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#1 mctaylor42

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 11:31 PM

So I just got this little beauty for free from a family friend, and have no clue what to do next.
It's an 82 gl wagon that runs, and i was able to drive it home, the first thing i want to address is the
fact that it diesels. I'm a total n00b when it comes to subaru, only ever worked
on fords and hondas. Help me :( .
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#2 Subruise

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 11:53 PM

welcome!! trailer hitch:headbang:

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 12:10 AM

welcome!! trailer hitch:headbang:


That's the reason i kept it instead of selling it :lol: need some thing that can use to HAUL! Crx aint got nothing for towing.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 12:19 AM

where is durham? and definetly get the rear hatch emblem that says "subaru gl" on the hatch, hatch wind deflector, and a roof rack. looks great from what i can tell and it even has the third eye:clap:(have you tried it out yet?) i just got a 83 turbo wagon my self for free:banana:

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 12:21 AM

where is durham? and definetly get the rear hatch emblem that says "subaru gl" on the hatch, hatch wind deflector, and a roof rack. looks great from what i can tell and it even has the third eye:clap:(have you tried it out yet?) i just got a 83 turbo wagon my self for free:banana:


Yes, love that little thing, its great. Durham is in nor-cal, and where is a good place for emblems?

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 12:26 AM

junk yard, some one parting a subaru, or another board member. they do not make them anymore and the last new ones have been long gone. any brat from 82-87, wagon from 80-84, sedan 80?-84, hatchback 80-87 will have the same rear emblem if its a gl

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 01:14 AM

Ill have to roam the local Pick n Pull

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:00 AM

AM I missing something here? This is a diesel? More info on that as I have never heard of this. Swap?

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:47 AM

AM I missing something here? This is a diesel? More info on that as I have never heard of this. Swap?

he is saying it is un-accelerating or slowing down. could need a tune up if it hasn't had one in a while other than that idk. is it a auto or a 4speed?

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 10:03 AM

i started on the roof and worked my way down the first thing was glue all the roof seams with winsheild urathane to stiffen it up then i used expanding foam in all the cavities in the roof. and installed the intergrated roof rack assemblys out of a outback and there roof plates thiss made the roof 90% stronger then i started on the rest of car

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:10 AM

Came to the right place! Write up a detailed description of how the car is behaving in the older generation section and you'll be getting good advice to bring the car up to speed pretty quickly.

Nice looking car!:headbang:

You'll be in love with these old Subarus in no time.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 01:06 PM

he is saying it is un-accelerating or slowing down. could need a tune up if it hasn't had one in a while other than that idk. is it a auto or a 4speed?



Traditionally deiseling refers to continuing to run after the key is shut off. Could be out of time or needing a the carburator rebuilt/replaced.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 05:11 PM

Traditionally deiseling refers to continuing to run after the key is shut off. Could be out of time or needing a the carburator rebuilt/replaced.


Thats exactly what I mean, except I have no key, just toggles and a button. My guess is simply bad gas because when I went to pick it up, it started right up with no new gas, shut it off, dieseled for 5min before i forced it to stop. Now, after a few gallons of gas added on top, it only goes for a few seconds and stops.
BTW, the term dieseling comes from the fact that it runs like a diesel motor, i.e. ignition with no spark.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 05:18 PM

he is saying it is un-accelerating or slowing down. could need a tune up if it hasn't had one in a while other than that idk. is it a auto or a 4speed?


Sorry kiddo, that's not quite what he means when he says it's "Dieseling". Assuming the OP knows what dieseling is, it means when he shuts the ignition off the engine keeps running. Combustion without spark (like a diesel).
Does it do it for long? What kind of temps are you seeing on the gauge when it's warmed up? Have you put fresh gas in it yet?

More than likely the carb on that thing needs a good refreshing, if not replaced. I'd first try using some carb cleaner and see if that helps it out at all. It's a long shot, but I personally like to try the cheapest things first. 5 dollar can of gumout carb cleaner can't hurt. Lots of people just replace the stock carb with a Weber, but it's a bit pricey to do.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 05:20 PM

Whoops, didn't notice this continued to a second page already....and that everything I just said has already been said lol :rolleyes:

Check out the timing if you can! Throw some premium in there and a bottle of octane booster, too.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 05:33 PM

Check out the timing if you can! Throw some premium in there and a bottle of octane booster, too.


Is preimium the suggested fuel? I just put 87 in. :confused:

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 05:36 PM

Whoops, didn't notice this continued to a second page already....and that everything I just said has already been said lol :rolleyes:

Check out the timing if you can! Throw some premium in there and a bottle of octane booster, too.


Hello, quick question. How is octane booster and premium grade gas going to help him? Sounds like some carb cleaner or some of those fuel system cleaners and putting some miles on it would do best as you mentioned above. Not trying to be rude, octane booster and premium gas seem to be a common wives tale when trying to clean up old carbs without removing them.

Nice 'ol wagon by the way! Hope it serves you well!

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 06:04 PM

Sounds like a good candidate for a can of Seafoam! :banana:

Smoke the neighbors out of their houses and probably restore your performance along the way. It's great for gunked up stuff that's been sitting for a while.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 06:15 PM

Sounds like a good candidate for a can of Seafoam! :banana:

Smoke the neighbors out of their houses and probably restore your performance along the way. It's great for gunked up stuff that's been sitting for a while.


Typical 1/2 in the crank case, 1/2 in the tank?

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 06:38 PM

i knew i was off but definetly was closer than thinking it was a diesel.(no offense intended to o.c.d)

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 06:49 PM

33% tank 33% carb, 33% crankcase. then change oil. run a search on seafoam and follow the directions, its fun

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 06:56 PM

33% tank 33% carb, 33% crankcase. then change oil. run a search on seafoam and follow the directions, its fun


Very familiar with seafoam, That stuff stopped the tapper noise in my honda:clap:

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 07:09 PM

I would check the anti-dieseling valve on the carb. Perhaps it is not getting power? It is my understanding this is meant to stop 'run-on' after the ignition is turned off. Worth a try.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 07:18 PM

33% tank 33% carb, 33% crankcase. then change oil. run a search on seafoam and follow the directions, its fun


I usually run it for about 5 days or 100 miles in the crankcase before I do my oil change. The one time I replaced an oil pan seal not long after a seafoaming. You'd be amazed how clean looking things were on that motor after 20+ years and 200,000+ miles.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 07:29 PM

Hello, quick question. How is octane booster and premium grade gas going to help him? Sounds like some carb cleaner or some of those fuel system cleaners and putting some miles on it would do best as you mentioned above. Not trying to be rude, octane booster and premium gas seem to be a common wives tale when trying to clean up old carbs without removing them.

Nice 'ol wagon by the way! Hope it serves you well!


Couldn't hurt. Might help the diesel-ing. It's what I would do if it were my car.




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