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#226 Kostamojen

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Posted 03 November 2007 - 07:11 PM

What kind of mileage did the 1100cc engine get. It has been so long....

~30mpg max. Might be better with the 32/36 Weber, but I wont be finding that out for awhile :P

FYI, videos coming shortly :)
(Although the video of it driving was runied :mad: ill re-shoot it tommorow)

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Posted 03 November 2007 - 08:14 PM

Heres the first video! Enjoy! :)




Edit: Now hosted on Youtube courtesy Subiejunkie!

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Posted 04 November 2007 - 11:20 AM

~30mpg max. Might be better with the 32/36 Weber, but I wont be finding that out for awhile :P

FYI, videos coming shortly :)
(Although the video of it driving was runied :mad: ill re-shoot it tommorow)


I would think you would be getting better than 30mpg. My EA81 gets about that. It got that with a hitachi and now with a weber and your car has a smaller engine and lighter body.

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Posted 04 November 2007 - 05:53 PM

What part of the battery-acid-covered, completely erroded vinyl/foam, totally broken frame, missing/rusted/broken springs, non-functional-recliner/adjustment, did you miss?

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I saved the rails, NOTHING else was salvageable from the passanger seat... I should toss the right rail too, the battery acid rusted it far past the point of no-return. I kept the recliner adjuster... i'm them it "just in case" as you mention.

But I dont plan on keeping the seat bolts in the same location on the floorboard. Right now they are in "divits" in the floorboard, four of which have turned into rust-infested holes, mostly due to being a low point in the floorboard that collects water. Very bad design...


Damn, I thought the seats in my Polara were bad! I'd try to find some EA71 or EA81 seats, as EA82 or later seats MIGHT be too wide, although since you have no center console or center hump to worry about, it shouldn't matter too much if seats are too wide, just have to sit them closer together.

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Posted 04 November 2007 - 07:53 PM

Damn, I thought the seats in my Polara were bad! I'd try to find some EA71 or EA81 seats, as EA82 or later seats MIGHT be too wide, although since you have no center console or center hump to worry about, it shouldn't matter too much if seats are too wide, just have to sit them closer together.

Did you check out the seats on this website: http://www.classiccarseats.com/

They are just about perfect for the FF-1. They were designed to be replicas of 60's and 70's performance seats, and they fit great in smaller cars like mini's, 510's, 914's, etc. and will work perfect in the FF-1!

Although, depending on how much I have to spend on body work, spending $1200 on seats might be too much... (Although, IMO, seats are the most important modification for ANY car, as a good seat can make any car feel 10x better as I found out after getting some JDM WRX seats for my '95 Impreza)

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Posted 04 November 2007 - 08:39 PM

As promised...

2nd Video:



Yes, as you can see, it moves too :D

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Posted 04 November 2007 - 08:41 PM

Okay, forgive me if you've already posted it and I just missed it, but what did you do to the exhaust? That car sounds gnarly!

My EA71 doesn't sound NEAR that good.

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Posted 04 November 2007 - 08:44 PM

Oh, and slight update from this weekend...

No pictures though :(

I removed the front fenders (took some effort, and snapped a couple rusted bolts :( ) and spent several hours grinding off surface rust from the outside of the car and painting on some rust inhibitor paint. Took 4-5 hours and a lot of painful work, and now the car looks rather patchworky.

Next weekend I plan on either removing the dash and wiring, or start removing the engine components. I ran the car ALL day today, so the gas level should be low enough that when I get to the point where I can remove the gas tank, it wont be too hard to drain.

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Posted 04 November 2007 - 08:44 PM

Okay, forgive me if you've already posted it and I just missed it, but what did you do to the exhaust? That car sounds gnarly!

My EA71 doesn't sound NEAR that good.

Large hole in the muffler, didn't do it on purpose. You can see it in the first video.

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Posted 04 November 2007 - 11:48 PM

Awesome Steve! If you need the wiring harness rebuilt, let me know. I've done a couple for gen 1's already and the FF1 shouldn't be too much different.

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Posted 05 November 2007 - 01:06 AM

Awesome Steve! If you need the wiring harness rebuilt, let me know. I've done a couple for gen 1's already and the FF1 shouldn't be too much different.

Oooh, ya I do want to rebuild the wiring harness. Although im not sure whats staying and whats going yet, and a few things might be added in (gauges and such).

I definatly want to move the fuse box inside the car for one, and i'm ditching the radio for sure.

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Posted 05 November 2007 - 05:06 AM

sounds good:burnout:

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Posted 05 November 2007 - 03:10 PM

Oooh, ya I do want to rebuild the wiring harness. Although im not sure whats staying and whats going yet, and a few things might be added in (gauges and such).

I definatly want to move the fuse box inside the car for one, and i'm ditching the radio for sure.


well if you have a scanner and can scan the wiring diagrams of it to me, I'll take a look and we can probably work something out:banana:

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Posted 05 November 2007 - 04:45 PM

well if you have a scanner and can scan the wiring diagrams of it to me, I'll take a look and we can probably work something out:banana:

Awesome, I might have to take you up on that :) (and yes, I do have the wiring diagrams ;) )

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Posted 06 November 2007 - 12:37 AM

NICE!!!!! Steve. :clap: Remember you promised a trip up to Lake Almanor to show me the finished project. BTW have you come up with a replacement for the driver side door glass yet, I realy feel bad about that little misshap. I'm down in Arizona for the winter now and won't be back to No. Cal. until spring, will be staying tuned to this thread and your progress.

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Posted 06 November 2007 - 02:03 AM

NICE!!!!! Steve. :clap: Remember you promised a trip up to Lake Almanor to show me the finished project. BTW have you come up with a replacement for the driver side door glass yet, I realy feel bad about that little misshap. I'm down in Arizona for the winter now and won't be back to No. Cal. until spring, will be staying tuned to this thread and your progress.

Darrell.

No replacement yet for the glass, but thats really the least of my concerns at this point...

I definatly plan on heading several places when this is finished, including Almanor ;)

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Posted 06 November 2007 - 02:20 AM

Just saw this thread and looked through a bit..
Awesome job man. Looking really good.

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Posted 10 November 2007 - 05:06 PM

Does anyone know the legality of removing an Odometer from a car like this? I have it currently registered as a non-accurate Odometer (actually the Junkyard did that, but its true since I dont know if this car has 80k miles, 180k miles, 280k miles, or more...) but I dont know what law says about not even having an odometer at all...

#244 TheSubaruJunkie

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Posted 10 November 2007 - 06:17 PM

Not sure what the legality of it is, but if you are going to fab your own dash, you can get aftermarket odometers too.

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Posted 10 November 2007 - 06:27 PM

Some states require a working odometer to pass inspection.

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Posted 11 November 2007 - 08:30 PM

Day 10:

Ive been having issues with dealing with the body rust, so excuse the funky looking drawing on the car and paint splotches...

Anyway, after spending two weekends in a row grinding and painting, I decided to do interior work today instead.

I removed the dash as you can see, along with the inner door panels and started removing much of the wiring harness. From this point on, the car won't be driveable, so I turned it around so I can get an engine lift in there when the time comes.

I also have all the trim off now, along with the fenders...

The good news: After removing the rotted foam and vinyl from the dash, it turns out to have a pretty decent piece of metal in there. I've decided to use that dash setup and build around it, I may keep the original gauge cluster as well unless I can find a better one. I will add a tach and a few other things though.

The bad news: This rust is a pain in the rump roast :( I will need to get it to the sand blaster as soon as possible and get it in the garage out of the weather...

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Posted 11 November 2007 - 09:15 PM

You ain't done yet:rolleyes:

Rust sucks. Anytime I do anything on mine, I bust a bolt off.:grin: Mine sat out for many a years in the Midwest.

Keep up the good work.
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Posted 11 November 2007 - 11:20 PM

you might want to see about possibly getting it media blasted to help uncover anything else that might be hiding. It also makes rust repair a little easier as well. Looks good otherwise! Oh and I also bought a few FF1 manuals off of ebay. Wanted some for my FSM collection :D

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Posted 12 November 2007 - 03:18 PM

Scroll through this listing from yahoo japan, disregard the alloy wheels, there is a sports dash as well as a steering wheel.
http://www.mailorder...tml?alocale=0jp
Hope it comes through, and you can read japanese.
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Type in ff-1 were the blank is and mark catorgary as automobile, motorcycle

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Posted 12 November 2007 - 04:02 PM

Scroll through this listing from yahoo japan, disregard the alloy wheels, there is a sports dash as well as a steering wheel.
http://www.mailorder...tml?alocale=0jp
Hope it comes through, and you can read japanese.
Thierry
Type in ff-1 were the blank is and mark catorgary as automobile, motorcycle

What bushings are these???

I could REALLY use them if they are what I think they are...

http://page6.auction...ction/f53992206
http://page.auctions...uction/97929185




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