Dealing with Rounded Nuts

Broken bolts and rounded  nuts are probably the most common issues with working on a car over 20 years old. In fact, I’d say it’s one of the most common issues for any kind of mechanical work. Now that I’m finishing up the tear down on the donor for my all wheel drive Spyder project, I want to share some of the ways I’ve managed to remove rounded nuts. From low tech, high effort methods to specialty tools that cost more but make life easier, I’ll go over a number of ways to tackle the issue of a rounded nut....

Spyder AWD Swap – Parts list/donor background

If you’ve been following us on instagram (VertTuner), you know I’ve spent the summer working on two projects. The first was replacing the headgasket on a 99 Subaru Outback Legacy. The aim of the first project is to make it a daily driver while I work on the second, more long term project, swapping the drivetrain in the Spyder to an all wheel drive. We’re sticking with automatic, but we’ll be adding a translab shift kit, a Kiggly 5 disc front clutch pack, and a forced four shift box. So we’ll have more traction, hold more power, shift harder, and...

Making space in the engine bay without crowding the trunk

One of the biggest eyesores in the engine bay is the battery. Not only is it unsightly in my Spyder, it also blocks access to the fuel filter and can create issues mounting larger throttle body elbows when increasing the size of your intercooler pipes. It’s a pain to remove the battery to change fuel filters or throttle body gaskets. Hard top owners can get around this by mounting their battery in the trunk, but soft top Eclipses have about a quarter of the trunk space. My emergency kit and tools already take up a big chunk of space (They...

Brace for corners!

One of most fun parts of driving a convertible is driving through the twisties on a sunny day.  Taking a tight corner is one the most exhilarating parts of driving any car. One of the biggest components of maintaining control in a hard corner is limiting what’s called body roll. Body roll is the flexing of the chassis that occurs during the shift in momentum as the car changes direction. It’s essentially a load transfer. As the load shifts toward the outside of the corner, traction is impacted as tire grip is reduced. Suspension kits, sway bars, and strut braces...

Depressurizing the Fuel System

I’m replacing the stock fuel pressure regulator in the eclipse with an adjustable one. This will not only let me adjust the base fuel pressure to compensate for higher boost if needed, but will also prevent larger fuel pumps from overrunning the regulator and causing a rich condition. I’m planning to upgrade to a 255 LPH fuel pump from Walbro in the near future, and that’s known to over run the stock fuel pressure regulator.  Before I begin, I need to depressurize the fuel system. This will prevent pressurized fuel from spraying everywhere when I begin disconnecting the fuel system....