Charlotte's Progress Log

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Charlotte's Progress Log

Post by 03SXTGUY » Wed Apr 27, 2011 7:36 pm

Name: Charlotte
Father: Ben
Born: 2003
Gender: Neon SXT 2.0 4Cyl
Attributes: 132 HP, 130 lb-ft Torque, Automatic Transaxle

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Thanks goes out to iThane for inspiring me...did I say inspiring? I should have said pestering ;) ...to build this log. So here it goes!

Just today I chose to name her Charlotte. Many car enthusiasts might question why the hell would I choose that name? Well, you see, the story of when Charlotte came into my life began the summer of 2003 when she was bought brand new by my sister, Kelly. Kelly owned her until December, 2009 when the big bad mean state people called her basically "salvaged goods." :(

Kelly was driving one early morning before sunrise on a dark, back country road when a deer jumped out of nowhere. Instead of Charlotte getting to meet and play with Mr. Deer, Kelly over-steered to the right and Charlotte got introduced to Mr. Guardrail instead!

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For a year, Charlotte stayed sick in the Garage E.R's bed not getting any better. Her sister Audina, however, was having a blast with Kelly's brother Ben (me) ;) Only, Audina was the very needy child - so Ben sold her for adoption (LOL).

Ben's love & desire towards Charlotte grew as he cared for her each day - getting her well.

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Slowly, but surely, Charlotte started feeling like her old self... :D

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So today, Charlotte is a happy go-lucky gal again, out playing around on the (pot-holy) roads of SW Pennsylvania. If only, as her father, I could get her to stop flirting with all those damn Ram boys! GRRR

So now, to answer your question as to "Why, Charlotte?" Here's why:

When I took a gigantic hit on the Audi (selling it, that is...) and ended up getting the Neon fixed and road-legal again...I was sooo tired of investing money into a damn car ($25k on the Audi - $9k in repairs/maintenance alone w/ me doing 95% of the labor!) I wanted to scream. I swore to myself that I was just going to fix the Neon back to factory specs and leave her the hell alone!

Well folks...take a guess of what didn't end up happening... lol Yep...you guessed it! I couldn't leave her alone...could I!? Slowly but surely, she is like a spider building a web, in which I am getting more and more sucked into. Hence her new name, Charlotte!! :D

Now, for the fun part of the log... Onto the pics!

January 28, 2011:

20% Window Tint x5 Windows
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April 23, 2011:
Order a bunch of OEM Silver SRT-4 Parts
-- (1) OEM Silver SRT-4 Spoiler
-- (1) OEM Silver Set (x4) SRT-4 Side Skirts / Door Trim Panels
-- (1) SRT-4 Catback Exhaust
-- (1) Mopar Silver Lip Kit (Front / Rear) Fascia

April 25, 2011:

Side Molding Removal (SRT-4) & Trunk Debadge:
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April 26, 2011:

Pick up SRT-4 Catback Exhaust from Ryan (sidepipe87) and install:
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Install VVME 6000K HID Conversion Kit & Aimed Properly:
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April 27, 2011:

Touch-Up The Off Centered Rear Cutouts For The SRT-4 Exhaust:
--Doesn't look wonderful, but much better than it did! It will do at least until the lip kit arrives in just a couple days! :D
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Order Brand New All-Chrome Lug Nuts :)

Install Cross-Drilled Rotors (R1Concepts) & Ceramic Pads / Paint Calibers Silver To Match The Rear Drums:

Pretty :D
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Yucky!:
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Driver Side:
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Thanks for reading y'all! That's all I've done for now - quite a bit for only owning her for 4 months, eh? lol ;) I will keep you updated with pics as I do more.


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Post by LilSparkPlug » Wed Apr 27, 2011 7:59 pm

Nice work so far :) off to a good start

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Post by TheRandom1 » Wed Apr 27, 2011 8:22 pm

Looking good so far!
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Post by 03SXTGUY » Wed Apr 27, 2011 8:27 pm

Thanks Crystal! :-)
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Post by 04 Mo Neon » Wed Apr 27, 2011 8:29 pm

I really liked the story, felt like I was in grade school again!

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Post by 03SXTGUY » Wed Apr 27, 2011 8:42 pm

LOL Thanks Mo! That was my aim ;) To tell it like a funny kid's story :D

Random1: thanks man!


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Shipping update as of right now:

Side skirts: Estimated delivery tomorrow ( 4/28 )
Spoiler: No estimated delivery available but shipped w/ the side skirts so should be tomorrow :)

20 new chrome lug nuts status: Arrived at USPS today

Mopar Lip Kit Order Status: Cross Shipped From Depot 1-4 DAYS

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Post by LilSparkPlug » Wed Apr 27, 2011 9:27 pm

What's next after all these parts? Lowering springs? By the way, I love the name choice and how you came up with it I got a kick out of it.

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Post by 03SXTGUY » Wed Apr 27, 2011 9:50 pm

hahaha :thumbup: thanks! It just came to me this morning when I was fixing my cut outs on the bumper...the funny part is, the name came first - the concept/rationale came second!

I really doubt I'll do lowering springs...the hills and potholes around Pittsburgh are BRUTAL to any car that sits lower than a raised Ram 2500 Cummins ;) Ryan will back me up on that one.

Wheels were not on the agenda, either - as I'm trying to stay as stock as possible - but more along the route of SRT stock just b/c I've really grown to love the look of a silver SRT. I did see Exubus having his Sport Edition 5 spokes up for trade on DF and I contacted him about it...I think they would look really nice -- I love the look of 'em!

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but then he & his wifey decided to keep 'em as summer wheels & found cheap oem 15's in a junk yard for winter use; which I can completely understand. If he does decide to sell, however, I'm the first one he's contacting hehe :lol:

Like this silver SRT - I'm in love w/ the look...So clean & sexxy!

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Post by TheRandom1 » Wed Apr 27, 2011 9:51 pm

Those would look awesome!
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Post by 2005.Neon.SXT » Wed Apr 27, 2011 9:59 pm

I definitely loved the story as well.

But am I the first to notice that:
03SXTGUY wrote:(1) OEM Silver SRT-4 Spoiler
Yet it's not?..

I am definitely not raggin on ya, since I don't necessarily like the high-rise SRT-4 spoiler/wing, but just wanted to point that out... that it's an SXT wing, not SRT-4 wing :thumbup:

It all looks good man! Where'd you get the rotors from?

*EDIT*

So I was lookin through again, and noticed you had the SXT wing from the git-go... I'm assuming you haven't put the SRT-4 wing on yet?... I feel like a 'tard :tardbang: haha... anyhow...
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Post by TheRandom1 » Wed Apr 27, 2011 10:01 pm

2005.Neon.SXT wrote:I definitely loved the story as well.

But am I the first to notice that:
03SXTGUY wrote:(1) OEM Silver SRT-4 Spoiler
Yet it's not?..

I am definitely not raggin on ya, since I don't necessarily like the high-rise SRT-4 spoiler/wing, but just wanted to point that out... that it's an SXT wing, not SRT-4 wing :thumbup:

It all looks good man! Where'd you get the rotors from?
You are the only one to notice it... because he said he's ordering that, haha.
03SXTGUY wrote:
April 23, 2011:
Order a bunch of OEM Silver SRT-4 Parts
-- (1) OEM Silver SRT-4 Spoiler
-- (1) OEM Silver Set (x4) SRT-4 Side Skirts / Door Trim Panels
-- (1) SRT-4 Catback Exhaust
-- (1) Mopar Silver Lip Kit (Front / Rear) Fascia
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Post by 2005.Neon.SXT » Wed Apr 27, 2011 10:03 pm

TheRandom1 wrote:You are the only one to notice it... because he said he's ordering that, haha.
Ya... *sigh* hence my edit on the first comment...

Yet another asian fail... *facepalm*
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Post by TheRandom1 » Wed Apr 27, 2011 10:04 pm

No fair editing and trying to make me look bad! :rofl:
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Post by 2005.Neon.SXT » Wed Apr 27, 2011 10:05 pm

TheRandom1 wrote:No fair editing and trying to make me look bad! :rofl:
:lol: it's all good, we can look like idiots together!... or if you want, I'll take the spotlight :D

Anyway, I'll get back on topic with this thread.
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Post by akirony » Wed Apr 27, 2011 10:06 pm

Man that edit was quick!

It would be nice to see more silver neons. Always looking for more ideas.
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Post by 04 Mo Neon » Wed Apr 27, 2011 11:18 pm

2005.Neon.SXT wrote:
TheRandom1 wrote:You are the only one to notice it... because he said he's ordering that, haha.
Ya... *sigh* hence my edit on the first comment...

Yet another asian fail... *facepalm*
He noticed because in the back of his mind he is actually in love with the srt-4 spoiler xD.
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Post by 03SXTGUY » Wed Apr 27, 2011 11:45 pm

LOL y'all are cracking me up and I'm supposed to be working on my systems analysis report! *shakes finger* ;)

Yes - I have an SXT thus currently I have an SXT spoiler. I just happened to come across an already silver SRT-4 spoiler for a great price so I had to grab it. :D I'll throw it on and see if I like it being that high - if not I'll put the SXT one back on and resell the SRT one...see - game plan - all figured out haha

akirony: nice ride man. I think my two favorite colored neons are Silver and that Electric Blue - both are pretty sharp looking! One color I've never been fond of is the sunburt orange *scrunches face* It seems to be a very popular color in Pittsburgh...at least...on Cobalts, Sunfires, Neons & Grand AMs. haha :-P What part of Dallas are you from? I'm actually looking at houses in Frisco (1st choice) & Irving - plan on moving down in 2 years!!

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Post by akirony » Thu Apr 28, 2011 12:58 am

Im from south dallas and I work in arlington. The only neons around here are stock ones and the handful of srt4s that come out once a month. Everything else is modded like the westcoast though.
Frisco and irving are both great places to live but law enforcement is pretty strict. Plano even has a noise ordinance. It be nice to have a fellow 2gn'er closer than houston.
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Post by 03SXTGUY » Thu Apr 28, 2011 1:35 am

lol well I constantly say howdy & y'all so I'll fit right in :)
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Post by TheRandom1 » Thu Apr 28, 2011 7:28 am

But do you have a gunrack in the back of your pickup and wear a huge belt buckle, cowboy hat and boots? :lol: (jk, I know Texas isn't all like that)
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Post by 03SXTGUY » Thu Apr 28, 2011 8:20 am

^^^ ROTFL!


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I was thinking about ordering some NightShades and blacking out my orange side markers...what d'yall think? I think it would match better with the tint.

Also, has anyone wired the markers up to their turn signal, so it actually served a :quotes: functionality? :quotes: haha

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Post by Midnight_Rider » Thu Apr 28, 2011 10:02 am

04 Mo Neon wrote:I really liked the story, felt like I was in grade school again!
:withstupid:
I kind of figured that there was a tie-in with Charlotte's Web somewhere when I first read the name of your car. Vehicle is looking good! :thumbup:
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Post by Danteneon » Thu Apr 28, 2011 10:45 am

I like the work you have put into your project log so far. I also like your writing style...makes for an entertaining read :thumbup:

You have some nice mods on tap so far. Keep it up :D
If I could just figure out how to meld the Outback and the Neon into one car...

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Post by LilSparkPlug » Thu Apr 28, 2011 10:59 am

If you tint the orange ones, the lights will show up pink.

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Post by 03SXTGUY » Thu Apr 28, 2011 12:21 pm

Definitely good to know, Crystal - Thanks! ;)
I guess the next thing to do is decide on clear ones or tinted ones - any opinions? The silver SRT I posted above has the clear ones...I sort of like that route too - very clean looking - so I'm having trouble deciding

Thanks for the compliments Midnight & Dante - I'll try to keep y'all entertained haha I was once told my a middle school teacher that I should consider writing children's novels :rofl:
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Post by Undesolved » Thu Apr 28, 2011 1:31 pm

Sorry for the O/T.
akirony wrote: It be nice to have a fellow 2gn'er closer than houston.
I'm only 2.5 hrs East, in Abilene.
TheRandom1 wrote:But do you have a gunrack in the back of your pickup and wear a huge belt buckle, cowboy hat and boots? :lol: (jk, I know Texas isn't all like that)
I do all of the above.
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Post by iThane » Thu Apr 28, 2011 2:23 pm

Amazing recovery of the neon and a few nice mods! I would have to say
i like the srt rims better than the aftermarket 5 spokes you showed us
though. The neon looks really clean and virtually flawless too :thumbup:
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Post by 03SXTGUY » Thu Apr 28, 2011 2:59 pm

Thanks Thane :D I'm a fan of the SRT wheels too - esp. because my car is silver the alloy just looks clean and purty hehe However, it seems hard to find anyone in the PA/OH/WV/VA area looking to trade 'em. Wheels aren't really top priority to me so I would have to find wheels and tires w/ good tread for a good price before I'd consider getting them - I just am not hopeful it'll happen lol If it does...than MAN did my luck change going from the Audi to the Dodge :rofl:
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Post by 2005.Neon.SXT » Thu Apr 28, 2011 5:14 pm

Crystal... I have NiteShaded orange sidemarkers and they're not pink... If anything, they're a red-ish color, but I did tint the heck out of them :)

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And to answer your question:
03SXTGUY wrote:Also, has anyone wired the markers up to their turn signal, so it actually served a :quotes: functionality? :quotes: haha
I've had mine wired up like that for a few years now and have never had an issue. There's a how-to for it here: CLICK ME
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Post by LilSparkPlug » Thu Apr 28, 2011 9:52 pm

They're pinkish, some are more pink than others but most often that's how they end up. MyNeonSaysHi did his silver, and it blends so well I adore it.

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