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Back in the DSM world 330/1000


rmontalvo23
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330/1000


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 976178 posted 03/11/11 09:08 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
After 10 years away from owning a DSM I am back!
I was big in the DSM world back in the mid - late 90s with my own performance shop, doing killer group buy deals that had RRE calling me asking "how are you selling KYB shocks at that price and still making money (bonus points if you remember the name of my website).

Anyhow I always kept my eye out for a GV4R over the past 10 years. I had owned 2 GVR4's when I had my shop and also had a 93 Eclipse and a 95 Talon. Found a deal on #330 that I just couldn't pass up. I recently moved from Fort Lauderdale, FL to San Jose, CA and while searching craigslist on my mobile app I saw "1992 Galant VR4 - needs engine". I immediately call the seller while I was at work "hello, who is this" he said. "This is the guy that is coming to buy your Galant".... Within 2 hours of the call I had the title in hand.

I'm not going to mention how much I paid for the car but suffice to say that the kid did not know what he had.

Anyway, enough with the stories. I'm happy to be back and I've already learned some stuff on this forum that I had forgetten and a ton of new stuff that has developed over the past 10 years. Like using a EVO8 ECU and Suspension on a GVR4, pretty sick.

I've also already been in the Market Place and found some nice deals from a few members on OEM parts I need to get her back into original form.

So here are the first pics of my beauty. She needs a paint job, engine, rear springs (some idiot cut the factory ones), oem radio and oem steering wheel. the interior is flawless, not a single tear in the leather. And all body pieces are intact.







Richard Montalvo
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1992 Galant VR4 330/1000

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JonSmith
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 976182 posted 03/11/11 09:12 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Oh hell, you mentioned that acronym on this board... LOL

Welcome. I had a ~3yr hiatus myself.

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Okayplayer
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 976183 posted 03/11/11 09:13 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Welcome, I am relatively new too. I have the Evo 8 shock/spring setup and I'm impressed. I plan to go with the Evo 8 ecu as well. Your car looks nicely cared for, good find.



My car eats turbos
1991 Galant VR4 (1968/2000 NB)
2006 Galant SE
1986 Chevy C10

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raptorWagon
less than one year to my birthday
1350/2000
362/1000


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 976184 posted 03/11/11 09:16 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Welcome! Don't mean to burst your bubble, but GVR4s and DSM don't belong in the same sentence.



92 Galant VR-4 362/1000
76 Galant Hardtop
79 Galant Sigma Wagon
88 Fiji Blue Starion
94 Montero SR

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rmontalvo23
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330/1000


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 976188 posted 03/11/11 09:53 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I realized shortly after posting that "DSM" is a bad word around here. I see the logic behind not liking that acronym but those three letters made a big impact on my early 20's so to me I say it with pride. I know that the VR4 is more prestigious then a regular Eclipse/Talon made in the states so I'll do my best to not call it a DSM



Richard Montalvo
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rmontalvo23
Senior Member
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 976189 posted 03/11/11 09:54 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I don't see any EVO parts going on my Galant, I want to keep it as original as possible.



Richard Montalvo
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raptorWagon
less than one year to my birthday
1350/2000
362/1000


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 976191 posted 03/11/11 09:58 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
It's not so much a bad word, it's just that the average newcomer to the GVR4 world makes that common misconception that the Galants are the same thing as a DSM when they predate DSMs altogether. Plus all 3009 were built in Japan then imported here.



92 Galant VR-4 362/1000
76 Galant Hardtop
79 Galant Sigma Wagon
88 Fiji Blue Starion
94 Montero SR

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dsm10o0
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705/2000
556/1000


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 976193 posted 03/11/11 10:08 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Welcome to the board man! Where in San Jose are you located? I'm located on the North side, should come to our monthly meets with dsms/vr4s tmrw.

click



91 VR-4 705/2000
92 VR-4 556/1000
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BluFalcon
Fantastic Parts Seller


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 976203 posted 03/11/11 10:48 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Welcome. My first GVR-4 was a rescue like yours, although mine had the luxury of running, if only barely. Spent a lot of time cleaning and fixing what the previous owners had done to the car, and got it running and looking pretty good. Then I sold it so I could mod my old Talon. Like you said, things have changed in the last 10 years, and there's a lot more options to choose from for mods. I'm sure you'll have fun figuring it all out.

Also, unlike some of the others on here, I don't think DSM is a dirty word. I love GVR-4's, but I still have a soft spot in my head for 1G Talons. If I could find a deal on another clean one, I'd sure as hell would pick it up, parking situation be damned. I know a GVR-4 isn't a "4 Door DSM" like most people assume, but a DSM sure is worth a lot more than just as a source of driveline, engine or 5 lug swap parts for a GVR-4.



Ed
93 Eagle Talon TSi/AWD
92 Dodge Stealth R/T TT
06 Mitsubishi Raider V8 DuroCross
521/1000
"SOLD"




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Brunoboy
Jesus Clips
352/1000
556/1000


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 976211 posted 03/11/11 11:37 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
That's the galant that was for sale in alameda isn't it? Original owner and all.



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352/1000 Summit White sold in 2011 and was totaled by new owner......
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96 Eclipse Gsx Sold

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moduleunknown
Schooner
777/2000


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 976213 posted 03/12/11 12:03 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Nice, another vr4 in San Jose. Welcome!



'91 GVR4 777/2000


Edited by moduleunknown (03/12/11 12:05 AM)

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MrP
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 976283 posted 03/12/11 01:54 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Good to see someone fairly local making a rescue

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Dbossman
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 976294 posted 03/12/11 03:22 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Welcome to the org. So are you still slangin cheap parts

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rmontalvo23
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330/1000


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 976345 posted 03/12/11 07:35 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I live right next to the San Jose Caltrain station.
Thanks for the invite. I don't have the care running yet so I'd have to ride my bike over there but I will come check it out as soon as the car is on the road.



Richard Montalvo
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rmontalvo23
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 976346 posted 03/12/11 07:37 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
@BluFalcon, I agree, I also have a soft spot for the talon but for me it's the 2G or honestly if I found a Laser AWD I'd buy it in a heart beat. Those are like the White Unicorn of the DSM world.



Richard Montalvo
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rmontalvo23
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 976347 posted 03/12/11 07:39 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Quoting brunoboy:

That's the galant that was for sale in alameda isn't it? Original owner and all.




You are correct. I saw it on Craigslist in Alameda and since I work in San Francisco I was 15 minutes away. Locally I was the first person to call the owner so he gave me first dibs. He said he had 2 other people that were wanting to go see it.



Richard Montalvo
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rmontalvo23
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 976348 posted 03/12/11 07:41 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Quoting Dbossman:

Welcome to the org. So are you still slangin cheap parts




unfortunately no. I walked away from my shop and closed all my accounts with Webcams, Greddy, KYB and the miami distributors. I wonder if I could get those accounts open again, hmmm.



Richard Montalvo
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rmontalvo23
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 976350 posted 03/12/11 07:47 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Who do i email with my VIN and plate number so they can add me to the registry?



Richard Montalvo
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speedyvr4
Still looking for the forest!
536/1000


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 976351 posted 03/12/11 07:51 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
lol. I moved from the bay to miami, and you move from miami to san jo. I guess we kept the state to gvr4 ratio intact, the balance of the universe is still intact. welcome to the board. good thing about cali is the roads, try to hit up the niles canyon when you get a chance. bad things, damm smog inspection. good luck on the build, welcome to the boards.Again. I also own a dsm and say it with pride.






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dsm10o0
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556/1000


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 976368 posted 03/12/11 08:43 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
If you need a motor hit me up, I got a running one that's on my galant but was planning to do a swap after I smog my car. And I got the stock vr4 springs if your interested.



91 VR-4 705/2000
92 VR-4 556/1000
03 Evo 8 -New toy
05 Nissan Armada toy hauler


Edited by dsm10o0 (03/12/11 08:45 PM)

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Tre3zy
correct me if im rite...Wyldcarz been rolling hard for a long time
637/2000


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 976392 posted 03/12/11 10:00 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Quoting dsm10o0:

If you need a motor hit me up, I got a running one that's on my galant but was planning to do a swap after I smog my car. And I got the stock vr4 springs if your interested.




this guys LOL



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Brunoboy
Jesus Clips
352/1000
556/1000


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 976394 posted 03/12/11 10:02 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Quoting rmontalvo23:

Quoting brunoboy:

That's the galant that was for sale in alameda isn't it? Original owner and all.




You are correct. I saw it on Craigslist in Alameda and since I work in San Francisco I was 15 minutes away. Locally I was the first person to call the owner so he gave me first dibs. He said he had 2 other people that were wanting to go see it.



nice find, I thought those pics lpoked familiar aha.
-shane



556/1000 KG 8/10/13 .... Sold
352/1000 Summit White sold in 2011 and was totaled by new owner......
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rmontalvo23
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330/1000


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 976419 posted 03/12/11 11:06 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Shane,

Hope I didn't buy it out from under you! Well actually even if I did, I'm not sorry



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rmontalvo23
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 976593 posted 03/14/11 12:24 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Finally had time to get my friends trailer and pick up the car.
Here are some better photos of 330.














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Terrance362
needs moar imput
565/2000


Galant VR-4 org Post #: 976687 posted 03/14/11 02:34 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post   
Not bad and welcome back. I am on break now.



565/2000
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