So, My name is Adrian and I’m and alco… sorry wrong forum I’m a long time lurker, infrequent poster. I thought it was probably time to introduce myself, and my wheels, for anyone i didn’t meet at Beaulieu the other week.
I have been through 3 GTOs so far… (so far? i don’t want to send another one to the great scrap yard in the sky)… I have always loved them so i have been on the occasional look out for one for a while. Back in 2013 a mate an I signed up for the ScumRun. A banger rally with a price limit of “roughly” £500. So we set about looking for sh*tboxes in the 400 to 600 range. Up pops a £600 1991 black N/A GTO (jap import) literally 3 miles away. Obviously i had no choice but to have a look at it, and after taking it out for a run bought it on the spot for £550 (knocked him down due to some minor issues).
All in all it was a pretty good motor. We snazzed it up with stickers and some internal mods etc and it made the 2500km round trip to Cologne, Berlin, Prague, Strasbourg, and then home again without breaking a sweat (except on the autobahn where i had it up to 160mph with power to spare… )
But alas it was not to last, as a few months later we took a group driving holiday to wales. My co-pilot for the scumrun was driving the GTO, i was in my Smart Roadster Brabus, and friends were in an MX5 and a scooby. We went to the Evo Triangle to give the cars a bit of a run, and my mate ended up wrapping her around a tree.
A full debrief of events was documented on our ScumRun blog here http://wkandcabe-scumrun.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/once-more-unto-breach.html#more
Feel free to have a poke around the rest of the blog if you want more background on that car.
The last good picture of her before the unscheduled arboreal interface - * sobs *
Still… not fazed by the loss of £550 (plus mods) i decided to get another. This time i found another N/A, a MK2 1994 model this time, this time for a little over £600. Looked in near perfect condition.
Bought that after inspecting it closely (checking the timing belt among other things) and snapped it up. Took it home, drove it around for a few weeks, and then one day the power-steering / alternator belt snapped, jammed in the crank pully, made the timing belt skip about 5 teeth, and wrote off the engine. Well balls! Not worth getting it rebuilt… as that would be several orders of magnitude more ££ than just buying a replacement car. So off to the scrappy that went.
Numebr 3 turned up on my search just 5 miles away. This time, determined not to repeat past mistakes, i opted to spend a bit more money and get a better car. A 1993 TT in Red. Not immaculate, but i was deliberately looking for a project car. All the features seemed to be in place. Active aero, active exhaust, 4ws, active suspension, AC, cruise, moon-roof, no obvious electric faults. As it turns out, most of these features were on the edge of failure… and i didnt find that out until much later… but then with my luck so far, that was a given.
So after what seemed a good inspection i bought this one for just over £3k.
As expected it goes like stink. I think its had a few tweaks as its pulling almost 5s 0-60 which seems a little above average. But as implied above, it has a laundry list of issues, including several of the advanced features failing (like the active rear spoiler, active exhaust, and suspension. But still, its certainly a fun car, and as a project car its definitely giving me things to play with, so I will be keeping it until it detonates, or end up in a ditch. Which ever comes first… lol.
So, now to my query, in my adventures with this new car, i have discovered a strange box. Above the rear wheel well, inside the car, on the drivers side. There is a metal box that looks original mitsubishi, but not original to the car, glued in place with a WORLD of mastic, and then another, that looks like 3rd party, gunked on top of that with even more mastic. They both appear to have been wired into the factory wiring loom, or at least, were done back in japan so all the cables and wrap have aged the same amount. I have no idea what it does, but it doesnt look like any of the other factory parts in the car.
See the terrible pic below:
Does anyone have any clue what this might be? Getting it out will be a mission but i would love to know what it does. Its not an alarm or immobiliser (or at least not one thats working). It could be a tracker, but theres no antenna, or way of administering it.
Just to wrap it all up in a nice little bow, if you are feeling bored and want to read some more of my ramblings about my GTO woes, wander over to my blog. https://adriandiy.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/the-gto-project-car.html There are a whole load of posts about the car so far, but ive not updated it in a while so i need to do that.
Anyway… thats me done for the next 4 years or so, lol…