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#1 thesmith

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Posted 08 September 2013 - 04:14 AM

This is my '88 GL wagon. Picked her up in a car lot in Salinas with only 83XXX on her! It has the 3AT in it, and thus is a gutless wonder, but it'll go just about anywhere without complaining. Just not fast.

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Loose future plans for this wagon: EJ swap, 5spd DR swap, add a decent stereo, and find some different wheels. I'd like to keep it looking mostly stock because I bought it in such nice condition, but depending on how it looks after the body work is done I may also look for a different bumper.

 

Unfortunately I was in an accident only a week after returning to Seattle.

 

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I'm in the process of replacing the fender and radiator.

I pulled a fender from an '85 wagon I found in a pick-n-pull but haven't found a decent radiator yet.

 



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Posted 08 September 2013 - 04:11 PM

These 3ATs are horrible, 0 to 60 in around a week and a half



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Posted 08 September 2013 - 04:53 PM

I thought I would keep my 3AT in as well.  Then 3rd gear went.  Optimism isn't enough to save these things:-)



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Posted 08 September 2013 - 05:40 PM

Nice wagon! Bummer about the fender bender though.

the 3 speed auto isn't *that* terrible. We've (girlfriend and myself) have put 40k on the Loyale since we got him. He's been to Canada and back.

Not the greatest gas mileage, and sure, you can only really comfortably cruise at about 65-68 mph, but I clocked 0-60 at 16 seconds and I've hit 100 mph in him!

And the trans is rock solid. No problems with it. Ever.

Despite all that, I still love the d/r 5 speed in my GL :)



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Posted 08 September 2013 - 07:04 PM

Yeah, it's slow, but I'm okay with it for now. I'm much more concerned with getting a radiator and having the car up and running. I figure it won't be worth the new tranny until I'm ready to swap engines.

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Posted 08 September 2013 - 07:20 PM

Oh, I figured I should state for the record what has been done to the engine since I bought it:

 

-Heads resurfaced

-Head gaskets

-Crank & cam seal

-Rear main seal

-Oil pan gasket

-Valve cover gasket

-Timing belts

-Drive belts

-Oil pump seal

-Transmission magnifier (what is this part? I couldn't seem to find any info on it. Can somebody enlighten me as to what this is/does?)

-New thermostat

-New fluids: Brake fluid, transmission fluid, coolant, engine oil)

-New spark plugs

-Fuel/oil filter replacement

 

I'm pretty sure that's it. This was all done by a shop in the Monterey area, since things like the crank and cam seal are beyond my skill level for now. I figure an EA82 is a good engine to learn to wrench on, though.



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Posted 10 September 2013 - 12:23 AM

Picked up a new radiator from O'Reilly's today, a Murray two row unit. Drop this thing in the car and it should be up and running!



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Posted 10 September 2013 - 08:44 PM

Picked up a new radiator from O'Reilly's today, a Murray two row unit. Drop this thing in the car and it should be up and running!

Is it aluminum and plastic or all metal? Part number?



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Posted 10 September 2013 - 11:47 PM

All metal. O'Reilly's part no. 433698. 

 

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 12:33 AM

Here's some photos of the first little day trip I took in the Soob. My high school sweetheart and I took a cruise up to the top of a ridge in Big Sur on a spectacular August day.

 


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Posted 11 September 2013 - 07:09 PM

So the radiator I got from O'Reillys doesn't fit, the mounting holes are all in the wrong places as are the hose connections and cap. I'm taking it back and exchanging it for a single row that should do the trick. Yet another delay in getting the wagon back on the road!

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 08:54 PM

So the radiator I got from O'Reillys doesn't fit, the mounting holes are all in the wrong places as are the hose connections and cap. I'm taking it back and exchanging it for a single row that should do the trick. Yet another delay in getting the wagon back on the road!

you may have ended up with one from an XT. try an 88 rx or 90 loyale RS for the listing



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Posted 12 September 2013 - 02:58 AM

Who knows. Their website says that the two row fits my year, turbo or no, but it doesn't fit. So I've opted for a single row option from them, hopefully this one fits correctly.



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Posted 12 September 2013 - 08:02 AM

The radiator cores are the same dimensions. The upper and lower mounting brackets are different.(from xt)

 

I forgot to mention that part is swappable. 



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Posted 14 September 2013 - 03:56 AM

One new radiator, one new fender, and five pulls on the bumper beam later, the wagon is back up and running. Pic to come tomorrow.



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Posted 05 October 2013 - 02:04 AM

A bit of a delay on the update, been super busy these last few weeks. The Murray single row radiator seems to be keeping the engine much cooler than the OEM one, which is nice.

The new fender is a slightly different silver, and the trim is a different size, but we'll just call it the jazz of car repair. I'll keep it like this until I can find a parts car or a matching '88 fender.

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Since my last post I've also installed a RAM mount for my phone/GPS setup, works like a charm. Did some detailing work today so the interior is looking pretty sparkly.

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On another note, can anybody comment on normal oil pressure ranges for the EA82? I just don't know what to look for. If it runs consistently at ~45psi, but starts around ~65ish, is that normal?


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Posted 05 October 2013 - 11:48 AM

The oil pump may be missing the check ball pressure relief. You should get 45 or so at upper rpms, and near zero when idling, when the horribly inaccurate oil pressure gauge is working normally with normal oil pressure. 



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Posted 27 October 2013 - 10:19 AM

After an oil change (switched to Castrol GTX synth blend & Mobil1 filter) it seems that the gauge is operating closer to the way you describe. I think the car just likes the new filter and oil.

Also, it seems that the mechanic that changed the oil before me neglected to put a gasket on the drain plug, and as such removing it was a total pain. Bought a new one with gasket and all is well.


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Posted 06 July 2014 - 12:21 AM

Hey all,
Been a while since I've posted here, busy times.
Recent work:
-disty cap/rotor
-spark plugs (NGK iridium IX) and wires
-oil changed to GTX 10w30 conventional, new Mobil1 filter.
-front bumper swapped for all black Loyale bumper
-new air filter
-replaced oil drain plug with Fumoto Qwikvalve
-installed RAM mount cupholders (essential!)

Work I'm waiting to do:
-rear disc swap, full brake system overhaul
-ordered Optima battery

I have all the parts needed to do the disc swap, but I'd like to install fresh new rotors and pads all around when I do it.

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