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#1 6 Star

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 02:06 PM

Thought I would post up a build thread for this. I've had the car for a year and haven't done much to it, being busy with other projects. Now I'm going to focus more on it. :D
Its a 1986 GL wagon. EA82 5speed dual range 4wd. Manual Everything.

When I got the car, the engine was in the back; dissassembled and missing the heads.

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I took the EA82 out of this parts wagon to get it moving.

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Thats when I got my Brat. This kinda fell to the backburner... and became the parts shed. :lol:

Shes been feeling sorry for herself lately.
Needing to fix or replace the slow leaking tires.

 

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And full of my crap

 

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This last week I have been paying more attention to her. I fixed the exaust leak, emptied out all the crap and vacumed her out. Next is a bath and swapping on some tires that don't go flat every other day.

Future plans: EJ22 or frankenmotor swap mated up to the ea82 5speed. Possibly lowering the suspension a little. For now: I just need a vehicle with more space than my Brat. :lol:
I have some spare EA81s... I may do a EA81 swap for now.
The engine I swapped in is in need of a rebuild anyway. Also it chugs gas like an alcoholic for some reason.


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#2 Subarule

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 08:53 PM

She needs some white snowflake rims to look sharp.

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 08:57 PM

She needs some white snowflake rims to look sharp.


You talking about the 8 spoke wagon wheels that these usually come with?
Or something more fancy? :grin:

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 12:10 PM

Updates time. :)

Been giving her routine baths, which are a must in our NW weather. :drunk:



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Cleaned out all my stuff several months ago, and the interior is spottless.

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Been casting out lines for a good fuel-injected donor engine. That will swap out the dying engine in it right now and give me a compression boost. Will keep the carbed intake manifold on, then swap a weber for the hitachi.

Here is the bay as it is now.

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Gonna be sweet. :D
(For a ea82) :lol:


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Posted 29 May 2012 - 12:15 PM

Got a question for you guys.
Where does this (green circle) on the hvac booster connect to?




Here is how long the vacum line is, cant find a spot for it to go...
The hvac controls on the dash work right, I already have another line plugged in. Just wondering what this is.

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 05:59 AM

That hose goes to the idle-up diaphram on the manifold, near the throttle linkage. Has a "L" shaped rod that would pull the linkage back some to increase idle speed for when the A/C kicks on.
Looks like you have eliminated your A/C, so it's not needed now.

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 05:34 PM

Thanks Tom. :)
I'll figure out a way to cap it off then.

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 01:02 PM

What exactly makes the spfi ea82 have more compression than the carbed one?
Is it the pistons? Heads? Block? Combination?


I'm hunting for a fuelinjected longblock... coming up with either blanks or rediculous prices.
Thinking I might just make a hybrid out of my engine if it is possible.

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 01:15 PM

its the pistons, different shape. i have a spare set but i need to inspect them for flaws as they've moved a couple times.

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 01:20 PM

Thanks for the info Subruise :)

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Posted 13 June 2012 - 03:40 PM

Nice wagon! Love those H rims. Throwing SPFI pistons into the carbed engine ups the compression?

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 04:56 PM

Thanks l75eya :D
Well, we will find out when I get enough time off from work to get this started. :popcorn:

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 09:09 PM

Work has been heaping on the OT, haven't had much time to do any work to this thing.
Finally got the engine stripped down enough to get the heads off and inspect them.
This engine being very weak and having poor compression, I wasn't expecting much.
The engine was a lovely golden orange on the inside, super toasty. :dead:
Once I got the heads off I was not suprised to see cracks between all the valves.
Took the valves out, each intake and exaust port is cracked. These heads are too far gone to repair. :banghead:

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The search continues for a donor. :-p

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 11:56 AM

Got a little bored the other day and decided to mess around with my friend's lip he was throwing away. :lol:
(Shes in need of a bath, again.)

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Still no luck finding an engine or heads to swap. Thinking I might just have to step up and do an EJ swap. :grin: Just not looking forward to all those wires. :eek:

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 01:38 PM

Purchased a RX chin spoiler off of Caboobaroo the other day.
Got it all refurbished and installed. :D

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For some reason its easier to find this stuff than a good ea82 donor. :lol:
The ej22 swap is really looking good to me right now.
Anyone have an ej they are getting rid of?
The wiring will be beyond me, so I will pay someone to do all the harness work after I buy a tranny adapter and install the engine.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 02:05 PM

Work has been heaping on the overtime, so I have had virtually no time for this or any other project. But finally it looks like I will have some room to work on this thing.
The thought of spending money on an outdated ea82 rebuild doesn't seem attractive to me anymore. I'm gonna go EJ :headbang:

The plan:
Get a first generation legacy donor to get the ej22 and harness from.
Get an ej-ea tranny adaptor.
Install everything non-electronic related.
Have a professional take control of the wiring.
Drive. :burnout:


A few questions:
Will it be better to take the harness from a manual tranny ej or does it not matter?
Will there be any holdups being that my '86 doesn't already have an ecu? (carbed engine)

I know these have been answered already elsewhere so I'll be doing some research, but if anyone wants to shed their wisdom here I'm all ears. ;)

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 02:27 PM

you will need to install fuel lines that(and pump) are rated for the capacity needed for an ej

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 03:24 PM

you will need to install fuel lines that(and pump) are rated for the capacity needed for an ej


The pump and lines out of a F.I. ea82 should work right?

I've been reading numbchux's writeup, very informative. :)

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I'm thinking this build will be a bit slow, the wet season is approaching and I don't have a shop or garage. :(
We are lucky that summer has lasted this long here in the NW. :lol:

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 12:03 AM

DUDE, don't freaking jinx it!

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 01:19 AM

ya, spfi stuff works as far as ive heard, havent done it yet. i too suck with wire

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 03:50 PM

Through a series of evens, as described in some other threads, I have aquired a good ea82 for this car.
I have another EJ project now, this wagon will be the daily.

Should have this thing going in no time. :clap:

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 10:35 PM

Spent the majority of the day getting this thing running, driving, and stopping well.
Got new coolant in it, next will be an oil change and tune-up.
This is the first time it has been tabbed since 2009. :lol:
Twins :D


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Posted 07 December 2012 - 09:30 AM

In preparation for tomorrow's Xmas Tree Climb I have been putting in work over the past couple weeks.

Resurfaced the flywheel and got an all new clutch, pressure plate, TOB, and pilot bearing.

Got my big snow tires on. :burnout:

Put the ski racks on for this winter's activities.

This engine was also lope-ing like some kind of hotrod and feeling underpowered... Silly wentz. :)
Repositioned the disty and got the plug wires in the correct order and now its running like a top.

Got a tool kit, jumper cables, tow chain. All ready for action.

I'll add some pictures later, I'm at work at the moment. :-\

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 01:48 PM

Had a good time at the tree run in this rig, and Subaruman5 got some pictures that make the car look a lot cooler than it is. :D

Heres the clutch photos and then the tree run photos.


















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Posted 15 December 2012 - 11:37 AM

In preparation for tomorrow's Xmas Tree Climb I have been putting in work over the past couple weeks.

Resurfaced the flywheel and got an all new clutch, pressure plate, TOB, and pilot bearing.

Got my big snow tires on. :burnout:

Put the ski racks on for this winter's activities.

This engine was also lope-ing like some kind of hotrod and feeling underpowered... Silly wentz. :)
Repositioned the disty and got the plug wires in the correct order and now its running like a top.

Got a tool kit, jumper cables, tow chain. All ready for action.

I'll add some pictures later, I'm at work at the moment. :-\



I can't have been THAT far off. It ran and gave me 25+mpg! :lol:

I won't lie and say I drove like Granny does either. That thing saw plenty of 4500 RPM shifts.




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