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Re: 1988 Dynamic 4 restoration / VR4 conversion (pictures)

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1167435 posted 04/13/14 11:50 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Those rims look a lot like the O.Z. Superturismo GT I been looking at, and they look great!

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1167447 posted 04/14/14 01:57 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Those are 15" rims I think from some special edition of the Carisma. Nothing special, very heavy for 15"...
I have OZ 5-Spoke in 16" and 15" for summer/winter which will get new paint

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1167525 posted 04/14/14 05:42 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Great job on restoring that chassis., it looks new.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1168052 posted 04/18/14 01:37 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Rebuilt the rear steering rack today:

Installation with the rear axle already on the car is a major PITA... I test-mounted the steering rack before I installed the rear axle to make sure the slight angle of the mounting brackets won't make problems - back then it was a perfect fit on all 4 bolts. Today it took >1h to get that bastard bolted on the rear axle...

I also started to install the new fuel lines but forgot to take pictures... I'm using polyetylene lines for fuel and feed/return of the rear steering as they are a charm to work with and ethanol resistant. Brake and steering control will be made from copper/nickel alloy, as the flexible parts of the control lines are all damaged/rusted beyond repair, I will get some lines built at a workshop where they fix hydraulics for construction machinery. Will be much cheaper than from mitsu and I can get them at precisely the lenghts I need.
The rear steel lines to the control cylinder I have ordered, have been cancelled by mitsubishi (no longer available/out of production), so maybe they can also provide me with some good replacement for these...

I have to do suspension measurement and setup on 2 cars tomorrow, but I hope I can finish at least the fuel, brake and the low-pressure steering lines so I can fix the a-pillars on sunday and finish painting the upper part of the firewall and outer crossmembers...

Edited by r4pt0x (04/19/14 12:25 PM)

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1168262 posted 04/21/14 10:55 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Only a small update - didn't got quite as much done as I wanted to. had to do this yesterday and the day before:

Suspension setup on a Honda integra type R and S2000 (both ghym khana / slalom cars). The integra is by far the best FWD car i've ever driven - great rear axle on that car! Combined with Toyo R888s it's insanely fast and agile around corners...

But back to the Galant:

I cut open the right A-pillar to remove some small rust. Will be welded as soon as the rust-converter has done it's job.
Meanwhile i've installed the brake and fuel lines and tried to find a good position for rear brake pressure regulator.

Had to go through the floor as the upright part is double-walled and blends into the rear crossmember. I wanted to add some underbody-protection / mudflaps in front of the rear axle anyways, so I'll built it to protect these lines as well.

The brake pressure regulator will get the rotary knob instead of the lever and go into the center console box. So it's hidden and always accessible.
For the hydraulic handbrake i will most likely cut out a small part of the center console on the right side of the shifter - but this will be done when everything is in place - maybe i find another solution without cutting the console...

The rear brake pads also arrived a few days ago.

Wasn't that easy to get them, as they went out of production ~5 years ago according to a Pagid engineer I had contact with...

Edited by r4pt0x (04/21/14 10:59 AM)

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1171539 posted 05/12/14 01:21 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I was quite busy the last few weekends, but some small progress has been made:

Fixed the rust on the right rear:

and rebuilt the liftjack reinforcement within the side sill:

the piece on the right was left of the reinforcement, on the left my newly manufactured piece

and welded in place:

You always have either your hand, the lamp or the welding gun in your sight. so it was mostly welded blindly (and with lots of cursing and swearing involved )

I also put on some parts that will be re-painted:

definatley looks like a galant again

I'll put on the doors tomorrow, remove the plastic panels and get everything ready for the paintshop.
The lower plastic parts will be painted anthracite, the body will remain silver, just like my FWD GTI was painted:

The dynamic 4 was advertised in this colour combination at the cover of the 1988 brochure, but never sold in this combination - only white and silver were available in germany. But I like the combination and because it was available on the GTI I think its legitimate on the vr4 as well

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1171661 posted 05/12/14 10:45 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      

for two tone Galants

Getting old sucks ... but it sure beats the alternative !!!

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1171679 posted 05/13/14 01:20 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Sweet - thats nearly the same as mine will look! Even the rims are the same! (OZ 5-spoke) Only the bumpers (FWD?) and red trim line are different. But perfect preview for me as I never saw a 2-tone salook, only hatchbacks..

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1171775 posted 05/13/14 04:10 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
prepared the car today for the paintshop:

Have to remove the (completely rusty) front & rear bumper supports, rear window moulding and sunroof gasket tomorrow evening and then it will be off to the paintshop on thursday

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1171810 posted 05/13/14 08:00 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Just wow...

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1171840 posted 05/14/14 12:53 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
What he ^ said. Great to see someone putting the time and effort into the car instead of parting and scrapping it when it's a bit rough.

'90 Galant GSX, Daily Driver
'93 TSI AWD, Project Car
Sold the VR4s that I have owned, miss them everyday.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1183115 posted 08/04/14 01:37 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Long time no update... I got the car back from the paintshop a few days ago - but it's already back there to correct some flaws in the paint. I just want it to be perfect as it's such a complete rebuild now.

a little sneak preview:

All the plastic parts (bumpers, side skirts/panels) have been securely packed away so they don't get any scratches - totally forgot to take pictures...

I also received the new rear calipers - brand new with the bigger 35mm piston - and some other parts from mitsubishi which were on backorder since a few months... some bumper mounting brackets, front air vents... all these parts i've waited for so long were newly produced in japan no "old stock" parts but brand new, no dust, no old plastic bag or yellowish stickers which would indicate they "found" them somwhere.

I also got a pair of nice old 80/90's PIAA foglights I want to add to the front, mounted to a metal frame without modification to the front bumper. or maybe they will be mounted in front of the radiatr grille - this will be worked out when I reassemble the front part of the car.

As soon as I have a new mobile phone (the crappy samsung finally died...) there will be more pictures

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1183284 posted 08/05/14 11:37 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
He's building a donk.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1184198 posted 08/12/14 01:42 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Found some nice brand new rims in our warehouse... Z0615730 - OEM Mitsubishi rims, originally for The Carisma or Galant EA0 but they look awesome on the E30:


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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1190096 posted 09/28/14 11:00 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
After another 6 weeks waiting for the car to get back from the paintshop i finally got the car last week and continued the rebuild...

A few weeks ago I got some nice 90s style PIAA headlights:

The chrome rings need some polishing and the back covers may get some new paint, but otherwise they are in good condition

the rear underbody needed another overhaul as the rust-protective primer i used turned out to be total crap. nearly all spots I already treated were showing new rust bloom underneath the paint... so i removed all the paint and rust again, used owatrol oil and ovagrundol primer just as I did at the front and floor panels:

just as the taillights I also cleaned the headlights:

Also removed the rust on the adjustment shafts with some phosphoric acid de-ruster, now they look like brand new 8)

To prevent any new rust to bloom or still existing rust to spread out, I started the body-cavity sealing;

I used a mixture of fluid film and wax in different mixing ratios, depending on where i applied it - at the A/B/C pillars, doors and other parts on the interior, I used more wax to limit the time it flows like oil. for the frame and axle parts I used less wax so it can penetrate every smallest gap for a long time. after ~6 months I'll apply a mixture with more wax to get a more resistant "final" coating.

Today I installed the new windscreen with all new mouldings:

And as I still had time I started installing the front wiring loom:

Next week i'll get some new clips, bolts etc pp so I can reinstall everything piece by piece with shiny new (or good-as-new) bolts. No need to save on these few bucks at this point

I also decided to repaint the whole underfloor - so I already ordered some more primer and chassis-paint for the middle section. The underfloor then will only get a thin layer of wax/fluid film as protection and will be all silver without any ugly bitumen on it

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1191245 posted 10/12/14 02:20 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Another update...

The galant looks more and more like a car now. After finishing the rear underbody (spraying the body-sealant and painting another 3 layers of ovagrundol) the rear end also got treated with fluidfilm/wax in every cavity. I then had to move to another lift where I started to assemble some parts in the engine bay:

Every part I have in my hand gets cleaned and eventually swapped with another used part in better condition or a new one. The air inlets in front of the windshield are new (waited ~3 months for them to arrive..), the brake lines are made by hand because I change the system to front/rear setup instead of an X-setup and completely eliminated the ABS. The slightly rusty bracket for the fuel filter was only installed for fitting the brake line and will be painted and all the brake line brackets will be replaced with new ones...

During the last 2 days I assembled the doors:

At the front passenger side the yellow bracket where the door panel gets mounted is missing, so I have to wait until tuesday when it arrives with all of the other parts...
I also ordered all 4 outer window mouldings as new parts - the old ones had some scratches and dents and as they're the first thing you see approaching the car they should look nice and clean

Before moving again from one lift to another hall where I can hopefully stay until the car gets the engine/drivetrain parts, I applied another ~2l of body-cavity sealing mixture to the frame and side skirts. the car is now dripping from every small gap so there shouldn't be one single spot left in the whole frame that's not completely covered in fluidfilm and wax 8)

Edited by r4pt0x (10/12/14 02:37 PM)

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1191252 posted 10/12/14 04:51 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Some great work.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1191257 posted 10/12/14 06:13 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
This thread is epic. Anybody who asks "is this car worth saving" should be pointed here.

1992 VR4 29/1000 - Stock/Garage Dweller
2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit
2009 Harley Davidson Road Glide
2001 Toyota Tacoma TRD 4x4 - 405k miles
2005 Infinity G35 Coupe
2004 Chevrolet Express 3500 - 445k miles

Edited by 92_talon_awd (10/12/14 06:14 PM)

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1194456 posted 11/19/14 03:40 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
One month since the last update, so here a few pictures on whats going on...

The middle section of the underbody is finished:

So as theres nothing left to do making much dirt i cleaned the roof liner:

Steering lines are finally Installed except for a bulkhead + 45 fitting from goodridge for the feed/return line which were on backorder... (axle parts are quite dusty now...)

The control lines are made of steel tubes, hydraulic fittings and hydraulic pressure hoses - the weakest links are rated for 500bar working pressure, so there shouldn't be any problem
All steering lines are covered by heat insulating hoses. I'll join both return lines from front + rear steering rack and install a proper oil cooler into the single return to the reservoir tank to keep steering oil temperatures as low as possible.

On the rear all oil lines are new except for the pressure line from pump to control cylinder, as its no longer available eiher from MME nor from MMC japan. So i'm restorating the old one which luckily only had some rust - which already has been completely removed with phosphoric acid... The rear steering pump also got refurbished with phosphoric acid and should be ready on the next weekend, so I'll start assembling the rear diff.

At the firewall the bits and pieces are also coming together with all mounts/brackets refurbished or new and all new brake/clutch lines.

Today I got the rear window trims I ordered so these will be installed within the next days. I also finally got a brand new trunk lid which I hopefully get within the next 2 weeks so the body is finally complete...

Either on the upcoming or next weekend I'll take the engine out of the old car, make it pretty and install it into the new car. Then the engine wiring loom will be extended for additional sensors, boost control solenoids, fan control etc... I made all additions/modifications in the old car with an seperate wiring loom for easy troubleshooting/modifications when testing with different software versions on the evo7/8 ECU, so now I'll include it all to the stock wiring loom so it looks completely clean and stock

Still lots of work, but I'm confident to get it done by next spring...

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1194497 posted 11/19/14 10:57 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
This is awesome, keep up the great work

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1195623 posted 12/04/14 12:34 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Found some goodies today when searching for engine mounts

Front axle member bushings, Rear upper + lower arm bushings (uniball) and front + rear engine mount bushings. The left engine mount had been replaced with a stronger evo 7/8/9 one when I rebuilt the engine, the gearbox side bushing has also been replaced with an evo bushing...

Didn't want to use urethane ones because 1st they look ugly as hell and 2nd they are much too stiff for normal driving... The Ralliart ones are stiffer than the stock ones but you can still move them a few mm by hand, so they should still dampen the engine vibrationas engine mounts are supposed to do.

Edited by r4pt0x (12/05/14 03:10 PM)

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1196042 posted 12/10/14 02:54 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
small update:

last week I partly disassembled the engine, de-rusted the engine block and all attached parts as they already started to corrode after >1 year in the FWD without driving...

I also took out the fuel tank i'm going to use and removed the fuel pump unit. The interior of the tank looked just like the fule pump nit:

from the utside it looked way better...

The white crystaline coating could be brushed/washed away relatively easily, leaving completely blank metal surfaces (even without any coating...)

After I wahsed out all the brownish jelly-like stuff the tank was quite clean inside and will be de-rusted and coated the next few days.

The engine block and all brackets/attaching pats have been cleaned, purged of all corrosion building up during the last ~12 months and painted with KBS rust-seal. Then I desperaely searched for the box with all the bolts from the engine but couldnt find it - so I searched for every nut and bolt in some "old&new bolt collections" to install the engine and finally at ~8pm the engine was in its place:

The oil pan and valve cover will be replaced later, but I wanted to get the engine installed so I can adapt/install the remaining fuel and steering lines. Of course: after cleaning the workshop while walking home I finally remembered where I put the box with all the bolts... (Yes, the only place I completely ignored while searching...)

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1197500 posted 12/28/14 02:47 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
small holiday-update - with less pictures as most work was done on the wiring loom, brackets and small bits and pieces here and there...

2 weeks ago I temporarily installed the intercooler, A/C radiator and front bumper support (the new front bumper support should arrive next week ) to make a mock-up for the engine and steering oil coolers and decide where to route the steering lines.

The gained space from removing the ABS is perfect for some huge radiators:

The slim goodridge radiator in the front is for the steering oil, the mocal for engine oil. A 25-row series 6 should be sufficient to keep the oil at moderate temperatures

The pictures were taken before finishing/installing the brackets i made - both radiators are mounted on both upper corners and the inner lower one with a modified alternator bracket. Air will come from the lower vent in the front bumper, guided by a hose. If this should be insufficient the left foglight cover will also be used as an air-inlet. As a last resort i can still install a small spal fan in front of the radiators...

The last 2 days and last weeend i partially restorated and adapted the wiring looms. From '89 to '90 and again to '91 Mitsubishi changed the connection to the interior wiring loom from 2 to 3 connectors and the radiator fan actuation has been changed from 2 relays with simple thermoswitch + A/C ECU signal to additional control from the engine ECU. So it was a little bit of work to get the '92 engine wiring loom fit the '88 wiring looms at the car...

I already prepared the engine wiring loom at home and removed some ECS related stuff and wires no longer needed due to the Evo7/8 ECU. I also had to find out the '88 wiring diagrams are wrong at some pin numbers on the interior interconnection for the cruise control. So after sorting this out at the car and with wiring diagrams for 89, 90 and 91 models I added the missing third fan relay in the fuse box and changed the wiring so both fans can be controled by the engine ECU and the smaller one also by the A/C ECU.
AEM UEGO Wires including analog out and serial out have been integrated into the wiring loom as well as the wires for oil temp and oil pressure gauges, OBD and flash connector. The AEM gauge and connectors will be hidden in the glovebox, boost and oil gauges will be installed underneath the radio. So i can keep a nice stock look but still have everything easily accessible for logging/tuning.

Next week i'll finally de-rust and seal the fuel tank with the new tank sealant i just received (ethanol-resistant). With the fuel tank and engine wiring loom installed, i can finish all remaining fuel and oil lines and start putting together the drivetrain so the car will hopefully soon be able to drive on its own again

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1199647 posted 01/25/15 01:27 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Long time no update, so heres what happened the last weeks...

The engine wiring loom is finished and in place, so all heater/A/C modules on the inside were installed.

The wires on top of the crossbar are the "extension" of the engine wiring loom leading to the glovebox where I will install the AEM UEGO + serial port and obd+flash connector. I'm also thinking about putting the alpine stereo into the glovebox and install the stock mitsubishi one I still have in the center console. Main wiring will go to the alpine and the stock stereo will be connected with an level-converter to the alpines line in and still be fully functional. Together with the classic VDO gauges for boost, oil pressure and temperature this would give a nice classic look to the center console...

The engine bay gets more and more crowded. All new/changed lines found their place somewhere and brackets have been made. Just waiting for a delivery from goodridge so i can finally connect the fuel lines, oil coolers etc...
The oil lines from/to the rear steering are now routed at the firewall and the left frame:

The upper steel line is the return line, connecting to the oil cooler. the lower one is the rear feed line. Return lines are joined at the firewall so oil from front&rear steering is returning through the oil cooler.

The cruise control actuator found its plaece deep down where the charcoal canister normally sits. I didn't want this ugly thing to sit as high as it normally does, plus the '88 model misses the upper 2 threads for the bracket I don't have and that's no longer available...

The two rubber lines are the rear power steering lines - not lined up properly because the picture was taken before I installed the Y connector to the return line and all mounting brackets...

The water tube got some fresh paint and a new heat insulation. The P/S pump was also de-rusted and painted and is already in place.

As the fuel filler tube is also no longer available I searched our garage where we store used fuel tanks... Under a coat of dirt and lots of sticky black underbody coating I found a decent fuel filler tube:

I also discovered why there are 2 different part numbers for it:

The rear wheel well panel seems to have changed for model 89->90 so I had to use a spacer. Mounted this way no dirt can pack on top of the bracket - so it could also be seen as an improvement

The fuel tank got painted with chassis paint during the last week after I already de-rusted and coated the inside of the tank 2 weeks ago.

Today I bolted up the fuel tank (as I needed the space in the cellar for painting the next parts...) and the rear bumper to get it out of danger when lying around in the workshop...

Yesterday I cleaned the A/C radiator and intercooler, painted the ac-radiator, coated the intercooler with a few layers of aluminium-coating and coated both with protewax to get a good protection and nice, shiny finish

The intercooler has lost some fins over the years, but its not bent or leaking so I can live with that as it performs really well for its size... Actually it looks much worse at the angle the picture was taken from as it looks when standing in front of it.

Last week I received some goodies from samco - not sure yet which version i'll use but i think i'll go with the classic (flat black) ones...

The inlet manifold, throttle body and everything attached to it got refurbished and protected with protewax. The front knuckles also got de-rusted, painted and received new bearings and ne + longer wheel studs. Of course the camera managed to f.. up all the pictures I took of these parts, along with the pictures taken from the oil pan with added NPT-thread for the oil temperature sensor and the Evo 9 dampers + H&R springs i'm preparing for the front. At the rear i'm using new stock dampers and also H&R springs - this will do for the first year or so, then i'll switch to a proper suspension (KW competition)

For the next weeks I'll focus on the drivetrain and refurbish all 4 driveshafts + propshaft and assembling the rear diff. The gearbox will eventually already get the oil cooler setup I'll use on the upcoming one, just to gain some experiences with the optimal oil pickup and return positions so I can change them if needed on the next gearbox...
As the mounting point of the stock oil cooler is unused in my current setup, I can put the gearbox oil cooler there. The oil pump can sit in front of the passenger side front wheel as there is plenty of space next to the washer tank.

I just ordered a new exhaust manifold (the VR4 one started to crack on the bottom between cyl 1+2) and a stock evo3 o2 housing. But I still have to figure out what to do about the ported turbine housing I got the turbo with. Without the sealant ring protecting the gasket I will continue blowing gasket after gasket. Even the thick single-layer stainless steeel gasket, that was said to work without the ring, already started to flow to the inside - and I definately don't want to have chunks of a 3mm thick SS-gasket going through the turbine wheel...

Edited by r4pt0x (01/25/15 01:39 PM)

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1201110 posted 02/08/15 12:49 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post   
Another update

The goodridge parts that were on backorder arrived on friday, so I finally finished all fluid connections on the front of the car, including the oil coolers

The manifold was already installed last weekend, yesterday in added the fuel rail & injectors (precision 1200cc) and connected all the fule lines.
I'm quite happy with the routing of the throttle cables and the position of the cruise control actuator. After a little modification to the upper mount i was also able to mount the washer tank at its stock location.

Yesterday I also made some brackets for the fan (I had totally forgotten about when installing the intercooler 2 weeks ago ) and installed the new and modified center support.

All remaining parts for the front suspension also arrived so i could install the refurbished evo struts with H&R springs:

(thats not rust at that upper seam - it's the cavity protection still creeping out EVERYWHERE...)

H&R also on the back and everything cleaned and covered with protewax:

The rear wheel hubs got de-rusted during the last few days, tomorrow after the protewax dried up I'll install the rear studs so the car could be moved if necessary and I can also start assembling the brakes front&rear.

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