Hello from New Zealand, my two JDM 'Sapporo' coupes
Posted 08 June 2011 - 07:11 PM
My name is Phil and I am from Hamilton, New Zealand. I actually came across here to try track down a set of widebody rims for sale.
I've very much been a Starion fan for a long time, but for me, I've gone with the older route and I have two 4th generation Galant coupes - the very chassis/platform the Starquest was heavily based on. Mechanically it's essentially the same as the early model Starions from Japan, featuring the same all independent suspension front and rear, four wheel ventilated disc brakes, turbocharged G63B 2.0L ECI-Turbo engine with 5 speed KM132B manual gearbox etc. The main key difference is the 4th gen Galant coupe platform is some 6 inches longer in wheelbase over the Starquest. For those of you familiar with these cars, you would know them as the Plymouth Sapporo and Dodge Challenger II in the States. They seem to be called many names depending which market they are sold in, for instance in Australia they were initially called the Chrysler Scorpion, then re-named to the Mitsubishi Scorpion.
My two are JDM models, both came in to the county in the late '80s as used imports. One is a 1980 model badged as an 'Eterna GSR' which is the upper most spec model available, and the other is a 1982 model badged as a 'Galant GT', which is the lowest spec turbo model available. The Eterna has electric windows front and rear, electric fender mounted mirrors, power steering, air conditioning and a much nicer interior while the Galant GT has manual steering, wind up windows but still retained the electric fender mirrors along with additional equipment like the VELNAS trip computer and rear windscreen wiper.
Anyway, enough with the wall of text, here are some pics:
The Eterna how I picked it up in 2007 with just 80,000 miles on the clock and one owner before me
Didn't take too long to start modifying it
Did a couple track days, handling was still quite appalling
So had these made up for it
Then got some 16x7.5 F and 16x8 SSR Star Formula rims
Posted 08 June 2011 - 07:11 PM
And proceeded to take my perfectly functioning car off the road, to do this
Sadly I haven't got any further with it due to losing motivation and needing to build up a bit of funds to purchase a suitable gearbox to go behind it (Toyota R154).
Posted 08 June 2011 - 07:11 PM
I got it for a stupid cheap price, but the catch was that it was retro-fitted back to a carburettor engine, using the original (low comp) block and head, with just carb manifolds wacked on
But with the leftovers from the Eterna I converted it back to its former Turbo glory
also swapped over the coilovers and wheels
and then proceeded to kill the bottom end..
So with some of these
and one of these
I built up a DASH engine with circa 90s era HKS 0.50mm over-sized pistons, removed balance shafts and fully balanced rotating assembly. However as I was missing the DASH specific wiring loom and RWD specific inlet manifold (mine was a FWD item which the thermostat housing was incredibly close to the firewall), I couldn't get it to run right. Also at the time, I was going to be purchasing a widebody Starion so I put the Galant GT up for sale with the Eterna's original motor in it (as I would seriously lose out if I sold the GT with the freshly built DASH engine).
Fast forward to now, I ended up missing out on the widebody Starion (boo hoo), but I eventually sold the Galant GT coupe (yet to be picked up though), and through a strike of luck picked up one of these - an '87 JDM Starion GSR-V parts car, with the DASH engine
which has the wiring loom and RWD inlet I am after, along with other bonus items such as 5 lug hubs, spare engine (to use as parts if needed) and gearbox.
So in the next coming months, the DASH engine will be making its way back into the Eterna along with the missing bits, and I will make up a new exhaust system and intercooler setup to replace the items which were robbed for the Galant, and I will carry out the V6 swap at another time once I have all the parts for it ready.
I hope that all made sense and that you enjoyed the read.
Posted 08 June 2011 - 07:30 PM
Posted 08 June 2011 - 07:34 PM
It should do! 99% of the platform is the same between the 4th gen A164A IRS Turbo and the A183A/A187A Starions. You can even get a Galant/Eterna turbo sedan - basically a four door Starion!
Posted 08 June 2011 - 08:28 PM
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Posted 08 June 2011 - 09:27 PM
E39A Galant VR-4, JDM 'Evolution' spec factory fitted with 16G turbo, 510cc injectors, larger FMIC + piping, 3.909 ratio diffs with 4 bolt rear axles and LSD.
Posted 08 June 2011 - 11:23 PM
I love all of it!
Posted 09 June 2011 - 04:35 PM
We didn't get the 16x8 -0 wheels here, those are JDM only, yo.
So... you have two DASH heads now?!
Posted 09 June 2011 - 04:59 PM
Looking forward to videos and such in the future
\\\\ 86' Mpi converted Starion with. .a ported 16G @14psi, jet valve elimination, c.o.p ignition, ms, turbo-back 2.5" exhaust, & Eibach sports springs //// need moar snail now
Posted 09 June 2011 - 05:48 PM
yep we got the 16x8 +18 and the 16x8 -10
And I thought I recognized the yellow car from a 6g7X swap site, I've always been curious as to what tranny was gonna be used.
Bunch of good look cars you've got though
Edited by D_Venable, 09 June 2011 - 05:49 PM.
85 Conquest aka DTHSTAR (215whp/251tq on a 12a at 15psi) RIP (for now)
88 TSI parts car
88 TSI SHP Durban Maroon 17C TD05H, MAFT, 9's all around, 13" brakes, MR2's with Anti-M's
Posted 09 June 2011 - 08:00 PM
Yep have two DASH heads now, well two complete DASH long blocks, one engine would just be missing the wiring loom, DASH exhaust mani and turbo.
Posted 20 September 2016 - 08:28 PM
I still have the yellow Eterna GSR coupe which is stashed away in my Mom's garage and hasn't been on the road since 2008 I have decided to go for a T56 transmission as they were fitted to the Holden Commodore aka Pontiac G8/Chevrolet SS and common in Australia. I am also considering increasing the displacement and finding a Pajero Evolution 6G74 MIVEC engine as they come with four bolt mains and better power delivery due to longer stroke. This would be years off though as I don't think I'll be going back to New Zealand to live there in the next few years at the least! I also still have the Galant VR-4 which is still in the same great condition but I ended up selling my white Galant GT coupe as I could only store two cars while I'm away!
In the meantime, while in Australia I have an Audi A4 as the DD but also picked up a 1987 Magna TM Elite which has the familiar 2.6L 4G54 engine, though this time in basic (when new) 114hp/144ft-lbs 8.8:1 solid flat foot rocker hydraulic lifter carburettor form, though from the TN series onwards it was available with EFI bumping hp and tq numbers up by a small amount. I am currently in the process of converting to EFI using the M9 kidney shaped combustion chamber cylinder head from the last of the 2nd generation TS series Magna which has the roller rockers, and combined with my stock flat top pistons should yield a 9.5:1 CR or higher if I'm lucky. The TS with 9.2:1 CR had 137hp and 163ft-lbs so hoping with the slight bump in CR I should get a good increase of power and fuel economy compared to the original engine configuration.
Some pics when I first got it:
The reason I got it so cheap (almost free!!) was because the transmission stopped working, so fitted a replacement from a donor car I also acquired for cheap
After cleaning it up a bit and swapping in the nicer condition maroon interior from my parts car:
Edited by fuel, 20 September 2016 - 08:34 PM.
Posted 20 September 2016 - 08:31 PM
Managed to get:
- TS M9 cylinder head - has roller rockers and the smaller kidney shaped combustion chamber so combined with my stock flat top pistons should give me 9.5:1 CR
- Fuel pump and EFI filter, inlet manifold, ECU, wiring loom, dizzy, AFM, air box/piping, all sensors etc
- Air box/hose, overflow bottle, throttle cable and anything else that's different between TM carb and TN/TP EFI cars
- 5 speed F5M31 gearbox with driveshafts, shifter and linkages, gearbox mount etc (not pictured)
Set to work a couple weekends back by removing the original M2 'hemi' head and carb junk
Modified the later TR/TS Magna inlet manifold to fit in the earlier TM engine bay. You can see the comparison between the earlier and later manifold size below - I definitely wanted the longer/bigger runners and plenum as there is a 20hp difference between the two
Did this by slicing about 7mm off the rear edge of the flange and relocated the clamping bolts further inward along with adding another bolt. The breather barb will be relocated.
Pulled the donor loom apart and labelled everything that needs to be spliced into the original loom. I'm keeping the car's original loom in place and taking key connections (ignition power etc) off various places with plugs that plug into the existing loom to minimise butchering the car
Block prepped, fuel filter mounted and EFI loom laid down low of the firewall out of sight once all back together
New head gasket down ready for the M9 head
Head and manifold back on - starting to look more like an engine now
Though as expected not much room between the manifold and the firewall - about 10mm tops. Hopefully the engine doesn't rock too far back
As for the AFM - I got the idea from Tom's Turbo Galant VR-4 sleeper build - https://youtu.be/mvf...w_f0WAB77&t=810 where he jams a Lancer Evo AFM into the stock air can. Now the E39A Galant VR-4 air can is slightly longer and doesn't place the AFM deep right into the air filter like the Magna air can does, so I had to trim the AFM quite a bit in order for the filter to fit around it. I had no room to use the original socket so couldn't use a nice plug in adapter harness, instead opting to solder direct to the AFM itself.
My to do list is now fit the EFI fuel pump, finish wiring up the ECU on the inside of the car and get the exhaust back together
Posted 21 September 2016 - 08:14 PM
Zoom clutch, Fidanza flywheel, Stedebani shifter, KSport coilovers, ST swaybars, abs delete, a/c delete, cruise delete, JVE, BSEK, TEP steel brake lines, LSP braided cooler lines, CX Racing radiator, MK1 silicone hoses, MK1 pullies, *DM hard pipes & intercooler,14G turbo, ported exh. manifold, MAF Translator, 3.5" GM maf, Turbo XS RFL bov, *DM 3" exhaust, Cusco front strut bar, TEP rear strut bar, Enkei 92's, HKS turbo timer, AEM wideband, AEM boost gauge, AEM oil pressure gauge, SPA fuel regulator, Hallman boost controller
Posted 22 September 2016 - 09:30 AM
B-71 87 TSI ~ RIP
Black 87 Starion ~ Mess SOLD!!!
Proud New 89 slightly Rusted Fiji Owner !!!
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