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Galant VR-4 Restoration #129/1458

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Before reinstalling the gas tank we want to undercoat this section of the car. That means some grinding. I've done this before inside the garage, but it's a total mess. So, this time I wanted to put the car up in the air outside. So we rolled the back of the car out of the garage. Basically left the front wheels on the edge of the concrete.
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Up the air, here's the underside of the gas tank area.
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Shot of the drivers side and the frame rail.
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Passenger side. That is an original OEM muffler. Not sure how many VR4 exhausts exist out there anymore.
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So after about an hour or so of grinding, here's what we got. Note ... all we're trying to do here is knock off the rust and clean up the undercarriage dirt so we can apply paint.
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Frame rail again.
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Passenger side
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If you get inspired to attempt this, I highly recommend safety glasses and a mask. You're gonna get a lot of junk flying around that you'll be covered in. My guess is breathing it is probably not the best idea.
I noticed when under the car there was a ton of just plain dirt under there. I don't know if someone was trying to rally this car, or whether it was parked in a dirt for a time, but I decided to just get a regular hose and some degreaser and wash what I could of the underside while it was outside.
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I'm not sure if we're gonna drop the subframe as part of this restoration or not. It'll really depend on how much time we have later in the process.
 
Gotta love new parts, man.

I don't know what's better. Actually driving the car after the new parts are installed, or that first moment of receiving new parts you just ordered. Both are awesome.
 
Gotta love new parts, man.

I don't know what's better. Actually driving the car after the new parts are installed, or that first moment of receiving new parts you just ordered. Both are awesome.
I never really thought about that before ... but I think you are spot on. Both of them are pretty awesome.
 
Monday night we started working on the undercoating process. In another life I'd own a lift and the equipment necessary to spray. And even though I know some people with a lift that would let me do it, it's always a pain moving a car that doesn't run from location to location. So, on the ground by hand is how things get done.

This is the just the beginning of applying the undercoating.
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And here we are a little bit later with just about the rear bumper to rear sub-frame done.
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I'll take some more pics and post them when I get a chance to snap a few more under that car again.
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While the underside of the car undercoat is drying, it's time to start working on installing the new fuel pump.

Ordered up a new Walbro 255 and install kit from Extreme. I've one is these in my Eclipse for almost 20 years - no problems.
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Here's our hanger assembly
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There's some funk on this thing, so we're just gonna take a dremel with a soft pad on it and clean it up a bit.
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In order to get the old pump out, first thing we need to do is get this screw out. Once that's out, the pump slides out from the top.
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Next, cut the old wiring connectors and remove the ground screw.
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The Walbro comes with a ringlet on the negative already, so that's nice. I just soldered up the hot wire and added some shrink tube.
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Here's our new connector.
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Next we pressed on the filter with the little snap ring provided.
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Next you need the o-ring and the plastic cap. (Note: in this pic there's a another plastic piece that's not installed yet that pushes the o-ring into business)
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We could not get the o-ring to seat correct, the grey plastic pc was hitting the metal tube, we ended up having to notch the tube in order to push the o-ring in far enough.
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Added the provided zip tie to hold everything and that was that.
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Ready to go back in the tank.
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Before we could drop the fuel pump back in the tank, we had to do a minor repair. There was already a stud snapped when we dropped the tank and another one snapped when we removed the pump, so we're gonna have to drill some holes and tap.
Here's the two snapped studs.
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Cut everything flat.
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Drill holes.
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Tap. This is a M5 X 60 ptich
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Nice threads. :thumb:
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An 8mm threads in really nice like it should.
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Really great tip on the sending unit studs. When I eventually remove mine to look inside and possibly upgrade fuel pumps(if I ever go E85) and I snap them, I'll do this.


Good work!
 
Really great tip on the sending unit studs. When I eventually remove mine to look inside and possibly upgrade fuel pumps(if I ever go E85) and I snap them, I'll do this.


Good work!
I was originally thinking of drilling out the hole and putting an 8mm stud up through the inside of the tank and tacking it in place like OEM, but my FIL suggested I just tap it and put a bolt in from top down. Way easier. I apparently was thinking waaay too hard about this.
 
I was originally thinking of drilling out the hole and putting an 8mm stud up through the inside of the tank and tacking it in place like OEM, but my FIL suggested I just tap it and put a bolt in from top down. Way easier. I apparently was thinking waaay too hard about this.

One thing I’m kinda proud of myself about, is I’m usually pretty good at the KISS method. A lot of times people overthink and overengineer things. The same is true for everything, even in medicine. Medics will jump to all the advanced scenarios and complex things, and sometimes need a good solid voice to say “uh..wanna just try some narcan first?”

If it’s stupid but it works, it ain’t stupid! (As long as it’s not hacked together)
 
Now that we've got everything situated, it's time to put the tank back in. First, I made sure we clean out the inside really well, didn't want to leave any metal flakes or anything in there.
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My son getting the hanger situated and dropped back in place.
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Fresh hardware we picked up at the local Ma and Pa shop.
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Bolted back in place.
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Vent line and check-valve back on.
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One my picture of the underside we re-did and undercoated b/c (hopefully) we won't be looking at this again for a long time.
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Tank going back up.
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Bolted up. Check it off the list.
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With the tank back under the car we started cleaning up the transmission. Most of the transmissions I've cleaned up in my life have been pretty nasty. This one I think was probably cleaned at some point by someone else a little bit - at least to get the nasty grim off.
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This one just has a lot of dirt and dust on it.
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Based on my research this is in fact a VR4 trans with the taller 1st gear. Not sure if it's the original out of the car, but I suspect it probably is.
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Some engine degreaser, brake clean, old tooth brushes and scrub brushes.
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Not too bad for an hour or so of work.
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With the tank back under the car we started cleaning up the transmission. Most of the transmissions I've cleaned up in my life have been pretty nasty. This one I think was probably cleaned at some point by someone else a little bit - at least to get the nasty grim off.
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This one just has a lot of dirt and dust on it.
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Based on my research this is in fact a VR4 trans with the taller 1st gear. Not sure if it's the original out of the car, but I suspect it probably is.
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Some engine degreaser, brake clean, old tooth brushes and scrub brushes.
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Not too bad for an hour or so of work.
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if you want to know if its numbers matching, look on the bell housing closer to the front of the car side. the VIN is stamped on it
 
even on the 90s you can see the VIN stsmped on it. dont be too agressive with the clean they arent stamped deep inside
Now that you're saying this I feel like I kinda remember seeing a VIN stamped on the AWD trans I installed into my GST when I AWD swapped that car.
 
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