I'm finally making more progress on the Eclipse. I picked up a set of DSS "level 5" rear axles and hubs for a very good price, and I have to say, I don't think I'll be breaking these any time soon. I needed to pick up replacement axles anyway, because the old ones didn't come off willingly; the passenger-side threaded end is mushroomed, and the driver's side splined shaft actually broke. Let's hear it for winter road salt in Chicago. Regardless, with this, I have a very nice complete replacement.
Along with the new axles and hubs, the entire rear suspension of the car is finallly off, and the old rubber bushings pressed out (I'd only managed to get the passenger side free before). Now comes the joy of wire-wheeling each piece, giving them a coat of rust inhibitor, and repainting them black again. Once that's dry, in go the last of the urethane bushings, and the whole rear suspension goes back together. Maybe the car could actually rest on the ground again sometime this month. ;)
Because the rear ABS sensors didn't free themselves willingly, it's been a good time to consider whether or not I want to bother with ABS at all on the car, given that it's really going to end up being a track day toy. I have a bit more reading and inspection to do, but the plan I'm going with right now is to completely delete the ABS system from the car. (Which, as luck would have it, saves me a few pennies for those now very dead sensors.)
In the "silly stuff distracting Ed from getting the car done" department, I've been fiddling around with fabricating a new alternator bracket so that the Saturn alternator mounts and tensions exactly the same way the OEM alternator did. I've also gotten Kiggly's crank angle sensor installed, and totally given up on the idea I had of welding an AN bung directly to an NT oil pan, and have decided instead to just go with something I know will fit properly: a decent bolt-on turbo drain tube and a normal turbo oil pan.
I think that's about it. Not much progress, but things are slowly getting done.