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yubh8tn
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1384/2000


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1246947 posted 08/21/19 04:12 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I'm the fourth owner and I have no clue what I'm doing. Let's go.

Previous owner gave me some bits and bobs including a different shifter. It has the same base and same throw but a shorter lever. It's a factory looking shifter, I believe it's from some other 1g DSM. Anyway, I scrubbed the rust off best I could and rustoleum'd it to black. Took me about 5 hours to get the console out and the new shifter in, but I did it.



Took another hour to get the console back in. Poked out my hazard switch in the process...



But yeah. I'm 17 and I have no clue what I'm doing. Hopefully I don't destroy this beautiful car.
I sold a 1992 Subaru Loyale that cost me nothing, a 1989 Prelude that cost me $1200, and worked a few 40 hour weeks to get this thing. I absolutely love it.



Edited by yubh8tn (08/21/19 05:34 PM)

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Turn Right Racing
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1246949 posted 08/21/19 06:42 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Welcome. You are in the right place, so please ask questions before you do things. There is a wealth of knowledge here, but sometimes traffic is a bit light so be patient if you do not get a response immediately.

Also, peruse the technical posts in the How to and Info Archive section.

Sounds like you have a 1g shifter. Fairly straightforward mod so a good first item to do.

As is often stressed here, maintenance before mods. Make sure everything for brakes, drivetrain and suspension etc. is in good shape before adding power.

Hint on adding pictures- they need to be sized below 2mb if hosting here.

Search function is still kind of broken. It works, but not only in the forum area you request. Still trying to get the boss man to fix it.



91 VR4 855 Nile Black
92 VR4 828 Belize Green-SOLD
91 VR4 115 Nile Black -SOLD

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gvr4ever
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1246951 posted 08/21/19 08:29 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
^^^^

You beat me to it. I was going to say timing belt and water pump. If you don't have documented paperwork that the timing belt was done in the last 60K miles or 10 years, I'd do it before I even start it again. Water pump is behind the timing belt. It's due every 120K miles, but because it's behind the timing belt, it's usually done at the same time on a older car.

Check the ECU caps. click

Also check the transfer case for a leak near the back where it meets the driveshaft.



1992 Nile black w/sunroof
15xK miles. 2nd owner since 1998

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yubh8tn
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1384/2000


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1246963 posted 08/21/19 04:40 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Hey, thanks for the reply! The timing belt and waterpump was redone 15k ago and the engine was rebuilt 120k ago. I just checked the caps, and they were replaced at some point. The ECU case says it was remanufactured in 2001!

Also, I'll check the transfer case right now.

I've been reading as much information as I can, but I'm still not sure what maintenance to do right away. It seems like the previous owner(s) kept this stuff up to snuff. I'll keep going and keep you guys updated!

Thanks!!



1384/2000


Edited by yubh8tn (08/21/19 04:42 PM)

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gvr4ever
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1246964 posted 08/21/19 04:57 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
That's great you have a good maintenance starting point. Is the car 100% stock?



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yubh8tn
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1384/2000


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1246965 posted 08/21/19 05:09 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Not stock. FP HTA68 turbo and a FP manifold. Definitely doesn't have factory exhaust.

It also had this kickass underglow which just got removed. (the wires were cut so I had no clue it was there)


did anybody say rice?

Also, when I checked the ECU my eprom was e931. I thought most of ours were EB21?

Oh - by the way - transfer case was leak free. Yay!


Edited by yubh8tn (08/21/19 05:36 PM)

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1246966 posted 08/21/19 06:24 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I like this kid. Seems he's on the right track. I've also been on this forum longer than he's been alive.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1246976 posted 08/22/19 10:05 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
True that Mark. I wear t-shirts older than him.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1246990 posted 08/23/19 09:45 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Welcome aboard, as stated do lots of reading, take your time and be patient when working on the car, ask questions and definitely wait for a response if your unsure on something. There is lots of knowledge here, but some of us are grumpy old men and it takes us a day or two to actually answer questions.

Post pictures of the car, let's see what your working with! I hope you enjoy the car.



138/2000
152/1000

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yubh8tn
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1384/2000


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1246995 posted 08/23/19 01:48 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Haha, I'll make sure I ask before I try anything stupid, and I'll give you some more pictures of the car in a bit.

Speaking of stupid, every now and then I can hear a big THUD when I turn. Turns out the previous owner lost a wrench and a giant hook thingy in the rear passenger fender, so I took apart the trunk to get those out.
While doing that, I saw my fuel pump and wanted to check it out. I tried to take off the protectors, but the wire protector was rusted on pretty good. I had to drill out a screw to get it.

While I was taking that apart, I discovered I had some stowaways!

Pretty nasty stuff.

Anyway, I took the protectors and hole cover (all pretty rusty), scrubbed off as much rust as I could, and rustoleum'd them black.



The trunk had some rust spots, so I scrubbed those with a steel wire brush and some 80 grit sandpaper then used my best friend (black rustoleum) to cover it all up. This is just temporary, I just wanted to feel like I was accomplishing something.


My instrument cluster lights don't work, so yesterday I replaced every exterior bulb in the car. I read somewhere that the taillights being out could cause it to not function, but they're all fine now and it still doesn't work. I gotta figure that one out. I was also hoping that replacing the bulbs would fix my fast right turn blinker, but it's still quicker than the left. Gotta figure that one out too.

Those front combination lights are really wack. Took quite a few glances at the service manual to figure those out lol



1384/2000


Edited by yubh8tn (08/23/19 01:50 PM)

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GSTwithPSI
A hole
820/1000
1837/2000



Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1247073 posted 08/29/19 12:23 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Quoting yubh8tn:

I'm the fourth owner and I have no clue what I'm doing. Let's go.






This is by far the best into to a build thread I've read to date.

If you need specific parts, hit me up. I've got tons of crap, and would like to see it put to use by a guy like you on a build like this. If I've got it, you're welcome to it.

What's the end goal for the build?



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1546/2000-SOLD
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138/2000


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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1247101 posted 08/31/19 09:59 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Agreed, here to. Also if it to big to ship I'm like 8 hrs from Brett and about 8 from you and sure we could figure/work something out.



138/2000
152/1000

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yubh8tn
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1384/2000


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1247186 posted 09/12/19 03:21 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Quoting GSTwithPSI:



This is by far the best into to a build thread I've read to date.

If you need specific parts, hit me up. I've got tons of crap, and would like to see it put to use by a guy like you on a build like this. If I've got it, you're welcome to it.

What's the end goal for the build?



Hey! The end goal, for right now, is to make the car reliable (hah) and get everything to satisfactory condition. Then it's horsepower time. Also - thanks for the offer!! Do you have any rear passenger windows? Sorry for not updating anything these past couple weeks, but from a break-in and school starting again I've been pretty busy.

Anyway, yeah. The car got broken into.

There I was - working, glancing at the clock every 5 seconds, counting down the minutes until I get to go home. I got to the 40 minutes mark when a Marine walks into my tiny mexican restaraunt.
He b-lines it to the register and tells my good friend, the cashier, that a poor fellow with an old green Galant just had someone break into his car. I run out there to find my rear passenger window smashed in. The glass was still popping.



The guy handles the cops for me so I could finish my shift, then I tape that window up and sit there depressed. Then I realize my backpack was no longer in the car.
I really hope that guy likes math. He stole my textbooks, notebooks, and my fancy calculator.

On that high note, I've redone all the radio wiring (that shit was ATROCIOUS), replaced the plastic door lock thingies (they were all broken), changed the grill back to the original turbo one, added some oil, and fixed my tire pressures. Trying to stay productive.
I plan to delete my EGR (i think this is a good idea?), find a new window, and change every fluid in the car. I'm also going to order $185 worth of bushings since this bad boy is running on some rubber ones that have gone around the earth ~11 times.

I really appreciate the support, and I'm here for the long haul. As long as this car CAN be repaired, it will be. Not gonna give up.



1384/2000


Edited by yubh8tn (09/12/19 03:25 AM)

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1247187 posted 09/12/19 06:42 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I had a attempted break in, in the early 2000s and it took awhile to find glass. It was made in Germany.

The alarm scared off the person and they didn't actually get anything. Pretty sure it was someone close by who thought I left tools in the trunk. I took them in, but I think they ran as soon as they popped the trunk open and the alarm went off.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1247189 posted 09/12/19 09:17 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
That's my worst nightmare having a break in! Total unnecessary destruction of property for hardly any gain to the thief.

I had my old beater Galant GLX broken into multiple times and it got to a point where I took anything valuable from the car and left it unlocked.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1247190 posted 09/12/19 09:29 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Shoot me a text at 530-208-9548 - shane. I just picked up a parts car and have all kinds of parts. Let's see what I have and what you need and maybe we can meet halfway to exchange parts and get you what you need for cheap.



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yubh8tn
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1384/2000


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1247584 posted 10/25/19 12:24 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post   
Sorry for taking so long, but I broke my transmission a month or so ago (pretty sure i destroyed a shift fork) and haven't really done anything to the car since. Luckily, though, Shane helped me out an enormous amount and sold+shipped me a new transmission and tinted rear+quarter windows. Everything recently came in and I'll be able to install it all in about a month.

After doing that, my plans are to rebuild the front and rear suspension, get some BC coilovers, 'rebuild' the entire drivetrain (its crazy how much play your driveshaft can have after 300k miles), and fix all the electrical issues. No particular order. I also want to get some 3000gt brakes for the front, but I'll get there when I get there. I'm also planning on fixing all the dents and scratches then vinyl wrapping the car.

If anybody has suggestions on things to inspect and maintain, I'd really appreciate it.
Time to go read how-tos.



1384/2000

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