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#1 peacewize

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 02:26 PM

My first subi. 1988 dl spfi ea82 with push button 4wd. Paid $700. When I got it it was running hot and leaking everything everywhere. So far I have pulled the motor put new head gaskets and resealed all the basics, cam seals valve cover oil pan power stealing res. Little tip: don't forget the o rings on the cam towers, noisy as heck and you'll have to pull it half apart again lol. Also put a new rad in. New fuel and oil filters. Brakes and plugs/wires dizzy cap timing belts and air filter were new before I bought it. New front belts. Put amber bulbs in front marker lights and rewired to turn signals. Dash clock didn't work so I installed a back up cam. Rewired speakers. Installed a factory dome light over cargo bay. And installed a cd player adapter and modded it for a cup holder. Also forgot I repainted the rusty old rims and had them balanced and replaced the rusted out muffler. Next on the list is to fix the hill holder and new front wheel bearings. Hope you like what I've done so far!

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 03:18 PM

I had a car identical to that at one point, was even from Washington state. Glad to see it's getting work done to it to assure it'll be on the road for some time. I'm guessing no power steering? I prefer manual steering sometimes. It'd be an easy enough swap if you changed your mind though. You've got access to all kinds of parts in your part of the country. Keep us updated if you get more progress done.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 03:59 PM

Nice looking wagon! Looks like you're gonna take good care of it, and for the price, I think it was a pretty good deal!

Does it have power steering? If not, and you ever wanna do the swap, contact me. I have power steering, but I prefer manual steering. We could do a trade or something. :D

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 05:15 PM

I'm an idiot. The power steering pump and hoses are RIGHT THERE in the picture.. I just assumed it had manual steering cuz mine did.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 05:37 PM

Ya it has power steering. I need to do a good clean on the rack I can't tell if it's leaking or not. Pretty much everything was caked when I bought it.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 06:10 PM

Yeah, I was on my phone so I couldn't see the pictures super well. The wagon looks even nicer on my computer! I like what you've done with the clock. I've thought about doing something similar. Maybe putting a GPS, a gauge, or something.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 06:48 PM

I want that quad-headlight set-up so bad!!! Nice wagon!

If anybody ever wants to trade their quad DL set up for a normal set up from a GL, let me know!
I'll deal with no headlights while parts ship out and in! haha ;)

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:57 AM

Nice looking Wagon! My '88 GL Wagon is the same color, roof rack to be mounted soon.

I too would love to have the quad headlight setup for mine.
I like being able to have the Hi/Low ones properly aimed to light the lane. Then have the Hi's adjusted outwards, lighting up the sides of the road. Helps to spot those pesky Deer better.
Just can't find a "Happy Medium" with the ones on the Wagon now.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 12:14 PM

my dad had a 1985 dl ran fantastic it was baby blue with the roof rack was a great car, but we sold it because we had four of these wagons at the time and 3 brats, so we had around 20 rigs

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 03:59 PM

Sorry guys I'm a big fan of dual headlights on almost any car so I don't think I could part withthese:)

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 05:26 PM

I wasnt a fan of my 85 DL's dual beams haha... I always wanted the Loyale ones... So we sold the 85 DL and got a 92 Loyale hahaha.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 11:27 PM

I wanted to swap DL quads on my 86 gl coupe.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 12:58 PM

So its been a while since I updated and now everythings different on here (im computer illiterate) but I have not abandoned this project. I recently found a mechanical passenger mirror (harder than i thought) some good shocks for the rear gate and a couple different motors for the rear window washer. Also my gf bought me a sweet CB radio that i mounted in. Last I sold my truck (finally) and picked up an EJ25 (ecu/ harness/ everything) out of an '01 forester that got rolled this winter.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 12:59 PM

Oh yeah I got some sweet seats to for the front. Need to make some brackets for them but Ill post a pic when i get them in



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Posted 24 March 2013 - 11:54 PM

finally picked up a d/r trans. Also finally fixed the wheel bearing in the back to. It was getting so loud it was unsettling to drive, ahh silence now :) 



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Posted 28 March 2013 - 08:12 PM

Got my other rims on there and my studs off today and some factory mud flaps for the front



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Posted 29 March 2013 - 09:16 AM

Nice! Those wheels always look great.

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Posted 29 December 2013 - 10:40 PM

Haven't updated in a while but I'm mid ej 2.5 swap. Basically all that is left is exhaust, wiring and than put the dash back together and get a front end alignment. I'll try to post pics of my progress. So far I swapped to a variable manual steering rack, relocated the coolant reservoir, cut out the core supportand and re done it to fit an ej radiator, installed d/r trans, removed all AC components and mounted my intake in cab where the AC lines used to be. Oh and incase your wondering the new seats are out of a 2010?(maybe '09) KIA Rio :) p.s. I'm using a 110 stick welder I bought off amazon. It's taken a while to get the hang of it and I wasn't very good at welding to begin with but it's working just fine I think.

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Posted 29 December 2013 - 11:16 PM

I guess photobucket changed their site, I'll try to make the pics visible on this site when I get to a computer. All my pics are on phoyobucket if you want to check them out
http://s120.photobuc...tml?sort=3&o=16




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