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New guy: Should I buy this '82 GL 4x4 Wagon
Posted 01 December 2010 - 09:51 PM
I'm on the cusp of buying yet another Subaru. As much as I consider myself an old Toyota Corolla guy, I've had my share of old 4x4 Subarus (2 '83 GL Wagons, an '84 GL Turbo Wagon, an '85 GL wagon and a '91 Justy). The poor Justy has severe rod knock so I'd like to replace it with this new one, which is 5 hours including a ferry ride away. The seller is very honest, but doesn't know why it is "overheating". I'm a little concerned the head might be cracked.
The price: $500
Should I spend the money and time on the road trip for a car that can't make it back on it's own legs?
Thanks for any input!
(p.s. it is from N.M. USA, so rust free by Canadian standards!)
Posted 01 December 2010 - 10:09 PM
Posted 01 December 2010 - 10:20 PM
Posted 01 December 2010 - 10:41 PM
Now another thing. . .
Is there a way to prolong the overheating factor? I will squeeze the air out of the rad, crank the heater, and was thinking of removing the thermostat. . . well I guess I could just put in a new one. I need to drive it 20kms to the ferry, and then am trailering it home from there, as it is REALLY expensive for a truck/trailer on the boat!
How can I check if the waterpump is working, and will a quick compression test tell me if one of the HGs is blown?
Posted 01 December 2010 - 10:43 PM
Posted 01 December 2010 - 10:46 PM
maybe the single wire for thermoswitch has popped off the radiator, maybe the ground wire came loose on the radiator, etc.
Posted 01 December 2010 - 10:47 PM
Posted 01 December 2010 - 11:33 PM
The water pump has weep holes that seep, for a water pump starter, the wire going to the radiator thermosensor when grounded turns on the fan, and your radiator fluid should look green not like a milkshake or smelling really burnt (whats the smell, its not sulfury but like hydrocarbons....?) or having bubbles in the radiator while running. Those aren't certain signs but they are starters. My motor now leaks coolant from the head on the top of the block and is just now running warm, coolants fine, but will suck oil just sometimes after a good trip. Well anyway, I'd buy it regardless.
Posted 01 December 2010 - 11:44 PM
Posted 01 December 2010 - 11:52 PM
Posted 02 December 2010 - 08:19 PM
But no, the seller did not even care to pop the hood, just wanted it gone.
Oh well, saved me an expensive day of travelling. Maybe we'll see more of the car on this board!
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