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About russellthehippo

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  • Birthday 11/03/1996

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    Moscow, ID PNW
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    russdude7@gmail.com
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    I'm a college kid in Idaho who mountain bikes.
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    1993 Subaru Loyale Wagon 5spd

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  1. Here are some pics from looking at the Brat, plus a video of it starting and revving: https://photos.app.goo.gl/sr741KvhvJVo0f352
  2. Hey like I said, my time is cheap. It's only a two-day haul to Shreveport, or a bit less to DFW in Dallas, just meet me there so I could catch an easy flight back. $100 for sales tax, $35 for insurance, $350 for gas, $75 for food (read: coffee), a $200 flight home to Seattle, and a couple hundred for trip prep (oil change, tranny flush, maybe a timing belt/water pump, plus other work I could do to help the Brat survive the trip - all the parts are pretty cheap though; tranny/clutch are strong and carb is new so no worries there). So if you want a low-mile Brat, I'd totally do it for $2,250 give or take depending. Similar for other folks around the country. I like audiobooks and I haven't had a proper road trip yet this summer, so why not? Brat or bust! Let me know if any of you are interested.
  3. Update: she runs very well. Transmission shifts a little loose but no real drivetrain or engine issues. 4WD works well. New Weber carb that starts and runs very smoothly. Struts are very, very worn, I'm assuming it needs new ball joints and tie rods as well due to loose ride. Body rust is not terrible, though there is quite a bit underneath. Interior is very nice - no smoke smell, no torn seats, aftermarket radio and enclosed 6x9 speakers behind the seats. And 61,000 on the odometer! I'd call it a great deal. This was the first Brat I've ever driven and it'll was a blast! Let me know now if you are interested in buying it, and like I said I can deliver it to you on the cheap.
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    Loyale EA82- full vacuum hose replace

    DaveT and MR_Loyale, thanks for the info! I wondered if generic tube would work if cut, seems that it will. I'll see what I can do between the local NAPA, Autozone, and O'Reilly's stores. I'll update you on how it works out.
  5. I saw this listing on CL today for this Brat. Wondering if that price is something I should jump on? I'm going to check it out today. Alternatively, if someone on here wants it I could pick it up and get it to you; willing to deliver all over the Northwest (WA, OR, UT, northern NV, MT, ID, NorCal) for car cost and price of gas and food if you want it! (I'm a college kid, my time is cheap and I love road trips) tl;dr: a) is it worth it? do you want it?
  6. I'm interested in replacing all the radiator and vacuum lines in my '93 Loyale along with the PCV and EGR in order to solve problems with rough idle and hesitation as well as ensure no coolant leaks or vacuum loss due to old/cracked hoses. Where can I get the hoses for this, which are they, and how much would it cost? Thanks.
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    Exhaust gaskets - experimental

    Any update on what you did or how it worked? I'll be replacing my exhaust and want to avoid the whole crumbling/falling apart shenanigans, so I'm interested. Cheers!
  8. Thinking about wheel color traditions + overhaul update I painted the hubcaps on my Geo black to cover up peeling paint. These hubcaps aren't peeling, but I'm thinking about starting a beater tradition by getting some other car's 13" hubcaps from a junkyard and painting them black for this rig. See comparison photos - I used some GIMP wizardry. Here's to hoping black isn't the new chrome. Other news: oil change (10W-30 full synthetic), spark plugs and wires (NGK), PCV valve, air filter, and check-engine light diagnosis. Code 34 - Looks like there is something officially wrong with the EGR vacuum solenoid. Might be contributing to the rough idle I've been experiencing. I'll get some carb cleaner and clean out the EGR valve if necessary, and order in a new solenoid. What else could be causing the rough idle? Hmmmm... Cheers!
  9. I'll add timing pulleys to the list - in the service documentation for the timing belt replacement I can't see anything about pulleys. Also I know for sure the alternator is factory: the documentation includes a quote for a new OEM alternator to "...replace factory alternator.". This car mostly sat as a third vehicle for a two-driver family for the three years before I got it (though they kept up on maintenance) so even though the replaced the fuel pump was replaced 35,000 miles ago I may look into replacing it down the road. Thanks! Good luck with your car! I'm definitely excited. I already bought an LED bulb for the dome and I'd like to put in LEDs for the rear passengers that turn on with the doors and are also selectable otherwise; I'm not super experienced with wiring (basic speaker setup in my old Geo) but it doesn't look too hard. For the hitch, I'll probably just get one of the relatively inexpensive bolt-on ones, Class I or II for a bike rack/canoe-kayak trailer. Hoo-rah, mountain biking! Thanks for the nylon ring/plastic washer tip, and if I don't build housing myself I'll check out GL parts. I'll probably end up getting fog lights and potentially flood lights for the roof as well, as mountain roads are no bueno in the dark. Probably LED to save battery and increase brightness. RSS feeds are a great idea, might try it out - this area has a relatively high concentration of old Subarus so that might be fruitful.
  10. (I'm reposting this from the member rides thread bc I think it's more relevant here.) Hi all, I'm excited to be a new member of this community! Looks like a lot of good info and fun stuff gets shared here. I'm going to document my ride in this thread. My beloved "Beast" - '92 Geo Metro - died a couple weeks ago (transmission) after getting me through two years of high school and three years of college. I thought it would be hard to find anything as practical or as endearing as it was for me - boy was I wrong! Enter Subaru! I am the proud new owner of this 1993 Loyale wagon with 4WD and the 5spd. Only 116,000 miles and in beautiful condition for only $1,500. It's mechanically sound - except for a hole in the muffler and a potentially busted catalytic converter (slight burning smell) - and starts, runs, and shifts like a dream. Old owner changed ball joints, struts, timing belts, battery, engine seals, water pump, fuel pump, and some other little stuff (with documentation ). So the first thing I did was drive it up a mountain on rough, muddy old logging roads, and the 4WD works like a dream even with stock 13 inch all-seasons. I have big plans to turn this into my next Adventuremobile and hope to get to at least 250,000 miles with regular TLC, or at least until autonomous electric vehicles render these fabulous cars functionally obsolete. First things first: I proceeded to take it home and rip out the ancient rotting speakers and the terrible cassette/radio head unit. Here's the plans: Now: I'm going to get new hatch struts - the old ones are pretty weak and future plans necessitate this. Next I'm going to put in a solid sound system. I don't need to wake the neighbors, but I want to be able to hear my low- and mid-range bass and drum tones doing 65 mph with the windows down. Plus, I want all my sound components hidden, out of the way of the Soob's extreme practicality. I'm going to put four of these thin-profile Kicker speakers in the doors, this shallow-mount 8" subwoofer in the liftgate with a custom enclosure - hopefully this isn't too hard/is possible - and hook it all together with this 4-channel Planet Audio 800W amp and this Bluetooth-ready head unit. Should be a massive sound upgrade without too much cost. I'm also going to do the classic new-used car routine: new spark plugs & wires, change oil/filter, air filter, tranny/diff fluids, power steering fluid, coolant flush. I'm also probably going to play it safe and replace the vacuum lines and radiator hoses, brake check and service, clean out the EGR (replace if necessary for $70 or just plug the vacuum line), and probably the entire exhaust system (might use a cat, might not - no emissions checks here in Idaho and I don't want to deal with the hassle). Next is a roof rack - probably some simple, cheap gutter-clamp rack with crossbars which I can use for mountain bikes, kayaks, and mattresses. Later: One thing I love is tailgate camping, with music/light coming from the car so you don't have to get out a bunch of complicated equipment. So with that in mind, I also want to put two or four speakers into the liftgate/trunk area to play some tunes out the back when the hatch is up. Also in the trunk I want to inset some LED light bars so I can light up a campsite or whatever else without taxing the battery too much. I kind of want to add a 120V plugin or two in the back as well. If I get real adventurous I might add fog lights or a towing hitch. This all should complete a pretty dope hatch setup for camping, etc while complementing the sound system (but not breaking the bank). I'm aiming to keep the whole project under $3,000 total - so my modifications budget is $1,500. What do you guys think? What suggestions do you have? Which should I watch out for, replace, or modify on a '93 Loyale? Do you think this is doable within my budget? How do you think this Loyale would do on a 4,000-mile road trip to Juneau, Alaska and back? Any other PNW folks around? I'm excited to join this community, get started on this project and hear your feedback. Cheers!
  11. Hi all, I'm excited to be a new member of this community! Looks like a lot of good info and fun stuff gets shared here. I'm going to document my ride in this thread. My beloved "Beast" - '92 Geo Metro - died a couple weeks ago (transmission) after getting me through two years of high school and three years of college. I thought it would be hard to find anything as practical or as endearing as it was for me - boy was I wrong! Enter Subaru! I am the proud new owner of this 1993 Loyale wagon with 4WD and the 5spd. Only 116,000 miles and in beautiful condition for only $1,500. It's mechanically sound - except for a hole in the muffler and a potentially busted catalytic converter (slight burning smell) - and starts, runs, and shifts like a dream. Old owner changed ball joints, struts, timing belts, battery, engine seals, water pump, fuel pump, and some other little stuff (with documentation ). So the first thing I did was drive it up a mountain on rough, muddy old logging roads, and the 4WD works like a dream even with stock 13 inch all-seasons. I have big plans to turn this into my next Adventuremobile and hope to get to at least 250,000 miles with regular TLC, or at least until autonomous electric vehicles render these fabulous cars functionally obsolete. First things first: I proceeded to take it home and rip out the ancient rotting speakers and the terrible cassette/radio head unit. Here's the plans: Now: I'm going to get new hatch struts - the old ones are pretty weak and future plans necessitate this. Next I'm going to put in a solid sound system. I don't need to wake the neighbors, but I want to be able to hear my low- and mid-range bass and drum tones doing 65 mph with the windows down. Plus, I want all my sound components hidden, out of the way of the Soob's extreme practicality. I'm going to put four of these thin-profile Kicker speakers in the doors, this shallow-mount 8" subwoofer in the liftgate with a custom enclosure - hopefully this isn't too hard/is possible - and hook it all together with this 4-channel Planet Audio 800W amp and this Bluetooth-ready head unit. Should be a massive sound upgrade without too much cost. I'm also going to do the classic new-used car routine: new spark plugs & wires, change oil/filter, air filter, tranny fluid, steering fluid, flush coolant. I'm also probably going to play it safe and replace the vacuum lines and radiator hoses, get new brakes, clean out the EGR (replace if necessary for $70 or just plug the vacuum line), and probably the entire exhaust system (might use a cat, might not - no emissions checks here in Idaho and I don't want to deal with the hassle). Later: One thing I love is tailgate camping, with music/light coming from the car so you don't have to get out a bunch of complicated equipment. So with that in mind, I also want to put two or four speakers into the liftgate/trunk area to play some tunes out the back when the hatch is up. Also in the trunk I want to inset some LED light bars so I can light up a campsite or whatever else without taxing the battery too much. I kind of want to add a 120V plugin or two in the back as well. This all should complete a pretty dope hatch setup for camping, etc while complementing the sound system (but not breaking the bank). Next is a roof rack - probably some simple, cheap gutter-clamp rack with crossbars which I can use for mountain bikes, kayaks, and mattresses. If I get real adventurous I might add fog lights or a towing hitch. I'm aiming to keep the whole project under $3,000 total - so my modifications budget is $1,500. What do you guys think? What suggestions do you have? Which should I watch out for, replace, or modify on a '93 Loyale? Do you think this is doable within my budget? How do you think this Loyale would do on a 4,000-mile road trip to Juneau, Alaska and back? Any other PNW folks around? I'm excited to join this community, get started on this project and hear your feedback. Cheers!
  12. Bought my first car, and it's a Subaru! 1993 Loyale wagon with 4WD and the 5spd. Only 116,000 miles, in beautiful condition, for only $1,500. First thing I did was drive it up a mountain on rough, muddy old logging roads, the 4WD works like a dream even with stock 13 inch all-seasons. Proceeded to take it home and rip out the ancient rotting speakers and the cassette/radio head unit. I have big plans to turn this into my next adventuremobile and hope to get to at least 250,000 miles with regular TLC, or at least until autonomous electric vehicles render these fabulous cars functionally obsolete. Some pics: . . . . . So yeah, I'm pretty excited and like I said, I have big plans for it and hope to keep it around for as long as possible. Cheers!
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