1979 Mitsubishi Sapporo GSR | Retro Rides

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Mitsubishi Sapporo

Post by Mr_Bo11ox on Feb 16, 2005 12:00:50 GMT

1972 Fiat 130

1985 Talbot Alpine

1974 Lancia Beta Saloon

1975 + 1986 Mazda 929 Koop + Wagon

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Post by stuyizz on Feb 26, 2005 16:38:10 GMT

Post by stuyizz on Sept 3, 2006 13:21:20 GMT

I thought it was about time I rescued this thread from page 30!

History: 2003-2004

I saw it for sale by the side of the road in May 2003 with no mot or tax, a slipping clutch and a few worn suspension bits etc. even though I’d always liked J cars I had never even heard of a Sapporo but I bought it there and then.

Speaking to the guy I bought it from, it turned out that he had only bought it recently from an old boy that he had done some work for, The old boy had bought it from his local Colt dealer, Denver Autos (skid parish) in Bury st edmunds as an ex demonstrator when it was one years old. He had then owned it untill he gave up driving in 2003. The guy I bought it from had bought it to do up but after only owning it for a month decided that he didn’t have the time so put it up for sale again.

Mitsubishi Sapporo

When I got it home nobody else could see the potential, even though the body had been restored by the first owners son at some point it still needed plenty of recommisioning.

Over the next year I replaced the clutch,Radiator, most of the front steering arms, reconditioned the front lower suspension, replaced the battery, starter and alternator, painted the front headlight filler panel and detrimmed the sides. I also sourced some Fondmetal wheels from an S12 nissan 200sx and matched the springs up with some lowered ones for a Mk3 fiesta and a Mk2 golf

Although it now looked loads better than before I wasn’t that keen on the wheels, even though they were very similar to the origional 14 steels in style I thought they were still a bit modern looking so decided to have them stripped and powder coated black.

The engine bay was in pretty good condition but it did need a bit of tidying, I painted the airbox black and gave it a good clean.

A subtle change that made a lot of differance was stipping the rear light lenses and grill of all the chrome that had tarnished and flaked off over the years, I chose to paint it all a dark graphite grey as well as the rear centre panel.

I also made a new GS/r badge from a skyline GT/R and a vauxhall GS badge as my origional was knackered.

This is how the finished car looked in 2004 when I went to RCS and got flyered by somebody from Retro-Rides.

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