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The Car: 1992 Mitsubishi Galant VR-4. #521 Of 1000 imported into the U.S. for the 1992 model year. 2000 were imported for the 1991 model year in the U.S. Equipped with a 4G63 turbocharged engine, AWD , 4 Wheel Steering, unique body cladding and bumpers, this was a very high performance sedan and a true sleeper. The Story: I bought #521 Of 1000 to use as a daily driver originally. I bought the car in Colorado from the second owner and drove it home to Texas, where I was living at the time. I had a 90 Eagle Talon TSi/AWD that was heavily modded and enjoyed using the Galant as my "practical" 4G63 powered vehicle for several years. I eventually decided to sell the Talon as a roller and used the parts from that car to turn my "Daily" into my new project car.
Goals: I wanted to turn the Galant into a clean looking and fairly quick street car that could turn, while keeping the A/C and other items intact. The Talon was fun, but no A/C with poly engine mounts didn't make it my first choice to drive in Texas during the summer. Engine: The engine was pulled from my old Talon and installed in the GVR-4. The original engine had some issues and the Talon engine was very healthy. It was a rebuilt 6 Bolt with 2G Pistons and Forced Performance FP2 Cams and Fidanza Cam Gears. It had ARP Rod Bolts and Head Studs as well, with a OEM Mitsubishi head gasket. Exhaust/Turbo: Turbo used was a Forced Performance FP3052 BB Turbo mated with a Ported EVO3 Exhaust Manifold. The O2 Housing was a Cast SS Forced Performance 3 in V-Band unit that mated to a modified Road Race Engineering Downpipe. The modified Megan Racing 3 in Catback was fed from either a Test Pipe or a 3 in Catalytic Converter. A 3 in SS Dynomax Ultra Flo Muffler with a 3.5 in ATR Exhaust Tip. The Exhaust Manifold, FP30 Turbine Housing and O2 Housing were ceramic coated.
Intake/Intercooler: 2G DSM MAS with 4 in Forced Performance Intake pipe and 4 in K&N Cone Filter. The Extreme Turbo Systems Intercooler Kit had a custom fabbed ceramic coated hotside crossover pipe and polished SS Piping. Throttle body was a rebuilt 1G DSM unit from throttlebodys.com on a polished 1G/GVR-4 Intake Manifold. The 1G BOV used a Dejon Powerhouse Stop Leak Kit and was recirculated into a custom BOV Return Fitting on the FP Intake Pipe. Brakes/Wheels/Tires: A Baer Track Kit was used in the front. The rear used Slotted Rotors with Hawk HPS Pads. SS Brake Lines were used front and rear. 17 x 7.5 in SSR Competition Wheels with 235/45/17 BF Goodrich T/A KDW Tires used all around.
Fuel: 720cc Nippon Denso Injectors, with a rewired 255 lph HP Fuel Pump and a rail mounted Buschur Racing Adjustable Fuel Pressure Regulator comprised the fuel system. Electronics: A Greddy 60mm Peak Hold Boost Gauge and a PLX Devices 52mm Wideband Air/Fuel Ratio Gauge were mounted in a LoTek A-Pillar Pod. A socketed 91 GVR-4 EPROM ECU was used for DSMLink V 2.5 Engine Management. An Apexi Turbo Timer and a Pioneer CD Player round out the electronics. A Odyssey PC925 in a custom mounting bracket, relocated and replaced the original sized battery in the factory location.
Interior: Momo Competition Steering Wheel with a EVO 8 Shift Knob and a Custom Leather Shift Boot. Exterior: After coming back from a overseas deployment, I had enough cash to get the car painted. Over the years I had gotten lucky and sourced some JDM specific body parts for the car. This included 93 US Market Clear Glass Headlights, 91 Galant Taillights, JDM RS Front Bumper, Rear Bumper, Hood, Badges and Amber Corner Lights. A buddy of mine who worked at a body shop, agreed to do the work and he and his friends did an amazing job.
Why'd You Sell it? After doing the paint, the JDM Body Parts and the new wheels, I was afraid to drive it regularly in Dallas traffic. I spent a lot of money on the car, and had some nice, hard to find parts,,,which would mean DICK to my insurance company if I got into an accident. They wouldn't see a clean, turbocharged sleeper sedan. They'd just see a old Mitsubishi sedan. After getting hung up on by a Hagerty representative, and being told by my insurance agent they wouldn't insure it for a declared value...I parked the car in the garage. I'd bring it out every once in awhile for car meets, gatherings or shows, but it pretty much just held the garage down. I eventually decided to sell it and priced it to keep the tire kickers away. Someone eventually contacted me with a serious offer and about two months after I posted my FS ad, I drove it to a local performance shop to meet the transporter. The car was bought as a gift for the buyer's Dad. He and his father have a collection of old Mitsubishi's and it's supposed to be in a private collection up North. From what I'm told, his Dad loves the car and they're very happy with it. I miss the stupid thing. :(
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