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Getting this 2003 back on the road. Time for some overhaulin!

 
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Old 21 Jul 2012, 10:32 am
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Default Getting this 2003 back on the road. Time for some overhaulin!

I have been looking for another shop car for my daughter to drive to and from work and to help her in taking packages to post office and FedEX for shipping.
I ran across this deal on a 2003 PT Cruiser.

We picked it up locally on EBAY for 900.00
The good
the car was in overall really clean condition.
No rust anywhere
insde just needs a good detailing
and overall a car that had been cared for nicely

The bad
The owner we bought it from had the timing belt break. Car has 125k on it so I called our local boneyard and found a replacement 2.4 from another 2003 with only 51k on it for mileage. I picked up the motor for 500.00
The driver door was hit prior to our purchase and the door and fender needed replaced.
I found a really nice door and fender in Idaho for 500.00 shipped. Same PB5 blue as well.
These will be here on Monday.
So with the new fender, foor and motor we have 1900.00 into the car.
I decided to put new timing belt, water pump, plugs wires, o2 sensor, intake and exhaust gaskets on the motor while it was out
this added 250.00 to the project making it 2150.00 into the car.
Upon pulling motor we found that we need a new radiator as the one in the car had oil in in so I decided to replace with a new one for 110.00 our dealer cost and will have it on Monday

OK Pics in next post
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Old 21 Jul 2012, 10:34 am
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Default Re: Getting this 2003 back on the road. Time for some overhaulin!

dropping motor from bottom is not that bad!
best way to do it from what we could see

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Old 21 Jul 2012, 10:42 am
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Default Re: Getting this 2003 back on the road. Time for some overhaulin!

Pictures didn't make it.
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Old 21 Jul 2012, 10:43 am
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Started on the work last night

Car on the lift


Old motor out




New motor all ready to go back in


Finished for the night

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Pictures didn't make it.
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since I am new they have to be approved for the looks of it
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Old 21 Jul 2012, 12:10 pm
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Default Re: Getting this 2003 back on the road. Time for some overhaulin!

Looks like a few hours work huh? No better way though to make sure to get a good look at a motor than to have it out on the floor!
Good luck.
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Old 21 Jul 2012, 01:10 pm
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Looks like a few hours work huh? No better way though to make sure to get a good look at a motor than to have it out on the floor!
Good luck.

Thats for sure!

NEw radiator is being ordered on Monday should have it Monday afternoon or Tuesday
New rotors and pads, ball joints and tie rod ends going on as well since we are at it.

Then new wheels and tires

Last of the project will be a double din NAV with Arc Audio components up front and then two 8: subs in rear custom molded into where the current stock speakers. The double din will be painted blue as well to match the gauge cluster and the glove box.

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Old 21 Jul 2012, 02:20 pm
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The owner we bought it from had the timing belt break. Car has 125k on it so I called our local boneyard and found a replacement 2.4 from another 2003 with only 51k on it for mileage. I picked up the motor for 500.00
You know a broken timing belt doesn't ruin these engines. They are non-interference. Did you try and replace the belt in the old engine first?

Then again, now you got an engine with only 51K and a spare for parts.
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Old 21 Jul 2012, 02:30 pm
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You know a broken timing belt doesn't ruin these engines. They are non-interference. Did you try and replace the belt in the old engine first?

Then again, now you got an engine with only 51K and a spare for parts.
Nope didnt even want to try.
I liked the idea of having a 51k motor in the car versus a 125k motor.

for 500.00 more to me it was worth it to change motors.

Having put all the new parts on it we did I feel alot better about it. Sticking our daughter in this car for her to drive to and from work so I dont need her having any troubles!
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Old 21 Jul 2012, 03:40 pm
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Default Re: Getting this 2003 back on the road. Time for some overhaulin!

Wish my finder started off that good. One of the good colors IMHO. Somebody backed up with the door open It would appear. When you get done with that one I will bring one of mine over.
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