the_underdog
(Member +)
09/12/13 07:44 PM
My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Hello All!

Let me tell ya, I've been visiting this site for a long time. Even though I've never owned a Galant, I always got great tech information from this site and enjoyed seeing the time and effort so many folks have put into their cars. I'm just excited that I finally have something to share with everyone here! I've been wild about 4G63 powered cars since I first read about the Plymouth Laser RS in Car and Driver back in 1988. Some of you may have seen my cars before here and there, I currently have a 1991 Talon and 87 Grand National, but am most known for my old 1989 Mirage Turbo that I had for many years, which looked like a shrunk down/chopped up Galant hatchback to my eyes.

The Mirage tearing it up at Bradenton Motorsports Park in 2000


My 1991 Talon


But this thread is about a car that I found locally, totally on a whim while searching craigslist. I wasn't looking for a Galant VR-4, but it was always a car that I appreciated and admired. Once I saw this particular one in person and the potential it had, I just had to fix it up and return it back to it's original glory.

First off, what I'll likely do with each build update is include a video update that tells the whole story. I'll be sprinkling in photos too, but I'd encourage you to check out the videos as I enjoy trying to make them fun and interesting. So with that said, here's the first video where I briefly cover the history of the Galant VR-4, how I found mine and what it looks like inside and out. Finally we'll take it for a spin on my special "rally stage" here in the hills of Tennessee.

Here's the first video update:
Tom's Turbo Garage - 1991 Galant VR-4: Intro & Overview


Here are the original photos from the Craigslist post. I responded to the ad right away and was looking at it within the hour. Yes, it's a sickness.








The pics made it look somewhat nicer looking than it actually was, since the car had been sitting for some time. Here are a few shots that I took of it. The car was originally purchased in Bristol, TN and never ventured outside of the state. I bought the car from the original owners who shared many great stories about the car and watching their kids grow up in it.







This car came with the EXTREMELY RARE "Aloha Interior Package"


Yeah man, dreamcatcher!


A quick shot from the video of my off-road excursion.




So the plan is to restore it inside and out, assess the mechanical condition, take care of any fixes needed and perform any required maintenance to make it roadworthy and reliable once again. Stay tuned as I take you through the whole process!

Thanks for reading,

-Tom


G
(JDM Unit)
09/12/13 07:56 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Looks like a clean example to start with.

toybreaker
(it's peace of mind at 100 mph plus)
09/12/13 08:24 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Good to have you here, Tom!

I love your videos!


FlyingEagle
(Eager Beaver)
09/12/13 10:47 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Tom and Gail, Tom and Gail!

Sorry, fan boy from you know where.


MellowVR4
(5" too short)
09/13/13 10:35 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Nice to have you part of the gvr4 world, Cant wait to see your upcoming videos

TurboTurtle
(Junior Member)
09/14/13 01:47 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Damn man, i wish mine was that put together and clean when i bought it lol

Cant wait to see some progress!


the_underdog
(Member +)
09/14/13 05:47 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting G:

Looks like a clean example to start with.




Thank you and yes it is. I was skeptical with it being a Craigslist ad and all, but once I looked it over and met the owners, I knew it would make a great car once cleaned and fixed up!


the_underdog
(Member +)
09/14/13 05:50 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting toybreaker:

Good to have you here, Tom!

I love your videos!




Thank you for the warm welcome and I'm glad you enjoy the videos! Lots more fun stuff coming soon!


the_underdog
(Member +)
09/14/13 05:51 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting FlyingEagle:

Tom and Gail, Tom and Gail!

Sorry, fan boy from you know where.




Oh man, that was waaaaay back in the day. Good to hear from you again and I hope all is well!


the_underdog
(Member +)
09/14/13 05:52 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting MellowVR4:

Nice to have you part of the gvr4 world, Cant wait to see your upcoming videos




Thank you and I appreciate that! I hope to share some good stuff with everyone soon!


the_underdog
(Member +)
09/14/13 05:55 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting 240essex:

Damn man, i wish mine was that put together and clean when i bought it lol

Cant wait to see some progress!




Thank you and I hear ya! I have considered buying a few GVR4s over the years, but there was always a couple big issues that scared me away. This one was too great to pass up!


bobdole
(Old member with new to me VR4 and starting over. Respect your elders kids)
09/14/13 07:22 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Looking forward to seeing you build up. Thanks for sharing it.

the_underdog
(Member +)
09/14/13 12:03 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Thank you bobdole! I love your car and the energy that you've put into it! I bet that I've looked at your build thread at least 100 times.

the_underdog
(Member +)
09/14/13 12:07 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

I love this kind of stuff, it makes me happy. This is going in my Mitsubishi shrine down in the old basement.













Chi271
(Junior Member)
09/14/13 12:10 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Welcome!!! Nice summit white. And you mean to say...THE MIRAGE TURBO is gone!!??

turbowop
(Hard Snarker)
09/14/13 12:15 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Awesome! I love your videos! Ever since you introduced them on NABR. Perfect amount of comedy and tech. Nice base of a car to start with. I love the Aloha package.

GSX_TC
(295hp 35r BR4)
09/14/13 02:52 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Glad you picked up a VR4 Tom, I didn't think you were serious about it. You certainly got a clean specimen to start off with though. Maybe next year you could bring it to the shootout, and I could borrow some more duct tape from ya haha j/p anyways it was nice meeting you this year up there, I'll keep checking your progress on this car.

Cheers
Mike


the_underdog
(Member +)
09/14/13 06:30 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting Chi271:

Welcome!!! Nice summit white. And you mean to say...THE MIRAGE TURBO is gone!!??




Thank you! Yes, the old Mirage Turbo was sold awhile ago to a good owner who has taken great care of it. I just didn't enjoy the car as much when I moved from Florida to Tennessee. The Mirage loved the endless straight stretches of highway in Florida, but here on the curvy mountain roads here in Tennessee, it tried to kill you at every turn! I'm sure at 135hp it was a well balanced car, but at well over 450hp to the wheels, it was a deathtrap on anything but the straightest roads.


the_underdog
(Member +)
09/14/13 06:33 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting turbowop:

Awesome! I love your videos! Ever since you introduced them on NABR. Perfect amount of comedy and tech. Nice base of a car to start with. I love the Aloha package.




Thank you Mark, I really appreciate all the kind words! I love your car and your participation and great performance in the import competition was very inspiring!


the_underdog
(Member +)
09/14/13 06:37 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting GSX_TC:

Glad you picked up a VR4 Tom, I didn't think you were serious about it. You certainly got a clean specimen to start off with though. Maybe next year you could bring it to the shootout, and I could borrow some more duct tape from ya haha j/p anyways it was nice meeting you this year up there, I'll keep checking your progress on this car.

Cheers
Mike




Hey Mike!

Good to hear from you and I believe you're the only person that I mentioned it to! I'd love to drive this car to the shootout next year and very well may do that. It was great meeting you there and I loved seeing your car and the other Galants in the pits and tearing it up on the autocross and dragstrip.


Jason G.
(Bourne Employment Supremacy)
09/15/13 08:33 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Nice find. I'd love to have that work space.

GSX_TC
(295hp 35r BR4)
09/16/13 07:09 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting the_underdog:

Quoting GSX_TC:

Glad you picked up a VR4 Tom, I didn't think you were serious about it. You certainly got a clean specimen to start off with though. Maybe next year you could bring it to the shootout, and I could borrow some more duct tape from ya haha j/p anyways it was nice meeting you this year up there, I'll keep checking your progress on this car.

Cheers
Mike




Hey Mike!

Good to hear from you and I believe you're the only person that I mentioned it to! I'd love to drive this car to the shootout next year and very well may do that. It was great meeting you there and I loved seeing your car and the other Galants in the pits and tearing it up on the autocross and dragstrip.






hell yeah man sounds like a plan, i actually pass through TN on my way to the shootout so we can meet up from there and follow eachother up there if you wanted.


Gizmovr4
(Member +)
09/16/13 08:51 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Tom,

Welcome - I loved the video, especially the repeated drive thru the creek !! Good luck with the build and I look forward to more videos!

~Nelson


IncorpoRatedX
(I'm an idiot...)
09/16/13 09:24 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Tom,

Looks like a few original owner cars popped up at once, I recently got my hands on a pair of them, you might enjoy the story: click


now someone needs to find a single owner, all stock kensington grey and we'll have an example of all four of the vr4's sold in america


4Grim
(I deliver.)
09/16/13 12:35 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Hello Tom,

Welcome to the boards...and glad to see your GVR4 here. I suscribed to your channel and love your videos. They are entertaining and you get to learn some stuff.


BpuVR4
(Rolled by Accord while sauced)
09/16/13 01:25 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

ditto on the videos...very well done and enjoyable to watch, but damn you for having a GN AND a VR4!

the_underdog
(Member +)
09/16/13 05:42 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting Jason G.:

Nice find. I'd love to have that work space.




Thanks Jason, it's the garage that I had been planning and working toward for a long time.


the_underdog
(Member +)
09/16/13 05:50 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting GSX_TC:

hell yeah man sounds like a plan, i actually pass through TN on my way to the shootout so we can meet up from there and follow eachother up there if you wanted.




That sounds great Mike, I'm in!


the_underdog
(Member +)
09/16/13 05:51 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting gizmovr4:

Tom,

Welcome - I loved the video, especially the repeated drive thru the creek !! Good luck with the build and I look forward to more videos!

~Nelson




Thank you Nelson, I appreciate it and I'm glad you enjoyed the video! Lots more fun stuff coming soon!


the_underdog
(Member +)
09/16/13 06:24 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting Alpha Male:

Tom,

Looks like a few original owner cars popped up at once, I recently got my hands on a pair of them, you might enjoy the story: click

now someone needs to find a single owner, all stock kensington grey and we'll have an example of all four of the vr4's sold in america




Hi Joshua and thank you for that link. I'm not sure how I missed that thread, but I hadn't seen it and it was a great story. Most of all, congrats on the find! It's amazing to me that these cars are hiding out here and there in good, stock condition! I know I was shocked to find one.

I really wish I would've gotten a picture of my car with the original owners. It's still possible though, as they want to see the car when it's all cleaned up. I'll have to do that next time out. Good luck with your car!


the_underdog
(Member +)
09/16/13 06:27 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quote:

Hello Tom, Welcome to the boards...and glad to see your GVR4 here. I suscribed to your channel and love your videos. They are entertaining and you get to learn some stuff.




Thank you 4Grim and I'm glad you are getting a kick out of the videos!


the_underdog
(Member +)
09/16/13 06:31 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting BpuVR4:

ditto on the videos...very well done and enjoyable to watch, but damn you for having a GN AND a VR4!




Thank you for the kind words and sorry about that! GNs are such cool cars though, I never stopped wanting one ever since I saw it back in 87.


desant78
(Member ++)
09/16/13 06:43 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!




yep I'd have to agree, 87 GN's are pretty sweet congrats on the find and welcome to being officially part of the brother-hood!


BpuVR4
(Rolled by Accord while sauced)
09/16/13 07:52 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting the_underdog:

Quoting BpuVR4:

ditto on the videos...very well done and enjoyable to watch, but damn you for having a GN AND a VR4!




Thank you for the kind words and sorry about that! GNs are such cool cars though, I never stopped wanting one ever since I saw it back in 87.




The GN was the first car I fell in love with dling back to jr high reading magazine after magazine at the library. Came.close 3x in picking one up and still the car I want. Guess you can call her my Eleanore


the_underdog
(Member +)
09/17/13 07:13 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting desant78:

yep I'd have to agree, 87 GN's are pretty sweet congrats on the find and welcome to being officially part of the brother-hood!




NICE!! Thanks man!


slugsgomoo
(god hates stupid people)
09/17/13 01:16 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Tom, glad to see you have a Galant. I've been following your videos since I came across them on NABR a while back. Very entertaining and well put together, keep it up.

ScreaminE
(Just don't like an idiot)
09/17/13 03:43 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

I'm still mad at you for selling Sunflower. But at least you gave me some good ideas on turbocharging my Miata!

GVR4ZUM
(Senior Member)
09/18/13 11:02 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Hi Tom,
Welcome to the board and congrats on your GVR4. I also love the video, especially on the Nissan Sentra part


the_underdog
(Member +)
09/19/13 07:11 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting slugsgomoo:

Tom, glad to see you have a Galant. I've been following your videos since I came across them on NABR a while back. Very entertaining and well put together, keep it up.




Thank you and will do!


the_underdog
(Member +)
09/19/13 07:16 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting ScreaminE:

I'm still mad at you for selling Sunflower. But at least you gave me some good ideas on turbocharging my Miata!




Yeah, I've caught a metric ton of crap for selling that car! Someday I'll build my V8 Miata, I'll just need more spare time for a project like that.

In other news, going to South Hills Village when I was a kid was a BIG DEAL! That was basically our family vacation.


the_underdog
(Member +)
09/19/13 07:17 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting GVR4ZUM:

Hi Tom, Welcome to the board and congrats on your GVR4. I also love the video, especially on the Nissan Sentra part




Thank you and I appreciate the warm welcome!


89Mirageman
(It's no Mirage, man)
09/20/13 05:20 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Tom, you failed to mention your awesome Mazda van . I've enjoyed your videos for a while now and I look forward to this build. I know that no corners will be cut and it will get the love and attention that it deserves. Congrats on finding an even more rare one too, coming from the original owners.

the_underdog
(Member +)
09/21/13 03:33 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!


I finally got some time on the racing simulator earlier today! Of course I took the Galant for a drive...


I love the detail in Forza. I sure hope the new Forza still has a Galant in there.




Out of the way whippersnapper! Grandpa's coming through!


turbowop
(Hard Snarker)
09/21/13 03:45 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Awesome! So jelly of that setup!

GSX_TC
(295hp 35r BR4)
09/21/13 10:39 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

That is one sexy Galant VR4.

the_underdog
(Member +)
11/06/13 02:31 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Hi Everyone!

Here's the latest video update, where we begin our restoration by cleaning up the dirty interior. Thanks for checking it out!

Galant VR-4: Interior & Exterior Detail - Part 1


MellowVR4
(5" too short)
11/06/13 04:16 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Makes me wanna clean my interior. Like clean it clean it

bobdole
(Old member with new to me VR4 and starting over. Respect your elders kids)
11/06/13 04:29 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Awesome video.

ApexHunter
(Extreme Indoor Cyclist)
11/07/13 07:46 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Hi Tom!

Discovered your YouTube channel through this thread, and i am enjoying the heck out of it. That RCLS bit...Awesome It inspired me to start a support group in my community. Really helped me make it through the grieving that came with the pedal assembly rebuild.


mitsuturbo
(Banthony )
11/07/13 08:44 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Hey TOM. I just wanted to say welcome to the forum, but most of all

FUCK.
YOU.
I hope you get killed by a thousand cockroaches crawling down your throat while you sleep. (ok, not really)


Having said that...

You've got a very nice looking 91. It looks like you got it 100% stock. It's got a sunroof, and it's white. It's clean, and I'm jealous. I post this on my "garage PC" as i'm standing next to my KG 92 that's waiting for the BC RM coilovers that are on the way as well as a new mani-turbo gasket and maybe a new oil feed line/filter. I look over and just wish it was a 91 and white with a sunroof... and without a somewhat crumpled spot in the floorboard (that nobody else can see or would know about) from some dickwad putting a jack in the wrong place at some point during the car's life. You've got a 1g Talon just like the one i wish i still had, and you had a turbo mirage like i've always wanted. You sir, can go fuck goats, because i am fully jealous of your shitty mitsubishi vehicles.

Very nice. Keep posting pictures. Good luck with the restoration/build, and if you ever want to sell either of those cars... just don't. You'd regret it.


the_underdog
(Member +)
11/08/13 06:12 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting turbowop:

Awesome! So jelly of that setup!




Thank you Mark! I won that racing simulator in a contest. I planned on making a DIY one for years, but never got around to it. It all started when I made a video of my lift install and shortly after posting it to YouTube, I found out that the lift manufacturer (BendPak) was having a contest where they were looking for videos like mine for entries in their "show your lift love" contest. The rest is history and I really do enjoy it. I don't get to use it as much as I'd like, but even a budget DIY setup with a good wheel/pedal/shifter combo would be great fun.

YouTube - Epic Racing Simulator


the_underdog
(Member +)
11/08/13 06:14 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting GSX_TC:

That is one sexy Galant VR4.




Haha, I agree! Do you have Forza? It is fun to mod out the VR-4 in the game, change out the wheels, paint, tweak settings, etc.


the_underdog
(Member +)
11/08/13 06:19 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting 89Mirageman:

Tom, you failed to mention your awesome Mazda van . I've enjoyed your videos for a while now and I look forward to this build. I know that no corners will be cut and it will get the love and attention that it deserves. Congrats on finding an even more rare one too, coming from the original owners.




Thank you for the warm welcome and kind words sir! The Galant is a great car that seems to have much more soul than my Talon. Does that seem weird to say?

I do love my van dearly and have become incredibly attached to it. Part of the fun is how much the kids love it. Riding around in it at the shootout was great fun too, haha!



the_underdog
(Member +)
11/08/13 06:31 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting MellowVR4:

Makes me wanna clean my interior. Like clean it clean it




Oh I hear ya, it's a chore but the results are totally worth it. It makes the car a great place to spend time in. Also cleaning up the carpet/etc. in this way gets rid of any strange smells which lets that signature 90's Mitsubishi leather scent permeate the air.


the_underdog
(Member +)
11/08/13 06:33 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting bobdole:

Awesome video.




Thank you! I need to see some more pictures of yours for inspiration!


the_underdog
(Member +)
11/08/13 06:39 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting ApexHunter:

Hi Tom!

Discovered your YouTube channel through this thread, and i am enjoying the heck out of it. That RCLS bit...Awesome It inspired me to start a support group in my community. Really helped me make it through the grieving that came with the pedal assembly rebuild.




Thank you and I'm glad you're enjoying the videos! Haha, RCLS came about when I was talking with someone who was complaining at great length about how stiff and miserable his clutch pedal was. It sounded like someone describing a medical condition which blended with a foggy memory I had of Road Race Engineering measuring calf sizes of ACT 2600 owners many years ago. Good luck in your healing process.


the_underdog
(Member +)
11/08/13 06:53 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quote:

Hey TOM. I just wanted to say welcome to the forum, but most of all

FUCK.
YOU.
I hope you get killed by a thousand cockroaches crawling down your throat while you sleep. (ok, not really)

Having said that...

You've got a very nice looking 91. It looks like you got it 100% stock. It's got a sunroof, and it's white. It's clean, and I'm jealous. I post this on my "garage PC" as i'm standing next to my KG 92 that's waiting for the BC RM coilovers that are on the way as well as a new mani-turbo gasket and maybe a new oil feed line/filter. I look over and just wish it was a 91 and white with a sunroof... and without a somewhat crumpled spot in the floorboard (that nobody else can see or would know about) from some dickwad putting a jack in the wrong place at some point during the car's life. You've got a 1g Talon just like the one i wish i still had, and you had a turbo mirage like i've always wanted. You sir, can go fuck goats, because i am fully jealous of your shitty mitsubishi vehicles.

Very nice. Keep posting pictures. Good luck with the restoration/build, and if you ever want to sell either of those cars... just don't. You'd regret it.





This is such a fascinating post! Insulting, complimentary, mildly threatening, informative, disturbing... I love it!

Thank you and these cars are interesting beasts for sure. I do feel lucky that I found a stock, one-owner example. It's not perfect, but has no fatal flaws or anything that bugs me every time I look at it. I've had cars like that and it can get sorta tiresome. Regarding my old Mirage, the Galant feels very similar to it from the driver's seat. Similar seating position, dash, long throw shifter, view over the hood, overall feel etc. I think that's why I've grown attached to it. I loved the Mirage on the never-ending straight stretches in Florida, but once I moved to Tennessee it wasn't a fun car to drive on the twisty mountain roads. The Galant, however, is a hoot! Good luck with your car and with all due respect I will not be having relations with any goats. Those days are behind me.


the_underdog
(Member +)
11/08/13 06:56 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Oh and here are some completed interior pics (from the video) that I meant to upload earlier:











mitsuturbo
(Banthony )
11/08/13 08:34 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

I just peed a little.

It's so nice and clean and low miles and...


GSX_TC
(295hp 35r BR4)
11/08/13 11:51 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting the_underdog:

Quoting GSX_TC:

That is one sexy Galant VR4.




Haha, I agree! Do you have Forza? It is fun to mod out the VR-4 in the game, change out the wheels, paint, tweak settings, etc.




Nope don't have it, heard there's one for the new gran turismo so Gonna see how that one is.


turbowop
(Hard Snarker)
11/08/13 03:16 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Interior resto looks great! That's exactly how I clean carpet in my cars. Pressure washer ftw.

BTW, I actually just got a Fanatec setup a couple weeks ago. A bunch of my buddies are into iRacing and one of them wasn't using his setup much so I picked it up from him. It's not the Rennsport seat like yours, but the next version down, with the Porsche GT3 RS wheel. It's a blast to use.


the_underdog
(Member +)
11/09/13 04:24 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting GSX_TC:

Nope don't have it, heard there's one for the new gran turismo so Gonna see how that one is.




Oh cool! The new Gran Turismo sounds awesome, especially this feature: Gran Turismo 6's GPS Will Let You Drive Your Favorite Real-Life Routes


the_underdog
(Member +)
11/09/13 04:25 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting turbowop:

Interior resto looks great! That's exactly how I clean carpet in my cars. Pressure washer ftw.

BTW, I actually just got a Fanatec setup a couple weeks ago. A bunch of my buddies are into iRacing and one of them wasn't using his setup much so I picked it up from him. It's not the Rennsport seat like yours, but the next version down, with the Porsche GT3 RS wheel. It's a blast to use.




Thank you Mark! Congrats on the Fanatec pickup! I've heard nothing but great things about iRacing. Enjoy it!


snailspool
(Member)
11/10/13 05:37 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Looking at your interior pictures, i was like "would you look at that, just look at it!"

click

So clean!


G
(JDM Unit)
11/10/13 07:04 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!



the_underdog
(Member +)
11/11/13 06:52 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting snailspool:

Looking at your interior pictures, i was like "would you look at that, just look at it!"

click

So clean!




Haha, I love Ed Bassmaster!


the_underdog
(Member +)
11/27/13 12:04 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Hi Everyone, update time!

Here's the latest video, where we focus on the outside of the car and work to get our shine back.

YouTube - Galant VR-4: Interior & Exterior Detail - Part 2

Thank you for watching! -Tom



G
(JDM Unit)
11/27/13 01:17 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

This is funny.

MellowVR4
(5" too short)
11/27/13 04:39 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

I need to do that to my exterior, mine is oxidies also, plus a bunch of hail dents compliments from the South

the_underdog
(Member +)
11/29/13 07:24 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Thank you for checking it out everyone, I appreciate it!

MellowVR4 Good luck with your car clean up! I tell ya, the hail here is crazy. A couple years ago we had a massive hail storm that damaged tens of thousands of homes and new/used cars. The owners must've had my Galant in the garage at the time because every car sitting out in West Knoxville sustained severe hail damage.


transparentdsm
(I have to say something dumb Member)
11/29/13 08:17 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

wow the car is really coming leaps and bounds. i thought you picked a clean car to begin with, but seeing this, just wow. for the portion where you cleaned the muffler tips, i was truly surprised, i have used tinfoil and coca-cola to clean that kinda stuff off before, but you need to polish it after, i like the polish and clean in one step stuff you have.

BoostedAWD91
(Senior Member)
11/29/13 03:23 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

welcome to the board Tom and i also love the videos, you do a great job with them! Also your video motivated me to finally rip out the carpet and give it a good cleaning as well which i have been putting off way to long. Now that my Evo is sold, the galant is finally gonna get some love and attention again.

the_underdog
(Member +)
11/29/13 05:45 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting transparentdsm:

wow the car is really coming leaps and bounds. i thought you picked a clean car to begin with, but seeing this, just wow. for the portion where you cleaned the muffler tips, i was truly surprised, i have used tinfoil and coca-cola to clean that kinda stuff off before, but you need to polish it after, i like the polish and clean in one step stuff you have.




Thank you, I appreciate it and I'm glad you found that tip useful!


the_underdog
(Member +)
11/29/13 05:49 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting BoostedAWD91:

welcome to the board Tom and i also love the videos, you do a great job with them! Also your video motivated me to finally rip out the carpet and give it a good cleaning as well which i have been putting off way to long. Now that my Evo is sold, the galant is finally gonna get some love and attention again.




Thank you for the warm welcome and I'm glad you enjoy the videos! Good to hear that you got out there and cleaned up the old Galant too. Have a good one!


bmxr152
(Member)
11/30/13 11:26 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Just an fyi about the new forza. No galant vr4 but i heard its coming in a old school car pack.

EHmotorsports
(Capt Fabbin Stabbin)
11/30/13 11:56 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Welcome Tim! Love the videos!

the_underdog
(Member +)
12/01/13 07:52 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quote:

Just an fyi about the new forza. No galant vr4 but i heard its coming in a old school car pack.




Ahh, good to know!


the_underdog
(Member +)
12/01/13 07:52 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting EHmotorsports:

Welcome Tim! Love the videos!




Thank you!


SleepinGVR4
(What are we going to do today Ferb?)
12/02/13 09:51 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Tom you have a great collection of cars from your Grand National, Mirage, Talon, ISF and now a Galant.

I've always enjoyed your videos and the one you did with your Galant was truly motivational.

One day I hope to have a garage setup like yours.

Keep up the great work sir!


4Grim
(I deliver.)
12/02/13 10:06 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Like I commented on your youtube video....this GVR4 is blessed to have you as its owner.

the_underdog
(Member +)
12/02/13 04:48 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting SleepinGVR4:

Tom you have a great collection of cars from your Grand National, Mirage, Talon, ISF and now a Galant.

I've always enjoyed your videos and the one you did with your Galant was truly motivational.

One day I hope to have a garage setup like yours.

Keep up the great work sir!




Thank you Sean, I really appreciate that!


the_underdog
(Member +)
12/02/13 04:49 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting 4Grim:

Like I commented on your youtube video....this GVR4 is blessed to have you as its owner.




Thank you again my friend!


the_underdog
(Member +)
12/12/13 03:15 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Hi Everyone!

Here's the latest video where we tackle some bigger exterior jobs, like the faded trim, stained wheels and a couple other tasks.

Galant VR-4 Interior & Exterior Detail - Part 3 - YouTube

Thanks for checking it out! Here's a few "before" pictures:

Blech!




Terribly faded trim


Taking a wire wheel to the 'old nuts.


Thanks everyone!

-Tom


turbohf
(anyone even read this?)
12/12/13 03:42 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

looks good! I have been putting off doing my doors and windshield moldings for way too long...

coyotes
(Hipster VR4)
12/12/13 05:07 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Nice job, with each one of your videos, the list of things to do for my galant gets longer and longer.. lol

Although since you were removing the wheels anyway it might have been easier to do that before painting the wheel wells.


EHmotorsports
(Capt Fabbin Stabbin)
12/12/13 09:10 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Tim it is so true about taking any wheel to a tire shop. if there is a will there is a way to mess wheels up. I am planning on having my tires mounted first then painted haha.

G
(JDM Unit)
12/12/13 09:24 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Looks good! But I think your doing it backwards and should have done the engine bay first.

turbohf
(anyone even read this?)
12/12/13 09:59 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

yeah i was thinking that at the end of the video also. but once the outside is detailed it shouldnt be a thing to give the exterior a quick clean...?

but i am also not one for washing my car lol. i even keep buying white wheels for cars (or with them on already) and dont clean them.


the_underdog
(Member +)
12/13/13 04:59 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting turbohf:

looks good! I have been putting off doing my doors and windshield moldings for way too long...




Thank you! Yes, it's a bear of a job - but once all of that prep work is out of the way it's lots of fun. Good luck with yours!


the_underdog
(Member +)
12/13/13 05:01 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting coyotes:

Nice job, with each one of your videos, the list of things to do for my galant gets longer and longer.. lol

Although since you were removing the wheels anyway it might have been easier to do that before painting the wheel wells.




Thanks and sorry to add to the ever-growing task list!

Regarding the wheel wells, yes - it definitely would've been easier that way. I can't remember why I did it that way but hopefully I had a good reason.


the_underdog
(Member +)
12/13/13 05:05 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting EHmotorsports:

Tim it is so true about taking any wheel to a tire shop. if there is a will there is a way to mess wheels up. I am planning on having my tires mounted first then painted haha.




Man, I thought it was just me having bad luck with tire shops all these years. Really hate to hear so many horror stories though. I swear I've gone to every one in town and they all suck. Back in the old service station days, we did tons of tire service and my own dad would've fired me if I even so much as scuffed a sidewall, let alone scrape a nice wheel. Sheesh!


the_underdog
(Member +)
12/13/13 05:10 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting G:

Looks good! But I think your doing it backwards and should have done the engine bay first.




Thank you sir! You're right and I actually did clean the engine bay first/as I was detailing the inside/outside, but I couldn't figure a way to fit that footage in with the other videos without jumping around too much, so I gathered all of the engine detailing sequences for the next video. I'll be posting that one later next week. It was a big job too!


coyotes
(Hipster VR4)
12/13/13 05:13 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Yup, I am about to do a full detail on mine once I get to use my buddy's garage and it should not be fun. Car is pretty clean overall but I am just reminded of hours of claying and buffing. Whee…

Engine bay isn't too dirty. I am scared to hose it down though, may just clean it by hand or ignore it!


G
(JDM Unit)
12/13/13 11:02 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Also use this rubberized undercoating next time. click

pot
(It's a twee shaker----choot him choot him)
12/14/13 03:54 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Specifically the 2nd row far right product: 3M™ Body Schutz™ Rubberized Coating, Black, Quart, 08864 -This is what the factory service manual calls for. On a separate note, isn't the valve stem supposed to align with the orange dot on the sidewall of the tire for more precise balancing of the wheel? Either way please keep your video's coming, I'm really enjoying them.

89Mirageman
(It's no Mirage, man)
12/14/13 04:45 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Pot, I've always heard that too about the dot lining up with the valvestem. Not sure if it actually matters or not though. The tire shops around here suck too and I hold my breath every time I drop something off hoping they don't screw up too bad.

I agree about the videos, I check his channel and Jafromobile for updates on YT about once a week.


toybreaker
(it's peace of mind at 100 mph plus)
12/14/13 10:32 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting G:

Looks good! But I think your doing it backwards and should have done the engine bay first.




G, this guy doesn't need much (if any) "help" like you offer the members of this board.

... you find fault with anything and everthing anybody ever does

I'd rather read a hundred posts like Tom's then one of yours

... sometimes you know you're going to be doing major work in the engine compartment, and it makes more sense to do things in an order that may "seem" ass backward.

... and sometimes it's hard to break stuff up into segments to do posts or like Tom does, kick ass videos!



I know just how hard this task is.

I got my ass fully kicked this summer trying to clean up a good friends car that suffered a little from the weather we had out here.



yikes!

This is why you fix a dipstick that pops out under boost!



there was some stains I couldn't get out.

Didn't want to kill the stickers, so I didn't use to aggressive a chemical solution. (just watered down simple green in a spray bottle)

... sure would like to hear what other folks use, as i wasn't totally happy with the results.


I had my good friend handle the hardest parts.

... running the hotsy for an hour on a car on stands is a young mans game.

wear safety glasses

be sure to umplug each and every connector and blow the connector and component completely dry.



[Edit] G, I don;t want to sound like I'm picking on you, but you find fault with almost everything anybody posts on this board.

... lot's of folks are getting real tired of it!

Tom is a kick ass, contributing member, and untill you post pics of what you do, maybe you should think twice before posting anything that would keep a cool, saavy cat like Tom from sharing his tips and tricks with us here on the .org.

I've learmed a bunch from his posts and I love his videos.

I want to see anything and everyting he does!


Sorry for speaking out and posting pics in your thread Tom, but I want to the see the video of how you handle this task, and I figgered if I raised the bar a lil, you'd knock it out of the park.












Re; the colored dot...


In aviation, two colored dots were used on tube style set-ups. The yellow dot (or stripe) indicated the heavy spot of the tube, and the red dot on the tire indicating the lite spot of the tire. They were lined up during installation.

Later, when they went to tubeless, the dot allowed saavy cats to check /mark the heavy spot of the rim and line up / index / dial in the tire to the wheel and make a smaller / more stable weight package. Airplanes are hard on tires, and any advantage is taken.

In the automotive field,) the red dot is meant to designate the lite spot of the tire.

Many of the saavy old school cats I trained under knew the real backstory, and they would spin their wheels, (sans tires,) and mark the heavy spot.

They would then put the dot inline with that spot, resulting in less weight being used and a more consistent service life.



imho, (unless you've identified the heavy spot of your wheels) the colored dot is put inline with the valvestem by any tire mook worth a shite.

At the very least, it allows guys making serious power a quick visual on whether they're spinning the tires on the rims.




G
(JDM Unit)
12/15/13 12:40 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

They are great videos, they are just funny. Almost like the targeted youtube audience is novice car owners. Were talking basic detailing vids. He already explained he edited and posted the vids backwards not the detailing. My 3m recommendation is a good one. Eastwood spray paint? C'mon. Pro-tip > use some 22ple vm1 on the wheels and the exhaust tips!

89Mirageman
(It's no Mirage, man)
12/15/13 10:13 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

G, what you fail to understand is that Tom isn't asking anyone for advice. He's simply showing us how he did it and what he used to get such good results. I can't imagine how many hours it takes to shoot those videos and then more time to edit them. He could have just cleaned his car up and shot before and after pics but he goes several steps further to share his experience to help others out.

Also I'm not saying that Tom is above good advice, none of us are. But to say that your ways are superior is a little arrogant to say the least. This guy knows what he is doing. Also, nothing wrong with Eastwood products. I've gotten great results with everything I've bought from them.


G
(JDM Unit)
12/15/13 11:08 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

I understand he is not asking for advice, but when you post on a public forum advice / criticism however you view it is part of the conversation. Tips from fellow enthusiasts who have done things differently is not superior. The tips/ advice I posted are items I have used. The op and the audience may or may not have known these products exist. I have used eastwood products as well and they were nothing special. Sharing is caring.

the_underdog
(Member +)
12/15/13 04:36 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting coyotes:

Yup, I am about to do a full detail on mine once I get to use my buddy's garage and it should not be fun. Car is pretty clean overall but I am just reminded of hours of claying and buffing. Whee…

Engine bay isn't too dirty. I am scared to hose it down though, may just clean it by hand or ignore it!




Well good luck with it! Detailing is a slog, but once you start to see some progress it helps keep you going to see the end result.


the_underdog
(Member +)
12/15/13 04:38 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting G:

Also use this rubberized undercoating next time. click




I would like to properly restore the car someday, thanks for the info.


the_underdog
(Member +)
12/15/13 04:42 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting Pot:

Specifically the 2nd row far right product: 3M™ Body Schutz™ Rubberized Coating, Black, Quart, 08864 -This is what the factory service manual calls for. On a separate note, isn't the valve stem supposed to align with the orange dot on the sidewall of the tire for more precise balancing of the wheel? Either way please keep your video's coming, I'm really enjoying them.




Thank you Pot and I'm glad you like the videos! I am familiar with the valve stem/orange dot lining up, I know I was taught to do it that way. This tire shop usually does that, but no dice this time I guess and I forgot to check. That said, the car doesn't have even the slightest out of balance tire behavior at any speed, which makes it a great highway cruiser. I just wish it had a deeper overdrive gear.


the_underdog
(Member +)
12/15/13 04:46 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting 89Mirageman:

Pot, I've always heard that too about the dot lining up with the valvestem. Not sure if it actually matters or not though. The tire shops around here suck too and I hold my breath every time I drop something off hoping they don't screw up too bad.

I agree about the videos, I check his channel and Jafromobile for updates on YT about once a week.




I dread having to go to the tire shop, and I hate to hear that most everyone has had similarly bad experiences. Thank you for checking out the videos, I love Jafro's videos too and always drop everything to watch them immediately when they come out!


the_underdog
(Member +)
12/15/13 05:08 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting toybreaker:

Sorry for speaking out and posting pics in your thread Tom, but I want to the see the video of how you handle this task, and I figgered if I raised the bar a lil, you'd knock it out of the park.





First off, thanks for the engine detail tips and pictures. The plastic wrap protection is a cool idea! That looked like a big old dirty job, but it turned out great from where I sit!

Also, thank you for the very kind words and support! I know by making these videos I'm putting myself out there for criticism and such, but I don't mind that. Heck, I've learned TONS from others who've watched a video and suggested a better or different way to do things, and I always appreciate it. Many times folks are direct or even harsh in their critiques, but everybody's different. I try to look past that. I don't claim to be an expert in this stuff, I just enjoy sharing what I'm working on with everybody. I don't consider my videos step-by-step "how to" like many I've seen, I just like telling a story of a process or journey and I'm just happy folks seem to enjoy and find them interesting!

Anywho, thank you again!


the_underdog
(Member +)
12/15/13 05:24 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting G:

They are great videos, they are just funny. Almost like the targeted youtube audience is novice car owners. Were talking basic detailing vids. He already explained he edited and posted the vids backwards not the detailing. My 3m recommendation is a good one. Eastwood spray paint? C'mon. Pro-tip > use some 22ple vm1 on the wheels and the exhaust tips!




Thank you G. I'm not attempting to target any certain audience, but I could see how someone who has more experience would find some of the topics basic or mundane. That said, I often skip tons of small steps that I consider basic and have folks tell me that they wish I would've covered them.

For the Galant series especially, I'm really just sharing my video journal of fixing up this great old car and bringing it back to form. I like telling a story and taking folks on a journey. Same goes for the Grand National videos. I had plenty of tech in there, but the purpose was to honor the car's heritage while adding a blend of performance and drivability improvements to make it an all-around better car.


the_underdog
(Member +)
12/15/13 05:42 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting 89Mirageman:

G, what you fail to understand is that Tom isn't asking anyone for advice. He's simply showing us how he did it and what he used to get such good results. I can't imagine how many hours it takes to shoot those videos and then more time to edit them. He could have just cleaned his car up and shot before and after pics but he goes several steps further to share his experience to help others out.

Also I'm not saying that Tom is above good advice, none of us are. But to say that your ways are superior is a little arrogant to say the least. This guy knows what he is doing. Also, nothing wrong with Eastwood products. I've gotten great results with everything I've bought from them.




Thank you for saying this and you're absolutely right that I'm just chronicling my process/journey. Good or bad, efficient or otherwise, it's the best way I knew at the time how to go about things given the time and resources at hand.

That said, I have received tons of great advice from people watching the videos. Many suggest other products or different processes and I find this very valuable. Some of it is personal preference - in the case of the fender well paint that I used, I realize that proper undercoating would be the correct way to restore the vehicle to factory specs. I have been a part of frame-off, factory-spec restorations on truly rare vehicles in the past. In this case, it was just a general quick tip that can make crummy fender wells look good again. I hope I have the opportunity to do a proper restoration on this car someday!

The only reason I started posting these videos is because I got bored doing plain old "words and pictures" project/racing updates on my website and forums. I had been doing those types of posts in one form or another since 1998 and wanted to try something new. After putting the first video out, I couldn't believe the positive response I received! I was completely surprised by that.

As time has gone by, the process of creating and sharing these videos has been like rediscovering the car hobby all over again. People from all over are sending me pictures of their cars, telling me stories, making their own videos and cool stuff like that. I had a guy recently tell me that he had a major procedure in the hospital and videos like mine helped him through it all. How cool is that?

They do take tons of time to make. Shooting the video, compiling it all, writing the script, doing the voiceover, making the music, editing, more editing, even more editing...haha! But the response and camaraderie have been simply incredible and have motivated me to do much more than I thought I could do with this stuff. Most of all it has been a truly fun experience!

Apologies for the super long-winded response. Back to Galant stuff please!


G
(JDM Unit)
12/15/13 06:05 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

They are great videos, I enjoy watching them because I'm a fellow enthusiast. I'm glad you're not offended by my input. Keep up the good work.

EHmotorsports
(Capt Fabbin Stabbin)
12/15/13 06:09 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

dont worry Tom. G has to shit on everything

just poking fun G


fuel
("Just to be pedantic!")
12/16/13 06:30 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

great video, takes me back to when I refurbed my OE wheels too! I did mine when I had the tyres off already awaiting new tyres which made it much easier to handle, but I regret not taking the time to mask up the machined portion of the rim edge instead I opted to just rough them up like the rest of the paint surface and spray over them. Though you can barely notice as the rims were sprayed in the same metallic silver they originally were (OE JDM rims are not body coloured) but it's always something I will remember!

Also when you clean up the engine bay, make sure you replace the oil filler cap with an original Mitsubishi one rather than the gas station special it has on there at the moment.


the_underdog
(Member +)
12/16/13 06:54 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting G:

They are great videos, I enjoy watching them because I'm a fellow enthusiast. I'm glad you're not offended by my input. Keep up the good work.




Thank you G, much appreciated!


the_underdog
(Member +)
12/16/13 06:55 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting EHmotorsports:

dont worry Tom. G has to shit on everything

just poking fun G




Haha!


the_underdog
(Member +)
12/16/13 07:08 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting fuel:

great video, takes me back to when I refurbed my OE wheels too! I did mine when I had the tyres off already awaiting new tyres which made it much easier to handle, but I regret not taking the time to mask up the machined portion of the rim edge instead I opted to just rough them up like the rest of the paint surface and spray over them. Though you can barely notice as the rims were sprayed in the same metallic silver they originally were (OE JDM rims are not body coloured) but it's always something I will remember!

Also when you clean up the engine bay, make sure you replace the oil filler cap with an original Mitsubishi one rather than the gas station special it has on there at the moment.




Thank you Phillip and I love your car! I've studied the pictures in your members showcase many times.

Masking the machined edge was very time consuming. Something I didn't include in the video was polishing that part of the wheel. It had a clear coat that had yellowed and was flaking off in spots. I spent hours getting that off there and bringing the shine back. I agree that with the factory metallic silver few folks would notice that machined edge being painted over (I think it looks awesome), but with white wheels, I thought it would look like too much white without them. Thanks again!

Thank you also for that tip on the oil cap. I absolutely hate those junk oil filler caps and almost every Mitsu I've ever bought had one on it. I chuck them in the garbage immediately.


89Mirageman
(It's no Mirage, man)
12/16/13 12:30 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

I'm glad someone else noticed the machined lip. When you were scrubbing them I was saying to myself "I really hope he cleans the lips up" lol. I did notice they were quite a bit brighter once you unmasked them and figured you skipped this part on the video to save time.

ScreaminE
(Just don't like an idiot)
12/17/13 01:45 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

FB promised a new video tomorrow :

the_underdog
(Member +)
12/17/13 05:50 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting 89Mirageman:

I'm glad someone else noticed the machined lip. When you were scrubbing them I was saying to myself "I really hope he cleans the lips up" lol. I did notice they were quite a bit brighter once you unmasked them and figured you skipped this part on the video to save time.




In retrospect, I should've covered that! It seemed so boring at the time and it was a job that I really hated. The polishing part wasn't so bad, but removing that clear coat was just awful! The results were worth it though, they look factory fresh again!


the_underdog
(Member +)
12/17/13 05:54 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting ScreaminE:

FB promised a new video tomorrow :




You know it man! I'll be posting it on here when it's live! I'll also be hosting a special screening at the Carmike 10 next to South Hills Village. Afterward we can all head to the TGI Fridays down by the Home Depot.


ScreaminE
(Just don't like an idiot)
12/18/13 09:26 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Ha!

the_underdog
(Member +)
12/18/13 02:27 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Hello All, it's new video time! This time around we tackle our most formidable job yet - that filthy engine bay!

Galant VR-4 Engine Bay Detail - YouTube

I’ve seen worse, but it was still a pretty big task!





Thank you as always for watching!

-Tom


bobdole
(Old member with new to me VR4 and starting over. Respect your elders kids)
12/18/13 02:47 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Nice video Tom. Reminds me when I did mine. You are doing a great job.

MellowVR4
(5" too short)
12/18/13 03:54 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

One question, how much was the hood insulation? and was that the only one left in the planet? I so want one

G
(JDM Unit)
12/18/13 06:02 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Looks awesome. Fyi on those battery hold downs. Once you remove the zinc coating they will rust. I would powder coat them or spray some clear on them. The same goes for any bolts you may have done the same to. Looks like a clean rust free vr4.

pot
(It's a twee shaker----choot him choot him)
12/18/13 06:16 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

I'm starting to feel like I'm watching "Breaking Bad" as I wait for each new video you post Tom.

turbowop
(Hard Snarker)
12/18/13 07:28 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

I can't believe you hand cleaned that whole engine bay. You're crazy! It's chemicals and pressure washing for me.

Looks great though. Nice work!


coyotes
(Hipster VR4)
12/18/13 07:55 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

I'm terrified to pressure wash, just feel like my car would never run again after that.

EHmotorsports
(Capt Fabbin Stabbin)
12/18/13 09:58 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

as long as you start the car right after you wash. most will steam off. but you want to make sure to avoid any major electronics;)

89Mirageman
(It's no Mirage, man)
12/18/13 10:33 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

I always use a pressure washer/purple stuff and only had one issue, that was when a little moisture got in the distributor cap. After wiping it out all was good again. Also I choose to do this when it's in the 90's here and leave the hood raised all day afterwards. I will say that the pressure blows nearly all of the oem decals off though. Like the ones on the radiator or wiring harness. Something I didn't really care about since they were daily drivers. Tom has the right idea if you're looking to preserve everything though.

Also this is just another way of doing the valvecover that I've found to be easier. Clean and polish the raised letters first. Then prime the VC and take a rag with a little thinner on it and wipe the primer off the letters carefully, then repeat the same procedure with the paint. After the VC has fully cured take a gray scotchbrite and go over them one last time. Doing it this way guarantees you don't nick the paint or anything. Not saying your way is wrong because I have done it that way many times. Just saying this is what I do now and it seems easier for me.


turbowop
(Hard Snarker)
12/18/13 11:43 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

During the summer I "rinse" my engine bay bi-weekly with a pressure washer. Been doing this since '98. Never had a problem.

fuel
("Just to be pedantic!")
12/19/13 03:17 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

I usually just use some engine degreaser either in the aerosol cans or in a garden pressure sprayer and just spray quite liberally everywhere after the engine is a little warm. I let it sit for about 10 mins then get the garden hose and rinse it all off. Sometimes it may take a few goes in the real dirty spots but usually 99% of all the oil, dirt and grease comes off anyway. The if you really want the engine bay to 'pop' I take a rag soaked in gasoline and clean up any bits of the engine bay bodywork that pressure spraying missed, and give the plastic/rubber parts a quick dressing of silicone spray.

the_underdog
(Member +)
12/19/13 07:21 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting bobdole:

Nice video Tom. Reminds me when I did mine. You are doing a great job.




Thank you sir! I know I've said this before, but I studied your build thread pics and found them very helpful during this process. I hope someday to go to the level of detail that you did with the chassis, subframes, etc. Your work in that thread is just incredible!


the_underdog
(Member +)
12/19/13 07:22 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting MellowVR4:

One question, how much was the hood insulation? and was that the only one left in the planet? I so want one




I can't recall the price, but it wasn't bad at all. If it wasn't the last one, I'm sure it's one of just a few left!


the_underdog
(Member +)
12/19/13 07:24 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting G:

Looks awesome. Fyi on those battery hold downs. Once you remove the zinc coating they will rust. I would powder coat them or spray some clear on them. The same goes for any bolts you may have done the same to. Looks like a clean rust free vr4.




Thank you and yes, that's a good tip. I only wire wheel hardware that is rusty, since that zinc coating will come right off in that instance. I plan to have these and a bunch of other small parts powder coated soon.


the_underdog
(Member +)
12/19/13 07:26 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting Pot:

I'm starting to feel like I'm watching "Breaking Bad" as I wait for each new video you post Tom.




Haha, thanks man! Stay tuned for the final results coming next week! Well, nothing is ever "final" or "done" when it comes to cars, but you know what I mean.


the_underdog
(Member +)
12/19/13 07:29 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting turbowop:

I can't believe you hand cleaned that whole engine bay. You're crazy! It's chemicals and pressure washing for me.

Looks great though. Nice work!




Thank you Mark! I bet I've looked at pictures and videos of your car at least a hundred times for inspiration and motivation. As for hand cleaning the engine bay- yes, I am a lunatic!


the_underdog
(Member +)
12/19/13 07:32 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting EHmotorsports:

as long as you start the car right after you wash. most will steam off. but you want to make sure to avoid any major electronics;)




Yes, pressure washing is absolutely fine with good preparation. As long as you don't do anything crazy it's fast and works well.


the_underdog
(Member +)
12/19/13 07:35 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting 89Mirageman:

I always use a pressure washer/purple stuff and only had one issue, that was when a little moisture got in the distributor cap. After wiping it out all was good again. Also I choose to do this when it's in the 90's here and leave the hood raised all day afterwards. I will say that the pressure blows nearly all of the oem decals off though. Like the ones on the radiator or wiring harness. Something I didn't really care about since they were daily drivers. Tom has the right idea if you're looking to preserve everything though.

Also this is just another way of doing the valvecover that I've found to be easier. Clean and polish the raised letters first. Then prime the VC and take a rag with a little thinner on it and wipe the primer off the letters carefully, then repeat the same procedure with the paint. After the VC has fully cured take a gray scotchbrite and go over them one last time. Doing it this way guarantees you don't nick the paint or anything. Not saying your way is wrong because I have done it that way many times. Just saying this is what I do now and it seems easier for me.




Yes, that's exactly why I like to do it by hand. I've pressure washed lots of engine bays, but I wanted to carefully go through everything and what this video doesn't show is that I was doing various maintenance work throughout the process as well. I'll be sure to post the maintenance video later, it's just not as interesting as the clean up/results in my opinion.

Thanks for the valve cover tip, that's another good method.


turbohf
(anyone even read this?)
12/19/13 09:06 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

maybe i missed it, but are you plans to leave her stock? or is there a couple build stages coming?

EHmotorsports
(Capt Fabbin Stabbin)
12/19/13 08:01 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting the_underdog:

Quoting EHmotorsports:

as long as you start the car right after you wash. most will steam off. but you want to make sure to avoid any major electronics;)




Yes, pressure washing is absolutely fine with good preparation. As long as you don't do anything crazy it's fast and works well.




yes and I completely understand why you didn't. You needed to get every last crack and pressure washing wont get everything.:)


GSTwithPSI
(A hole)
12/19/13 09:23 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Looking really good Tom! So what's next for the Galant now?

the_underdog
(Member +)
12/20/13 06:52 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting turbohf:

maybe i missed it, but are you plans to leave her stock? or is there a couple build stages coming?




You'll have to stay tuned


the_underdog
(Member +)
12/23/13 01:08 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Hello All!

It’s time to take a look at the results of our work that involved plenty of washing, vacuuming, scrubbing, buffing and painting. It’s been a memorable journey and the process of bringing this Galant back to it’s original glory has given me a great appreciation for it. Thank you for watching and for all of the support and much needed motivation! The journey has just begun really, as there’s still plenty of work to do. But it sure is fun driving and owning this car!

Galant VR-4 Interior & Exterior Detail: Results! - YouTube


coyotes
(Hipster VR4)
12/23/13 01:41 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Good job! Now come do mine.

fuel
("Just to be pedantic!")
12/23/13 02:05 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

really enjoyed the last video. It looks like your plans are similar to mine so would be interesting to see the route you go down and what results you get! You could probably get away with fitting improved OEM parts without anyone noticing like JDM Evolution intercooler set up, injectors, EvoIII manifold, 20G compressor wheel/machined cover/8cm ex housing, 4-bolt rear with vLSD (if you wanted to keep 4WS) etc.

turbohf
(anyone even read this?)
12/24/13 12:00 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

ok. you got me. im sitting here waiting for the next video.


im very interested to see how far this 'sleeper' idea goes. i feel there is a lot hiding under my hood, but i think your going to take it further (and tamer)... cant wait to see...


TSimage
(Member)
12/24/13 12:41 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Tom is too nice.. We need some aggression shown. Do a call out in one of your videos. :P

BENE38A
(Slanging Kiwi parts)
12/24/13 01:12 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

i can cut you a sweet deal on an evo 5 bumper

fuel
("Just to be pedantic!")
12/24/13 02:05 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

^^ please tell me you are kidding!

BENE38A
(Slanging Kiwi parts)
12/24/13 04:36 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

haha of course

the_underdog
(Member +)
12/24/13 07:08 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting coyotes:

Good job! Now come do mine.




Haha! I think I'm good for a clean up project like this about once every 7-10 years.


the_underdog
(Member +)
12/24/13 07:10 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting fuel:

really enjoyed the last video. It looks like your plans are similar to mine so would be interesting to see the route you go down and what results you get! You could probably get away with fitting improved OEM parts without anyone noticing like JDM Evolution intercooler set up, injectors, EvoIII manifold, 20G compressor wheel/machined cover/8cm ex housing, 4-bolt rear with vLSD (if you wanted to keep 4WS) etc.




Thank you and I'm glad you enjoyed it! What you describe is exactly what I would like to do. No cutting or other craziness, just factory style bolt-on parts that could easily be returned to stock at anytime. I know I'll be leaving power on the table by doing this, but I have modest goals and will be happy with even just a little more oomph.


the_underdog
(Member +)
12/24/13 07:17 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting TSimage:

Tom is too nice.. We need some aggression shown. Do a call out in one of your videos. :P




Haha! Well I used to love WWF wrestling when I was a kid- maybe I could do something along those lines? It may still be this way, but back then it was like 45 minutes of a wrestler calling someone out and maybe 15 minutes of wrestling.



the_underdog
(Member +)
12/24/13 07:23 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Here's some pictures that I meant to include in the video post. I've got a bunch more on my website, including bigger, wallpaper size ones here.









the_underdog
(Member +)
12/24/13 07:27 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting turbohf:

ok. you got me. im sitting here waiting for the next video. im very interested to see how far this 'sleeper' idea goes. i feel there is a lot hiding under my hood, but i think your going to take it further (and tamer)... cant wait to see...




Thanks Dustin! I'm curious too- stay tuned!


TSimage
(Member)
12/25/13 05:30 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

I did what I believe you are about to attempt with yours with the 100% stock appearance route.

I have in my mind the exact mod list, we shall see how similar we are.


coyotes
(Hipster VR4)
12/26/13 11:15 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Hey Tom,

Question for you. I typically do a clay bar on a new detail job, and then a meguiar's 3 stage. I'm not a professional detailer and this gives me a good enough detail to make me happy. I have been looking into the Meguar's ultimate compound before I saw your video using it, and i am pretty impressed with the results. My question for you is, did you just go straight to the carnuaba wax after your ultimate compound, or was there some other waxes in there? Should I throw out the typical 3 stage and just go clay bar --> ultimate compound --> carnauba? Maybe clay bar then 3 stage with the ultimate compound as step 2? My paint is not in that bad of shape I don't think, but damn the meguiar's ultimate compound really makes a huge difference in just one step it seems.


the_underdog
(Member +)
12/27/13 06:06 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting TSimage:

I did what I believe you are about to attempt with yours with the 100% stock appearance route.

I have in my mind the exact mod list, we shall see how similar we are.




That's cool! If you have a build thread or pics, I'd love to check 'em out. I just want to go back to a really simple, reliable and fun setup. I also think it will suit the character of the car and will be tons of fun on a small budget. Good luck with yours and enjoy it!


the_underdog
(Member +)
12/27/13 06:12 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting coyotes:

Hey Tom, Question for you. I typically do a clay bar on a new detail job, and then a meguiar's 3 stage. I'm not a professional detailer and this gives me a good enough detail to make me happy. I have been looking into the Meguar's ultimate compound before I saw your video using it, and i am pretty impressed with the results. My question for you is, did you just go straight to the carnuaba wax after your ultimate compound, or was there some other waxes in there? Should I throw out the typical 3 stage and just go clay bar --> ultimate compound --> carnauba? Maybe clay bar then 3 stage with the ultimate compound as step 2? My paint is not in that bad of shape I don't think, but damn the meguiar's ultimate compound really makes a huge difference in just one step it seems.




What's up man!? I am like you in that I don't go overboard with paint detailing, I just like enough shine to make me happy. In the past I usually did something very similar to what you describe (3 stage) but I'm so darn glad I found out about the Meguiar's ultimate compound. It saved me tons of time and the results were amazing for the amount of time I put into it. I can't recommend it enough. All I did with mine was clay bar-->ultimate ultimate compound-->Meguair's gold class carnauba. I still can't believe how well it turned out. Good luck with yours and let me know how it goes!


SSGdave
(Member)
12/31/13 04:39 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting the_underdog:

I love this kind of stuff, it makes me happy. This is going in my Mitsubishi shrine down in the old basement.
















OMG I would love to have one of those.
and your car is amazing!!!


GSX_TC
(295hp 35r BR4)
01/02/14 01:24 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

God that bay is soo clean!

the_underdog
(Member +)
01/02/14 05:10 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting SSGdave:

OMG I would love to have one of those.
and your car is amazing!!!




Thanks Dave! I've noticed that the brochures pop up on Ebay from time to time.


the_underdog
(Member +)
01/02/14 05:10 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting GSX_TC:

God that bay is soo clean!




Thank you sir!


coyotes
(Hipster VR4)
01/02/14 05:50 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Hey Tom! (I'm Thomas by the way, aren't we awesome?)

Just did my engine bay. Not as thorough as you but I plan on doing more passes to really make it immaculate. Check it out here! click


EHmotorsports
(Capt Fabbin Stabbin)
01/02/14 06:03 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting the_underdog:

Quoting TSimage:

Tom is too nice.. We need some aggression shown. Do a call out in one of your videos. :P




Haha! Well I used to love WWF wrestling when I was a kid- maybe I could do something along those lines? It may still be this way, but back then it was like 45 minutes of a wrestler calling someone out and maybe 15 minutes of wrestling.







haha I apprenticed at a local shop that had two of Rowdy's trucks. One was getting the NEW (at the time) 502 chevy engine and the other a supercharged 460 in a bronco. was able to meet this one of a kind guy. nicest guy ever.


89Mirageman
(It's no Mirage, man)
01/02/14 07:34 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

^That is awesome. I remember watching wrestling back in the late 80's/early 90's when guys like him were popular. Can't stand to watch it now for some reason though.

EHmotorsports
(Capt Fabbin Stabbin)
01/02/14 07:42 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

100% agree I cannot stand watching anymore. however the GF loves the video games and is the only game she will play with me haha. damn button mashers!

coyotes
(Hipster VR4)
01/02/14 07:45 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting 89Mirageman:

^That is awesome. I remember watching wrestling back in the late 80's/early 90's when guys like him were popular. Can't stand to watch it now for some reason though.




It was way cooler back then. Wrestling just isn't the same without ridiculous 80s hair.


Tom, you should plastidip the top of your grill to match the top of your headlights.


cheekychimp
(Director of Housing and Urban Development, and carbon/kevlar balls)
01/05/14 10:19 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting G:

They are great videos, they are just funny. Almost like the targeted youtube audience is novice car owners. Were talking basic detailing vids.




Why on earth would you NOT think that G?

Not everyone on this board is a professional car detailer or works in the automotive trade. For once it's nice to be shown what needs to be done, how to do it and with stuff we can all source at the local Walmart or automotive store. Especially if it yields such good results.

It's a damn sight more useful than unhelpful, arrogant "Pro Tips" that are little more than personal opinion and contain bugger all else!


the_underdog
(Member +)
02/01/14 05:43 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Hi All!

Here's the latest video update on the Galant, where we take care of a handful of small maintenance items and fixes. Thanks for checking it out!

Youtube video - Galant VR-4 Maintenance and Fix Ups - Part 1


MellowVR4
(5" too short)
02/01/14 06:23 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

This video was dejavu lol very nice.

EgonOlsen
(Member +)
02/02/14 02:44 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting cheekychimp:

Not everyone on this board is a professional car detailer or works in the automotive trade. For once it's nice to be shown what needs to be done, how to do it and with stuff we can all source at the local Walmart or automotive store. Especially if it yields such good results.

It's a damn sight more useful than unhelpful, arrogant "Pro Tips" that are little more than personal opinion and contain bugger all else!




This!

Nice job mate.


bobdole
(Old member with new to me VR4 and starting over. Respect your elders kids)
02/03/14 06:51 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Great video Tom.

FlyingEagle
(Eager Beaver)
02/03/14 07:14 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

I routinely check out the videos. Very polished.

Yep, and the knob/shifter coming off while using it, reminds me of driving Ford Rangers.

Fortunately, GVR4's have grip at the back end, without adding tons of ballast.

Great job Tom! ... oh and tell Gail that she's lucky she has a husband that can be found close to home, when he's "missing" for hours on end.


Boostdtalon
(Member +++)
02/03/14 08:32 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

One of my friends just showed me your youtube channel a few weeks ago. I've been watching all of your videos and it's great to see the care your giving your car. I actually watched your new video this morning before coming into work. After seeing what you've done with your GN and your 1g. I'm excited to see where your GVR4 goes.

the_underdog
(Member +)
02/04/14 07:37 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Thank you for the kind words gentlemen, I do appreciate it very much!

2000GTX
(Member)
02/04/14 09:17 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

wait a minute...

are you the guy from youtube?

The one who goes to town on every last crevice of his car?


LIV4PSI
(dyslexic 1051 )
02/04/14 09:20 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

^^Is the rock you live under comfortable?

the_underdog
(Member +)
02/05/14 05:49 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quote:

wait a minute...

are you the guy from youtube?

The one who goes to town on every last crevice of his car?




Haha, yes that would be me! Unless your talking about another guy on YouTube. In that case, I'm some other guy. Similar, yes...but a different guy nonetheless.


JonGalant VR4.org Administrator
(Administrator)
02/05/14 09:58 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Have you changed any of the mechanical things like the turbo or exhaust manifold? What about the ECU? How are those caps?

the_underdog
(Member +)
02/05/14 02:16 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quote:

Have you changed any of the mechanical things like the turbo or exhaust manifold? What about the ECU? How are those caps?




Hi Jon,

I haven't changed those things - but stay tuned for future updates!

I've inspected the ECU and it is in good shape - the case had a rebuild tag on it from the early 2000s, which lined up with the documentation that the original owner provided.


the_underdog
(Member +)
02/10/14 12:09 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quickie update - I had a chance to install bobdole's hood supports and they are so darn cool. Super easy to install, they look really clean and it's great to have the hood prop rod out of the way. I highly recommend these!







the_underdog
(Member +)
02/21/14 06:24 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Hi All,

Here's the latest video update!

YouTube - 1991 Galant VR-4 Maintenance and Fixes - Part 2

This will set the stage for the upcoming "sleeper mods" series, which I am really looking forward to.

Thanks for checking it out!


MellowVR4
(5" too short)
02/21/14 08:46 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Another great video Tom. Thank you

Boostdtalon
(Member +++)
02/21/14 09:56 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Awesome video. It's funny that you mentioned the oil cooler bolt. That was the only problem I ever really had on my 92' Talon. I let someone else change my oil and it turned into a huge problem for me. Couldn't figure out what happened till I realized that the bolt was loose. They had over tightened the filter causing the bolt to back out from the housing.

IncorpoRatedX
(I'm an idiot...)
02/22/14 10:41 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting the_underdog:

Hi All,

Here's the latest video update!

YouTube - 1991 Galant VR-4 Maintenance and Fixes - Part 2

This will set the stage for the upcoming "sleeper mods" series, which I am really looking forward to.

Thanks for checking it out!




Everything was going fine until you said 'punch list' and somehow the corporate world had followed me home, worked its way into my hobby and was right in front of me on the screen. I hear that phrase on a conference call at least 2 times a week.


the_underdog
(Member +)
02/23/14 07:51 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting MellowVR4:

Another great video Tom. Thank you




Thank you and I'm glad you enjoyed it! I felt weird uploading it with the missing footage, and considered scrapping the whole thing- but hoped everyone would understand. Dang newfangled technology!


the_underdog
(Member +)
02/24/14 05:46 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting Boostdtalon:

Awesome video. It's funny that you mentioned the oil cooler bolt. That was the only problem I ever really had on my 92' Talon. I let someone else change my oil and it turned into a huge problem for me. Couldn't figure out what happened till I realized that the bolt was loose. They had over tightened the filter causing the bolt to back out from the housing.




Thank you! This has to be a very common issue as I've heard folks talk about it plenty over the years. The O-Ring behind the housing can be an issue too, luckily mine was OK, so I left it alone.


the_underdog
(Member +)
02/24/14 05:55 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting Alpha Male:

Everything was going fine until you said 'punch list' and somehow the corporate world had followed me home, worked its way into my hobby and was right in front of me on the screen. I hear that phrase on a conference call at least 2 times a week.




Haha, oh man I hear ya! Only two times a week?! Consider yourself lucky then man! You gotta love corporate tech buzzwords like that: punch list, action items, drop dead date, achieve synergy, etc. But of all of them, my absolute least favorite is "ideation." I really loathe that one.

Here's some more in case you ever need to really "wow" folks in your next meeting, ha! Corporate BullShizzle Generator


IncorpoRatedX
(I'm an idiot...)
02/25/14 07:10 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

That hurt my head.

the_underdog
(Member +)
03/14/14 11:44 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Hello All,

Here's the latest video where we lay out our plans for the Galant and do a little baseline testing too. Thanks for checking it out as always fellas!

YouTube.com | Project Street Sleeper Intro & Baseline Test




GSTwithPSI
(A hole)
03/14/14 04:52 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Great video, Tom! Looking forward to see what you do to the car. Really curious to see how you keep the car stock "sounding". Also wondering how you are going to keep the intercooler hidden enough to qualify as looking stock. I'm guessing exhaust cutout for sure!

turbowop
(Hard Snarker)
03/14/14 05:13 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Another great video!

What game were you playing that had the actual detailed interior view of the GVR4?


the_underdog
(Member +)
03/14/14 06:26 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting GSTwithPSI:

Great video, Tom! Looking forward to see what you do to the car. Really curious to see how you keep the car stock "sounding". Also wondering how you are going to keep the intercooler hidden enough to qualify as looking stock. I'm guessing exhaust cutout for sure!




Thanks a ton and all I have to say is 'stay tuned' Haha!


the_underdog
(Member +)
03/14/14 06:31 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting turbowop:

Another great video!

What game were you playing that had the actual detailed interior view of the GVR4?




Hi Mark and thank you for saying that! I was playing Forza 4 on the XBOX, and the Galant is available in one of the Top Gear downloadable car packs. I'm still amazed at the level of detail seen on so many of the cars in Forza inside and out.


turbowop
(Hard Snarker)
03/14/14 07:02 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Damn. My most current race game is GT6 for my PS3. I have a sweet GVR4 that I made to look just like my car, but no interior detail.

Boostdtalon
(Member +++)
03/14/14 11:19 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Sweet! That is awesome. Yeah, I really hope that they bring the GVR4 back to Forza 5.

the_underdog
(Member +)
03/15/14 09:35 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting turbowop:

Damn. My most current race game is GT6 for my PS3. I have a sweet GVR4 that I made to look just like my car, but no interior detail.




I think the GT series is superior to Forza in most every way, but Forza is pretty darn good when it comes to car sounds/details. The close up shots of the VR4 (and every other car I've seen on there) are just impeccable. For shingles I played the original Gran Turismo the other day. That really puts things in perspective!


the_underdog
(Member +)
03/15/14 09:36 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting Boostdtalon:

Sweet! That is awesome. Yeah, I really hope that they bring the GVR4 back to Forza 5.




Thanks man! I hope so too. I also hope that they allow the use of different steering wheel/pedal combos someday. As it stands now my setup won't work with the new XBOX/Forza combo. Hopefully Fanatec is working on that, I'd love to try the new one out eventually.


EHmotorsports
(Capt Fabbin Stabbin)
03/18/14 10:07 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

What he said;) haha

GVR47111K
(slurpees, hot dogs and pickled eggs are still offered)
03/19/14 10:41 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Oh! Shout out for the Roadmaster and it's way back seat!

the_underdog
(Member +)
03/28/14 12:29 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Hello all!

Here's the latest video where the parts finally start flyin! Thank you as always for watching and for the support!

YouTube | Project Street Sleeper Clutch Upgrade - Part 1



MellowVR4
(5" too short)
03/28/14 03:05 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

FANTASTIC

the_underdog
(Member +)
03/28/14 06:36 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quote:

FANTASTIC




Thank you sir, I appreciate it!


coyotes
(Hipster VR4)
03/28/14 08:47 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

I feel like your videos get more and more ridiculous as time goes on.

Pretty entertaining, keep em coming!


GSTwithPSI
(A hole)
03/28/14 09:46 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Hey Tom, Matt called, he wants his coveralls back...

turbohf
(anyone even read this?)
03/29/14 03:08 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

i just took a break from working on my Galant to watch you work on yours...

92_talon_awd
(Member +)
03/29/14 04:13 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Great vid Tom, can't wait to see where it goes!

bobdole
(Old member with new to me VR4 and starting over. Respect your elders kids)
03/29/14 05:17 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Love watching your video's Tom. Great work again. Can't wait for the next one.

the_underdog
(Member +)
03/30/14 08:54 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting coyotes:

I feel like your videos get more and more ridiculous as time goes on. Pretty entertaining, keep em coming!




Thanks man and I'm glad you enjoy 'em! I'll pour on some extra ridiculousness just for you.


the_underdog
(Member +)
03/30/14 09:00 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting GSTwithPSI:

Hey Tom, Matt called, he wants his coveralls back...




Haha he can have them when I'm done wrenching on the Galant! Darn old things are falling apart anyway. I think later this year I'm going to treat myself and get a brand new used set of coveralls...seeing that this set finally gave up after about 17 years of service. I'll probably keep the "Matt" name tag though.


the_underdog
(Member +)
03/30/14 09:02 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting turbohf:

i just took a break from working on my Galant to watch you work on yours...




That's cool Dustin and thanks for watching! I often stop wrenching to watch some of my favorite car vids too. Look for another interruption in the form of "part 2" coming late next week!


the_underdog
(Member +)
03/30/14 09:03 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting 92_talon_awd:

Great vid Tom, can't wait to see where it goes!




Thanks Dan, I appreciate that! Have fun wrenching on your car!


the_underdog
(Member +)
03/30/14 09:05 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting bobdole:

Love watching your video's Tom. Great work again. Can't wait for the next one.




Thank you very much sir! I do appreciate the kind words and look for part two coming late next week.


the_underdog
(Member +)
04/04/14 12:20 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Hi Everyone!

Here's the latest where we finish up our clutch upgrade. Thank you for checking it out and for the kind words!

Project Street Sleeper: Clutch Upgrade - Part 2


89Patches
(I <3 AMS)
04/04/14 01:54 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

It's official Tom's Vr4 is soo clean you can eat off it!

Love the videos!! Keep em coming


89Mirageman
(It's no Mirage, man)
04/05/14 07:31 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

I feel like a crack head waiting to buy drugs or something. Man your videos are awesome and I (along with many others it seems) really appreciate you taking the time to make them. When I see that a new one is out I drop what I'm doing and watch it right away and I'm never let down. Thanks again Tom!

coyotes
(Hipster VR4)
04/05/14 10:17 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

I'll fly you out when its my turn to do clutch!

the_underdog
(Member +)
04/05/14 07:31 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting 89Patches:

It's official Tom's Vr4 is soo clean you can eat off it!

Love the videos!! Keep em coming




Haha! Well, at least the gusset is clean enough to be eaten off of...or at least I really hope it was.

Thank you for the kind words, I'm glad you enjoy the videos!


the_underdog
(Member +)
04/05/14 07:40 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting 89Mirageman:

I feel like a crack head waiting to buy drugs or something. Man your videos are awesome and I (along with many others it seems) really appreciate you taking the time to make them. When I see that a new one is out I drop what I'm doing and watch it right away and I'm never let down. Thanks again Tom!




Man, I truly appreciate that! I just can't believe how much fun this whole endeavor has been. The best part has been meeting so many cool and interesting people who are passionate about the car hobby. I tell ya, folks send me their pictures and stuff from all over the place and they are doing way more interesting stuff than I am! I want to see them make videos too! Thanks again for the support my friend, it means a lot to me.


the_underdog
(Member +)
04/05/14 07:43 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting coyotes:

I'll fly you out when its my turn to do clutch!




Allright!! I freaking love Seattle man!


the_underdog
(Member +)
04/17/14 10:34 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Hi Everyone!

Here's the latest update where we choose the centerpiece of our modification plans - the turbo!

Project Street Sleeper Turbo Upgrade: Part 1 | YouTube

Torch the giant Lego man getting a little randy with the turbo box.


transparentdsm
(I have to say something dumb Member)
04/17/14 10:50 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

awesome video. your car is great.

coyotes
(Hipster VR4)
04/17/14 02:44 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Pretty awesome! I am not a professional, but you were pretty aggressive with the port job, you aren't worried about cracking the housing between the O2 and turbo outlet ports on both the turbo and the o2 housing? I'm sure you know better than I, it looks great and will probably flow some good numbers. Love that coating.

GSTwithPSI
(A hole)
04/17/14 09:35 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Great video, Tom! I have to say, I kinda thought the HTA68 was coming. I'm going to go ahead and predict a cutout of some sort on the exhaust side of things...

An unrelated question that I'm not sure you can even answer in public; do you get any kickbacks from the guys you mention in your videos (ECMtuning, Forced Performance, Detective Coating)?


the_underdog
(Member +)
04/18/14 04:04 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting transparentdsm:

awesome video. your car is great.




Thank you sir!


the_underdog
(Member +)
04/18/14 04:10 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting coyotes:

Pretty awesome! I am not a professional, but you were pretty aggressive with the port job, you aren't worried about cracking the housing between the O2 and turbo outlet ports on both the turbo and the o2 housing? I'm sure you know better than I, it looks great and will probably flow some good numbers. Love that coating.




Thank you! My main concern is to make sure there is plenty of "meat" around the outer edge of the O2 housing for the gasket to do its job. I would suggest doing as much as you feel comfortable with, I guess my explanation would be that I've always done it this way with good results. It's the old "YMMV" thing I suppose. And I agree about the ceramic coating. I have always wanted to do it but was always in a rush to get things back together, etc. I am so glad I did. Justin does awesome work and I'm sure it'll help keep temps at bay in the cramped VR-4 engine bay.


the_underdog
(Member +)
04/18/14 04:23 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting GSTwithPSI:

Great video, Tom! I have to say, I kinda thought the HTA68 was coming. I'm going to go ahead and predict a cutout of some sort on the exhaust side of things...

An unrelated question that I'm not sure you can even answer in public; do you get any kickbacks from the guys you mention in your videos (ECMtuning, Forced Performance, Detective Coating)?




Thank you and I'm glad you enjoyed it! A good old 20g or one of the other Garrett based FP turbos sure were tempting, but I wanted as stock appearing as possible, so the 68HTA was the best choice. Regarding working with ECMTuning, Forced Performance and Detective Coating, they do support my video efforts in various ways. I really just love working with straight up, good companies though and their work and track record speak for themselves. I just hope I can help give them some more exposure and show off their work in a unique way. I would use their products and display them in the exact same way even if they didn't offer to help out a bit. I have had offers from other places but have passed because they weren't products/etc. that I'd be willing to use or suggest that my friends use. Hope that helps explain things a bit.


coyotes
(Hipster VR4)
04/18/14 04:27 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Have you seen these? click

Pretty neat, will probably pick one of these up when the time comes. Transparentdsm has one of these on his car, says you can touch the blanket after driving your car hard.


89Patches
(I <3 AMS)
04/19/14 04:21 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

I like!!! Can't wait to see your car at the Shoot out Tom So clean

Keep the video's coming!!


the_underdog
(Member +)
04/20/14 04:01 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Posting these because the title of the thread says "lots o pics!!!" and there are hardly any pics.









the_underdog
(Member +)
04/20/14 04:03 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting 89Patches:

I like!!! Can't wait to see your car at the Shoot out Tom So clean

Keep the video's coming!!




Thank you Corte and I look forward to meeting you!


NDVR4
(Junior Member)
04/21/14 12:10 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

I love watching your videos, and I agree the compressor wheel looks insane. Would you mind putting a few tears in the dash so you can show us how to fix that haha.

the_underdog
(Member +)
04/21/14 04:52 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quote:

I love watching your videos, and I agree the compressor wheel looks insane. Would you mind putting a few tears in the dash so you can show us how to fix that haha.




Thanks man! Haha, sure no problem!


92_talon_awd
(Member +)
04/21/14 08:58 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Loving the vids Tom, definitely an inspiration for my own build. On a side note, I was perusing your site and saw you did a write up for our last dyno day, def need another one. Maybe after your street sleeper is tuned up?

the_underdog
(Member +)
04/22/14 07:13 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quote:

Loving the vids Tom, definitely an inspiration for my own build. On a side note, I was perusing your site and saw you did a write up for our last dyno day, def need another one. Maybe after your street sleeper is tuned up?




Thank you Dan and I'm glad to hear that! Yeah, our DSM/Mitsu crew is hard to wrangle around here. If someone were to spend the time organizing and planning something, folks would definitely attend. We have a Facebook page but it is pretty quiet these days. Probably best just to attend a general shop dyno day and then invite Mitsu folks to that. As for running my car, I've been to a few dyno days and they aren't really productive other than getting a quick hp/tq number, as they are quick to get the cars in and out. I would want to spend time data logging and tinkering with my tune.


EHmotorsports
(Capt Fabbin Stabbin)
04/22/14 02:57 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

PM sent

the_underdog
(Member +)
04/25/14 01:00 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Hi everyone,

Here's the latest update, where we bolt on all of the new turbo goodies and take care of a few small maintenance items while we're in there. Thanks for checking it out as always!

Street Sleeper Turbo Upgrade - Part 2 | YouTube


GSTwithPSI
(A hole)
04/25/14 02:15 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Great vid, Tom. The 14B really looks like a dwarf next to the 68HTA. Perhaps an Evo 8 intercooler next? I'm assuming you have to stick with the stock piping to meet the stock appearing criteria you've set. I think I'm going this route myself, so I'm curious to see if that's how you are thinking as well. Although, I'm not sure if that intercooler would support a 68HTA?

On a side note, where do you get all of your new OEM Mitsubishi parts?


turbowop
(Hard Snarker)
04/25/14 02:34 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

I never realized the 68HTA was such a worked over turbo. I thought it was just a different compressor wheel and machined compressor housing. FP's own stock appearing turbine housing? NICE. I guess I've been under a rock.

I need to pull my 3052 off and send it to FP for an HTA upgrade.


92_talon_awd
(Member +)
04/25/14 02:41 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

New video! Now I can't wait to get off work and make the girlfriend watch it

PolskiVR4
(Will take advange of children for carbon fiber)
04/25/14 02:49 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Great videos! I look forward to seeing this car at the Shootout.

GSTwithPSI
(A hole)
04/25/14 03:05 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting turbowop:

I never realized the 68HTA was such a worked over turbo. I thought it was just a different compressor wheel and machined compressor housing. FP's own stock appearing turbine housing? NICE. I guess I've been under a rock.

I need to pull my 3052 off and send it to FP for an HTA upgrade.




I was under the assumption the 68HTA was mated to a TDO5H turbine wheel for the longest time. It's actually significantly bigger. After you put the 68's large turbine wheel in the FP 8cm housing, it's easy to see how they get 51LB per minute out of this little turbo.

TDO5H Turbine Wheel
- Inducer: 55.8 mm
- Exducer: 49.2 mm


68HTA Turbine Wheel
- Inducer: 60.8 mm
- Exducer: 54.0 mm


coyotes
(Hipster VR4)
04/25/14 03:12 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

I want one. Seems on par pricewise with the FP Green...

the_underdog
(Member +)
04/25/14 06:45 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting GSTwithPSI:

Great vid, Tom. The 14B really looks like a dwarf next to the 68HTA. Perhaps an Evo 8 intercooler next? I'm assuming you have to stick with the stock piping to meet the stock appearing criteria you've set. I think I'm going this route myself, so I'm curious to see if that's how you are thinking as well. Although, I'm not sure if that intercooler would support a 68HTA?

On a side note, where do you get all of your new OEM Mitsubishi parts?




Thank you, glad you enjoyed it! I agree that the 68HTA packs a good bit of heat in that unsuspecting package. As for the intercooler, I'm doing a bit of experimenting to keep things stock appearing. I hope it all works well, making stuff appear stock is hard. Regarding the OEM parts, I get them from the usual vendors like JNZ, etc.


the_underdog
(Member +)
04/25/14 06:50 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting turbowop:

I never realized the 68HTA was such a worked over turbo. I thought it was just a different compressor wheel and machined compressor housing. FP's own stock appearing turbine housing? NICE. I guess I've been under a rock.

I need to pull my 3052 off and send it to FP for an HTA upgrade.




I agree Mark! In the past I appreciated the 68HTA from a distance, but the more I researched it, the more I understood how much it offered given the frame. Regarding your 3052, from everything I've heard, the HTA upgrade is definitely a worthwhile one.


the_underdog
(Member +)
04/25/14 06:52 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting 92_talon_awd:

New video! Now I can't wait to get off work and make the girlfriend watch it




Haha! Thanks Dan! I can't imagine what she did to deserve that sort of punishment.


the_underdog
(Member +)
04/25/14 06:53 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting PolskiVR4:

Great videos! I look forward to seeing this car at the Shootout.




Thanks man! I'll see ya there!


the_underdog
(Member +)
04/25/14 06:54 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting GSTwithPSI:

I was under the assumption the 68HTA was mated to a TDO5H turbine wheel for the longest time. It's actually significantly bigger. After you put the 68's large turbine wheel in the FP 8cm housing, it's easy to see how they get 51LB per minute out of this little turbo.




I thought the same thing as well. Sneaky FP!


the_underdog
(Member +)
04/25/14 06:57 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting coyotes:

I want one. Seems on par pricewise with the FP Green...




They have some of these on sale right now:
TDO5H-68HTA Sale

Last year around black friday they had incredible prices on most all of their DSM turbochargers, it was crazy!


NDVR4
(Junior Member)
04/27/14 12:52 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Tom, another great video! You like puddles how about coming to try my puddles?


the_underdog
(Member +)
04/27/14 05:45 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quote:

Tom, another great video! You like puddles how about coming to try my puddles?




Thanks man! Puddle? That looks more like a pond! Did you go through it?!


NDVR4
(Junior Member)
04/27/14 08:11 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Yes I did just happy a road was still underneath! Sidenote, the girlfriend loves the humor in your videos and the lego man haha.

fuel
("Just to be pedantic!")
04/28/14 06:30 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

I'm curious to know how the FP DSM TD05H-68HTA turbo compares to a stock TD05H-B16G with 7deg clip on turbine wheel and 20G compressor wheel/housing fitted. Am running 7cm exhaust housing but considering finding an 8cm housing.

the_underdog
(Member +)
04/28/14 05:49 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting NDVR4:

Yes I did just happy a road was still underneath! Sidenote, the girlfriend loves the humor in your videos and the lego man haha.




Good to hear, that puddle looked DEEP! Thank you for sharing that, which is much better than the feedback that I typically get- which is something along the lines of "I force my girlfriend/wife to sit and watch your videos with me."


the_underdog
(Member +)
04/28/14 05:51 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting fuel:

I'm curious to know how the FP DSM TD05H-68HTA turbo compares to a stock TD05H-B16G with 7deg clip on turbine wheel and 20G compressor wheel/housing fitted. Am running 7cm exhaust housing but considering finding an 8cm housing.




I would have to imagine that it would be fairly comparable. I bet the 8cm housing would be a nice upgrade, especially if you have cams and such.


fuel
("Just to be pedantic!")
04/29/14 06:44 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Yeah hoping to swap to the 264/272 hks combo to retain some drivability. I would need to do something with the stock exhaust too.

transparentdsm
(I have to say something dumb Member)
04/29/14 07:11 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

finally had some free time to watch the video this morning, that was just great. i like how star wars marathon was more of a decision then the new born baby, haha. that really makes me want that turbo.

MellowVR4
(5" too short)
04/29/14 07:57 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Im super curious on what kind of power you can get from that turbo!

the_underdog
(Member +)
04/29/14 05:44 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting fuel:

Yeah hoping to swap to the 264/272 hks combo to retain some drivability. I would need to do something with the stock exhaust too.




Sounds like a plan to me, good luck with it!


the_underdog
(Member +)
04/29/14 05:48 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting transparentdsm:

finally had some free time to watch the video this morning, that was just great. i like how star wars marathon was more of a decision then the new born baby, haha. that really makes me want that turbo.




Thank you and I'm glad you got a kick out of it! Haha! I recorded a couple other examples of "things that may be better than bolting on a new turbo" but they never made it past the cutting room floor. I think one was All You Can Eat KFC Buffet.



the_underdog
(Member +)
04/29/14 05:49 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting MellowVR4:

Im super curious on what kind of power you can get from that turbo!




Thanks man, me too!


turbohf
(anyone even read this?)
04/29/14 08:20 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Tom, how did you hack my phone? i get notifications that you posts new videos, that i never remember setting anything up for. only yours too. they appear like text messages. kinda cool, then i know what im watching while at lunch


you kinda threw me off when you said intercooler upgrade. i was thinking you where gonna rock the stock one and just a hidden meth nozzle on the back/underside of the throttle body elbow. but an intercooler isnt hard to hide behind a stock bumper. i have an IRC/Spearco intercooler that no one ever seems to notice, and didnt even bother to paint this one black like i do on all my Honda's.


the_underdog
(Member +)
05/01/14 06:31 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quote:

Tom, how did you hack my phone? i get notifications that you posts new videos, that i never remember setting anything up for. only yours too. they appear like text messages. kinda cool, then i know what im watching while at lunch

you kinda threw me off when you said intercooler upgrade. i was thinking you where gonna rock the stock one and just a hidden meth nozzle on the back/underside of the throttle body elbow. but an intercooler isnt hard to hide behind a stock bumper. i have an IRC/Spearco intercooler that no one ever seems to notice, and didnt even bother to paint this one black like i do on all my Honda's.





Hi Dustin and thanks for checking them out! I hacked your phone by uplinking to the comsat, relaying the station ID to the junction carrier, and then assimilating the signal via standard carrier communication protocols. So, in short...you're welcome! I think I could've got away with a DSM side mount size intercooler, as I ran deep into the 12s in my Mirage back in the day with one using plain old water injection and very few mods. The Galant one is just too darn small and can't possibly flow very well. Look for the full details in the new video that I'll be posting tomorrow.


the_underdog
(Member +)
05/02/14 12:10 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Hi All,

Here's the latest video where we ditch the tiny factory intercooler for something a bit bigger. Thanks for checking it out!

Street Sleeper Intercooler Upgrade | YouTube



coyotes
(Hipster VR4)
05/02/14 12:15 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

that's some sneaky shit. cool video!

turbowop
(Hard Snarker)
05/02/14 12:41 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

MOAR STEALTH!!!

Great vid! Will be interesting to see how the stock IC hoses work out. I figured you would at least do some larger hard pipes painted black and routed in stock configuration.


MellowVR4
(5" too short)
05/02/14 01:13 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Great video! you stealthy yooouu

manikbastrd
(A Negro's Savior)
05/02/14 02:42 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Dude I love the videos! I have to say I was a little sad to see the stock soft pipes fo back on...Maybe you can do some kind of over wrap on a hard pipe...

coyotes
(Hipster VR4)
05/02/14 02:52 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

I've seen people make good numbers through small IC pipes. For some reason 4g63 guys love massive ICs and piping, while I've seen Supers make 800+ on an IC half the size. KA24DE guys run small IC pipes and can put down 400+.

turbowop
(Hard Snarker)
05/02/14 04:09 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

But they can likely put down more with proper sized piping. 2.5" isn't really that big, IMO. Even 2.25" would be an awesome upgrade over the stock piping. Especially for a turbo that can flow 51 lbs/min.

the_underdog
(Member +)
05/02/14 07:05 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting coyotes:

that's some sneaky shit. cool video!




Haha, thanks man! I must say as much as I love sleepers, it's weird to put so much time and work into a car and visually there's no difference after it's all bolted back together. I mean heck, I'm used to seeing a shiny pipe or something for cryin' out loud!


the_underdog
(Member +)
05/02/14 07:08 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting turbowop:

MOAR STEALTH!!!

Great vid! Will be interesting to see how the stock IC hoses work out. I figured you would at least do some larger hard pipes painted black and routed in stock configuration.




Haha, thank you Mark! I'm really curious to see how they perform too. I am considering the small/stock piping an experiment and have low expectations. I fully anticipate having to whip up some larger "stock appearing" piping as you've mentioned.


the_underdog
(Member +)
05/02/14 07:09 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting MellowVR4:

Great video! you stealthy yooouu




Haha, thank you sir!


the_underdog
(Member +)
05/02/14 07:14 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting manikbastrd:

Dude I love the videos! I have to say I was a little sad to see the stock soft pipes fo back on...Maybe you can do some kind of over wrap on a hard pipe...




Thank you! I am really just experimenting with exactly how far I can take the "stock appearing" mantra. Regarding wrapping pipes to appear stock, I recall a video on YouTube about the Nissan GTR where they were interviewing a Nissan Exec or something. He built a super sleeper R32 Skyline and ran hard piping inside the stock rubber pipes for a completely stock appearance, but high HP capability. I thought that seemed darn intriguing.


the_underdog
(Member +)
05/02/14 07:19 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting coyotes:

I've seen people make good numbers through small IC pipes. For some reason 4g63 guys love massive ICs and piping, while I've seen Supers make 800+ on an IC half the size. KA24DE guys run small IC pipes and can put down 400+.




I've seen it done as well in the past. I am totally anticipating having to upgrade the piping someday, but wanted to see what I could accomplish as is. I thought it was promising that the Galant used so much hard piping from the factory. I'm just as curious as everyone else!


the_underdog
(Member +)
05/02/14 07:25 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting turbowop:

But they can likely put down more with proper sized piping. 2.5" isn't really that big, IMO. Even 2.25" would be an awesome upgrade over the stock piping. Especially for a turbo that can flow 51 lbs/min.




Yes, absolutely. The stock VR-4 piping uses plenty of good, smooth steel bends but the inner diameter is small! I hope I'm not corking up the turbo too bad, but I am totally prepared to make all new, higher flowing piping if these don't work out.


turbohf
(anyone even read this?)
05/02/14 08:57 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

when i did my piping i tried to make it sleeper'ish/not stand out. its all 2.5" pipe, so its not OEM. but at a glance by someone that doesnt know? it may go unnoticed.

but i got to say i love how your setup played out. looks awesome. just hope it performs. i have ran pieced together setups with differing sizes before, but that was way back in the day, probably 02? when i turboed my first honda. and it wasnt powerful. but when i turboed my last Integra (and actually will be doing the same on my current) i started off with 2" off the turbo and it ran all the way to the intercooler, but then went to 2.5 all the rest of the way. worked before, so no problem doing it again.
also, the end tanks on the intercooler expand out and bottle neck...your just adding a little more piping before that happens...so

love how you pointed out the clamp that needed painted. happens to me every time i swear! test fit it all tons of times, paint it all. then last time the bumper goes on, you swapped a clamp or its facing the other way.


keep up the good work, will be saying tuned in for sure!


coyotes
(Hipster VR4)
05/02/14 09:28 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

I think you will be ok Tom. You have to make some compromises in order to stay sleeper, smaller piping won't be that hard of a hit in the long run. In the stock setup it's the awful design of the OEM intercooler that ruins things.

GSX_TC
(295hp 35r BR4)
05/03/14 01:00 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Been waiting for this next video, and was not disappointed. What you do is soo cool tom, you should be on tv doing this, that's how good and professional it looks. I'm just glad you gave a Galant VR4 the time of the day to do all this too. And the part on the video of how is anything better then installing a new turbo? Noo!!! Was freakin hilarious!! Omg dude I was laughing my ass off at work watching that haha.

the_underdog
(Member +)
05/04/14 01:00 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting turbohf:

when i did my piping i tried to make it sleeper'ish/not stand out. its all 2.5" pipe, so its not OEM. but at a glance by someone that doesnt know? it may go unnoticed.

but i got to say i love how your setup played out. looks awesome. just hope it performs. i have ran pieced together setups with differing sizes before, but that was way back in the day, probably 02? when i turboed my first honda. and it wasnt powerful. but when i turboed my last Integra (and actually will be doing the same on my current) i started off with 2" off the turbo and it ran all the way to the intercooler, but then went to 2.5 all the rest of the way. worked before, so no problem doing it again.
also, the end tanks on the intercooler expand out and bottle neck...your just adding a little more piping before that happens...so

love how you pointed out the clamp that needed painted. happens to me every time i swear! test fit it all tons of times, paint it all. then last time the bumper goes on, you swapped a clamp or its facing the other way.

keep up the good work, will be saying tuned in for sure!




Thanks again Dustin and yes, very true about the clamp pointing the wrong way. I swear, the harder I try to put the clamp on in the desired direction, the more often it jumps off and reverses itself.


the_underdog
(Member +)
05/04/14 01:01 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting coyotes:

I think you will be ok Tom. You have to make some compromises in order to stay sleeper, smaller piping won't be that hard of a hit in the long run. In the stock setup it's the awful design of the OEM intercooler that ruins things.




Thanks man, I'm hoping so! I know I'll have some bugs to work out given the various little compromises here and there.


the_underdog
(Member +)
05/04/14 01:04 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting GSX_TC:

Been waiting for this next video, and was not disappointed. What you do is soo cool tom, you should be on tv doing this, that's how good and professional it looks. I'm just glad you gave a Galant VR4 the time of the day to do all this too. And the part on the video of how is anything better then installing a new turbo? Noo!!! Was freakin hilarious!! Omg dude I was laughing my ass off at work watching that haha.




Thanks Mike, I'm glad you look forward to them! I appreciate all of the kind words and I just can't help throwing in the goofball jokes and stuff. Most of that stuff comes out of me talking to myself while I work. If something makes me giggle I write it down. LOTS of my weird thoughts never make it in though.


coyotes
(Hipster VR4)
05/04/14 01:13 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

That's what happens when I drink too much coffee.

manikbastrd
(A Negro's Savior)
05/04/14 07:38 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting the_underdog:

Quoting manikbastrd:

Dude I love the videos! I have to say I was a little sad to see the stock soft pipes fo back on...Maybe you can do some kind of over wrap on a hard pipe...




Thank you! I am really just experimenting with exactly how far I can take the "stock appearing" mantra. Regarding wrapping pipes to appear stock, I recall a video on YouTube about the Nissan GTR where they were interviewing a Nissan Exec or something. He built a super sleeper R32 Skyline and ran hard piping inside the stock rubber pipes for a completely stock appearance, but high HP capability. I thought that seemed darn intriguing.




Yeah that is exactly what I was thinking.


the_underdog
(Member +)
05/09/14 07:24 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Hi All!

Here's the latest update on the Galant, where where we whip up a real sneaky exhaust setup.

Project Street Sleeper Stealthy Exhaust | YouTube

Thanks as always for checking it out!


fuel
("Just to be pedantic!")
05/10/14 08:03 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

I come here only to keep tabs on this thread for updates!

89Mirageman
(It's no Mirage, man)
05/10/14 08:21 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

The drawing at the beginning and the Ebay poetry thing had me rolling. Another great video Tom, I think I'll just give my TV away and wait for updates on your projects. They're always much better than anything else that's on.

fuel
("Just to be pedantic!")
05/10/14 08:26 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

just watched the video - interesting approach with the wastegate valve! I had a 7G JDM Galant which had the 2.0L 6A12 MIVEC-MD V6 engine (200 ponies!) and the factory rear muffler had a bypass pipe with a valve in it actuated by a cable operated modulator that received constant vacuum from the inlet manifold (a small hard pipe was run along the brake lines to the rear) and a solenoid triggered by the ECU when to open the valve (I presume at wide open throttle). The good news is when you unplugged the solenoid, the valve would stay open and the rear muffler was bypassed at all times. Made for a lovely noise at idle or when you gave it a stab of the throttle.

transparentdsm
(I have to say something dumb Member)
05/10/14 09:57 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

i just watched the intercooler and exhaust back to back. perfect way to spend my morning before a nice day of golf.

turbowop
(Hard Snarker)
05/10/14 11:58 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

More great work, Tom!

BpuVR4
(Rolled by Accord while sauced)
05/10/14 12:39 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting the_underdog:

Regarding wrapping pipes to appear stock, I recall a video on YouTube about the Nissan GTR where they were interviewing a Nissan Exec or something. He built a super sleeper R32 Skyline and ran hard piping inside the stock rubber pipes for a completely stock appearance, but high HP capability. I thought that seemed darn intriguing.




not sure why i'm so impressed/surprised that an exec is such an enthusiast to do that, but i sure am...that and jealous of the R32


the_underdog
(Member +)
05/11/14 06:31 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting fuel:

I come here only to keep tabs on this thread for updates!




Thank you sir!


the_underdog
(Member +)
05/11/14 06:40 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting 89Mirageman:

The drawing at the beginning and the Ebay poetry thing had me rolling. Another great video Tom, I think I'll just give my TV away and wait for updates on your projects. They're always much better than anything else that's on.




Thank you as always for the kind support my friend! I hear ya about the TV. I mainly watch online stuff now, especially when it comes to car related shows/videos.


the_underdog
(Member +)
05/11/14 06:42 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting fuel:

just watched the video - interesting approach with the wastegate valve! I had a 7G JDM Galant which had the 2.0L 6A12 MIVEC-MD V6 engine (200 ponies!) and the factory rear muffler had a bypass pipe with a valve in it actuated by a cable operated modulator that received constant vacuum from the inlet manifold (a small hard pipe was run along the brake lines to the rear) and a solenoid triggered by the ECU when to open the valve (I presume at wide open throttle). The good news is when you unplugged the solenoid, the valve would stay open and the rear muffler was bypassed at all times. Made for a lovely noise at idle or when you gave it a stab of the throttle.




No way!! We would never get something this cool here in the US. Thank you for sharing that!


the_underdog
(Member +)
05/11/14 06:43 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting transparentdsm:

i just watched the intercooler and exhaust back to back. perfect way to spend my morning before a nice day of golf.




Thank you for saying that and I hope you had a good one out on the course!


the_underdog
(Member +)
05/11/14 06:44 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting turbowop:

More great work, Tom!




Thank you Mark!


presterone
('92 Protege VR-4)
05/11/14 07:43 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Its funny how a lot of galant and DSM people also have a thing for the Buick gnx

IncorpoRatedX
(I'm an idiot...)
05/12/14 07:23 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

I dig that exhaust set up. I really wonder how the valve will sound.

BpuVR4
(Rolled by Accord while sauced)
05/13/14 12:32 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting presterone:

Its funny how a lot of galant and DSM people also have a thing for the Buick gnx




the day i went to go buy my first vr4, was an on the spot moment to drive to Des Moines to get the VR4 for 4500, or Detroit to get a 87GN for 8k. I didn't decide until I was almost in the car. I still wonder to this day what would've happened if I just went to get the GN like i originally planned, but both of these cars were my "dream" choices all through high school.


4G63_GSR
(Member +++)
05/13/14 01:56 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

awesome vids.

btw if your name is tom what's the deal with the "matt" name tag? LOL! JK...


89Mirageman
(It's no Mirage, man)
05/13/14 04:12 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

It wasn't that long ago that I thought the Buick GN and the GVR4 were both ugly cars and really didn't see what anyone saw in them. Then all of a sudden cars like these just grew on me and I'd gladly pimp either one. I guess they have an acquired taste.

the_underdog
(Member +)
05/13/14 05:59 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting presterone:

Its funny how a lot of galant and DSM people also have a thing for the Buick gnx




I have seen this too. At the time when the Grand National and Mitsu turbo cars were just coming out I was very intrigued by them not only by how they performed, but how they went about it. Up until that point in my life, I was told by everyone around me that a big V8 was the single way to achieve performance. Cars like the 1989 Plymouth Laser FWD and the Grand National were incredible performers and went about it in a very unothordox way back then. They put all of the mainstream performance cars on notice and I thought that was just mind blowing back then.


the_underdog
(Member +)
05/13/14 06:04 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting Alpha Male:

I dig that exhaust set up. I really wonder how the valve will sound.




Thanks Joshua, I wonder too!


the_underdog
(Member +)
05/13/14 06:10 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting BpuVR4:

the day i went to go buy my first vr4, was an on the spot moment to drive to Des Moines to get the VR4 for 4500, or Detroit to get a 87GN for 8k. I didn't decide until I was almost in the car. I still wonder to this day what would've happened if I just went to get the GN like i originally planned, but both of these cars were my "dream" choices all through high school.




That's pretty wild! Can't go wrong either way, but I would say that (condition being the same between the two) the VR4 is a much nicer car to drive on a regular basis. Driving the GN feels like sitting on a couch in a living room from the 80s - a couch that goes sideways when you punch it at 50mph though, mind you.


the_underdog
(Member +)
05/13/14 06:11 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting 4G63_GSR:

awesome vids.

btw if your name is tom what's the deal with the "matt" name tag? LOL! JK...




Thanks man!


the_underdog
(Member +)
05/13/14 06:16 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

</font><blockquote><font class="small">Quote:</font><hr />
It wasn't that long ago that I thought the Buick GN and the GVR4 were both ugly cars and really didn't see what anyone saw in them. Then all of a sudden cars like these just grew on me and I'd gladly pimp either one. I guess they have an acquired taste.




I can relate, I don't feel like either car is the end-all, but I respect them as a complete package and what they mean historically. In regards to the VR-4 specifically, in my eyes it perfectly captures a time when an automaker entered the market with an incredible lineup of cars just chock full of innovation and performance.


Turbo99
(Junior Member)
05/14/14 06:58 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

That's because they're a rolling contradiction.

They're sporty, but they're not. They're ugly, but they're good looking. They are, wait a minute is that an intercooler? What is that thing?


the_underdog
(Member +)
05/23/14 10:33 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Hi Everyone,

Here's the latest update on the Galant, thanks as always for checking it out! Oh and I got my new floor mats and they are AWESOME! Pics to come!

Project Street Sleeper: Air and Fuel Upgrades | YouTube


strokin4dr
(fighting them with a large needle)
05/23/14 10:53 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Looking good, as always, Tom!
I cant wait to see what kind of numbers this sleeper is capable of putting out. Should be interesting.


MellowVR4
(5" too short)
05/23/14 12:28 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

sweet maf setup

Fiascoxl
(Member +)
05/23/14 10:53 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

I want to incorporate my evo maf and pig tail the same exact way on my next CSM swap. Good work as always, keep it coming!

turbohf
(anyone even read this?)
05/24/14 12:24 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting MellowVR4:

sweet maf setup




i gotta say i was surprised by this. was so betting on SD setup with all map/iat/etc hidden. and just running a gutted MAF/K&N filter.

but i do like. keeping it simple for tuning. please continue sir.



also. when i was watching this most recent video im not sure what triggered it, probably the shitty OEM injector seals, but you havent mentioned a boost leak test or throttle body rebuild?


92_talon_awd
(Member +)
05/24/14 11:11 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

I was thinking hidden speed density setup too ha! Can't wait to see how much power you get. My girlfriend said she was surprised you didn't clean out the fuel pump area Awesome work Tom, keep it up.

the_underdog
(Member +)
05/25/14 02:42 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting strokin4dr:

Looking good, as always, Tom!
I cant wait to see what kind of numbers this sleeper is capable of putting out. Should be interesting.




Thank you Ryan, me too!


the_underdog
(Member +)
05/25/14 02:44 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting MellowVR4:

sweet maf setup




Thanks man! I spent so much time on many different instances on that darn thing. I really should have video'd the process as everyone in the video comments, etc. really loves it. I figured folks couldn't care less about how I stuck that maf/filter in there.


the_underdog
(Member +)
05/25/14 02:45 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting Fiascoxl:

I want to incorporate my evo maf and pig tail the same exact way on my next CSM swap. Good work as always, keep it coming!




Thank you and that'll be cool!


the_underdog
(Member +)
05/25/14 02:48 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting turbohf:

i gotta say i was surprised by this. was so betting on SD setup with all map/iat/etc hidden. and just running a gutted MAF/K&N filter.

but i do like. keeping it simple for tuning. please continue sir.

also. when i was watching this most recent video im not sure what triggered it, probably the shitty OEM injector seals, but you havent mentioned a boost leak test or throttle body rebuild?




Thank you Dustin! I came very close to running speed density, but the allure of the MAF was too strong. Boost leak test and other odds and ends will likely appear in a future video. Still got lots to do, ugh!


the_underdog
(Member +)
05/25/14 02:51 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting 92_talon_awd:

I was thinking hidden speed density setup too ha! Can't wait to see how much power you get. My girlfriend said she was surprised you didn't clean out the fuel pump area Awesome work Tom, keep it up.




Thanks Dan, I'm real curious too! I'm not expecting anything crazy at this level given the conservative mods, but I'm hoping it'll be easy to tune and reliable. Regarding the gas tank, I really wish I had the time to go through everything like BobDole did in his build thread. Maybe someday! Hope all is well with your car!


faqinshiet
(Member +)
05/25/14 05:58 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Another awesome video! I'd like to know the process of putting the mas in these are my plans too!!

AZN87DSM
(Newbie)
05/26/14 05:47 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Cant wait to see more of this!

xuberantz
(Junior Member)
05/26/14 07:43 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Let's see these floor mats.

Steve885
(Member)
05/27/14 12:35 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Great vid tom ..."what u know about being sneaky " Your the master !!!

the_underdog
(Member +)
05/29/14 07:21 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting faqinshiet:

Another awesome video! I'd like to know the process of putting the mas in these are my plans too!!




Thank you sir, glad that you enjoyed it! Since I didn't record the process and everyone got a big kick out of that, I'll have to whip up a simple description or how-to of some sort.


the_underdog
(Member +)
05/29/14 07:22 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting AZN87DSM:

Cant wait to see more of this!




Thanks man!


the_underdog
(Member +)
05/29/14 07:22 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting xuberantz:

Let's see these floor mats.




Haha, I'll try to snap some pics in the next couple days. They look fantastic and the fit is perfect.


the_underdog
(Member +)
05/29/14 07:24 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting Steve885:

Great vid tom ..."what u know about being sneaky " Your the master !!!




Thank you sir!


the_underdog
(Member +)
05/30/14 03:58 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Here are my new floor mats! I got them from this thread in case you're wondering. They are really nice!





92_talon_awd
(Member +)
05/30/14 04:55 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Dang, those are pimp. I was wondering where people were getting their floormats. I def need a set of those. My stock ones are in good shape but everytime I get in the car with dirty/wet feet I cringe to step on them

the_underdog
(Member +)
05/31/14 06:39 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quote:

Dang, those are pimp. I was wondering where people were getting their floormats. I def need a set of those. My stock ones are in good shape but everytime I get in the car with dirty/wet feet I cringe to step on them




Thanks man! They are definitely worth it and the guy who sells them offers all sorts of custom options too.


92_talon_awd
(Member +)
05/31/14 07:28 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Awesome, thanks for the link!

transparentdsm
(I have to say something dumb Member)
05/31/14 11:25 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting the_underdog:

Here are my new floor mats! I got them from this thread in case you're wondering. They are really nice!








i have these i love them!!!


fuel
("Just to be pedantic!")
06/02/14 05:43 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

I wonder if I could get them in RHD?

turboflanagan
(I would give myself something respectable.)
06/04/14 07:09 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting 92_talon_awd:

Dang, those are pimp. I was wondering where people were getting their floormats. I def need a set of those. My stock ones are in good shape but everytime I get in the car with dirty/wet feet I cringe to step on them




That's how I feel about my custom ones! I wish I had some stock ones for rainy days.

Thanks for posting the pics Tom, they do look great.


ApexHunter
(Extreme Indoor Cyclist)
06/07/14 12:49 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

New video is good! Your selection of mens pants is impressive, now i know where to go.
I like the setup, especially the body grommet for the meth and boost lines. I try not to throw away any of that type of stuff either, but i need a better system for keeping it organized so i can actually find it when i need it.

And i've been meaning to say, do you produce ALL of the music for the vids? There's a few beats in there that i really like. The credits beat in the latest video is one example.


strokin4dr
(fighting them with a large needle)
06/07/14 04:25 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Very nice as always, Tom!

89Patches
(I <3 AMS)
06/07/14 04:43 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Yes indeed it was a great selection of pants

the_underdog
(Member +)
06/07/14 07:21 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Hi All,

Here's the latest video where we install a methanol injection system to get some decent performance out of 93 octane gas. Thank you as always for checking it out!

Street Sleeper Methanol Injection | YouTube.com


the_underdog
(Member +)
06/07/14 07:28 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting turboflanagan:

Thanks for posting the pics Tom, they do look great.




You're welcome! Thank you for the great mats!


the_underdog
(Member +)
06/07/14 07:40 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting ApexHunter:

New video is good! Your selection of mens pants is impressive, now i know where to go.
I like the setup, especially the body grommet for the meth and boost lines. I try not to throw away any of that type of stuff either, but i need a better system for keeping it organized so i can actually find it when i need it.

And i've been meaning to say, do you produce ALL of the music for the vids? There's a few beats in there that i really like. The credits beat in the latest video is one example.




Yes I am mens pant expert! I am corner market and become Pants King! All competitor have none pant selection. Pants King have giant pile of mens pants in attic for you buying! YOU BUY MENS PANTS NOW, YES?! Go to for Pants King webnet site and enter banking details for maximum pants enjoyment!

Thanks man, I have soooo many little Mitsu bolts, grommets and other doodads. I picked up a couple of those plastic tray organizer things and keep them all separated by size/type in there. It's GREAT to have them fairly organized. They used to be in giant bins and it drove me nuts.

Regarding the music, I make most all of it using my guitar, keyboard and ipad. I do use some licensed percussion loops and usually modify them a bit. I don't like using loops, but making a passable beat takes me a long time and I have very little time for video work lately. Unfortunately I don't see time freeing up anytime soon.


the_underdog
(Member +)
06/07/14 07:41 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting strokin4dr:

Very nice as always, Tom!




Thank you Ryan!


the_underdog
(Member +)
06/07/14 07:44 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting 89Patches:

Yes indeed it was a great selection of pants




Haha, here ya go!


boostback
(Junior Member)
06/07/14 09:42 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

great video. always looking forward to the new videos. gives me inspiration to work on 1039.

the_underdog
(Member +)
06/08/14 06:21 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quote:

great video. always looking forward to the new videos. gives me inspiration to work on 1039.




Thanks man, I appreciate you saying that. Have fun wrenching on 1039!


the_underdog
(Member +)
06/13/14 10:05 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Hi Everyone!

Here's the latest video where we toss out the worn out factory original struts and do a few upgrades while we're in there. Thank you for checking it out!

Project Street Sleeper: Suspension and Brakes | YouTube.com


MellowVR4
(5" too short)
06/13/14 10:43 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Nice video, I hate those cartoon'ish instructions also

89Mirageman
(It's no Mirage, man)
06/13/14 10:36 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Another awesome video Tom. The cartoon instructions took me back 25 years when I built a Kyosho Rampage RC car that I got one Christmas as a kid.

Also when you bolted the first caliper back on I was thinking to myself, there's no way that he's not going to clean that thing up and paint it. Glad to see that you did.


turbowop
(Hard Snarker)
06/14/14 02:10 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

I think I used the same blank rotors on 503 when I did its brakes. Unfortunately, without a coating on the non-friction surfaces, they got rusty and ugly real fast. When I put new rear rotors on 1051 not long ago, I purchased some that had a black coating on all non-friction surfaces. So far, so good.

SSGdave
(Member)
06/14/14 05:18 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

dear sweet baby jesus... I NEED A SET OF THESE!

the_underdog
(Member +)
06/14/14 04:07 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting MellowVR4:

Nice video, I hate those cartoon'ish instructions also




Thanks man! Oh and I got a huge dose of them today too. Opened up my chainsaw manual and there were five full pages of "danger toons." This was my favorite. Homie is goin down son!!



the_underdog
(Member +)
06/14/14 04:26 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting 89Mirageman:

Another awesome video Tom. The cartoon instructions took me back 25 years when I built a Kyosho Rampage RC car that I got one Christmas as a kid.

Also when you bolted the first caliper back on I was thinking to myself, there's no way that he's not going to clean that thing up and paint it. Glad to see that you did.





Thank you sir! I would love to do so much more detail work than I'm doing. Ideally I'd remove the calipers, have them powder coated a factory looking finish, rebuild them, install new brake lines, etc. etc. I just have almost no time for garage stuff these days due to work and such. Regarding the "instruct-o-toons" I'm now on a quest to find as many of these cartoony instructions as I can. These are my two favorites from the 1991 Talon owner's manual:

What!?! I can't tow a camper with my turbocharged sports coupe? That's it, first thing Monday morning I'm going straight to the dealership to demand an explanation.



Every time you do a one wheel rear wheel drive burnout in a puddle, the little living creature that is your rear differential feels anxiety and great pain.



the_underdog
(Member +)
06/14/14 04:35 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting turbowop:

I think I used the same blank rotors on 503 when I did its brakes. Unfortunately, without a coating on the non-friction surfaces, they got rusty and ugly real fast. When I put new rear rotors on 1051 not long ago, I purchased some that had a black coating on all non-friction surfaces. So far, so good.




Hey Mark! Dangit, I need more time to do more detail work. I painted the non-friction surfaces on my old turbo Miata rotors and they stayed perfect, no rust at all. Regarding the VR-4, I saw the ones with the black coating online and didn't get them for some reason. Not sure if they were sold out or the description was lacking, but I passed on them. Thanks for telling me about these. I have zero miles on my new rotors as of now, but ripping them off to paint them sounds about as much fun as hitting myself in the nizz-uts with a whiffle ball bat.


the_underdog
(Member +)
06/14/14 04:37 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting SSGdave:

dear sweet baby jesus... I NEED A SET OF THESE!




Oh definitely, they're super nice. Now I'll look like a real dummy- kicking my feet together for a minute or so to make sure that I don't soil my awesome new floor mats.


the_underdog
(Member +)
06/27/14 09:22 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Hi Everyone,

Here's the latest video update, thank you for checking it out!

Project Street Sleeper Engine Management & First Drive | YouTube.com




GSX_TC
(295hp 35r BR4)
06/27/14 09:39 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Thanks for another great video! These are so cool to watch!

transparentdsm
(I have to say something dumb Member)
06/27/14 09:49 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

car came together great and is amazing, can't wait to see dyno and 1/4 mile numbers

edit: how do you like those kumho autocross/street tires you have in the garage? i just recently put them on my car and so far im extremely impressed.


GSTwithPSI
(A hole)
06/27/14 03:13 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

As always, great job, Tom. Remind me; do you have a WB installed?

Brianawd
(Higher Launch RPM)
06/27/14 04:23 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Great vid.
Just a fyi. I have broken in a act clutch per their instructions and also put one in and never did their break in. Took the car right to the track about 2hrs after install. Both clutches lasted me the same amount of time. After that I no longer break in a clutch. I just bolt it in and go. Never have had a issue.


turbowop
(Hard Snarker)
06/27/14 05:04 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Car looks great rolling down the road!

bobdole
(Old member with new to me VR4 and starting over. Respect your elders kids)
06/27/14 06:02 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Love watching your video's Tom. Thanks for taking the time to make them.

coyotes
(Hipster VR4)
06/27/14 06:06 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Great stuff. I wish I could afford ECMlink at this time, it seems so useful, even for a mostly stock car like mine.

IncorpoRatedX
(I'm an idiot...)
06/28/14 02:19 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Great video, can't wait to hear how that valve sounds opened up.

I've got the same set up in mind, a little less powerful, but very much stock appearing and sounding, retain all my creature comforts and still be a fun car.


the_underdog
(Member +)
06/29/14 02:18 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting GSX_TC:

Thanks for another great video! These are so cool to watch!




Thank you Mike, I appreciate that. See ya soon!


the_underdog
(Member +)
06/29/14 02:22 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting transparentdsm:

car came together great and is amazing, can't wait to see dyno and 1/4 mile numbers

edit: how do you like those kumho autocross/street tires you have in the garage? i just recently put them on my car and so far im extremely impressed.




Thank you sir, I appreciate that and I can't wait either! I've tried to go to the track for the last two weeks but it's poured rain each time. Regarding those Kuhmos, they're for my Grand National and compared to regular street tires, I agree that they are very impressive, especially if they can make that wobbly 80s GM albatross of a chassis handle.


the_underdog
(Member +)
06/29/14 02:25 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting GSTwithPSI:

As always, great job, Tom. Remind me; do you have a WB installed?




Thank you sir! I do not currently have a wideband, but will likely install one in the future. For now I'm tuning the old fashioned way - using the old knock sensor. I know folks are critical of that these days, but it never failed me in the past.


the_underdog
(Member +)
06/29/14 02:31 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting Brianawd:

Great vid.
Just a fyi. I have broken in a act clutch per their instructions and also put one in and never did their break in. Took the car right to the track about 2hrs after install. Both clutches lasted me the same amount of time. After that I no longer break in a clutch. I just bolt it in and go. Never have had a issue.




Thanks Brian! Yes, I've done that in the past too and didn't see much difference either. I just wanted to give this clutch the best possible shot at a decent, non-chattery life given the type of driving that I'll typically be doing- which is very grandma-ish.


the_underdog
(Member +)
06/29/14 02:34 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting turbowop:

Car looks great rolling down the road!




Thank you Mark! Whenever I didn't feel like wrenching at 4:30am before everyone woke up or at 11pm once everyone went to bed, I would check out some pics of your car to keep me moving. So thanks for that!


the_underdog
(Member +)
06/29/14 02:35 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting bobdole:

Love watching your video's Tom. Thanks for taking the time to make them.




Thank you my friend, I'm glad to hear it and I appreciate the support!


the_underdog
(Member +)
06/29/14 02:39 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting coyotes:

Great stuff. I wish I could afford ECMlink at this time, it seems so useful, even for a mostly stock car like mine.




Thank you! Yes, it's definitely a sizable investment in the scheme of things, but definitely worth it if you plan on owning a 4G63 powered car for the long haul. That said, I've seen some screaming deals on used setups that pop up on the dsm forums classifieds.


the_underdog
(Member +)
06/29/14 02:41 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting Alpha Male:

Great video, can't wait to hear how that valve sounds opened up.

I've got the same set up in mind, a little less powerful, but very much stock appearing and sounding, retain all my creature comforts and still be a fun car.




Thank you Joshua and good luck with your car!


the_underdog
(Member +)
07/08/14 06:53 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

This car makes a pretty decent kid hauler! The back seat really is roomy and the doors open nice and wide which makes it easy for the kids to crawl in and out. This car is a much better kid transporter than my IS-F, which has a back seat like a cave. I'm sure the IS-F is 10,000% safer though.



Boostdtalon
(Member +++)
07/08/14 11:36 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

It's amazing what space the back seat and trunk has. I went with a buddy to watch him race at VIR with his Evo X. He could not load up half the stuff he had brought with him. I ended up with everything he had in the trunk and the pop up canopy laying in the floor board of the rear seats.

the_underdog
(Member +)
07/11/14 08:40 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quote:

It's amazing what space the back seat and trunk has. I went with a buddy to watch him race at VIR with his Evo X. He could not load up half the stuff he had brought with him. I ended up with everything he had in the trunk and the pop up canopy laying in the floor board of the rear seats.




Yes, the Evo X has a ridiculously small trunk and some other issues that make it an impractical "all-around" car. I was going to pick one up when they first came out, but the tiny trunk and undersized gas tank turned me away.


Boostdtalon
(Member +++)
07/11/14 11:10 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Those are the same reasons he traded his in on a Focus ST.

GVR4kauai
(Banned in 3...2....)
07/11/14 05:27 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

I'm rockin a baby seat in the back of mine too! lol And I agree tons of room, easy getting in and out. My daughter always wants to ride in it. She actually got mad because she had to ride in the wifes Vdub, she kept screaming I want to ride In daddy's car lol. She also tells me to go faster and she will yell "make boost daddy" lol! She loves it makes her giggle like I do.

Good to see the car coming along nicely. We have done very similiar mods so far so its been cool to watch ya step by step. Keep up the good work and cool videos bro!! I'll make a video of mine soon once I'm done with all the mods and maybe have it painted. Lucky my friends paint shop is right next to my shop. So getting it done won't be a issue at all. Just not sure if I should paint it the stock BG or something else, wanna keep it stealth looking lol.


the_underdog
(Member +)
08/01/14 09:01 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Hi Everyone,

Here's the latest update on the old Galant:

Project Street Sleeper- Update and Performance Test | YouTube.com

Thank you as always for checking it out!


MellowVR4
(5" too short)
08/01/14 10:42 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Great update video!

transparentdsm
(I have to say something dumb Member)
08/01/14 10:57 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

yet again another victory. i really really like how you swapped out cam shafts and i think im going to have to give that a try myself. i have a set of BC's waiting to be put on and watching this video really makes me want to put them in now.

turbohf
(anyone even read this?)
08/01/14 04:01 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Tom, thank you. I know lots of this stuff is common knowledge to the GVR4/DSM community, some may not be. but its nice to see/hear it actually happening on video. your car looks amazing and is an inspiration.

those ice cube trays are a great idea and in running to the dollar store right now for some!


92_talon_awd
(Member +)
08/01/14 04:22 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Awesome vid Tom! I just ordered a set of the 3g lifter for mine, I wasn't driving it but once a week or so but recently sold my Rabbit so I'm driving it every day and the racket is driving me nuts haha.

transparentdsm
(I have to say something dumb Member)
08/01/14 05:12 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

if you not trying to remove the camshafts, i have a neat little tool that makes lift changes painless and fast.

click


IncorpoRatedX
(I'm an idiot...)
08/01/14 06:14 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Tom! I wish you had posted your progress of the waste gate tuning before you changed. I think a montero locking diff air pump or an ARB locking diff air pump would've provided the best of both worlds.

GSTwithPSI
(A hole)
08/02/14 09:24 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Tom, I love when you post a video right before I have a bunch of stuff to do to my car.

Tom's Turbo Garage = Best inspiration ever to quit JSB.


coyotes
(Hipster VR4)
08/02/14 11:40 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting turbohf:

Tom, thank you. I know lots of this stuff is common knowledge to the GVR4/DSM community, some may not be. but its nice to see/hear it actually happening on video. your car looks amazing and is an inspiration.

those ice cube trays are a great idea and in running to the dollar store right now for some!




Have you never watched Jafro vids?


turbohf
(anyone even read this?)
08/03/14 12:44 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

no? was i suppose to?

coyotes
(Hipster VR4)
08/03/14 01:27 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Worth watching, tons of info and also entertaining.

BENE38A
(Slanging Kiwi parts)
08/03/14 01:39 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

and ice cube trays

GSX_TC
(295hp 35r BR4)
08/03/14 07:00 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Best video yet! Loved the part on the HKS cams haha , was LOL'n my ass off haha. What hotel you gonna be at at the shootout Tom ?

G
(JDM Unit)
08/03/14 08:27 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Awesome video, I think the cams should have had a Japanese accent though.

92_talon_awd
(Member +)
08/03/14 08:47 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Herro!

minneSNOWta
(Member +)
08/04/14 12:33 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Hey Tom. Thanks for doing what you do. I was inspired by your videos for sure. Even one of my roommates who is a girl got a good laugh watching. Keep up the good work.

the_underdog
(Member +)
08/04/14 06:10 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting GVR4kauai:

I'm rockin a baby seat in the back of mine too! lol And I agree tons of room, easy getting in and out. My daughter always wants to ride in it. She actually got mad because she had to ride in the wifes Vdub, she kept screaming I want to ride In daddy's car lol. She also tells me to go faster and she will yell "make boost daddy" lol! She loves it makes her giggle like I do.

Good to see the car coming along nicely. We have done very similiar mods so far so its been cool to watch ya step by step. Keep up the good work and cool videos bro!! I'll make a video of mine soon once I'm done with all the mods and maybe have it painted. Lucky my friends paint shop is right next to my shop. So getting it done won't be a issue at all. Just not sure if I should paint it the stock BG or something else, wanna keep it stealth looking lol.




Thank you sir and I appreciate the support! I'm glad I'm not the only one carrying their kids around in these old beasts, haha! Oh and be very thankful that you have a friend who owns a paint shop. I got some quotes to get my Grand National painted and ouch, my ass is killing me. I need to make friends with a paint shop owner tootsweet! Good luck with your car and I look forward to seeing it!


the_underdog
(Member +)
08/04/14 06:12 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quote:

Great update video!




Thank you Mellow!


the_underdog
(Member +)
08/04/14 06:15 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting transparentdsm:

yet again another victory. i really really like how you swapped out cam shafts and i think im going to have to give that a try myself. i have a set of BC's waiting to be put on and watching this video really makes me want to put them in now.




Thank you sir, I appreciate that! Good luck if you decide to do the cam swap, here are those instructions in case you need them. It feels like I could probably do this stuff in my sleep by now, but I still love to read over and have good instructions close by. RRE Cam Swap Instructions


Allangcr7
(Newbie)
08/05/14 01:48 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Great videos Tom,, they have given me sort of a guide to doing things on my galant. I waited for every video religiously, i looked almost every day for weeks hoping to see the last video with the car running after all those months of hard work.


the_underdog
(Member +)
08/05/14 07:01 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting turbohf:

Tom, thank you. I know lots of this stuff is common knowledge to the GVR4/DSM community, some may not be. but its nice to see/hear it actually happening on video. your car looks amazing and is an inspiration.

those ice cube trays are a great idea and in running to the dollar store right now for some!




Thank you Dustin, I appreciate that! I agree and it does feel like lots of the stuff I cover in the videos is second nature, but based on the messages and comments that I often get, to many folks it's the first time they're seeing it. Plus, I don't intend for the videos to be "here's how to do this stuff" but more of a video build diary of my process to reach a goal.

Regarding the ice cube trays, I learned lots of little tidbits like this from the old mechanics I grew up around. I recall seeing them use the ice cube trays at least 30 years ago. I'm getting old.


the_underdog
(Member +)
08/05/14 07:49 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting 92_talon_awd:

Awesome vid Tom! I just ordered a set of the 3g lifter for mine, I wasn't driving it but once a week or so but recently sold my Rabbit so I'm driving it every day and the racket is driving me nuts haha.




Thank you Dan! It sounds like we have the same car, haha! Yeah, I hoped it would just kinda sorta "heal" itself, but on the bright side, it gave me an excuse to slap those cams in! I hope you're enjoying daily driving yours, I always love when I can drive mine.


the_underdog
(Member +)
08/05/14 07:49 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting transparentdsm:

if you not trying to remove the camshafts, i have a neat little tool that makes lift changes painless and fast.

click




Yes, that's a good tip!


the_underdog
(Member +)
08/05/14 07:52 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting Alpha Male:

Tom! I wish you had posted your progress of the waste gate tuning before you changed. I think a montero locking diff air pump or an ARB locking diff air pump would've provided the best of both worlds.




Hi Joshua, I was honestly futzing with the waste gate setup right up until I made this video. Thank you for the suggestion and idea, I considered a simple air pump of some sort and figured there was something out there that I could use, but have been so short on time lately, this was just a fast solution for me. I will likely take another shot at this, as I love the fast opening response of the waste gate vs. the slower electric cutout.


IncorpoRatedX
(I'm an idiot...)
08/05/14 08:37 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

I mostly wanted you to make it work so that I could do the same later with out having to experiment myself.

Wanna sell me your wastegate?


the_underdog
(Member +)
08/05/14 04:41 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting GSTwithPSI:

Tom, I love when you post a video right before I have a bunch of stuff to do to my car.

Tom's Turbo Garage = Best inspiration ever to quit JSB.




Thank you for the very kind words and I'm glad I can help...'cause friends don't let friends JSB!


the_underdog
(Member +)
08/05/14 04:48 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting coyotes:

Worth watching, tons of info and also entertaining.




Absolutely agree, I love Jafros videos! I've talked to him and he's a super good guy.


the_underdog
(Member +)
08/05/14 04:49 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting GSX_TC:

Best video yet! Loved the part on the HKS cams haha , was LOL'n my ass off haha. What hotel you gonna be at at the shootout Tom ?




Haha, thanks Mike! That was filmed late at night after too many diet mountain dews.


the_underdog
(Member +)
08/05/14 04:52 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting G:

Awesome video, I think the cams should have had a Japanese accent though.




Haha, we must think alike! Before doing my poor, nondescript 'who knows what' accent, I tried doing a "respectful" sounding Japanese accent for the cams and it just sounded flat out offensive.


coyotes
(Hipster VR4)
08/05/14 05:25 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

So are you done with the car now? What's next?

BENE38A
(Slanging Kiwi parts)
08/05/14 05:36 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Stroker

the_underdog
(Member +)
08/05/14 07:51 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting minneSNOWta:

Hey Tom. Thanks for doing what you do. I was inspired by your videos for sure. Even one of my roommates who is a girl got a good laugh watching. Keep up the good work.




You're welcome man, I'm glad I can help in any way possible! I'm always stunned and amazed when dudes somehow con/convice/force girls to watch this stuff. Haha!!


turbohf
(anyone even read this?)
08/05/14 09:05 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting BENE38A:

Stroker




2.3/2.4 sleeper? bet Tom can pull it off...


the_underdog
(Member +)
08/06/14 07:54 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting Allangcr7:

Great videos Tom,, they have given me sort of a guide to doing things on my galant. I waited for every video religiously, i looked almost every day for weeks hoping to see the last video with the car running after all those months of hard work.




Thank you and I appreciate the support! Enjoy your Galant too!


the_underdog
(Member +)
08/06/14 08:02 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting coyotes:

So are you done with the car now? What's next?




Well, first off I'm going to huck it up to Ohio for the shootout next week! Beyond that I plan to drive it around town often, go to some car hangouts and stuff and just enjoy it for awhile. I really don't want to tear into it beyond what I've done, it's a nice setup right now.


ejc
(Junior Member)
08/06/14 09:15 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Good job Tom, you have moved the car to another level. As others have said very inspirational!

I’m curious if you experience FPR overrun with the walbro 255 and no aftermarket FPR? Is link helping control this?
I ask because of the common debate if an AFPR should be used with a 255 pump.

Thank you


slugsgomoo
(god hates stupid people)
08/06/14 02:27 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

I'm curious as well. My gut feeling on that one is that maybe the solution is to put an AFPR after the factory one (and hide it) and just hollow out the factory AFPR so that it's not raising the pressure. My idle AFR's were uncontrollable with the stock afpr and I can swear i smelled gas in the oil when I changed it once. I wonder if high impedance injectors would be better about that? I know with the 550 & 850 injectors and no AFPR it was bad news for me.

GVR4kauai
(Banned in 3...2....)
08/06/14 09:28 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

I'm running a fp 255 and stock fpr right now with no real issue. The thing I've noticed is it takes a few extra cranks to start up than before, but other than that idles perfect and pulls great. I don't plan to stay this way for long, I have a fuel lab afpr and filter and aem rail to install in the next few days. You could always get a b&m afpr and paint it grey would look sleeper and still give you adjustability. Only thing you would need is a gauge to see what your pressure is at. I'm sure Tom has something sneaky planned lol!

slugsgomoo
(god hates stupid people)
08/06/14 10:06 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

b&m afpr only allows increase in fuel pressure (source) not reduction which is the problem so I don't see that as being a very helpful solution.

GVR4kauai
(Banned in 3...2....)
08/06/14 11:25 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

I've heard others say this before and have no clue where they get it from. Everyone that's used one knows there isn't a adjustment problem. It's always worked perfect for me rock solid pressure right where I set it. And most of the time you need to increase pressure alittle anyway. And since your still using the stock spring out of your oem fpr. Your adjustment range starts right around where you need to be so it works out pretty good. I'm sure that using more than one 255 with it wouldn't work out to well. As you may start to over run the spring unless modded. For me first on a w190 then switching to a w255 with fic 850's I had no issues at all and had plenty of adjustment range up and down.

EHmotorsports
(Capt Fabbin Stabbin)
08/07/14 01:57 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

as far as I know, the over run issues happen at the return of the stock regulator. the physical size of the return port is the restriction and not the spring pressure.

GVR4kauai
(Banned in 3...2....)
08/07/14 03:34 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

If that was the case why would switching to a afpr help? Your still using the same return line right? Think of it this way, if your wastgate won't hold the boost you want what do you do? Either mod the spring to hold more or make it adjustable right. Same thing applies with the regulator. If its getting overrun meaning it can't control the pressure because there's to much. You either need to mod the spring to hold that pressure better or make it adjustable so you can properly dial in the pressure you want.

EHmotorsports
(Capt Fabbin Stabbin)
08/07/14 03:38 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Not the line going to the tank. The return port coming out of the regulator. Volume controll is the cause. Pressure is the effect.

GVR4kauai
(Banned in 3...2....)
08/07/14 04:51 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Ok I see. I guess you could port it out alittle to help. Well either way the b&m afpr has been proven to work fine for many, for 12 sec cars to 10 sec cars to dailys. But there's so many better options now a days your better off getting the real deal for sure! Fuel lab, aeromotive, aem....

bobdole
(Old member with new to me VR4 and starting over. Respect your elders kids)
08/07/14 06:26 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Another great video Tom. Great job.

slugsgomoo
(god hates stupid people)
08/07/14 08:49 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

For what it's worth with an aeromotive and the stock return line, with a bosch 044 in tank you can drop down under 20psi of fuel pressure. The difference between an AFPR and the factory piece of crap with my 1g (255hp pump) was pretty significant, my AFR's got considerably better at idle/mid throttle. It might be slightly easier to deal with via link, but I expect you'll still end up with a problem based on the size & dead time of the injector being exacerbated by the fuel pressure being way, way over 37psi @ atmo (pressure is lower still in vacuum).

the_underdog
(Member +)
08/08/14 09:15 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting bobdole:

Another great video Tom. Great job.




Thank you as always!


the_underdog
(Member +)
08/08/14 09:20 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting ejc:

Good job Tom, you have moved the car to another level. As others have said very inspirational!

I’m curious if you experience FPR overrun with the walbro 255 and no aftermarket FPR? Is link helping control this?
I ask because of the common debate if an AFPR should be used with a 255 pump.

Thank you




Thank you sir! I am finding that my idle is pretty rich, but other than that I am not noticing any drivability issues or weird stuff in the logs. That said, I don't have a wideband installed yet, so I'll report back once I do. I plan to try my aeromotive FPR that was leftover from the Talon. It bolts on easily to the stock fuel rail using an adapter.


GSTwithPSI
(A hole)
09/07/14 10:31 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Fiending for a new video, Tom! Any updates on the car since the Shootout?

the_underdog
(Member +)
09/10/14 08:21 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quote:

Fiending for a new video, Tom! Any updates on the car since the Shootout?




Thanks man, I'm glad you look forward to them! I'll have some updates to share soon. In the meantime, here are some pictures from my Shootout trip. It was awesome meeting everyone, I only wish I had more time to hang out.

And we're off! The trip was fantastic thanks to the perfect weather and light traffic. The car ran perfectly the whole way up and back too. I got a little over 28mpg at 75-80mph and the air conditioner going.


On the way up I made a little detour to the Summit Racing retail store in Tallmadge, Ohio. Needless to say, the place is just incredible to behold. This is only part of the building, they have a giant warehouse and office building adjacent to this.






Somehow I managed to get a shot of the car in Ohio without corn in the background.


Hanging out at Buschur Racing on Friday was great fun as always.


Mike's super long haul VR-4 after a dyno blast!


There was so much to see at Summit Motorsports Park on Saturday.


Like the incredible lineup of VR-4s! Mine is the white one.




The chair in my hotel room. I've had this same room for two years running and the chair hasn't changed a bit- it's become tradition!


Hope to see y'all there next year!


ApexHunter
(Extreme Indoor Cyclist)
09/10/14 09:50 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting the underdog:

The chair in my hotel room. I've had this same room for two years running and the chair hasn't changed a bit- it's become tradition!




that's classic. One might find themselves asking questions, only to realize they don't really want the answers. Reminds me of this gem.


G
(JDM Unit)
09/10/14 12:19 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Oh man, does the vr4 now have bed bugs?

GSTwithPSI
(A hole)
09/10/14 09:22 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Great pictures, Tom. Thanks for sharing. What's next for the Galant?

GSX_TC
(295hp 35r BR4)
09/11/14 11:48 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Lol can't believe they havent cleaned or replaced that chair haha.

strokin4dr
(fighting them with a large needle)
09/11/14 08:36 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

My wife just saw me browsing the board and asked, "Are there any new TurboTom videos? Wait, it's Tom's turbo garage, right? Look and see if he posted a new one."

You have a fan club my friend!


IncorpoRatedX
(I'm an idiot...)
09/12/14 08:53 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

my girlfriend will walk into the living room on a sunday and hear me watching something, she'll ask 'are you watching tom?'

the_underdog
(Member +)
09/14/14 07:15 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

that's classic. One might find themselves asking questions, only to realize they don't really want the answers. Reminds me of this gem.




Haha, I hadn't seen that before!! Thanks for the laugh!


the_underdog
(Member +)
09/14/14 07:18 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quote:

Oh man, does the vr4 now have bed bugs?




Ha! Well, I checked the room real good after hearing some serious horror stories about bed bugs over the years. It checked out, but the pube factor was disturbingly high.


the_underdog
(Member +)
09/14/14 07:21 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting GSTwithPSI:

Great pictures, Tom. Thanks for sharing. What's next for the Galant?




Thank you sir, glad to! As for the Galant, I plan on driving it most every day until winter comes. I don't have anything major planned for it, but I may have a couple more tricks up my sleeve!


the_underdog
(Member +)
09/14/14 07:22 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting GSX_TC:

Lol can't believe they havent cleaned or replaced that chair haha.




I know Mike! I need to deliver it to CSI. Haha!


the_underdog
(Member +)
09/14/14 07:25 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting strokin4dr:

My wife just saw me browsing the board and asked, "Are there any new TurboTom videos? Wait, it's Tom's turbo garage, right? Look and see if he posted a new one."

You have a fan club my friend!




Haha! Thanks Ryan, that's hilarious!


the_underdog
(Member +)
09/14/14 07:27 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting Alpha Male:

my girlfriend will walk into the living room on a sunday and hear me watching something, she'll ask 'are you watching tom?'




Oh man, I've said it before and I'll say it again... this female awareness/tolerance of my goofball videos just blows my mind! Haha!


the_underdog
(Member +)
12/19/14 12:57 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Hello All,

Here's the latest video update on the old Galant, I hope you enjoy it!

Project Street Sleeper: Non-Sleeper Mode | YouTube.com

Here are some big desktop wallpaper size photos that I took the other day: VR-4 Wallpaper

Also, in case you haven't heard, my old buddy Joe and I have started a weekly podcast called "The Tom and Joe Auto Show" We're having lots of fun doing it and hope you'll give it a listen!
Hear it on iTunes
Listen on YouTube
MP3 download/streaming version
Feed URL for podcast apps




89Mirageman
(It's no Mirage, man)
12/19/14 01:27 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Once again, awesome job. Looks like I need to walk through the Volvo section at the junkyard too. I can't believe nobody has thought of those wheels before for their GVR4, CSM or Expo/Summit wagons.

transparentdsm
(I have to say something dumb Member)
12/19/14 01:30 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

i was thinking the same thing, except i have been looking for them just didnt realize it was from a volvo. ill have to make a run down there myself now...

also yet another amazing video.


fuel
("Just to be pedantic!")
12/19/14 04:22 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

the reason why the first gen S40/V40 rims are a perfect fit, is because that car was developed in conjunction with the Mitsubishi Carisma, which itself is a modified version of the Lancer/Mirage platform. In Europe, the S40/V40 can be equipped with the 4G93 1.8L Mitsubishi GDI engine. You can bolt Evo1/2/3 front suspension right into the S40/V40, however out back it is slightly different from the Lancer/Mirage.

Wookalar
(ignore this pathetic weasel he's just not worth the time )
12/19/14 04:50 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

One of the cleanest e39a engine bays I've seen, it looks like it could used for oem reference.

Chad989of2000
(blows both ways and is skilled in magic with any mention of diarrhea)
12/19/14 05:14 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Tom, these videos are nothing short of amazing. They are very informative and highly entertaining. Do you recommend polishing compound or toothpaste for dental applications?

89Patches
(I <3 AMS)
12/19/14 05:25 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting fuel:

the reason why the first gen S40/V40 rims are a perfect fit, is because that car was developed in conjunction with the Mitsubishi Carisma, which itself is a modified version of the Lancer/Mirage platform. In Europe, the S40/V40 can be equipped with the 4G93 1.8L Mitsubishi GDI engine. You can bolt Evo1/2/3 front suspension right into the S40/V40, however out back it is slightly different from the Lancer/Mirage.




No they fit and look great because both cars got they're styling cues from a brick


minneSNOWta
(Member +)
12/19/14 05:58 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

BAWSE! Exhaust sounds fantastic, like your intake mod, and those wheels are fresh.

the_underdog
(Member +)
12/20/14 04:27 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting 89Mirageman:

Once again, awesome job. Looks like I need to walk through the Volvo section at the junkyard too. I can't believe nobody has thought of those wheels before for their GVR4, CSM or Expo/Summit wagons.




Thank you sir! I bet there are some other Volvo wheels that would look good to if these don't turn up. From my research, Volvo BBS wheels in this size/offset are very common in Europe and are practically sold as scrap.


the_underdog
(Member +)
12/20/14 04:37 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting transparentdsm:

i was thinking the same thing, except i have been looking for them just didnt realize it was from a volvo. ill have to make a run down there myself now...

also yet another amazing video.




Thank you, glad you enjoyed it!


the_underdog
(Member +)
12/20/14 04:38 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting fuel:

the reason why the first gen S40/V40 rims are a perfect fit, is because that car was developed in conjunction with the Mitsubishi Carisma, which itself is a modified version of the Lancer/Mirage platform. In Europe, the S40/V40 can be equipped with the 4G93 1.8L Mitsubishi GDI engine. You can bolt Evo1/2/3 front suspension right into the S40/V40, however out back it is slightly different from the Lancer/Mirage.




Interesting! Thanks for sharing that.


the_underdog
(Member +)
12/20/14 04:39 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting Wookalar:

One of the cleanest e39a engine bays I've seen, it looks like it could used for oem reference.




Thank you sir! Check out the engine bay detailing video if you haven't already, it was filthy! 100% intact OEM, but filthy!


the_underdog
(Member +)
12/20/14 04:41 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting Chad989of2000:

Tom, these videos are nothing short of amazing. They are very informative and highly entertaining. Do you recommend polishing compound or toothpaste for dental applications?




Thank you for saying that, I'm glad you enjoy them! I only use rubbing compound on the old chiclets. Haha!



the_underdog
(Member +)
12/20/14 04:42 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting 89Patches:

No they fit and look great because both cars got they're styling cues from a brick




Haha, hard to argue with that!


the_underdog
(Member +)
12/20/14 04:43 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting minneSNOWta:

BAWSE! Exhaust sounds fantastic, like your intake mod, and those wheels are fresh.




Thank you, I appreciate that! It's fun to be able to switch back and forth, although I do really like it this way.


ShaggyTE
(Boombastic)
12/22/14 08:04 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

What scissor lift do you have? The one used when you switched out the wheels.

the_underdog
(Member +)
12/22/14 08:38 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quote:

What scissor lift do you have? The one used when you switched out the wheels.




BendPak QuickJack


ShaggyTE
(Boombastic)
12/22/14 11:25 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Looked like it didn't have any issues picking up the Galant. Is yours the 3500, or 5000? Thanks for the quick reply!

the_underdog
(Member +)
12/22/14 06:31 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Hey no problem! That is the 5000lb version. I've got lots more detail on that lift here: QuickJack Overview | YouTube.com

the_underdog
(Member +)
02/08/15 06:31 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Hi All,

Quickie update, the Galant has been doing well, I drive it a couple days a week, but leave it parked when they salt the roads here. I am really happy with it, and I guess I'd better be as I've recently embarked on quite the undertaking. You can see the video here if you'd like: Project Thunderbolt! The LS3 V8 Miata | YouTube.com

Picked up a clean, low mileage 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata...


And promptly did this to it.


G
(JDM Unit)
02/08/15 07:23 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

You some of a bish.

89Mirageman
(It's no Mirage, man)
02/08/15 08:27 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

I watched the video a few days ago, props for putting your mother in law to work . Can't wait to see more progress.

turbohf
(anyone even read this?)
02/08/15 10:16 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

now that is AWESOME!... little curious as to why you started with a Mazdaspeed car? im guessing its setup with nicer chassis, suspension, brakes over the lesser cars?

i think i will be keeping an eye out for those updates also. i like seeing LSx motors stuffed into cars, then turboed.


oh curious also to how your wife feels about you buying a car then literally ripping it completely apart immediately lol. i know by now she knows your going to tear into it somewhat, but that is a big undertaking.


FlyingEagle
(Eager Beaver)
02/08/15 10:23 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Oh I see, that's the fastest way to camber it to hellaflush.

Yellow car becomes pewter car. Hmmmmm .....


the_underdog
(Member +)
02/10/15 05:47 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting G:

You some of a bish.




Yeah, I tore it apart in grand fashion.


the_underdog
(Member +)
02/10/15 05:48 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting 89Mirageman:

I watched the video a few days ago, props for putting your mother in law to work . Can't wait to see more progress.




Thanks for checking it out sir! Haha, my mother in law is a good sport. She's strong too, she helps me move engines and stuff all the time!


the_underdog
(Member +)
02/10/15 06:07 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting turbohf:

now that is AWESOME!... little curious as to why you started with a Mazdaspeed car? im guessing its setup with nicer chassis, suspension, brakes over the lesser cars?

i think i will be keeping an eye out for those updates also. i like seeing LSx motors stuffed into cars, then turboed. oh curious also to how your wife feels about you buying a car then literally ripping it completely apart immediately lol. i know by now she knows your going to tear into it somewhat, but that is a big undertaking.




Thank you Dustin! Regarding choosing a Mazdaspeed version, I just wanted to start with the cleanest, lowest mileage car I could find with all of the options I wanted. I've been down the road of starting with a cheaper chassis and you just end up mad that you didn't invest a little more up front.

Curiously, my wife was most troubled that I removed the fenders. Well that was before she saw the entire car promptly split in half and then broken down into a thousand pieces shortly after.


the_underdog
(Member +)
02/10/15 06:09 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting FlyingEagle:

Oh I see, that's the fastest way to camber it to hellaflush. Yellow car becomes pewter car. Hmmmmm .....




Haha, well this is one way to do it!


89Mirageman
(It's no Mirage, man)
06/19/15 11:41 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Just wanted to bump Tom's thread in case any of you guys are not checking out the updates on the V8 Miata.

the_underdog
(Member +)
06/20/15 09:11 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Thanks 89Mirageman, I appreciate that!

Here's a link to the entire video playlist if anyone would like to check the videos out: Project Thunderbolt-The LS3 V8 Miata | YouTube Playlist

This is a pic from the latest installment, thanks for checking this stuff out!


89Patches
(I <3 AMS)
06/20/15 10:36 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Seen your new video last night! Car sounds & looks awesome!

Mr_Fielgood
(Member)
06/20/15 01:02 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Tom is the one who inspired me to buy my first Galant VR-4!

the_underdog
(Member +)
06/22/15 03:58 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Thank you gentlemen!

Flybyevo
(Newbie)
06/30/15 10:39 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

I haven't been around in a while.

Just spent a good part of my morning catching up on Tom's videos.

Spectacular is all I can say....

Flybyevo


the_underdog
(Member +)
07/20/15 10:51 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Thank you Flybyevo, I appreciate that!

Also, quick update- over the weekend I did some basic maintenance to get the old beast ready for it's trip to the 23rd Annual Shootout in Ohio. Hope to see ya there!



PolskiVR4
(Will take advange of children for carbon fiber)
07/20/15 06:36 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Looking forward to seeing your car and meeting you at the Shootout!

the_underdog
(Member +)
07/11/16 09:43 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Hello All,

Long time no update from me! Been pretty busy with all sorts of things...like having a third child and stuff like that. When time allows, I have been lurking on here and enjoy seeing everyone's build thread updates. Here's a couple things to add to the old thread here:

The VR-4 looking HUGE next to the Vespas.


Here's a blast from the past picture I found from the shootout last year. I plan on driving the old beast again this time around!


Oh and speaking of new arrivals, here is my new (to me) 1991 Nissan Figaro that came to me from Japan!


It's packing 1 liter of turbocharged four cylinder fury.


If you'd like to learn more about these cars, here's the first installment on a video series that I'll be doing on that.
Project Figgy Fix-Up - Part 1 | YouTube.com

Thanks for reading and checking out the pics, hope to meet y'all at the Shootout this year!

-Tom


the_underdog
(Member +)
05/27/17 03:36 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Hi All,

Update time!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7xiyvmhdF4

Thanks for checking it out,

-Tom


fuel
("Just to be pedantic!")
05/28/17 11:12 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Awesome! I only asked about your VR-4 the other day on FB as I came across your videos again (of course, I had to watch them all again including the Figgy ones).

fuel
("Just to be pedantic!")
05/28/17 11:21 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Also, I don't know if you're going to cover it in a future video, but I noticed you have the all aluminium transfer case on your stock transmission. Am unsure if you have the 22 or 23 spline output shaft, but I would recommend switching out to an iron head 23 spline transfer case if you can.

the_underdog
(Member +)
05/29/17 11:29 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quoting fuel:

Awesome! I only asked about your VR-4 the other day on FB as I came across your videos again (of course, I had to watch them all again including the Figgy ones).




Thank you sir, I appreciate that very much! And regarding the t-case, thank you for mentioning that, I do plan on using my old iron one that I had in the old Talon.


89Mirageman
(It's no Mirage, man)
05/29/17 02:39 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

I love all of your cars but must admit there's a soft spot for the Mitsu's. Personally I like the way you went back to your roots with the videos. Especially if it means there will be less time between updates. I know with a job and a family there isn't much free time to do things like this. Damn priorities.

the_underdog
(Member +)
05/30/17 08:16 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Quote:

I love all of your cars but must admit there's a soft spot for the Mitsu's. Personally I like the way you went back to your roots with the videos. Especially if it means there will be less time between updates. I know with a job and a family there isn't much free time to do things like this. Damn priorities.




Thank you for the kind support as always my friend! Yeah, car shenanigans are definitely limited with three young kids, work, my demanding basket weaving hobby, etc. Wrenching is still the best way that I've found to clear my mind.


mrt0mjones
(Junior Member)
05/30/17 02:25 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

yes!

the_underdog
(Member +)
11/24/17 08:17 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Dyno test time!

Street Sleeper Dyno Test | YouTube.com



bobdole
(Old member with new to me VR4 and starting over. Respect your elders kids)
11/24/17 11:00 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Another great Video Tom.

strokin4dr
(fighting them with a large needle)
11/24/17 12:37 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Great video, as always, Tom.
How did the ecmlink estimates look compared to the dyno results? I'd love to see a before and after log.


Chad989of2000
(blows both ways and is skilled in magic with any mention of diarrhea)
11/24/17 02:00 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Awesome video again...and some really solid numbers. This build has been so enjoyable and motivational to follow.

GSTwithPSI
(A hole)
11/24/17 02:29 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Pretty good numbers for pump gas. Was the methanol injection system being used during these runs?

Be sure to go post your dyno sheet here so I can update the data in the list: click


the_underdog
(Member +)
11/25/17 08:23 AM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Thank you for the kind words and support guys! I wish I would've spent a little more time in the video talking about the logs after each run, heck we didn't even have the ECMLink horsepower estimate selected. It was just a hectic day. I was running water/methanol injection, but I have a very small nozzle in there at the moment and a simple on/off boost switch. I'm going to work on improving that setup a bit by adding a rising rate controller and a second nozzle.

diambo4life
(Member)
11/26/17 04:10 PM
Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!

Love it. Very clean. Call me crazy but I love the USDM look, lowered and on 15"s.


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