1987 Mitsubishi Colt that takes on Mongol Rally 2020

13 Marraskuu 2019

Long story short: We are 2 guys from Tallinn/Estonia and are planning to take our Mitsbishi 2/3 around the globe(or flat earth if you like) and bring It back to Estonia, totaling 26 000 km!

Guys from Estonias only MC told that I should make a thread here also, so why not. Where should we start. Back in july I stumbeld on a list made by carthrottel about crazy car rallies. Next to the gumball 3000 there was mongol rally. And now, we own a '87 1.2 Colt with astonishing 44kw and it will be on the starting line 18. july 2020 in Czech. Any Finnish teams here?

Mongol Rally will take us from EU to Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Mongolia, Russia and back to EU.
We will test our car on D915(turkey), Pamir highway(thru stans), Gobi desert etc. We will see, how the car handels 60+ degree weather, over 4300m altitude, crazy start and stop traffic in Iran. And will do it in our small 44kw fwd 4spd Mitsubishi Colt!

How the car looked like when we got it: http://eng.auto24.lv/lietoti/mitsubishi/colt/3162324

It was a 400€ turd, smelled like old people and the gearbox was s*it. We wanted to get a 5spd, but there wasn't any, so we replaced all the bearings in our 4spd and it cost as much as the car, but was worth it! Then we found out that the mastercylinder leaks oil, soon after that one rear wheel locket up and the problems just kept piling. But we are happy with our choice. Thats my first Mitsubishi!

To do list:

1. breaks+lines+master cylinder. (DONE)
2. Wheel bearings(DONE)
3. Engine oil leaks+belts(DONE)
4. Oil pan leaks(DONE)
5. 3mm steel sump-/gas tank guard.
6. New honda civic 1.6 radiator(ALU. from ebay)+new hoses
7. Rear upper shockmounts need to be welded(DONE)
8. New springs+shocks(rear only)(DONE)
9. New Exhaust(DONE)
10. New sparkplugs etc.
11. FEDIMA F/OR 155/80R13 tires. The body need some work to make them fit!
12. Rear seat delete
13. Oil temp. and water temp. gauges on A pillar
14. 3 extra 12v outlets: 2x 15amp, 1x 30amp.


There is alot to do,It's just the start!

I'm new to this forum and I'm sorry if my english isn't the best.
PS! WILL ADD PICTURES SOON. Till then follow us on facebook https://www.facebook.com/2stupid2stop/ and IG: https://www.instagram.com/2_stupid_2_stop/
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13 Marraskuu 2019
First month after ownership:

Installed LED headlights:

Same ISO and shutter speed:

After that, the car went to ''rehab'' and this is the sitsiuation now:

So for now, car breaks and drives, but there is still much more to do! Next weekend the rear shocks will be replaced and mounts welded(I hope). Next month hopefully parts from aliexpress will arrive(silicone hoses, sensors, 12v sockets, fusebox etc.) Before you ask: ''Dude, why ali?'' Well...I'm addicted to aliexpress(some people may know what it means :D ) AND its the same crap that you''ll buy from ebay + we are making a budget build to show that you don't need to be rich to be a car-travel enthusiast. We are not making any boost, we only have 44kw...We will be good :D Thats it for now, will keep you updated!

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V GSR & A163
Club Member
31 Maaliskuu 2009
And they don't blind others. We tested that. :D
Hopefully you are right.

Personally I would choose warm white colored lights for 80's car if its not some futuristic build.
I also have quite strong antipathy for Aliparts or any other store that sells cheap chinese shit. Otherwise I like your project very much and it's always nice to see when old cars are brought back to life.
13 Marraskuu 2019
Well, we will bring her back to life to some extent, but we won't be replacing floorpanels, sills etc. what means, that the main problem(rust) will be there still. We will make the car run and be mechanically fit for the 26 000 km it needs to last. After that, the car will go to MOMU(motospordi muuseum/motorsport museum) in Haapsalu. It is not a restoration project and it will never be. But it will be a frikin good looking overlander Colt from year 87 with all the new parts, thats for sure! :)
13 Marraskuu 2019

This weekend the rear end got some work:

Mounts need welding still:

Next weekend all the engine leaks will be removed, timing belt+waterpump changed, OEM fuelpump will be replaced with low pressure electric one and the generetor will be refurbished if needed(new brushes and bearings). The last part is really important, becuse our car will have 255w halogen ''rally'' lights in front, 3x 12v outlets(2x 15A=180w and 1x30A=360w) and 2 sensors+gauges on A pillar. All of the extra electronics will be powerd through new fusebox. All of the fusebox wiring will be 8-12 gauge(fusebox + and - will be 2 gauge). The OEM system will get the ''big 3'' upgrade with 2 gauge wire to prevent any fire hazard.
13 Marraskuu 2019
The end is almost here.. New weekend, new things. All the engine leaks are gone, timing belt+waterpump changed, OEM fuelpump will be replaced with low pressure electric one and the generetor will be refurbished.

1. Oil pan should be tight again

2. OEM fulepump is now ''blind''

3. Generator refurbished

4. New waterpump and timing belt

5. Crankcase seal replaced

6. What should have been an easy fix ended up being one of the biggest jobs :D

Don't know, when will the rust repair be finished, but if all that's done, then there will be 2 major jobs left: Mating honda civic 1.6 aluminium radiator with that engine and adding 3mm skidplates.
13 Marraskuu 2019
Another weekend has ended and the rear end is ready. I'm not happy at all with the job they have done(the welds) but its 2mm steel, welded from both sides, so it should hold. It was a total rustbucket, it still is, but we are getting there :D

13 Marraskuu 2019
I belive we are officially members of the club now! Took 6 months :D

+ got the first things from aliexpress, reducer hose 35-32(for the civic radiator) and low pressure pump for backup(as fuelpump). 9 more things to come :D
13 Marraskuu 2019
Another update!

The rear end is now 3cm higher than the front. But I think that with the extra weight our car needs to move around it will level!

But lets talk BIG! We got a 2 inch(54mm) exhaust now. Sounds mad :D There is a rumor that Ott Tänak will drive our car next season:eek:

It sounds mad, but it sounded even worse before and atleast now it doesn't try to kill us in start-stop traffic :D
Click here for the video

My co-driver kinda hates that sound, but its not like a civic so...I like it :ROFLMAO:
13 Marraskuu 2019

Happy new year all! In the last days of 2019 our colt lost all of her engine oil becuse of a gearbox side crankseal went *boom*. We are lucky again, its one lucky car I must say :D Second thing is that we got the right headunit for it! It had seen better days, but we fixed it.

It looks period correct, it even has ''CD in'', so you could hook up your walkman and pump some nice 90's hits!
Oh and if somebody knows about that head unit. Like how many ohm, 2 or 4 channel etc. We thought about updating speakrs in the dash and maybe adding 2 elsewhere in the car.
13 Marraskuu 2019
So few updates.

I have recived all things from China+ the 1.6 civic radiator from ebay, but its also from China:D

Welds look decent, but could be better, becuse they are made by a robot...

The only welds with fractures in them are the ones that hold the upper tank to the body.

And here is everything from China. #NFSU2

1. 32mm 1M
2. 35mm-32mm reducer
3. 30mm 1M
4. Fuelfilter(120mm)
5. Water temp sensor adapter.
6. 21W LED backup light
7. Backup 12v 0.3bar fuelpump
8. 1.6 civic aluminium radiator (internal measurements- 358H * 350W * 36T MM)
9. Water temp dial
10. Oil temp dial
11. A pilar pods for dials

Now we just need to put all of that inside our Colt and wait for the rally. There are few things, like sumpguard and interior upgrades. We also got 2 new sponsors www.Motonet.ee and www.rvs.fi , both Finnish companies. Next update will come in a month or so I belive, so stay tuned!
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