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226/1000 Mild Restoration Build


bobbybdemented
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1242030 posted 03/21/18 07:29 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
First off, my name is Robert. I have been a fan of the GVR4 since I was a kid.
I have owned 226/1000 for a few years now, working on it from time to time when I am not working on my other projects. The car has been sitting for awhile because it developed a coolant leak and the Original Owner parked it. The car is a One Owner.

Things I have done so far:

Replaced pretty much the whole cooling system and freeze plugs
Rebuilt injectors and cleaned fuel system
Installed new intake and throttle body gaskets
Some cleaning and detailing

So the plan is/was to go through the car and "fix whats broken" (there's not much broken) and resale it. So as you can see from the Pictures I have started tearing down the car to rebuild the brakes and front end. Also going to get the AC working too. Just basic stuff.











Edited by bobbybdemented (05/11/18 06:30 PM)

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1242049 posted 03/22/18 03:12 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Oem Parts I have been collecting and some that the previous owner had stored in the trunk. I try to use oem parts when they are available.




Edited by bobbybdemented (03/22/18 03:14 PM)

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1242056 posted 03/22/18 05:41 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Thanks for sharing. Looks good



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1242089 posted 03/26/18 08:08 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Still waiting on a lot of parts. Got the suspension painted and the wheel wells undercoated. Also disassembled the brake calibers and painted them.





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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1242096 posted 03/27/18 07:54 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
So today I vacuumed down the AC system to check for leaks and it looks like there is a small leak from the valve on the compressor. I have complete O ring kit for the AC system I will tear apart the system and clean it, replace the dryer and oil it. I also did some more detailing in the engine bay.









Keeping with the " If it Ain't broke don't fix it" plan. I checked the rack and pinion for leaks and did not see any so I installed the tie rods and put new bellows on it. The original owner took very good care of this car.



I also replaced the outer cover on the driver side CV axle.


Edited by bobbybdemented (05/13/18 10:48 AM)

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1242133 posted 03/31/18 03:37 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Been busy with other things but I got the brakes rebuilt and disassembled the struts and springs. The struts were definitely blown, as you can tell from the picture. I also dropped the gas tank.




Edited by bobbybdemented (03/31/18 03:39 PM)

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1242529 posted 05/10/18 01:07 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
So I decided to pull the head to take a look inside to see if the head needed to be rebuilt. To my surprise it looks like the head had been recently rebuilt. They also used stainless steal valves which are nice. Looks like a local speed shop named F.I.S.T Racing Rebuilt the head since they in craved there name on it.




Edited by bobbybdemented (05/10/18 01:09 PM)

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1242544 posted 05/11/18 06:14 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Got the head cleaned and put back together. I also put a new exhaust manifold on it because the other one was cracked. And I order some 3G Revised Lifters.

While the head was off I cleaned all the AC lines and installed new O rings. I also installed a New AC Compressor. Looks like it would have been a bitch to do with intake in the way.



Edited by bobbybdemented (05/11/18 06:17 PM)

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1242557 posted 05/13/18 12:38 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
While I wait for the lifters to come in the mail, I started putting the rear suspension and brakes back together.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1242558 posted 05/13/18 03:39 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Got the front and rear struts assembled with new bushings and bearings. I used all KYB Excel-G Factory Spec Struts.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1242601 posted 05/15/18 09:39 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Got the 3G lifters installed and the timing belt on. I also installed a new timing cover and bolts.



Edited by bobbybdemented (05/15/18 09:41 PM)

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1242605 posted 05/16/18 12:06 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Factory black timing cover? Nice!



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1242614 posted 05/16/18 06:10 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Yep, factory black timing cover. You really have to do some digging to find factory parts for this car.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1242615 posted 05/16/18 06:23 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Been putting around and got all the engine pretty much put back together. I have the New front suspension together but not torqued down yet. I also starting fitting the new Head Unit. Looks like I am going to have to put a trim ring around it.








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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1242616 posted 05/16/18 06:45 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
More pics of the front suspension


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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1242634 posted 05/17/18 09:10 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Front suspension all torqued down and brakes installed.




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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1242649 posted 05/20/18 07:47 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Looks real good. Thanks for sharing the progress.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1242728 posted 05/28/18 06:43 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
So I am starting to see the finish line on this project and pretty excited to drive it.
Today, I replaced the expansion valve on the evaporator and vacuumed down the AC system and checked for leaks. I also installed a aftermarket EVO 3 aluminum radiator, OEM hoses and a Spal Fan. I wanted to upgraded the cooling system because of this SE Texas Heat!





Edited by bobbybdemented (05/28/18 06:45 PM)

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1242772 posted 06/01/18 05:41 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Finally got it on the ground and took it for a test drive. Runs Great and the AC blows nice and cold. Just got a few more things to do before she goes up for sale.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1242785 posted 06/03/18 01:36 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
What all did you do to the A/C to get it working? What were the issues prior?



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1242787 posted 06/03/18 12:23 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Since this is a older car and it has been sitting in a garage for the past 9 years. I cleaned all the AC lines, condenser and evaporator. I also checked the condenser and evaporator for leaks. Replaced all the O rings. Installed a rebuilt AC compressor and new Drier and expansion valve. The expansion valves are pretty much always dirty and clogged on old cars (the expansion valve on this Galant was clogged). Vacuumed down the system and checked for leaks. I check for leaks by letting it sit over night under vacuum and see if the pressure holds.

The AC system on these Galant's are really simple and easy to work on. Even the evaporator was pretty easy to get out. I can say that this car is very well engineered, I would compare its design with the 80s model Mercedes. Over built and designed to be easily repaired.


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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1242788 posted 06/03/18 01:02 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I have driven the car about 200 miles now and I always like to go back and re torque the head studs.(the oil on the valve cover is when I spilt some when topping her off) I also installed the new the hood heat shield.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1242791 posted 06/03/18 03:04 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Quoting bobbybdemented:

Since this is a older car and it has been sitting in a garage for the past 9 years. I cleaned all the AC lines, condenser and evaporator. I also checked the condenser and evaporator for leaks. Replaced all the O rings. Installed a rebuilt AC compressor and new Drier and expansion valve. The expansion valves are pretty much always dirty and clogged on old cars (the expansion valve on this Galant was clogged). Vacuumed down the system and checked for leaks. I check for leaks by letting it sit over night under vacuum and see if the pressure holds.

The AC system on these Galant's are really simple and easy to work on. Even the evaporator was pretty easy to get out. I can say that this car is very well engineered, I would compare its design with the 80s model Mercedes. Over built and designed to be easily repaired.




I need to fix AC on mine. Can you share which drier and expansion valve you went with? Did you convert to r134?

Thanks



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1242793 posted 06/03/18 03:41 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post   
Quoting bobdole:

I need to fix AC on mine. Can you share which drier and expansion valve you went with? Did you convert to r134?

Thanks




Same. I bought a new expansion valve for 1837, just haven't installed it yet.

If Bobby could put up the list of parts he used/ordered, I think that would be helpful.



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