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 Post subject: '80 Colt winter driver/project
PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 9:10 am 
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Was looking for a decent car to drive this winter while the Sapporo and Cressida hibernate and the Starion is still under the knife and came across this Colt on craigslist unbelievably less than a mile from my house. It was bought off of its original old lady owner two years ago and the previous owner drove it sparingly while going over all the little things that needed attending to.

So here she is in all her 100% original metallic rootbeer brown 55k mile beauty.....

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Plans are to clean up the rusty areas, fit a couple of rally style fogs and I have a set of OEM 13 inch first gen RX7 wheels with chunky snow tires and bolt pattern adapters to give a slightly meaner look.

Anyone here have any experience with these cars? I would love to swap the dual range OEM four speed in place of the auto.

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 Post subject: Re: '80 Colt winter driver/project
PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 3:12 pm 
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Just curious, why would you fit FB RX7 wheels with adapters when you could just fit proper wheels?

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 Post subject: Re: '80 Colt winter driver/project
PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 3:34 pm 
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ColoradoKP wrote:
Just curious, why would you fit FB RX7 wheels with adapters when you could just fit proper wheels?


Sure... its simple. I had the wheels already, I am in the middle of doing an addition on my house, so money is tight. So since I had these......I may as well use them.

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 Post subject: Re: '80 Colt winter driver/project
PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2013 6:01 pm 
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I wanna rock a twin stick bad.... you decide which trans you are gonna go with?

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 Post subject: Re: '80 Colt winter driver/project
PostPosted: Fri Dec 06, 2013 7:34 am 
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I wanna rock a twin stick bad.... you decide which trans you are gonna go with?


Its going to come down to cost. I really REALLY want a twin stick. But..around here there just are no good donor cars left on this side of the country and shipping one would cost as much as I paid for the car.

I was talking with Charlie over at Classic Colt and we were discussing later model trans and engines that should prettty much bolt right in. I think I will probably just drive it with the autobox and 1.6 at least until the spring. But then I already have a '95 Mirage with a 1.8 16v and a 5 speed. I think the 120 horse motor in this car would make it a pretty lively little driver.

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 Post subject: Re: '80 Colt winter driver/project
PostPosted: Tue Jan 28, 2014 11:22 am 
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Took it out for its first real drive since the fix and since it has real plates, did a quick clean and photoshoot. Was about 10 degrees out so it was quick! Will do a full detail once the weather breaks a bit!

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 Post subject: Re: '80 Colt winter driver/project
PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2014 12:01 pm 

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I have an 83 colt. Light blue. 1.4L. 72HP haha
What is a some what common (if any) engine swap for this?! if its raining hard it wont even go past 40 m/h lol

help!


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 Post subject: Re: '80 Colt winter driver/project
PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 8:21 am 
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Always did like this particular design. Kind of like a smaller and vastly better executed version of the rather weird Pacer.
Great colour too - especially with that gold stripe to set it off.
Very cool ride and super rare nowadays.
Hope you keep her fairly standard... ;-)

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 Post subject: Re: '80 Colt winter driver/project
PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 6:27 am 
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redred0901 wrote:
I have an 83 colt. Light blue. 1.4L. 72HP haha
What is a some what common (if any) engine swap for this?! if its raining hard it wont even go past 40 m/h lol

help!


There where factory turbo cars, that would be the easiest, most straight forward swap. Some changes would need to be made, but the motors up through the '95 Mirage are an almost drop in swap, the Mirage was available in '95 with a single cam 16v 120hp 1.8. That would liven the Colt right up!

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 Post subject: Re: '80 Colt winter driver/project
PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 7:44 am 
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02Anders wrote:
Always did like this particular design. Kind of like a smaller and vastly better executed version of the rather weird Pacer.
Great colour too - especially with that gold stripe to set it off.
Very cool ride and super rare nowadays.
Hope you keep her fairly standard... ;-)


Thanks! I plan on keeping her fairly standard for sure. Only plans are to clean up the rust, maybe a 4 speed twin stick swap if I can find all the OEM components to do so and slight lowering w/wheels.

You know...its funny just HOW many people think it is a Pacer.

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 Post subject: Re: '80 Colt winter driver/project
PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2014 7:50 am 
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So its been an interesting seven months or so with the car. I think I have most every little thing well on its way to being ironed out. I blew a rear brake hose a little bit ago and decided I should clean up the rear brakes/suspension while I am repairing it. So the car goes on the left next week once all the brake parts are here. Plans are new drums/shoes/e-brake cables/wheel cylinders and lines. While I have it apart I am going to pull out the rear control arms , sandblast and paint them and undercoat the whole rear section of the car. See if I can't get another 30 years out of her!

In the mean time I bought these to work on the final looks ;) Just need to wait for them to come from Japan..

13x5.5 +5 fronts and 13x6 +12 rears. Should sit nice now with a little fender roll in the front.

I test fit a couple of other wheels on, 7's with a +4 offset stuck out about a half inch on the front, so I am hoping this should fit pretty flush.


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 Post subject: Re: '80 Colt winter driver/project
PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2014 8:24 am 
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The test fitting process....

15x7 +4 Watanabes , about 1/2 inch poke

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15x7 +38 OZ Racing , about 1/8 poke (but a huge tire for the car)

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Some other shots from the past few months of ownership, sorry for the instagram quality of most of them....

New Alternator day...

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Fresh detail

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My dog loves the hatchback and pop out quarter windows!

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He does not even seem to mind being tied up to the front bumper

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 Post subject: Re: '80 Colt winter driver/project
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Such a cool little car. :tu: :mrgreen:


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 Post subject: Re: '80 Colt winter driver/project
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She's really cleaning up very nicely.
Those new 13" alloys of yours look absolutely extreme!! 8) It's got to be one of the most wacky designs I've ever seen on an alloy. Megacool!!
What are they??
Can't wait to see them on the car...

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 Post subject: Re: '80 Colt winter driver/project
PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 6:35 am 
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john wrote:
Such a cool little car. :tu: :mrgreen:


Thanks John!

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She's really cleaning up very nicely.
Those new 13" alloys of yours look absolutely extreme!! 8) It's got to be one of the most wacky designs I've ever seen on an alloy. Megacool!!
What are they??
Can't wait to see them on the car...


Thanks, I am not sure what they are to be honest, I was browsing Yahoo Japan auctions and I saw them and loved them. The specs work so I bid on them. The description just says "Drag-1" not sure of the manufacture, but that name makes sense with that big aero disc around the edge. Def old, I would say early 80's. Once I get them I will have to do some more investigating.

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 Post subject: Re: '80 Colt winter driver/project
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I can see why you feel in love with them... :tu:
I've never seen them before, but would be over the moon if I could find a set for my Trueno.

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 Post subject: Re: '80 Colt winter driver/project
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02Anders wrote:
I can see why you feel in love with them... :tu:
I've never seen them before, but would be over the moon if I could find a set for my Trueno.


Just got the email from the broker that they received them last night, paid for shipping and they should be here within a couple of weeks.

A little research and it seems they are Fortran Drag-1's, they are listed on Kyusha Shoes website as Very Rare. Seems I may have scored with these!

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MANUFACTURER: Fortran
MODEL: Drag 1
BOLT PATTERNS: 4X114.3
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13 7J +0
14 6J +10 / 14 6.5J +? / 14 8J -10
AVAILABILITY: Very Rare
COST: Mid to High

http://kyushashoes.com/

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 Post subject: Re: '80 Colt winter driver/project
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Well done! :tu:

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 Post subject: Re: '80 Colt winter driver/project
PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2014 11:17 am 
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Got the wheels in record time. Had them in three days from the day my broker told me he had them, absolutely blown away. Have been busy but finally had some free time this weekend to test fit the wheels...

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Front is not going to be an issue, clearance to spare which was my biggest worry. The rears are going to be close, but I think with the right tire and a little roll of the inner fender, we should be in business!

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 Post subject: Re: '80 Colt winter driver/project
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She'll look decidely wicked! 8)
Next on the to-do-list should perhaps be sorting that rear bumper so it sits straight. :wink:

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