Newlite's 01' ACR..2.4 I'm back guys!!!

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What should i do with the ACR?

Restore it back to its orignal state?
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Perform the 2.4 swap along with everything else I had planned for the rt?
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Newlite's 01' ACR..2.4 I'm back guys!!!

Post by newlitemotorist » Sat Aug 22, 2009 10:18 am

Well guys, i completely stumbled onto a 2001 ACR the other day. I went and looked at it yesterday and it needs some love. More cleaning than anything but the bottom end of the engine will need replaced as well due to hydrolock. I am picking it up early next week and plan to have it going by the end of next month but that brings me to the decisions i have to make.

I already have an 01 rt which is my daily but my wife wants it so i am going to be driving the acr. If you havnt seen my other log, i was planning on swapping a 2.4 into the rt but if my wife takes it I will just put it back to stock. My thinking was I could use the magnum parts off the acr motor to bing my rt back to its original state ( I sold off the magnum stuff from the rt) and while we still have two running cars i could go ahead and perform the 2.4 swap into the acr. By doing this i wont be in as big a hurry to get it going which will mean better more therough documentation of the swap. So the question is...do i swap the acr or should I restore it back to stock???
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Post by neonpla » Sat Aug 22, 2009 11:52 am

hmmm... this is a tough one.
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Post by Tam » Sat Aug 22, 2009 2:34 pm

Why can't you give your wife the ACR and you continue with the R/T?

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Post by newlitemotorist » Sat Aug 22, 2009 2:37 pm

Tam wrote:Why can't you give your wife the ACR and you continue with the R/T?
i could but with the r/t she gets all the options whereas with the acr she wont. I dont mind roll up windows n' such and I had planned on racing in scca so which ever car I build...I will be taking some things off. The r/t is almost too nice for me to justify this where the acr was made for it.

Still up in the air though.

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Post by LowNSlow » Sat Aug 22, 2009 4:00 pm

ACR...swap the goods.
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Post by newlitemotorist » Sat Aug 22, 2009 4:09 pm

LowNSlow wrote:ACR...swap the goods.
leaning towards this direction!

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Post by slaw » Sat Aug 22, 2009 4:14 pm

i say swap the 2.4 into the acr, put the mag back in the rt, and put the rt skirts on the acr
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Post by LowNSlow » Sat Aug 22, 2009 4:17 pm

I don't know about the RT Skirts on the ACR... leave it bare :)
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Post by slaw » Sat Aug 22, 2009 4:20 pm

really? i never liked that the acrs had no skirts
i like skirts :lol:
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Post by LowNSlow » Sat Aug 22, 2009 4:23 pm

ACRs are track cars ... track cars dont need skirts :P

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Post by newlitemotorist » Sat Aug 22, 2009 4:36 pm

Actually, the guy that had it put some rt skirts on it. He got them at a jy not too long ago and cut the inner fender wells cus he didnt know they went over em :banghead: . I dont know if I am going to leave those on or not. He also put an "aftermarket" spoiler on it, got rattlecan feaver on the interior, and put ebay coilover sleaves on which destroyed the dynamics! I now has kybs with the stock springs back on it though.

Like i said, this thing needs some love. On the phone he made it sound like it was perfect but that was a stretch. It needs cleaned really bad, i need to find replacement interior parts, and I need to wet sand and buff the passenger side of the car. Car was repainted and he couldnt afford to have the whole thing completely finished so they stopped at the passengers side. Everything thing else looks ok but I am going to have to do some touch ups here and there.

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Post by SlvrACR » Sat Aug 22, 2009 4:53 pm

If it has AC do the 2.4 swap if it doesnt have AC restore it
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Post by newlitemotorist » Sat Aug 22, 2009 5:59 pm

It does have ac but that is the only option it has that I saw. I think my mind is made up. im gonna go ahead and build the acr. I just think the rt is too nice, plus the wife loves it. The acr is red and she doesnt like red cars.

So i guess the next step is to take some pics of it. This will be the acr log. My other log will be finished out once I get all the part off/back on it.

Thanks for the input guys!

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Post by LilSparkPlug » Sat Aug 22, 2009 6:12 pm

Yes....build the ACR. Pictures are necessary.

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Post by SlvrACR » Sat Aug 22, 2009 7:06 pm

If it has AC its an option ACR they really only made two types. Its your call
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Post by neonpla » Sat Aug 22, 2009 11:35 pm

^ what he said.
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Post by newlitemotorist » Sat Aug 22, 2009 11:43 pm

Here are some pics I snapped with my cell phone when I was making the deal happen. Now you can see what i mean....that interior needs some work! The exterior isnt too bad.

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Post by neonpla » Sat Aug 22, 2009 11:54 pm

poor little guy
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Post by newlitemotorist » Sun Aug 23, 2009 12:00 am

neonpla wrote:poor little guy
I know.....when I pulled up to see it I knew right away this was going to be a rescue. The interior is so dirty that it looks like the guy drove this thing on a dirt road....tailgateing a semi....for a hundred miles. I am going to remove everything down to the carpet, including the carpet and clean what can be saved the right way.

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Post by slaw » Sun Aug 23, 2009 12:05 am

not to mention those mis matched rims
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Post by newlitemotorist » Sun Aug 23, 2009 12:12 am

slaw wrote:not to mention those mis matched rims
There are two complete sets...for some reason he had the snowflakes up front and the srt's in the back. The snowflakes are on 4 brand new...matching tires.

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Post by AR04SRT » Sun Aug 23, 2009 1:11 am

not that bad looking man! GL on what you decide to build!

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Post by slaw » Sun Aug 23, 2009 12:25 pm

lol thats kinda odd about the rims but nice find!
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Post by newlitemotorist » Sun Aug 23, 2009 1:28 pm

Just found out that mine is 1 of 116 red acr's made in 2001. I think that is kinda cool. Not as cool as the non ac which was 11 but still. I bet my r/t is one of several hundred....if not more.

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Post by SOKADAO954 » Sun Aug 23, 2009 1:37 pm

I voted keep it stock.

Its an ACR you know what i mean.

1 out 116. Yea i would keep it stock.
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Post by JeffM » Sun Aug 23, 2009 1:57 pm

Soooo let's see:

-Replaced the good suspension with Ebay sleeves....check
-Beat the crap out of the interior...check
-The bottom end is hydrolocked...check

I don't know...You have a lot of work to do if you are even planning on getting it back to stock form, not to mention 2.4 swap. Good luck with whatever you do. :thumbup:
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Post by LilSparkPlug » Sun Aug 23, 2009 2:15 pm

Poor little car :( I'm glad you're giving it the love it deserves :)

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Post by newlitemotorist » Sun Aug 23, 2009 5:43 pm

JeffM wrote:Soooo let's see:

-Replaced the good suspension with Ebay sleeves....check
-Beat the crap out of the interior...check
-The bottom end is hydrolocked...check

I don't know...You have a lot of work to do if you are even planning on getting it back to stock form, not to mention 2.4 swap. Good luck with whatever you do. :thumbup:
Yeah....it sucks that he screwed the dynamics. But atleast I am getting brand new kyb's with the stock springs plus new strut mounts cus the ebay springs screwed those too. All of that is already on the car which will be going on the rt soon enough.

The interior is nothing....little cleaning and some scavenger hunting for parts should do it well.

As for the engine...the situation doesnt scare me. I have decided to swap in a 2.4 just to have something unique but I will hang onto the r/t bottom end if its still good to keep my options open. This will literally be the 10th car I will have saved due to engine problems. It really isnt that much work when you have the facility and the right tools whether I rebuild the stock engine or swap it.

I understand that you are trying to say it might be more trouble to restore it than to just customize it. I am saying that it wouldnt be too much work either way. I am simply swaping it cus i want to. At the end of the day...it will still be an ACR.

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Post by newlitemotorist » Mon Aug 24, 2009 6:41 pm

I just got back from paying for it. Took a good look at it once I had the keys and title.....I am confident the interior will clean up well. I would say I have less than 50 bux in parts that will need to be replaced there. I need a new center bezel, two outter vents, new front, middle, and rear upper pillar covers, a fuse door, and the lower half of the gauge cluster bezel.

Exterior, I am working on a deal with a guy that is going to get me a good spoiler-less trunk lid, both passenger side doors, and the passenger side fender off of a clean red chrysler neon in the jy in exchange for the srt rims I now have. He shouldn' have more than 130 bux in that stuff but he has more time than I do. I dont want to mess with the wet sanding this car needs on that side due to time so I am just going to replace them and hope the color matches for now.

The engine, found a good 2000 chrysler cirrus with a clean 2.4 the other day. Gonna try and pick that and start the fun. I already have all the pt mounts I need. I might need to buy an srt ps pump but if I can get the neon pump to work i will.

Suspension, everything currently on the rt will go onto the acr...and the acr the rt. Stock snow flakes will go onto the rt and the rota slips on the acr.

You get the idea.

Got an engine pic for you guys comin soon.

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Post by newlitemotorist » Mon Aug 24, 2009 7:19 pm

The other day, my rt started smelling like burning plastic and then I saw smoke comming from the steering column...this is what I found. The head light wire shorted out somehow even though they werent on.
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and here is the acr engine shot!
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