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  1. Thought I'd make a thread for my new Subaru. Gertie has the honour of being the second L series touring wagon I've owned. She was named by the previous owner, and is a 1989 NZ new Subaru Omega GL touring wagon, 5 speed dual-range. My first was an NZ new 1987 Leone GTX Turbo, 3AT pt4wd. Unfortunately she rusted out back in 2014, terminal firewall cancer. Since then I've had a Forester, a Vitara and I currently also own an r50 JDM Nissan Terrano. I saw this car in person several months ago, and strongly considered asking the owner if they'd be willing to sell. When it popped up on Facebook marketplace at an extremely reasonable price, I had to buy it, especially considering I was heading down to Queenstown that weekend regardless. So I made contact with the owner, and they arranged to take it for a wof, which it clean sheeted! They also kindly put 6 months registration on for me. I went to pick it up, and lo and behold the seller is a nurse that I was working with only several months ago! She and her husband (who is sadly terminally ill) had owned it since 1992, when they purchased it off a banker in Mosgiel. Only sold it because he couldn't drive it anymore and it had been sitting for a year. Condition is generally good. The metalwork is near perfect, no rust whatsoever besides a few minor stone chips. Interior is pretty average, dash is good but seats, door trims and headliner need recovering. Mechanically it's great, little bit of hesitation around 2500 rpm under moderate throttle but better with WOT and above 3000. Slight lifter tick from time to time, not too bad. Third has a somewhat worn synchro. Suspension, brakes, steering, tyres etc all great. Smallish oil leaks. You wouldn't know it has done 443,000 km... Regular maintenance is key I suppose! Full service history for the last 30 years, oil and filter every 5000 km etc. Overall extremely pleased for the price I paid. I could sell it tomorrow for half what I paid again. Only thing I've done is replaced the battery as it was from 2011 and couldn't hold a charge.
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    Gertie (the L series touring wagon)

    Thanks! I was so bored last night I watched your video of driving up Mt Hotham. Great soundtrack from the EJ22.
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    Gertie (the L series touring wagon)

    Took her for a wee drive the other day. Nek minnit, snap lockdown!
  4. If you can get it modified, the BRZ radiator is the right dimensions but has different mount placement and hose sizes. Available full alloy twin core
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    Gertie (the L series touring wagon)

    All fixed! HGs were actually ok. Bloody frost plug let go. Makes sense as it didn't get hot.
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    Gertie (the L series touring wagon)

    Drove it up a skifield and back, 3 hour round trip, had it at 4 k rpm most of the way up Mt Hutt, and 3 k most of the way from Chch to Hutt and back on the open road... It's then sat for 2 weeks. Without being driven. I doubt it's the carb or intake gasket as the oil is really milky and well up the dipstick, looks like it's had a lot of coolant mixed in. I might just pull the ea82 and reseal it as I've got a complete gasket set in the shed and can borrow a hoist and engine stand off a mate. Also have the original motor too for extra bits. I might actually rebuild the original motor as I suspect that's also got a blown HG but without coolant/oil mixing. Also doesn't burn any oil, compared with the replacement motor I fitted which does. Will be a wee while till I have spare time to rebuild a motor though, am in the middle of renovating my bathroom!
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    Gertie (the L series touring wagon)

    Well, she's definitely blown the head gasket. Pulled the dipstick out today and it's looking like a chocolate milkshake in there. Might be time for an EJ I think.
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    Gertie (the L series touring wagon)

    Why does the coolant actually make a difference on the Hitachi? I was wondering that. One of my mates has a Weber off his EJ18 jet boat that he converted to EJ22 EFI, which I have been tempted to slap on for a while now
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    Gertie (the L series touring wagon)

    Fighting leaky gaskets (again). I just cannot seem to get the carburetor and intake manifold gaskets to seal, and it is really starting to annoy me. I've used new aftermarket gaskets, made my own, used sealant, not used sealant, etc and makes no difference. Car runs fine and doesn't get hot, just consistently leaks small amounts of coolant and consumes it when going up long uphills (I assume because it starts getting a little warmer and the pressure increases). Any ideas on how to fix this? Contemplating seeing if Subaru have any genuine gaskets left.
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    Gertie (the L series touring wagon)

    Retrospective post from my Lees Valley trip with the Land Rover club in March: https://i.imgur.com/FsxhLE3.gifv
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    Gertie (the L series touring wagon)

    Thanks! Mainly not looking forward to pulling the dash out... Probably a good idea to do it sooner rather than later though as I sometimes drive in bare feet eg when going to the beach and I'd rather not receive 4 litres of red hot coolant onto them haha
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    Gertie (the L series touring wagon)

    Thanks, the wagon doesn't have AC so might give this a go!
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    Gertie (the L series touring wagon)

    She's alive again! Unfortunately my replacement alternator (came with a spare engine) definitely has a bad bearing. It makes one heck of a racket. At least it charges though! I think I'll order a 1990 Maxima alternator off rockauto and do the upgrade mod unless anyone has any better options? Would prefer a higher output than the factory 60a. https://www.ultimatesubaru.org/forum/topic/97208-bolt-in-ea-series-alternator-upgrade-nissan-maxima-alt-installation-guide/#comment-818145
  14. Well, I have just test driven, and agreed to purchase, this fine example of an early 1984 build 3ed gen JDM Leone sedan. It is the top spec trim, and has digital dash, trip meter, cruise control, air con, and was fitted with the height adjustable suspension (now removed). Trans is 3at auto with part time 4wd. It also has a sweet water to air intercooler setup fitted by the current owner. Drives very well. Pulls harder than my old turbo wagon, with the intercooler. All the electrics work. Best bit? Only 129,000 kms since new. Only issue is leaky sump gasket. Hopefully will collect next week once WOF and rego done. Here's a teaser pic... And yes, I will be keeping Gertie... Keep your eyes peeled for the next stage of her build (she's going up in the world!)
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    The grey ghost - 1984 JDM Turbo sedan

    Still working on the wagon... However my new parts arrived, so have got it basically back together. Just need to fill with fluids and give it a shakedown run. Although, the right side intake manifold gaskets appear to have a bit of a leak... That may be where my coolant is going (as opposed to the turbo) so seeing as I've got the radiator drained I might just whip off the intake, cut some new gaskets and put it back together with some quality anaerobic sealant. Does anyone know how to get the plugs off the injectors without destroying them? I don't like the look of those bits of wire on the plugs...
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    Gertie (the L series touring wagon)

    Well, after a quick Google it turns out the position fuse is for the parking lights... When I cleaned the dash I must have clicked the switch on the column... So after turning those off, that cured my mysterious grounding problem. Thank God, as I really didn't want to trace a bad wire. Alternator is definitely still dead though. Will swap the pulleys over and keep the good one in there.
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    Gertie (the L series touring wagon)

    And having pulled the dash apart, I can confirm there is no resistor across the light...
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    Gertie (the L series touring wagon)

    So. Have pulled dash to bits. Turns out charge bulb and light work and no connection problems there either. The old alternator had no resistance between the earth and output posts so I think it's stuffed... I also have an errant ground on the "position" circuit. When I tested with no battery in it, there was no resistance across the battery leads (which there should be). Therefore I pulled all the fuses and put them back one by one... Tedious. So will also have to trace that circuit. I then swapped the alternator over and put a battery in it - the charge light now comes on with key in on position! Didn't start it as I need to swap the pulleys over. Getting there...
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    Gertie (the L series touring wagon)

    Thanks guys. I've got a spare alt, will pick up some globes and replace those, check wiring and swap alt if it's bad.
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    Gertie (the L series touring wagon)

    Twin fans working well. However, I think the alternator may we'll be dead. Not charging battery. Alternator sounds weird. Gets really hot. Charging light doesn't come on (when ignition in "on" position before starting car, or at any other time) Charging fuse intact. Wires look ok. Plug is a bit crusty but looks ok. Bad alternator? Thinking this is likely as it's probably the original one at 455,000 kms...
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    Silverbullets' resto

    Good to see you on here! I used to follow the build on the old Subaru forum years ago
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    Gertie (the L series touring wagon)

    Well, alternator seems to be ok. Think I just left the boot open slightly. Unfortunately, the power steer pump has started making bad noises... also has toouch play in the shaft. Have ordered a new one. Water pump also has shaft play so will do that while I'm in there. Glad I'm running sans timing covers!
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    The grey ghost - 1984 JDM Turbo sedan

    New radiator, dual e fans, thermostat replaced, and a bad idler bearing replaced. Just waiting on a coolant hose and extra temp sensor. I have also spotted what looks like a coolant leak from the coolant return pipe where it bolts onto the turbo. Anyone have a lead for the copper crush washers for this? I suspect this may be the source of my slow coolant leak. Old thermostat was super crusty and definitely in need of replacing. Old hoses also pretty crusty internally, I would hate to think what the old radiator looked like inside... Then I need to do the diff seals and replace all the front CV boots, and she's done! Will also bleed brakes and do trans fluid, looked a little dirty when I pulled the cooling hose off the radiator. Power steering fluid was pristine... Until I stupidly pulled off the reservoir without draining it...
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