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#1 SuperRooWagons


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Posted 28 August 2003 - 01:05 AM

Hello fellow Subie junkies!

Just joined the foroum and used to browse it occasionally. I am the proud owner of 2 '84 GL Wagons; one is a white with blue interior, roof rack, wing, 1.8 2WD 5 speed and the other is white with blue interior, Sun roof, factory cruise, factory fog lights, 1.8 4WD 4 speed. I've had the 2wd Subie for about 10 years on (used to belong to my mother) and it has been thru hell and back but a few months back someone gave me my 4WD (ironically I tried to buy it a year eariler) The sun roof subie is in really good shape and just needs a little TLC. I've managed to get it running after havingit sit for 5 years, but I'm having a few problems. The car (when it was on the road) was fanatically maintained, I have the orginal window sticker, loan application and every piece of paper work on everything ever done to it. Sitting has taken a slight toll on it though, a few renegade mechanics disassembled most of the wiring to the distribuitor but I managed to grab that out of the junk yard and after re-installing the plug wired with the right firing order and getting the timing within a sane range I got it to get fire but no fuel; cleaned the tank and lines and I have fuel and a good running engine.

My trouble is this, the engine does have a slight bit of hesitation when you give it a full throttle stab while out of gear, but under load (i.e. on the road or pulling a hill) it has like zero power> I can tell that it has a dead miss in it, so I put plugs in it and will do wires, cap, rotor, ect tomorrow. Anyone else have any ideas? This whole 2bbl, cruise control is totally new to me; I'm used to my 1bbl Subie that runs like a scalded cat (routinely whips turbo hondas :D )

Also, once I get my engine straightend out, I'd like to add a push bar (or grile guard, whatever you want to call it) Where on the web might I find one? And I also need bulbs for my fog/running lights; they are sealed beam halogens from what I can tell, but I can't find anything the right size in my area. One of mine is busted but works and the other is cosmetically fine and does nothing :confused: .

I know it's a lot to ask for my first post, but I think I've come to the right place. :)


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Posted 28 August 2003 - 02:06 AM

hello! and welcome
you might consider putting a weber carburetor on your car..

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Posted 28 August 2003 - 04:39 AM

Yes - your carb needs to be rebuilt, or go away. The webers are far better for mileage, and power - they are the way to go. I'm curious as to this 1 bbl carb you mention - does your 84 4WD have the carter single barrel? I have never seen one of these personally on an 84 1.8... interesting. Anyway - get yourself a weber, and you will be happy - no more "warm-up" period when you start it cold - just start and drive.

Oh - and if you get a weber for the 1 bbl car - you will need a different (the hitachi) manifold, as the carter manifolds are different, and will not accept the weber carb. The 2bbl car should already be a hitachi, and will bolt right in with the correct adapter plate.


#4 MilesFox


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Posted 28 August 2003 - 11:35 AM

my carb is acting up in the same manner. i know of an 86 brat that does the same.

maybe the accelerator pump dried out, and it hesitates when you give her a stab, but it would catch back up if that were the case. sitting around will dry out a carb and gunk it up, ruin the gaskets....

#5 Turbone


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Posted 28 August 2003 - 12:07 PM

Lack of power could be just a timing issue. Throw a light on it after you tune it up.

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Posted 28 August 2003 - 12:18 PM

My 82 does the same thing when my distributor cap needs changing. For my car, it's magic!!! :clap:

If you do the tune up, you may get by with out major surgery.

I swear by a cap and wires!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Good luck,
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#7 Rooinater


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Posted 28 August 2003 - 04:01 PM

just kicked in to say a quick welcome. and enjoy!

#8 SuperRooWagons


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Posted 28 August 2003 - 11:10 PM

Thanks gang for the replies. I may do some carb work soon to it. Tonight I changed the dist. cap and rotor, it helped quite a bit, bit it's still not where it should be. I'm going to get new wires, but I have to order them so it'll be a few days. I think it may be possible that the dist. is in worng; when I got the car the dist. had been taken loose and the wiring for it was completely gone. I got the wiring, but I'm wondering if the dist. hadn't been stabbed back in the hole 180 degrees from how it's supposed to be. Any ideas?

(BTW, I'm really begining to love the 4WD, all I can say is my Subie loves the mud and I think it makes it look even better :D )

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Posted 28 August 2003 - 11:40 PM

I don't think it'd run out 180 degrees.
Timing could be a big issue here, but also the accelerator pump is probably wasted after sitting that long.
What is the condition of the exhaust? Does it have the O2 sensor and ECU?
Absolutley do a complete tune-up 1st.
Only NGK plugs will do.
Also check for vacuum leaks.

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Posted 29 August 2003 - 12:12 AM

Uh oooh... There is 2 Supers On this board now!:eek:

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