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  1. varotone

    Project A72V

    Greetings gentlemen, I've always had a thing for station wagons, and now I'm about to buy my first vehicle. I chose 1980 Mitsubishi Lancer A72-V as my first ride. In a series of posts, I hope to document the process of buying a ride and then restoring it. This is the first in what will be a series of posts on the whole process. A few AL members have already done very much that I intend to do. Your feedback is very valuable and always appreciated. As said before, this is my first purchase. I'm a total newbie for owning vintage cars let alone restoring one. Call me crazy or anything you want for taking a plunge in the deep end of the pool. For a number of different reasons I have selected Mitsubishi Lancer A72-V, and I'm dead set on it. My project plan is as follows. Buy a car Mechanical restorations (instrument panel, engine, breaks, steering, a/c) Body restoration (tinker, paint) Interior restoration (seats and upholstery) Now, I'm on the first part of the project. I have tracked down a drivable one and now haggling the price down to my budget. The condition is what is usual to expect from a car of that vintage. Pros- Fits my budget In a drivable condition Clear documents (ownership, license, emission tests, insurance) Chassis is in good condition Cons- Blotched paint job. the car was painted twice in two different colors. the latest coating peels off (papadam in local language). This looks ugly. But there is no corrosion under the paint. So I'm giving it a go. some rust spots around the rear windscreen Worn out tyres A/c is not working. Belt is missing, no gas, but the compressor is there. Here are a few pics of her. My first worry is the book states color as red. Will this be an issue? (in the final stage I will paint it red. Till then can I use it without any trouble?) Thank you, Varotone.
  2. varotone

    Project A72V

    Progressing slowly
  3. varotone

    Project A72V

    HELP NEEDED I have some basic questions and at this point I'm too afraid to ask. 1. What engines came with this car? YOM 1983. (According to my manual, it was manufactured with 4G3 series and 4G5 series engines.) 2. My engine number starts with G12B-CB-XXXX. What engine do I have? I believe it's 4G12B. 1400cc Orion with jet valves. 3. How can I find out what engine it had when it was manufactured? And know if it was swapped later on? (I just want to know if the current engine is the same model as it was designed to fit. I'm alright if a previous owner had replaced it with one of same model) 4. Does anyone have a engine repair manual for my engine? (I remember seeing a large collection of Lancer manuals somewhere on AL. But a search didn't show the ones I need)
  4. varotone

    Project A72V

    My engine bores need honing. I'm waiting till I get a free day to take it to the machine shop. Had a close look at the carburetor and kind of disappointed. There are cracks near the carburetor mounting bolts, EGR lines are clogged up, a coolant line to the carb is broken and sealed. The carb needs a lot of work. Also, the carb is "Aisan". I gather that the original was "Solex" manufactured by "Mikuni". I have 4 options to fix this mess. 1. Search for a carburetor expert who can refurbish this one. (Neeyourou help to find one) 2. Buy a reconditioned carb from a scrap yard. (Didn't go hunting for one. But my mechanic says it will be available) 3. Buy a brand new Japanese carb (the most expensive option. Mikuni goes for about $250 on eBay. Didn't find any here) 4. Buy a brand new Thaiwan / Chinese carb (readily available here. 4 places had them. Goes for 15-20k) I would like to know your thoughts on this. Added Following some older threads on AL, I called Dhammika at Kotta rd. To discuss my options. He says he doesn't do carb overhaul. Does only tuning. He told me to contact Shantha. (He clearly said he can't recommend the guy. But he does carb overhauls.) Found that Shantha runs the Carburetor Banda's place in Grandpass and doesn't have good reviews on AL. So, I'm back at square one. Looking at how rare carb mechanics are I'm seriously considering learning carburetor repairs myself.
  5. Greetings gentlemen, Are there places where I can hire/borrow mechanical tools and equipment? I'm in need of some stuff such as torque wrench, piston rings expanders, pressure gauge, valve spring compressors, gear pullers, timing lights, dwell angle meters, vernier calipers....etc. I started to restore an old car and sort of fell in love with mechanics Now, I have an irresistible urge to do every possible bit of the mechanical work by myself. I have some tools myself, and plan to buy some more in the future. However, some specialist tools are quite expensive. Spending a lot on specialist tools that I will use only one an year or less frequently doesn't make financial sense. So, I'm looking for some place that I can hire the tools. I inquired from some places where they hire power tools, compressors, hedge trimmer and the such. They don't have tools that I need. My neighborhood mechanic (bass) is very helpful in teaching me some bits and ok with lending some of his stuff like the engine jack. But he doesn't have the specialist tools I need. Not even torque wrench. They just tighten it by the feel. (Don't know if it's the norm with the mechanics here). I'm in Galle. So any place closer would be very convenient. (Even around Colombo is all right) Any help with this is very much appreciated. Thank you! Varotone.
  6. varotone

    Project A72V

    Work in progress. Cleaning the valves and polishing rocker arm shafts.
  7. varotone

    Gear box mount and rocker cover replacement

    I had a very different picture in my head I thought oil is dripping down from the rocker cover on to the spark plug tubes and leads. How does oil get in to the air cleaner chamber? I can't imagine such a contraption.
  8. varotone

    Gear box mount and rocker cover replacement

    Rocker cover does not contain oil under pressure. Oil seals are less likely to fail. A warped rocker cover might be the reason. If the bolts are too loose, it may leak oil from due to the poor seal. If it is too tight, might warp or crack the plastic rocker cover. Make sure it is torqued down to specifications. If the engine block and rocker cover are in good shape, removing all remaining packings properly and using a new packing would solve the issues. If only the rocker cover is uneven, it can easily be resurfaced in a lathe. If the cylinder head also needs resurfacing, it will be a major engine dismantling job. (I'm clueless about the elite. This is in general)
  9. varotone

    Project A72V

    There is a timing mark on the timing pulley (one that drives the camshaft by the timing belt) on the crankshaft. Once the timing belt cover is removed to expose the timing pulley on the crankshaft, a mark can be made on the crankshaft pulley. Work in progress­čśÇ­čśÄ This is a well spent weekend
  10. varotone

    Project A72V

    My tinkerer-cum-painter is a slow coach. The body is still untouched. So by the time he eventually finishes the bodywork, I will have plenty of time to rebuild the engine. I'm gradually dissembling the engine and came across this Orion sticker on the valve cover under layers of gunk. I'm assuming this is an original sticker. It survived all these years Hopefully, I will be able to finish the disassembly and start washing the parts with kerosine/petrol over the weekend. HELP NEEDED I can't see a timing mark (notch) in the crank pulley. How to proceed with the disassembly?
  11. varotone

    Project A72V

    In theory he can. The reality is not 100% of the gas is collected, and when refilling (at the end of the repair) not 100% of the recovered gas can be filled. There will be a small loss due to leaks and some gas remaining in the cylinders and tubes. In the end, I'll have a low pressure and would need more gas. Old gas is no longer manufactured/available and I have no other option than to switch to the new gas. Actually, the intended purpose of recovering R12 gas is to dispose it safely and convert the system to R134a. Not to collect and reuse it. Sadly there are no facilities in Sri Lanka to dispose R12. So the recovered R12 just sits in the cylinder until one fine day someone empties it an reuses the cylinder. If I insisted on recovering, mechanic could charge me for service. But this is what will happen at the end of the day. My guy was honest and told me the long story.
  12. varotone

    Project A72V

    As per my AC mechanic, he has refrigerant recovery equipment. What's missing is a proper system in place to dispose the old R12 refrigerant. So, even if he recovers it, there's no way he can safely get rid it later.
  13. varotone

    Project A72V

    UPDATES Finally got the engine hoist and removed the engine. Unfortunately I had to vent the AC gas. Gave it a through wash today. Here's a little tip on making you own degreaser. Dissolve a sachet of laundry detergent powder in 500mL of hot water. The solution would be warm now. Add it to 1L of kerosene oil in a bottle. Shake the bottle vigorously to mix the water and oil. This concoction is a very good degreaser. It can be sprayed or applied with a paint brush inside the engine room, axel, undercarriage and wheel arch where there's a heavy grime buildup. Let the degreaser soak up the grime. Blast the car with a pressure washing machine first with water and then with soapy water. New rust spots which were covered in gunk will show up. The radiator tubes and water channels in the engine have a lot of rust. This is after doing a flush. The gasket at the oil sump is also bad. So, I'm thinking about doing the engine overhaul at this moment. If money fairy is nice with me, I'll be able to overhaul the engine while the body work is going on.
  14. varotone

    Project A72V

    Some old compressors can handle the increased pressure of R132a. The mechanic said mine can. It's just a matter of fixing the adaptors for ports, adding lubricant and gas. Sometimes new leaks may show up due to the high pressure which needs to be fixed. That's what my mechanic said. I'll update you once I get the conversation done.
  15. varotone

    Project A72V

    UPDATES Started disabling the car for tinkering and painting. The trims, glass, dashboard, and body panels are off. Struggling with the headliner because the screws have rusted at the threads. Plan is to strip the engine bay as well. There's a little delay because the chain block I planned to hire is unavailable at the moment. As soon as I get it, engine will be removed and body work will start. I'll post a few pics once the car is stripped. I'm little stck with removing the AC. It's currently working and on R12. I've asked for a few mechanics to decompress the system. Looks like none of them wants to recover the gas from the system. Their advice is to vent the system to the atmosphere and fill with R134a after refitting. They say there's no facility to dispose R12 gas in Sri Lankan. If I can find a recovery gas can, they can recover the gas and re use on my car if I need. But, still at some point I'll need to switch to R134a. So, venting the old gas and switching after the repair is the least cumbersome. I guess I'll have to just punch a hole in the ozone layer I'm looking for alternatives for a couple of days before I get the chain block. If there's no other way..... Then.....
  16. varotone

    Project A72V

    The rear combi lights and the garnish on the headlight garnish are damaged. Hunted for replacements at Panchikawatta. Plan B is to try fix it with two-part epoxy putty and repaint it. That's the last resort as the final result will not be elegant.
  17. varotone

    Project A72V

    Thank you! 3400 for both. They made it in a matter of minutes. Letters are metal (I guess pewter. Non-ferrous) kinda reverted to the aluminum back plate.
  18. varotone

    Project A72V

    UPDATES Tinkering and painting will start on 25th of December Went to panchi to look for the availability of parts before I dissemble the car. The following parts are available. Windshield beading, door beading, quarter panel beading, front Combi light on the buffer, lens for signal lights on the fender. Lens for rear Combi light was not available. There's a crystal light that fits. Also rubber packing for lights were not available. Guess I'll have to get some rubber sheet and make the packing. BTW, Made an impulse purchase. Old-school license plate.
  19. varotone

    Minimum age to ride motorcycle

    The first response is correct. You have to be at least 17 years. When you turn 17, you can apply for the diving license. Then you have to sit a written exam on road rules. If you pass, you will be issued a temporary license valid for 18 months (which means valid until you turn 18 years old). With the temporary license you can ride a motorcycle with a L plate and learner's insurance alone or drive a vehicle under supervision of someone with a driving license. During this period you can learn to ride/drive on the road. As soon as you turn 18, you must face a practical test. If you pass it, you will get the proper driving license. You are risking your life and limb as well as of others by riding without a license. If you get busted, you'll be tried at Magistrate courts which will give you a suspended jail term and a fine. The cop will take your motorcycle and the owner will also be fined and warned. If you still itch to ride/drive before you turn 17, you can do so in your private property. Wear protective gear and ride only under the supervision of an adult. Please remember that byroads are NOT private property. Good luck and stay safe kiddo!
  20. varotone

    Project A72V

    I want to fix the rusted out area in front of the dashboard before re-fixing the dashboard. Got down a tinkerer and he said the fenders and windshield may need to be removed to get access to the area. So this is not simple as it sounds and I think about expediting the project and doing all the tinkering and painting at this point. Please comment on how much would it cost for tinkering and painting of the whole car. I understand that the cost depends on the condition of my car, but I'm clueless about the cost of painting and tinkering. So please give me an estimate for how much I should expect to pay. My plan is to do hire a tinkerer and repair the rust and do the tinkering at home. I'm not going to get it done at some fancy garage. But I prefer to use a fancy painting booth for painting. UPDATE I was quoted Rs. 180,000 for the tinkering only including materials.
  21. varotone

    Project A72V

    Thank you very much for the help. Here's a picture of the alternator. It has 3 wires. One thick wire (2mm, disconnect in the photo) for Battery+. Other two are thin (0.5mm) wires via a connector. Difficult to disconnect the connector in a hurry. I'll try it tomorrow and check where the wires go to. I'm fairly certain that the alternator has been replaced with one with a built-in voltage regulator. The free wires must be for the voltage regulator which is obsolete now. These wires are right next to the alternator long enough to reach the right side shock absorber mounts. The two thin wires connected must be for battery sensor currently for stator coils and another for battery indicator on the dashboard. I certainly need a qualified auto electrician. But looking at the quality of the electrical repairs done on this, I'm having second thoughts about them. I'm taking my time and fixing the wiring properly by soldering the splices and using insulation tubing and replacing damaged wires. I'm not sure if the mechanics would do it up to my expectations. Besides, the experts here at AL are very helpful and I may be able to do it without a mechanic­čśÇ.
  22. varotone

    Project A72V

    HELP NEEDED 1. Did this car come with a voltage regulator? If yes, where was it mounted? 2. This is a photo of what I think the oil pressure sensor. Am I correct? If not where do I find the oil pressure sensor? 3. I'm seeing 3 faily thick (3mm) wires without any connections. It was just dangling from the wire loom. Can anybody identify what these are for? I couldn't find where these lead to. Thanks in advance for your help.
  23. The Capri in your banner looks stunning! Any more photos of her?

    1. Hoonigan

      Hoonigan

      Thank you :) I have an entire build log from beginning to end here in Autolanka. Search for "Project Capri" and you should be able to find the thread

  24. varotone

    Project A72V

    Thanks for the input gentlemen. Osram nightbreakers looks awesome from the photos. Browsed through the products and found all of them are in the 5000-6000K color temperature. The bluish light will not give the age appropriate looks for the car. Something more towards red in the spectrum (around 3000K color temperature) would be more suitable. Wire and relay upgrade kit costs around RS. 2000. So, I'm planning on buying one. I do want a perfect restoration without cutting corners. For now I'll fix the same old sealed beam halogens wired through the relay. When money fairy visits me again I'll upgrade to a LED/Xenon one. Investing on a conversation kit would be well worth the money in the long run. I was referring to the reddish, filament bulb like color when I said red color bulbs. The color is also called warm but in fact it is a cooler color because it corresponds to black body radiation at 3000K. The bluish ones like the night breakers corresponds to 6000K. A much warmer back body. I'm sorry if I caused some confusion by calling a color 'cool'. (Excuse the geek in me ­čĄô) I'm pretty sure Sri Lanka doesn't regulate the color temperature of the headlights. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
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    Project A72V

    ADVICE NEEDED After a thorough inspection, my conclusion is that this particular car did not have a factory fitted headlight relay. (I find it difficult to believe, but still, I'm convinced that the wiring was not hacked to that extent). I plan to fit one of those "headlights upgrade wiring kit" made for LED/Halogen ones and fix the existing sealed beam ones for now. The plan is to upgrade to a cooler color LED or halogens later to keep the vintage appearance and easy serviceability later after the tinkering and painting. Appreciate the input from the AL "Light fetish club" @tiv @PreseaLover´╗┐ @Magnum before I go ahead with the purchase and modifications.
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