The most die hard of DSMers already know this is a 2GNT, but so what? It’s a super clean, red Eclipse, and Josh took a couple minutes to share his story with us. The Shootout is right around the corner. Are you ready?
What’s your name, location, and occupation?
My name is Josh Essex. I’m 19, and I live in North Ridgeville, Ohio. I am currently a college student at Lorain County Community College for Physical Therapy.
What’s your weapon (vehicle) of choice, how did you come to own it, and how do you use it?
My vehicle of choice is my 97 Mitsubishi Eclipse RS. I bought the car off of a friends friend and it has been my daily driver for about a year now.
Why did you decide to build the 420A? What problems did that cause? Benefits?
Well, there are a lot of reasons I decided to build my 420A; the main reason is because I got scammed when I bought it and found out it had a blown head gasket a day later. I haven’t had any real problems as of yet, just little typical things that go wrong. Some benefits are I took this car further than it has seen in years; I feel I saved a DSM.
What do you say to people who think red cars attract unwanted attention from the police?
I usually tell them its all in how you are driving your car on the road. If you are driving dumb and the police sees a slick red car fly by he’s going to pull you over. Also because red cars just attract attention because they’re bright.
Tell us about your DSM/Evo Shootout plans later this summer.
This year, my plans for the Shootout are to have my built motor in, and hopefully broken in and running strong with a turbo kit and run it on Sunday to see what I can do. This will be my second Shootout. I am so pumped to go, I wish there were a Shootout every weekend!
Share a cool story from your past and a goal for the future.
My interest for cars started when I was little. I always wanted a Eclipse. When I bought the car, I had so many plans I wanted to do. As a typical high schooler, I wanted a body kit and some big rims. I knew nothing about cars at the time and then I found the forums and all my goals changed. I then realized not many people put body kits on these cars. Then I really got into my car and wanted to rebuild it so it can handle 22psi, so I did all my research ’til my eyes were dry. I drove 3 hrs to pick up my current motor that I am building.
Share one of your favorite tips/tricks/ideas.
One of the most helpful tips I have come across when I swapped bumpers is to have a magnetic tray to hold all the nuts and bolts or you wont be able to bolt the bumper back on. I still have a lot of bolts left over from not doing that. A helpful tip someone told me is, when changing the heater core hoses, get hose clamp pliers. I started to change mine without any and it took me 2 days to get one clamp off.
What does being a gearhead mean to you?
What a gearhead means to me is turning your own wrenchrs, working on your car with buddys, and not getting discouraged when something breaks, because I believe all things are fixable. And dont make fun of others rides. It’s their car they can do what they please.
How do you define ‘high performance machine?’
To me a high performance machine has to be able to withstand what the driver puts it through and give the driver the results he is going for. For a 420A, you have to really know what you are doing when it comes to building the motor and tuning the car, because if one thing goes wrong in tuning, you could throw away thousands of dollars and countless hours of wrench time.
How do you define ‘high performance life?’
In a high performance life you have to be very dedicated and responsible. If you are none of those, serious things can go wrong. You also need to be a team player.
Even though the non-turbo DSMs represented the vast majority of DSM sales 1990-1999, they have relatively little in common with their Mitsubishi-powered sister cars, making them the path less traveled. We at Gearbox Magazine cut our teeth on 2GNT DSMs and have a lot of respect for the people who continue to push the envelope and develop this oft neglected platform.
Did you buy the less supported trim level of your car? Tell us about it in the comments below and keep going fast with class.