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Thread: Dodge Colt to Lancer 1600 GSR

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    Dodge Colt to Lancer 1600 GSR

    I want to take this old, shitty colt and build it into a Lancer 1600 GSR clone. Anybody got 2 cents on how I should push the horsepower up to 169 like they did for the Safari Rally? I want to keep it pretty authentic.

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    The first thing to do is get the proper engine to go in the car, a 4G32 DOHC. There were about a thousand made and 3 came to this country 36 years ago.
    One of them was shipped back overseas about 4 years ago.
    Grab one of these and start building,


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    Hey Charlie, thats the engine that sold in NZ a few years back, if I remember rightly it went for around $2K NZD,
    Was in an escort but I dont know what happened to it after sale, who ever has it isnt on the net.

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    Damn, that is one mean looking engine. Only 3? I didn't realize this was going to be that scarce. haha. I wonder how much it cost to ship an engine across an ocean and then across a whole country. haha.

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    Yes Ryan that one is over your way.
    RB,
    There have been a number of these engines trading the past few years. Lord knows when the next one comes available.

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    Ryan, have you seen the 4G92 Mivec swap I have going?

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    Old Colt,

    The A73 GSR's were a single cam 4G32. The twin cam 4G32 was only ever sold in the Galant GTO MR.
    The only A73 GSR with a twin cam 4G32 was Shinozika's yellow one that he rallied in the Southern Cross rally in Australia back in the '70's. After the rally the motor was stripped from his rally car and then sold on to a bloke in Sydney by the name of Frank Neil.

    Nath

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    I stand corrected then, I thought I had read that a few rally Lancers had been run with the DOHC engine for more than one season.
    It is sure allot easier to replicate a C2 engine then.

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    When I spoke to Frank Neil he told me that Shinozika's A73 GSR was the only one to use the DOHC for the Southern Cross.

    Maybe they used the DOHC in some of the factory rally car's and left some with the SOHC.

    A couple of my dad's mates used to service crew for the factory team at the Southern Cross. They would be able to confirm it.

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    ^ good info but let's get back on topic and try to answer the original question :lol:
    -Matt

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    So when Mitsubishi swept the Safari Rally, was it with a DOHC or SOHC? I have a guy with about siz or so engines and two bodies, all SOHC 1600, which I think was the only one the this generation of Colt. It'd be much easier for me if it was a SOHC, of course, that's what I've got to work with.

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