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Old 11-24-2010, 03:44 AM   #226
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Did you finish that roof vent?!

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Old 11-24-2010, 09:18 AM   #227
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JUST got my license, yeah JUST 2 YEARS AGO, max you need your ass kicked haha
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Old 12-05-2010, 10:05 PM   #228
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Since I last posted, I've been busy. Well mostly with work and not so much with the car.

I dropped off every bolt/bracket from the suspension/underside of the car to the metal refinishing place. They will be sand blasting and wire wheeling all of the bolts and washers and brackets and then coating them in silver. I had the choice of gold zinc on top of the silver for extra corrosion resistance, but it didn't really seem necessary here in AZ and he said it would wear off with time anyhow. He should have them finished this week.

I also got my stuff back from the machine shop. They fixed the broken bolt in the control arm and did a good amount of work on the Brembo including fixing the bleeder port, removing two stuck bolts (on the pad guides) and taping the holes I drilled for the helicoil.I think he felt bad about taking 5 weeks to do the work and he only charged me $45.

I have my doubts on whether or not the belled screw repair is going to hold. He ended up tapping it for the larger 1/4 NPT bleed fitting and there is not much side wall left. Since NPT is tapered, it is possible to tighten the fitting down too much and crack the caliper so I will need to be careful. Tight enough to prevent leaks, but not too tight as to crack the sidewall. I figure it would be a waste of time to assemble the caliper and then somehow pressure test it, so I'm sending them straight to powder coating and keeping my fingers crossed that the repaire is correct. If not, it's going to suck to have to weld/machine a freshly powder coated caliper.

Speaking of powder coating, all parts except the calipers and wheels were dropped off at the powder coaters on Saturday. The wheels and calipers are being dropped off tomorrow. I think it's going to take them about 1.5 to 2 weeks to finish them.

Lastly, I will be dropping off some extra sets of trailing arms off at Suspicious Garage this week to have them boxed in. This should stiffen them up considerably. I'm also going to have them weld up my WRX steering linkage. My goal is to eliminate the rubber isolator in the linkage that flexes when you turn. This is done for NVH reasons and takes away from the feel of the steering. The STi and most every GC does NOT have this isolator. Mot who have eliminated this piece (by swapping to the STi unit) say it helps more with steering feel than steering rack bushings. The STi unit is really expensive from the dealer (100+) and used are hard to find so I'm trying to see what can be done with the WRX unit.

Anyway, since everyone likes pictures:

I spent today stripping the calipers for powder coating.

Before ():


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It's common to have the mounting bolts break off in the caliper or strip the threads. Especially where there is salt in use. To resolve this, I drilled the old threads out and used helicoil to replace the aluminum threads with steel ones.

1) First step is to drill the broken bolt/stripped threads out.
front: M12x1.5 perma-coil kit - Use a 31/64" drill bit.
rear: M10x1.5 perma-coil kit - Use a 13/32" drill bit.


2) Next you tap the holes with the tap included in the kit. I had the machine shop do this since the calipers were there for so long and the guy said he'd do it for free, so no pictures. It's not hard to do yourself though. You can use locktite if you want, but it's not required.
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Old 12-05-2010, 10:08 PM   #229
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3) Thread the insert onto the installation tool (black) and then thread it into the guide (blue). Slowly thread the insert into the hole making sure you are not cross threaded.

Here's what a kit looks like:


Starting the insert:


Nearly done:


4) Thread the insert in 1/4 to 1/2 turn past flush, then remove the install tool.




5) Remove the "tang".




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Old 12-05-2010, 10:11 PM   #230
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The brakes, while in rough shape with a ton of galvanic corrosion damage, should turn out nice. I did one final cleaning of them tonight in the dishwasher (much to Erica's dismay) and it's off to coating tomorrow.



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Old 12-05-2010, 10:31 PM   #231
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So, did you finish the roof vent??
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Old 12-05-2010, 10:50 PM   #232
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All but the head liner.
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Old 12-05-2010, 11:37 PM   #233
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LOL ****in car parts in the dishwasher. Oh the reasons to never rent out a house haha!

Looks sweet man!
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Old 12-06-2010, 12:41 AM   #234
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Oh snaps, I didnt even know there was such a thing as what you have done with that thread replacer deal! very cool.
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Old 12-10-2010, 06:40 PM   #235
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Ugh. I need to hit the lottery so I can stop going to work; worked from 7:00am to 7:30pm Tuesday and Wednesday this week and from 5:50am to 5:00pm yesterday. Unfortunately, my cockatiel got an eye infection this week too, so I took the day off today to bring him to the vet. Either way, work on the car is going slowly, like always.

I have had a bit of time to start refurbishing some of the swap parts. First I started on the rear hubs. I had two sets: one set missing backing plates and one set that was bent. Thankfully I had enough components to make one working set.

The knuckles very pretty rusty, so they got stripped down, wire brushed, and repainted black with a clear top coat. One stupid problem I had was that the set without backing plates had been sitting somewhere where they had gotten wet repeatedly (previous owner's fault, not mine) and the backing plate mounting holes were so rusty, you coulding thread bolts into them. I had to chase the threads a couple of times to clean the threads. Good as new when done.

Here are the hubs masked off with a coat of black paint:


With the black paint on and the masking removed:


The spindles were super rusty on both sets too. This is super common on Subaru hubs because they are raw steel with no corrosion prevention (paint, grease, etc). Using various drill attachments, I was able to make serious progress. The bottom one is reference. The top right one is finished.


The spindles will get painted on all exposed surfaced with either a silver paint or a clear coat. The front hubs are in the middle of a similar treatment and should be done this weekend.
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Old 12-10-2010, 06:49 PM   #236
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I also had a chance to pickup all of the suspension bolts from the plating/refinishing shop today. They are incredible. there were a few that were just too corroded/rusty to get a good finish on them (though they are still WAY better than they were), but 98% of them turned out perfect.

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Old 12-10-2010, 06:54 PM   #237
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The downside to this was that I think I may have forgotten to throw in bag of bolts. Dang. I won't know for sure until I go through and lay everything out.

However, if I do need to get a few additional samples done, the cost is $65 for basically a bucket of bolts. So, if any of you want to get some stuff plated, let me know and we'll arrange a big load and split the cost how ever many ways. The parts will need to be sand blasted or wire brushed ahead of time, but I think I now have access to a sand blaster, so I can do this.

Let me know what you guys have and we'll set something up.
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Old 12-10-2010, 07:21 PM   #238
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The downside to this was that I think I may have forgotten to throw in bag of bolts. Dang. I won't know for sure until I go through and lay everything out.

However, if I do need to get a few additional samples done, the cost is $65 for basically a bucket of bolts. So, if any of you want to get some stuff plated, let me know and we'll arrange a big load and split the cost how ever many ways. The parts will need to be sand blasted or wire brushed ahead of time, but I think I now have access to a sand blaster, so I can do this.

Let me know what you guys have and we'll set something up.
i will pay $65 for my bucket of bolts to be done =)
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Old 12-10-2010, 07:25 PM   #239
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It might be a bit more for that bucket since it's a 5 gallon bucket filled nearly to the top! But yeah, if you can pare it down a bit, I'll go in with you on it.
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It might be a bit more for that bucket since it's a 5 gallon bucket filled nearly to the top! But yeah, if you can pare it down a bit, I'll go in with you on it.
I don't need it done since its all just extras, but if it would be 65 for the whole bucket, i would just do it for the hell of it
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Old 12-10-2010, 10:03 PM   #241
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Unfortunately, my cockatiel got an eye infection this week too...
Gawd damn, dude... stop giving the bird facials when you get lonely... just call my mom.
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Old 12-11-2010, 12:28 AM   #242
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Old 12-13-2010, 12:03 PM   #243
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The downside to this was that I think I may have forgotten to throw in bag of bolts. Dang. I won't know for sure until I go through and lay everything out.

However, if I do need to get a few additional samples done, the cost is $65 for basically a bucket of bolts. So, if any of you want to get some stuff plated, let me know and we'll arrange a big load and split the cost how ever many ways. The parts will need to be sand blasted or wire brushed ahead of time, but I think I now have access to a sand blaster, so I can do this.

Let me know what you guys have and we'll set something up.

Bump! Anyone want some stuff plated and split the cost on the process?
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Old 12-13-2010, 12:07 PM   #244
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Gawd damn, dude... stop giving the bird facials when you get lonely... just call my mom.

Your mom was there. And we were having a great time. However, I was near the end, she bent down to pick up a penny she spotted and as chance would have it, the bird received the brunt my impact. So much for finding a penny and good luck. Crazy.

Gross. That's not actually what happened.


Bird is now fine.

Turned out a seed shell worked it's way into his eye and got trapped between two of his eyelids, kind of like a bird seed contact lens. Turns out Tiels have 3 eye lids and can be prone to infection due to foreign objects, vitamin A deficiency, and the onset of cooler temperatures. This is all news to me as I've had him for 13 years without a single medical issue. Unfortunately, this one trip cost me $155.

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Old 12-13-2010, 12:45 PM   #245
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$155 bucks for a pet of 13 years doesn't sound like much to ask...
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Old 12-13-2010, 12:48 PM   #246
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$155 bucks for a pet of 13 years doesn't sound like much to ask...
Not at all. He's a great pet and I hate to think about when he's not around anymore. He's smart as hell and has a ton of personality. I think he's smarter than the dog. Actually, I'm sure he is.
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Old 12-13-2010, 01:06 PM   #247
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Dog of 14 years went in April of this year, so I know that feeling all too well sir.
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Old 12-13-2010, 01:39 PM   #248
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ooooooooooooooooooooooooohhh... purdy bolts!
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Old 12-13-2010, 01:41 PM   #249
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Bump! Anyone want some stuff plated and split the cost on the process?
Maybe contact SaabaruMike. I know he has buckets of GN stuff.
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Old 12-13-2010, 01:59 PM   #250
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Maybe contact SaabaruMike. I know he has buckets of GN stuff.
Oh, good point. Good idea.
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