Ok, so I have an 1987 subaru gl 3-door coupe with a 1.8l carb EA82 engine, and a 3-speed automatic push-button (single-range) 4wd. Around 120k miles. She's loud, but she runs pretty well (once she warms up).
The problem, the transmission just died. I was driving to school down the highway at between 50-55mph. I came up to where the road widens and the speed limit goes up to 65mph. When I pushed down the gas to accelerate, it started slipping for about 1-2 seconds, then it was like it went into neutral. I pulled over and put it in 4wd to make sure that it wasn't the axle. it wasn't. When it was in drive, from a stop, it would not shift out of first. When I had it in second, then put it into drive, it was just like neutral. I had to (reluctantly) drive home in 2nd.
The local junkyard's price on transmissions is only $100 plus a $20 core, auto or manual. Because I don't want to mess with an auto having the same issue as mine, I was thinking about converting to a manual. I looked around on Saturday, and they had two cars with a push-button 4wd (the rest were dual-range or fwd).
The first one was a 1993 Loyale wagon with an EA82 FI, a 5-speed manual. This one had about 180k miles on it, looked like they hauled hay and feed in the back. This is the one I'm leaning towards.
The second is a 1987 (same year as mine) GL wagon with an EA82 carb, and a 3-speed auto. This one had 150K miles on it. This one had a hitch on it, which made me a little bit nervous. I don't know what the rep on these autos are, so I don't really want to mess with it.
So, I want to use the manual out of the 93, but since this is my only car, I need it to work. I found a step-by-step for an EA81, but I know that the EA82 is a little bit different. So far, my searching has confused me. I have seen some people say I'll need the diff off of it (something about different gear ratios). Someone was saying the speedometer cable is a different length. I also would like what to do with the neutral safety switch. I know I'll need the pedals, flywheel, and shifter. I also know I'll probably want a new clutch, which raises another question. The inside diameter of the clutch is different between the coupe and the wagon/sedan. I'm assuming that this wouldn't be an issue as long as I get the wagon clutch, but I want to be sure.
I know there has got to be someone around here that has done this, and I would really appreciate any and all help available.
What I need to know is:
-Will the 93 fit
-was the coupe any different from the others?
-What I need
-what to do (for the conversion)
-how much of a pain it will be
Any other info I need would be great too. The VIN is JF2AG53B6HF809071
Edited by Dj7291993, 07 February 2011 - 02:39 AM.