Project Starion
Return to project progress index
8/24/2003 Stock Drivetrain Removal

Click on the image to see a full size version
As you can see the stock engine and transmission were pulled out of their 15 year home together as a unit. This kinda took me back to my roots of working on V8s. Since I've been working on front wheel drive DSMs for a few years, I would have to say overall, this engine/tranny was easier to remove.

The new engine and tranny will also be installed as a single unit.
Here is the stock 5 speed transmission from the car. It looks great and I hope it will find a good home soon. Again, after playing with front wheel drive cars for years it's nice to see a big old rear wheel drive 5 speed again.
The time has come to say goodbye to this fallen relic of Mitsu engine history. Goodbye old friend, I hope they melt you down into something cool like a statue or something.
Mmmmm...leftovers! From power steering to old-school ABS, this is just some of the big stuff that has left the car never to return.
Box-O-Crap® contains lots of the little ods and ends like the clutch pedal assembly, A/C lines, electronics and more stuff that is gone for good.

Box-O-Crap®-only $14.95-

Warning: Pregnant women, the elderly and children under 10 should avoid prolonged exposure to Box-O-Crap®.

Caution: Box-O-Crap® may suddenly accelerate to dangerous speeds.

Box-O-Crap® Contains a liquid core, which, if exposed due to rupture, should not be touched, inhaled, or looked at.

Do not use Box-O-Crap® on concrete.
    Discontinue use of Box-O-Crap® if any of the following occurs:
  • Itching
  • Vertigo
  • Dizziness
  • Tingling in extremities
  • Loss of balance or coordination
  • Slurred speech
  • Temporary blindness
  • Profuse sweating
  • Heart palpitations
If Box-O-Crap® begins to smoke, get away immediately. Seek shelter and cover head.

Box-O-Crap® may stick to certain types of skin.

When not in use, Box-O-Crap® should be returned to its special container and kept under refrigeration...

Failure to do so relieves the makers of Box-O-Crap® of any and all liability.

Ingredients of Box-O-Crap® include an unknown glowing substance which fell to Earth, presumably from outer space.

Do not taunt Box-O-Crap®.

Box-O-Crap® comes with a lifetime guarantee.


Yecch! After removing the engine and a few other items, the gunk of 15 hard years covered everything. Guess what I'll be doing in the next few weeks? Time to bust out the toothbrush and degreaser, cause dental hygene is important.
Attention stock engine wiring harness...come out with your plugs up...your service is no longer needed here. In other words, get your old, wirey, greasy, outdated ass outta here!
I've always felt that the amount of blood one sheds while working on a car is equally relative to the level of his or her dedication. Here are two recent examples. You should get bonus points when the grease/oil mixes into the blood/wound.