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#1 Olnick

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Posted 20 October 2010 - 04:01 PM

Just spent a couple of weeks with my son, Eric, in Seattle. "Refreshed" the front end on his '92 Legacy (NA, MT with probably 210k on it.)

New timing belt, idlers and water pump from TheImportExperts. T-stat, gaskets, seals, o-rings, radiator hoses and acc. belts from our buddy Jason at Mike Scarff in Auburn, WA. Changed all the fluids and took a test drive up to the Smokey Point P&P for a few parts.

Next day we set out for Colorado Springs to visit my daughter and granddaughter. 1400 miles straight through--WA, Eastern OR, Boise ID, Ogden UT, Cheyenne WY then down to The Springs. Drove in relays through the night, something I hadn't done since college!

Bought some rebuilt MWE axles in Denver from Marshall Wolf himself (nice guy, met us in a 7-11 parking lot on the south side so we didn't have to fight the Friday afternoon rush hour.)

Saturday morning got together with Larry Dew who graciously helped us with his tools and expertise. What a great guy--excellent mechanic, wonderful sense of humor and he can't help but smile when he touches a Subaru! Got the axles on. Later we shared a few cool ones and dinner with Larry and his wife--was a great day all around.

A few days later headed back to Seattle, again straight through (Casper WY, Billings MT, then west through ID and Spokane WA.). Li'l Ol' Legacy drove like a new car, rolled along at 75mph for hours on end smooth as silk. Averaged about 27/28mpg. 3500-miles total for the whole trip. Gosh I love that EJ22!

Next day we changed the driver's door handle (lock had been punched out a while back.) Not an easy job but we eventually got 'er done. Were able to re-use the original lock cylinder so all Eric's keys remained the same.

Then, for icing on the cake, we went back up to Smokey Point for some front door speaker grills. Heartbreak--6 or 7 Legacies and someone had smashed every one, I suppose in a vain search for fancy speakers. Finally, last car in the last row, two beautiful unbroken grills!

While Eric removed them I looked over and, to my amazement, saw that the car had its original radio--the one with the aux jack on the face.
We grabbed it, happily paid our $12.50 for it (!) and raced out to the parking lot to test it. Didn't work. New fuse fixed that--it lit up and made happy sounds (and so did we!)

Sorry for the long ramble friends, but I just had to share our magical two weeks in a wonderful Ol' Subaru.

Aloha! :banana:

#2 Loyale 2.7 Turbo

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Posted 20 October 2010 - 04:12 PM

Great! ... Any Pics of the Trip? :)

#3 Olnick

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Posted 20 October 2010 - 06:29 PM

Sorry JesZek. I never think to carry a camera (until the trip is over.)

Can show you some great pix of my granddaughter though!!!

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Posted 20 October 2010 - 06:38 PM

That's amazing congrats on the luck and good luck on it continuing :)

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Posted 21 October 2010 - 01:54 AM

Thanks for the nice thoughts rugby. And I in turn wish good luck for all Subaru folk ('specially those on USMB!)

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Posted 21 October 2010 - 02:49 AM

Sounds awesome! I love long trips in my Subaru. ;)
If you roll through Spokane again, be sure to stop for a brew with some fellow Subaru nuts...

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Posted 21 October 2010 - 03:47 AM

Nice invitation, thatswhatshesaid--but it was 4:30AM as we flew through! :eek:
Yes, it was an awesome ride. 'Course you gotta' remember, where I live if you drive more than an hour in one direction you've done run outa' dry land. I do miss the open road of my youth!

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Posted 21 October 2010 - 08:57 AM

Nice ride. Glad to hear from you. Sorry to have missed you while you were here. Safe trip home.

#9 Olnick

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Posted 21 October 2010 - 10:58 AM

Thanks Ed. I promise to call you next time I'm in the 'hood!

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Posted 21 October 2010 - 04:37 PM

... pix of my granddaughter though!!!


You Know that I Love Children ... :) ... I have a Daughter and She Drives me Crazy! :)

I Love Those Long Trips on Subarus... I'm Planning to do one with my Family During Next Year...

Kind Regards.

#11 thatswhatshesaid

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Posted 21 October 2010 - 07:26 PM

Nice invitation, thatswhatshesaid--but it was 4:30AM as we flew through! :eek:
Yes, it was an awesome ride. 'Course you gotta' remember, where I live if you drive more than an hour in one direction you've done run outa' dry land. I do miss the open road of my youth!


all right - we forgive you. :grin:
I've never been to the islands...it seems weird to have such a small amount of space!




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