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    My 1980 Eterna GSR Turbo Coupe

    hey guys, a newbie here from NZ. I see a few familiar people on here though from various other forums.

    I'm fortunate enough to own this wacky Mitsubishi that is the Eterna. It was imported into NZ with just 33,000kms in 1987 where it was owned by one owner until I picked it up with 128,000kms on the clock.

    It features the same 2L G63B ECI Turbo engine the early jap spec Starions have, with a 5 speed manual gearbox, IRS and 4 wheel vented disc brakes. Inside it's got electric pillarless windows, electric fender mirrors, working air con, and even an alarm clock haha.

    Here's how I picked it up:
















    I drove it around as it was like that for a few months, but I just had to start toying with it

    new suspension:



    exhaust:



    wheels:



    Did a couple trackdays like that, and my last trackday with a TC06 and E39A VR-4 intercooler:





    But that's going to change soon, as I'm going to go DOHC and do the suspension properly:



    Evo TME TD05 I'll use:



    Evo III manifold and AFM:




    So yeah, that's about where I'm up to now.

    Comments welcome yo

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    hey, we got a white one of those here on the forum 8)

    i was surprised to see irs. didn't know they came on these.

    question is, did the usa cars also have irs?

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    I like it!

    It's interesting that model had so many names....Dodge Challenger, Scorpion, Lambda, Sapporo and Eterna
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    question is, did the usa cars also have irs?
    No, none of the RWD sedans came here with IRS. But that is the chassis the Starion was built on. I bet that is a fun car to drive cause I sure have enjoyed the Starions and having a sedan on the same suspension would be sweet.

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    Yeah so many names for different markets.

    In Japan they are Galant A coupe (where the A is the Lambda symbol), but in the type II's the upper spec range are called Eterna A's which is what mine is.

    In Europe they are a Colt Sapporo or Mitsubishi Sapporo, in Australia they are the Chrysler Scorpion or Mitsubishi Scorpion, in NZ they are either Mitsubishi Galant A's or Mitsubishi Sapporos for the last of the type II's.

    And in the States.. well you guys know what they are haha - even I'm not entirely sure what they are called there.

    All turbo models had IRS, including the Galant E (sigma) sedans (apart from the Aus spec turbos). It was the platform of which the Starion was heavily based on. Almost everything is identical apart from the Starion being a few inches shorter in wheelbase.

    I saw that white Dodge - it's looking fricken hot and I wish mine would eventually live up to his standard of work.

    I've got another nostalgic car too but it's not japanese :P

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    I'm bored so I thought I'ld post up some more pics:


    repainted wheels:



    retro speakers:



    tidied up the engine bay a little while doing the turbo swap:



    IRS setup:





    On the track the first time:





    How I want it to permanently sit:





    picked up these wheels for it, current rims will end up on the Corolla:



    The last trackday outing, intercooler hose popped off haha:



    horrible handling which needs to be sorted:




    short youtube video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbeaGjEfpf0

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    Welcome to JNC. Great car there. I love the stripes and decals. Sure won't let you forget it's a Turbo, will they?

    Also what's the story on that wagon in the background. Yours?


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    nah that used to belong to a girl called Kerryn but she sold it. It's a '79 KE36 Corolla 'Van'. Had a 5K in it.

    Haha yeah the japs loved to advertise it was turbo that's for sure.

    Some more pics I just snapped now - engine:



    Intercooler:



    Which is nicely hidden from view :P :


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    nice ride.

    Interesting. All the provisions are there to bolt the starion rear subframe in a live axle lambda?

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    I expect much of the floorpan is a different stamping but the framerails may be the same.
    Same goes the other way too, Take a look up under a Starion, the saddle for the center bearing on the propshaft is there for the live axle.

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