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78k 1978 DL Wagon I just got last night...


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#1 Sickly

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 06:28 PM

Hello everyone!  I have not been around these parts for quite a while, but I just came up on a '78 DL wagon that I figured you sub-heads would dig. 

The couple that I purchased it from bought it at auction, clean title, even has the original dealership reciept showing that the original owner traded a '76 Honda for it. The only thing I have found wrong with it is a slight dampness on the floor in the front and inside the rear hatch, and I think that the front had a leaking heater core or hose at some point, because there is a small bit of mold in the vents and on the radio (lol).  No rust though, but I believe it had been sitting for a while.  Fires right up first try every time and drives great, save a small hesitation from a stop. I'll run a tank or two of primo through it before I worry.  I could ramble on all day, so on with the pics!

 

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#2 junk250

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 08:09 PM

WOW its almost Identical to mine, sweet car !

 

I'm having a blast driving mine.



#3 bonvo

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 08:32 PM

im beginning to think this was subis favorite color



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Posted 30 March 2013 - 03:36 PM

Beautiful wagon. Just got my 78 GL Wagon up and running two days ago. And I thought I had a pretty rust free ride. This thing is immaculate. Shoot a video... let's here that bad mamma run!



#5 Sickly

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 08:36 PM



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Posted 31 March 2013 - 09:48 PM

Ah, so you're the one that snagged that one up from CL. Great buy. Have fun with it.

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 10:46 AM

I have a few questions for someone with experience with these old wagons. What do you use to tie the battery down? Right now there is just a bungee over the top which does not stop it from slowly inching forward into the back of the headlight.  Is there a bracket or something that is just missing?  Also, there seems to be a little electrical gremlin that manifests itself in the radio when any other electrical accessory is turned on, there is either a buzz in the stereo or it gets quieter all together.  The buzz happens when you turn on the blower fan.  Probably just have some wires crossed inside the dash, which I will address once I get some time to rebuild the heater box and install a new stereo. 



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Posted 01 April 2013 - 10:52 AM

yah your missing the metal bracket. your best luck would be to go to a junkyard and look at the ea81 and ea82 cars to find one or just make one.



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Posted 04 April 2013 - 06:36 PM

SO in trying to pass DEQ with a non-catalyst car :banghead: I am getting really high CO readings.  I am allowed 2.5 ppm, but am getting around 8 ppm out the tailpipe.  My thought is that it could be A) I got the timing out of whack when I filed and gapped the points or B) the carb needs some help.  Could the timing throw the CO levels that far off?



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Posted 04 April 2013 - 07:30 PM

i've heard the webers run without the cat and emission stuff very well plus they get 20%(at most)in power gain. timing could be off see what it says with a timing light. did you take out the distribuator? if so you could of made it a tooth off if its running rough but if it runs smooth its not it. it might be a vacume leak or something simple like that. i fill you on this because my brat was getting 100 or thousand times the legal limit for hydrocarbons :o and thats a 40k imported crate motor


Edited by turbosubarubrat, 04 April 2013 - 07:31 PM.





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