At the prompting of prototypedaytona I am posting this.
Bought the 1994 Mitsubishi 3000gt for $500 off someone who was moving. It ran and drove, albeit not well. The wheels didn't seat on the tires right, so they would deflate after two or three days. She was in rough shape.
The motor was a pretty standard affair for a 23 year old car. Old. Dirty... And generally unappealing.
The lower part of the fenders were rusted out. A common issue for these cars, but fairly easy to fix.
The brake caliper guide pins for the rear were so seized, that they straight up sheared off while driving. Imagine going from having brakes, to having NO brakes all of the sudden, during rush out traffic. That was fun!
So obviously the first thing I did was brakes all around. Ditched the slotted/drilled cheap rotors for some quality blank rotors. Remember guys, drilled/slotted rotors are for scene points only! Rotors that are drilled have a tendency to crack around the drill holes. Slotted rotors like to collect brake dust in the slots. The only time drilled/slotted rotors are of any use, is if they are HIIIIGH quality ones, meant for big brake kits: Like Brembos, Stoptech, etc.
This is a highly important step when doing brakes. The caliper guide pins need to be CLEANED OFF and re-greased with a light coat of caliper grease. A lot of shops don't do this, which leads to seized calipers, warped rotors, etc. Why? Because it saves them time to just slap them back in there. But if you're going to do something yourself, do it right!
Remember the fenders that were rusted out at the bottom? Yeah they were ugly.
Swapped them out for some good fenders I had laying around.
My daughter helped me get rid of the leaking wheels, and putting on my spare set
Finally washed it, so I could see what I was up against as far as the body's condition, along with the paint's condition.
As you can see from the shiny area, a good buff and polish does wonders for 23 year old, faded, single stage paint.
I began work on the interior, piecing it back together, along with tasteful modifications. I hate tan headliners.
So in goes a charcoal one! (If you know these cars, you know that a charcoal headliner is incredibly rare to find)
Interior put back together
Is that a 23 year old STOCK radio, that has an aux port? Mitsubishi really was ahead of their time. (Note: Aux ports did not start showing up on most cars until the mid 2000s)
Changed the wheels because why not? Now it's sitting on a one-off set from MSR. You literally cannot buy these wheels. They only sell them in 18s. These are 19x9.5 +40, running on goodyear A-rated run flats. All in all, about $2200. I got them for $250 off some guy who had no idea what he had. You can see on the left side of the image, the white 3000gt lurking in the carport.
Changed the sail panels and side skirts plus lower door cards to black ones, because it was missing the side skirt on the driver's side.
Will be repainting the hoop wing that was present on the 97+ models, and placing it on this one. Why? Because I like that style better.
The motor. Slowly being renovated.
This was the radiator in the car. Can you say "time to replace"????
When replacing, it's always best to just... upgrade!
High capacity, polished radiator. Aww yeah.
I repainted the front valve cover, and deleted the AC system. AC is for sissies!
Deleted the cruise control. Cruise control makes you lazy!
I had a custom spark plug cover made up, because I like shiny things that no one else has.
Did a motor rebuild shortly after I got the car. Old and new heads pictured!
A very happy and clean head. They love being hot tanked and cleaned during rebuild.
There's much more work coming in the winter- I picked up a spare set of rear trailing arms + hubs, and a whole spare rear sub frame. Going to be cleaning them up, coating them, replacing all bushings, etc. I'll be sure to take pictures.
Polishing steel is a bitch of a job, but someone's gotta do it to make things shiny! Pictured is a coil pack bracket.
Another angle of the coil pack bracket.
You made it to the end! Congratulations!
The car is still VERY much a work in progress. I was asked by a member on here to do a post with builds, so I did.
If there's interest, I can also make more INFORMATIVE posts, such as "how to change your own brakes and not pay 600+ dollars to a shop to do it", along with the old classics like "Replace your own struts for $250ish instead of paying a shop 1200!".
But I need to know if you people actually want to see those kind of posts, because otherwise I will not remember to take pictures of the process...
Thanks for viewing! Subscribe to see the next one! I'll be posting up a build of the white one (P.S., it comes with a heartwarming video) and a build of a black one (The tale ends in tragedy).