Damien's 83 Mitsubishi Sigma Wagon
Posted 24 July 2010 - 06:43 PM
Brought myself a new work hack.
1983 Mitsubishi Sigma Stationwagon. Pretty damn straight. Rust free!
At the moment im in the middle of installing central locking to all 5 doors. A pretty grimey greasey job as the wagon has been rust protected with that tectyl shiz and it is EVERYWHERE!
Whoever carried out the rust protection (Todd motors probably) went all out! To the extent of cutting holes in the sills and pretty much filling them with tectyl.
It took ages to feed wires down the rear hatch coz its chocka full of crap!
Not mad tho. Reason why its so mint I guess.
Posted 24 July 2010 - 06:54 PM
Its had larger springs fitted in the back. I guess for towing maybe.
Future plans for the wagon is to bring the centre of gravity down and slap on some 14" rims of some sort. Been stuck to yahoo japan looking at wheels to buy. 14x8 and 14x7 pref but doubtful they will fit.
When I finish the Turbo Lancer (10years +) this car may become my next project.
Posted 15 August 2010 - 05:31 PM
Finished the central locking. Works pretty good.
Took it for a WOF last week and passed first time.
Went to pick a part today to get a 1 piece driveshaft. Don't really like 2 piece driveshafts and my one had a slight vibration. Swapped em over and works well.
Still tryn to find shocks and springs that'l fit the rear.
Posted 12 December 2010 - 08:54 PM
Brought some Starion front springs to get compressed and slap in the front struts. They looked like they would fit the rears so gave it a try. Instant slammage! The arse was low but the front was high. Constant launching!
Walked up and down the isles at Pick a Part to find a car with similar springs.
Found a VW Golf that looked very close.....but shit knows how you get them struts out!
So a quick look on trademe found a complete set of VW Golf springs for $1.00 reserve. My kinda price! Ended up wining them for $1.50.
Put the front Golf springs in the Sigma struts to see how they sit. They were almost perfect but I decided to get them compressed by 50mm. Now the front was lower then the rear.
Found another set of Golf springs, again for $1.00 reserve. They were aftermarket lowering springs. Ended up winning them for $10.50. Chucked the front Golf springs in the rear of the Sigma and looks very good. Bumps need to be cut/replaced though.
It rides extremely smooth and comfortable. And its all done proper like (for once!) Big thanks to Wijnhoud for getting my struts shortened! Springs were compressed by Archers springs. $100 a pair.
Next - Wheels.
Discuss - viewtopic.php?f=18&t=23546
Posted 06 January 2011 - 07:17 PM
Hopefully will get my 7" rims back tomorrow.
I need help with tyre sizes I should use.
Im thinking 175/60/14 for the 8" and 165/60/14 for the 7".
Or are there better sizes to suit these widths?
Posted 07 January 2011 - 04:00 PM
Decided to try and paint these suckers.
Went to Supercheap to get a Silver/grey colour. The guy said it would be the colour on the cap but it was like a crappy chrome colour. URGH!
Went to Repco and got a can of Dupli color mag wheel re-coating thingee. Exactly what I want! Looks choice IRL!
Didnt get the call I was hoping for today so will get the front rims next week sometime. Will also get tyres for these at the same time. Probably will go for the 185/55/14 rears and 165/60/14 fronts.
Its so hot, my PS3 wont play games! Need to play Call of Duty!!!
Posted 16 January 2011 - 11:25 PM
Got all me rims back from being widened. Cheers to the Steel Surgeon (Carlos)
Zipped down to Drury Tires to get the tyres fitted.
Decided to run with:
7" fronts - 175/60/14
8" Rears - 185/55/14
Was hoping to put 165/60 to the fronts but they didnt have any.
Before with standard rims
On the ground with widened steelies
My puppy is so photogenic
Took it out for a little shoot.
Had a coupla fattys in the wags
Very happy with the way it looks aside from the height up front. I will be making adjustable struts for the fronts to even it out.
Decided against the wheel trims as I dont have a matching set. Just realised that I had 4 different wheel trims.
Posted 13 February 2011 - 06:49 PM
Sick of it scraping every time I back out my drive so decided to hack the tail pipe off.
Out comes my buddy Angle Grinder
Looks much cleaner now. Gonna keep it like that too. Just hope it doesn't fill the cabin up with gases!
Ive been thinking about my wheels and have come to the conclusion that they are not wide enough.
Thought i'd try putting the 8" on the front and see if it'l fit.
Doesnt look too bad. If I was to jam maybe the 175/60 on the 8's, they'l fit inside the guards sweetaz. Thats with no guard rolling or flaring.
So my next plan is to go wider. 8" fronts and 9" - 91/2" rears. Although I think Steelies may not cut it. May have to fork out for SSR's
First though...........MORE LOW!
Posted 28 August 2011 - 06:35 PM
Motor is starting to get tired and sad. Been on the lookout for a suitable replacement. Something with minimal effort to instal or just rebuild the current donk.
Have collected a few parts for the wagon but im probably going to concentrate on the Lancer this Spring/Summer. Need to get that other sake of shit running and sold. With baby on the way (in 5 days!) it wont give me much time for anything.
Cleaned the wagon and took the dog out for a cruise to Clark's beach.
Hes a happy bloke.
Still on the lookout for more parts, mainly a clock (hint hint) and other assorted bits so if you know anyone with a Sigma wagon please let me know.
Posted 30 October 2011 - 08:39 PM
Plans are to re kit these if possible. They have also made me think about doing a rebuild and see if I can build a lightly modded SOHC 4G63. Will weigh up my options whether I should do this our just get an injected 4G63.
Took a couple of pics today.
Posted 26 January 2012 - 05:52 PM
I managed to score a GSR Sapporo instrument cluster a while back. Thanks to Damian for sourcing it for me.
Ive had it in the Sigma for a bit and have never connect the oil pressure and amp meter gauges. So, over the holidays I tried my best to sort this out.
I managed to get the amp gauge going sweet but the oil pressure gauge is crap. I brought a sender off a guy on trademe which he said came off a G63B engine. Sadly, it doesnt work.
Me mucking around with ride height
I had a set of Sigma steel centre caps on my trademe watchlist for almost a year. the guy first listed them for $80! I knew they wernt gonna sell for that amount so kept saving them to my watchlist waiting for him to lower the price. It took a bloody long time but managed to score them for $21. A big thanks to Daniel (DJZ) for pick'n them up and sending them up to Auckland.
Got them today.
So now I can ceremoniously DESTROY this cap
I like the look of these centre caps. Makes it look complete. Looks like Macabre's steelies.
Posted 11 February 2012 - 09:34 PM
Managed to get a WOF yet again.
Final got a clock for my wagon. With the addition of the Sapporo cluster, ive been without a clock. As little as it seems, it sux without one. A BIG thanks to 'all round GC' Fuel for donating and delivering the parts!
Any way, before and after pics
Posted 25 March 2012 - 07:04 PM
Even though I have no show against the others, im so happy that my lil wagon crossed the judges minds.
Bit of a stink update.
Finally fixed the oil psi gauge issue with a brand new sender.
The gauge use to sky rocket to the max when the engine's not running.
Now with the sender unit fitted the gauge remains at the bottom untill the engine is started. Not sure if its reading high or not but its working. Now its actually dependable.
So now all the gauges are working as they should. Happy.
Also picked up some extractors off trademe. Dont really need em but may use them if I decide to rebuild.
Would look sweet if I was running the twin carb setup.
Rebuild is looking more and more necessary every day. BLUE SMOKE!
Parting picture by Taryn
Posted 18 November 2012 - 07:21 PM
I sold my last set of twin carbs as they were incomplete and didnt really have a plan for them.
These carbs are ready to go. May try to slap them on my current engine for shits 'n' gigs for a bit.
I have other plans in the mix and will show the world shortly.
Posted 12 December 2012 - 07:58 PM
I had maxed the adjustment on the cable, then i made a spacer to get even more travel, till something collapsed and then I had no clutch at all. My poor synchros.
Pulled the gearbox off expecting to find a poked pressure plate. Pplate was good.
Pulled the pplate off to check clutch plate. Clutch plate good.
Looked at the clutch fork and release bearing face. Good.
By this stage I enlisted some help from my cousin (brake and clutch man)
He looked at the pedal box, clutch and pressure plate, cable, etc. Good.
Wasnt till he pulled the release bearing off the box when we found this.
The clutch fork faces had collapsed. My cousin had never seen this happen.
Luckily I brought a brand new replacement a month ago for no real reason. Reassembled the car and I now has clutch.
Its sad when the two cars you own are both sitting on axle stands!
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