Project Neon (Update: 10/13/08 New Pics)

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Post by soul_sword34 » Mon Dec 31, 2007 7:16 pm

Well I thought it was about time I started my own project log. Since 2003 I have had this goal, I’ve been told it was a pipedream but I kept the project in sight, sometimes starving myself to be able to afford that one part. I can’t tell you how many weeks I survived on Top Ramen and weenies. I’ve been made fun of and have been told on several occasions, as most Neon enthusiasts have, “Why don’t you just buy a fast car?” Life’s ups and downs came as they do for all of us. Sometimes I lost sight of my project, my dream, yet it seemed to always come around again. Finally it’s 2008 and thanks to the birth of my beloved daughter Lilian Elaine I get a nice $3,500 tax bonus and have full permission from the wife to go balls out on my 12 second dream. Finally five years later it’s a reality. Why have I held onto this vision for so long? Some ask. I think it has to do more with the people who told me it could not be done. For those that laugh at the underdog and for those who live their dreams through others. Lets get it on!

First these pics are of the mere cosmetic stuff I have gathered in 5 years. This is a pic of my R/T front fascia.
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Vitor custom made water temp and oil pressure gauge bezel, work in progress.
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R/T gauges.
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Autovation.com race pedals. Already swapped for my 3.94 project.
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Now for the good stuff. Complete 3.94 cable clutch swap. Mopure STS w bling, Booger bushings on the tranny end, custom Kyle endlinks for the shifter end, PT Cruiser clutch and a SRT-4 boot.
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Just because, I got another shift knob for my STS powdercoated black.
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Bling
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For the top end I have collected, a Magnum valve cover powder coated red, Magnum head, Magnum valve springs, Magnum intake manifold and a Fast Fab LTH with a dump collector.
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Here’s a shot of my already installed Koni yellows. I also have a set of Deyeme solid motor mounts and an AFX UDP but no pics.
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I’ll be around so stay tuned. Next is my shopping list.
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MP 60mm TB, K&N filter, Magnaflow muffler, Deyeme solid torque struts, MTX 3.55, Kyle shift end links, Booger bushings, Mopure STS, Powerslot rotors, 15" Rota Slipstreams, Falken Ziex 512's, Koni Yellow inserts, Hotchkis sways, Eibach pro springs. Work in progress.

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Post by ZeroChad » Mon Dec 31, 2007 8:35 pm

Dang man, I'd be going insane if I had all of those things to play with. When are you gunna put em on your car in the spring?
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Post by soul_sword34 » Mon Dec 31, 2007 9:25 pm

ZeroChad wrote:Dang man, I'd be going insane if I had all of those things to play with. When are you gunna put em on your car in the spring?
Official start of the build is going to be when I get my taxes back. I'll have to lay a bulk order in with Modern Performance and Mopar then it's the wait for shipment. So I think it's safe to say the project will be in full force with daily updates and pics by February.
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MP 60mm TB, K&N filter, Magnaflow muffler, Deyeme solid torque struts, MTX 3.55, Kyle shift end links, Booger bushings, Mopure STS, Powerslot rotors, 15" Rota Slipstreams, Falken Ziex 512's, Koni Yellow inserts, Hotchkis sways, Eibach pro springs. Work in progress.

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Post by soul_sword34 » Mon Dec 31, 2007 9:54 pm

Okay just cracked the books for $3,500 (could possibly get a $3,700 return but not too sure yet). Here’s my shopping list for the major parts and the total price including all the little odds and ends, i.e. bearings, gaskets, seals, etc. No need to list those.

Top End

Crane #14
Magnum head P&P .025 shaved, 3 angle valve job, .027 head gasket
AEM cam gear
SAFC 2 or NEO (going MSQ in the future but want to make sure the mechanics are all functioning properly on initial start up so I won’t have to trace the source too much if it’s a no start)
TOTAL= $1,237.11 + trips to Autozone $1,400ish

Bottom End

Oil pump
Water pump
Timing belt
TOTAL= $200ish

Intake

Custom CAI
MPX 60mm TB
WOT switch
MSD window switch
$250ish (not sure here either but this is the neighborhood, always an E-bay deal)

Exhaust

Swain Tech ceramic coating
Flex pipe
Magnaflow cat
Resonator
2.5” Trubendz piping
Magnaflow muffler
Shop time (not too sure here either)
TOTAL= $884.97 with shop time $1,000ish

Transmission

Quaife
TOTAL= $1,100ish

GRAND TOTAL= $3,672.08 or $3,950ish

EXPERIENCE= PRICELESS :lol:
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MP 60mm TB, K&N filter, Magnaflow muffler, Deyeme solid torque struts, MTX 3.55, Kyle shift end links, Booger bushings, Mopure STS, Powerslot rotors, 15" Rota Slipstreams, Falken Ziex 512's, Koni Yellow inserts, Hotchkis sways, Eibach pro springs. Work in progress.

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Post by MyNeonSaysHi » Mon Dec 31, 2007 10:50 pm

Can't wait to see the progress on this baby!

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Post by 03blackrt » Mon Dec 31, 2007 10:52 pm

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Post by kevo » Tue Jan 01, 2008 7:28 pm

i had no idea that vitor sold a dual pod cluster trim. I have had that idea in my head for ages and instead just painted the trim silver and then sold it. :banghead:

Your project is shaping up to be a killer. If i were you though, i would get that longtube header stripped and coated asap. As for a custom Cai. unless you plan on modifying the intake mani, i wouldn't bother. Get an ebay and a good filter.

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Post by soul_sword34 » Tue Jan 01, 2008 8:44 pm

kevo wrote:i had no idea that vitor sold a dual pod cluster trim. I have had that idea in my head for ages and instead just painted the trim silver and then sold it. :banghead:

Your project is shaping up to be a killer. If i were you though, i would get that longtube header stripped and coated asap. As for a custom Cai. unless you plan on modifying the intake mani, i wouldn't bother. Get an ebay and a good filter.
Yeah with the CAI it'll prob be an ebay.
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MP 60mm TB, K&N filter, Magnaflow muffler, Deyeme solid torque struts, MTX 3.55, Kyle shift end links, Booger bushings, Mopure STS, Powerslot rotors, 15" Rota Slipstreams, Falken Ziex 512's, Koni Yellow inserts, Hotchkis sways, Eibach pro springs. Work in progress.

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Post by soul_sword34 » Thu Jan 03, 2008 10:33 pm

DOHC pistons just came in the mail, a little dirty but I can clean em up.
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Here a little evidence of valve clearance?
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MP 60mm TB, K&N filter, Magnaflow muffler, Deyeme solid torque struts, MTX 3.55, Kyle shift end links, Booger bushings, Mopure STS, Powerslot rotors, 15" Rota Slipstreams, Falken Ziex 512's, Koni Yellow inserts, Hotchkis sways, Eibach pro springs. Work in progress.

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Post by supertrick_05 » Sun Jan 06, 2008 11:53 am

Wow, this is one hell of a project you got goin here! I wish you lots of luck with it!
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Post by SGT BRAD » Mon Jan 07, 2008 8:36 pm

yup, i'm gonna follow this one too. my guess is that you'll see 175+whp with some dilligent tuning. the best money you've spent is the 3.94 tranny. i am wishing i had one. it'll help your numbers on the dyno and will be a hoot to drive. 3.55 is good for the long winded f/i motors, but n/a needs the .94 to keep things in the powerband. i know that with my motor i roll it up to 7k and shift and i drop out of the powerband by a few hundred rpms. looks like ms and a 3.94 are in my future.
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Post by soul_sword34 » Mon Jan 07, 2008 10:21 pm

SGT BRAD wrote:yup, i'm gonna follow this one too. my guess is that you'll see 175+whp with some dilligent tuning. the best money you've spent is the 3.94 tranny. i am wishing i had one. it'll help your numbers on the dyno and will be a hoot to drive. 3.55 is good for the long winded f/i motors, but n/a needs the .94 to keep things in the powerband. i know that with my motor i roll it up to 7k and shift and i drop out of the powerband by a few hundred rpms. looks like ms and a 3.94 are in my future.
Crap, I was hoping just to barely make 160. Probably will make 160+ or - that until I get the cam tuned and the spark from MSQ though. Hurry up taxes! :banghead:
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MP 60mm TB, K&N filter, Magnaflow muffler, Deyeme solid torque struts, MTX 3.55, Kyle shift end links, Booger bushings, Mopure STS, Powerslot rotors, 15" Rota Slipstreams, Falken Ziex 512's, Koni Yellow inserts, Hotchkis sways, Eibach pro springs. Work in progress.

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Post by J-Villa » Mon Jan 07, 2008 11:03 pm

looks like a fun project
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Post by eVilcreations » Tue Jan 08, 2008 6:44 am

This is NOT a slam on you, so please don't take it that way....I'm merely trying to envision your overall plan.

For the 4K+ that you are spending are you going to spray the car or go forced induction of some sort?

You definately look like you have some nice parts goin there.....definately NOT bottom of the barrel quality parts.

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Post by SGT BRAD » Tue Jan 08, 2008 6:05 pm

fwiw, imo the build you've set out is about ideal for a n/a neon. you'll be at the point of diminishing returns. you'll have to spend a lot more to get more ponies. be careful if you choose to go with nitrous on the stock rods though. 250tq is where they seem to get iffy and want to take a dump.
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Post by soul_sword34 » Fri Jan 11, 2008 7:06 pm

Well here's what happens when you try to push a rod pin out with a hydraulic press and your not pressing straight. Trashed piston!
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MP 60mm TB, K&N filter, Magnaflow muffler, Deyeme solid torque struts, MTX 3.55, Kyle shift end links, Booger bushings, Mopure STS, Powerslot rotors, 15" Rota Slipstreams, Falken Ziex 512's, Koni Yellow inserts, Hotchkis sways, Eibach pro springs. Work in progress.

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Post by J-Villa » Fri Jan 11, 2008 7:26 pm

damn man that sucks....
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Post by Hudson_Neon » Fri Jan 11, 2008 7:41 pm

oh man. i bet you were happy with that. probably about as happy as i was when i realized i screwed over my first head project

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Post by INVUJerry » Fri Jan 11, 2008 8:01 pm

Hm....

Go to the J-yard and try to find a DOHC block?
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Post by soul_sword34 » Sat Jan 12, 2008 12:04 am

invujerry wrote:Hm....

Go to the J-yard and try to find a DOHC block?
Yep pretty much have to now. Still gotta figure out how to do this without screwing anything else up.
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MP 60mm TB, K&N filter, Magnaflow muffler, Deyeme solid torque struts, MTX 3.55, Kyle shift end links, Booger bushings, Mopure STS, Powerslot rotors, 15" Rota Slipstreams, Falken Ziex 512's, Koni Yellow inserts, Hotchkis sways, Eibach pro springs. Work in progress.

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Post by soul_sword34 » Sun Jan 13, 2008 8:13 pm

Okay re-weighing my options....again. :roll: Going to do a compression test on the stock bottom end to make sure all is well. If it is then I'm leaving the bottom end alone. Instead, I'm going to remove the middle shim from the Mopar HG and have some, not a lot, of the head shaved. Looking for 10.5 compression. Why have I decided to go this route? Figure why take the bottom end to the machine shop, i.e. balancing, honing, possible bore. When later on in the movie I plan on doing it again, possibly next year, when I replace the bottom end with forged internals. I say best to do it once and be done with it. Oh no don't shave a Magnum head!!! :lol: meh
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MP 60mm TB, K&N filter, Magnaflow muffler, Deyeme solid torque struts, MTX 3.55, Kyle shift end links, Booger bushings, Mopure STS, Powerslot rotors, 15" Rota Slipstreams, Falken Ziex 512's, Koni Yellow inserts, Hotchkis sways, Eibach pro springs. Work in progress.

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Post by soul_sword34 » Thu Jan 17, 2008 2:58 am

Just bored so I decided to polish my upper torque strut. Stared with 80 grit and worked my way up to 1500 and then a polishing compound. Pictures do no justice. Tax returns come soon!!!
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MP 60mm TB, K&N filter, Magnaflow muffler, Deyeme solid torque struts, MTX 3.55, Kyle shift end links, Booger bushings, Mopure STS, Powerslot rotors, 15" Rota Slipstreams, Falken Ziex 512's, Koni Yellow inserts, Hotchkis sways, Eibach pro springs. Work in progress.

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Post by ragek23 » Fri Jan 18, 2008 3:33 am

wow i haven't seen someone do this before ^. I'll have to try it out sometime.

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Post by kevo » Sat Jan 19, 2008 12:24 pm

Your top mount looks great. I'm actually in the process of finishing my second polished top mount. I Plan on filling this one with urethane.

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Post by soul_sword34 » Wed Mar 12, 2008 1:38 am

Okay got my tax return and the parts are rollin in. Just some pics before install.
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Sway Bars......
Front 1 1/8" (29 mm), Hollow +44%
Rear 15/16" (24 mm), Hollow
2 Position Rear +225%, +271%
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Full Suspension Poly Bushings
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MP 60mm TB, K&N filter, Magnaflow muffler, Deyeme solid torque struts, MTX 3.55, Kyle shift end links, Booger bushings, Mopure STS, Powerslot rotors, 15" Rota Slipstreams, Falken Ziex 512's, Koni Yellow inserts, Hotchkis sways, Eibach pro springs. Work in progress.

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Post by hul kogan » Wed Mar 12, 2008 10:42 am

good plan you have set out here. i am looking forward to results.

wasn't your car turbo'ed before or am i thinking of someone else?
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Post by soul_sword34 » Thu Mar 13, 2008 11:45 pm

Nope no turbo here. First project build here. :rockon:
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MP 60mm TB, K&N filter, Magnaflow muffler, Deyeme solid torque struts, MTX 3.55, Kyle shift end links, Booger bushings, Mopure STS, Powerslot rotors, 15" Rota Slipstreams, Falken Ziex 512's, Koni Yellow inserts, Hotchkis sways, Eibach pro springs. Work in progress.

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Post by soul_sword34 » Tue Mar 18, 2008 11:25 pm

Update: Magnaflow cat & Spiralflow muffler for after the cat (reduces the rasp/Honda sound). Vibrant flex and a Modern Performance 60 mm throttle body. Got the Hotchkis sways installed and squared away. Can you say 90 degree turn at 45 mph!!!!! More pics & updates to come. :D
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MP 60mm TB, K&N filter, Magnaflow muffler, Deyeme solid torque struts, MTX 3.55, Kyle shift end links, Booger bushings, Mopure STS, Powerslot rotors, 15" Rota Slipstreams, Falken Ziex 512's, Koni Yellow inserts, Hotchkis sways, Eibach pro springs. Work in progress.

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Post by hul kogan » Tue Mar 18, 2008 11:58 pm

soul_sword34 wrote:Nope no turbo here. First project build here. :rockon:
haha, i must be nuts. well good luck!
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Post by soul_sword34 » Tue Aug 19, 2008 5:30 pm

Alright. Turns out my winter project was subject to A. wifes spending habits B. job layoffs. Lol!!! I'm still in the game just going to take longer. Yet once again life tests my resolve. I will see 12's. In the mean while I completed a few cheaper projects with what I already had on hand.

Here refinished the stock creme colored pillars in black and dyed the headliner black. Now everything goes with my SRT Viper seats and I can ride in darkness!! HA! HA!

BEFORE:
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Here is my new Autometer Water Temp & Oil Press gauges. Oil pressure reads 54 psi @ idle and 74 psi @ 3,000 rpm. Warm it reads 26 psi idle and 60 psi @ 3,000 rpm steady.
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Installed the temp sender inline with the heater core return hose. Works like a charm. Reading 195 degrees normal driving and 210 hard driving steady.
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MP 60mm TB, K&N filter, Magnaflow muffler, Deyeme solid torque struts, MTX 3.55, Kyle shift end links, Booger bushings, Mopure STS, Powerslot rotors, 15" Rota Slipstreams, Falken Ziex 512's, Koni Yellow inserts, Hotchkis sways, Eibach pro springs. Work in progress.

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