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So a friend sent me the link to a CL ad and I had a buddy pick it up for me while I was across country. I guess I will find out what I bought when I get home in a few weeks. All I know is the Seller claims it needs ALOT of work.

 

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IDK, from the photos it doesn't look like it needs that much work... But they often look good in photos!

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I know for sure it needs axles all the way around, struts up front and the seller explained it has 300k on the motor so I will probably be in for a few good projects to keep it running. But for $250 I can't really complain

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That's all fairly straightforward work for a solid body, you won't regret buying this beaut I'm sure! Nice catch.

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Yea ill be home on aug 17th from this work trip to assess the damage/work that needs to be done.

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My buddy who is holding onto the car until I get home sent me a few photos to tease me this morning. Thought I would share.

 

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So Last night I went up to my buddies house who has been storing the wagon for me while I was out of state to check it out and make sure it would be able to make the 35 mile drive home! Put a new battery in it, checked the fluids and topped them off then went to turn he key and it fired right up! I was beyond stoked that every gauge worked and there didn't seem to be any mechanical issues. I put it into first and drove up and down the street a bit to see how it drove because Iw as told it needed axles replaced and some other issues and it started to get loud and have a nasty vibration between 30-35 mph and after that it smoothed out and went away. Cruised the freeway down the mountain into town at about 50mph with no issues. Here are a few pics. 

 

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2008 meets 1982

 

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the worst of the body damage that I can see so far.

 

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Ill be digging in over the next few days to see how bad things really are.

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Went and ordered new axles today so pulled the old ones to get ready for the new ones tomorrow. I love that this wagon has zero rust!

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Got the axles in and did a test drive to the store. Still a slight vibration around 35mph and up but better than it was. I'm assuming it's because I should probably take it in for an alignment.

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Yea gonna do suspension bushings and some other stuff before I take it into a shop for alignment and balance. Probably get new tires before hand. I have a feeling the worn tires have something to do with it too.

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Whoa glad I checked. I was bored so jacked the wagon up today and noticed the pins that go into the axles/stub on the driver side was sticking out a bit and checked the otherwise and it was gone! Is this a problem anyone else has had? I've installed axles before and never seen this. They didn't slide ride in either had to tap them a few times to get me in all the way. Any better solution than those?

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So update on the wagons vibration. Got the axles all squared away. I made a rookie mistake didn't realize that I had the transmission nubs opposite of the axles so the hole for the roll pins were not lined up. I'm assuming by some stroke of luck I forced the pins in the holes and they sheared off. Got those all lined up and 75% of the vibrations went away. Everything from the front end is smooth. Those that suggested just drive it to see if the tires have flat spots were spot on. After about 10 miles or so vibrations went away 90% of the time. The only time I have vibrations is at 30-35mph. I checked the drive line and it has more play than I feel a driveline should not at the ends but when I grab it and lightly move it you can hear metal on metal clanking. So I'm thinking that last bit of vibrations are from that. I have the drive line from my first gen brat before I waste time and see if it will fit does anyone know if 79 brat drive lines will mate up to a 82 GL wagon?

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