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On 5/8/2021 at 2:59 AM, el_freddo said:

Have now sourced an EJ alternator off a mate for free. The one I have is still charging so no rush to swap them, good to have a spare though.

Next project might be the heater core, starting to smell a bit coolanty with the heat on...

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Get onto that heater core now!! They make a huge mess when they let go. I did two. Learn from me and get an all copper/brass unit. Mine cost a couple of hundred about ten years ago but I’ve never had to think or worry about it since!   
 

When they pop at cruising speed it’s not fun at all! (And VERY dangerous)

Cheers 

Bennie

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On 5/22/2021 at 12:42 AM, el_freddo said:

Get onto that heater core now!! They make a huge mess when they let go. I did two. Learn from me and get an all copper/brass unit. Mine cost a couple of hundred about ten years ago but I’ve never had to think or worry about it since!   
 

When they pop at cruising speed it’s not fun at all! (And VERY dangerous)

Cheers 

Bennie

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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Don’t stress about your feet, it mainly ends up in the passenger footwell for us :D 

Cheers 

Bennie

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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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When installing a Weber on an EA82 intake, the process is to block off the coolant port that would go to the carb with JB Weld or better...

Not the case here for the Hitachi as the coolant is needed... but in the future if you decide to go Weber...

However Subaru does have some "different" gasket materials and thicknesses. The two intake-manifold-to-head gaskets come to mind. If you get anything but Subaru replacements there, in for a bad time eventually.

Maybe the Subaru gasket is Superior here as well?

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Yep, genuine gaskets between the head and intake. I learned this lesson many years ago and stick with it on my EA81 too. No issues with those gaskets in there since replacing them in 2017.

Cheers

Bennie

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On 6/14/2021 at 3:20 AM, 6 Star said:

When installing a Weber on an EA82 intake, the process is to block off the coolant port that would go to the carb with JB Weld or better...

Not the case here for the Hitachi as the coolant is needed... but in the future if you decide to go Weber...

However Subaru does have some "different" gasket materials and thicknesses. The two intake-manifold-to-head gaskets come to mind. If you get anything but Subaru replacements there, in for a bad time eventually.

Maybe the Subaru gasket is Superior here as well?

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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On 6/14/2021 at 3:20 AM, 6 Star said:

 

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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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Sorry Kiwi, not sure why the coolant is needed in the stock Hitachi... was hoping Bennie would chime in on that...

Perhaps it is to warm the carb when it is cold, and to cool it when it is hot...

 

I've thought I've had a blown head gasket before mistakenly;

Removed the oil cap and the condensation in the engine created the milkshake appearance on the roof of the oil cap lid.

However finding it in the dipstick is more devious... I pray it isn't the case for you, but indeed you may have a blown head gasket...

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Dipstick, not district... autocorrect...

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The coolant under the carb is to avoid the carb icing up and fuel freezing, frozen fuel tends not to burn very well!

 @KiwiGL - how long have you had the engine running for, a decent drive or just idling to move it around the yard/shed etc? If it’s the latter it could just be excessive moisture in the PCV system as it’s not getting up to running temp and remaining there for a period of time.

 If you’ve done a decent drive or three it’s probably the HG letting go or a coolant leak from the intake manifold gaskets or rarely from under the carb - but you’d see other running issues with these too.

 Cheers

 Bennie

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On 6/28/2021 at 12:25 AM, el_freddo said:

The coolant under the carb is to avoid the carb icing up and fuel freezing, frozen fuel tends not to burn very well!

 @KiwiGL - how long have you had the engine running for, a decent drive or just idling to move it around the yard/shed etc? If it’s the latter it could just be excessive moisture in the PCV system as it’s not getting up to running temp and remaining there for a period of time.

 If you’ve done a decent drive or three it’s probably the HG letting go or a coolant leak from the intake manifold gaskets or rarely from under the carb - but you’d see other running issues with these too.

 Cheers

 Bennie

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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Yeah that’s definitely a blown HG then.

All the best with the reno and the HG job!

Cheers 

Bennie

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All fixed! HGs were actually ok. Bloody frost plug let go. Makes sense as it didn't get hot.

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Took her for a wee drive the other day. Nek minnit, snap lockdown!

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Yeah mate that sucks. At least you got a ride before the lockdown. Looks like regional Vic is staring down the barrel of an impending lockdown. Shepparton went from one case this morning to 17 by this evening! Definite grounds for lockdown! 

Great to see your L getting out though. Hopefully the rain stays away so I can work on mine (outside :(). 

Cheers 

Bennie

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On 8/20/2021 at 10:56 PM, el_freddo said:

Yeah mate that sucks. At least you got a ride before the lockdown. Looks like regional Vic is staring down the barrel of an impending lockdown. Shepparton went from one case this morning to 17 by this evening! Definite grounds for lockdown! 

Great to see your L getting out though. Hopefully the rain stays away so I can work on mine (outside :(). 

Cheers 

Bennie

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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