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Old 10-16-2013, 05:07 PM   #1
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2002 SVT Budget Build

Alright so ive been a proud owner of a ZX3 for about 8 months now and just about a month ago, i found a pretty good deal on an SVT and i went for it. Its a 2002 sonic blue SVT with the winter package. it came on a set of black 6 spokes with the stock rims included and for $1700 I bought it. only thing is its currently got 196000 miles and climbing as it is my daily driver! I absolutely love the SVT and never even touch the ZX3 anymore as Its not nearly as fun. the ZX3has 123000 miles and im looking to sell it, but enough with the ZX3. this is pretty much a thread that im starting and will slowly be uploading pictures of small things that ive done to the SVT and things i will be doing. Im a 17 year old high schooler so obviously, im not looking to spend thousands on my car that may just die anyways. haha so most of what i do will probably be cheap DIY mods that cost little but still give the fun of a modified car so... Here they are!


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Old 10-16-2013, 05:08 PM   #2
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alright here we go,
so first off I just wanted to show a couple more pictures of the car when I got it
At work:

a couple dents and scratches. it was a city car so you know, it looks like a city car.


a little rust on the hood:



my license plate lights were broken and I needed some new bulbs. so instead, I wired some white LEDs in there and they look pretty good at night! also got a tinted license plate cover


the stock radio was completely broken and I was eager to hear the sub so, I pulled the head unit out of the ZX3 and it plugged straight into the SVT all except the sub.. my ZX3 had no sub so I figured I would have to do some custom wiring... heres me at night staring at the wires hoping I would get some ideas...

eventually after using a thread on FocusFanatics, I found what wires needed to be spliced!

and it worked! I was super excited to have a sub and drove around in the middle of the night rockin out.
both of my foglights were smashed so I picked up a set at walmart for $20 bucks! I had to get pretty creative in mounting them but the fit perfectly! and they really do light up the road for quite a distance!

from the back:

then I did the foglight mod and put a fuse in there so I wouldn't melt my entire wiring harness.

I also did some headlight sanding and buffing with a 3M kit. the pictures don't do justice but lets just say before, they were REALLY bad, and after, theyre not as bad.. haha but I was impressed. Before:

After:

then while on vacation over the summer, I found an AEM cold air intake at a yard sale and bought it for $10! after another $10 coupling and some hacking with a saw it was on! I was super excited about this because it really gives the car a throaty growl! I don't feel any performance gains but I do love the sound. while installing it though I discovered my stock filter was literally drenched in oil so it was probably about time for a change anyway.

my stock rims were pretty scratched up so I decided to experiment with plastidip and I always liked how blue cars looked with white rims so I went for it!

oh yea and some time in there I painted my calipers

more of the white rims. I like them!


got the badge too

I had some extra LEDs from my license plate so I wired them up and suck one strip in with the sub:


and the other strip on the other side of the trunk just to illuminate things at night a little more. these come on when the trunk is opened.

at this point I really liked where the car was going but there was one thing that I always thought would be a cool edition and that was a badgeless grille. I wasn't sure how to remove my ford emblem without leaving a black circle or a hole there and I wanted a nice uniform finish. SO. I decided to get creative with some metal and a welder and see what I could come up with!
Me welding


And again welding at night when i probably should have been doing homework.

And heres the frame! It took much longer than i expected it. To and i had to grind and reweld multiple times until all the bends and angles were right and it fit nicely between the bumper and hood. I was starting to get excited as the grille was beginning to take on shape!

Then i got some metal mesh and cut it to shape. It was too thin to weld directly to the frame so i had so weld some small pieces of roundbar behind the mesh so that it would stay on. It took a bit of time but it worked out.

Couldnt help but to set it on the bumper to see how it looked. It was lookin pretty good and everything lined up good enough for me!

I welded some brackets on there and hit it with some black paint!


And its on! looks nice!

I had to chop up my old grille to get the blinker housings. I mounted them right behind the grille and they look pretty good.



The grille turned out better than i expected and for $15, id say it was a win! And that brings me up to where the car is currently! Its been alot of fun so far and i hope this is just the beginning! Feel free to post any comments, questions, or suggestions. Future plans/dreams for the car are some proper lowered springs, nice deep sounding exhaust, (borla?), window tint, roof rack (maybe something custom made), sanding and actually painting the rims, blue gauge and HVAC lights to match the radio and the whole car, and just general upkeep including sorting out that coolant leak somewhere... Anyways, thanks for reading and i will continue to update you guys as i do little things here and there. And hopefully the car lasts me for many years to come!

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Old 10-16-2013, 05:12 PM   #3
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You have to upload your pictures to an external site such as photo bucket and then copy the URL to here.
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Old 10-16-2013, 05:15 PM   #4
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aha got it! thanks!
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Old 10-16-2013, 05:51 PM   #5
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A nice purchase. What stock wheels came with it?
196k is a bit high but keep up with the maintenance and it should last awhile yet.

your about 45min south of me
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Old 10-16-2013, 06:01 PM   #6
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it came with the 5 spoke svt rims. they were pretty rough and scratched but im not a big fan of the black 6 spoke rims so I plastidipped the 5 spokes and im using them now. black rims are for sale now. I hope it lasts! haha ill start loading more posts and pictures this weekend when I have time.
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yeah I was gonna say say, not to fond of them six spokes you had on there
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Nice dude, I'd keep both ;D.

As far as cheap DIY mods go, I'd leave it alone and spend the money on maintence. The SVT is the "fun little modified car" that the ZX3 isn't. That's not say you can't improve on it, but in many cases the SVT is done right in the ways the bases models are not.

However I might list
-cleaning the rusty suspension parts, then paint them with something good. While you there replace bushing and anything that looks worn past due.

-Maybe tint? maybe darker tint?

-Clean up or replace OEM 17" rims while you have an extra set. I think the 5 spokes look terrible in dark colors, so re spray them or pay somebody so they look good. (nice condition ones cost about $300 and under $600 with tires usually so keep that in mind if you take that route)

-maybe buff/detail the paint so it looks fresh ta deff since it already looks clean.

-Upgrade your sound system? If you have the 9006 stereo its pretty decent. I got a bumping system in my ZX3 and I don't plan on doing anything to my SVT but maybe sound deaden or run a blue tooth FM interrupter though the radio

-under hood, meh, detail it out so its not so dirty but if you short on cash and don't ever plan on tuning it then don't go further than replacing parts with good OEM parts.

-keep reading forum and think about what you really liked on other peoples cars. then stare at yours. maybe after staring at when your older stare at it with a beer in your hand. Then go back inside and read more forum stuff because you stood outside for long enough for some people to post more.
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Old 10-17-2013, 09:05 AM   #9
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Easy now, he's only 17, no beer for him! ^

Looks good, kinda like the wheels that came on the car. I would completely get the car to a clean state before doing a single mod. It will make you feel so good.
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Some of the best things to do on the cheap:

Keep that car spotless and spend time cleaning it. Looks like the headlights could use a little buffing too.

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Easy now, he's only 17, no beer for him! ^
lol, not sure how the laws in PA are but one state over in OH, its perfectly legal for a parent/guardian to furnish/provide/allow their kid to drink at their home.
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