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#1 soobenthusiast

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 10:45 PM

I picked up a new project today.

 

It's a 1983 GL Wagon, FWD 5-speed. The car had not moved in ~15 years, so getting it out was a challenge. I took 4 spare wheels with mounted tires, ended up only needed the front two. All 4 tires were flat and the wheels were an inch below the dirt; as a result 3 of the wheels have some pretty serious rust.

My preferred choice would be to find a few more white 8 spoke wagon wheels.

 

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The vine on the antenna is a custom touch not often seen.

 

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Surprisingly, almost all of this tree sap washed right off.

 

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Also on the parts list is a left front turn signal, and left side mirror.

The windshield is also cracked, but that can wait a while.

 

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The engine bay is just as dusty as I would expect for a car that sat in Western Oklahoma for this long.

 

So far I just have one question - How does one open the locking door for the gas filler?

 

 

 



#2 Mykeys Toy

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 08:08 PM

bust out your lubricant of choice because the gas cover is a push button on the cover.. Looks like a decent platform to start from  she is straight.



#3 soobenthusiast

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Posted 09 August 2013 - 04:27 PM

Got it all washed and vacuumed, looking better.

I'm currently doing some transmission work on my dd, so this has been going a little slow.

 

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#4 goblewagon

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Posted 09 August 2013 - 05:48 PM

nothing like getting an old Subaru back on the road! keep up the good work :)



#5 1982gl4

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Posted 10 August 2013 - 07:02 AM

Looks like a great start. What are your plans for it? I love my fwd wagon, it's been an awesome car and it gets great milage!



#6 soobenthusiast

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Posted 10 August 2013 - 09:45 AM

I plan to leave it mostly stock and just drive it. It really needs some miles put on it, it's just a baby.

 

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I may lower it a little and SPFI swap it, but I want to drive it stock for a while first.

There is also some rocker rust, but there is no urgency as I don't live in salt country.



#7 Crazyeights

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Posted 10 August 2013 - 11:43 AM

Great find! I like the color too. It looks like it is cleaning up nicely.



#8 Subaru_dude

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Posted 10 August 2013 - 12:34 PM

Man I like that color. That and the dark green were the best looking colors. Nice find, it definitely deserves another shot at being driven regularly.



#9 soobenthusiast

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 09:30 PM

I got to play with it some today.

 

I put a few gallons in the tank and was still getting no fuel, so I decided to try an auxiliary tank. I used an old motorcycle tank elevated at about roof height, and ran the fuel line right into the same line it would normally recieve fuel from. After the bowl filled with fuel gas would start dripping out of the charcoal canister.

 

Anyways, it would fire and run for a couple seconds, but it seems that the accelerator pump and the main(s) are the only circuits with any sign of life. I'll start by cleaning the carb and see what happens.

 

Where would be a good place to jump the fuel pump?

 

Also, on Rockauto and such I only see a carb kit for a 2 barrel Hitachi; yet my carb looks to be a single barrel. Am I missing something?

If it helps I believe I have the "feedback" carb that has way too many wires and vacuum lines.






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