GALANT EF­FORT

DREW FRIEND’S MIT­SUBISHI GALANT ‘SKID CAR’ IS NICER THAN MANY SHOW CARS

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This tough Ls1-pow­ered Mitsu was meant to be a skid car, but it turned out way too nice for that

WE KNOW how it is – you go to a car show and get all hep­ped up to go home and set the world on fire with your own build. That is ex­actly how Wol­lon­gong’s Drew Friend wound up build­ing an awe­some Ls-pow­ered Mit­subishi Galant. Well, sort of.

What started out as a sim­ple skid-event car be­came a finely de­tailed ma­chine that landed him in the Elite Hall Top 60 at Summernats 30.

“I got ex­cited after Brash­er­nats a few years ago and wanted to build a burnout car,” Drew ex­plains. “I’ve al­ways wanted a ’69 Capri but I couldn’t find one. My dad knew of this car, which he worked on years ago and it had al­ready been sand-blasted, tubbed, ’caged and painted, but had gone no fur­ther.

“We ac­quired it and went about re­build­ing it – which got out of con­trol. My dad never does things by halves so if it was go­ing to be done it had to be built prop­erly.”

That is cer­tainly the case when you in­spect Drew’s Mitsu up close, drink­ing in all the fin­ish­ing de­tails. Sure, he might have had good bones to work with, but this coupe has been fin­ished to a very high stan­dard.

The shell has been flow-coated in Baslac Ul­ti­mate Green Pearl by Drew’s dad and Steve Bosilkovski. It is a reti­na­jab­bing flu­oro hue that works well on the tough two-door shape, es­pe­cially when con­trasted by the gloss black de­tails that Drew and his dad have done. Ex­tra at­ti­tude comes from the four-inch re­verse-cowl, while the win­dows have been flush­fit­ted for a neater ap­pear­ance. Amaz­ingly, the ‘Ninja Tur­tle’ paint­work helps high­light the black 15x4.5 and fat 15x10 Bil­let Spe­cial­ties wheels wrapped in 275/60 rub­ber.

The old sin­gle-cam four-banger the Galant came with was never go­ing to get the job done for Drew, so he fit­ted a 5.7litre LS1. The light alu­minium Chevy proved to be a good thing right up un­til it dropped a lifter at Pow­er­cruise early in 2017, re­quir­ing a top-end re­build. The Gen III small-block now wears a pair of T-rex Cnc-ported heads, and fea­tures LS7 lifters, Camtech pushrods, dual valve springs, and a 233/238/110 Camtech camshaft pro­vid­ing womp. Race­works fuel rails, 1150cc in­jec­tors and a Hol­ley ECU han­dle the E85 and spark, while a Melling high-pres­sure pump and Moroso rear-hump pan take care of the oil. It’s a solid, ba­sic combo ca­pa­ble of throw­ing out 357hp at the treads, which is more than enough to make the fly­weight Galant a handful!

The coupe runs a Hughes two-speed Pow­er­glide auto, fed torque by a 4000rpm stall con­verter. The Friends up­graded the tail­shaft with Strange yokes and 1350 unis, while the diff is a Strange Pro Case nine-inch, packed with 4.3 gears, 35-spline axles, and a full spool for max­i­mum 11s.

That nine-inch sits on a pair of Ped­ders leaf springs, with stock-spec shocks moved in­board to clear the 10-inch-wide rears now fill­ing the mini-tubbed rear guards. Drew and his dad also added a rear sway-bar and Cal­tracs bars to try and keep things pointed straight, while a rack-and-pin­ion steer­ing sys­tem and coil-over shocks live up front, all braked by Wil­wood four-pot calipers and discs.

IT THROWS OUT 357HP AT THE TREADS, WHICH IS MORE THAN ENOUGH TO MAKE THE FLY­WEIGHT GALANT A HANDFUL

Cars built solely to sit on the lim­iter and throw belts at events don’t need beau­ti­fully fin­ished in­te­ri­ors, but Drew’s Galant has copped a ton of work inside to make sure it is not only gor­geous to look at but func­tional as well. The Kirkey seats, Auto Me­ter gauges, eight-point rollcage, SAAS tiller and B&M Stealth shifter tell you it is a car built to go fast, but the flat floors, cus­tom con­sole, trimmed tubs and the qual­ity of the stitch-work on ev­ery sur­face lift the cabin above and be­yond pure com­pe­ti­tion cars.

With such amaz­ing de­tail­ing, there was no way Drew would put his car through the hurt locker of a burnout com­pe­ti­tion, so he changed fo­cus and now has his sights set on ETS and trap speeds.

“Dad took the car to a whole new level, and now it’s too good to be a skid car, so we are go­ing to show it and drag-race it, which I am hooked on!” Drew en­thuses. “It has done a 10.65@126mph in its first full pass, so we are now in the process of get­ting it techap­proved so I can go quicker and not get kicked out. We’re also build­ing an­other mo­tor, which will be an as­pi­rated L98 six-litre Gen IV on ni­trous, so hope­fully we’ll run a low nine or high eight.”

NOW IT’S TOO GOOD TO BE A SKID CAR, SO WE ARE GO­ING TO SHOW IT AND DRAG-RACE IT

Even though he started off want­ing a Capri, Drew is stoked with his car. “I didn’t re­ally like it when it was in pieces, but once it was fin­ished I loved it,” he says. “Peo­ple don’t know what it is; ev­ery­one has Capris, To­ranas, RX-2S. I can’t thank Dad enough for what he did to make this hap­pen for me and ev­ery­one who helped through­out the build”

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