We love Shandon’s dedication to the 1G DSM. He also demonstrates – perfectly – the addiction so many of us have with these classic Mitsubishi cars.
What’s your real name? (What’s your screen name?)
Shandon Lomoro (ForcedFour)
What do you do for a living and where do you live?
I am a part time student in electronic engineering, an electronic technician for an airborne survey company. Previously was a mechanic. I live just outside Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
What Mitsubishi(s) do you drive? How long have you had it/them?
I’ve always owned a 1st gen DSM. It was my first car and has been one of the few constants in my life for the past 7 years. Having started with a FWD Laser then changing shells for an AWD 2 years later, and finally again to a cleaner rust free shell, I’ve been through more parts than I can remember and spent more time wrenching than I ever dreamt I would’ve when I first got my DSM.
What are your build philosophy/goals for your Mitsubishi? How do you use it?
Building a car is personalizing it – if you’re passionate about it. You add a bit of yourself to it every time to turn a wrench. My build has no corners cut with nothing over looked. I have built a car that I can enjoy cruising around in on the park ways, that will idle (somewhat, lol), or open it up on the track and send the sport bikes home. I have built something I am proud of.
What originally attracted you to the Mitsubishi? What keeps you going today?
Originally, I was drawn in by the many great selling points of a DSM. For a 17 year old a turbo car just sounds cool. It wasn’t long before I got myself into trouble with it but these cars have taught me many lessons. As these cars get older and older I see fewer and fewer of them which is why I appreciate mine the way I do. They are slowly disappearing, making them more and more unique.
Got a favorite story about your Mitsubishi?
I would’ve loved to have it on video. I took my mom for a ride in my Talon; I think the fastest thing she’d been in before was probably an old Camaro that ran 15s. Before that day I don’t think I’d ever heard her swear in her life.
What are your goals for your Mitsubishi and how close are you to achieving them?
My goals are somewhat simple; build something that I enjoy driving. I’d also like to have it run as close to 9 seconds as possible the same way I drive it on the street (I’m allowed to dream aren’t I?).
What was your favourite modification and why?
Probably the engine; I’ve built everything on the car myself excluding the transmission and manifolds. Assembling an engine, knowing that all the parts you put in by hand, measured, and torqued, are orchestrated with such precision that we can squeeze hundreds of horsepower out of such a small displacement and do it time after time is really something.
Your mod list:
From what I can remember here is what I’ve done to the car:
BC springs and retainers
HKS 272 cams
Wiseco 1400HD pistons
Manley connecting rods
ACL race bearings
Kiggly main girdle
A1 head studs
Felpro permatorque head gasket
Machined balance shaft
JMFab vband exhaust manifold
Forcedperformance GT3586HTA, Tial exhaust housing 0.82 A/R
Magnus Race intake manifold
Remote oil filter
B&M oil cooler
JMFab catch can
ETS intercooler with 3” piping
Tial Q bov
Tial V44 waste gate
3” turbo back exhaust
Shep tranny – stage 3 with welded center dif and Evo 3-4
PTT twin disk clutch
Tien coil overs
Jay racing ATE
Ingals rear camber kit
Kumho XS tires
Dual piston calipers
Hawk hp pads
Blank Brembo rotors
JMFab fuel cell
Dual bosch 044s,
Magnus fuel rail
FIC 2150cc injectors
AEM HD methanol pump
NOS alky solenoid
Devil’s own nozzles
ECMLink V3 in speed density
AEM truboost with 5 bar map
AEM methanol flow gauge
Tell us about something really exciting you’ve done with other Mitsubishi owners.
Cruises or meets are always fun. Meeting other owners locally makes the community much more personal rather just strictly an online thing. I’m looking forward to an upcoming race with the Quebec community at Naperville.
Tell us about a time something broke and what it took to fix it.
I’ve been somewhat lucky and haven’t had too many major failures, short of blowing a head gasket or 2 and breaking shift forks in one of my transmissions. The part I break the most often are axles. On my first Laser, however, I did once repair an intercooler with JBweld. I almost believe the package when they say a farmer fixed a cracked block with that stuff now.
What’s the best part about being a Mitsubishi owner? The most challenging?
The best part about being a Mitsubishi owner is definitely being the underdog. I know when I line up at the track against the gutted Mustang on 10.5” slicks that barely idles, no one is looking at my car. The most challenging is becoming finding parts for these cars. This car is now 20 years old and there are parts that have been discontinued for a few years now.
What excites you about the coming year? (Your Mitsu and your community)
Now that my build is complete I will be able to make it to races with it. I’m looking forward to trying my car on a road course and a bit more drag racing.
How often do you get together with other Mitsubishi owners in person?
A few close friends of mine own DSMs as well, which I talk to on a regular basis. Usually I’d meet up with other owners once or twice every 2 weeks.
Your thoughts on those who part out otherwise salvageable cars?
Maybe I’ll find a mint condition head liner to replace mine!
How do you feel building a Mitsubishi compares to building a Mitsubishi community?
I feel they’re fairly different. It doesn’t take any sort of mechanical aptitude to enjoy these cars. While building a car is, at least for me, more of a solo thing, a community is composed of many. Building a Mitsubishi is totally up to the owner while a community follows trends.
How has your Mitsubishi build benefited from your involvement in the community?
What’s next for your Mitsubishi?
I would like to improve the oiling system if possible with a Moroso oil pan and Kiggly HLA pressure regulator, put the car on a diet with a carbon hood and hatch, maybe lexan windows in the rear.
Who has helped you the most along the way with the car? Any mentors?
Along the way, I’ve found advice on forums to have been the most helpful, not strictly from our community, but anyone into cars. A good friend of mine, Pat, has helped push me to make the car the way it is today with our builds over the past winter.
How have you paid this forward and mentored others?
I’ve helped numerous people though some jobs that were too big for them to take on their own; either with advice and tips and tricks, to driving a few hours to help with engine rebuild and timing belt jobs.
Is there a particular shop you’d like to recommend?
JMFab, Of all places I’ve dealt with Jim has provided the best experience. This doesn’t mean there aren’t other shops I don’t appreciate. RTM Racing has put up with my ordering countless AN fittings. More locally is HP Autosports, where most locals go for DSM work.
Are you on Twitter? Facebook? Where can people find you online?
People can find me online on Facebook or on any of the above websites.
Thank you for allowing us the privilege of sharing your story with the world, Shandon!