There's a history both behind this car, and the friendship with this person. I met him 10 years ago following a random conversation that I injected myself into between 2 strangers at an auto parts store. I had just bought a '92 Civic CX with crap compression and was picking up some service parts to keep it limping and useful while I built my DSM. I overheard him mention "4g63" to somebody as I walked by, so I turned around and introduced myself without any clue that he was one of the "realest" people I've ever known.
What occurred for me in the following discussion was an awakening on my part. He led me to an adjacent parking lot where an un-assuming Hyundai Elantra sat. This isn't the one, but is one of many factory cars that he's swapped a 4g63 into. What he managed to get through my big thick skull was there were lots of great inconspicuous chassis that you can simply bolt a 4g63 into. Over time it became evident where you can find lots of "racing" parts, from factory equipment on various mini-vans, station wagons, much of the Hyundai line-up from '92-'95. During the "DSM Years", there were plenty of cars from other manufacturers that made dynamite donors, and this sparked my ability to be frugal in some of my ventures.
If you ever meet Jamie, expect his knowledge of car parts both inside and outside the realm of Mitsubishi to be as unassuming on the surface as the car in this video. He has true talent. Finds peace and happiness in a junkyard full of decay, and skills that create useful high-performance art from what many consider rubbish. Because he's already taken time walking around with parts from one car and bolting them on to others to see if they'll fit, worked as a machinist's apprentice rebuilding everything under the sun, and done the tech work to analyze failures in all of it, he's often my go-to guy for advice when things aren't working correctly. Many times he's come through for me in a pinch and shed light on something I didn't understand. That goes both for examples in the automotive domain, and in real life when I've hit hard times. Many of my parts for the Colt came from his past builds on various Mitsubishis and Hyundais. In fact... many of my Colt parts have come from this very car.
He gave this chassis to somebody, and they returned it later because life didn't let them finish it. I don't think it took even a month once he put his mind to working on it to get it in this state, and it was motorless-and-in-pieces. I can't wait to see these parts get bolted on this car. I think we'll have a new textbook definition of sleeper when he's done.
4G63 Dragster - First Track Day
Atco Raceway - 4/18/09
First day at the track with our 4G63 Dragster project. The converter is too tight to build Boost on the line at the moment but we're working on it!
Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama Plant Tour
Visit Us at: http://LTWTV.us - Lets Talk Wheels travels to Montgomery Alabama and the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing facility where they build the popular Elantra and Sonata models. Once you watch this interesting video, I know you will want to take the free tour. Just call 334-387-8019 and make a reservation.
Narration by: Mike Herzing
Videography by: Lynn David Cole
4G63 Hyundai Excel Dedication
This a dedication to my old 93 Hyundai Excel with a 4g63t swap out of a eclipse 2.0 turbo. I sold the car to later find out that was a big mistake. Don't know where it is now so I assume that someone took the "good" parts out of the car and scrap the shell. This was the best car I ever had together and I just wanted to make this video in the memory of this car. I know it was just a car but it meant more to me than that, I'm sure some car guy junkies feel the same way about their old cars that regret getting rid of or selling.
DSM 4g63 Engine Build
This is the video I made for the rebuild I did on my 1995 Eagle Talon TSi AWD. It took us over 6 months of hard work consisting of many almost sleepless nights, and countless frustrating moments that almost made us walk away.
Engine Work Includes: honed cylinders, decked head and block, head rebuilt, new timing components, water pump, arp main and headstuds, acl race bearings, cometic mls headgasket, new engine gasket set, stock pistons and rods, odds and end stuff.
Jamie's Boosted Hyundai Elantra (Oct '11)
This is an old video that I've decided to post practically un-edited. A few parts were skipped regarding off-topic babble in order to keep it under 10 minutes. You've seen this car in another video.
There really is no way to determine how many different cars contributed to this build. Every last part on it (except the one featured in this video) was previously used on another vehicle. Absolutely nothing came new in a box. The owner put enough 4g63's together in a lifetime to have extra gaskets and seals laying around to exclusively use junkyard parts to build a whole car.
In the last video, you saw me contribute all the turbo parts to this build. Used 150,000 mile old stock DSM turbo parts including a worked 14b. I'm happy to show it to you all put together. Check the other video of this car if you want more details on the engine build. None of the internals have changed.
485 RWHP Ford Focus: Corvette Killer
This car is the ultimate sleeper. Powered by a 347 stroker, this light weight Focus is sitting on a set of drag radials and will sneak up on ya and KICK YOUR ASS!!
this is the progress i have made on my talon in the last 5 months