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    1971 Mitsubishi Galant/Dodge Colt turbo diesel

    I decided it is about time I posted a sort of build thread of my frankenmobile.

    It once was a 1971 Dodge Colt/Galant. The engine that was in it was basically running on rust and cooled by rust. When we tried to clean it up it was just too much solid rust chunks and not enough parts available (4g32 engine)

    So... I am putting a 4d55 in it. Got a decent deal on one in many pieces. I think I have definitely labored away the difference between the cheapness and the cost of finding one intact... but anyway, it is in one piece finally. And it is in the car. sort of.


    Anyway here are a couple pictures to begin with, hopefully someone finds this sh*t-show entertaining.
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    To start, here is the engine when I started taking pictures. Had it sleeved and boiled. I ended up getting a new assembled head because the one I bought was completely disassembled with pieces missing in a big plastic tote, and one of the rockers was broken in half, and most importantly because I am lazy and found a reasonably priced one.
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    Some more progress. Starting to look like an engine.

    Of course one step forward, two steps back. Found out there was a giant crack in the exhaust housing, so I managed to find a new turbo for too much money. NOS but has a lot of shaft play.. hopefully it will tighten up when oil gets into it. It tightened up a decent amount with me running oil through it and spinning it with an air nozzle, so I am optimistic.
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    Transmission clutch and flywheel added. And belts and what not. I still need to source a plug of some kind to put on the front behind the timing belt.
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    So that is pretty much everything I have accomplished so far. I am in school and working so the project is not moving at lightspeed, but I hope to be done soon.

    Some wonderful things I get to do now include:
    -finding a radiator that is two hairs thick and will fit in the car.
    -getting a fuel cell to put in the trunk, and running the lines
    -figuring out the frankenwiring of the ignition to the glow plugs (or switch) and fuel injector pump
    -fabricating a bracket and pivot to actuate the hydraulic clutch with my cable
    -translating the rotational movement of the crude throttle arm in this old thing into a fwd/bkwd movement for the engine throttle... with magic.

    But anyway. Progress is happening. I may need to reach out a bit more to some of the gurus here, but so far I am moving in the right direction I think.
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    ...a turbo diesel Colt. You have definitely made yourself a contender for the 'dare to be different' trophy. I'll be curious to see how a 2 door coupe that weighs the same as a bathtub performs with a work horse engine in it. We never got this model of coupe in Oz and I bet they are on the edge of extinction in the States.

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    It is definitely an odd project. I must say, for someone like me who has very little experience with builds like this, it has been an interesting journey.

    I think there are at least a couple, I actually have gotten most of my advice from guys in Australia. I think it may just be that these hardtop versions were pretty rare everywhere. I have only seen a few of them scattered in the US, Australia, Thailand, and the Philippines. The 1974-76ish style was a lot more common here in the US, but in my opinion not as cool.

    You might have gotten them under the Mitsubishi badge. I see the 'Galant 1600' badges on Gumtree and its frustrating because no matter how politely you reply to an add on gumtree, as soon as you say you are from America there is no more response xD but one day I want to get a hold of some Mitsubishi/Galant 1600 badges.

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    I tip my hat to you SlothMan! It's not going to be much different than a Volkswagen Rabbit really. You'll have twice the power though and should still get relatively good fuel economy. I was getting as good as 30 mpg in my truck before the rebuild. You should do better than that once it's broke in.
    What are you going to do about exhaust? I don't know how much more you are going for the slammed/lowered look but I think it'd be cool if you had a 2.5" flat black pipe coming out the passenger side fender, versus having it just come out the rear.
    Keep us updated on your progress. I'm excited to see the thread progress.

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    I haven't decided completely on the exhaust yet, right now there's about 6" of pipe leaving the turbo and that's it hahaha. I am toying with the idea of doing a bozosuku style exhaust since the thing is already pretty ridiculous, but I am not sure I want that kind of attention. I do like it slammed, but I will probably raise it a bit. It was slammed when I got it and scrapes a bit.. I will probably leave the front springs alone and mess with the rear leaf to get a little more clearance. I also will have the tank in the trunk now though so we will see if I even scrape anymore first. Definitely can't use the OG exhaust though, when I removed the engine the muffler literally disintegrated hahaha.

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    1971 I think was the first year for the Colt in the US - they were selling the cricket (from England) and the Sunbeam Alpines then and were moving from English to Japanese cars.
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