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Autocross Build 1992 VR4 #71/1000

Rating:
5/5,
Year:
1992
Model/Trim:
Mitsubishi Galant VR-4
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  1. iceguru1114

    iceguru1114 Proven Member

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    Introduction

    I've always loved sleeper cars, and I rode in a GVR4 that blew my socks off in my formative automotive years; they've been in the back of my mind ever since. After some education, the acquisition of a good job, and putting some money in the bank, I found one on Craigslist. It was cheap, it needed lots of work, I'm a glutton for punishment, and I was in need of a project at the time so I decided to just go for it.

    After a drive to middle-of-nowhere, Indiana, a good old time getting the car pulled out of several inches of snow, and pulling the car onto a trailer with a come along, I was on the way. I've should have known by the amount of work to get the car onto the trailer that I had quite a road ahead of me.


    Towing home my new project

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  2. iceguru1114

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    Getting situated in the garage:

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  3. iceguru1114

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    This engine is hosed:

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  4. iceguru1114

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    The token badge on the dash:

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  5. 92gsxbafaro

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    Good luck man im exited to see what this turns in to
     

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  6. iceguru1114

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    Some minor front end damage:

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  7. iceguru1114

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    Thanks man, I'm having alot of fun. It's mainly been engine work so far.
     
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  8. iceguru1114

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    The spare engine that came with the car:

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  9. 92gsxbafaro

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    what are your plans for it?
     

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  10. iceguru1114

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    Engine Rebuild

    In hindsight, there were so many things that I should have done before tearing into the engine, but I'm an engine guy, so that's where I began. The engine that came in the car was clearly gone so I didn't even bother. Instead I started with the 6-bolt spare that came with the car.

    On the build stand:

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  11. iceguru1114

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    I'm looking to make it into a fun daily driver. I want it to be clean, reliable, and reasonably fast. I'll be keeping the creature comforts, making some mild upgrades to the engine for strength, bigger turbo and supporting mods, and some suspension upgrades for entertainment in the bends.
     

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  12. iceguru1114

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    To paraphrase Carol Smith, 'when you buy a car all you have is a collection of parts'. As it turns out, he was right. If anyone has ever found a moth's nest in a 'pickled' engine, let me know.

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  13. iceguru1114

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    No valvespring tool? No problem. Built this in about an hour or two, allowed me to get the head to the machine shop the following morning without delays.

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  14. iceguru1114

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    All torn down:

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  15. iceguru1114

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    Previous engine builder used a crappy BS delete and ruined the oil pump:

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    Found a broken valvespring on cylinder 4. Don't do crack, kids.

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    The beginning of turning things around.. Block was decked and cylinders honed. Cylinder head was milled, bead blasted, and sonic cleaned.

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    Carried the block about 1/4 mile by hand to do this... Block before bead blasting:

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    Block after bead blasting:

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  20. iceguru1114

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    Current status:

    -Waiting on valvesprings
    -Looking for some replacement OEM 1g pistons and con rods... if anyone has some, please let me know!!
    -Need a replacement oil pump assembly, looking for a used one... again, if anyone has one please let me know!!
     

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    Found some 1g pistons and rods and ordered up a new OEM oil pump. Parts should be here in about a week, I will hopefully be done with longblock assembly about a week after that. Here's the block all prepped and ready:

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  24. iceguru1114

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    Powertrain Removal

    Pulling the old mule out:

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