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1991 Dodge Stealth

On June 20, 2004 my dreams came true.  Since my dad first bought his 1991 Dodge Stealth, I was envious.  It was the car I wanted.  Truth is, my senior year of college, I bought my first new car.  I settled for something economical... which given my career choice of radio was probably smart at the time.  Still, at that time (1988), my car of choice (if you asked me) was a Chrysler Conquest TSI.  What cha gonna do.  Then at the end of 1990, the Stealth comes along.  My dad and I are talking about it and how cool it looks and I am pushing him to get one.  He does.

Fast forward to this year.  Mom and Dad are in the market to buy 2 new cars.  My dad, after 13 years of taking care of his "baby" - the stealth - is ready to part way and buy a Mercedes Convertible and a Chrysler Pacifica. 

Parts for the Stealth were becoming harder to findand a number of items are in a state of disrepair.  The body kit that was installed on the car when it was new had been thru hell.  The front trim had been repaired many times, but the last time was the final blow.  The fiberglass was severed in two and beyond repair.  The folks my father used long ago gave up trying to find replacement kits that looked like the original, convinced they weren't out there.  The rear fender of the body kit had been removed years ago when a deer literally ran into the rear of the car.  The fog lights were damaged and had been removed.  Paint blemishes and body dings were prevalent, though the original paint was still in very good shape, as was the body of the car as a whole.

As soon as I got wind of my dads rumblings about buying a new car, I asked, "so, what are you going to do with the stealth.  If you get rid of it, I'll be really mad".  I went on to tell him I would buy it off him.  A while passed and my dad finally called and asked if I was serious about wanting the Stealth.  I told him I indeed was and was prepared for the bargaining to begin.  Well, dear old dad, with a smile in his voice said, "if you want it, it's yours".

So, my dad gifted the car to me.  On top of that, he put 4 new tires on it only months before, had work done on the engine and had a number of small issues addressed.  In other words, despite it's problems, he wanted to make sure the car was in driving shape for me.

What follows is a photo library of what's been done since I got the the car.  Pictures can be enlarged by clicking on them.  Items are not necessarily in order...
 

First order of business, was my search to find a replacement body kit online.  I was convinced that the folks my dad dealt with just didn't want to bother trying to find something.  Well, I was right.  There are probably 10-15 body kits (or more) out there for the Stealth.  To be honest though, I only found one place on the internet that had the kit to match the original.  So I bought the S-Stealth kit from Wicked Bodies for $600 plus shipping.
Next, it was a trip to Xtreme Tinting in Hagerstown, Maryland.  When I bought my 2002 Eclipse a few years ago used (less than 3000 miles on it), the first owner had used them.  I liked the job they did, so I thought, why not go to the same place.
So, did I mention that I had the body kit put on, all the scratches and dings fixed and the appropriate pieces repainted?  I also picked up some new fog lights.  Still looking for a way to recess them a little more (they stick out too much) but still look sharp.  I have only one picture of the car before... should have took more.  Will post that pic here soon.
I found myself searching the net for Stealth Parts and sites.  I found a ton of things out there and realized, there was quite a love of Stealth's & 3000GT's.  I wasn't alone in my obsession.
Close up of the Stealth logo.
The steering wheel in the car was pretty well worn.  So, I tried one of the cheapo covers you find in auto parts stores.  It actually didn't look bad but, it didn't feel great and the fit was lousy.  Then a user on the 3si.org forums suggested something called WheelSkins.  This cover is actually stitched on with a huge needle.  It took an hour to put on but let me tell you, the results were fantastic.
WheelSkins are a perfect fit as they make a custom size for most any car.  They feel great and look like they could be original equipment.  Here you see the EuroTone 2 Color I went with to compliment the color of the car.  The picture here is over exposed but you get the idea.
This photo shows 2 changes.  First, the box below the radio was formerly a stock cassette player that was disconnected years ago.  I ordered the storage shelf to sit in it's place.  Just recently, I bought a new CDA-9820XM Alpine head unit off of EBay to replace an old Kenwood.  The cool thing here is that the radio has XM Satellite Radio and the tuner is built in to the radio.  No external tuner required anymore!
Got a set of JBL GTO-220 midrange / tweeter combination's brand new from a member of 3si and they now fill spots that previously had a plug in them.  The car had the stock radio in it which included 4 speakers.  The upgraded radio had 6.  THis was a stroke of good luck.  These speakers were discontinued and are near impossible to find, but are a perfect fit for the Stealth's unique size mounting hole.
Another picture of the GTO-220's.  In this picture taken from the outside of the car thru the front window, you can see a broken air vent as well.  I have found this is a common problem where the plastic piece over years of sun exposure weakens and snaps.  Both vents on the driver and passenger side are broken.  I have new brushed aluminum vents waiting to go in, but that requires the dash be removed...
The original antenna on the car was ugly as all get out.  This one is better and blends in with the car but I'm still not totally satisfied.  I'm going to keep looking...

Still on tap:

- Fix interior on drivers side window ledge.  Small vinyl cracks which need repairing.
- Custom Floor Mats with Stealth logo. Accomplished.
- Install Aluminum replacement air vents on drivers and passenger side.
- Hook up GTO-220 speakers.
- Clean or replace interior roof fabric.
- Add Manual Sunroof.
- Replace front door and rear speakers.

 

Stealth Lamp Replacement Guide

High & low beam headlamp
H4666
H4666ST Silverstar High Performance Lighting: The Whiter and Brighter Halogen
H4666XV XtraVision Halogen Upgrade: 3x brighter; 2x the life
H4666CB Cool Blue Halogen Upgrade: White Hot; Super Cool; 100% Street Legal

Parking light
2057
2057LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

Front turn signal
2057
2057LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

Rear turn signal
2057
2057LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

Tail light
2057
2057LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

Stop light
2057
2057LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

High mount stop light
922

License plate
168

Back up light
1156
1156LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

Front sidemarker
168

Ash tray
161

Glove box
1891

Map light
168

Dome light
211-2

Step/Courtesy light
74

Trunk/Cargo area
912

Under hood light
105

Instrument-general
158
161
194
194LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

Hi-beam indicator
194
194LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

Seat belt indicator
194
194LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

Brake warning
194
194LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

Automatic transmission indicator
161

Directional signal indicator
194
194LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

Radio dial
74

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