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Rb drifters' neglected 82 ex lancer

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Well well well, the title should hopefully explain this well...

This is my baby, the car that holds far too many memories, the car I could never part with, yet it's the car I neglect and leave sitting in the corner of my shed and never work on....

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This journey started around 8 years ago when I had a 12a Bridgeport motor and box in my shed and I was on the hunt for a rolling body to drop it in. I was fixed on a s1 rx7 body I found until a mate sent me a trademe link to a near immaculate, completely factory green gsl ex lancer, him doing this knowing I had always wanted an ex lancer. And so it begun 

The 12a never ended up in it, it started as a 1600, then had a 4g63 sohc, then probably a few more  until I dropped a 4g63t dohc turbo vr4 block in it. Unfortunately money got tight and I sold the motor to keep the mortgage and mrs at the time happy, so it went back to a 4g63 sohc carby.  

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This did have a thread from the early days but its goneburgers now so we will play 8 years of catchup 

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Over the years this had blown a few diff heads and axles from excessive skids but I managed to acquire a factory turbo 10bolt, disk brake lsd from a parts car I bought for $150 !! Bloody good score as some people pay $1500 for these diffs.

A set of factory turbo tail lights and center garnish had popped up for $200 so I snatched them up also

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Although the interior was extremely tidying wanted some recaro fishnet seats so got these from a bighorn FB_IMG_1586435634192.jpg.263a5744a90fe3bf8872d8d6ef5bfcf0.jpg

The dream catcher and hippie shit hanging from the mirror has been there since day one and will stay there too

Have purchased a fiberglass wing/spoiler/duckbill whatever you wanna call it, have never fitted it just sat it there I'm still in two minds about it

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Suspension wise it has some king springs that came from a Mazda 626 in the rear, cut to suit desired height with mirage adjustable damper shocks that keep them captive. Up front it has starion struts, shortened shock inserts, unknown king springs cut to suit, station lower arms, band new brake pads, rekitted brake calipers, new balljoints, new swaybar bushes etc.

Only thing I want to change is adjustable camber plates for struts and a strut brace

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Ignore the 5 stud hubs in pics, it had 5 stud station hubs but I've gone back to 4 stud now

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So now fast forward to our current situation in lockdown...

I ordered a top end gasket set as an "essential item"  so I could assemble the 4g63 sohc that's in it. Turned out the motor I put in it from my parts ute had a head done just before I bought it and they had never torqued the head bolts correctly causing the gasket to leak...

So today I stripped the head, did a quick valve grind, chucked new valve guides in and new cam seal, then couldn't find my tourqe wrench to assemble the head. I'm gathering it got stolen when my shed got broken into a while back. Good thing is theres one at work I'll use.

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Went to work and grabbed the 3/8 and 1/2 tourqe wrenches, had trouble finding cam cap specs online so resorted to the oldschool method of looking through my stack of mitsi books with great success!!!!

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Feels good to see some progress on this old girl, also added inspirainspirational mitsi poster I have framed in my shed because how cool!

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And when you dont have a bench grinder at home you improvise to clean bolts, I present the Milwaukee portable bench grinder 20200413_112424_copy_1008x490.jpg.897a6fbf5c86414d5959d07a4f86da68.jpg

 

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Got most things assembled in the engine bay today, extractors on, radiator in, inlet manifold and distributor in. Went to put a carb on and realized my spacer between carb and manifold was broken, tried looking for a spare in my parts but no luck so I'll probably raid the one of my 4wd parts L200 ute. IMG_20200413_120607_836_copy_445x445.jpg.daceb0ccd923809a856dec7bea97efa3.jpg20200413_175416_copy_490x1008.jpg.bcd0e3a62545e93cac314780dea1f8de.jpg

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Still haven't got this running. Got everything assembled to make it run but I think the carb is no good, I have since found another carb that's been rebuilt now to find time to fit it 

Also for the first time in maybe 8 years I degreased and scrubbed the engine bay clean

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Finally got the old girl running, not sure exactly what the issue was but I replaced the carburetor with a rebuilt one, distributor cap, rotor, leads, adjusted timing,  cleaned the spark plugs and it burst into life, still needs some minor timing adjustments and fine tuning on the carb but I'm stoked. Worst part was I couldnt take it on a test drive due to a new asphalt driveway only just been finished. 

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