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 Post subject: 1982 Colt Galant 1600 GL (aka Galant Sigma)
PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2007 1:03 pm 
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This has been posted up here sometime ago, but I've now taken over ownership of it.

As it is now.....

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Condition is very good, but the car is filthy and in need of a good polish, which I'll sort out. The Nurburgring sticker isn't a joke, it really has been there!

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Went over as part of a magazine feature, hence the sticker!

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The back has a dent in it, apart from that and a few minor rust blemishes, the bodywork is very impressive for a car of this age. The panels and sills are largely perfect!

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Polished up a bit of the roof as a test.

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Clocks are pretty uninspiring, I would really like a rev counter!

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Radio is cool, but I'd very much like the tape deck that goes below it on better-spec models. Note the 4-speed gearbox!

Plans

Besides servicing it and tidying up the rust before it gets any worse, there are more interesting things planned.

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I arranged to buy these wheels, they're 13 inch Bilbo Racing.

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Intend to fit those as per above and then knock the suspension down considerably for that "small wide wheels" look that is so popular in Japan. Will want lower profile tyres than the fat stock ones shown, but I couldn't be bothered editing it.

Then I guess I will do things as I go along.....

By the way, are there any Australian members on here who would be willing to get hold of Sigma parts cheaply? I understand they are very common over there.

I'd very much like a set of dashboard clocks with a rev counter in (so I can gut it and use the rev counter in my own)!

Would also like the radio setup where it has a tape deck below instead of just the LW/MW radio on its own, like so:
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2007 4:13 pm 
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Yes they're very common down under ...

Have you joined one of the Aussie Sigma forums? I'm assuming they exist.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2007 4:46 pm 
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One of my neighbours has a big http://www.sigma-galant.com/ sticker on the back of their car, so you could try that site too, hehe.

Can't wait to see how it turns out mate!

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2007 9:43 am 
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I guess theres a forum for every type of car.

Didn't think there were man of these in Aus:
http://www.sigma-galant.com/modules.php ... pic&t=4667

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2007 10:50 am 
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Good work van, have stuck a wanted post on there for a tape deck. I'm not particularly bothered about sounds and the radio is a weird built-in one making fitting a standard head unit a pain. Given that I'd only put a tape deck in anyway, I might as well just get the standard one.

I'd also love a set of seats from a better model, but the postage would kill me! Hmm, those Bride Brix seats are getting cheaper nowadays.....

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2007 11:20 am 
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Good work van, have stuck a wanted post on there for a tape deck. I'm not particularly bothered about sounds and the radio is a weird built-in one making fitting a standard head unit a pain.


What about a new radio in the glove box, maybe with a remote?

Did that on one of my 510s to keep thieves at bay.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2007 12:31 pm 
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Looking very sharp on in the photoshop pic, Hirst. Early Mitsu sedans are hugely unappreciated in the US. I love the Cordia, but seem to be the only one. Can't wait to see your progress.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2007 3:11 pm 
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You think that's bad, I'd love a Tredia! In the spec that Gene Wilder had in "Woman In Red".

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With a set of gold Reverse Mesh wheels or something..... mmm.....

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2007 6:59 am 
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And now back to the Galant, yesterday I drove across to Grimsby to get the aforementioned Bilbo wheels.

Test fit:

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Yeah yeah, I know I need the rot sorting, but the car isn't even home yet! It'll get done.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2007 1:15 pm 
Hi Hurst
Are you shure that it'a Mitsubishi ?
Look here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lonsdale_(car)
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2007 2:53 pm 
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Yep! The Lonsdale is super rare, I've never seen one.

Here's a brochure scan of one though:
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2007 7:18 am 
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Here we are a bit down the line! Received some wheel nuts in the post, courier came down to deliver a set of tyres (Falken ZE512, 2x 185/60, 2x 175/60), so today I drove over to my local friendly tyre shop, where they popped the tyres on for me.

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Am aware of the front suspension height and the flat tyres, I haven't pumped them up yet. It is to be sorted.

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Well, maybe not that low.....

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2008 3:02 pm 
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Been a while, but here's an update! A caliper stuck one day but was freed off, sadly it cooked the disc/pads on one side. Just waiting for the brakes to be looked at.

Still, have a pic:
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Also got hold of an incredibly fancy ceiling console from a Mitsubishi Sapporo with which I will be upgrading the interior:
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Been having thoughts about getting hold of the nicer seats from a GLS, then having them retrimmed in brown corduroy and vinyl. Hmmm.

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Corduroy! :shock: :tu:


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 Post subject: Galant
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Yeah, reminds me of my Dads' Super saloon back in the 80's. i used to sneak it out on Fri and sat nights...


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 7:36 am 
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Haven't updated this in an age, so here's a potted history.

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The Bilbos were a tad too small really, so I've stashed them away and exchanged them for these 14x7 Work Equips off my Charmant (which is being restored to standard for now). Amazingly there's still loads of room in the rear arches, might try and get some 8s or even 9s for it. But for now it'll do. The springs hadn't quite settled in that pic so it doesn't look quite that high now, though it is a bit nose-up - pondering dropping it a bit at the front just so it sits right.

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Changed the steering wheel for this Nardi I had lying around, I like the stock one but the vinyl has gone all sticky. Seriously considering getting the stock one re-trimmed as I like it - the low spec models have a really 1970s-ish wheel compared to the high spec ones, more chintzy feeling. But this is nice for now.

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Then MOT time came around, so I decided to take it off the road for an overhaul, the rear strut tops were attacked with a screwdriver and new metal welded in.

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Then started repainting any rusty areas, luckily it was all just surface rust, even on the arches. Not quite finished yet as you can see, need to paint the insides of the arches too to keep rust out.

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Then as a bit of a styling modification, repainted the doorframes and B-Pillars matt black. Took surprisingly many hours to mask up the rubbers properly but it paid off, I think it looks great!

All it needs to return to the road now is an exhaust (scored a NOS one cheap off eBay) and a few other little items, then I can run it in for an MOT and see how it goes.

Any future plans? Well, with a bit of luck I'm getting a stock 2.0 NA and 5-speed box from an earlier Sigma Wagon soon, which will be a nice upgrade and shouldn't be too much trouble.

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However, the seat retrimming plans have been abandoned as something even better has come along, which I thought I'd never be able to obtain! A brown interior from an early Sapporo (Galant Lambda/Scorpion), which is incredibly chintzy! I love it. Due to the similarities it should just bolt straight in hopefully, need to get the car on the road so I can go collect it though.

Finally, some other misc items. I'm going to collect a Starion centre console soon which will give me a 2-DIN radio panel. In this I will fit the most ludicrous 80s radio setup I can import from Japan, loads of stainless silver, flashing LEDs and special buttons for "metal" tapes. Not decided what yet, going to keep an eye on Yahoo Auctions. I will then connect that up to some 80s Pioneer TS-X7 rear shelf speakers I've been hoarding away for this purpose.

Also I've got some dash clocks lying around thanks to Snoozin, which will mean I can watch the engine rotations rather than the time. Stupid 1600 GL spec - beggars can't be choosers though, in the time I've had this car I haven't seen a single other for sale of this generation, they just don't exist, I can't even remember seeing any in the past. They probably didn't sell many, Mitsubishi weren't a huge name here in those days and I imagine a big saloon would be a hard sell for them.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2009 5:05 am 
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Another long-term update.

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Ignore the exhaust. That's for a 323. Well, I got my MOT quite a few months back now and bar the thermostat seizing up and needing replacement recently, things have been pretty decent for the old Galant. Still has a fair old leak from the rocker cover gasket, but not enough to stop me using it most days. I've got the gasket now at least.

Numerous bits hoarded away now including Sapporo front seats, plus the aforementioned 2-litre engine, 5-speed gearbox and propshaft from an old Sigma wagon. The owner was also kind enough to sort me out with the wheels.

"But Hirst, why would you want the wheels off an old Sigma wagon? They'll be rubbish!"

Ah, but what you might not know is that for the UK market, they inexplicably decided to give the Sigma Wagon the same 14" wheels as the Japan-market Galant Turbo, like so:

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So they look great. They need refurbishing and a fresh set of tyres but they should look pretty cool I think. The trim rings are nice. Will they replace the Equips permanently? Don't know yet. We'll see.

Anyway I like this car, it has proven to be fairly practical and a hit with the ladies. Perhaps.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 11:18 pm 
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Hirst wrote:
Anyway I like this car, it has proven to be fairly practical and a hit with the ladies.


More information required :)

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2009 2:46 am 
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Dunno, the Galant always had a surprising amount of street-cred amongst men, but now the ladies are getting on the act. Everyone wants a bit of beige action.

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Either that or they just want a nice comfortable sit down.

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Scorpion (Lambda) seats in a Sigma (Galant)? I kinda like it!

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