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6 Star last won the day on April 15 2015

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    South Seattle, WA
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    Snowboarding, Cars, Videogames, Art
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    Been into Subarus since I was about 16. Proud owner of the STI's great-grandparents.
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    1986 GL Wagon, 1985 Brat, 1990 CRX Si

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  1. Always liked the look of the early 2nd generation Leone gauges. Somehow they look more modern than the '82 and after facelifted 2nd gens. Probably has to do with the cutouts for the gauges not being totally round, they have that straight section that goes from the right and covers the middle of both the rpm and speedo needles. That "blinking" action of the light outside the car was fun to watch, glad you got yours figured out as well.
  2. Turns out the switch for the Center Light was bad. Pulled it out of the dash and it looked like it had been underwater with rust happening. Swapped it out with a better condition switch and the 3rd Eye is active again. Thanks for your posts el_freddo and Subi81. Feel as though I understand the Center Light setup more now, even though I didnt have to dig very far. Checked grounds and connections, then checked that the bulb itself was good, before trading out the switch itself.
  3. The wiring in this Brat is questionable. No extra batteries or capacitors... however there have been past owners who have made their mods to the wiring for fans, lights, maybe other things. It was cool that the center light was working... sat in the woods for ten years and functioned like new. Could have been this event or when I started putting the wiring back to stock. Will have to do more digging.
  4. ...before it happened. Or at least it should have. Hindsight is 20/20. The 3rd eye harness is very close to the battery. Rats were hungry and ate some of the insulation off of the red and black wires in the harness. Went to pull the battery to use in a different car; took off the negative terminal first, and then wrecklessly set it down in front of the battery, with the positive terminal still connected. Before I could undo the positive terminal I heard a "snick" similar to a fuse popping. The negative terminal had brushed those exposed wires... either the red, or black, or both. Now the highbeams work, as well as the "beam" icon on the dash. But once the 3rd eye button is pressed, neither it or the "center light" icon on the dash work. The 3rd eye was funtional before, door and light. McBrat, the one who built the straight-axle '82 Brat, had a diagram on "Indys World . com" but unfortunately that site is no longer up. What kind of tests can I do? Did I blow a relay or worse the 3rd eye?
  5. 6 Star

    STD to 4WD

    Thanks for helping to clarify that el freddo. It can be confusing with the way Subaru overlapped their production models, especially for the guy at the parts store. Like in Australia, the Brumby was produced into the early 90's alongside the 3rd gen lineup. This '86 STD uses a 4 speed fwd trans. GL models that are FWD I've seen always have a 5 speed fwd trans. Basicallu the STD is a no-frills, no options, just a utilitarian economy car with the bare essentials. Have some work to do to it, but with some elbow grease it will be a nice little gas saver for me. Going to leave it FWD as I already have 4WD subies
  6. 6 Star

    STD to 4WD

    Right Steptoe, some 2nd gen cars were still produced long into the 3rd gen lineup (in the States). 2nd gen Brats were produced until 1987. And the 2nd gen hatch was produced until 1989, that being what model this is. Not to be confused with the ea82 3 door coupe. That is another thing that would have to be swapped over. The rear suspension on the STD is trailing arm, would have to swap in the torsion bar from the 4WD. Also have heard there will be issues with the stock FWD exhaust once the 4WD running gear is in place.
  7. Recently purchased an '86 Subaru Standard, my first FWD Subaru. Started contemplating a 4WD conversion, have a rusty Brat that would be a perfect donor... so I thought. This is why I will always return to this forum for research: Through searching this forum I learned that the 4wd hatch gas tank is 4wd hatch specific, the Brat tank would not work. There are ways around this using the fwd tank, but only if you lift the car considerably. I wish to keep the car more or less stock height. Also the driveline to the rear diff is different, the hatch has the shortest wheelbase of the ea81 models. Thats a no-fit for the Brat driveline. Plus the locations for the mustache hanger and center carrier bearing are not "there" on fwd models... would have to drill and tap locations for the bolts or have them protruding into the passenger compartment. And have read that the trans tunnel is shaped differently, and could need some massaging. Even after that the shift boots will most likely not have a great fit. It would be great with 4WD, but like wise people say on here; unless you are a masochist, leave it be and find one that is already 4WD. I will let it stay a gas sipper. Have heard mention that the "fat case" ea71's that come in this model are somewhat rare. Wonder if they are more similar to the ea81 than earlier ea71's. Thanks again USMB for the great info.
  8. The social media groups are like the Forum(bud)-Lite. You get the glamor and whatnot but none of the meat of the real forum. Here is hoping this place sticks around, but I dont see it going anywhere soon.
  9. Over the past few weeks I have kept this thread open in a tab on my phone, it has made for an entertaining and inspiring read during my break time at work. Keep up the good work! The grass is always greener on the other side... you have so much R & D into these Outbacks you might as well continue with them. However variety is the spice of life. The only constructive criticism I have is to watch those cross-sections on the trails you are blasting down. (Forgot the location, several videos back) I would hate to be on an atv or whatever and get T-boned by an Outback doing 60 through the woods haha. I didnt see another soul besides you guys on the video but its just a what if... never know who else is out there.
  10. Overdue update. The new cable has since been put on the Brat and it is working great. The new cable easily slid through its housing when pulled on, simulating operation. The old cables were stiff in comparison... however the almost broken cable was what got me to the Dealer and back. It was a nail-biter, not sure when the last clutch-throw would be, and trying to use the clutch as little as possible, but it made it fine and probably would have held out for a while longer. But the new cable is so much nicer and the peace of mind as well.
  11. Yeah, I couldn't help but laugh a little when I saw the part numbers are literally one-off from each other. Good old Fuji...
  12. I've had our Dalmation ride shotgun in the Brat with me before. She sat up the whole time, she was younger then, I don't think she would tolerate it now. Her favorite seat has always been the bench in the EA82 wagons.
  13. Thanks for the reply GD. Gave Lithia Subaru a call and Matt answered, he said the part number for a '82 GL Brat Clutch Cable is 737026032. Ordered through my local dealer, in 3-4 business days the Brat should be back in business.
  14. Bringing back this old thread from the dead. The year is now 2018, and our EA81's are older than ever. The Subaru Dealer's computer database now only goes back to 1986. Anything older and they have to bring out the paper-book-catalogue of part numbers. Anyway, my clutch cable broke on my '82 GL Brat. Same problem as the O.P.... Broke right at the sleeve-bracket-washer that holds the cable-housing from moving, close to the pedal-end. Looks to be made of pot-metal. I went to take the clutch cable off of the parts Brat, and it isn't far off from breaking also. Seems to be the achilles heel of the clutch cable assembly, the cable and housing all look to be fine, it is just that integrated metal bracket-washer that broke. Called the Renton dealership, and the dude working there said they threw out that old catalogue of part numbers! Why would they do such a thing?! Called the Auburn dealership, they still have their's, but he gave me the part number 737026033... investigating this number shows that it is for a EA82 body. Does anybody have the Subaru Part Number for an '82 GL Clutch Cable?? If I can't get a Subaru one, I may have to go Rock Auto or Autozone. Thanks for reading.
  15. 6 Star

    84 GL major malfunction

    Just to emphasize on the "wiggling" that is to be done removing the oil pump. Do NOT wiggle the oil pump front to back, or side to side, or up or down. Rotate the oil pump, clockwise and counterclockwise while pulling outward on the pump gently. The pump's mating surface that slips into the block is perfectly round.