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My restoration and build of #1444/2000 - lots of pics and video!


the_underdog
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1140141 posted 09/12/13 07:44 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Hello All!

Let me tell ya, I've been visiting this site for a long time. Even though I've never owned a Galant, I always got great tech information from this site and enjoyed seeing the time and effort so many folks have put into their cars. I'm just excited that I finally have something to share with everyone here! I've been wild about 4G63 powered cars since I first read about the Plymouth Laser RS in Car and Driver back in 1988. Some of you may have seen my cars before here and there, I currently have a 1991 Talon and 87 Grand National, but am most known for my old 1989 Mirage Turbo that I had for many years, which looked like a shrunk down/chopped up Galant hatchback to my eyes.

The Mirage tearing it up at Bradenton Motorsports Park in 2000


My 1991 Talon


But this thread is about a car that I found locally, totally on a whim while searching craigslist. I wasn't looking for a Galant VR-4, but it was always a car that I appreciated and admired. Once I saw this particular one in person and the potential it had, I just had to fix it up and return it back to it's original glory.

First off, what I'll likely do with each build update is include a video update that tells the whole story. I'll be sprinkling in photos too, but I'd encourage you to check out the videos as I enjoy trying to make them fun and interesting. So with that said, here's the first video where I briefly cover the history of the Galant VR-4, how I found mine and what it looks like inside and out. Finally we'll take it for a spin on my special "rally stage" here in the hills of Tennessee.

Here's the first video update:
Tom's Turbo Garage - 1991 Galant VR-4: Intro & Overview


Here are the original photos from the Craigslist post. I responded to the ad right away and was looking at it within the hour. Yes, it's a sickness.








The pics made it look somewhat nicer looking than it actually was, since the car had been sitting for some time. Here are a few shots that I took of it. The car was originally purchased in Bristol, TN and never ventured outside of the state. I bought the car from the original owners who shared many great stories about the car and watching their kids grow up in it.







This car came with the EXTREMELY RARE "Aloha Interior Package"


Yeah man, dreamcatcher!


A quick shot from the video of my off-road excursion.




So the plan is to restore it inside and out, assess the mechanical condition, take care of any fixes needed and perform any required maintenance to make it roadworthy and reliable once again. Stay tuned as I take you through the whole process!

Thanks for reading,

-Tom



-Tom
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1140144 posted 09/12/13 07:56 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Looks like a clean example to start with.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1140145 posted 09/12/13 08:24 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Good to have you here, Tom!

I love your videos!



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1140166 posted 09/12/13 10:47 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Tom and Gail, Tom and Gail!

Sorry, fan boy from you know where.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1140211 posted 09/13/13 10:35 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Nice to have you part of the gvr4 world, Cant wait to see your upcoming videos



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1140351 posted 09/14/13 01:47 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Damn man, i wish mine was that put together and clean when i bought it lol

Cant wait to see some progress!



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1140366 posted 09/14/13 05:47 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Quoting G:

Looks like a clean example to start with.




Thank you and yes it is. I was skeptical with it being a Craigslist ad and all, but once I looked it over and met the owners, I knew it would make a great car once cleaned and fixed up!



-Tom
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1140367 posted 09/14/13 05:50 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Quoting toybreaker:

Good to have you here, Tom!

I love your videos!




Thank you for the warm welcome and I'm glad you enjoy the videos! Lots more fun stuff coming soon!



-Tom
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1140368 posted 09/14/13 05:51 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Quoting FlyingEagle:

Tom and Gail, Tom and Gail!

Sorry, fan boy from you know where.




Oh man, that was waaaaay back in the day. Good to hear from you again and I hope all is well!



-Tom
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1140369 posted 09/14/13 05:52 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Quoting MellowVR4:

Nice to have you part of the gvr4 world, Cant wait to see your upcoming videos




Thank you and I appreciate that! I hope to share some good stuff with everyone soon!



-Tom
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1140370 posted 09/14/13 05:55 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Quoting 240essex:

Damn man, i wish mine was that put together and clean when i bought it lol

Cant wait to see some progress!




Thank you and I hear ya! I have considered buying a few GVR4s over the years, but there was always a couple big issues that scared me away. This one was too great to pass up!



-Tom
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1140373 posted 09/14/13 07:22 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Looking forward to seeing you build up. Thanks for sharing it.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1140394 posted 09/14/13 12:03 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Thank you bobdole! I love your car and the energy that you've put into it! I bet that I've looked at your build thread at least 100 times.



-Tom
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1140396 posted 09/14/13 12:07 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I love this kind of stuff, it makes me happy. This is going in my Mitsubishi shrine down in the old basement.














-Tom
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1140398 posted 09/14/13 12:10 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Welcome!!! Nice summit white. And you mean to say...THE MIRAGE TURBO is gone!!??



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1140399 posted 09/14/13 12:15 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Awesome! I love your videos! Ever since you introduced them on NABR. Perfect amount of comedy and tech. Nice base of a car to start with. I love the Aloha package.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1140411 posted 09/14/13 02:52 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Glad you picked up a VR4 Tom, I didn't think you were serious about it. You certainly got a clean specimen to start off with though. Maybe next year you could bring it to the shootout, and I could borrow some more duct tape from ya haha j/p anyways it was nice meeting you this year up there, I'll keep checking your progress on this car.

Cheers
Mike



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1140434 posted 09/14/13 06:30 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Quoting Chi271:

Welcome!!! Nice summit white. And you mean to say...THE MIRAGE TURBO is gone!!??




Thank you! Yes, the old Mirage Turbo was sold awhile ago to a good owner who has taken great care of it. I just didn't enjoy the car as much when I moved from Florida to Tennessee. The Mirage loved the endless straight stretches of highway in Florida, but here on the curvy mountain roads here in Tennessee, it tried to kill you at every turn! I'm sure at 135hp it was a well balanced car, but at well over 450hp to the wheels, it was a deathtrap on anything but the straightest roads.



-Tom
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1140435 posted 09/14/13 06:33 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Quoting turbowop:

Awesome! I love your videos! Ever since you introduced them on NABR. Perfect amount of comedy and tech. Nice base of a car to start with. I love the Aloha package.




Thank you Mark, I really appreciate all the kind words! I love your car and your participation and great performance in the import competition was very inspiring!



-Tom
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1140437 posted 09/14/13 06:37 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Quoting GSX_TC:

Glad you picked up a VR4 Tom, I didn't think you were serious about it. You certainly got a clean specimen to start off with though. Maybe next year you could bring it to the shootout, and I could borrow some more duct tape from ya haha j/p anyways it was nice meeting you this year up there, I'll keep checking your progress on this car.

Cheers
Mike




Hey Mike!

Good to hear from you and I believe you're the only person that I mentioned it to! I'd love to drive this car to the shootout next year and very well may do that. It was great meeting you there and I loved seeing your car and the other Galants in the pits and tearing it up on the autocross and dragstrip.



-Tom
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1140465 posted 09/15/13 08:33 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Nice find. I'd love to have that work space.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1140632 posted 09/16/13 07:09 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Quoting the_underdog:

Quoting GSX_TC:

Glad you picked up a VR4 Tom, I didn't think you were serious about it. You certainly got a clean specimen to start off with though. Maybe next year you could bring it to the shootout, and I could borrow some more duct tape from ya haha j/p anyways it was nice meeting you this year up there, I'll keep checking your progress on this car.

Cheers
Mike




Hey Mike!

Good to hear from you and I believe you're the only person that I mentioned it to! I'd love to drive this car to the shootout next year and very well may do that. It was great meeting you there and I loved seeing your car and the other Galants in the pits and tearing it up on the autocross and dragstrip.






hell yeah man sounds like a plan, i actually pass through TN on my way to the shootout so we can meet up from there and follow eachother up there if you wanted.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1140655 posted 09/16/13 08:51 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Tom,

Welcome - I loved the video, especially the repeated drive thru the creek !! Good luck with the build and I look forward to more videos!

~Nelson



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1140660 posted 09/16/13 09:24 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Tom,

Looks like a few original owner cars popped up at once, I recently got my hands on a pair of them, you might enjoy the story: click


now someone needs to find a single owner, all stock kensington grey and we'll have an example of all four of the vr4's sold in america



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1140701 posted 09/16/13 12:35 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post   
Hello Tom,

Welcome to the boards...and glad to see your GVR4 here. I suscribed to your channel and love your videos. They are entertaining and you get to learn some stuff.



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