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Postby VGJONO » Mon Mar 19, 2012 8:26 am

Just picked myself up this GD Galant for a really good price, im stoked at how goods it is for what i paid,

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The car is in good good condition, the paintwork has humidity bubbles in it but still looks good
1.6 4G32 with an auto that will make way for a manual
Plans are to register it and use it as a daily

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Re: my new 1976 GD Galant

Postby 75wagon » Mon Mar 19, 2012 11:12 am

Yeah doesn't look like a bad place to start.

I'm looking forward to see what you do with this...


Someone went a bit crazy with the blue paint on this one :think:
I'm not a fan of the wheels, way to new school for this old bus.
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Re: my new 1976 GD Galant

Postby geezer101 » Mon Mar 19, 2012 12:13 pm

Very nice Galant! The bodywork looks great in the pics but yes, the wheels have gotta go... Even the interior appears to be pretty tidy for a car that's 35 years old.
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Re: my new 1976 GD Galant

Postby VGJONO » Mon Mar 19, 2012 8:34 pm

I'm not a fan of the wheels either but they will have to do for a while as i have to spend money elsewhere, although they aren't too bad, the pictures make them look painted when they are actually polished (just very dirty), the only things that need to be worked out is a few electrical gremlins, (80% done already) and the carby needs a rebuild as she is very hard to start and wont idle till she gets warm, other than that the car is ready for the road mechanically, i need to track down a rear bumper as mine is rusted through on the ends, and a new dash pad wouldn't go a stray. also going to put a Cd player in it and a 5 speed and i should be happy for a while then.
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Re: my new 1976 GD Galant

Postby geezer101 » Tue Mar 20, 2012 9:31 am

Your dash pad looks better than most of them you'll find around so you're gonna be struggling with that one. They are notorious for shrinking on the ends and between the glove box and the heater controls, then splitting the pad in the middle. Good luck with ironing out the bugs and finally being able to really enjoy driving it.
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Re: my new 1976 GD Galant

Postby VGJONO » Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:24 am

Yer thats what has happened to mine but then someone has re covered it in black vinyl, it doesn't look too bad, just doesn't look right and has a wrinkle dead smack in the middle. car is also in need of an exauhst in the near future, has a bunch of leaks and holes
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Re: my new 1976 GD Galant

Postby geezer101 » Tue Mar 20, 2012 3:58 pm

If you can peel the vinyl off have a go at recovering it yourself. First remove the windscreen demister panel and cut out the raised points out of the crash padding with a break away knife in straight paralell lines and fill the void with expanding foam - something like selleys space invader.Build it up a bit then plane it down with the knife until it's about the same shape and level as the rest of the crash padding, and then sand it back. Give it a coat of adhesive (nothing solvent based or it'll eat the foam filler) and stretch some fresh vinyl over it. You could give the demister panel a coat of epoxy semi gloss black while you're at it to freshen it up.
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Re: my new 1976 GD Galant

Postby VGJONO » Wed Mar 21, 2012 10:39 pm

Head lights are all sorted, needed a few fuses and the alternator wasn't working properly, replaced the fuses and now the alternator is working fine after running the car for a while, just need to adjust it to give the belt some tension as it squeals when the high beams are on and the alternator is under load (possible replacement in the near future) other than that, floor mats and seat covers and replaced a bunch of fuses and got the demister working and now I'm thinking its ready for rego, oh and cleaned up the dash with some armor all wipes and its come up mint, going to buy some decent polish tomorrow and give the wheels a polish to see how long i can bear them on the car

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Re: my new 1976 GD Galant

Postby VGJONO » Sat Apr 07, 2012 2:02 pm

So the cars is ready for rego, now i just need to wait for a bit more money as i got side tracked and bought some stuff i really shouldn't have yet, walked into supercheap the other day to find a shelf of Kenwood Audio gear on clearance and figured im going to buy this stuff eventually so why wait and pay full price, so now fitted into the car is a Kenwood Head unit (in the glovebox so its hidden) 4 Kenwood 4 inch speakers and 2 6 inch Speakers(2x4in and 2x6in on the parcel shelf and the other 2 4in are in the front kick panels somehow), and a Kenwood 12in Sub (of which i already bought ages ago and figured why not) first audio install ive done even though i had help with the wiring and im pretty happy with it, of course i will be re doing the kick panels as they were already pretty scuffed up and one is missing a corner. other than that, washer bottle motor has been replaced and a new switch and wiring has been run to run the washer bottle, and 2 new tires (195 50 r15) have been fitted a swell as the wheels have been polished up and look great.
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(not the tidiest, but ill be making a new kick panel in the future and might involve some reshaping)
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(still needs some finishing touches to be fitted properly in the glove box)
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Re: my new 1976 GD Galant

Postby VGJONO » Sun Jun 17, 2012 9:23 pm

So its been a while since i updated this thread, ive had the little beast rego'd for a few weeks now, the little thing is a dream to drive apart from the carby issues I'm having, but a Webber is getting ordered in the morning to sort that right out, the car gets a lot of compliments and confuses a lot of people as they haven't seen one in 20-30 years if at all.
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already worked her into some of my photography assignments

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Re: my new 1976 GD Galant

Postby VGJONO » Mon Jul 30, 2012 9:41 pm

So i got a few goodies in the mail over the past week and also got My exhuast done,

New Bar and a SG.com sticker (thanks 75wagon)
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New window seals (thanks again)
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Some Second hand extractors (half heat wrapped at the moment :$ ) system is a 2" with a resinator and muffler, sounds quite nice and has helped give her a bit more punch down low
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Next is a new starter motor, Altenator, Carby and finish wrapping the extractors :P
also a simple fix but a new thermostat may be needed since the weekend, noticed my temp was a bit higher than usual on the run out to willowbank (7am = Freezing) and home it was running a bit colder (4pm = not as cold)


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Re: my new 1976 GD Galant

Postby VGJONO » Tue Dec 11, 2012 9:43 pm

Alright so i got bored the other day and had to do the rocker cover gasket so while the rocker cover was off i decided to break out the spray can. then sanded back the fins on the top

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Also i recently got the windows tinted. i was told however that the rear window could not be done unless it was taken out of the car due to its shape, anyone else have this problem?

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however after fixing the rocker cover gasket and degreasing my engine bay i found that i have a more serious problem than that, of which i was figuring anyways due to the amount of oil ect. on the firewall. it seems im now getting blowback through the dipstick tube 8o| just cant win with this motor :(

now today while out with friends i found a wrecking yard close by with older mitsubishi's (cant find sigma's ect. in a wrecking yard to save my life here in QLD) and a sigma wagon sitting in a yard a few streets away. so hopefully in the new year i will be able to go ahead with an engine/gearbox transplant. 2.0L or 2.6L with a 5 speed, probably look into making an efi setup out of a Magna Manifold in the future aswell

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Re: my new 1976 GD Galant

Postby A112H » Wed Dec 12, 2012 6:53 am

Windows look good Jono but that sounds like crap about the back window. I have heard it about the scorpions but that is a prick of a window, I wouldn't think it would be too hard to do a sedan glass
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Re: my new 1976 GD Galant

Postby yno26galant » Wed Dec 12, 2012 7:20 pm

nice man liking the white interior :thumpsup:
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Re: my new 1976 GD Galant

Postby 75wagon » Wed Dec 12, 2012 7:23 pm

VGJONO wrote:i was told however that the rear window could not be done unless it was taken out of the car due to its shape, anyone else have this problem?

What happened to them being able shrink the window tint to fit on the outside of the window? They used to be able to do it 20 years ago, why can't they now?
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Re: my new 1976 GD Galant

Postby VGJONO » Sat Dec 15, 2012 10:57 am

Thanks guys

yeah i would have figured that it would be easy to do, but im not going to badmouth the guy as he did apologies and didn't charge me for the tint on the side windows and at the end of the day he did a good job aswell. and seeing as i have a rust issue at the bottom of the rear window that i need to adress soon i will just get the screen tinted when i take the window out to fix the rust.

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Re: my new 1976 GD Galant

Postby VGJONO » Wed Dec 26, 2012 3:55 pm

just done some mods and washed her over the last few days, been a while between washes :$

Ghettoed seat rails for new aftermarket SAAS seats (that are going to be replaced asap due to them being as uncomfortable as all hell)
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A friend of mine got me this for christmas, i intend to move the voltmeter under the dash and put a 2 5/8 speco Tacho in its place
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and washed after 3 months, kept kinda tidy until i left it under a tree the other night for the first time, walk out in the morning to find not only had the tree dropped all sorts of sap and bullshit but our new pup had jumped on the sides and put nice big muddy paw prints all over the car.
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still needs a polish (wheels included as they are nice and grubby looking still)

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Re: my new 1976 GD Galant

Postby mrelshauno » Thu Dec 27, 2012 5:33 pm

Where did you get the window seals?
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Re: my new 1976 GD Galant

Postby 75wagon » Thu Dec 27, 2012 8:22 pm

He bought them off me, they weren't new, but they were nice and soft.
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Re: my new 1976 GD Galant

Postby shuggy » Fri Dec 28, 2012 3:02 am

can get window rubbers easy, just go to rubber store. I can get them for postage fee if you need from WA. Mine fit like a dream but i used silicone to stop any water getting in
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Re: my new 1976 GD Galant

Postby VGJONO » Sat Jan 26, 2013 3:20 pm

So a very sad looking GB Galant just arrived in my front yard just in time to enjoy the wet aussie day weather

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picked this up for $150, it has a worked 1.6 (mild head work, 40thou over pistons ect.) and is lowered all around, my plans are to steal the carpet (if i can) the motor and gearbox, possibly the wheels and im going to see what the lowered suspension looks like in the GD (if its too low ill take it back out)
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Re: my new 1976 GD Galant

Postby 75glnt » Sat Jan 26, 2013 3:48 pm

holy crap!! poor bugger! :( i reakon the gd would look cool with the rims and suspension
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Re: my new 1976 GD Galant

Postby VGJONO » Sat Jan 26, 2013 4:04 pm

75glnt wrote:holy crap!! poor bugger! :( i reakon the gd would look cool with the rims and suspension


yeah im hoping so, if the rain clears up for a few minutes i might go and see if i can start her, and if the rain buggers off for an hour or so i may just change the rims over to see how they look :P
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Re: my new 1976 GD Galant

Postby 75glnt » Sat Jan 26, 2013 4:12 pm

:lol: great motivation there mate :thumpsup:
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Re: my new 1976 GD Galant

Postby VGJONO » Sat Jan 26, 2013 4:18 pm

haha yeah, get it done or have a shower :lol:
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Re: my new 1976 GD Galant

Postby 75glnt » Sat Jan 26, 2013 4:29 pm

haha or if you go outside. you can have both! :thumpsup: :lol:
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Re: my new 1976 GD Galant

Postby VGJONO » Sat Jan 26, 2013 4:37 pm

:lol: i just went outside, everything seemed fine, i take one step out of the cover and it starts bucketing down again haha so i just went and got a tarp to cover the drivers side door so it doesnt turn into a fish tank

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hows this for fitment (axle isnt attached to the spring) :lol:
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Re: my new 1976 GD Galant

Postby 75glnt » Sat Jan 26, 2013 5:24 pm

haha! lowrider :P
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Re: my new 1976 GD Galant

Postby VGJONO » Sat Jan 26, 2013 9:31 pm

you could say that haha, thanks to the diff not being attached we could only move the car half a meter at a time, each time we would push the diff would move the wheel against the guard and the wheel would catch and stop turning, so while 3 of us were pushing we had someone else on "diff duty" who had to yank on the wheel everytime it got close to the guard :lol:
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Re: my new 1976 GD Galant

Postby 75glnt » Sat Jan 26, 2013 9:44 pm

:lol: good one ya's. spose, whatever works hey? lol
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