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#51 swampbrat

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Posted 17 September 2010 - 05:14 PM

Don't you just love it when they fire right up! congrats!:banana:

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Posted 17 September 2010 - 06:29 PM

a little twist of the distributor and it smoothed out to a creamy idle.

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Posted 18 September 2010 - 01:15 AM

Thats cool, Makes you feel good huh.

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Posted 18 September 2010 - 09:34 AM

Now to get the lift kit from our group buy we have in the classified section on and drill out the mitsubishi rims for 4 bolt. And a little tweaking of the Weber is in order.

The HLAs ticked mildly for about 5 minutes, then they all just stopped ticking. It's probably the quietest I'll ever hear an EA82 (at idle :) ).

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#55 kanurys

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Posted 18 September 2010 - 11:53 PM

Looks good Sesh! Now drop that mutha in!!:headbang:



Done with the engine. Now all I have to do is change the oil. It sits right at 200 degrees F and oil pressure is good. I know you guys hate pictures:

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Posted 19 September 2010 - 12:02 AM

Now it's rear wheel bearing time:

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Packed with marine bearing grease (for those water crossings, and fertilizer resistant!).

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Posted 21 September 2010 - 05:16 PM

Ha ha, fertalizer resistant. We have that stuff down here too, ive heard its alright. I just use the plain old coastal, because its heat range is better than mobil 1's...
I love mobil 1 :-\

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Posted 21 September 2010 - 06:16 PM

I've used many varieties of grease. I started using this synthetic stuff (0-500 f) in Oregon for wheel bearings since it was always so wet. It seems to hold up the best. When you open it up, again, the grease is usually still in good shape, where as a lot of molly grease degrades a bit more quickly.

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Posted 21 September 2010 - 10:45 PM

I purchased my 4" lift from SJR. Waiting... Waiting...... Waiting........

In the mean time, the starter switch is now a pushbutton type. I'll post pictures to follow. It's neatly recessed to the left of the steering column. The way it sits it is very difficult to accidentally touch. Now we're flying "Millennium Falcon" style.

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Posted 22 September 2010 - 07:54 AM

Awesome job! that engine is so clean!


Now it's rear wheel bearing time:

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We should have a thread devoted to nasty wheel bearings... I have some to keep yours company.
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Posted 26 September 2010 - 10:29 PM

Eww! Clean those at once!

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Posted 26 September 2010 - 10:46 PM

I put shiny ones in :)

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Posted 27 September 2010 - 06:46 PM

you saw my shinny bearing. I cleaned up the inner and outer bearing sleaves and kept them for who knows what. :confused:

Anyways, I have about 45 miles on the rebuilt engine and it seems real happy. I have a little coolant leak at the base of the carb (grrrrr) so I guess I'll attack that guy and it should be all buttoned up. Thanks again for everyone's help. I'll post more when it's lift time.

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 10:15 PM

Things I've done since my last post:

-Installed 4" SJR lift kit
-Re-wired the electric fan to come on via relay and possibly will install another
-deleted the pulley driven fan
-Got OEM gaskets and fixed the coolant leak at the carb
-Made my own PCV oil seperator with a few fittings and a spaghetti sauce jar. So far, I've caught about 3 oz of oil on it's way to my intake and a bunch of condensed water.

Pics to come...

Edited by kanurys, 05 November 2010 - 11:05 PM.


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Posted 06 November 2010 - 11:27 AM

Here is a current explanation of your how your hose routing should be, I'd double check that.

Nice build!

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Posted 28 November 2010 - 10:17 AM

Thanks Yo'J. It looks like I did it right. Just replaced an axle. It was not installed correctly by the PO. Here is a link to the thread http://www.ultimates...ad.php?t=117925

On another note, I installed the PCV catch jar. It works great. I get more condensation in it than oil, but it definitely keeps some oily gunk out of the intake. Forgive the tacky prego jar. I plan on making a nicer mount and getting longer hoses in the future.
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I have to take more pics with the lift, but here are a few teasers.
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Posted 19 January 2011 - 07:51 PM

Latest update:

installed new radiator fan/thermo switch (thin and cheap)
switched carb jets to 130/140 mains, 180/200 air correctors.
Ordered GPS parts to replace dash clock.
Re sealed carb mount w/ OEM gaskets.

Runs like a dream, and rubs at full lock like a dream.

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Posted 20 January 2011 - 04:06 PM

Shocks, Pegs, Lucky!

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Posted 15 March 2011 - 04:30 PM

Alright! It feels great to update the thread a bit. I bought new A/T tires and had them installed on the AA rims. I like the black on black. They're 205/75/15's which I think works out to about 27.1".

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Posted 15 March 2011 - 08:41 PM

Absolutely great thread and great build Sesh! You give my inspiration for my '87 wagon, especially since its the same color :D

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Posted 15 March 2011 - 09:18 PM

Thanks! I'm glad this could be a resource for others. I did all this on a really low budget but did just enough to have a clean car. I saw the pics of yours. We have twins! You should start a thread and link it here.

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 12:01 PM

Thanks! I'm glad this could be a resource for others. I did all this on a really low budget but did just enough to have a clean car. I saw the pics of yours. We have twins! You should start a thread and link it here.


For sure! I started this thread (http://www.ultimates...ad.php?t=117524) with build updates in mind... I will probably start a new, cleaned up one once I get her running dependably and really start the "fun" stuff! I'm still unsure if the heads are OK and have to get her up to being able to be driven around some so I can make a clear determination on my next steps.

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Posted 02 May 2011 - 04:57 PM

The car has been running well since the last post. I replaced my radius rod bushings and went for a test drive. I added 1/4" of washers on the front side of the body mount. My alignment was perfect after the install and test drive. There is also a noticeable improvement in sudden impacts. There is less clunk and more of the force is transfered to the spings/shocks.

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Posted 04 May 2011 - 09:57 PM

Whered you get those bushings? And did you get 2 sets inorder to add that spacing?

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 12:06 AM

I got them on rockauto.com. They come two in a box. It takes two (aka 1 box) per side. I also added washers on the forward side as in the pictures.

Importantly: these bushings, as well as other raybestos bushings I've ordered from them, are a Subaru branded product. They had the right Subaru number and logo, etc...

I also ordered raybestos steering rack bushing and there were Subaru parts in Subaru numbered bags in raybestos boxes.

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