This week (10/09/2006) started with getting the donar car, a 1987 Mitsubishi Starion with a G54B turbo in it. The car belonged to a friend of mine who joined... Show more the army and didnt have time to finish the project. The motor is mostly stock but has 0 miles on it, it was recently rebuilt but has not run yet. The plan is to swap the motor into the Galant.
(10/11/2006) I got the motor out today, I also made some measurements on the mount locations on the vehicle. It turns out the mounts are spaced the same on the galant as it is on the starion. So hopefully this means no major modifications for the swap.
(10/23/2006) Finally I extracted the wiring harness out of the Starion. I managed to only break one clip. Also I got a computer from a 1989 model Starion.
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If anyone in Australia knows where I can find the factory badges for my 1974 Galant please email me, email@example.com, Thanks..
After a month of waiting, i... Show moret finally arrived!!! My 1974 Dodge Colt aka Mitsubishi Galant. Hard to believe but this ride has 5700 origional miles on it and hadn't been started since 1981 until today (09/28/2006). With the OEM tires on it I drove it up and down the street a little bit until the water pump went out. The car even has the "new car smell" to it. More pics and info will be coming soon. Thats all for now. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Plan: (09/30/06)
Well right now the plan is to first have it repainted. Its hard to tell from the photos but there are dents and scratches down both sides of the car. To go with the paint job will also be a set of Panasport rims I came across and some new tires to go with that. Im not trusting the rubber from 1974. I'm then looking at swaping the motor for a nonturbo dohc 4g63 fed by webber sidedrafts with a w-58 Toyota transmission behind it. I chose this to add some new elements but still keep it an old school ride. Also I pretty much have all the parts already from my DSM projects. If anyone has any ideas or suggestions, hit me up.
Well the plan has been revised... I recently came across a 1987 Mitsubishi Starion which has the stock G54b turbo motor in it. This is going to be the most reasonable swap for my budget, which is not very big.
The engine bay needs a little cleanup, we did not find the origional battery, but we did find the origional air cleaner, alternator, fan belt, and spark plugs.
The first task was to drain about 2 gallons of varnish out of the gas tank. They were nice enough to put a drain plug on these tanks. We did not find any sludge in the tank which im not sure how that happened when the car hasnt moved since 1981. It was kept in a garage in Pittsburgh, PA so I don't think it ever got hot at all. I don't know that might be why.
The inside still smells like a new car. the interior is virtually untouched. It still had the plastic cover over the hood release handle.
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So I started by diving into the wiring part of the project. I refrenced a lot off of Projectzerog.com and the starquestclub.com forums, which are very helpfu... Show morel with this swap. I also quickly learned that not all B-38 connectors were created equal!!! This is the connector that connects the chassis harness to the engine harness. Below is the B-38 harness i found on my starion. I did lots of research and testing and figured out what each of the wires goes to.
THE B-38 HARNESS
STARION CHASSIS HARNESS SIDE
2) COIL (IGNITION SWITCH ON)
3) BATTERY (CONSTANT)
5) OIL PRESSURE SIGNAL
7) STARTER SIGNAL
8) TEMP SIGNAL
9) BOOST SIGNAL
10) VEHICLE SPEED SENSOR
I first had to lengthen the wires coming off the B-38 clip to reach the drive side of the colt.
I then spliced the wires into the harness in the colt's steering column for the power and starter signal. The remaining wires went to the gauges and the one ground wire was grounded under the dash. I left the diagnostic wire out in case I ever need to read a trouble code from it. Show Less