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 Post subject: 79 LC Lancer (Celeste/Plymouth Arrow)
PostPosted: Sat Oct 30, 2010 3:32 pm 
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I bought this recently off another sigma-galant.com member.
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As you can see, the paint is not original and dash has some large cracks in it. It needs a little bit of work to tidy/finish off but it does have some good stuff. It has come with Sigma 2.6 front struts and discs with heavy duty lowered springs.

I was working on restoring a '76 Galant/Colt sedan, but this car came along and now the Galant/Colt project has come to an end.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 30, 2010 3:46 pm 
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What I'm looking for is some feedback.
I'm looking at fitting a set of rims the same as what are on my wagon to it. I want some rims with large offset to fill out the guards, the ones on the car just don't do it for me, the style is good, but the offset is terrible.
Here are the wheels I'm thinking.
I'm thinking silver with polished outers or matt black with the small lip around the outside polished... Any thoughts?
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The rims are 13x6. I have some 175/70 tyres to go on them (trying to use up what I have first), I just want to polish paint them first before I get them fitted.

Another sigma-galant member came over yesterday and we tried his 15x8 sportmax rims on it.
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I like this look but the 13x6's look terrible painted this way with black centres (sorry didn't take a pic). It makes them look really small.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 30, 2010 5:00 pm 
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Personally, I like the Sportmax better. :tu:

That is a really big car for 13" wheels. I'd at least look into 14" wheels, but that's me. :mrgreen:


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 30, 2010 6:04 pm 
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echo says 14's or 15's


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 31, 2010 2:07 am 
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Part of the reason I want to go 13's is because no one else wants to?

I think big offset 13's are cool., and I seem to remember comments from this site to the negative of the large rim phenomena, Or does that start at 16 inches and above?

Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the feed back, but for now I only have the 13's to put on it. I may look into others in the not to distant future? But for now, what is the best option for colours of my 13x6's on the car in the colour it now stands (orange/black)?

I plan to sell the 14x6's that are on the car, I have a buyer. I just don't like them on this car, the offset is all wrong. They would be more suited to a Gen 1 Galant/Dodge Colt, that have much smaller wheel arches.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 31, 2010 2:52 pm 
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75wagon wrote:
I seem to remember comments from this site to the negative of the large rim phenomena, Or does that start at 16 inches and above?


Most of that venom is for the 16-18" wheel crowd, or directed towards those who put 15s on tiny little early Corollas/1200s, etc.

But you won't hear it from me. I'm okay with big or small wheels. 8)

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what is the best option for colours of my 13x6's on the car in the colour it now stands (orange/black)?


I think black centers with a polished lip will look best. :tu: :mrgreen:


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 01, 2010 4:24 am 
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Very nice score. I like the paint color and scheme too. Nice to see another Celeste/Arrow on the forum too. :tu::D

75wagon wrote:
But for now, what is the best option for colours of my 13x6's on the car in the colour it now stands (orange/black)?


I can't help it - I like the look of bright wheels; either chrome or polished aluminum/magnesium. I think bright wheels look better with your particular paint scheme too.

Cool car! :tu:8)

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Had a bit of an issue with this today. The cam belt slipped 4 teeth and put the timing out so it won't go. Looks like the belt tensioner was way too loose. There doesn't appear to be any damage to the belt? So far. I will attack it tomorrow and take the belt off and have a good look at it. The belt looks to be ok, no cracks and reasonably fresh looking. I'll line the marks back up and adjust the tensioner.
Hope it works?

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 12:30 am 
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Timing belt sorted. Everything back in it's proper place and running better then before. :tu:

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 12, 2010 1:57 pm 
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Here's what I'm doing now.
After getting no love for the 13's (I've posted pics on sigma-galant.com as well). I've decided to go for a larger wheel.
I pic them up today, can't wait to see what they look like on the car.

This is what I got http://www.rotaaustralia.com.au/rota-grid-drift-16x8-4x1143-white-set-of-4-wheels_p1047297.htm

Yes I got gloss white ones just like in the pic, bit of a backflip on the black or silver. I may get sick of cleaning off brake dust real soon I'd say....?
I couldn't get this wheel any smaller then 16x8 so guess what size I got? 15x7 or 15x8 would have done it really...

Should be able to get some pics up tomorrow.
I plan to run 205 45 16 tyres on them.
What colour nuts should I run? Any suggestions?

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 14, 2010 12:55 pm 
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Got these yesterday, I'm just waiting on tyres to be fitted.
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Got to love the offset on these, now I just have to work out how much I have to clearance the front guards. The rears have plenty of room.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 14, 2010 6:56 pm 
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Here's the pics with the tyres on
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They don't rub at all :thumpsup:

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 1:43 am 
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I thought I would have got carved up by now for putting 16's on it?

Seriously, I would have gone 15's if I could have got the style I now have.

I actually don't think they look to big on it?

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It's your car. If you like how it looks, that's all that matters. :wink:

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I think it just needs more rubber. Maybe 205/50 or 205/60s, that's just me though.

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75wagon, what is the offset of your 8 inch wide wheels? I am trying to find some panasport looking (kind of what you got rid of) rally wheels in 6 inch width that have the right look....

I like your car, not too crazy about the white wheels, gray would have been more to my liking, but if you like it, then it is boss.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2011 6:46 pm 
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Sorry steveracer for the late reply, I haven't been on here for a while.
The rims I have are 16x8 with +10 offset.
As for the white wheels, I was originally looking for black ones. I found a 2nd hand bronze set on ebay that I almost bought, then the white ones came up for the same price new. I thought I's see what they looked like before I painted them. I actually like the look (it looks better in real life then the pics show), it's a bit like the paint, I wasn't to fussed with the scheme when I bought it, but it's growing on me. I'm looking into my options of what to do with the car. I have a 2.6 conversion sitting in my garage, I just have to work out if that's the way I want to go with it. The 4G32's have always been a good unbreakable motor, and they have never failed me (I've owned a few and had them for many years). If I go 2.6 I'd prefer to go EFI at the same time. All i have to do is find an running Australian Magna for the right price to exploit for the EFI conversion. Then a motor rebuild with dome top pistons (etc) in my Astron 1 2.6 and it should be a winner.
Now all I have to do is convince Mrs75wagon that buying another car to strip is a good idea :?

steveracer to help you with working out offset measurements I built this topic on sigma-galant.com http://www.sigma-galant.com/viewtopic.php?f=32&t=6353&p=54375

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