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#1 rrgrr

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 08:30 PM

Finally found a good 4wd wagon, wanted one since I let my first suby go so long ago, always missed that

thing, and it was what started it all...Had to settle for an EA82 car, rarely see a gen 2 around here anymore.

 

It's an 85 GL  DR and came from out West, so I won't have to fly out there to drive one back here to the rust belt. Pretty clean, too, rebuilt engine, some new parts, +set of studded snow tires on Jackmans,(except the paint is shot)- a good base for my dd/fun car:banana:

 

Here it is

 

and my needs list -if any one can help me out:

 

Headlight, passenger side

 

 parking/corner lens, drivers side

 

Dome light cover

 

a decent set of center caps



#2 Mechanical_misfit

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 09:50 PM

I have all those parts. Looks like a sweet wagon too!

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 09:51 PM

Are you gonna lift it?
i like those wagons when they sit high.

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 10:50 PM

Looks like the one I almost bought from Miles Fox a year ago. EA82 is a great platform. I prefer the gen 2 as well, but any 80s 4x4 is a lot of fun. Nice find!



#5 rrgrr

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Posted 26 August 2013 - 03:36 PM

Are you gonna lift it?
i like those wagons when they sit high.

 Yep, another forum member has got me a 2" Boss kit on the way!  love the way they look lifted! :headbang:



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Posted 26 August 2013 - 08:45 PM

Nice score, I think the EA82's look tuff lifted. 

 

Heres mine from a few years ago. 

 

 



#7 rrgrr

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Posted 26 August 2013 - 10:30 PM

That is awesome! Love the snorkel!! :D



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Posted 02 September 2013 - 02:52 PM

:banana: Got my BOSS 2" kit installed -was easier than I expected! -only 1 axle came apart & had to replace before test driving.

 

Looking for some nice steel 15" wheels to redrill, cheap -the 13's look funny now

 

Thanks to bratman18 ,& BOSS!! :burnout:



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Posted 02 September 2013 - 04:43 PM

Awesome!! Looks great!



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Posted 05 September 2013 - 08:09 PM

Scraped the remaining clear coat off the top, hood, and sides down to the stripe. It came off in big pieces and flakes with the razor.

I think I might just try to Rattle-can it in flat black primer -down to the stripe, while I touch up the rest of the body and decide whether to have it reshot or just flat black the whole thing...

Also got the rear side windows tinted at probably too dark, -really kind of hurt my fishbowl visibility -Never had this done before -but it does look cool!



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Posted 06 September 2013 - 08:14 PM

My rear windows are limo-tinted like that as well. In my opinion, it looks pretty boss.

 

Is it great at night? Honestly, no. Not really. Makes the cab very dark.

 

With that said, is the limo-tinting worth it?

 

Absolutely.



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Posted 06 September 2013 - 08:28 PM

Not post jacking, just sharing the limo-tint <3 ;)

Edited by BoxerRebellion, 06 September 2013 - 08:29 PM.


#13 rrgrr

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Posted 06 September 2013 - 08:42 PM

Thanks for the support, Boxer -I've been kind of wondering if I did the right thing -didn't do the back, so the inside reflects a bit, too. I am a freak about the blind spot and it takes some getting used to...



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Posted 06 September 2013 - 10:27 PM

Ha, I see your rusty head lights! She will look much better with the clearer ones. I like the brown color 569 Crest Brown Metallic, same as my 86 3door. That is a pretty clean ride fro something you would find in Indiana. Ironically, I found my 86 3-door in my hometown of Fort Wayne, IN, after i had moved here to wisconsin. IT is one of the cleaner ea82's i have ever head, but yours is much better orginal. 

 

Ae you keeping the wagon wheels?  If you paint them, paint them white as that would have been their original color with chrome trim rings and center caps.

 

I got a set of center caps for an ea81 brat that i was hoping to use with 14 legacy steelies (mine is 5 lug) to keep with that 85/86 original liik. If they don't fit on my car, they would look good on yours.


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Posted 07 September 2013 - 12:21 AM

Miles I was hoping you would notice those lights! I hear there is a support group for brown cars...

 

I like the wagon wheels (have another set w/snow tires) -but It looks funny to me lifted w/13's -so I am looking for some 14 or 15" wheels to redrill  -unless you have some cheap pugs lying around...



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Posted 07 September 2013 - 12:31 AM

Miles I was hoping you would notice those lights! I hear there is a support group for brown cars...

 

I like the wagon wheels (have another set w/snow tires) -but It looks funny to me lifted w/13's -so I am looking for some 14 or 15" wheels to redrill  -unless you have some cheap pugs lying around...

The pigs i used to have that could have been sold got stolen out of my garage 2 years ago. I have a pair of front hubs if you want to go the re-drill (the hubs) route.

 

My dude has a peugeot 505 sw8 wagon that is shagged;he's on the fence about fixing it or junking it. I told him the wheels are worth keepong for subarus, so if he junks it, i'll try to get onto them.



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Posted 07 September 2013 - 02:02 PM

Went to the subaru mine today, here's some of the stuff I found:

DSC02843.jpgGood door, speaker, gas door,roof rack bars, hatch spoiler!, etc., good day!

 

The pigs i used to have that could have been sold got stolen out of my garage 2 years ago. I have a pair of front hubs if you want to go the re-drill (the hubs) route.

 

My dude has a peugeot 505 sw8 wagon that is shagged;he's on the fence about fixing it or junking it. I told him the wheels are worth keepong for subarus, so if he junks it, i'll try to get onto them.

 

 

I'm trying to avoid drilling hubs -kind of want to be able to run the 13 snows as an option. Like to keep it cheap like toyota steelies, or... ? with much backspace. pugs would be ideal.

 

 



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Posted 25 September 2013 - 04:53 PM

Well the transformation is mostly complete!  Still some kinks to work out -getting that bent wheel doctored up, alignment Friday, then I'll paint the wheels black -but I wanted to go ahead and share this with the USMB -without which none of this would have been possible. Nobody does this around here, in fact this is the first lifted Suby I've seen in real life -and it is frikkin awesome!

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They're 215/65/15's and they don't rub a bit! :banana:  :burnout:

 

 



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Posted 25 September 2013 - 05:01 PM

Good to see it coming together!!!



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Posted 03 October 2013 - 08:51 PM

I'm Plastidipping the wheels tonight and tomorrow with primer underneath -report to come. Actually, if this works out, I''m considering doing the hood and top -it's cheaper than paint and seems like it will keep the salt & rust away indefinitely and look better than primer or as good as flat black. I searched for Plastidip on the forums thinking this would be very popular around here, but results were few. Anyone tried this stuff?

 

Also had a good clock from the JY, but fried it on the install :( Found a good Subaru radio, too and spent a day deciphering the harness splice the PO did -but the presets won't keep and the light is dim, Grrrr.  Searching for threads or tips on EA82 radio hoookups/wiring keys...hint hint


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Posted 13 October 2013 - 01:20 PM

The New noisy axle I put in decided to split it's inner boot on the highway puking grease everywhere on the exhaust, making a bunch of smoke and freaking me out. Next morning put another axle in (reman) Also got tie rod ends in from Rock Auto and went ahead and put those in and did a quickie tape measure alignment in the driveway before rushing off to work. 

 

Everything feels good and solid up front now, straight and quiet, the torque steer problem seems pretty much gone, too. Guess you can't always tell when the tie rods are sloppy by hand.

 

100 miles of excellent performance later, I think the motor decided to go suicidal...I am just wrecked over this -we were having so much fun!

All the work I've done and that last drive really cemented my love for this car... This is not over...

 

 

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 06:39 PM

Car is looking great! Stick with it. These engines are so easy to work on. Even if yours is blown sky high, you can generally find a used one for a $100-$200 and swap it in an afternoon.



#23 rrgrr

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Posted 24 October 2013 - 09:01 PM

The wagon is back rolling thanks to forum members xbeerd and MilesFox!!  :headbang: Finished the swap yesterday and the motor started right up. Exhaust gaskets were still good and cleaned up intake gaskets were good to go too. Great running motor!   :banana: Had to swap in original (carb) disty & guess initial timing...has good oil pressure and runs cool.

 

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Posted 08 November 2013 - 12:14 PM

Well bad luck prevails for this poor machine...Got hit last night by a Volvo SUV -tried to turn left into me :mad:  :mad:  :mad: as I went thru an intersection...got both doors on the drivers side, a ding in the rocker, curbed it on the front right, gauged the tire, don't know about the rim or the suspension parts, got both doors shut, tire held air so I drove it ~60  miles home. The alignment is jacked but it didn't feel too dangerous...

The other driver is taking full responsibility, cop on the scene agreed. Waiting for the insurance to come total my car for whatever...$100. they probably won't see any value in it. :( Certainly will be more in repairs than the car is valued at.

I have a pretty good stack of receipts, but the labor and other expenses don't show...blue book on these is crap. If anyone can advise me on how to get $$ for this thing out of the insurance company, Please Help.

 

I am keeping this car and getting it fixed despite the universe being seemingly against it. 

 

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Posted 08 November 2013 - 01:20 PM

that sucks. if you have a set of tires that have full tread put those on it because they count tire tread into there evaluation . if you have a receipt from a newer engine or anything else  that might help. when my old loyale got rear ended the insurance totaled it and i got the choice to keep it and get like 1475 or get rid of it and get 1700 so i kept it. i hope they give you a reasonable amount and sorry to hear about it being smashed. hope you made it out alright though






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