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#1 petey

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 02:45 PM

Hi all

Not been on for a while,beena bit busy with other things but now have more time to play with scoobs.
Always wanted a Gen 1 wagon,originally started the search in the US but after loads of false leads i started to look elsewhere.....
One night trawling ebay.com.au....
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A few bids and long distance calls later it was on its way to me in a container :D

First sighting at southampton docks..
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Got it home,had a poke around and its all solid apart from around the rear window..easily sorted so well chuffed there.
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Chucked a battery on it,replaced the ignition barrel with one i had as there were no keys with it and off it went 2nd turn of the key....sounded great! but then..
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Hmm,quick check of oil filler reveals this
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Bit poorly....

Engine out
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Cleaned up...
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And replaced
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Brakes have also had an overhaul,now to tackle the interior and take it for an mot.

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Also have this that ive recently finished,it was fairly rotten but all back together now.
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Posted 25 October 2011 - 03:23 PM

man that looks familiar
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great looking wagon man looks like you did the same stuff i did to mine when i got it

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 06:39 AM

looks good! jealous of the A bar,i want one lol

slight mojo loss on mine today after refitting the engine its running beautifully but blowing water out the rad overflow so still getting pressure in the water somewhere......pish.....

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 09:54 AM

Hey Pete glad to see you on here!!! I'd tell you how jealous I am of your wagon, but you already know :D Keep at the good work.

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 12:45 PM

Hey shaun :D

coupla pics from today when i moved it under its own steam for the 1st time in my ownership.

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 01:29 PM

i just did head gaskets on mine and its comming out the over flow to open the rad cap while its hot is it foamy? if so then yes your still getting compression in the system if not its just normal overflow my datsun did the same thing installed a overflow bottle never had another problem same is gonna hapen to my wagon these things really need that overflow bottle

edit judging by that hood im willing to bet that some rubbing compound and elbow grease will bring that paint back

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 03:56 PM

It seems the problem was the rad cap,the spring was bent over to one side so it wasnt sealing properly,had it running for half an hour with no problems, till it decided to spring a leak on one of the heater hoses,its the old cloth covered hose tho and does look knackered.
Will see how it performs on a drive,lots of hills round here so itll get a good test.
Ive tried a bit of rubbing compound on the wing and the bonnet,has made it a bit better but the paint is so thin you can see primer in places :S

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Posted 30 October 2011 - 01:00 AM

are you using a buffer or jut a rag? i just used a rag and i had no problems with it going threw the paint
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Posted 30 October 2011 - 11:26 AM

Just a rag,wasnt even rubbing that hard,think its justgone from years in the sun.will be ok with a wax i think but i wouldnt want to use anything too rough on it.

Will prob get a respray at some point,keep having thoughts of either dark brown or yellow with 70's us style side stripes a bit like yours ;D

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Posted 30 October 2011 - 12:57 PM

those pinstripes are bad rump roast arent they lol

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Posted 30 October 2011 - 02:00 PM

They certainly are :D

I also have this hanging around,ive had it for about 5 years now.
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As it is now:
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Is all pretty much ready for a respray,found it in a lockup under a block of council flats up the other end of the country where it had been sitting for ten years.

what you guys think?

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Posted 30 October 2011 - 03:41 PM

Love your coupe too, and the hatch for that matter :D What are the plans for the coupe? I haven't heard you talk about it in quite some time. And I think brown would be the way to go with the wagon, it would look very nice!

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Posted 30 October 2011 - 03:44 PM

The coupes gonna get some attention soon,its been a while since its had any lol,want to get running gear out,get it sprayed up (pale blue) maybe lowered a bit on some jdm style alloys pop on some fender mirrors and thatll probably do it :-p

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Posted 30 October 2011 - 04:06 PM

Would look very nice like that! I see it came with the wheels we never got here, those are the ones going on the wagon correct? I need to get back on my brat project so I can't tell you, that you have been taking too long on one of yours :-p

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Posted 30 October 2011 - 04:08 PM

Its always the way lol

yep,your right about the wheels,they are just a bit too chunky for the coupe for my liking.

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Posted 31 October 2011 - 12:52 AM

that coupe is sexy what are the plans drivetrain wise

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Posted 31 October 2011 - 05:59 PM

At the moment its running a 2wd manual shift 5 speeder with the standard 1600 lump,only done 40k miles from new,have all paperwork to back it up.
It came out of a later leone saloon by all accounts.

Would like to upgrade at least one of mine to be able to keep up with modern traffic,have a mate with an ej20 turbo brat conversion but to be honest i dont need that much power,maybe a standard 2.0 with carb conversion?

trouble is,which one do i do it to!? :brow:

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Posted 31 October 2011 - 06:38 PM

That is the problem isn't it? for me it was easy the brat wouldn't run (still doesn't :drunk: )

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 01:52 AM

Would like to upgrade at least one of mine to be able to keep up with modern traffic,have a mate with an ej20 turbo brat conversion but to be honest i dont need that much power

Yes, yes you do.

Just think of how insane it would be... "Oh hi there, nice STI... GOODBYE!" *zoom*

You must do this, I've been wanting to see it for awhile, especially since I could never tackle that kind of project myself.

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 04:14 AM

Yes, yes you do.

Just think of how insane it would be... "Oh hi there, nice STI... GOODBYE!" *zoom*

You must do this, I've been wanting to see it for awhile, especially since I could never tackle that kind of project myself.


do this to the coupe

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 12:14 PM

Anyway,turns out that in typical subaru fashion it isnt as rust free as i first thought....
Seems the previous owner liked to ford deep water then leave it in floorpans to rot from inside out.....
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Luckily it is confined to the front floorpans,rears and everywhere else is solid.

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 08:03 AM

That's what my BRAT looked like when I got it. All from a leaky windshield, and the carpet not drying out.

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 10:28 AM

Today saw the removal of the windscreen.....
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And the knackered old dash
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Note ignition switch now in rightful place ;D

Just waiting to have the welding finished before I refit it all so had a play about...

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I like it more without it,wanted to trial fit my JDM fender mirrors but cant find the bloody things anywhere....... ::)

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 12:56 PM

It's looking good Pete, I like it much better without the roo-guard as well. I love my wing mirrors. I can't wait until my cars back together enough to put them on.

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 03:10 PM

Bit more progress todays,i now haz floor on one sides ;D

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sparky sparky....

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Mr grunty....

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Still welding when it got dark....

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I also waxoyled down in the front scuttle whilst ive got the dashout as it was looking dubious down there....




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