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#1 Crazyeights

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Posted 13 April 2014 - 01:46 AM

I have always liked Wagons. I picked up this 1992 Loyale in June of 2013.

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A 5 lug swap was planned as well as rear disc brake conversion. I also looked into adding a rear sway bar from an XT coupe. Anyway, I know everyone likes to look at pictures and I have a small head-start already.

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Once the suspension, brakes, and tires are taken care of, I'll most likely finish up with an EJ swap. I have some pieces gathered already.  This is a spare time project with a limited budget so this thread might not get regular updates. It is a nice daily driver at the moment though, with working A/C :)

 

Many of you have inspired this build. Nico, Rick (The General Himself), Gloyale, Bratsrus1(Jerry), Tex, Turbone, TheLoyale, Jezek, Monstaru, Bratman18 and EVERY other one of you!!! Thanks...

 

Hope you enjoy!


Edited by Crazyeights, 13 April 2014 - 10:56 AM.


#2 Crazyeights

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Posted 13 April 2014 - 10:29 AM

After reading everything I could find about the 5 lug conversion process (most of it all from here) I started gathering parts. I ended up doing the brake upgrade at the same time. I wanted a spare front cross-member to modify for XT6 front lower control arms. I figured I might as well start with a Turbo cross-member to keep my engine upgrade options open down the road (remember the talk about the EJ swap) :grin:

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Two cuts had to be made on each side in the pocket area to provide enough clearance so that the XT6 LCA's won't rub. The metal was peeled up slightly (about 1/4 inch) and re-welded. I liked this option better than tacking on washers, although that would have worked too.

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It works and looks pretty good too.

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More to follow...

 

 

 

 



 


Edited by Crazyeights, 13 April 2014 - 11:01 AM.


#3 TheLoyale

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Posted 13 April 2014 - 12:22 PM

I'm following this one! Nice progress so far. What are those 4 bolts for right in front of the fuel tank?



#4 Crazyeights

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Posted 13 April 2014 - 11:50 PM

I'm following this one! Nice progress so far. What are those 4 bolts for right in front of the fuel tank?

I think it might have been from an old trailer hitch. That makes me smile too. First gear up the pass in the snow at five grand doing 14 mph pulling a trailer. Yeah, we have all worn that hat at least once :ph34r: 90 HP on it's best day and lucky if the head gaskets last past the first timing belt interval.

 

Oh well just stay runnin' for a few more months... The radiator was plugged solid when I bought the car. I didn't really realize it and TBH I didn't care either. Until it blew the entire end tank off of the passenger side on my lunch break :clap: WHAT A MESS! Now it has a shiny new brass one a few months early. The old EA82 chugs on at almost 30 mpg....


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Posted 01 June 2014 - 01:46 AM

Time for a quick update. The 5 lug swap is complete. The modified EA82T ("Turbo") front engine cross-member with XT6 front lower control arms is installed. The brake system upgrades/modifications are finished for now too. I put in new lower ball joints as well. I cleaned up some Legacy 14" steel rims so that I could retain the same tires short term. They are 185/70-R14's. I have several thousand miles on this configuration now and it feels great.

 

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A quick look at the interior;

 

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So far so good! Details to follow soon with some more pictures.

 


 



#6 Crazyeights

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Posted 01 June 2014 - 12:50 PM

Here is a picture of the donor car that the front suspension parts came from.

 

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The front brakes consist of Loyale calipers on EJ knuckles, rotors, pads, and caliper brackets.  It works by using one of the Loyale caliper pins on the EJ bracket. A big "Thank You" to the member that figured this out first in another post. I like this for now because you can retain the front E-Brake. I ended up using EA81 outer tie rod ends so that the toe could be adjusted properly.

 

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Edited by Crazyeights, 10 June 2014 - 11:16 PM.


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Posted 01 June 2014 - 01:07 PM

The front axles presented there own set of challenges. I also wanted both EA and EJ inner DOJ cups available for a future trans upgrade. The short answer is that most EJ axles that I have found are just a little long to fit the Loyale body with the EJ front end parts installed. Remember, (photos above), that I also did NOT re-locate the position of the lower control arm mounting bolt holes in the EA82T front cross-member. I think this actually added to the axle length problem. I ended up inverting the inner DOJ bearings to gain just enough room to make it work. I know it's an ugly hack. I did save some 25 spline inner cups though for the upcoming EJ trans swap however.

 

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Any thoughts of a better solution for the front axles or will this work long term? For now I am just going to keep rolling it. More to come soon ...


Edited by Crazyeights, 10 June 2014 - 11:17 PM.





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