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About Firebrand

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  1. Firebrand's 1983 Mitsubishi Starion

    Life got in the way and things took a bit longer than expected, but the new clutch is in, new Main seal is in, new front transmission seal is in. Bellhousing nice and clean. Flywheel machined and new pilot bearing installed, and new thrust bearing. Not many photos - assembly is the reverse of removal etc. I tried my best to torque everything to recommended settings etc. Clutch in place: Everything is back together, and I took her out for a short drive this afternoon. All seems good so far, feels much nicer. Pedal needs a wee bit of adjustment but it's perfectly driveable now.
  2. Firebrand's 1983 Mitsubishi Starion

    Yeah that's a good idea actually, might as well do it all at the same time.
  3. Firebrand's 1983 Mitsubishi Starion

    So for the last little while my clutch has been slipping a bit, but it became more of an issue a couple of weekends ago, just revs going up and speed staying the same. So I thought I'd have a go at doing a clutch change for the first time. So i jacked the car up nice and high, removed starter motor, driveshaft, and gearbox. Had a quick check underneath the car and it's looking pretty good, a few spots of surface rust I'll tidy up before I lower it down. old clutch is pretty worn out: so I'll be replacing it with this nice pink one, it's a heavy duty (but still street) one, so should handle a bit more abuse than the old one - kit came with new thrust bearing and the little one that goes in the flywheel also: The inside of the bellhousing is caked with black shit, which I'm guessing is mostly transmission fluid, so I'll clean that up and replace the front gearbox seal also. The flywheel looks OK, but to be on the safe side, and since I don't really want to pull it out for a while I'm going to get it machined before I put it all back together again.
  4. Firebrand's 1983 Mitsubishi Starion

    Yeah a rebuild is definitely an option, I guess I'll check both engines once the other one arrives and see what my options are...
  5. Firebrand's 1983 Mitsubishi Starion

    Yeah, I'm planning to revin it as an '87, it's gonna take a while to get to that point though. The rust isn't too bad, the stuff in the firewall is a bit gnarly, but otherwise it's good, the body is way straighter than my other one. Bottom end of the engine is stuffed too, although I've got a spare engine arriving at some stage, but that's in pieces and i have no idea what state it's in...gonna be fun
  6. Firebrand's 1983 Mitsubishi Starion

    When I got home from work tonight, this was waiting in my driveway Came up on Facebook last week, price was right so I grabbed it. It looks like a mess but it's way too good to wreck so it's going to be a long term fix up project. It's an '87 NZ new one, so leather interior, LSD, intercooler etc.
  7. Firebrand's 1983 Mitsubishi Starion

    I've been having some issues with overheating under load for a little while now, to the point that I couldn't really drive up any hills or drive under boost. A bit of amateur diagnosis pointed to the issue being a blocked/dead radiator. I'm not surprised, as my current one was put in from a parts car I had six years ago, and it wasn't really in great condition back then. On top of that my fan clutch is totally stuffed. So the only options I had were a second hand radiator off trademe (which was likely to be just as shit as the current one), importing a new radiator and fan clutch from rockauto with no guarantee of quality, or for a similar price, getting a new aluminium radiator & electric fan. So the last option is what I did. It also allowed me to removed the rather sorry clutch fan, saving a bit of drag on the engine, and freeing up some space: I installed the new radiator (it is designed for Nissan S13 Silvia with SR20) , with a little assistance from @ProZac's build thread: It needed a custom bottom bracket which I made from a piece of 90 degree aluminium bar, it's functional and solid, but it looks like crap (I'm terrible at metalwork) so I'll probably redo it sometime. I still need to make some proper top brackets, the current one is just temporary. The top radiator hose is from an 89-90 Pajero v6, which fits pretty well. For the bottom hose, I used a bend cut off a P11 primera hose that had lying around, which is attached to the (shortened) factory hose with a length of 35mm OD aluminium tube. I flared the ends a bit to stop the hoses coming off: The fan is controlled by a Flex-a-lite fan controller via a relay, but the radiator actually has a bung for a screw-in temp switch (the seller said it didn't), so I'll probably swap it out at some stage as it has an ugly probe which fits in the radiator fins, so it looks pretty messy. I got it all together and took it for a bit of a test drive tonight, all is working well so far, temperature was stable when driving or idling, and I also took it right to the top of the hill I live on, which is a pretty decent climb and no dramas at all. The fan switches on nicely and pulls quite a lot of air through. So now I just need to do those top brackets and tidy the wiring up a bit
  8. Firebrand's 1983 Mitsubishi Starion

    Update time for this guy also. A while after the bonnet incident above, I got down to fixing things. I had to remove all panels etc from the windscreen forward, and ended up with something like this on each side: I'm no panel beater, but I bashed it out as best as I could and used a bit of filler to smooth things out, first time I've done a decent panel repair like this and it took ages to get things looking nice. Here's how it came out - not perfect but not too bad: Threw on some paint from a colour matched spraycan, and polished the shit out of it until it looked half-decent. I have a replacement cowling in my stash so if I ever get the car repainted I'll probably replace this whole section with the fresh one anyway: Also had to straighten up the bonnet hinges, then put everything back together. Then I got a fresh one of these ready for summer cruising: And I also picked up a set of these factory alloys which I may or may not put on, they look pretty decent though, but need a tidy up:
  9. Jesses mirage tuuuuurbo

    So as usual, I haven't updated this for a while. There has been a little bit of progress. First job was to reinstall the front spring that was in the passenger footwell, so now all four corners are back at factory height, It's so high though: Also, seems like a bit of water has been getting in, and the carpet and rear seat base were pretty rotten and full of mould, so naturally I ripped them all out. Carpet was binned, and I tried to dry out the rear seats, but I think I will probably just replace them, as they are pretty far gone: Now I'm just cleaning out the interior, will get some replacement carpet & rear seats. here's how it looks stripped out - pretty much all of that rust is just on the surface, or staining from seatbelt mounts etc that were wet. In fact there doesn't seem to be much rust at all throughout the car, which is nice:
  10. Man welcome to the club! I agree with Fuel Re: the radiator, the factory cooling in these is excellent - mine is the older version with a clutch fan instead of the electric fans, and the only time it looked like running hot was because my thermostat died, it's been stable around 1/3 up the gauge ever since I got it. That car is ridiculously tidy, the Widebody wheels are a nice score too. Must be time for an old school 80's meet this summer?
  11. Jesses mirage tuuuuurbo

    So yeah, I just brought this! Somehow it made it the 7kms to my house with no alternator/water pump belt, it got pretty warm, but I doubt it was hot enough to do any damage. I'll get a new belt and take it for a proper thrash on the weekend. What a wicked little car, no idea what I'm going to do with it yet, hopefully tidy up and then get it road legal again to start with. Will get more pictures up soon. Cheers to jesselc for the help, and moving all of his cars out the way to get it going for me. I'll do my best to take care of it!
  12. Firebrand's 1983 Mitsubishi Starion

    So a word of warning, remember to close your bonnet when you leave the house! Otherwise this happens: Scary as shit when it flies up, had to steer off onto the shoulder of the motorway blind. Felt like a right muppet. I was working on it the night before and just left the bonnet resting closed without latching it on, then got up for work, backed out half asleep without noticing it wasn't properly latched. Surprisingly little damage, the bonnet is fine, and it couldn't get anywhere near the windscreen. The cowling is pretty fucked, you can see in the top photo where the bonnet struts have sheared through the metal. Bonnet has moved back a few cm, I can only just get it latched closed now. This weekend, I'll be pulling the front of the car apart again to see what I can do to fix it. Another couple of dents for the collection.
  13. This is cool, welcome to the weird mitsubishi owners club
  14. Firebrand's 1983 Mitsubishi Starion

    I drove the Starion for a few weeks once the WOF was done, then headed to Europe for 5 weeks on holiday, and now I'm back again. The new shocks completely transform the car (the original shocks were totally fucked). It's now sitting slightly higher in the back and slightly lower in the front (which looks pretty spot on). The front tyres seem to just be catching the guard lip at full lock so I'll take a look at that when I get a moment. Other wise it's running beautifully. Hopefully I'll be able to get to a couple of meets this summer.
  15. Firebrand's 1983 Mitsubishi Starion

    Finally some progress! The starion has a WOF & Rego. I'm picking it up from the garage tomorrow afternoon, and will be able to drive it legally for the first time in 2 years, it's so sad that it has taken me this long. In October last year, I took it in for a WOF inspection, hoping to get it fixed up in time for summer. The list of failed items is in my previous post. The garage replaced the worn steering bits, while I went on a bit of a shopping spree: New rear shocks from Mookeeh in the US Tokico front inserts from New rear brake disks, pads and wheel bearings from Ebay Sway bar bushings (SuperPro) I wasn't 100% sure that the struts would fit, but the rear ones matched up perfectly, slightly shorter to match my springs also: The front ones however caused all kinds of drama. I pulled out one of the old oil shocks, and test fitted a new insert. It fitted the strut, but the gland nut was the wrong size. The factory gland nuts were far too thick for the new inserts. I checked with autolign and they confirmed that the shocks were the right kind, but I tested with another pair of struts (thanks to oldschool mamber 'dave' from Whangarei), and finally saw the error - one of the tokicos had the correct nut, and the other (which I had been test fitting with) was too small. After some trial and error autolign came through with a KYB gland nut that would fit the strut, it just needed a spacer to fit the top of the insert. So I got out my grinder & hand files and 'machined' a spacer from the not-fitting nut, which slotted in perfectly for a nice tight fit (here's a shot halfway through - once it was the right diameter I sliced off the plate at the top and ground down to fit, measuring as I went to keep it all flat and smooth): And then installed the inserts: By now I had moved house and given up on the orginal garage. I rebooked with another place nearer my current house for a new inspection. They said the rear bearings and brake discs didn't need replacing after all, so now I have a spare set of each for the future. All that was needed now was: New clutch master & slave cylinder New drivers side seatbelt Power steering hose remanufactured and reinstalled as it was leaking, and my spare one leaked even worse. Those are now all sorted, and we are ready to go, can't wait for tomorrow