I’ve popped in here periodically for awhile but have just now registered and started posting. I’m an old Subaru hack from WAY back and have realized that I should be involved here, not for what I can learn, but for what I can contribute. I’ve been into Subys since ‘79, when I went to work for my high school auto mechanics teacher during the summer in Indianapolis. He was a former Sub dealer tech and had quite a little business on the side working on roos. I was a down and devout Ford man at the time but I was definitely intrigued by this flat, all aluminum engine. Even though it was not NEARLY enough displacement for me at the time… it was obviously a superior design. The first car we had to work on was a 74-75 sedan that needed the engine pulled to do head gaskets, and I was thinking, we’re gonna be here all day. 20 minutes later, the engine was on a stand and we were pulling the heads! I have been hooked ever since!! We were test driving that car less than 3 hours later, and yes, we reshimmed the wet liners… if anybody remembers those. Since then I’ve owned many great Scoobydoos, of note: my first was a ‘73 orange sport coupe I got from the junkyard and slapped a 1600 in. That thing had these awesome “gator belly”seats… sure wish I’d kept that one! ‘82 GL 4x4 D/R wagon, what a great car!!! I couldn’t wait for sunset to fire up that dashboard… and I still have the passing light. In ‘89 I transplanted an EA82 turbo into an ‘86 4x4 D/R hatch… just a re-drill on the flywheel, a little hammer work on the frame-rail, and a lot of extra wires… easy! That was a bad-rump roast car with the front axle shafts removed, Peugeot 15” wheels and a brake spring on the wastegate (12 psi). Then, around the turn of the century (I’ve always wanted to say that), in need of a truck and my Brat was too rusty to be trusty. I sat wondering what I could put together that would last more than a few years in the salt belt. I had a pile of heavily galvanized steel from a power substation I helped take down, and a wrecked ‘91 Legacy mail car that someone had given me. So I pulled out the welder and the big drill, and made a frame off the legacy dimensions. I didn’t have any good Suby front clips to use for a cab, so I cut the front off my dad’s old Civic, slapped a piece of plywood on the back, treated decking for a bed, and Frankentruck was born! Aptly named because all the parts were salvaged from the boneyard or given to me. I literally had $40.00 in it at first which was for brake lines and a plexiglass rear window. It now has over 305k miles and still going strong. Other than oil, plugs, brakes and belts, I replaced the clutch once (with a good used one), cam belt idler pulleys and front axles at 250k, and 1 injector coil went bad at 300k. Still on the same alternator, starter, water pump, fuel pump, (I’m a little nervous about that) and original Subaru fuel filter! Yeah, I know, that’s really being cheap, but if it aint broke… :brow:think about it, as a filter collects particles, the filtering actually gets better up to the point where it cant pass enough fuel anymore and then you know it’s time to change it. The factory fuel injection filters are made with very fine stainless steel mesh so you don’t have to worry about paper elements getting old and disintegrating. And I’m leery about the aftermarket or even SOA filters being of comparable quality. Any car I’ve had with the factory FI filter, I have left on and never had to replace. I did have one finally stop up on me with my latest project (other than normal circumstances), but I just backflushed it. More about that one later… don’t want to be a windbag. I was a Subaru dealership tech during the 80’s and 90’s and some of that experience and information is still in my brain somewhere if anyone wants to pick it I will be more than happy to help. Glad to be a part of this cool community!! Wish we had this 20 years ago... wouldn't have felt like such a weirdo
Edited by Subaru Scott, 16 November 2012 - 08:33 PM.