04 PT Cruiser Turbo

This project arose from the company’s need for a shop truck for mobile gold plating service. So why not find a project with a few possibilities. I’m a Mopar guy, I want to learn more about turbos and EFI, it needs to be capable of hauling gold plating tools and supplies, and it needs to have AC! I found an add for a used 04 PT Cruiser Platinum Edition turbo.  The motor ran but the body was abused and the rear axle crash damaged. These factors allowed me to pick up the PT for basically the price of it’s 2.4 DOHC turbo motor. The same powerplant in the Dodge SRT4. It cam with an automatic transmission. Not my first choice, I’ll look into other options.


Here’s a pictorial of the of the project.

Body work and paint

Custom air ride

Engine rebuild and upgrades

Manual transmission swap

Syked ECU tunning

Matching “Gold Rush” custom powder coat and 24k gold tumbler.