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Tap for US standard 7/16 head stud.  Leaves more meat for a Helicoil later should it strip again.

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Hi-tech repair on the Brumby today - opened the points gap so that it wouldn't die at the stop-lights or miss on the highway.

(Probably should have replaced them but hey...)

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I visited the body shop today, and got some disappointing news that my existing bumper would be hard to straighten, and the used and referbbed one I bought not a correct replacement. It would require about as much work to modify as to fix the original. So I'm going to keep looking for a replacement.

 

On the positive side, they had a window guy there to out the used, chipped windshield back in. And he knew new ones were still available, and the shop gave it to me at cost (It pays to be there when they're working I guess).

 

So they're putting the brightwork back on and getting it back together. I'm expecting probably in May still, but I'm not pressing them on time. I had negotiated to get it done over slow winter to get discount on labor. I'm getting excited.

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Put my timing case covers back on... thinking that it's just better to be safe than stuck if one of those Dry Summertime plastic bags cruising the highway get sucked up into my timing belts... because they are no longer stuck to the road, They have Risin!! They are aliiive!! Lol!

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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.

 

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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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Installed the rebuilt engine with new clutch last night.  This morning I tossed in the battery, fluids and started her up.  Ruby Sue is back on the road!

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Wired up front fog lights and roof lights.

 

Mounted 6.5" Rockford Fosgate speakers behind the seat.

 

Made up new battery leads and terminals and generally tidied up the wiring loom in the engine bay.

 

Ordered new headlights and started to build a new wiring loom for them.

 

Installed central locking and power windows.

 

In the process of making new upper door trims.

 

And washed the poor old girl for the first time since I've owned it. Think that's about it for this last week.

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the WRX failed its inspection - for burned-out license plate lights. I never see it from behind at night, actually, I rarely drive it at night - probably a good thing. Cops love to pul folks over for 'dim' plate lights - usually it's older cars and they get a chance to find expired license, no insurance card, maybe smell pot or alcohol, check for warrants, etc.

 

I had some LED wedge bulbs at home from buying some when a front marker light went out so, slapped them in.

 

Need to check-over the outback tomorrow, prep for a trip to CoSpgs.

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My 30 year old Brat has been neglected by sitting for 6 months in car port without being run.

So felt guilty and charged up battery (previously disconnected),

took air cleaner off thinking the worst, 

kicked down the accelerator 10x times, full choke (manual - best , standard hitachi)

and it started instantaneously after a second of turning the key. (stale fuel and all - did top it up with a gallon of fresh fuel)

 

Was almost shocked, surprised coz wasn't expecting it was going to be  that easy.

Gave it a good clean while warming up  and did the garden green waste run and a good run for 30 minutes plus on the road .

 

What made it easier was that it was a 15 C  (60 F) early spring day then last week.

Now colder with snow 4" over last 2 days  35 - 45 F 

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I installed keyless entry on my 1991 Loyale.

Not too hard, right? Wrong. Holy crap. What a pain, but I did it.

 

The driver door was already modded with a disconnected aftermarket actuator that need a lot of positional adjustment to work.

 

Then I installed this: 

https://www.amazon.com/Docooler-Central-Locking-Keyless-Controllers/dp/B006QH9C5A/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1505369981&sr=8-4&keywords=keyless+entry 

 

Which could not work the lock on its own so I had to modify it with this:

 

https://www.the12volt.com/12voltimages/reverse_polarity_act_pos.gif

 

Finally, I had to build a bracket and fit the whole thing in the lower hole of the door. It really took me like 10 months to get this all done. Finally have keyless entry in the Loyale!

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I installed keyless entry on my 1991 Loyale.

Not too hard, right? Wrong. Holy crap. What a pain, but I did it.

 

The driver door was already modded with a disconnected aftermarket actuator that need a lot of positional adjustment to work.

 

Then I installed this: 

https://www.amazon.com/Docooler-Central-Locking-Keyless-Controllers/dp/B006QH9C5A/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1505369981&sr=8-4&keywords=keyless+entry 

 

Which could not work the lock on its own so I had to modify it with this:

 

https://www.the12volt.com/12voltimages/reverse_polarity_act_pos.gif

 

Finally, I had to build a bracket and fit the whole thing in the lower hole of the door. It really took me like 10 months to get this all done. Finally have keyless entry in the Loyale!

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Weber is on the car and the craptashi is on the shelf.  Had to make some changes to everything I found written here to maintain Colorado compliant emissions rules but it started right up.  43° morning today and it cold started instantly.  After two short trips she runs perfect.  The idle is a bit high once it warms up but a little tuning was expected.  Combined with the Delta cam and shaved heads it has GOBS more power.  We're talking 0-60 times down from 16 seconds to maybe as low as 13!!!  Seriously though, the additional torque between 1500-3000 is substantial and should make for a much more pleasant daily driver in traffic.

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Weber is on the car and the craptashi is on the shelf.  Had to make some changes to everything I found written here to maintain Colorado compliant emissions rules but it started right up.  43° morning today and it cold started instantly.  After two short trips she runs perfect.  The idle is a bit high once it warms up but a little tuning was expected.  Combined with the Delta cam and shaved heads it has GOBS more power.  We're talking 0-60 times down from 16 seconds to maybe as low as 13!!!  Seriously though, the additional torque between 1500-3000 is substantial and should make for a much more pleasant daily driver in traffic.

Never had many issues with  1st 4 Subarus with Hitachi carbs  apart from one on an EA82  I  messed up rekitting / rebuilding so replaced with a 2nd hand one of the same. 

Still have a 30 year old Brat still with its original hitachi carb - hadn't been running for 6 months and it started recently after 1 second of turning the key  (full manual choke and kicked down accelerator 10x times before turning key / cranking engine)

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Never had many issues with  1st 4 Subarus with Hitachi carbs  apart from one on an EA82  I  messed up rekitting / rebuilding so replaced with a 2nd hand one of the same. 

Still have a 30 year old Brat still with its original hitachi carb - hadn't been running for 6 months and it started recently after 1 second of turning the key  (full manual choke and kicked down accelerator 10x times before turning key / cranking engine)

The hitachi would start and run at WOT just fine.  Choke would not stay open after the engine had warmed up, accelerator pump not squirting, and i'm pretty sure the secondary did not open.  But it started and ran well enough to get around.  All that said, this is also the first time I have converted to weber.  I have never had a significant problem with my hitachi's in the past.

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Felt bad about my 87 Brat / Brumby as it hadn't an oil change for a while as it doesn't get as much use now since owning Outbacks.

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After a catastrophic chain of events set off by the failure of my A/C belt tensioner pulley on my Forester, I replaced timing belt and idlers, timing cover, A/C tensioner, accessory belts, and crank pulley.

 

Then I reinstalled my rear sway bar, replaced a blown speaker, and fixed up my failing driver's window motor. It was a busy Sunday.

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I installed keyless entry on my 1991 Loyale.

Not too hard, right? Wrong. Holy crap. What a pain, but I did it.

 

The driver door was already modded with a disconnected aftermarket actuator that need a lot of positional adjustment to work.

 

Then I installed this: 

https://www.amazon.com/Docooler-Central-Locking-Keyless-Controllers/dp/B006QH9C5A/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1505369981&sr=8-4&keywords=keyless+entry 

 

Which could not work the lock on its own so I had to modify it with this:

 

https://www.the12volt.com/12voltimages/reverse_polarity_act_pos.gif

 

Finally, I had to build a bracket and fit the whole thing in the lower hole of the door. It really took me like 10 months to get this all done. Finally have keyless entry in the Loyale!

10 months? Mine was about two weeks and I didn't have to mount it in the lower part of the door. 

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I'm ashamed to be behind on my maintnance schedule - cars are running OK, Ilike to use Techron every 2-3 years (we don't put a lot of miles on) and did that recently - hoping to get to oil changes next month.

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