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#1 sub1980s

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Posted 15 September 2014 - 02:00 AM

Hi to all just bought this 1984 4WD Touring wagon,have kinda of liked them as learnt to drive in one,my father had a plain wagon as company car,when he worked at Motor Holdings Ltd in New Zealand.This car has

a little rust in sills and near rear mud flap,rear drip rail. Engine ,No.2 conrod to crankshaft has seized ,was driven by someone till it stopped.On the look for some parts,or engine. Saved from the scrap heap as most have rusted away here,there are  some living south in the country.Iam going to fix

 up some of bodywork,haven't decided how far as yet.The rear sill near wheel  and factory join I take

it that the swage is  meant to run all the way through.Here  are some pictures ,have looked at this site recently thought id share.Regards Rowen

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Posted 18 September 2014 - 04:45 AM

Sweet! I saw this on TradeMe and was really hoping someone would pick it up, there's precious few EA81s on the road here anymore, let alone touring wagons (probably my favourite). One of my neighbours used to have a brown Touring Wagon just like this one.

 

As far as the engine goes, any Brumby engine will bolt in but you probably know more than me anyway. There's a wrecker in Cromwell, Central Otago who has a yard full of old Subarus, he's got a couple of EA81 RXs, imports from Japan.

 

A sweet build would be to put a full-time 4wd 5-speed from an EA82 RX or RXII in it.

 

This guy over on AUSUBARU has done a full restoration on quite a rusty one. http://www.ausubaru....5a2a308&t=23019

 

I'd love to see this thing restored and back on the road rocking the black plates!

 

As far as rust goes, could be worse:

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I took that picture up Highcliff Rd, on the peninsula.

 

Luke.


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Posted 19 September 2014 - 04:23 PM

That blue 4wd looks ravaged Luke,rust not being kind  to some, the brumby ute helpful for some bits,thank good ness or there would  be even less.

The Cromwell wrecker looks the business, for old parts i wish I lived down that way.

Loved see the pictures on

that site AUSUBARU but couldn't  bring them  up, found hard to get into that site,not  to sure why.

The Touring wagon extra stripes

and logos  differ in  suby car brochure was this Aus and NZ adaptation as don't really know.Do you drive Turbo wagon as in picture

cheers

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Posted 20 September 2014 - 05:53 PM

Congrats on the purchase.  She's a beauty.  Please keep us updated on what you do to the wagon and where she takes you! Best wishes, Aaron



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Posted 22 September 2014 - 06:34 AM

The turbo wagon is dead unfortunately. Terminal rust in the firewall and windscreen pillars/corners, and the paint had gone through on the roof and bonnet and was starting to rust badly. Also had a lot of rusty stone chips down the doors. Engine needed a complete rebuild too. I just don't have the money to restore it, not until I graduate anyway.

I've currently got a Forester. http://offroadsubaru...read.php?t=5568
Not as much fun as the L though, I loved that turbo and it actually used less petrol than the Foz. That 2.5 has a serious drinking problem.

I agree, keep us updated on the wagon! If it was a dual-range with the plaid interior it would be perfect, but it's still nice. The last time I saw a touring wagon on the road was about this time last year...
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* I know this is a gen-1 BRAT but I was using the seats as an example...


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Posted 15 August 2015 - 01:14 AM

Hi all
Started last year,stripping it down,begin rust repairs on drivers side and work
my way round to other side,hoped for less rust on left hand side,turned out
no different,did buy a mig welder from repco,for the diy market works ok, little bit erratic,can weld alright on thicker steel,iam using argon gas mix,prefer
bigger spooled machines.less griding the weld off,sort off.Put some patches in
bottom window corners,and right hand 1/4 panel,pictures showing some of it,i
forgot to take pictures of the process,dont have a good series of pictures.
front A piller and along
drip rail, bad surface rust decided to use the gas welder and brass rods,laying weld over rusty areas,hopefully the heat will kill the rust.As to awkward and to much work cutting out bits,patched some easier bits near the drip rail area,for some areas.Has had a new roof skin in its life,accident I guess, spot welding
drilled out was never mig plugged probably,or seamed seal that well,not
much paint either some areas.
Exposed to the elements,rust resulting.No more welding to be done,three
doors to be finished off, outside only ,just the dents over them.and a few dents repairs ,need re fixing,sand blocking, more filler in low spots as not quite
right.
Lechler expoxy primer is
used.Should of held off buying paint,before doing some rust work and extent of
it.Probaly have chosen cheaper option of primer and paint white paint,instead
of metallic colour. Having a break for now,
start soon,when the light is bit better,and yes iam getting sick off it,felt
like giving up sometimes.Her it is sitting in garage.Regards Rowen.

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Posted 15 August 2015 - 01:18 AM

door patch weld in and ground off,and athin skim of bodyfiller

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Posted 15 August 2015 - 01:21 AM

sill,rust near seams,gas welding with brass rod used.

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Posted 15 August 2015 - 01:31 AM

gas welding with brass rods under drip rail,slight
distortion of roof panel on side,ie bodyfiller skim.

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Posted 15 August 2015 - 01:32 AM

car as it looks now.

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Posted 15 August 2015 - 02:10 AM

drip rail cut off,and re weld back,after brass welding in rust
area on A pillar,patch miged in,drip rail not in picture brass welding
in old spot welding as surface rust.

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Posted 15 August 2015 - 09:18 PM

Just keep at it man, should be a beaut once its done. What part of NZ are you in?



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Posted 19 August 2015 - 02:42 PM

Hi, up in Auckland ,will keep plodding cheers.

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Posted 25 August 2015 - 01:52 AM

Sweet work, getting closer by the look of it! Would be a waste to give up now. Pity I'm down south, seeing this in the flesh would be sick



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Posted 26 August 2015 - 02:51 AM

Another great restoration on the USMB! Like KiwiGL said, don't give up. It is indeed coming out very nice! I, along with a lot of others on here would be keen to see her finally done.

 

I know the feeling of having a tore apart rust project in the garage. Just can't give up.

 

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Posted 31 August 2015 - 02:09 AM

Glad I put the pics up, hopefully been here will keep the work progressing.
Rocker panel,sills was patched before did intend, to cut out there patches
,and redo.In the end all I did was go round there welding joins,
missed spots or just to tidy up the welding a bit more.As looked sound the patch
and didn,t wanted to make more work.And more likely will rust some where else,
as hard to know whats on the other side of the metal.Some bare metal near
patches on rear arches,little pieces cut out you could look at inner arches
rust a bit pitted.Rust proofing wax is all this car the odd place bare
slight rusting. surface rust brazing rods above the patch,sanding disc,
flattened weld down leaving a skim of brazing over rusty area.Skim
body filler over it,body filler does not stick to brass as well as it does
metal,as don't what make to big a job of it,you can spend hours doing big
rust work.If you come across Soudal body filler buy it,there is several
different types extra fine and couple other types,as don't remember which type
I used 17 years ago.Is easy sanding no pin holes and very quick to use,
sculptures well,as the other hard filler some does not sand or feather
well on edges ,feel smooth on edges on spot applications, ie layers of filler.
Wish they sell Soudal here.

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Posted 31 August 2015 - 04:24 PM

rust both sides bottom of windscreen.cut back a bit out
then tack in,then cut out next bit .To serve as a guide ,The Steel is sort of a
Z shape with curve following windscreen shape.If you like cut a cardboard
template as guide to help.As didn"t want to cut all rust out and have a big hole
and guessing where the panelline is .These are the only photos I took
as forgot while was working.

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Posted 31 August 2015 - 05:01 PM

welding in the corners brazed as mig would leave not quite a flatter
weld,or use a die grinder.sometimes would overlap patches like a patch
bicycle tube wih patch on top.Pefer not to do this would rather butt weld,
but the mig welder 150 watts I have cheap DIY one seamed to like welding with
metal underneath better.Some of the butt welding idid was chasing holes
a lot,grind welding then welding then grind.testing my patience, usually not
that slow.welding in very shorts burst,erratic. As this is the first time using small mig welders,as mostly used the bigger mig welders.
picture in primer

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Posted 31 August 2015 - 05:07 PM

left hand bottom corner of front windscreen.
was done months ago.not working car at moment,hence being here.
regards Rowen,and kind comments.as always something interesting at USMB.

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Posted 04 December 2015 - 03:58 AM

More work to do strip paint off doors ,dents slight ripples,skim coat of filler to smooth it out
course paper on paint after paint stripper p-40 then 80 240.the grey primer the recent work.
now on to the main body of care few areas need refixing low spots and areas.that don't look right.
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Posted 04 December 2015 - 04:01 AM

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Posted 04 December 2015 - 04:03 AM

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Posted 04 December 2015 - 04:04 AM

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