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'87 DL 4WD wagon going to wrecker, what can I salvage?


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#1 fud24682000

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 04:22 PM

Hi,

I'm executor of an estate where this wagon was left behind. It will be scrapped by the buyer of the property but I can pull a few parts if I want.

It quit running when the timing belt tensioner sheared off and the owner was unable to get it fixed (it's in a remote area).

I can't pull anything big, or that would take a lot of effort to pull. Any parts I get I would sell, I would have no use for them.

Starter? Alternator? Ignition parts? etc

Would appreciate suggestions, thanks.

Ray Mac.



#2 fud24682000

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 09:13 PM

Sorry, I see someone else asked the same question in an earlier thread, and I didn't see that before I posted.

Ray Mac



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Posted 10 March 2013 - 09:51 PM

Where is vacaville?

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 02:04 AM

If you took a timing belt kit to the car you could fit it and then drive the car home - better than scapping it surely?



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Posted 11 March 2013 - 10:04 AM

maestro, Vacaville, CA is on Interstate Highway 80, 60 miles east of San Francisco.

However the Subaru is 130 miles from here in the Sierra foothills, a long trek for this old man, and the last mile to get there is on a bad dirt road.

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 10:20 AM

NickNakorn,

Thanks, I would like to repair it but it's not that simple.

Apparently the tensioner bolt on the driver's side broke off flush with the block when the pulley bearing seized. My kin had an amateur mechanic try to extract the rest of the bolt, but he only managed to muck things up further, so there it sits.

Possibly I can get it towed to a neighbour's property while I try to sort things out. I really don't want to scrap it, but I have a time limit to deal with as well.

The other concern would be about internal damage when the belt on that side came loose; I don't know if if this is an interference engine.

Ray Mac



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Posted 11 March 2013 - 10:33 AM

Awe man, I'm in virginia. Good news is though the engine is still ok. The valves clear on that. You could drill that out, tap with new threads and use an ovesize bolt. If ovesizing is not an option then drill it out, fill with jb weld, drill to original hole size and tap threads to get the original bolt in. Either way if the car ain't too bad of shape otherwise it can definitely be saved rather than scrapped. Maybe someone else on your side of the continent would like to have a crack at it. If I were closer I know I would.



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Posted 11 March 2013 - 12:02 PM

Thanks, maestro.

Yes, too bad, it looks like you're down near the border with North Carolina and I guess it'sabout 26-2700 miles from here.

I have not used JB weld before. I don't know if it would be strong enough to hold if I drilled the hole out.

I think the guy who tried to fix it was going to use an easy out but he couldn't drill into the bolt with the drill he had.

Glad to hear it's non-interference ...

Ray Mac



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Posted 11 March 2013 - 09:16 PM

you should have someone with a welder weld a nut on to the sheared nub. its the ultimate easy out. 



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Posted 11 March 2013 - 09:22 PM

It would be easy to fix. worst case you may need a helicoil if you booger up the boss trying to remove the broken stud.

 

Otherwise, save the quad headlight structures and their bezel as these are desireable parts. I myself am looking for a set. If it has a rear cargo cover, those are hot commodities as well. everything else on the car is more or less redundant with other models. you will want to consider salvaging more heavy mechanical parts such as axles, hubs, and manual transmission (if it has one). At least salvage things that are easy to mail away in a box as there are some parts of the country that are starving for otherwise redundant parts in soob rich areas. 

 

But please make an effort to save this car first!

 

I would advise you to try to sell it as is to someone willing to fix it because the fix would be so simple, or someone may just have a motor laying around waiting for a god body. Give that a shot. You should only junk it if being impounded is imminent or the car is somewhere it cannot remain for long.


Edited by MilesFox, 11 March 2013 - 09:25 PM.


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Posted 11 March 2013 - 09:45 PM

Thanks, folks, I'll reconsider what to do between now and 25 March, when it has to be gone.

Ray Mac



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Posted 11 March 2013 - 10:42 PM

Is this car the dual headlights? If so I would be interested in the entire front head light assembly including the buckets, and any trim pieces that make it all blend into the body.
The grill might even be slightly different on the ends.
  I will be converting my 92' Loyale single head lights to duals and I believe the DL only had this.

 

Here is a picture to give you an idea.

sdc19333.jpg

 

http://www.ausubaru....ht=guyph&page=4

 



 



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Posted 12 March 2013 - 10:19 AM

subaruman5,

I will have to look when I get up to the hills again. I hope to do that later this week.

I don't recall if the headlights are single or dual. .

Thanks,

Ray Mac



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Posted 12 March 2013 - 10:38 PM

im just south of sf and ill come get it if the price is right im really only interested in the dual range trans and could come pull it but would take the whole car to have tow bar will travel 



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Posted 13 March 2013 - 06:29 PM

Thanks, I'll consider that.

Ray Mac



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Posted 14 March 2013 - 06:18 AM

I would like the cargo cover if it has one.




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