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what kind of camera? i have a canon rebel t3

just FYI the front rims should always face the camera, not the tread. see attached (black car)

i got pretty good with taking multiple exposures and HDR in them together. real hdr, stacking the images. something to learn if you're looking for stuff to try. the PT in the other picture was not washed in 2 years. it wasn't even 1/4 that shiny in real life. i got good at photographing less than perfect rides (:


I just got the rebel t6 with the 18-55mm and 75-300mm lenses (package deal). Thanks for the tips, this is the first car Iíve had that i care enough about to really try to photograph so between that and the new camera thereís a slight learning curve lol. I thought about the wheels after reviewing the photos but I had lost the light at that point and it was getting colder (I HATE the cold and I was already freezing lol)


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Replaced my dipstick tube because my bracket broke with my ďnewĒ 2004 dipstick tube lol



I also found a lot of cancer in the subframe



Now Iím trying to decide if I should replace the subframe with a good scrap yard one, remove it and try to repair it, or say f*** it and start car shopping, opinions?


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Dang that rust is serious. I would try to find a better condition used one rather than repair the existing one. But I'm not a super welder/fabricator either. Maybe you could find a good west coast one on ebay? It is a bit of work replacing the subframe, but if you are handy and I think you are, its not too bad of a job.

I really love that blue color. What is the name of the color? I would've loved my wagon in that color.

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Dang that rust is serious. I would try to find a better condition used one rather than repair the existing one. But I'm not a super welder/fabricator either. Maybe you could find a good west coast one on ebay? It is a bit of work replacing the subframe, but if you are handy and I think you are, its not too bad of a job.

I really love that blue color. What is the name of the color? I would've loved my wagon in that color.


I love the color too, it was a major selling point when I bought it lol itís called Bright Island Blue Metallic (32N). I do think replacing the subframe is going to be the best option I think Iíll check local scrap yards first I know I can get one from Pull-A-Part for just under $70 I didnít think to look on eBay...good idea! It does look like a fairly straight forward job just tedious.


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Replaced the PCV Vale today because when I changed the valve cover gaskets I noticed an excessive amount of oil in the PCV hose



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A couple things... did you get the new upgraded dealer hose for the pcv valve? The new one has a reinforced section that keeps it from collapsing under heavy vacuum. To my knowledge, it is not available any place other than the dealer, but the price isn't bad.

As for your subframe, I doubt repairing it will be cost effective. A junk yard replacement is likely your best bet. I've always fantasized about replacing my 04 sub frame with an 06+ version so that I can re route the exhaust. From what I understand, they resolved some of the cat failure issues by then and made the exhaust flow a bit better. To do this however would be a LOT of fussing as some of the sensor wires are in different spots, the pre cats are different, the oil pan is different etc etc... I guy can still dream right?

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A couple things... did you get the new upgraded dealer hose for the pcv valve? The new one has a reinforced section that keeps it from collapsing under heavy vacuum. To my knowledge, it is not available any place other than the dealer, but the price isn't bad.

As for your subframe, I doubt repairing it will be cost effective. A junk yard replacement is likely your best bet. I've always fantasized about replacing my 04 sub frame with an 06+ version so that I can re route the exhaust. From what I understand, they resolved some of the cat failure issues by then and made the exhaust flow a bit better. To do this however would be a LOT of fussing as some of the sensor wires are in different spots, the pre cats are different, the oil pan is different etc etc... I guy can still dream right?


Agreed on the frame it will have to come out either way so I think a scrapyard replacement will be best, hopefully I can find one in good shape and find a way to at least somewhat rust proof it. The PCV hose was already the reinforced one not sure if it was replaced before or if they just used it from the factory on the 1.5s, I checked it a long time ago when I saw it on your build thread. I completely understand your want to swap to the later exhaust design, Iíve looked at the routing on the older ones and I have no idea how anything moves through that I swear whoever designed it must have been going for the world record for the most bends in one exhaust system lol


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Update

I was looking back at some of the things I've done and decided to write an update on the car because a lot has been done since I created this thread and recently an entirely new set of issues has surfaced.

Mileage when I got the car on 11/2/17 149,001
Current Mileage 1/11/19 162,059
Total accumulated so far 13,058

All of the leaks as of now have finally been remedied and maintenance is all currently up to date. Now the car needs the subframe patched, the left rear wheel bearing is wining, the A/C compressor is slowly dying and everywhere I look I see rust, rust and more rust.

Mods that have been done:

EGR tube has been deleted
Pre CATS have been gutted
Third CAT has been removed
Magnaflow muffler has been installed in place of third CAT along with a new "Y" pipe and flex pipe https://www.magnaflow.com/products?partNumber=10415
Completely eliminated throttle body coolant lines
Installed a CAI
Painted engine cover
Swapped the factory head-unit with the Pioneer 312-BT Digital Media Receiver
Swapped the rear two of my four Boss 6.5" three way speakers with Pioneer 6x8 two way speakers, still not sure if I like the Pioneers better or not
Installed a factory Bose subwoofer
Installed sound deadener in the trunk/hatch (Kilmat from Amazon)


Replaced my oil pressure gauge with a digital one after my mechanical one stopped working
Swapped the original instrument cluster with the electroluminescent one
Installed OEM fog lights
Swapped every single bulb on the car for LED's
All of the windows have been tinted
Evil "M" emblems
Compustar remote starter
Pretty sure that just about sums it up.

Huge thanks to all those that follow my thread!
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