Richie Boshell - 95 Mitsubishi FTO.
She is 25 years old now and will officially qualify for classic tax after it turns 30. I have this car dry stored at all times and it is probably the cleanest road legal FTO in Ireland currently.
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Hi, my name is Richie Boshell, Scuba School Owner.
Insta - @scubarichie
When I was a nipper, my Dad was into Formula 1 racing, so I got interested in cars from there. That extended out to Rally Car racing and then going to Mondello Park for touring car races. I got into the JDM market in the 90’s and loved Honda Civics. I owned a lovely 92 Civic and had that for years before moving to several Nissan Pulsars / Almeras. I now drive a Land Rover as a daily and have an FTO and a Golf for the weekender car.
I built up to having the FTO. My Mum died in 2015 and she was mad about driving fast cars. The FTO was always a car that I loved the look of and when my best Pal Stuart found mine on a marketplace website, I had to go see it and bought it that day. It looked perfect, but needed TLC under the hood.
What was your very first car?
My first Car was a Mini Metro if you exclude my Dads cars that I drove until I could afford the insurance for my own. The Mini Metro cost me €250 and was a little pocket rocket. I spent €250 on a new gearbox the day after buying it and it had a glued on spoiler on the back of it. I thought it was the biz, but it was actually one of the ugliest things I have ever owned. I managed to sell it for €250 shortly after. I moved to an 89 Polo after that and it was GTI red, so I drove it like a GTI.
My current case is a 95 Mitsubishi FTO.
She has a V6 2.0 Litre Mivec engine. (very similar to VTEC)
5 Speed Manual
GAP Suspension Coilovers
APEXI Air Filter
17 Inch Advan White Alloys
Stainless Steel Exhaust
AB Bonnet and OEM Bonnet (AB Bonnet needs TLC after a wind lift)
Completely undersealed as they are notorious for rust
Originally Black but has a chameleon Purple Bronze Plasti Dip
Full Veilside Body Kit
Imported from Japan in 2005
Has been a show car for a Plastidip company
When I bought it, it needed some work under the hood and it needed some work done to the perished rubber boots and drop links as it has been lying up for 7 years. The emissions were terrible on it but turned out it was just a loose fitting exhaust manifold that was ingesting too much O2. It's been running as a weekender for the last 2 years and is currently insured as a classic car with Autoline insurance. She is 25 years old now and will officially qualify for classic tax after it turns 30. I have this car dry stored at all times and it is probably the cleanest road legal FTO in Ireland currently.
I’ve done a full service and fan belt change and replaced the incredibly unreliable HID lights for the standard lights. I have installed Underglows on it too and have replaced the interior with a cream leather set of seats.
I had some of the more intricate work done by my Mechanic Paul Hanley of Hanley motors. It's going for a Timing belt change and a Sump Pan change shortly to my master mechanic Zibby from Cloghran Garage. He is very reasonable.
All parts for the timing belt, water pump, bushes and drop links were supplied by Mike Oates from Viamoto.co.uk who has a labyrinth of new parts.
I have gotten a good few spares from Gerard Lynch from Dublin who specialises in all FTO breaking parts and revivals.
I have also had some quality refurbed parts done by Jaz Greenwood in the UK who runs the FTO Forum website and does phenomenal work keeping us newbies skilled up with his step by step guides on all.
Groups I follow are ...
FTO Ireland, FTO Forum UK, FTO Nutters, JDM Ireland, Cars and Coffee.
I go to as many shows as I can with my best buddy Stu and his MX5. We go to Cars and Coffee as often as we can and most of the motor fest shows across Ireland. We are currently attending Virtual Car meets during COVID 19 but hope to be back to ogling other cars for real in July.
My car did win best paint work in 2004 for its PlastiDip coating I believe. I have not won anything with it yet. I think I may be going to the wrong shows as the classic car lads think mine is a bit over the top.
I have several dream cars I would like in my Garage
Nissan GT-R – Animal of a car
SUPRA (which the FTO guys believe Toyota stole our styling)
Trans Am – Because I loved Smokey and the Bandit
Gran Torino – I also loves Starsky and Hutch
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