Jump to content


Welcome to Ultimate Subaru Message Board, my lurker friend!

Welcome to Ultimate Subaru Message Board, an unparalleled Subaru community full of the greatest Subaru gurus and modders on the planet! We offer technical information and discussion about all things Subaru, the best and most popular all wheel drive vehicles ever created.

We offer all this information for free to everyone, even lurkers like you! All we ask in return is that you sign up and give back some of what you get out - without our awesome registered users none of this would be possible! Plus, you get way more great stuff as a member! Lurk to lose, participate to WIN*!
  • Say hello and join the conversation
  • Subscribe to topics and forums to get automatic updates
  • Get your own profile and make new friends
  • Classifieds with all sorts of Subaru goodies
  • Photo hosting in our gallery
  • Meet other cool people with cool cars
Seriously, what are you waiting for? Make your life more fulfilling and join today! You and your Subaru won't regret it, we guarantee** it.

* The joy of participation and being generally awesome constitutes winning
** Not an actual guarantee, but seriously, you probably won't regret it!

Serving the Subaru Community since May 18th, 1998!

Guest Message by DevFuse
 

Photo
* * * * * 1 votes

My '83 GL Coupe - Hardtop SSS

Subaru GL EA81 Hardtop Coupe Restoration Retrofit

  • Please log in to reply
114 replies to this topic

#26 TheLoyale

TheLoyale

    Safariwagon: The Legend

  • Members
  • 6,793 posts
  • Waukesha, WI

Posted 03 August 2014 - 07:46 PM

Its not that clean. The underside is horrible. Wheel arches are slowly going away, and the rockers are gone. Underside of the hood is pretty nasty.

 

I love this Coupe, sits nice and reminds me a '79 Bluebird 110SSS. I would like to get a clean set of these wheels.

 

And of course the this oldie, but a goodie.

 



#27 jmoss5723

jmoss5723

    USMB is life!

  • Members
  • 224 posts
  • Pittsburgh, PA

Posted 04 August 2014 - 07:14 AM

Its not that clean. The underside is horrible. Wheel arches are slowly going away, and the rockers are gone. Underside of the hood is pretty nasty.

 

I love this Coupe, sits nice and reminds me a '79 Bluebird 110SSS. I would like to get a clean set of these wheels.

5622380663_3e525a7be0.jpg

 

I have a set. Missing one center cap, though. Let me know if Matt gives you that set of Jackmans. Let's make a trade  :)



#28 TheLoyale

TheLoyale

    Safariwagon: The Legend

  • Members
  • 6,793 posts
  • Waukesha, WI

Posted 04 August 2014 - 01:17 PM

I'll PM you about the wheels... You'll probably be sad :(



#29 jmoss5723

jmoss5723

    USMB is life!

  • Members
  • 224 posts
  • Pittsburgh, PA

Posted 04 August 2014 - 01:40 PM

Saw PM. Am sad. :unsure:



#30 TheLoyale

TheLoyale

    Safariwagon: The Legend

  • Members
  • 6,793 posts
  • Waukesha, WI

Posted 04 August 2014 - 01:41 PM

Lol... I know.



#31 TheLoyale

TheLoyale

    Safariwagon: The Legend

  • Members
  • 6,793 posts
  • Waukesha, WI

Posted 05 August 2014 - 12:46 PM

Got some 15" trailer wheels yesterday. Planning on redrilling the hubs and running the 6x139 bolt pattern. These currently have 195/60/15 tires, which should still fit. The backspacing on these is about 4" so I think they should fit well without sitting out too much. The Toyota wheels use a 4.75" backspacing and I know those line up right with the fender lip.

 

These also have the Safety bead, so they should be just as good as any other wheels.

 

 

 

 

Comments, questions...?



#32 1982gl4

1982gl4

    1000+ Super USER!

  • Members
  • 1,410 posts
  • Worcester, VT

Posted 05 August 2014 - 05:38 PM

I think those will look awesome. Always like the blue car, white wheel combo. 



#33 TheLoyale

TheLoyale

    Safariwagon: The Legend

  • Members
  • 6,793 posts
  • Waukesha, WI

Posted 05 August 2014 - 08:20 PM

I want to do Fender mirrors too. I really gotta look at ebay.jp to see what Leone goodies I can find, and hope they ship to the U.S.



#34 TheLoyale

TheLoyale

    Safariwagon: The Legend

  • Members
  • 6,793 posts
  • Waukesha, WI

Posted 05 August 2014 - 08:45 PM

What NGK wire set number is correct for the EA81? The 9350 two of the wires are a little snug and the Coil wire is way to short, this set would work on an EA82.

 

I found another NGK number but I dunno how long anything is. NGK 9336. I don't remember what wire set I put on the Skiwagon, and I didn't post the part number in the thread.

 

Anyone have some insight?



#35 Mykeys Toy

Mykeys Toy

    Subaru Master

  • Members
  • 2,059 posts
  • South Prairie, Wa

Posted 05 August 2014 - 10:55 PM

The wheels look good.  I think it will be a squeeze though.  I can't say on the NGK wires I usually get them locally just so I can take them back if I have to.



#36 TheLoyale

TheLoyale

    Safariwagon: The Legend

  • Members
  • 6,793 posts
  • Waukesha, WI

Posted 06 August 2014 - 01:12 AM

Found my answer to the wire question. Indeed NGK 9350 is for an EA82, I figured as much since the Coil and Disty are close together.

 

I will be ordering NGK 8002, and will look it up for a Brat to confirm the correct part number. This must have been the route I took prior.



#37 TheLoyale

TheLoyale

    Safariwagon: The Legend

  • Members
  • 6,793 posts
  • Waukesha, WI

Posted 06 August 2014 - 01:33 PM

So I put the wheels on to see how they fit, I think I will need to go with 195/50/15s the 60s are a little too big and will rub under compression during turning. They measure about 24" overall Diameter and 50s measure about 22" so that is pretty much factory size.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also since I took the drums off, I noticed both sides had a major build-up of bearing grease slathering the shoes and drum. I'm guessing I have bad wheel seals? I will need to get new Shoes, Seals, Drums and Hardware as its all garbage. I may get new bearings too, there is some play in the race and sound like crap.

 

 

 

Question, can I swap FWD EA82 rear brakes onto the EA81? Also I think the front EA82 brakes will bolts up, correct? Since I am running bigger wheels, the calipers won't be an issue anymore.



#38 Mechanical_misfit

Mechanical_misfit

    Eat, Live, Breath Subaru

  • Members
  • 433 posts
  • Muskegon, MI

Posted 06 August 2014 - 04:12 PM

Looks like leaky wheel cylinders to me!



#39 1982gl4

1982gl4

    1000+ Super USER!

  • Members
  • 1,410 posts
  • Worcester, VT

Posted 06 August 2014 - 04:58 PM

 I like where this is going, the wheels look good on there! I just ended up getting fender mirrors of ebay US when I did mine, I think they were for a corolla or something. They fit and work well, but the plastic has started to fade over time.



#40 TheLoyale

TheLoyale

    Safariwagon: The Legend

  • Members
  • 6,793 posts
  • Waukesha, WI

Posted 06 August 2014 - 07:30 PM

Brakes don't leak (Yet) I don't know if they did leak at one point, but the wheel cylinders are probably original, much like the rotted out brake lines. So I dunno, maybe someone splooged grease everywhere when they did brakes lol.

 

I'm gonna replace all this junk anyway.

 

Good idea on the corolla mirrors, I will have to look for some.



#41 Mykeys Toy

Mykeys Toy

    Subaru Master

  • Members
  • 2,059 posts
  • South Prairie, Wa

Posted 06 August 2014 - 08:04 PM

IDK about the front brakes but I would bet the rears will fit  most of the ea series seams to be interchangeable at least on the rear.



#42 MilesFox

MilesFox

    Catch this Fox!

  • Members
  • 10,664 posts
  • Madison/Milwaukee, WI

Posted 06 August 2014 - 09:05 PM

i have rear brake ea82 shoes, springs, and one wheel cylinder. beck arnley. hit me up



#43 TheLoyale

TheLoyale

    Safariwagon: The Legend

  • Members
  • 6,793 posts
  • Waukesha, WI

Posted 06 August 2014 - 09:25 PM

Fox sounds good, I will send you a message on Facebook.

 

So now I have anew issue with the EA81. Here is a run down.

 

Desmogged 2bbl Hitachi nothing on the carb except for what it needs to have to make it run correctly. All new fuel and vac lines, NO VAC LEAKS.

New NGK Platinums and NGK Wires.

New Cap and Rotor.

Engine harness looks good.

 

I ran Seafoam thru the motor Sunday, (Thru the Brake Booster) got it all out and was running even better, it ran pretty excellent. I started it Tuesday and it is backfiring thru the carb and seems to only be running on the driver side cylinders. Replaced plugs again as I thought I fouled 1 or 2 out. Same issue. Driver side plugs are dry and look normal, Passenger side plugs are wet like they are not firing, checked Cap and its good, not defective. I checked the wires and they are all good.

 

I didn't check compression yet, I don't think I need to, motor only has 75,000 on it. Would a sticking valve even cause this? Also, the rotor shaft doesn't have any play in it, only a fraction of side to side movement which seems normal, Timing gear is solid and no play, not chewed, nothing. I feel like this is a timing issue, but don't see how.

 

Now the motor pops and pisses but won't fire, it will backfire thru the carb while cranking. I see a nice mist of gas shooting out of the carb when it backfires.

 

Ideas on where to go next? Tomorrow, I am going to put the disty back in and retime it, whole nice yards. Also there is no alignment dot on the body of the disty to align the Timing gear. I see some type of tool marks, but not a solid dot like I've seen on the Skiwagon. 

 

Not sure what else to look at.



#44 TheLoyale

TheLoyale

    Safariwagon: The Legend

  • Members
  • 6,793 posts
  • Waukesha, WI

Posted 07 August 2014 - 09:38 PM

Got this thing running beautiful again! I dunno what it was, I pulled the disty, and reset the timing to about 10* BTDC and its running very nice. Maybe a chunk of something for stuck in a valve or something. The Rotor gear and Cam look really nice, clean and sharp, like new. There is also no carbon/varnish on the rocker assembly. Can't wait to run Amsoil in it!



#45 Mykeys Toy

Mykeys Toy

    Subaru Master

  • Members
  • 2,059 posts
  • South Prairie, Wa

Posted 07 August 2014 - 09:49 PM

Very well carry on! 

glad it decided to play nice today.  Whats next on the to do list?  How long before the body restoration?  When are you moving out west?



#46 TheLoyale

TheLoyale

    Safariwagon: The Legend

  • Members
  • 6,793 posts
  • Waukesha, WI

Posted 07 August 2014 - 10:20 PM

We'll say next summer for #1 and probably after I die for #2. Then I can go to "Heaven" Subaru Heaven that is ;)

 

I guess next up for the coupe is to get some of the missing parts I need, like the rear side molding on the pass side, a new grill (Honey Comb style) and light bezel along with the new marker light. I would also like to stick a '80-'82 front bumper on this and turn the marker lights into Marker lights that double as blinkers. xbeerd did a wiring diagram for me a while ago, I will have to figure this out, I have new relays to use, so I'm half way there :P

 

I do need to get some new 195/50/15s mounted so I can actually roll the car around, I can't clear the 60s when I turn it. I also need to redrill the hubs. So that may become the most recent upcoming thing "To Do" This car needs new rear dampers and probably front ones.

 

Also need to replace the driver side front wheel bearing and possibly the hub plate which I may be getting soon. I also need to put ball joints on it, MOOG of course.

 

I took part of the dash apart tonight just to clean it down and check things out. Make sure everything is snug, since someone dug thru it once (Missing a screw) Also missing one of those little covers for the dash bezel to hide the screws. Anyone have one?

 

Full brake refresh/upgrade needs to be in order as well. I also need Loyale front wiper arms in good condition, I want to put the J-hook style on this car vs the pin style. 

 

No real body/chassis work is going to happen this year, I need to finish the Loyale up before winter so I can stick it back in the garage  :rolleyes:



#47 ystrdyisgone

ystrdyisgone

    USMB Regular

  • Members
  • 428 posts
  • MT

Posted 11 August 2014 - 03:04 PM

Tom, is that radiator fan from an EJ as well? Or is it stock?

 

If you need an EJ fan, or two, I've got mine left from my swap.



#48 jmoss5723

jmoss5723

    USMB is life!

  • Members
  • 224 posts
  • Pittsburgh, PA

Posted 11 August 2014 - 04:01 PM

We'll say next summer for #1 and probably after I die for #2. Then I can go to "Heaven" Subaru Heaven that is ;)

 

I guess next up for the coupe is to get some of the missing parts I need, like the rear side molding on the pass side, a new grill (Honey Comb style) and light bezel along with the new marker light. I would also like to stick a '80-'82 front bumper on this and turn the marker lights into Marker lights that double as blinkers. xbeerd did a wiring diagram for me a while ago, I will have to figure this out, I have new relays to use, so I'm half way there :P

 

I have a honeycomb grill. No idea what it's worth. I'll text you a picture tomorrow.



#49 TheLoyale

TheLoyale

    Safariwagon: The Legend

  • Members
  • 6,793 posts
  • Waukesha, WI

Posted 11 August 2014 - 05:56 PM

I think the fan may be one of those universals, probably like a 10". Once I get a new Radiator, Waterpump, thermostat, I will be buying one 12" thin fan to mount to the radiator and run it off the factory thermo switch (Since I have a new one of those too) I also need to somehow remake the lower rad support, looks like its ziptied to the radiator but is rotted extensively.

 

As for the grill. Shawn W may be sending me one as well with the corner light and light bezel. We'll see what I get. If anything, bring it with you, if I can't give you an answer by then.

 

Cheers!



#50 dannycisneros

dannycisneros

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 63 posts
  • Mount Vernon Washington

Posted 16 August 2014 - 04:58 AM

I really like the wheels Tom! I'm thinking of getting some wheels like these and 6 lug conversion after finding out two of the pug wheels I got are warped/ bent!





Also tagged with one or more of these keywords: Subaru GL, EA81, Hardtop, Coupe, Restoration, Retrofit

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users