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Guest Message by DevFuse

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1986 Subaru GL just died. I don't want to junk it. Someone looking for a parts car?

GL 1800 1986

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#1 ScottGMac



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Posted 15 August 2013 - 08:41 AM

My '86 Subaru GL just died and I'm looking to get rid of it. We blew a radiator hose, it overheated and probably cracked the cylinder head. In any event, it's no longer driveable but is probably repairable if somebody wants to go through the effort. Perhaps somebody just wants to use it as a parts car. I know I could get a few bucks for it if I just junked it but I'd rather see it go to a good home with somebody who might get some use out of the good stuff that remains.




#2 NorthWet


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Posted 15 August 2013 - 09:42 AM

It is EXTREMELY unlikely that the head has cracked (unless it is a turbo version, EA-series don't crack heads).  They do have headgasket failures, though.


Saying that the head is cracked will get few inquiries; saying that it needs headgaskets will be more successful for you.



#3 MR_Loyale


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Posted 15 August 2013 - 09:42 AM

How did it just die? What are the symptoms?

#4 MilesFox


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Posted 15 August 2013 - 09:52 AM

Change the timing belt.

#5 briankk


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Posted 15 August 2013 - 10:40 AM

Where is it?

#6 NorthWet


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Posted 15 August 2013 - 12:24 PM

Change the timing belt.

Probably won't help much after a blown radiator hose and overheat. :)

#7 MilesFox


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Posted 15 August 2013 - 08:31 PM

All original with no maintenance. Probably sat for long periods of time. I could see both happening simultaneously in regards to old rubber and one stress causing another stress.


I wish i could come save this car as it would not be much effort to fix beyond the cost of hoses and head gaskets.


If you go through the trouble of removing the heads for diagnostic purposes, then by all meands do the head gaskets.


What will happen is a mechanic will find cracks between the valves and tell you they are junk and blame it on the overheat, where in fact the cracks would have already be there and are a common occurrence and almost every pull -off head will have them. Ther eis no water passage where you will find this crack. There are TSB notices about them. 


So if you know this, and your mechanic knows this, he can go ahead and make repairs re-using the same heads successfully. You ,your mechanic, or whoever ends up with your car.


What i am saying is the car is salvageable first before writing it off as junk. Junk it if it's crashed. Engines are repairable or replaceable. Old cars are not replaceable. We like old cars. Anyone who could not save it for you would wish to know it was saved.

Edited by MilesFox, 15 August 2013 - 08:33 PM.

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 04:59 PM

So when you crank the engine does it sound like it has compression?

#9 zmarrott


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Posted 11 October 2013 - 11:23 PM

if your looking to get rid of it, how much do you want? im over in lakeville and desperately looking for certain parts to restore my 86 brat gl

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Posted 12 October 2013 - 08:59 PM

^^ I second "if your looking to get rid of it, how much do you want?" and preface that with: What's the rest of the car like? How bad is the body?

#11 apintonut


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Posted 15 October 2013 - 01:06 AM

Pic? Location?

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