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1979 Lancer A72 Restoration

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#1 Davy

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 04:07 PM

Hi Guys,

I wanted to post this for quite some time now but didn’t actually have a chance. Bought this car in 1997 and my dad and I worked on restoring it since 2003. The best car I’ve owned to this day.

I had to give her away a few months ago with great regret (a story for some other time).

THE CAR: 1979 Mitsubishi Lancer A72 V (station wagon)
ENGINE: 4G33 (Saturn 1400cc carburetor)
TRANSMISSION: 4 speed manual
BRAKES: Front and Rear drum and liner

RESTORATION PHASE 1 | 2003 – 2004 | BODYWORK+
- Restored all body panels and chassis to its original condition
- Replaced all door moldings, windshield beadings
- Replaced tail lights
- Changed color from silver to metallic black
- Replaced stock 12' rims with 13' Alloys
- Installed brake booster (servo)

Sorry for the low photo quality, I didn’t have a good digital camera back then.


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More to come... stay tuned... :)



#2 CyRaX

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 04:14 PM

She looks great, but did you really have to paste those WRC and Ralliart stickers

Inch or a mile winning is winning
Evokill 2:14 - The path of Evo is beset on all sides by the injustice of the speedtrap and the Plague of the Prius drivers. But blessed is he who in the name of disparity overwhelmeth the exotic in the valley of the s-bends. For he
is truly his car's tuner, the finder of lost horsepower. And I shall strike down upon thee with great revs and furious acceleration those who attempt to obstruct or delay my overtaking and you will know my engine is turbocharged
when I lay my powerband upon thee.

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#3 Komisiripala

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 04:16 PM

Wow! Respect, man! Glad to see someone loving a car to this level! More photos please

And details on what you've done
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Posted 15 May 2012 - 04:16 PM

The restoration seems to have been done well! Ironically I think the silver suited the car better but that that is probably personal taste. Still the car looks very good! Could you show us the interior and the engine please!

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 04:18 PM

RESTORATION PHASE 2 | ENGINE OVERHAUL | 2010

Engine Disassembly

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More to come... :)

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 04:20 PM

She looks great, but did you really have to paste those WRC and Ralliart stickers


Thanks for the comment CyRaX. I took off the RalliArt sticker but not the WRC. Did them all on my own, so didn't want to put that effort to waste so to speak. :)

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 04:23 PM

The restoration seems to have been done well! Ironically I think the silver suited the car better but that that is probably personal taste. Still the car looks very good! Could you show us the interior and the engine please!


Thanks for the comment. Honestly speaking, it was my idea to go for black... didn't think it would be so difficult to maintain that paint.

Interior and engine coming up... :)

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 04:31 PM

Water lines
BEFORE (yellow) and AFTER (chrome)
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Cleaned pistons
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Polished engine block
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Welch plugs before and after
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Main bearings
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Piston rings
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Timing belt and tensioner
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Posted 15 May 2012 - 04:32 PM

Thanks for the comment CyRaX. I took off the RalliArt sticker but not the WRC. Did them all on my own, so didn't want to put that effort to waste so to speak. :)

Hats off to you and your dad mate !!!

Inch or a mile winning is winning
Evokill 2:14 - The path of Evo is beset on all sides by the injustice of the speedtrap and the Plague of the Prius drivers. But blessed is he who in the name of disparity overwhelmeth the exotic in the valley of the s-bends. For he
is truly his car's tuner, the finder of lost horsepower. And I shall strike down upon thee with great revs and furious acceleration those who attempt to obstruct or delay my overtaking and you will know my engine is turbocharged
when I lay my powerband upon thee.

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 04:36 PM

New water pump
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New Gasket overhaul kit
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New oil pump
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Big-End (con-rod) bearings
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New engine valves and valve body (ports polished)
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Posted 15 May 2012 - 04:40 PM

Engine cover (BEFORE)
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Engine Cover (AFTER) - Red heat resistant paint
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Engine re-assembled
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Posted 15 May 2012 - 04:45 PM

It took me almost three months to complete the engine. I got the engine bay painted and worked on as well. Purchased all parts from no other place than Panchikawatta. Can't count the number of days that me and my mechanic used to walk through all those shops and dodgy places to find the stuff we needed. :D

Will post the next set of photos when I have the time.. this is it for now. Let me know what you guys think. :)

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 05:03 PM

Hats off to you and your dad mate !!!


Thanks CyRaX! :)

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 05:27 PM

brilliant work machang !
hats off for your effort.
Cheers,
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Posted 15 May 2012 - 05:39 PM

Brings back lot of memories. had a '79 12 Sri A72 myself.. had it for over 25 years in the family..
this is awesome.. well loved and cared.. might be one of the best here in SL
Hats off to you and your dad

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 08:09 PM

Wow machan,,,

I knew that it was you even before opening the thread machan... This is one hell of a job well done.. can only imagine what you went through make her glimmer again... Hats off bro...

Ah,,, engine parts kept in the trunk of your CS3 when you took da pics rite,,, new generation helping the restoration of the elders... :)

Cheers mate...

P.S. eagerly awaiting the rest of the pics.....

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 08:15 PM

great work mate!. Some interior pics plz!

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 09:09 PM

Yo ma man Davy! So glad to see that you have decided to share this hot topic we used to discuss during our tea breaks among the lads in AutoLanka :action-smiley-035:

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 09:22 PM

wow. no words.. great job !!!!

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 09:36 PM

It makes my heart leap to see the good old 4G33 shining as the day it left the factory :) How much did this labour of love cost you? I know it isn't about money but I am just curious.

I have a little labour of love myself, my old Mirage. Now nobody gets me as to why I dump massive amounts of money into it every year even though I only drive it for about 2-3 weeks every year. And I've probably spent a lot more money than its worth and continue to do so, because it has sentimental value to me. It's the first car I bought with my own money :) The time will come when I need to find it another hopefully equally loving home but for now it will remain my loyal servant and will be treated to some goodies in a couple of weeks time :) Can't wait!





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