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  1. Alright! I'm starting a thread on the resurection of my 1985 Subaru BRAT GL. A little backstory... I purchased this thing in 2012(?) from an old dude on Craigslist. I wasn't looking for a BRAT, but just stumbled upon it while looking to get a car. I always loved BRAT's but sort of forgot about them over the years. When I saw it, I HAD to have it. So off I went to Welches, OR to pick it up. One issue... I never drove a stick! Ha! So I jumped into the fire and had to learn on the drive home. On the drive the BRAT started losing power and surging and dying. I pulled over and looked under the car to see the catalytic converter glowing BRIGHT red. Uh oh. I called the previous owner and he kindly had it towed to a shop and had his mechanic check it out. He figured the cat was deffective/clogged and installed a new one. I just barely got the BRAT home. Same problem. So what did I do? Joined the USMB! -The day I got it home after a much needed wash- Since I feared the new cat was melted, I took a rod and punched out all of the comb. Still couldn't get it to run right. Rebuilt the Hitachi carb, cleaned and tuned as much as I could. No change. I was at my wits end. I thought I'd been had. Then I decided to reach out to GeneralDisorder (Rick at Superior Subie and Import (before he had the shop)). He generously let me tow the car to his house to see what was up. Without much effort he figured it out! Are you biting your fingernails yet??? It was the ignition control module in the disty! It wasn't screwed down! Halleluja! From there we went over many other things and he imparted a wealth of knowledge. I am eterrnally grateful! So without going into the entire history of this BRAT, here is the short: Ditched all emissions junk, replaced ill-fitting header with a stock one, did the Weber swap, new 185/75/13 tires, new fluids, wires, water pump, DEEP cleaning, yadayadayada. It ran GREAT for a couple years. Out of town trips, Seattle hills, off-road camping, snow, etc. A really creat Bi-Drive Recreational All-Terrain Transporter. So what happened? It developed a few serious oil leaks that went unnoticed. This was my only car and I didn't have the time or space to address every issue it had. I heard some ticking and thought it was noisey lifters. Blew a headgasket, replaced it. ATF flush. New oil. Tick got worse. After a few hundered miles, KNOCK KNOCK! The damn thing siezed. And I was moving that week. Kill me. SO I towed the dead BRAT to my new apartment (with a garage!) and there it sat. For a year and a half. Life got in the way of wrenching, but now it's time to give this beast a new life! I will be updating this picture heavy thread regularly thoughout the build. I hope it helps people and I hope you help me! -Here is how it sits now. Sad, sad BRAT.-
  2. So in short this is a road trip thread, and a thank you to all the forum members who have helped me keep this car alive, and prepare for this trip. She has gone from Montana to Arkansas to kentucky, To california, then to Washington, and most recently from washington to Alaska! Please note I only got pictures from Cali to Alaska , and neglected to take pictures from Cali to to wash while in my 98, ( this bit to address the trolls and knit pickers) Again. Thanks to all for the help I have been given keeping this car alive,
  3. Hey everyone, My name is Luke, I'm from Corvallis, Oregon, and I've just recently purchased my first Subaru. While I am not the most knowledgeable about them (I know just about enough to be dangerous ), cars in general occupy an area of particular interest in my life; Subarus, however, have secured a special place in my heart because of their heritage and pragmatism. I've yet to really be an active member of the forum, but I already spend a ridiculous amount of time lurking and searching through threads trying to amass the knowledgebase I'll need to build the Subaru of my dreams. I've definitely got a lot to learn, but I am confident that I'll be able to find the vast majority of what I need here on this forum. Anyway, time for the good stuff, right? My first Subaru, as well as my first running car (a non-running 1978 Honda Civic was my first "car"), is a 1988 GL wagon with a 5 speed dual range transmission that I have dubbed the GLory Wagon. I bought the car with a 4" lift and 32x10.50R15 tires on 6 lug 15" rims (the hubs are still 4 lug). I've since put on some slightly more sensible 185/70R13's because I can't afford 16.5mpg and 32" is way too much tire for a 22 year old EA82. In the long-run, my plan is to turn this thing into the ultimate camping/mischief machine. For me, this entails an EJ22 (maybe Frankenmotor in the even longer-run) swap, an LSD, fabricating my own set of steel bumpers as well as a safari rack, plenty of auxiliary lighting, and a whole lot of other bits and pieces that I'll save for whatever build thread I end up cataloging all of this in at some point in the future. Like I said before, I only know enough about these Subarus and working on cars in general to get myself in trouble, so I'm sure this forum will be seeing plenty of me in the weeks/months/years to come. Here are some pictures of my dearest GLory Wagon: The old wheels (I honestly think the look great on the car, the just rub like hell and I get awful mileage with them on) And the new rubber \ I've kind of gotten used the the "car on stilts" look, actually.
  4. I just want some opinions here, my concern is through the roof. I am considering taking my 1990 Loyale wagon on a trip from Portland, Oregon to Gallipolis, Ohio, which is on the eastern side of the state. The trip is about 2600 miles, beginning on I-84, then moving onto I-80 and I-74. I'm a stranger to drives this far but if I do it, i'm not worried about lack of driving skill or anything like that. I'd maybe cruise a bit less than 500 miles a day until i got there. Who knows. What I AM worried about is ye olde ea82. Its a tough old gal, but it has given me trouble here and there, no surprises. I have a bit of an oil leak on the passenger side cam tower, which became pretty noticeable after cleaning the block. It's not enough so that I need to dump more oil in, in fact, I haven't noticed any oil loss whatsoever. What DOES go down the drain is some coolant, and I dont really know where it goes. Its not an absurd amount but, like i say, noticeable. The car drives like a champ for what it is, a yellow bellied ea82. However, I would kinda be up spoob creek with half a paddle if it blew up on the drive. I know my way around the engine bay no doubt, but thats not gonna save me if i throw a rod bearing or really cream the cam tower/head. Does anyone have experience with a trip like this in a "seasoned" ea82, or some insight they can give me? I would appreciate it greatly. I dont have much cash to save myself in the event of a mass failure. Is it worth trying? Car is a '90 Loyale wagon, optional 4wd, 5spd tranny. Thanks in advance guys. The car has been running pretty solid lately, it has had an electrical problem before but its fixed now. If spoob hits the fan, what kind of costs(jagged, rough estimates) can i expect to get this thing rebuilt? Any parts you see as impending doom-bringers?
  5. hi Im an newbie to the forum that is need of a mechanic to work on my subaru loyale 1990. I think i have a cam shaft oil leak and im thinking of replacing my ERG solenoid myself. thank you in head of time for all your help michael
  6. After going to the west coast subaru id really like to get together with other Old Gen Subaru lovers here in the NW. i see so many pages on facebook etc on the new gen (which are great and i love em) but i want to see all the Old gen rigs. Would anyone be want to join in on this? Im thinking after christmas time. If your interested Post on here or pm me. maybe if we find out where everyone is coming from finding a good place to all meet would be easier. Im in Salem, OR Where yall at?
  7. So i just bought a new gl wagon because i was given a price i could not refuse for a car that was worth double if not triple what i paid. The only issue i have with it is that it does not have 4wd which is a total bummer. Is there any way to convert this beast of a car to 4wd? im planning on lifting it already so the clearance shouldn't be an issue but please correct me if i'm wrong
  8. Anyone have experience driving the Coos Bay North Jetty road in Oregon ? It's level, but the sand can be pretty soft and a lot of the trucks that drive it leave deep ruts. I haven't been brave enough to take my outback across it, but I'd really like too. 43.356733, -124.337021
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