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Re: New Owner Of 1546/2000


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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1219318 posted 10/28/15 03:09 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Well, good news and bad news. The good news is I got the car to run. The bad news is the motor is still junk.

The reason the car wasn't starting was due to a bad fuel pump. I ended up pulling the supply line off the fuel rail and activated the pump. It would run, but wouldn't move any fuel. I thought it sounded weak, and turns out it was. With that discovery, I tore down the whole system.

I pulled the pump and inspected the tank and pump hanger. The tank was clean, and the hanger had the typical surface rust. I swapped out the pump with a spare I had on the shelf, and replaced the strainer sock. What little sediment was in the tank I sucked out with my vacuum bleeder, and reinstalled the pump hanger.


Then, I went up front and pulled the fuel rail, injectors, fuel filter, and lines. I swapped out the old injectors with some known good spares to ensure they weren't causing any problems. I replaced the seals as well. Next, I blew out all the fuel lines with compressed air. After everything was clean, I replaced the fuel filter and reinstalled the injectors and rail.

With the fuel system back together, I activated the pump once again by jumping the test connector. I checked for leaks and made sure everything was good to go. Satisfied, I jumped in the car and hit the key. It rolled over and fired right up.

Once the car started, I was running great right off the bat. The motor felt fairly smooth at idle, and I could only hear a bit of ticking. I reached under the hood to rev the motor, and heard what sounds like one or more of the pistons slapping. Whenever you transition on and off the throttle, you can hear an audible slapping noise. It's definitely not a rod knock. As the car warmed up, the slap got a tiny bit worse. I was still able to drive the car down the street and back, and move it in and out of the garage. The motor seems to run pretty well aside from the piston slap. Here's a short video of the slapping sound: click

In light of my latest discovery, I'll be on the lookout for a short block for 1546. Until then, I'll do some more inspecting and evaluation to see where else the car needs attention.



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Edited by GSTwithPSI (10/28/15 03:29 PM)

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1219319 posted 10/28/15 03:21 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Linky no worky.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1219320 posted 10/28/15 03:29 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Fixed.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1219326 posted 10/28/15 04:38 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Sounds like rod knock to me. What's the oil look like? Also cutting the oil filter open would tell you right away.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1219327 posted 10/28/15 04:48 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Rod/piston pin knock or other .... ?

Also pull the side engine cover and inspect the timing tensioner/pulley after an oil filter inspection.

If you find debris, it will indicate that the longer you have the motor running, the more debris could be lodging in your oil system up stream (cylinder head passages).



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Edited by FlyingEagle (10/28/15 04:49 PM)

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1219328 posted 10/28/15 04:54 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
The sound quality on the cell phone video sucks. It sounds way more tame in person. I'll try and take some video with my GoPro.

I'm pretty confident it's not a rod knock. At idle, you can hardly even hear the noise. If you're in the car, it's nonexistent. I'll drain the oil and see what it looks like.



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Edited by GSTwithPSI (10/28/15 04:55 PM)

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1219340 posted 10/28/15 06:26 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I diagnosed engine noise for a local that turned out to be rod knock. Sounds just like yours. Well a lot less loud than yours...

Here is the video he sent me: click

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1219343 posted 10/28/15 06:36 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
That sucks. Did the seller tell you the motor was bad? What was his reason for selling? I'm sure he knew it was toast but just let it sit for awhile. Like I always say there is always a reason (problem) a car is for sale.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1219345 posted 10/28/15 06:47 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
It's rod knock. Pull the injector wires one by one to see which cylinder it is.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1219347 posted 10/28/15 07:09 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
^Did that, and no change. Which is another reason I don't think it's a rod. Either way, the bottom end is trash. I'll pull the pan probably sometime this weekend and see what the issue is.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1219349 posted 10/28/15 07:28 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I picked up a 2g for really cheap that didn't run. Once I got it running, it had the same noise. Got worse as the rpm's went up. Sound was nearly none existent at idle. It was rod knock. It only had 84k miles on it.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1219392 posted 10/29/15 09:32 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Unless the bearing is completely gone and trash, rod knock is louder under load and CAN be non existent at idle with no load.

It sounds like a rod bearing is toast to me. Might not be that bad, if your keeping it stock, you MIGHT get away with a "simple" rebuild. Basically tear down the engine to clean it up and slap new bearings in it. If it just started then theres a decent chance the crank is still good.

Now is the time to decide if your leaving her stock or going to build it up to a certain power level.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1219439 posted 10/30/15 09:37 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
This car warrants a factory restoration. I have zero plans or interest in modding this. Possibly wheels and suspension, but that'd be about the extent of it. I doubt I'll even do that, though.

Here's my current goal for 1546: click



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1219455 posted 10/30/15 12:11 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
All I ask is that you do JDM bumpers.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1219464 posted 10/30/15 01:33 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I knew you'd say that Mark.

Next G will rattle on and on about jdm this and that you need caz mad jdm yo.

Dude, if you end up with rims, please lower it at least an inch on some springs. Don't want nice rims with a huge gap.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1219465 posted 10/30/15 01:38 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Quoting GSTwithPSI:

This car warrants a factory restoration. I have zero plans or interest in modding this. Possibly wheels and suspension, but that'd be about the extent of it. I doubt I'll even do that, though.

Here's my current goal for 1546: click




Agreed. Better snag those minty seats from the dude in Florida.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1219508 posted 10/30/15 09:27 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I have an extra complete interior. Let me know if you want it.


Edited by badams (10/30/15 09:31 PM)

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1221085 posted 11/29/15 08:06 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I gave 1546 a good wash over the weekend. The car looks like it's going to clean up really well. I'll need to respray the roof, front bumper and probably the cladding. Hopefully I can get started on the motor as soon as time and money allow.





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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1232202 posted 10/01/16 06:09 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Well, I finally pulled 1546 in the garage tonight to start the restoration work. It just didn't feel quite right without a Galant on jack stands taking up space in the garage

Step 1, evaluation. East coast Galants = rust.

When I bought this car, I was well aware of what to look for regarding rust. When I gave it a once over in person, I knew I'd be cleaning up rust to some extent. The pinch welds had the typical surface rust, and you could see crap pinned inside the fender when you opened the door. But, the car looked pretty good overall, so I bought it anyways hoping for the best.

Today I pulled the front clip apart to evaluate the extent of the rust. I got really lucky, as there was hardly any damage save a bit of surface rust. No rot, and cleanup on this car should be a breeze.

For the love of god, people, pull your fenders. Your Galant could quite literally be rotting away right under your nose.









Overall, the car is pretty clean. It definitely needs some love, but that's just business as usual. The front clip will get cleaned, rust proofed, and painted. The the motor will come out and a new long block will go in. The interior is a disaster, so it will also come out and be replaced with nicer stuff. Yanno, just replacing everything on the entire car, per the usual.

I've decided on a complete factory restoration for this car. Showroom ready is the goal for this one.




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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1232366 posted 10/09/16 09:48 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Shaping up to to look like a real motor.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1234839 posted 01/15/17 10:32 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Once again, the Military has plans to move me, so this project got cut short of where I hoped to take it. I simply won't have the time to dedicate to finishing the car, so I sold it to a good friend in the local area. He's currently having a 2.3 stroker motor built, which I believe will end up in the Galant. His plans for this car are much more ambitious than the stock restoration I had planned. Most importantly, this car went to a good home, so I'm looking forward to seeing where he takes the build.




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Edited by GSTwithPSI (01/15/17 11:43 AM)

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1234842 posted 01/15/17 04:50 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Sucks but completely understandable. So you coming to NC?



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I called the Pentagon today and also had my Secretary with long legs "buzz" the Marine Corps Commandant to have his Orders redirected here to NC. You can thank me later Brett.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1234847 posted 01/16/17 10:57 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post   
IDK, guys. Preferably I'd like to go back to SoCal, but the Marine Corps doesn't care about my "wants". It's looking like San Diego, Jacksonville, or maybe even Okinawa

If Okinawa, 1546 probably won't be the only Galant getting sold...

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