FAST FOURS &
Had a great
weekend in CHCH, meetingGTO guys and putting the R73X in the
Fast Fours and Rotaries South Island Champs Car Show. No
prizes but the GTO looked great amongst the Dattoes and Mazdas. Finally
met Jonno and Rob whose names you gave me 2 years ago. Also
caught up on Jack again and 2 other guys we had become aware
of recently. Jack has a completly original white GS,
Rob has a blue GSR you would swear was brand new and Jonno
has a silver GS with some engine mods which allow a top speed of
240 k's, and Andrew is now keen to get his gto finished asap. We
now hope to get 3 or 4 GTO's in the next similar show, like
you guys do up North.
Thanks George for
sending this in, car looks great.
1972 GALANT GTO R73 X
This car is a replica
of the one made for Mitsubishi by Bellco racing for the 1972
Tokyo car show.
The original (hickory
brown) car is in the Mitsubishi Motor Museum and is based on the
Galant GTO with a few changes:
MOTOR; The original
car has a detuned R69B engine which powered Mitsubishi to a win
in the 1971 Japan Grand Prix.
It was a 2000cc DOHC
16 valve engine producing 290 hp.
The motor in this car
is a 2000cc DOHC 16 valve fuel injected Galant engine converted
back to old school. (Custom high compression pistons, EVO 3
camshafts, Webers and custom extractors). Because the engine was
originally mounted transversely custom water piping was required.
Custom made inlet manifold and exhaust systems were also
BODY; Wheel arches and
15 wire wheels, Modified bonnet arch with scoop, front side
indicators turned 90 degrees, both bumpers color coded, with
other differences in grill and bootlid spoiler not completed.
MUSEUM R73 X
The car was once a
deregistered parts car and came free with another GTO which I
bought 2 and ½ years ago.
A left rear panel was
welded in place of the smashed in panel, and a replacement door
the last 2 years the correct parts have been found and fitted;
from Lawrence, engine from Christchurch, grill from Taranaki,
air dam from Gisborne, interior from Invercargill.
and paint by Neil Rogan Panelbeating, Mataura.