Enter project '76

A restoration project
by Paulo Rafael Subido | Jul 6, 2009

It has been quite some time since my first post. Obviously, this blogging thing is new to me, and I have yet to get used to the whole concept. That, or hunting parts down for my project takes plenty of time (and lots of effort).

To the one reader who posted a comment: My apologies for the lack of updates. Perhaps you know the feeling of what it is like to have a car on your mind 24 hours a day and not have time for anything else. Or, am I more obsessive than others?

From now on I hope to be as obsessed with updating this blog as I am with my Project 76. They should both go hand in hand. First, a timeline disclaimer: Project 76 has been ongoing since December 2008. It has been more than five months since I started work on this baby. So, bear with me if my references to the past are written in the present tense.

Pretty soon, my entries will catch up to what is happening to the car, in real time. Granted, anybody who knows what it is like to restore a car from the ground up knows how long the process takes. Good thing I keep a journal of receipts handy. With these I will reconstruct my journey, but I think that my memory will serve me well enough. So let's literally go to the past and I will work my way to where I am at present day. Funny how this blog will be a time warp in more ways than one! Here's the car as it looked like in December of last year:

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sideview

It may not look like it, but this is a 1976 Mitsubishi Galant Wagon, but my dad preferred to call it his Dodge Colt. The VIN tag identifies it as manufactured by Mitsubishi, distributed by Chrysler Philippines. He bought it brand-new in 1976, four years before I was even born. Under the hood is a 4G32 Saturn engine. As a kid, I always heard the oldies talk about this motor, and now that I'm older I know exactly why. Let's just say it just kicks ass. It may not be the strongest thing out there, but it is bulletproof.

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