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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 10:14 am 
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Hey all, so about 4 years ago my wife bought me a red 89 turbo for Christmas, its incredibly clean, with a 100k or so on it. Sitting at 125 now. Still has the original 4g61 with a 16g, intake, exhaust, and maf translator. I put in a spec clutch and l.w. flywheel, and a half rad, great little daily driver with some punch, oh it was originally owned by Timmy likes boost, then Kaazeman, then me Woundup7

Fast forward, on the hunt for another turbo hatch, I reach out to a local dsm/csm guy in Seattle, he has an original 89 that was built swapped by Kaazeman around the same time as my red one. Exact same build except Darrin put a VR4 63 in this one. Unfortunately this one is sitting outside in an alley in Seattle rotting away. It runs but need some tlc on the motor ( few leaks and t belt), and the interior is hammered. Its sitting at 195k, and he has put on around 70k in the ten years since the swap. So we make the deal and I tow it home on my trailer.

The back story on the car is that Jeff the p.o. bought it from a young guy in New Jersey, then took it to Hawaii for a few years, before finally settling in Seattle.

I put it the shop for 3 months to dry out, and my wife starts tearing into it, 3 months later the spare tire well has 2 inches of water and the interior is all moldy. Im pretty much committed to a gut and awd swap this fall. its kinda sad, but the black one is hammered, shifter feels like mush, carpet is moldy and has heel hole, seat belts are broke and cycling randomly, rust on the roof, etc. So to that end I just bought a 91 eagle talon awd 5 speed non runner for all the conversion bits.

The end goal is to keep the running vr4 motor and e316g that is in, add to 272 cams and ecm link. Along with all the awd running gear. I plan on keeping the dash, door cards, and putting my omp champ race seats in there. My wife works at DirtFish rally school and plan on having the cage builder put a rally spec cage in there this winter.

Anyways the vins and titles are both in my name

Chris Miller
Preston Wa
89 Red JA3CU54Z4KU038509
89 Black JA3CU54Z7KU027648

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1989 Mitsubishi Mirage Turbo Red
1989 Mitsubishi Mirage Turbo Black, getting the swap
2002 BMW Z3 Mcoupe 1-of-690
2005 Dodge Ram 2500 Power Wagon
2003 Ford ZX3 Stage Rally Beast


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:46 am 
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Great write-up and dual-intro to the two new stable mates!

I'll be sure to email myself those Vin's so i can decode them and add them to the Vin Registry.

I can now put a name to a screen handle as I have seen many names pop up, in offsite convo's.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:13 pm 
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Hey thanks for the add, I'm excited to have two of these little gems.

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1989 Mitsubishi Mirage Turbo Red
1989 Mitsubishi Mirage Turbo Black, getting the swap
2002 BMW Z3 Mcoupe 1-of-690
2005 Dodge Ram 2500 Power Wagon
2003 Ford ZX3 Stage Rally Beast


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:55 pm 
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Black Vin added, other car is already listed. Interesting fact: This is the only car built out of order serial number wise, from all others listed. It is essentially a block 1 of July build, with all June build date cars surrounding it. Very strange, but that is how it hits in ASA. July cars start with 030302 as the serial number, moving forward and June ends with 030207. I don't have all cars between those numbers but someday, maybe I can get more info from head office or Mitsu Corporate like some other sites have done with Domestic VIN's and build sheet information databases. Dreams my friends, dreams!


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:40 pm 
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Gosh I love that your doing this Tim. Maybe you can publish a book on the mysterious rare colt gt someday ha ha

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14b, 450cc's, 3" exhaust, small fmic, all running on megasquirt version: DIYPNP
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 6:24 am 
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"The car that changed the World!" Or something to that effect?

It would be interesting to have some in house manufacturer perspective on many things, including outside perspective from journalists whether they were around at the time or not, but can get some real perspective from the company and people that bought these cars. Would be a real labor of love to decode Mitsubishi from the early eighties until the mid nineties.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 7:11 pm 
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I had another Red 89 turbo, but it was just a roller shell, I traded for a Honda street bike two years ago. Do you want to see if I can dig up the vin.?

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1989 Mitsubishi Mirage Turbo Black, getting the swap
2002 BMW Z3 Mcoupe 1-of-690
2005 Dodge Ram 2500 Power Wagon
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 7:42 am 
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That would be great if another VIN popped up on radar.

Was the shell, a Dodge/Plymouth or Mirage? Mirage I can decompile minus color, Dodge and Plymouth require more info from the owners/reporters.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 9:25 am 
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It was a 89 Mirage, red.
Where do I find the registry on the forum?
Thanks

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1989 Mitsubishi Mirage Turbo Black, getting the swap
2002 BMW Z3 Mcoupe 1-of-690
2005 Dodge Ram 2500 Power Wagon
2003 Ford ZX3 Stage Rally Beast


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 2:53 pm 
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General Chat, top most sticky post:

Click me for The Registry


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:34 pm 
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Already started the "swap" the rear end is in. Next up is the front tranny. Yay

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1989 Mitsubishi Mirage Turbo Red
1989 Mitsubishi Mirage Turbo Black, getting the swap
2002 BMW Z3 Mcoupe 1-of-690
2005 Dodge Ram 2500 Power Wagon
2003 Ford ZX3 Stage Rally Beast


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