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  • SikJoke - 1994 SL2

    This is my 1994 SL2. I bought this car in downtown Chicago about 5-6 years ago. It had only 45k miles on it, but had a few scrapes and cracks from the previous owner.

    Summer 2008 on the road back from Mt Lemmon, AZ


    The car looks perfect in the pic above, but there are several dings, scrapes and cracks that cannot be seen from that angle.

    Work done so far includes:
    Timing chain set (at less than 60k miles! WTF? )
    Motor mounts
    Transmission fluid/filter
    Brakes
    Lower control arms
    Tie rod ends
    Tires
    Window tint (5% back/rear, 35% front)
    Remove front license plate and holes, dents, dings and cracks



    My plans for the car include:

    Auto to MP3 swap
    Short throw shifter
    91-92 header
    Geo Storm throttle body
    Lowering springs
    16/17" rims
    2.25" mandrel bent exhaust with glasspack and dynomax super turbo muffler
    AEM cold air intake
    Completely new paint job
    Thinking about Prothane motor mount inserts, sick of replacing worn out rubber mounts
    Battery relocation (trunk)
    Fuse box relocation


    In the future I may consider nitrous or boost, but for now I want to get the car how I want it while running a NA setup.


    How the car looks right now, in the middle of the MP3 swap:


    The gray nose is from filling and priming the front license plate holes. Don't need those in AZ!

    Dashboard out for pedal installation:


    Oh no where's the tranny?


    One greasy-pig of a transmission:


    Short throw shifter from VMS150 going in:


    MP3 buffed with wire wheels and dissected:





    Transmission reassembled with welded diff from punkboySL2, painted with Rustoleum engine enamel, "aluminum" color:






    I pulled the engine cradle to the backyard, degreased and cleaned with my grinder and a wire wheel. Painted with Rustoleum gloss black engine enamel:





    91-92 Header from RevCyanide. I had to drill out the rusted bolts and cleaned it up using wire wheels. Painted with Rustoleum 2000 degree flat black paint. Made a godawful amount of smoke from being baked in the oven at 450 degrees:
    Last edited by bulldoguk; 10-17-2010, 06:35 PM.


    http://www.sixthsphere.com/forum/sho...kJoke-1994-SL2

    PM me if you need clean, rust-free parts

  • #2
    Re: bulldoguk's 1994 SL2

    wow dude, that looks awesome, i wish i woulda taken that much time with my DD.
    98 SL2m - Intake, Raceland coilovers, daily driver
    94 SW2a>m - slammed and boosted 9 PSI - sloppymechanics.com inspired. Now owned by Importsdontlikeme.
    94 SC2m - Build in progress, Ford EDIS, 720cc's, stock engine, MS2v3.57 7 on the road again

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    • #3
      Re: bulldoguk's 1994 SL2

      The tranny is now in, along with the 91-92 header and manual PCM. Had no help, so I had to benchpress the trans up to the motor

      The good news is that the MP3 seems to be running nicely, the clutch is very light and smooth and is engaging/disengaging where it should be.

      Only thing is, it is running like shit, backfiring and misfiring with not even enough power to get back up the driveway into the garage. I also don't have the clips to stop the damn shifter cables coming off shift tower linkages

      The car was running perfect (except the auto did not want to shift up, so my only theories are a defective PCM or bad coil packs/ignition wires. I am leaning more towards the ignition wires. When I looked more closely at one wire, the end that attaches to the coil pack was totally corroded and a few pieces fell out. I am betting they are original to the car . . .

      Edit: turns out wires are bad and one connector on one of the coil packs is worn. Easy fixes.


      http://www.sixthsphere.com/forum/sho...kJoke-1994-SL2

      PM me if you need clean, rust-free parts

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      • #4
        Re: bulldoguk's 1994 SL2

        I really like that green/teal color. I see one at school all the time.
        Trans looks great too.
        Purple 1995 SC2 5-speed.-work in progress.- http://www.sixthsphere.com/smf/index.php?topic=54558.0<br />Black 1998 SC2 Auto-SOLD! -http://www.sixthsphere.com/smf/index.php?topic=51736.0<br />I play tournament paintball for team Majestic.

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        • #5
          Re: bulldoguk's 1994 SL2

          Originally posted by alex14
          I really like that green/teal color. I see one at school all the time.
          Trans looks great too.
          For some reason it looks way better in pics. In low light it looks better but in daylight it is kinda feminine looking. I will most likely be painting it metallic blue eventually.

          Thanks


          http://www.sixthsphere.com/forum/sho...kJoke-1994-SL2

          PM me if you need clean, rust-free parts

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          • #6
            Re: bulldoguk's 1994 SL2

            Haven't had too much time recently to work on the turd, but I did get my gauge cluster done.

            I painted the needles with AC Ryan red UV reactive paint and finished with clear coat. The dials are the indiglo type. I installed UV LEDs in the theater light locations, added aluminum foil to the housing, removed some the blue plastic film and opened up the slit below the bulbs, to allow more light down onto the needles.




            Last edited by bulldoguk; 10-17-2010, 06:36 PM.


            http://www.sixthsphere.com/forum/sho...kJoke-1994-SL2

            PM me if you need clean, rust-free parts

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            • #7
              Re: bulldoguk's 1994 SL2

              Installed PimpedSC2 dogbones, from RevCyanide. Haven't driven on them yet, but vibrations don't seem too bad when idling in neutral






              Last edited by bulldoguk; 10-17-2010, 06:37 PM.


              http://www.sixthsphere.com/forum/sho...kJoke-1994-SL2

              PM me if you need clean, rust-free parts

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              • #8
                Re: bulldoguk's 1994 SL2

                I hate you, i'm pretty sure you're car is waaaayyyyyyy too clean for a 94 haha. You make me want to pull apart my new daily when i get it and prep it like that. Looks fucking great man.
                98 SL2m - Intake, Raceland coilovers, daily driver
                94 SW2a>m - slammed and boosted 9 PSI - sloppymechanics.com inspired. Now owned by Importsdontlikeme.
                94 SC2m - Build in progress, Ford EDIS, 720cc's, stock engine, MS2v3.57 7 on the road again

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                • #9
                  Re: bulldoguk's 1994 SL2

                  Originally posted by punkboySL2
                  I hate you, i'm pretty sure you're car is waaaayyyyyyy too clean for a 94 haha. You make me want to pull apart my new daily when i get it and prep it like that. Looks fucking great man.
                  Thanks. It's not perfect, you are only seeing the parts that I have worked on It helps not needing to have a DD (work truck), I spent almost 6 weeks from start to finish doing my transmission, cutting out rusted bolts, getting the subframe cleaned up, etc.

                  Being a Chicago car it has rust over everything underneath, not majorly bad but coated. I pulled some parts off a 94 SL2 at the JY, obviously was an AZ car as it had NO rust anywhere underneath. Not one spot. That is what I am aspiring to. I have the rear disc calipers/brackets from it, I will post some pics soon, you all will be amazed. Everything looks like brand new on that car, such a shame it went to the JY.

                  The knuckles are coming off this car when I do my springs/rear discs and getting a once-over with the grinder and a sand blaster before I bake some engine enamel on them.

                  Oh yeah I am also probably going to get a small steam cleaner to detail everything under the hood too


                  http://www.sixthsphere.com/forum/sho...kJoke-1994-SL2

                  PM me if you need clean, rust-free parts

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                  • #10
                    Re: bulldoguk's 1994 SL2

                    niiiiiice. I'm thinking i may do the knuckles on my turbo car, they're pretty bad. Being in PA though there's really not many clean cars to be found in the JY. Shitty winters kill subframes and rear door sills.
                    98 SL2m - Intake, Raceland coilovers, daily driver
                    94 SW2a>m - slammed and boosted 9 PSI - sloppymechanics.com inspired. Now owned by Importsdontlikeme.
                    94 SC2m - Build in progress, Ford EDIS, 720cc's, stock engine, MS2v3.57 7 on the road again

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                    • #11
                      Re: bulldoguk's 1994 SL2

                      Looking great, nice and clean, I should remove my cradle too and redo it, sounds like too much work though.

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                      • #12
                        Re: bulldoguk's 1994 SL2

                        Originally posted by N2ORBIT
                        Looking great, nice and clean, I should remove my cradle too and redo it, sounds like too much work though.
                        Thank you. I like what you have going on on your build too. I really want to add sound deadening material at some point.
                        The cradle was easy for me, as it had to come out to do the auto-manual swap. It's not too bad, just the lower control arms have to come off it, the sway bar and the cradle bolts. One cradle bolt was rusted due to a leaking battery many years ago. I had to cut it out with a grinding disc and about 20 dremel cut off wheels. That was the hardest part.


                        http://www.sixthsphere.com/forum/sho...kJoke-1994-SL2

                        PM me if you need clean, rust-free parts

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                        • #13
                          Re: bulldoguk's 1994 SL2

                          Thanks. If I had access to a lift for a couple days I would do it.

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                          • #14
                            Re: bulldoguk's 1994 SL2

                            Installed new leather shift boot and armrest cover from Redline Goods


                            Last edited by bulldoguk; 10-17-2010, 06:38 PM.


                            http://www.sixthsphere.com/forum/sho...kJoke-1994-SL2

                            PM me if you need clean, rust-free parts

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                            • #15
                              Re: bulldoguk's 1994 SL2

                              Installed LivesNearCostco's PimpedSC2 tranny mount. Flash really over-pronounced the bronze color, it's quite a bit darker in reality.



                              Last edited by bulldoguk; 10-17-2010, 06:38 PM.


                              http://www.sixthsphere.com/forum/sho...kJoke-1994-SL2

                              PM me if you need clean, rust-free parts

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