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1976 Mitsubishi Celeste 1600ST Part 9: Reassembly In Process

When we last saw our Power Wheels Magazine Project Car at the workshop of JSK Custom Paint and Auto Works in Marulas, Valenzuela City, it was freshly painted in glossy red. Most of the major components like the 1600 cc engine, 3-speed automatic transmission, front and rear suspension, front disc brakes and rear drum brakes, and power-assisted steering system have ...

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1976 Mitsubishi Celeste 1600ST Part 7: Too Close To Call

In Part 6 of our Power Wheels Magazine Project Car series, the technicians at JSK Custom Paint and Auto Works have stripped the donor car of our 1976 Mitsubishi Celeste 1600ST project car to bare metal. After its restoration, the Celeste was supposed to be a birthday gift from our good friend, Aldous Rex Alingog, to his father, Roberto “Bob” ...

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1976 Mitsubishi Celeste 1600ST Part 6: Stripped to Bare Metal

If you’re following these stories in our Power Wheels Magazine Project Car series, we chronicled the replacement of the 4-speed manual transmission of our 1976 Mitsubishi Celeste 1600ST with a 3-speed automatic (A/T) and the addition of a hydraulic power steering system (P/S) in our previous post. Our readers submitted several comments on our Power Wheels Facebook page offering suggestions ...

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1976 Mitsubishi Celeste 1600ST Part 5: Converting to A/T and Adding P/S

In Part 4 of our Power Wheels Project Cars series on the 1976 Mitsubishi Celeste 1600ST that is owned since brand-new by ROPALI Chairman Roberto “Bob” P. Alingog, we were about to drive the 1978 Celeste donor car from our garage in Sampaloc, Manila to the workshop of JSK Custom Paint and Auto Works in Marulas, Valenzuela City to get ...

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1976 Mitsubishi Celeste 1600ST Part 4: Donor Assessment and Late Additions

In the previous installment of this Power Wheels Magazine Project Car series about the 1976 Mitsubishi Celeste 1600ST that was owned from new by ROPALI Chairman Roberto “Bob” Alingog, we were able to acquire a 1978 Celeste donor car. Instead of having it delivered to our garage via flatbed truck, we decided to drive it from Sucat, Parañaque to Sampaloc, ...

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1976 Mitsubishi Celeste 1600ST Part 3: Getting A Donor Car

Previously, in Part 2 of our Power Wheels Magazine Project Car series, we found a donor Celeste that we thought may have been a bit too nice to disassemble and harvest parts for the 1976 Mitsubishi Celeste 1600ST (BAF-734) owned by Roberto “Bob” Alingog, that we’re helping restore with Bob’s thoughtful son, Aldous Rex Alingog. Aldous wants to restore the ’76 ...

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1976 Mitsubishi Celeste 1600ST Part 2: Car Restorer’s Dilemma

In Part 1 of this Power Wheels Magazine Project Car series, we were approached by Aldous Rex Alingog who asked for our help to restore his father’s beloved 1976 Mitsubishi Celeste 1600ST after he saw our own restored yellow 1977 Celeste Project Car in the 2018 Manila International Auto Show (MIAS). Aldous hoped that restoring their Bone Red Celeste would be ...

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1976 Mitsubishi Celeste 1600ST Part 1: Too Far Gone?

During the 2018 Manila International Motor Show (MIAS), we displayed our 1977 Mitsubishi Celeste 1600ST Power Wheels project car at the JSK Custom Paint and Auto Works display pavilion. It took us 4 years and a lot of blood, sweat and tears to turn our tired-looking and rust-infected blue Celeste into this yellow show car, which was not entirely finished ...

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