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New Owner of 820/1000


GSTwithPSI
A hole
820/1000
1837/2000



Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1205600 posted 04/05/15 10:15 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Becauz 1 Galant VR-4 on jack stands isn't enough...








820/1000
1837/2000
1546/2000-SOLD
1813/2000-SOLD


Edited by GSTwithPSI (05/28/17 07:34 PM)

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It's a twee shaker----choot him choot him
182/1000


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1205601 posted 04/05/15 10:28 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
What??



182/1000

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1205608 posted 04/06/15 02:08 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Nice! Good luck!



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GSTwithPSI
A hole
820/1000
1837/2000



Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1206091 posted 04/11/15 11:17 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Well, I'll start from the beginning on how I ended up with 820/1000. I had a Craigslist ad up for a DSM shell/roller. I didn't really want a shell, but I was striking out pretty hard trying to find a complete rear DSM subframe to swap into 1837. I get a text from Brad Brooks (I didn't know it was him at first), who is a fairly well known tuner here on the East Coast. He apparently saw my ad, and hit me up asking if I wanted to buy another Galant VR4. At this point, Brad introduced me to a gentleman named Doug. Doug was the PO of 820/1000, and an awesome guy. He cut me a great deal on the car and a pile of parts to go with it.

The car was sitting for 6 years prior to me dragging it home an hour and a half from Virginia. I was told this car was owned by Marty Grand as some point. Overall, it's in decent condition, but needs A LOT of love. It has some rust issues, which have migrated their way into the body. Mechanically, it seems sound. I changed the oil and threw some fresh gas into the car and it fired right up. It purrs like a kitten. I'll need to do some work on the brakes and rear suspension, along with general maintenance items.

It's lightly modded:
-some kind of homebrew turbo back exhaust
-FMIC and hard piping
-hacked air can and K&N filter
-KYB adjustables and lowering springs
-front strut bar
-adjustable camber arms and welded trailing arms w/ energy susp bushings
-BSA Top 17 x 7 wheels wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza S-03's

So far, I welded up one of the trailing arms and installed new rear bearings, seals and a hub/spindle. The other arm was already welded up when I got the car. I rebuilt the rear calipers (thanks for the parts Doug) and slapped on some new rotors. Tomorrow, I need to bleed the brakes and hopefully take it out for a drive for the first time in nearly a decade.

As far as plans for the car go, it will stay mostly stock. The rust is rough in some places, and I'm not really up for doing all the body work it would take to completely correct all the problem areas. I'm going to neutralize the rust, and patch it up the best I can without getting too involved. I always wanted to do ridiculous shit to a VR-4, like throw on a set of fender flares, or delete the rear spoiler. Maybe this will be the car I can try out all the extravagant stuff I've always been too scared to do to 1837.













820/1000
1837/2000
1546/2000-SOLD
1813/2000-SOLD


Edited by GSTwithPSI (04/11/15 11:22 PM)

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idreamidrive
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1206149 posted 04/12/15 04:10 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
GVR4's are just like herpes...

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89Patches
I <3 AMS


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1206241 posted 04/13/15 08:37 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
What a turd.

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G
obsessed with the turds of others
486/1000


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1206252 posted 04/13/15 09:37 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Turds = the best winter beaters!



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GSTwithPSI
A hole
820/1000
1837/2000



Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1206257 posted 04/13/15 09:45 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Meh, it's got potential.

So the head unit in the car is missing the faceplate. I pulled the deck out to see what model it was and got a pleasant surprise. It's an old Alpine CDA-7939, which is a great deck. Now, I just need to find a faceplate for it. Checked on Ebay, and came up bone dry. I'll have to keep an eye out.




Next, I had to figure out how to get the front wheels off. They had locking lugs on them, which were proving impossible to remove...Until I found this sweet socket at AutoZone. You basically just run in onto the exterior of the lug with an impact and it zips right off. I was astounded how awesome it worked. It took longer to remove the lug nut from the socket than it did getting the locking lug off the car. I ended up having to thread a bolt into the lug and clamp it in a vise. The moral of the story is, don't lose your lug key.



The last thing I did was delete the ABS. I've only ever done this in the past when the motor was out of the car. This is the first time I did it with the motor in, and it fucking sucked. Aside from the new non-ABS prop valve, I didn't take any pics of the process.


After that, I bleed the brakes and took it for a quick spin around the block. The car runs and shifts great. It fires right up and even idles flawlessly. So far, I'm super happy with it. It looks like a turd, but runs like a champ!

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1206264 posted 04/13/15 10:31 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I was referring to 1837.

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GSTwithPSI
A hole
820/1000
1837/2000



Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1206265 posted 04/13/15 10:33 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Lol.

Touché.



820/1000
1837/2000
1546/2000-SOLD
1813/2000-SOLD

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1206266 posted 04/13/15 10:43 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Both turds. I need a car to drive while I'm visiting the east coast. How much ya want?



Quoting coyotes:

Just because you WANT your rare turd to be valuable doesn't mean it's gonna be.




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GSTwithPSI
A hole
820/1000
1837/2000



Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1206286 posted 04/14/15 08:14 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Where you gonna be?



820/1000
1837/2000
1546/2000-SOLD
1813/2000-SOLD

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iceman69510
Turn Right Racing
855/2000
828/1000


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1206288 posted 04/14/15 08:19 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I think the car looks decent, and you have done some nice stuff to it already.

Why remove the ABS immediately, not functioning or just hate it?



91 VR4 855 Nile Black
92 VR4 828 Belize Green-Daily driver status
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1206292 posted 04/14/15 08:40 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Quoting GSTwithPSI:

Where you gonna be?



northern va and Virginia Beach area



Quoting coyotes:

Just because you WANT your rare turd to be valuable doesn't mean it's gonna be.




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GSTwithPSI
A hole
820/1000
1837/2000



Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1206334 posted 04/14/15 08:18 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Quoting iceman69510:

I think the car looks decent, and you have done some nice stuff to it already.

Why remove the ABS immediately, not functioning or just hate it?




Nah, I would have left it be if I could have. When I got the car, the passenger rear caliper had been off for some time. The brake system was left open to the air, which caused a slew of problems. For starters, the hoses from the brake master reservoir ballooned. I replaced the reservoir, hoses and also the master cylinder itself. Afterwards, I tried to bleed the brakes and couldn't get the passenger rear caliper to bleed. After flushing all the lines and the ABS unit, I figured out the prop valve was frozen. I had to swap in a new prop valve, but the only one I had was a non-ABS valve, hence the ABS delete.



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GSTwithPSI
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1206523 posted 04/16/15 10:08 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
After a good wash, the car cleaned up decent. I was most impressed with the wheels; they look like new after a good scrub. The paint has seen better days, but I think I can patch up some areas to give the car a decent look overall. The hood and driver side rear quarter will obviously need some work/paint. I don't really dig the zebra color scheme, but the black paint kept things from rusting, which I'm grateful for.

I fixed some more little stuff on the car. I swapped in a fresh MAF and K&N air filter. I also corrected the vacuum routing, which was all messed up. This car is pretty much bone stock under the hood. Even the EGR, BCS and FPS solenoids are still in place and hooked up. After I routed the vacuum lines back to everything like factory, I saw an improvement in drivability and idle quality. That's saying a lot, since the car was already running great. I put about 20 miles on it under all sorts of driving conditions. It performed flawlessly. Hell, the cruise control even works. For being nearly stock, it rips pretty good too. I can't wait to get all the maintenance done and start DD'n it.

Overall, I'm extremely pleased with the car so far. It needs some work, but, what VR-4 doesn't?

Up next:
-180* T-stat
-All new belts/hoses
-Alignment
-Plug wires
-2g exhaust manifold
-Fuel filter
-Fuel pump rewire
-New muffler
-Install passenger dogleg
-Deep clean the interior
-Exterior paint touch up/detail
-Underhood scrub

......Drive it...ALOT





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138/2000


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1206524 posted 04/16/15 10:14 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I love it it looks great.the car is made great improvements since you picked it up I can't believe you got such a nice car.



138/2000 - BG - Dorothy

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turbowop
Hard Snarker
1051/2000



Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1206529 posted 04/17/15 12:00 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Why the 180° tstat? When I had 503 as a daily I just ran the stock temp tstat. Works great like it's supposed to. I can understand the need on a car like mine or something like your other car, but for a stockish daily driver you'll probably see better fuel mileage with the stock temp tstat.



-Mark

A face only a grocery shopper could love.
1051

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50/1000


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1206532 posted 04/17/15 12:08 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Low Temps. ....



-Blake

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Turn Right Racing
855/2000
828/1000


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1206538 posted 04/17/15 07:58 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
...are not always necessary or beneficial.



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thomcasey
I ain't no puny human
1025/2000


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1206550 posted 04/17/15 10:17 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
It gets cold in Maryland, heat would suck with a 180 thermostat.



Thom
1991 GVR-4 1025/2000 (PTE 1200's, 16g, DSMLink v3, gm-maf, eagle/ross, .020 over, 272's)

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1206552 posted 04/17/15 10:27 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
yeah but summer is humid and horrible. maybe its his summer stat and during winter he will use a 190



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turbowop
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1206562 posted 04/17/15 11:50 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
With a proper cooling setup, nobody needs to swap tstats between summer and winter. Especially on a car that's mostly stock.



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GSTwithPSI
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820/1000
1837/2000



Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1206587 posted 04/17/15 04:58 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
The PO swapped a slim fan in place of the stock puller. I'm going off the stock gauge (which is known to be inaccurate), but at idle, the needle sits just past the middle on the hot side, which I thought was a bit warm. With summer coming up, I though a 180* T-stat might be a decent idea until I can get a logger or ECMlink on the car and figure out how hot it's running exactly. It's not really a performance oriented modification so much as it is a precautionary measure. For all I know, it could already have a 180* T-stat in it.

I crossed my fingers today as I switched on the A/C. I heard the compressor and fan kick on as the car's idle bumped up, but sadly the car only blew warm air. Looks like the system will need to be leak checked and charged.



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1837/2000
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GSTwithPSI
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820/1000
1837/2000



Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1206668 posted 04/18/15 10:57 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post   
Spent some time cleaning today. It's not done, but it's a good start.













I pulled the fenders to gauge how much work I have to do. I knew there would be some rust when I picked the car up. The pinch welds showed the typical signs of rust behind the fenders, and there are a few other places that need attention. Just like on 1837, a bunch of crap got pinned between the fender and body and started to eat away at the lower rocker panel. There was A LOT more crap stuck on this car, though. Leaves, dirt, sand, and all kinds of poop in there.




**WARNING: EXTREMELY GRAPHIC CONTENT**





Passenger side:





Driver side:






It looks like poop, but it should clean up decent. The metal is solid and overall intact. I'll clean the area, remove the rust and apply an inhibitor. I've said it before, and I'll say it again; Pull those fenders and inspect/clean them every now and then. This is a good example of what can potentially happen if you don't.

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