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!
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!
Dave-Cee: The previous owner did the spray bomb in black. This will be our first attempt. Further research shows the baffles are empty, but using blasting media will require to remove the baffles to clean fully. Our shop will be using a hot-tank chem dip. We will see how it comes out...6 weeks lead time!
Ordered some new front control arms (aluminum jobs) since they come with a new ball joint and two OEM bushings...tighten up the front end a bit.
We also took advantage of the above-freezing-day and attempted a cleaning of the floor mats - look OEM. Unfortunately, didn't realize we are missing the driverside! Oh well, assistants first foray into power washing...not easy for the little lady - they did turn out quite well with Simple Green soaking...:
Love the seats...nice tight bolsters and pretty darn good condition:
The trunk mounted AYC reservoir (there was fluid present!):
Gainfully employed selling Christmas trees...finally got a few minutes in the garage.
Inspection of the Evo 6 block highlighted more questions - piston oil squirters. Factory equipped in 1998...now missing on this replacement block. Unfortunately, not easily sourced (no longer available). Many say not required with forged pistons, but seems only logical to employ to reduce piston temps/knock resistance...or not if we can't find any:
Sourced high quality ball joints for the rear suspension. We were tempted to just buy new OEM from the Evo 6 for all alloy suspension (and will probably regret it when no longer available), but the price was ~$250 each! We have access to a full press so another teaching moment in the manner of big forces...these were sure packaged nicely...
Oliver Rods came thru with a replacement set of ARP 2000/Oliver rod bolts. They made a special trip to get these to us - thanks!
Finally, new Brembo caliper bolts - originals are unknown in condition and after planned professionally refinishing the calipers...desired no hassle install: