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Old 18-11-2020, 21:04   #1
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1998 Evolution V: "The Classroom"

Believe Mark Twain said something like "Don't let the classroom get in the way of learning". This project takes a pointer from that advice...

We purchased a 1998 Mitsubishi Evolution V GSR, (JDM model) to educate my young assistant on how to plan, execute, and reap the fruits of one's labor as one brings an automobile back from the dead.

It is a 50,000 mile chassis that has been sitting for some duration with a failed powerplant. Tree sap and mold was the external color...but appeared to be solid underneath - no rust other than an area of surface corrosion on the trunk floor.

We know nothing about Mitsubishis, but do have some mechanical experience (not much!) and will look to the forum and google to get us thru the restoration of this 22 year old machine...little more challenging that we are located in Germany-not our native country.



My assistant is not of driving age, but the plan is for her to understand the challenges and enjoyment/satisfaction of seeing it come alive and then even learning to drive it (autocross first!). Maybe they will learn to take care of equipment, able to throw some redline shifts, and...not desire an electric car!

Of course if you read between the lines...I've had an interest at owning a Mitsubishi version of the great fun ralley-car-for-the-street, I just had to sell it a bit differently to the Chief Financial Officer to gain approval!

Wish us good luck!
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Old 19-11-2020, 00:45   #2
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Old 19-11-2020, 19:13   #3
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D2: Thanks for the warm welcome!

Simple stuff first...

Cleaning:



Waxing a bit...went from chalk to shine - excellent!:



And the extreme fun of fastener cleaning/organization. Unfortunately, quite a few singletons and non-factory pieces:



This will be quite the 3D puzzle...
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Good luck, will keep an eye on this
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Old 20-11-2020, 19:52   #5
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Bit of a problem here:



But the only corrosion on the car:



Came with an Evo 9 turbo...hopefully a docile powerband for a new driver (the numbers are a bit odd, but seem to check out...):



It also came with a freshly bored 85.5 mm block which we had success getting on the engine stand - small wins!:



More to follow...
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Old 22-11-2020, 07:44   #7
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As a baseline, we will likely send in the - appears to be original - fuel injectors for cleaning and new o-rings:



Admittedly, we hope to exceed their capacity ultimately, but will be a good set for the inspection/emissions review, if required:

We also pulled a wheel to inspect and investigate what we have...she does pretty good on the impact wrench!



A bit crusty...even with a bit of clean up:



Can anyone tell us what Bilstein coil over variant this might be? Hopefully they are usable:



We are planning on new wheel bearings, rotors, pads, brake lines (SS currently installed) and possibly some new ball joints, at least in the rear. We are also considering having the calipers rebuilt and recoated...brakes are a good investment!
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Really looking forward to continuing updates.

All the best with the classroom project.

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Rampant: Thanks...I'm doing this as much for me as her...:-)

Necessary, but most unpleasant is the fun of cleaning and cleaning. She is a good sport if not exactly detail orientated...yet!



The project came with a few nice parts - Cosworth cams of unknown model (well exhaust is an M2, the intake it unknown...nonetheless, switching to a milder set of GSC 1 cams for a docile idle/tune:



We did locate a powdercoater north of Stuttgart in hopes to return the spray painted valve cover to its original 'red-head' glory:



Hopefully once new/restored part arrive the enthusiasm will gain steam. The winter hibernation doesn't help either.
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Have you had the cam cover powder coated already ?
Were the baffles removed if there was any blast media used ��
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