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#1 GSRVR

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 07:29 AM

Hi gents,

Thought I would properly introduce my '88 GSR-VR which I've been working away on since picking it up this time last year now. Originally from Sydney, Australia once imported it then made it's way to Sunshine Coast QLD where it resided for a number of years before I took the keys to this special machine & drove it back 1,800 kilometers to it's new home now in Melbourne. I had a strong gut feeling in the beginning to make this trip so I followed through with it & it got me home in one piece. Didn't miss a beat the whole journey, all 22 hours.

I'm the 3rd Australian owner since it's importation in 2007. The car itself was in need of some TLC & still is for 28 years old, though each month it's making progress, one step at a time. Plans are to obviously restore it & keep it on the road to be enjoyed.

Thanks also goes out to the vendors & starquest owners on here that have helped me out along the way over the last 12 months & for time to come, I'm sure, it's made the start on this restoration a lot easier. Considering 98% of the parts on this car are either imported from the US or JP & have to be if I want to progress or accumulate spares.

Pics to come.

Specs:

Make: Mitsubishi
Model: Starion GSR-VR
Year: 1988
Color: W09
Engine: G54B
Trans: Automatic (originally)

Modifications/Maintenance

Exterior:
- GSRVR license plates
- OEM Wide body mud flaps
- Conquest side mirrors (using JDM motor/wiring) [25/05/16]
- Conquest tail lights
- Pajero clear side indicators [05/04/16]
- US "Starion" trunk badge [to be fitted]
- Philips H4 X-treme Vision Plus head lights [28/06/16]
- Philips H3 Power2night X-treme fog lights [30/06/16]
- Tinted vinyl wrapped front indicator lenses
- Black powder coated fog light frames
- Tinted windows
- Polished exterior locks

Engine Maintenance:
- Oil changed every 5000km w/ Penrite HPR30
- New OEM timing chain [20/02/17]
- New OEM oil pump [20/02/17]
- New Aisan water pump [20/02/17]
- New OEM timing chain guides & OEM gaskets [20/02/17]
- New OEM rocker cover gasket & seals [20/02/17]
- New Fel-Pro intake manifold gasket
- New OEM RHS engine mount [26/04/16]
- New OEM LHS engine mount
- Rebuilt Throttle body [07/04/2016]
- NGK leads w/ insulators [22/03/16]
- NGK BUR7EA-11 spark plugs [06/12/16]
- Acdelco 430 CCA battery [23/03/16]
- Brass battery terminals [23/03/16]
- New Gates drive belts [30/03/16]
- New Borg Warner rotor button
- New Bosch distributor cap
- New vacuum advance
- New OEM exhaust manifold gasket [02/04/16]
- New turbo, dump pipe & oil gaskets [02/04/16]
- New Bosch style injector clips [04/04/16]
- Bosch 02 sensor
- New 180F thermostat & gasket [07/04/16]
- New OEM rad cap
- New OEM oil & fuel caps [28/07/16]
- New OEM P/S reservoir cap [23/08/16]
- EGR thermo valve deleted [24/08/16]
- New OEM oil pan plug
- New OEM engine bay stainless mounting bolts & screws [06/07/16]
- New OEM oil relief valve [30/10/17]
- New OEM oil pressure sensor [30/10/17]
- New OEM oil cooler banjo bolts & washers [30/10/17]
- New Proflow oil cooler rubber lines [30/10/17]
- New oil separator hoses [30/10/17]
- New silicone hoses throughout [24/08/16]

Engine Mods:
- 1G turbo MAS w/ new connector
- MK1 silicone intake pipe w/ Cosmo Racing air filter kit
- Blitz Dual SBC EBC set to 12 PSI [PO]
- BSE elimination kit [20/02/17]
- TEP Intercooler hard pipe kit w/ Turbosmart dual port BOV [--/11/16]
- Magna M6 head [PO]
- ACL Duralite pistons [PO]
- MK1 EGR blanking plate [14/07/16]
- New braided oil, fuel & water lines [--/--/16]
- JMF aluminum brake reservoir cap

Gearbox/Driveline:
- KM132 5 speed manual conversion [PO]
- MK1 short throw shifter [17/03/17]
- Redline Shockproof gear oil
- New OEM drain plug & gasket
- New OEM gear shift gaskets [25/08/16]
- New LHS half-shaft boots
- New OEM gearbox mount [--/08/17]
- New OEM driveshaft U-joints [to be fitted

Exhaust:
- 3" mandrel bent turbo-back exhaust [PO]
- Magnaflow 14815 stainless muffler & axle pipe [20/06/16]

Brakes:
- Braided lines front & rear [PO]
- Cross drilled rear rotors [PO]

Suspension:
- Ground Control coilover conversion kit w/ 4.5kg & 6.7kg spring rates [to be fitted]
- Cusco adjustable front camber tops [to be fitted]
- KYB adjustable front shocks in shortened struts [PO]
- Mookeeh shortened rear shocks [PO]

Wheels/Tyres:
- Full set of Sport Handling Package (SHP) wheels, 16" x 8" & 16" x 9" with new factory sized tyres
- Custom chrome wheel center caps
- 4 wheel alignment [24/03/16]

Interior:
- New OEM 3000GT EQ radio [28/07/16]
- New OEM leather 'weighted' gear knob [28/07/16]
- Black face climate control unit
- Black custom floor mats
- Magna Elite red door light lens
- Rubber gear boot replacement [07/04/16]

Miscellaneous:
- Radiator repaired & rodded out [--/08/17]
- A/C delete [--/10/17]
- ABS delete [29/7/17]
- Secondary air cleaner delete
- Cruise control actuator filters replaced [06/12/16]
- Multiple engine bay parts sand blasted & powder coated
- Multiple nuts & bolts replaced w/ high tensile zinc plated replacements

Edited by GSRVR, 15 November 2017 - 07:48 PM.

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 09:39 AM

hope to see a lot of pics!!!!
sounds like a nice build.,

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 11:49 AM

Definitely sounds like you are paying attention to the details!
Now bring on the pictures :)
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Posted 21 March 2017 - 02:16 PM

Where them Pics at! haha Anxious to see this thing.

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 08:02 PM

Can't wait to see pics.
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my shaft was big i dont know what your talking about.

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Posted 27 March 2017 - 08:36 AM

Thanks for the feedback fellas, still a long way to go as the list continues to grow but a lot of the PITA jobs out of the way. I'll get my sub-par camera some batteries this week & take some proper shots of it, I don't even have any on hand myself even after 12 months of ownership. It's been too busy off the road being worked on!

Edited by GSRVR, 25 July 2017 - 07:32 AM.

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Posted 15 July 2017 - 09:02 PM

I recently went through a brief moment of madness & put my Starion up on the market. With that, I took a few photos (phone quality, far from spectacular) which I thought I'd throw up here seeing as I hadn't yet. So I think I have come to my senses again & have decided to continue on with the restoration despite some minor drawbacks before I parked it. It's going to be an even slower process now with the addition of a new daily driver, but this now gives me the opportunity to have it off the road when needed with no time limits, meaning nothing left untouched.

A few minor mechanical jobs which I need to address first over the next month are:

- Replace top radiator inlet, due to corrosion water is seeping out past the hose
- Replace oil pan gasket (again)
- Rectify turbo oil drain hose to timing case leak, I suspect the stock oil catch can has a blockage
- Replace original rear engine (gearbox) mount with new replacement. I am hoping this will further dampen the BSE vibrations in-conjunction with the new engine mounts already installed.
- Order in & replace driveshaft U-joints

Somewhere among that all I am also planning to create an overall more comfortable ride, starting with having a new 2.5 or 3" exhaust made up & revise the (rock hard) suspension setup to cope with the 3rd world country roads here, even if that means reverting to standard height. I have so far sound deadened most of the interior as well which has made a good start to this transformation.

Updates to follow.

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Posted 23 July 2017 - 11:50 PM

Very nice!
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Posted 02 August 2017 - 06:31 PM

 mbruneaux, on 23 July 2017 - 11:50 PM, said:

Very nice!

Thank you! Still a long way to go :)
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Posted 02 August 2017 - 06:58 PM

Got the ball rolling & had some more parts powder coated. This batch was done in satin black, nothing overboard, just a nice subtle finish.

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Mechanically, I have the oil drained & oil pan loosened (waiting on some nicer weather to remove & re-seal) with a tried & tested Fel-Pro gasket waiting to go on. I also removed the gearbox mount to be replaced, which I'll be picking up from the fabricators today after having some (manual conversion) brackets welded onto the new mount as per the old one.

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While the motivation has been flowing I'm half way through the ABS delete as well, the modulator is out, all that needs to be done now is to remove the now unused line, reshape the line from the BMC down to the proportioning valve (where the unused line was connected to), cap the spare vacuum port from the brake booster & bleed the brakes. With the eyesore gone & all the extra room I plan to relocate the oil separator to the firewall, pending how I will mount it & if I can utilize a clean path for the hoses back to the oil pan & intake hose. Otherwise, once I install my 1G MAS & air filter I'll make use of the air box mounting points for the separator instead.

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I also got around to removing the radiator & dropped it off to have the old original steel fittings replaced due to corrosion buildup & a leak from the top inlet. Got a call the same day saying that it also needed cleaning out. So should some more years out of it yet before I decide to replace it & upgrade.

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Seeing as I had to remove the stock intercooler hard pipes to get the rad out, I sent them off as well to be powder coated, also including the radiator bottom support/bracket & gearbox mounting bracket also (seeing I had it off anyway) I will have the stock hard pipes done in gloss black to match the TEP gloss hard pipes & satin black for the 2 brackets, as everything else. Should see them in a weeks time apparently.

It wasn't all that long ago that the engine bay was looking this bare when the timing kit was done, but here we are again, in pieces!

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Stepping away from the engine bay briefly I gave the interior some TLC & got around to replacing my worn silver button climate control with an excellent condition complete black face unit from JDM (Mal). Looking very sleek & right at home. Unfortunately this will be the only attention that the interior will see for some time as I focus on the engine & body.

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Edited by GSRVR, 31 August 2017 - 10:33 AM.

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Posted 02 August 2017 - 07:45 PM

Very nice job, looks great.
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Posted 02 August 2017 - 10:14 PM

Nice work. I like the Celcius instead of Farenheit.
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my shaft was big i dont know what your talking about.

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Posted 03 August 2017 - 01:03 AM

Again another JDM widebody in Australia :)
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Posted 31 August 2017 - 09:53 AM

Small update to bring things up to speed.

Among the many deliveries from all corners of the world, going back earlier this month I received the new OEM universal joints from Japan & Ground Control coilover conversion kit from the US. Neither have been installed yet, but I will pushing to by next month. Very eager to see the results of both.

The spring rates for the GC kit are 4.5kg & 6.7kg on the Eibach ERS springs. These are priced exceptionally well considering the quality you get. Hence my decision not spend ~$2000 AUD on the full length D2 coilovers.

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The new OEM universal joints. Still available from Mitsubishi, but not cheap by any means.

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I have since got the radiator back from being repaired as well, though while I was waiting I got to removing what was left of the old foam on the condenser, so I found some quality EPDM Durafoam to replace it. Scraped the old foam off & cut the new foam to size & stuck in place.

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At the time I also made an attempt at getting the rerouted brake line from the now deleted ABS connected down to the valve. Here is the result which I may or may not settle with. Option 2 is a custom line for a cleaner look. Notice the clean(er) firewall also, paint still existed under the 30 year old caked-on dirt.

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Top view of the end result. The unused line from the booster T piece was plugged with a 3/8" rubber cap to finish it off. I also reused the booster hose with the 1-way valve that was originally fitted to the modulator thinking it was needed, not realizing that there was another 1-way valve already in place behind the clamp on the firewall, so the old hose has been fitted back on since. All that needs to be done now is to bleed the brakes & check braking performance if whether or not I will need a non-ABS proportioning valve.

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I also got some parts back from the powder coaters, very happy with how they turned out, better than new. Many more parts still to be done yet. Usually I would paint them myself though for the small cost of having them coated it's well worth it especially with less than ideal weather at the moment (just came out of Winter).

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Now that I have the gearbox bracket back I was able to get the new mount fitted up. Both the new & old gearbox mounts.

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The "Mackay" branded mount appears to be genuine Mitsu, (the same) OEM part number on it & physically identical. Can't complain with that.

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All mounted & with some new high tensile hardware. Don't mind the eyesore that is the exhaust either, it will soon be replaced as well as a clean up of the undercarriage.

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With the oil pan now removed also, it was time for a new lick of paint before being reinstalled. High temp silver was all that I had left at the time, so on it went. Wire wheeled the old paint off to begin with & sanded the rest. Followed by 3 coats of primer, 4 coats of silver & finished with 4 coats of clear. Not a perfect finish but an improvement.

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Some more deliveries included a bunch of spare parts, again from the US. One of them being the seemingly hard-to-come-by gear stick insulator. I also got the plate to mount it, however that would require drilling additional mounting holes in the tunnel which I'm not interested in doing. The old boot (not pictured) that was attached to the custom plate (as seen mounted below) was fine, though nothing like factory - which is what I want to aim for in this build. So hopefully now with the extra coverage & fit of the stock insulator it'll disperse the heat coming from that area a little better.

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Lastly, from the same part of the world, a new 1G MAS wiring connector for when I upgrade to the 1G turbo MAS that I have waiting to go on. I purchased it from Sheridan Engineering, thanks to this thread for the info on where to buy - http://www.starquest...25#entry1551790

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More to come.

Edited by GSRVR, 04 September 2017 - 11:14 PM.

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Posted 01 September 2017 - 09:35 AM

Nice work!
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Posted 04 September 2017 - 11:23 PM

 aconro, on 01 September 2017 - 09:35 AM, said:

Nice work!

Appreciate the feedback!
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Posted 04 September 2017 - 11:47 PM

Ran out of room for additional photos in the last post. So here are some of the powder coated parts refitted before I move onto the next update.

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Posted 05 September 2017 - 11:45 AM

Looks great but are you concerned about the stress on the fuel feed line?  There is a lot of force on that fitting being almost parallel with the fuel injector holder, I would hate to see that start leaking or have a catastrophic failure.  $.02/
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Posted 22 September 2017 - 09:57 PM

I'm digging the fresh bolts and am planning on doing the same. Did you get an assorted metric bolt set somewhere or just buy each one individually?

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