Hey IZEROUS,,,,gosh,,you and xrxaa01 please don't give up on me yet,,,,,
As i said the plot keeps getting thicker,,,,I looked online and find a Mitsubishicars.com site that decodes the VIN and the 8th digit being the engine ,,SO,,,my 8th digit is a "F" which according to the decoder is a 2.4L SOHC (4G69),,,,BUT,,,according to the same decoder the letter "W" designates the engine should be a 2.4L DOHC MIVEC (4B12),,,,which according to the valve cover I just took off is stamped MIVEC ,,,,AND engine does have Dual overhead cams??? WTH,,???
My head is spinning,,,,
I followed the link that xrxaa01 gave me and after lookin at several different car models haven't found this engine yet, course I can't read japanese too good either,,,,LOL