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Re: My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!


EHmotorsports
Capt Fabbin Stabbin
1865/2000


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1152485 posted 12/18/13 09:58 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
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;)



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89Mirageman
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1152487 posted 12/18/13 10:33 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
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.



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turbowop
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1152497 posted 12/18/13 11:43 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
During the summer I "rinse" my engine bay bi-weekly with a pressure washer. Been doing this since '98. Never had a problem.



-Mark

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fuel
"Just to be pedantic!"


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1152513 posted 12/19/13 03:17 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
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.



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the_underdog
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1152520 posted 12/19/13 07:21 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
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!



-Tom
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the_underdog
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1152521 posted 12/19/13 07:22 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
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!



-Tom
My Galant- 1444/2000

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the_underdog
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1152522 posted 12/19/13 07:24 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
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.



-Tom
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the_underdog
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1152523 posted 12/19/13 07:26 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
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.



-Tom
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the_underdog
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1152524 posted 12/19/13 07:29 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
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!



-Tom
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the_underdog
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1152525 posted 12/19/13 07:32 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
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.



-Tom
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the_underdog
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1152526 posted 12/19/13 07:35 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
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.



-Tom
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turbohf
anyone even read this?
613/2000


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1152539 posted 12/19/13 09:06 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
maybe i missed it, but are you plans to leave her stock? or is there a couple build stages coming?



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EHmotorsports
Capt Fabbin Stabbin
1865/2000


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1152695 posted 12/19/13 08:01 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
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.:)



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GSTwithPSI
A hole
820/1000
1837/2000



Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1152721 posted 12/19/13 09:23 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Looking really good Tom! So what's next for the Galant now?



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the_underdog
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1152861 posted 12/20/13 06:52 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
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



-Tom
My Galant- 1444/2000

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1153092 posted 12/23/13 01:08 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Hello All!

Itís time to take a look at the results of our work that involved plenty of washing, vacuuming, scrubbing, buffing and painting. Itís been a memorable journey and the process of bringing this Galant back to itís 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 thereís still plenty of work to do. But it sure is fun driving and owning this car!

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



-Tom
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coyotes
Hipster VR4
1226/2000


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1153099 posted 12/23/13 01:41 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Good job! Now come do mine.



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fuel
"Just to be pedantic!"


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1153109 posted 12/23/13 02:05 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
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.



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turbohf
anyone even read this?
613/2000


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1153162 posted 12/24/13 12:00 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
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...



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????/1000


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1153173 posted 12/24/13 12:41 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Tom is too nice.. We need some aggression shown. Do a call out in one of your videos. :P



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1153176 posted 12/24/13 01:12 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
i can cut you a sweet deal on an evo 5 bumper



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fuel
"Just to be pedantic!"


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1153182 posted 12/24/13 02:05 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
^^ please tell me you are kidding!



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1153189 posted 12/24/13 04:36 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
haha of course



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1153191 posted 12/24/13 07:08 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
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.



-Tom
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1153192 posted 12/24/13 07:10 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post   
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.



-Tom
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