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Old 10-09-2007, 07:03 PM   #201
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Sweet project....awesome to see how it turns out, good luck!
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Old 10-13-2007, 01:59 PM   #202
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its... its beautiful... *sniff*
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Old 10-13-2007, 02:09 PM   #203
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Start that beast. I don't remember if you said it or not, but is the exhaust on? I'd take it off for the startup unless it was a pain.
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Old 10-13-2007, 07:56 PM   #204
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The exhaust is on there, but i'd be even more of a pain in the ass to remove it right now while trying to start it...

But yes, today I did try starting it! I want to know if the motor is good enough to keep or if I should go with something else (before I start dismantling the car)

Well it does crank, the starter is going fine, and the fuel pump is going fine, but its not getting spark I replaced the plugs, wires, distributor cap and rotor, so its not those... Could be the ignition coil or something else, not sure yet.
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Old 10-13-2007, 09:16 PM   #205
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HUZAH!

It started!

One of the USMB folks suggested I check out the distributor points... I took a look at the points, notice it was just 2 screws and one wire... But that wire was frayed and not connected right. I replaced the points with the new ones I had purchased and reconnected that wire properly and it started right up!!!

Right now, its actually running BETTER than my '78 Wagon was! Its not backfiring, not making smoke (other than the burnoff from the hole in the muffler), not hesitating much (a little with slight throttle input, but revs VERY well!)

So, I guess I wont need a motor right away!
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Old 10-13-2007, 09:39 PM   #206
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Time to call P.M.R.!!!
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Old 10-13-2007, 10:01 PM   #207
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That's awesome news!! ......a short video would be nice.

This has to be a good morale booster for ya.
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Old 10-13-2007, 11:14 PM   #208
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Oh, and sorry about the lack of video of it starting up, I planned on making one but video camera has been having trouble this year... The lens seems to go in and out of showing an image, but now its 100% gone

I'll see what I can do about fixing it or borrowing someone elses camera...
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Old 10-13-2007, 11:42 PM   #209
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swap the motor wit built internals wit gt35r!
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Old 10-14-2007, 12:26 AM   #210
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looks liek your got your work cut out for ya mate...good luck
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Old 10-14-2007, 07:58 PM   #211
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Day 7 (well its not really days at this point, but Ill stick with it)

I drove it!!!

I drove down the driveway into the court and around and back up. Parked on the street a second so I could clean the driveway under the car of all the dirt that came off of it, then put it back up.

I realized at first, there were no brakes! I checked the fluid and it was empty, so I filled it up and pumped the brakes a few times and much better *whew*

The shifter is really loose, needs some work for sure. Could probably use a new clutch. The rear tires hit the fenders of course on bumps (but I was driving carefully at this point anyhow). Steering is tough at low speeds same as the Wagon... Otherwise drove ok, but its not like I went more than 5mph anyhow...

I also took the liberty of removing the bumpers and rear tail lights/reflectors/etc. and covering up some of the holes that were exposed that shouldnt be to keep the rust from getting worse at those spots.

I have to say, without the bumpers on it looks more 510-esque in the rear than I expected.

Anyhow, couple pics from today... Once again, sorry about the lack of video, but the video camera lense is 100% gone now:




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Old 10-14-2007, 08:14 PM   #212
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Good work!
I am really looking forward to see how it'll turn out.

Found some pics for reference.





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Old 10-14-2007, 09:13 PM   #213
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The project is looking good; wish you were SoCal so I could take a look in person. Here's an interior from a Triumph:


Just to give you some ideas for when you tackle the interior. Also, you should definitely look into getting a Nardi wheel; they're gorgeous. Keep up the good work!
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Old 10-14-2007, 09:35 PM   #214
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Good work!
I am really looking forward to see how it'll turn out.

Found some pics for reference.

Wow, where did you find those pics?

I scoured the internet for hours looking for FF-1 pics... I got a few dozen, but nothing that detailed!
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Old 10-14-2007, 09:37 PM   #215
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Alright, time for my first official Design Photochop

I went through, cleaned up some things, plus tried out some different paint colors in spots to see how it looks... I plan on going with black accents in terms of paint color, with the Satin white, but of course none of that is set in stone right now.

Let me know what you think...



Here is the photo it was based on for reference...


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Old 10-14-2007, 11:36 PM   #216
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Looks great in that color scheme. It has the feeling of classic 70s/80s econoboxes; it reminds me of an older VW. Simple and nothing flashy, I like it alot.

Can you replace the distributor with one that doesn't have points or would you have to go with electronic ignition if you did that too?

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Old 10-15-2007, 01:02 AM   #217
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driving your car without checking all your fluids FTL!!!

it lives... FTW!!!
so what exactly did you have to do to get this thing running [everything]?
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Old 10-15-2007, 01:45 AM   #218
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Can you replace the distributor with one that doesn't have points or would you have to go with electronic ignition if you did that too?
Supposedly theres an electronic distributor from the mid-80's EA81 FWD cars that is actually an upgrade for motors like this... I will probably go that route.
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so what exactly did you have to do to get this thing running [everything]?
Actually not that much...

I flushed the coolant (used Subaru coolant with the additive), replaced the oil and oil filter of course, replaced the spark plugs, spark plug wires, distributor cap and rotor and points, and plugged in the battery from my car, and added a gallon or so of gas...

Honestly, it probably would have started if I just fixed the distributor points, but I played it safe, and all those parts cost like $60 total so its not like its expensive

(actually, the cost of parts for EA motors is so damn cheap I'm surprised more people dont do this for kicks... You can buy an EA scoob, upgrade the engine, fix it all up so that it runs fine, all for well under what it would cast to buy a new turbo back for a wrx/sti )
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Old 10-15-2007, 01:57 AM   #219
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Supposedly theres an electronic distributor from the mid-80's EA81 FWD cars that is actually an upgrade for motors like this... I will probably go that route.
Nice, no 10k tuneups.

I just noticed the front grill badge has a red background, like a red Honda badge .

Are you going to keep those wheels?
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Old 10-15-2007, 02:00 AM   #220
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Are you going to keep those wheels?
For the forseable future unless something pops up, yes.

There are only two kinds of cars with wheels with the 4x140 bolt pattern... 70's and 80's Subarus, and some models of Peugeot's. These are 15" Pug wheels, kind of hard to come by... And Subaru doesnt have any 15" wheels with this bolt pattern.
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Old 10-15-2007, 02:28 AM   #221
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Oh wow, 4x140.

What can we expect from Day 8?
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Old 10-15-2007, 02:32 AM   #222
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For the forseable future unless something pops up, yes.

There are only two kinds of cars with wheels with the 4x140 bolt pattern... 70's and 80's Subarus, and some models of Peugeot's. These are 15" Pug wheels, kind of hard to come by... And Subaru doesnt have any 15" wheels with this bolt pattern.
I don't know if it was mentioned here yet, but you could get some mean lookin' steelies from diamond racing for a reasonable price. They do custom steel wheels in whatever configuration you're looking for, including bolt circles. They don't have 4x140 (or 4x5.5") but they say they can accomodate most requests.

http://www.diamondracingwheels.com/WheelSeries.htm

(edit) How bout these? http://boston.craigslist.org/sob/pts/446232031.html

Or these: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/White...spagenameZWD1V

Looks like weld makes some 4x5.5" wheels.
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Old 10-15-2007, 02:43 AM   #223
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Wow, where did you find those pics?

I scoured the internet for hours looking for FF-1 pics... I got a few dozen, but nothing that detailed!
I usually do my search on Subie stuff in Japanese. Even with that I didn't find too many good FF-1 pics. I got a magazine with some pics of an awsome FF-1 rally car. I'll put it up when I can get it scanned.
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Old 10-15-2007, 06:42 AM   #224
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Eventually, the goal is to get it to look somewhat like this:


Kudos to you sir, and good luck with your project.
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Old 10-15-2007, 07:18 AM   #225
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Well you certainly have some "before" pictures.....
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