Australia, 2005. After searching for almost five years, Jason finally found the car he was looking for: a ’75 Galant hardtop, with only 46,5k miles on the odo. After driving it for three months, the engine started to become smokey, and Jason stored the car until the time was ripe for a restoration. After almost another five years, Jason pulled the Galant out of storage and began his restoration, and the end result may most certainly be there!
It may not look exactly like the Galants that were in the brochures in the mid ’70’s, but overall, Jason kept an eye on the originality of the Galant and only added a few ‘personal touches.’
Where do you live?
Paralowie in South Australia.
What do you do for a living?
What kind of Mitsubishi are you driving? How long have you owned it?
1975 Galant Hardtop. I bought it in 2005.
A Galant hardtop is quite the rare car. How did you come to own it?
I searched for about five years for the right car. I came across this one as a one-owner with 75,000kms (approx. 46,500miles). The original owner was 85 and gave up driving so I got it for a good price.
What made you decide to do a complete rebuild on this Galant, instead of just driving it?
I was always going to build it from scratch. It was in serviceable condition but the paint was tired, seats were ripped, and the poor old 1600 and automatic was not acceptable long term.
What was the biggest obstacle you’ve had to overcome, during the rebuild?
Spare parts. The hardtops were released in very limited numbers in Australia (approx. 1,000) and never really had spares to back them up.
What have you done to the car?
Fully adjustable coilover suspension with slotted over size brakes. Full Galant GTO interior, 15×6 and 15×8 custom steel wheels, 3-row alloy radiator, electric engine fan, all new fuel lines, fuel cell and electric pump in boot, battery in boot, engine oil cooler, speed-flow fittings, H4 hi/low lights and 150w landing lights, and much more.
What are your plans with the car?
I have no real plans other than just enjoying it. It will be coming off of the road for the Australian winter to fix a few gremlins and replace the front panel with some mint ones I have.
What made you decide to let the exhaust come out exactly in the middle of the rear of the car?
Just liked the look. I have removed the petrol tank in favour of a boot mounted fuel cell so had plenty of room under the centre of the car.
What’s powering the Mitsubishi Galant? Some specs of the engine?
1988 Astron II 2.6L block is a narrow 2.6L Astron II with balance shafts removed and flat top pistons. Head is a 2.0 Astron I that has been decked, ported, polished, and fitted with over size valves with a 3-angle grind. Cam is a secret, but it is lumpy and pulls from 3500 rpm. Redline inlet manifold fitted with twin side draft 48mm Dellortos. Custom headers with 2.5inch custom exhaust.
How easy is it to get parts for these Galants?
Very hard, I ended up buying a full rolling shell just for the doors, lol. I have made a few great contacts all around the world and managed to get some very rare parts like the badges and NOS tail lights.
Share one of your favourite moments you’ve had with this car?
My Wife (Jane) loves it and drove me to get it finished from day one. That support is my favourite memory but I must say I do enjoy the attention it gets driving down the road and the ‘thumbs up’ it gets at traffic lights and petrol stations.
Are you a gear head? What does that mean to you?
I think I am. I love all things automotive, some makes and models more than others, but I can appreciate the work people put into their cars even if it isn’t done to my taste.
I would like to thank my Wife, the guys at S-G (especially Affa, Mike & Scott), Import Monster, JNC & Pentastar Parts. With out your support the Hardtop would still be in a million pieces.
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