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848/1000 new project build.


Lesac
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1245026 posted 01/01/19 09:01 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Years ago I owned a 91 rust bucket and even after 20 or so other cars, Iíve always missed the vr4. When I saw the opportunity to acquire another one I jumped on it, maybe too anxiously, maybe not. Time will tell. I plan on documenting the process of turning what I hope is not a can of worms into a very unique daily driver. Anyway here she is. Ill be posting updates pretty regularly, as long as this car isnt a total pile.
the day I purchased the car after a long delivery ride.




and yesterday after a needed wash.





I know for certain the car needs an alternator belt, valve cover gasket, rear diff seal, and most importantly new fuel line. the current braided line leaks like a fountain. new line has been ordered and I cant wait to fire the car up for the first time.


Edited by Lesac (01/01/19 09:21 PM)

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Eztoril
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1450/2000


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1245028 posted 01/02/19 12:17 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Congrats. Came out lookin nice after the wash. I would add a timing belt and water pump service to that list if you dont know when it was changed last. Looks like a nice car that can be restored to dd status.



91 GVR4 1450/2000
2.3 Stroker
HKS cams
FP 3052
Spal puller
EVO MAF 3"intake
EVO8 560 injectors
EVO8 ECU tephramod v7
Walbro 255
FRH intake mani
EVO3 exhaust mani
44mm tial wg
EVO3 tranny



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Lesac
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1245031 posted 01/02/19 08:37 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
The car actually has full detailed service records to about 120k miles, showing records of both. It has 170k on it now, but looks like the timing belt has been replaced since then after I took off the cover. Was looking underneath and has rust, but Iíll see how bad it is and if any of it is fixable.

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Lesac
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1245036 posted 01/02/19 07:08 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Well, waiting on parts today but had a short time to work on the car.
Valve cover and COPs came off for cleaning and new gasket as it was clearly leaking. Here are some in progress photos.
you can see in my photos above how dirty and gross the parts were.

here it is with the COP setup taken off.


after sand blasting


and after some nice red paint


and the coil cover after a blast and some new stainless hardware


slow progress, but im glad I got to do something.


Edited by Lesac (01/02/19 07:11 PM)

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Lesac
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1245103 posted 01/12/19 07:05 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
full day in the garage today but productive.

-drained fuel tank
-replaced supply fuel line from tank to fuel rail
-installed new inline fuel filter
-replaced fuel line from fuel rail to FPR
-remounted FPR
-made a new mount for new fuel filter
-installed alternator belt
-unfroze front caliper
-probably more. I don't remember.


anyway after struggling a bit the car fired up for the first time. I have no way of telling when the last time the car ran was, besides what the previous owner had told me, however I have a feeling the car sat for much longer than stated.
wanted to get a few more pictures but between fixing and running around for parts, it didnt happen.

So happy the car runs. although lethargic to rev, I have a feeling that the giant tumble weed that came out of the exhaust may have something to do with that. Another day of work on the car tomorrow and I should be able to take it around the block at least. Forward progress is good, but it still needs a decent amount.




all that junk came out of the tail pipe after it started.

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transparentdsm
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138/2000


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1245104 posted 01/12/19 07:20 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Nice save, car is coming along.


The lethargic throttle feel could be from the cruise control unit, check it out and make sure all the cables are adjuated.



138/2000

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Lesac
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1245107 posted 01/13/19 05:38 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Thanks for the tip, Iíll look into that today.

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855/2000


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1245108 posted 01/13/19 12:51 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Or there is more of that mouse nest clogging the exhaust. Blocked exhaust can cause very poor performance.



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92 VR4 828 Belize Green-SOLD
91 VR4 115 Nile Black -SOLD

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Lesac
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1245110 posted 01/13/19 02:34 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
went to go unclog the exhaust and and see if i could make the car run better today, but before i did anything, I figured a compression test is in order.
I got arround 130 for 1,2, and 4 but cyl 3 only shows about 80psi for compression so my thought is possibly headgasket or who knows. I also think there may be a mouse nest in the exhaust but im less concerned until the car runs on all 4 cyls again. (after doing quite a bit of research, I have a few things im going to try before writing off this engine)

as of now im considering just scrapping the engine that is in it since it has 170k of very beat miles and quite a bit of unknown history. I will definitely keep going and get the car up and running but im not sure what the best option is yet.



Edited by Lesac (01/13/19 03:22 PM)

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Lesac
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1245125 posted 01/14/19 06:46 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Worked on the car today with great success.
Verified spark
Verified compression. This was huge as all cyls are in awesome shape.
Verified all injectors are firing but 2 and 3 are completely clogged.
This is awesome news since I know exactly what has to be done to make the car run. Iím going to start by cleaning them, I was told they are 850cc but if that doesnít work I havenít decided if I will be sending them off for cleaning or just purchasing new ones.

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Lesac
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1245146 posted 01/20/19 07:46 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post   
took the injectors to a local a few days ago to see if there was any way they could be saved. After an hour of messing with one, we decided it was best to just start over. New FIC 850ccs arrived! plugged them in and the car fires right up and runs great. I have a large oil leak coming from somewhere above the oil filter adapter, so my thought is it could be the gasket for that or the balance shaft seal. either way Ive ordered all seals and gaskets associated with the oil pump and front cover on the engine. Once those get here next week I can solve that issue and move on to its first drive. Getting excited as Ive had the car a month and havent been able to drive it yet.

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