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#1 Colin Doyle

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Posted 24 January 2008 - 01:10 AM

Hi, all. I'm Colin from St. Cloud, Minnesota. I've been fixing up an old '86 GL wagon for my sister to drive. I replaced the rear beam/subframe, pulled the engine to reseal a leak between the cam carriers and heads, and now I'm having some trouble getting it to idle down. I'm more comfortable with Megasquirt than a carburetor. :-\ I've been poking around the internet for information on the EA82 and this chassis and I stumbled upon you guys. So... howdy hey. :)

Oh yeah, my daily driver/winter beater is a '90 Sambar. :headbang:

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 12:37 AM

Belated Welcome!!! :)
that sambar is sick, where'd ya pick that up at? nice whls b.t.w.

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 12:56 AM

Saw your snow fun videos. Pretty sweet. As for the carb... the only thing I can think of is it being adjusted to high or the choke not kicking down. Those carbs chokes were problematic. You could go Weber, but then you're prone to icing. Have fun with that awesome Sambar.

#4 Colin Doyle

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 01:38 AM

I suspected I had a giant vacuum leak somewhere, so I tore all the extraneous B.S. emissions stuff off the engine today, pretty much got it down to the bare essentials: distributor advance, transmission line (it's an A/T :-\ ), brake booster, etc... capped the rest of the nipples. Nice and tidy in the engine bay now - I can actually see what I'm working on! :clap:

Anyway, it still idles at 4,000 RPM.

I decided to "freshen up" some of the engine's ancillaries while I had it on the stand - I put new bearings in all the idler and tensioner pulleys, put new timing belts on it, some new gaskets, and I rebuilt the carb. I think I broke the carb.

I'm thinking of neutral-dropping this thing at 4,000 RPM into the back end of my dad's Forester, hopefully causing enough damage to total it out... then I can rob his EJ25. :headbang:


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Posted 25 January 2008 - 01:42 AM

How did you get a sambar in the states? I want one!!!

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 02:17 AM

That high of an idle could be a stuck throttle linkage or damaged throttle return spring.

What kind of issues did you have getting the Sambar licensed?

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 08:59 AM

LUCKY, ...stupid Michigan wont let us licence mini trucks for the road. id love to drive them . oh btw heres a website of 2 companys that import them . they have dealers all over the U.S.



#8 Colin Doyle

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 09:33 AM

It's easy to get a kei truck in the states... you might have to fudge a little paperwork at the DMV to get it titled/plated, though. Pretty easy to get liability insurance if you have a farm.


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Posted 25 January 2008 - 09:40 AM

There's one for sale near me, seller's asking $4500, and there's a bill in the MO state house to try and legalize the use of minitrucks on all roads in Missouri except interstates

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 11:05 AM

i didnt knew that sambars are rare in the USA, here are plenty of them, along other brand minitrucks, as daewoo (some says chevrolet) or varica.. etc

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 08:57 PM

They were never imported to america so yes that makes the very rare in the states.

#12 Skip


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Posted 26 January 2008 - 12:11 PM

Howdy Colin, way kewl Sanbar

back to your original question

check the secondary barrel of the carb
and make sure it's throttle plate is closed.

I'm sure you already looked at throttle linkage
too tight ect.

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Posted 26 January 2008 - 12:17 PM

Can you post any pics of how you have the Vac lines plumbed?

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Posted 26 January 2008 - 03:30 PM

have you checked the throttle shaft for play? This sounds like it may well be a whacked out carburetor.

Just remember, the carb does EVERYTHING in hardware, so if it is not a precise-feeling, well-oiled machine (think like a watch or a fishing reel) then it AINT gonna run right. The Good News? SPFI conversion is not very difficult at all.

i LOVE the rims on the sambar, :headbang:

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