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Tsuru last won the day on November 20 2013

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About Tsuru

  • Rank
    USMB is life!
  • Birthday May 18

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  • Gender
  • Location
    Darby, Montana
  • Interests
    Music, Instruments, Sewing, Quilting, Sewing machine repair/restoration, Wrenching, Tinkering, Bluegrass, Old Timey, Folk, Gospel
  • Occupation
    Sewing Machine Technician, Amateur Musician
  • Referral
    Google/bing/ask, searched for 1977 Subaru info.
  • Biography
    What would you like to know? I wound up with a 1977 front wheel drive DL Wagon, which needs help...so I came to you all, and the center of the Subaru Universe.
  • Vehicles
    1977 DL Wagon, '86 GL10 Wag, '88 GL10 Wag
  1. Thanks for the discussion. I've the opposite problem, the cooling fan comes on every time the key is switched on, even in the accessory (acc) position. I cannot just sit and listen to the radio without running the cooling fan. Now I know what to look at to get it working correctly! Respectfully, T.
  2. Tsuru

    Overheating EA82T

    Make sure check the small coolant line BENEATH the turbo. If it leaks it looks like a coolant leak from the right bank. You will have to feel for it when the engine is cold. (unless you have ready access to proctology tools) It's purpose it to siphon coolant through the turbo bearings (through a water jacket) after the engine is shut down to keep the bearings from coking up. (no turbo timer needed) The hose is often overlooked and when it blows, it is all over, ask me how I know. that little puppy of a hose is the reason I have an entirely new (to me) Subaru. anyone want a 1988 GL10 1.8 Turbo 5 speed pushbutton 4X4 Wagon? (for parts) I just happen to have one left! Good luck with that. quietly, timothy
  3. Tsuru

    1986 with 56 orig miles

    Funny thing about Japan. One will not generally see vehicles over 5 years old there. (Usually three years old) Rust and the pressure of status keeps new vehicles selling briskly. The Japanese auto industry was initially floored when they found out that here (in the U.S.) we keep vehicles for years (and years and years). The only way they can find drivable examples of their favorite childhood cars is to (re) import them from other countries like ours (US) because they just do not exist at home anymore. I do know that there was a time when they were crazy for ANYTHING. 1950's American, and a '55 Chevy would sell for enough to retire on. ($200,000 was not unheard of for a clean convertible) Of course, a '55 is worth a mint here now, but this was back in 1984! I hope they got over that craze...it was a bit mental for them to embrace the whole Greaser, Rock-a-billy, cigarette pack rolled in the shirtsleeve, ducktail hair thing...(shudder). timothy
  4. Just Acquired my third Subaru (1986 GL 10 Wagon 1.8 5spd DR) and for the THIRD TIME there is a mouse nest in the heaterbox... Seems weird that there is this ongoing and continual issue with mice nesting there. It is like it's a genetic thing along with flying south for the winter, swimming upstream to spawn, and nesting in Subaru heater boxes. Laughingly, Timothy
  5. About changing the turbo coolant line to the turbocharger... OH MY GOODNESS, Twitch You were RIGHT! That little bit of hose was a ROYAL PAIN IN THE BACKSIDE! I ended up having to PULL the turbo just to remove ONE little banjo bolt! That meant disconnecting everything that was associated with the turbo, (intake, output, exhaust output, three nuts to the header assembly...) I know far more than I ever wanted to know about that little monster. BUT... she lives on and the best part is that she DID NOT blow a headgasket, no water in the oil, or oil in the water, no coked turbo bearings, no (major) cracked heads (I've heard that these heads crack at the dealership while waiting to be sold...it's a feature) So I'll continue to drive her and just enjoy what is left of her nine lives. I say nine because she had a new radiator when I got her so there is some history of cooling system troubles in the past. so goodness knows how many times she overheated before she came into my life. Pictures...ain't happening, I started to document but got so fed up I just wanted to get on to the next step. perhaps I will post what I have, but for now suffice the theater of imagination to play out the important bits...mostly fussing at the amount of heat shielding surrounding the turbo. and the lack of space to maneuver in while trying to turn a wrench. Bottom line...She lives on and isn't going to a junk yard anytime soon. Thankfully, Timothy
  6. BONUS! Celebrate with some doughnuts! (wait, that's like celebrating your one month sobriety with a shot of tequila). By the way Twitch, Thanks for the heads up, I was looking at it and it looks like a true puppy to get to without pulling the turbo... I'm not opposed to yanking it, but not really wanting to start pulling things off if I can help it. Of course, if the motor is stuffed, the whole thing gets yanked and rebuilt. of if someone wants to give me an EJ22 with a DR5sp... (Ok, back to reality.) If anyone is interested, the coolant hose to the turbocharger is Part # 14448AA002 I couldn't find it online anywhere. (even here) More later... Continued and abiding Respects, quietly, timothy
  7. my sailboat was googlemapped, but the next update it wasn't there...
  8. Inasmuch as I have been trying to do only positive things to my newly acquired GL-10 with the EA82T in it...I am afraid I've donked it up. Heading home...cruising at 65 and just basically enjoying life in general. (yeah I don't speed very often) Suddenly, Great clouds of billowy steam envelope the vehicle and the temp gauge starts to rise...rapidly. Shut down and coast to the side of the road, pop the hood and discover the turbo coolant line ruptured. The coolant line really only comes into play when you shut down the engine after a playful romp, thermo-siphoning coolant to keep things coke free. But sudden rupture of any coolant line is not a good thing...especially in these little beasties. New part on order, but still trying to find info here about how to change the silly little hose. Or maybe it's just not that difficult and I'm fretting over nothing at all. OR... It's a nightmarish adventure into knuckle bleeding agony, wrench throwing and epithet spewing hell that nobody posts about because it is a process best never spoken of again. either way I'm about to find out. (just hope no more damage was done, crossing fingers that the pass side HG survived) And about a swap to an EJ22... No...just...no... the body is rough, and a 220K miles the entirety of the vehicle does not warrant such an expenditure. besides...really...how many of the old EA82Ts are really left out there anymore, with everybody doing all this swapping. I'd rather have a rare beastie that runs right, than a hybrid that everyone has. (I got 27 MPG between Darby and Missoula without even trying!) Dual range 5 speed...sure...why the heck not.. But only if this engine is toast will I consider swapping it out for the almighty EJ22.. so...when I get the part in I'll post pictures about the change.since I cannot find anything on it using the search. (which sucks by the way...nothing I look for comes up, must be my incompetence in using the search function) More later... (a dealership in Oregon has three of the hoses I need, and I only need one, at least they are still available) frustratedly, timothy
  9. ...creepy... Haunting the Waterfront. nothing feels more lost or dead than a ship tied up and forgotten.
  10. I'm not far behind you with a '77 Front Wheel Drive Wag. (FINALLY looks like I'm getting an engine! YAY!)
  11. if all your car will ever see is pavement, go for it... But that isn't what Subaru are made for. Honestly, they were made for doing what we do with them, things like getting out, like this... and seeing sights like these... Even most US Forest trails will EAT a lowered vehicle. it just seems a waste of Japanese (hands over hearts folks) engineering to neuter a vehicle in such a way. But, that is just my opinion, and accounts for little in this crazy mixed up world. Do what you wanna do, build it the way you want to and then drive what ya got. It just seems like pulling the wings off a 747 so you can sit in your backyard and scare the neighbors. Semper Gumby. (always flexible) Respectfully, quietly, timothy On and by the way that is John Big-Boo-TAY! (heh, love that movie)
  12. I "fixed" all the interior lighting in my 88 wagon simply by removing the assembly (assemblies) pulling the switches apart (the little levers have a ball bearing in them backed by a spring which contacts a metal - uh - contact) and spraying the contacts with contact cleaner (LPS1), wiping the contact points clean with a paper towel, and then re-greasing with silicone grease and reassembling. they all work now. all they needed was cleaning, I didn't even have to replace one light bulb! now...to do something about the rear end that is all rusted out behind the wheel wells. sure gets dusty in that car over some of these trails. Respectfully, Timothy
  13. it's your steering - Its "Rack and Opinionated"... (sorry, that was bad) I'm with I75eya, sounds like an axle. if it's a brake you would be smelling it fairly early on. (I would think) Respectfully, Timothy
  14. Fantastic, do what you must to keep her rolling. Best of luck! Respectfully, Timothy
  15. Had to do an adjustment on my 1988. Found this which helped me understand the system better. http://aftermarket.federalmogul.com/en-US/Technical/Documents/Subaru%20Hill%20Holder.pdf Sorry to resurrect a dead thread, but there seemed to be info lacking. as always, Respectfully, Timothy