Some of you might remember this car from this thread a couple years back-
"give me the winter and I'll show you something nice" is what I said. In my defense I never specified which winter i was talking about. I actually did get this car running and plated last winter (the winter of 2011-2012). Then I had trouble with the engine and pulled that out, I figured while it was out I would go ahead and re-do the front end. I aquired some really nice super swampers and rims, but they wouldn't fit on the front (the car had an ozified 3" front 3" back lift) so I wanted to put 6" on the front. Here is the car last spring or so with the 3/3 lift, 29" swampers on the back on 15" wheels and the 14" wheels and tires that were on it before on the front
heres a pic once I pulled the front end out, I hope to have the car sit level like this. It looks like the tires won't clear in the back, but they do. I bounced the car as hard as I could and becauise of the angle of the trailing arms, the body doesn't rub. If I find out differently when it's done, I'll put another inch or so in the back.
With everthing out of the front I cleaned up the underneath real good, it's amazing how clean this thing is for being 33 years old
I used 3m ruberized stuff to do the wheel wells properly as well as the undercarrage. here are some pices of the wheel wells cleaned up and ready to paint, gives you an idea of how clean the car is, usually this is where the rust is. Notice in the second pic you can see where I had to beat the crap out of the wheel well so the springs dont rub.
So for most of the lift I basically imitated the ones that Patrick from ozified used to make, here is the tranny and engine parts of the lift I made
and here is a close-up of the tranny crossmember plate with the lift blocks in. Like I said it is like the PK Davis lift except I made the front most two mounting points use one block instead of using two cylinder style blocks. This set up feels very strong, If I have any doubts I will have a brace welded in between the rear block and the front one. Notice the 3M ruberized paint, it is Awesome!
another angle of the mounting plate and the tunnel
here's the engine portion
and the engine crossmeber in. That's the steering pump sitting on the tranny, another upgrade I took the oportunity to do
I put together two of these, all brand new except for the springs. A lot of people don't realize how much stuff is showing up on rock auto.
and here with the lift blocks, which are early SJR creations. They are cast aluminum, I may try to make replacement from steel sometime down the road, but these seem nice.
That's about where it is right now, I am working on the steering linkage using something that looks like maybe it came out of a wrx? It is like the legacy steering linkages I have seen, but with a thick rubber bushing incorperated into it. One thing that worries me is the axel may not clear the steering pump shaft. It barely clears right now with the front of the tranny resting on the engine crossmember. Once the engine is installed, it will bring the axels up a little higher and the inner boot may rub on the steering shaft. There will be no way to know until I put the engine in and see where it sits. Here is a pic of the area.
That's all for now. any bright ideas on the steering linkage or axel clearence is welcome
Afterthoughts- I just read over this post and should make something clear when I say "I made", I actually can't weld, cut metal, etc. I had these lift pieces made by a local welder who does nice work. Just didn't want to take credit for something I didn't do. So that's that
Fun facts- This car was originally a 2WD car badged as "DL 1800 AUTOMATIC" truely one of the first gen 2 hatchbacks ever made and one of the first models with an ea81.
It was the second subaru I ever owned, I am up to around 15 now. I bought it I think in 2001, converted to 4WD shortly after and then lifted shortly after that. It was my driver for 5 years and has now spent more time being built (or sitting) than driven during my ownership. Sat in storage once for 2 years!
More to come as I get this thing rolling again. I have to get it running again to smog it as my plates are expiring and the town gives me spoob if I don't keep the tags current.