Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 15

Thread: Starion in disguise! Starwagon maybe? '88 L300

  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    California
    Posts
    9

    Starion in disguise! Starwagon maybe? '88 L300

    Someone once showed me pictures from an ebay listing of a Delica Super Exceed Starwagon something or other. Love at first sight, I -had- to have one. Started doing my homework and found a panel "VanWagon" at a friends shop. Bought it from the owner a few months later, most likely after he found out how much it would cost to bring it back up to par as I was to later find out.

    Before I picked up the van, I had an '88 SWB Montero. Awesome little truck. Even more awesome after I swapped over late model Starion turbo bits. Phenomenal little truck, pained me to part with it, but it was just too small for my needs.

    Here's most of the short lived congregation before all the work started. The only one missing is my '87 Starion. I've since thinned the fleet to just the L300 and my 87 Starion.


    When I bought the van the overdrive solenoid was bad and both the 4G64 and transmission were -way- tired. The engine was so far gone that it only took one trip into town with the Monty's 4.66 rear end and 30's to bring it near death. It was an absolute chore trying to drive back up the hill to the house. I happened to be building a 8:1 .040 engine for my Starion at the time and, well, the van needed an engine more than the Starion.

    Swapping engines with this thing is really quite a joke. I'd rather not do it again if I don't have to.






    Swapping the 6 lug bits in




    I've since painted the rims, buffed the body and re-painted the black plastic bits and rear bumper. Looks damn sharp, but I don't have any decent current pics unfortunately save for this blurry cell phone pic.



    I love driving the thing, just as much as I loved the Monty, and let me tell you its an odd sensation sitting on top of the front axle when the rear is sliding out from behind you.

    It's still a long way from being done as it remains 2x4 and lacks adequate heat shielding and an intercooler. Hopefully posting this here will help motivate me to git 'er done, or at least more done than it is now.

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Newcastle/ Australia
    Posts
    135
    Awesome, I'd love to see more pics of it.
    I've always liked these vans.

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Posts
    1,608
    I love boxy '80s vans, I hope to pick one up as a winter driver/official Rockstar Motors delivery vehicle someday soon.

  4. #4
    Administrator john's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Arlington, TX, USA
    Posts
    5,530

    Re: Starion in disguise! Starwagon maybe? '88 L300

    What's the motivation for swapping in the 6-lug stuff? Just so it's more "heavy duty"?


    Quote Originally Posted by RallySol
    Swapping the 6 lug bits in

  5. #5
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    California
    Posts
    9
    Larger tires, more ground clearance and the 6 lugs have room for the locking front hubs that haven't found their way on the van just yet.

    Best parts runner/service/recovery van ever. At least it will be when I'm through with it.

  6. #6
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Shiki-Shi, Saitama Japan
    Posts
    78
    Awesome Van. 80s box vans rule.

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    scappoose, or
    Posts
    754
    hows that thing tow a car trailer? I was contemplating this exact swap for a long time before I got too deep into some of my other mitsu turbo swaps.

    I bet that thing is a blast to slide. Just witht he starion wheels my van slides great in the rain and th tired stock engine.


    I snagged somes tarwagon badging from aus a while back to make it proper.

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    scappoose, or
    Posts
    754
    tell it to the quire

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Newcastle/ Australia
    Posts
    135
    What sort of car is that on the trailer (it's to small for me to make it out, probably not something we got in Australia anyway)? It looks very small. What would it weigh? Not much surely?

    What would the Box van weigh? The trailer would be what 500kgs or more. I am assuming that the trailer would be braked. If so that should increase the maximum tow weight, shouldn't it?
    I am also assuming there is a fair bit of stuff in the back of the van also.
    The thing I am not keen on about these types of vans is the lightness on the rear axle weight. But with a load in them and trailer weighted correctly it should fix that. You can see in the pic that the back is loaded compared to the front.

    I'd still be curious on the weights though?

  10. #10
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    KS: Newton
    Posts
    16
    So by your earlier math (stating the weight must be nearly double that of the van) the L300 must weigh roughly 2000 lbs. Sorry pal, no dice.

    With trailer brakes and the trailer properly weighted (as shown in that picture) there should be no problems safely towing that load. Now if he choked the car up to the front of the trailer and overloaded the tongue, I can see your concern. Obviously, that's not the case here.

    If you have a problem with your vehicle drifting while pulling at a steady speed, you've got the tongue set way too heavy. Keep in mind that weight on the rear bumper has a lever effect that caused a reduction of weight on the front tires. If you go too far, you can easily be in trouble.

Similar Threads

  1. 1989 USDM Delica Starwagon $3000 in Az
    By Toasty in forum Nostalgic Cars for Sale
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 08-19-2015, 11:25 PM
  2. My '89 Van (L300 Delica Starwagon)
    By Toasty in forum Mitsubishi Garage
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 07-27-2015, 05:24 AM
  3. Hi there EX lancer and L300 van
    By macabre in forum Mitsubishi Garage
    Replies: 38
    Last Post: 09-08-2014, 10:40 AM
  4. A Starion Story (4G64/3 Starion build)
    By attack vector in forum Mitsubishi Garage
    Replies: 78
    Last Post: 08-03-2012, 02:42 PM
  5. Wanted: 5x114.3 wheels for my Starwagon
    By Mazdax605 in forum Wheels Swap Meet
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 02-14-2012, 01:03 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •