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September 24th, 2019, 10:40 AM   #1
j-dogg
/p/hotoPOC
 
 
: Sep 2004
: pwning the crap out of supersquid in Unreal Tournament
: 34
: 14,811
Panda Express

AKA "Sweet 2005 mod list bro"

In the time that PT went down, I bought a white 93 PGT and started working on it.

This car got saved from a junkyard, the owner bought it from another guy who let it sit for 10 years, and he realized he was in over his head on the issues with the car so I scooped it up for a cool stack and drove it home, only overheated twice and ran from the cops once

What was supposed to be a simple two day job turned into a two week triage and resurrection. It needed SO MUCH WORK I almost named it Karen. I did the timing belt, water pump, cleared ALL 9 CEL codes holy shit. It got a new alternator, AC compressor, pretty much anything you would do on a car that was never replaced after 150k miles. I had to rewire the audio and fix all of the issues with the previous owners trying to half-ass stuff. All the speakers were blown so I spent the money for an Alpine system. It was supposed to stay relatively stock and end up a restoration project, but then I was like screw that I wanna go fast, after doing the Dragon for the first time so without further ado, I present to you the PANDA EXPRESS, the day I bought it. It looks a lot nicer in pictures than it actually is. The reality is I have seen examples in the junkyard that looked better.



OPEN HEADERS FTW, the whole exhaust was swiss cheese. I could almost stick my hand through th\e muffler lol

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PhôtôPOC(tm)
MM9 MMX FF FF2 FF3 FF4 FF5
95' base 301k of DD sex on factory-sealed motor and climbing, Eibach pro kit, chrome swirls, 626 swaybar, front and rear STB's, Frankenprobe's Brembro rotors, ice-cold AC


93' PGT 174k, MS2PNP, Innovate LC2, ported G4 mani, Hotshot headers, Greddy SP2, Mazda6 BBK on EBC Yellowstuff, SS brakelines, 626 swaybar, Alpine, RPF1s
91' PLX MTX 255k. 2.5" into a Flowmaster 40

 
September 24th, 2019, 10:55 AM   #2
j-dogg
/p/hotoPOC
 
 
: Sep 2004
: pwning the crap out of supersquid in Unreal Tournament
: 34
: 14,811
Timing belt and water pump





AFTERMATH. Also did the AC compressor, lines, wiring, alternator (almost beat Travis's time of 10 minutes) coolant flush, tons of leaking lines and a whole bunch of small shit under the hood.



Dad and I cleaning the dirt off, this is the last white car I ever own



Some decent /p/hotos cleaned up. Nikon Df ftw









This was actually a little later after a lot more work but I included it here in the /p/ section



IT BEGINS. That is a real Greddy SP2 and legit ceramic coated Hotshot headers, which actually came off my old black 94 that was at Myrtle. Lots of legit old stuff about to go on this car. It had a Bomz front STB until my G4 manifold went on

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PhôtôPOC(tm)
MM9 MMX FF FF2 FF3 FF4 FF5
95' base 301k of DD sex on factory-sealed motor and climbing, Eibach pro kit, chrome swirls, 626 swaybar, front and rear STB's, Frankenprobe's Brembro rotors, ice-cold AC


93' PGT 174k, MS2PNP, Innovate LC2, ported G4 mani, Hotshot headers, Greddy SP2, Mazda6 BBK on EBC Yellowstuff, SS brakelines, 626 swaybar, Alpine, RPF1s
91' PLX MTX 255k. 2.5" into a Flowmaster 40
 
September 24th, 2019, 11:09 AM   #3
j-dogg
/p/hotoPOC
 
 
: Sep 2004
: pwning the crap out of supersquid in Unreal Tournament
: 34
: 14,811
Supersquid always working on everyone else's cars, and yet he has the slowest car in FLAPOC. He legit threw this whole thing like 20 feet after we wrestled it out from under the car.



PRETTYYYYYYY. The valve cover gaskets were dumping more oil than the Deepwater Horizon so I bought the Fel-pro kit, and while I had the manifold off, hey, we should paint the VC, and while we have all this off, that rear header will be really easy to get to, let's do the header install











Major junkyard score! While cruising the JY for a 626 rear swaybar, I came across a Mazda 6 with slotted front rotors and newer calipers. 90 dollars for everything. Bolted right up. This is a little later after SS lines and EBC Yellowstuff pads. This made a night and day difference, the old stock brakes were shot up like the Soviets trying to cross the Volga in Stalingrad in 1942



For a very short time it had the MAF swap. Yes it does make a HUGE difference.



After all of this work was done, I drove it to Tennessee the next day for vacation and did this, and that experience pretty much solidified the extent to which this project would reach, no longer would it be just a good daily driver with some balls



So much that I bought another Probe, and yes it's a manual Vulcan, this is going to be another project for much later on in the future, as I found it had other issues secretly hidden from me that revealed themselves in a torrential Missouri downpour

__________________
PhôtôPOC(tm)
MM9 MMX FF FF2 FF3 FF4 FF5
95' base 301k of DD sex on factory-sealed motor and climbing, Eibach pro kit, chrome swirls, 626 swaybar, front and rear STB's, Frankenprobe's Brembro rotors, ice-cold AC


93' PGT 174k, MS2PNP, Innovate LC2, ported G4 mani, Hotshot headers, Greddy SP2, Mazda6 BBK on EBC Yellowstuff, SS brakelines, 626 swaybar, Alpine, RPF1s
91' PLX MTX 255k. 2.5" into a Flowmaster 40
 
September 24th, 2019, 11:21 AM   #4
j-dogg
/p/hotoPOC
 
 
: Sep 2004
: pwning the crap out of supersquid in Unreal Tournament
: 34
: 14,811
Squid doing the battery relocation wiring



Now the real fun begins. It also has an Innovate LC-2, which Squid helped weld up the bung for on the collector. Also, Chinese collectors are junk, we could barely stick our fingers through the flexpipe but that will change in the future.



TUNING IS NOT A CRIME. Also peep the wooden shift knob, Squid makes them. Hit him up.



I actually bought an old IBM T30 Pentium 4 to tune it with, because serial ports, period correct and also most importantly, the T30 is an industrial laptop made for stupid temperatures and all the cooling inside is beefed up so it can handle track days. And Thinkpads are cool.



OBJECTS IN MIRROR ARE LOSING (or waiting in the turn lane)



Have wanted one of these forever, the diameter is a little smaller than I expected but it will make ingress and egress easy later on when I cage it and put racing seats in





This is for later, actually in a couple weeks, thanks Summit



No project is complete without NAWWWSS and a Timmy Turbo plush doll



Exile hooked me up with a spark plug wire cover

__________________
PhôtôPOC(tm)
MM9 MMX FF FF2 FF3 FF4 FF5
95' base 301k of DD sex on factory-sealed motor and climbing, Eibach pro kit, chrome swirls, 626 swaybar, front and rear STB's, Frankenprobe's Brembro rotors, ice-cold AC


93' PGT 174k, MS2PNP, Innovate LC2, ported G4 mani, Hotshot headers, Greddy SP2, Mazda6 BBK on EBC Yellowstuff, SS brakelines, 626 swaybar, Alpine, RPF1s
91' PLX MTX 255k. 2.5" into a Flowmaster 40
 
September 24th, 2019, 11:34 AM   #5
j-dogg
/p/hotoPOC
 
 
: Sep 2004
: pwning the crap out of supersquid in Unreal Tournament
: 34
: 14,811
Now a bunch of people are wondering, "why is it called the Panda Express?"

This is why. Also, truck driving FTW. I got a load up to Massachusetts to pick these up.



These don't fit by the way, if anyone has this kit and made them work let me know.



And for the coup de gras, the ultra-rare highly coveted carbon fiber hatch, yes that is one of the 15 that were made by Grounded Conceptz in 2005. This whole thing set me back I believe 1500. Anyone got a lexan window?



Now the fun part, getting it home. I rode around for a full week like this, during CVSA Inspection week, which is basically screw a trucker week where the DOT comes out of the woodwork and busts our balls over dumb shit to capitalize on fines, most truckers call it the Revenue Roundup. Every day I went across the scales like this if a DOT had seen this I would have been done for sure. To sleep at night I had to move it forward in the cab and wrap the back of my leg around the edge of the hood, it's only stupid if it doesn't work.



Hood mounted



Rear EBC 98+ 626 BBK, EBC Yellowstuff pads





Squid wrestling with the brake line, we never got the old one off, any ideas outside of cutting it and putting a new one in?



That's where we are for now, in two weeks it gets a power steering cooler, external oil cooler, some suspension stuff, and possibly a set of Enkei RPF1s

We can talk all day about what it WILL get later on, but whatever I decide to do, it will be very fast and it will have a completely fully built-to-the-moon engine and transmission. Right now I'm just focusing on all the supporting mods while I figure out how I want to go fast.
__________________
PhôtôPOC(tm)
MM9 MMX FF FF2 FF3 FF4 FF5
95' base 301k of DD sex on factory-sealed motor and climbing, Eibach pro kit, chrome swirls, 626 swaybar, front and rear STB's, Frankenprobe's Brembro rotors, ice-cold AC


93' PGT 174k, MS2PNP, Innovate LC2, ported G4 mani, Hotshot headers, Greddy SP2, Mazda6 BBK on EBC Yellowstuff, SS brakelines, 626 swaybar, Alpine, RPF1s
91' PLX MTX 255k. 2.5" into a Flowmaster 40

 
September 24th, 2019, 07:30 PM   #6
Brizzy
Senior Member
 
: Sep 2005
: Manitoba
: 30
: 2,021
Nice retro parts list!

That coolant crossover looks pretty rusty - keep an eye on it!
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M62 In Progress...

 
September 28th, 2019, 11:22 AM   #7
n8r
Supercharged Member
 
: Nov 2007
: Canada land
: 30
: 1,096
I have the hatch and the headlight covers. The hatch isn’t a 100% fit but not terrrrible. My headlight covers came adhered to factory covers. Not sure if that’s how they all came or not
 
September 28th, 2019, 09:39 PM   #8
mac1
Probe has-been
 
 
: Jun 2001
: Phoenix
: 13,951
Very cool stuff, good to know MEgasquirt was added. And why the Boost gauge?

and I spot a escort/tracer Wagon in the pics LOL
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1993 Mercury tRacer :Vitara & mFactory: was my #1
1994 Mercury TrAcer Wagon : '02 SPI swap : the loaner
2001 Hyundai Accent 2.0L-T3 swaphas flat pots
2014 Factory Five 818s EJ255t :it's adorable
2000 Lotus esprit v8TT : under the knife 2018
2003 Pathfinder 200k miles : The daily
No I do not Uber any of these

 
September 29th, 2019, 06:43 AM   #9
j-dogg
/p/hotoPOC
 
 
: Sep 2004
: pwning the crap out of supersquid in Unreal Tournament
: 34
: 14,811
My dad's old car, he sold it to a friend of mine and now it has a transmission issue. Want it? He's going to scrap it, clean title just needs a gearbox. Solid engine, burns oil, the rest of the car is rough but it would be a good fixer upper the AC worked on it recently, it's had the compressor bypassed now though
__________________
PhôtôPOC(tm)
MM9 MMX FF FF2 FF3 FF4 FF5
95' base 301k of DD sex on factory-sealed motor and climbing, Eibach pro kit, chrome swirls, 626 swaybar, front and rear STB's, Frankenprobe's Brembro rotors, ice-cold AC


93' PGT 174k, MS2PNP, Innovate LC2, ported G4 mani, Hotshot headers, Greddy SP2, Mazda6 BBK on EBC Yellowstuff, SS brakelines, 626 swaybar, Alpine, RPF1s
91' PLX MTX 255k. 2.5" into a Flowmaster 40
 
September 29th, 2019, 09:34 AM   #10
mac1
Probe has-been
 
 
: Jun 2001
: Phoenix
: 13,951
I have a spare auto trans from a 92, but i need to get rid of my Wagon.
__________________
1993 Mercury tRacer :Vitara & mFactory: was my #1
1994 Mercury TrAcer Wagon : '02 SPI swap : the loaner
2001 Hyundai Accent 2.0L-T3 swaphas flat pots
2014 Factory Five 818s EJ255t :it's adorable
2000 Lotus esprit v8TT : under the knife 2018
2003 Pathfinder 200k miles : The daily
No I do not Uber any of these
 
October 6th, 2019, 05:52 PM   #11
j-dogg
/p/hotoPOC
 
 
: Sep 2004
: pwning the crap out of supersquid in Unreal Tournament
: 34
: 14,811
Got some new shoes, RPF1s

__________________
PhôtôPOC(tm)
MM9 MMX FF FF2 FF3 FF4 FF5
95' base 301k of DD sex on factory-sealed motor and climbing, Eibach pro kit, chrome swirls, 626 swaybar, front and rear STB's, Frankenprobe's Brembro rotors, ice-cold AC


93' PGT 174k, MS2PNP, Innovate LC2, ported G4 mani, Hotshot headers, Greddy SP2, Mazda6 BBK on EBC Yellowstuff, SS brakelines, 626 swaybar, Alpine, RPF1s
91' PLX MTX 255k. 2.5" into a Flowmaster 40

 
October 10th, 2019, 05:52 AM   #12
j-dogg
/p/hotoPOC
 
 
: Sep 2004
: pwning the crap out of supersquid in Unreal Tournament
: 34
: 14,811
Honestly he would probably give you the wagon for free if you came and got it. It had working AC very recently
__________________
PhôtôPOC(tm)
MM9 MMX FF FF2 FF3 FF4 FF5
95' base 301k of DD sex on factory-sealed motor and climbing, Eibach pro kit, chrome swirls, 626 swaybar, front and rear STB's, Frankenprobe's Brembro rotors, ice-cold AC


93' PGT 174k, MS2PNP, Innovate LC2, ported G4 mani, Hotshot headers, Greddy SP2, Mazda6 BBK on EBC Yellowstuff, SS brakelines, 626 swaybar, Alpine, RPF1s
91' PLX MTX 255k. 2.5" into a Flowmaster 40
 
October 12th, 2019, 08:28 PM   #13
mac1
Probe has-been
 
 
: Jun 2001
: Phoenix
: 13,951
:

bought a white 93 PGT and started working on it.




:
Squid doing the battery relocation wiring


who’s car?
__________________
1993 Mercury tRacer :Vitara & mFactory: was my #1
1994 Mercury TrAcer Wagon : '02 SPI swap : the loaner
2001 Hyundai Accent 2.0L-T3 swaphas flat pots
2014 Factory Five 818s EJ255t :it's adorable
2000 Lotus esprit v8TT : under the knife 2018
2003 Pathfinder 200k miles : The daily
No I do not Uber any of these

 

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