit.



    The thicc assets your mother gave you will soon fill-out your jeans.




    The glow-up is on the horizon.







    Though you roll through the valley of turbos, fear no boost. Style and import-tuning-heritage are with you. If purges of NOS hiss and blast over your head, do not be dismayed; your triple-diamond emblem protects you. And even when 4G63's, GST's and AWD's surround you, be not shaken. You are weak, but you are among your own people. Hold your hoodscoop high. Though you are only an RS, you will be Fast and Furious, till the day you die.




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    Can't wait for a pic of this slammed and cambered out, static fender to lip on those meisters
    Power game weak, but stance game strong

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    No pressure he says, and posts pics of meisters with tires.
    Carry on though.
    BTW for what it's worth - I really like the stock body on those. F&F stuff looks ridiculous on them IMHO.

    I still have an XP operated PC to play old games on it, I'll stick that first photo as a background. Perfect.
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    You always deliver <3 hahhaa

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fruttolo View Post
    Can't wait for a pic of this slammed and cambered out, static fender to lip on those meisters
    Power game weak, but stance game strong
    just need to pick what clique im gonna represent

    Quote Originally Posted by gnmzl View Post
    No pressure he says, and posts pics of meisters with tires.
    Carry on though.
    BTW for what it's worth - I really like the stock body on those. F&F stuff looks ridiculous on them IMHO.

    I still have an XP operated PC to play old games on it, I'll stick that first photo as a background. Perfect.
    im with you mate, there will be no F&F bodykit. i am thrashing about in frantic search for a GSX high-rise wing though. i cannot stand these without the wing, and ....



    Quote Originally Posted by saturnstance View Post
    You always deliver <3 hahhaa
    here for a good time m8

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    I didn't except this after the RX7, but hey it's so clean that I can forget is FWD.

    Can't wait to see what you're gonna do with this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DawsonLiri View Post
    I didn't except this after the RX7, but hey it's so clean that I can forget is FWD.

    Can't wait to see what you're gonna do with this!
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    Def will be watching this one. I love how simplistic it is, never would have thought they came that way. Good find for sure.
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    I hope those Work wheels are going on it, look forward to seeing more of this!


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    Quote Originally Posted by hinrichs View Post
    Def will be watching this one. I love how simplistic it is, never would have thought they came that way. Good find for sure.
    Yeah, I'm kind of embracing the lack of options as.... an option.

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    I hope those Work wheels are going on it, look forward to seeing more of this!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miroteknik View Post
    Yeah, I'm kind of embracing the lack of options as.... an option.

    In a world riddled by cars loaded with useless optionals, even soulless citycars that fail at their only purpose of being cheap because of said optionals, driving a car with just the bare necessities is a kind of resistance.
    You may be some kind of punk LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fruttolo View Post
    In a world riddled by cars loaded with useless optionals, even soulless citycars that fail at their only purpose of being cheap because of said optionals, driving a car with just the bare necessities is a kind of resistance.
    You may be some kind of punk LOL
    I remember chilling cool in my climate-controlled Lexus LS400... rolling around town like a fat raspberry jam-filled powdered-sugar donut. Then a lowered eg civic hatch would pull up with a rear strut bar, wheels, removable steering wheel, no a/c and tin fart-can exhaust, and I somehow felt like I was missing out. Sometimes, the king looks down from his tower, and sees the peasants are having more fun.

    Regardless of whether that makes me punk or peasant, vive la resistance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miroteknik View Post
    I remember chilling cool in my climate-controlled Lexus LS400... rolling around town like a fat raspberry jam-filled powdered-sugar donut. Then a lowered eg civic hatch would pull up with a rear strut bar, wheels, removable steering wheel, no a/c and tin fart-can exhaust, and I somehow felt like I was missing out. Sometimes, the king looks down from his tower, and sees the peasants are having more fun.

    Regardless of whether that makes me punk or peasant, vive la resistance!
    Back to the basics, looking forward to seeing how this turns out

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miroteknik View Post
    Ask and you shall receive.

    But you've got soul, you've got spirit.




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    That blank panel where the tachometer should go is egregious. EGREGIOUS! Can you swap a tach from a higher trim?

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    Quote Originally Posted by asshole bicycle View Post
    can you swap a sticker that replicates a tach from a higher trim with printed needle stuck at 8.5k?
    fify

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graphitemk6 View Post
    Back to the basics, looking forward to seeing how this turns out
    You get it.
    Quote Originally Posted by Asshole Bicycle View Post
    That blank panel where the tachometer should go is egregious. EGREGIOUS! Can you swap a tach from a higher trim?
    Whoa whoa whoa easy cowboy... Let me ask you a question... How often do you look at your tach for actual information, and not just an expected instrument? Perhaps the gurus at Mitsubishi envisioned the RS to only be driven by the most elite enthusiast? One that feels the engine's RPMs in his bones? Perhaps Mitsubishi was challenging drivers to connect with their RS Eclipse on a telepathic level? When I look into that blank, plastic space, I see this:



    Quote Originally Posted by Fruttolo View Post
    fify
    I'm not sure when we're going to have this conversation... but the Eclipse RS engine redlines at 6,500k. While I smile widely at the thought of another 2,000k revolutions faster, I simultaneously feel deep concern for my intake manifold....



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