Greetings from New Mexico, USA!

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DustyK120
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Greetings from New Mexico, USA!

Post by DustyK120 » Tue Oct 01, 2019 2:32 pm

Hello everybody, I am an import enthusiast from New Mexico. I recently purchased a 1979 Plymouth Arrow GS, which many know is just an imported Mitsubishi Celeste hatchback. It had been stuck in the dirt on an old couple's property for years, with a big "$300" on the windshield.
For the last month, I have been putting in a lot time just getting the thing cleaned up and identifying parts to be replaced. The whole engine was BROWN, not due to rust, but to just dirt caked to it from the wind. After a month of cleaning out every part (including dismantling, cleaning, and reassembling the carb), a new ignition coil, new distributor rotor and cap, new fuel pump and filter, new spark plugs, new plug wires, all fluids drained and refilled (after flushing, of course), new wheels and tires, and lots of adjustments to the carb, the little Arrow started right up and drove for the first time in almost 20 years. Shortly after, I guess the water pump had seized and the impeller shaft snapped, so now I'm replacing the entire cooling system. Other than that, it runs and drives beautifully. The 4 speed manual tranny shifts smooth, and considering some parts that still need obvious replacing, this thing is a joy to drive. I love owning a piece of automotive history and a fairly rare car.

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Re: Greetings from New Mexico, USA!

Post by Natedog » Tue Oct 01, 2019 9:41 pm

Welcome! Thats a good looking Arrow!
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Fire Arrow
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Re: Greetings from New Mexico, USA!

Post by Fire Arrow » Wed Oct 02, 2019 3:04 am

Nice save. Wheels look great. Welcome!

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Re: Greetings from New Mexico, USA!

Post by mitsuman » Wed Oct 02, 2019 4:22 pm

Thank you for joining the forum.
That looks like a great find.
Did the car look like this when you first got it? It looks fabulous.
Revival after twenty years is nothing short of epic.
Let us know what we can do to help.
Greg
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Re: Greetings from New Mexico, USA!

Post by DustyK120 » Thu Oct 03, 2019 12:47 pm

mitsuman wrote:
Wed Oct 02, 2019 4:22 pm
Thank you for joining the forum.
That looks like a great find.
Did the car look like this when you first got it? It looks fabulous.
Revival after twenty years is nothing short of epic.
Let us know what we can do to help.
Thanks! The top picture with the hood open was shortly after we pushed it off of the trailer the morning we picked it up. A buddy of mine with a Jeep and a 12,000lb winch helped me drag it out of the dirt. Obviously I had to put a lot of work into it already to get the engine to start. Now I have to work on the cooling system and the brakes. It will stop, but I have to go to the floor just to get the car to stop. I need to strip and redo the interior. That long time of sitting wasn't kind to it, despite the exterior actually not being too bad (paint is cracking and such). I have a lot planned for this thing, including a new paint job and eventually an engine swap.

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Re: Greetings from New Mexico, USA!

Post by Team_Harco » Mon Oct 07, 2019 6:39 am

Welcome. The Arrow looks really clean.
Scott
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