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Old 07-20-2004, 11:51 PM   #1
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Cool Picking up an 89 Loyale

My boss is basically giving his 89 loyale to me for free since he doesn't want/need it anymore. Apparently it only has 105k on it, is in good condition, is the 4wd model, and is a manual. I haven't found out if it is the turbo yet or not, I'll find that out tomorrow when I check it out. He said it just needs some work on the brakes and some other TLC. Figure it would be great for tinkering with, winter weather, and a start on running rallies. I wanted to see what anyone else has to say about this opportunity. (Also any information about fixing it up would be appreciated)
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Old 07-21-2004, 04:52 AM   #2
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good deal, go ahead and take it. since the car runs and drives now dont worry too much about it.

ask when the timing belts were last serviced to give you an idea how soon it may need the work. subaru recommends changing them every 60 thousand miles, but i have seen original sets go beyond 100 thousand miles.

good luck!
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Old 07-22-2004, 02:05 AM   #3
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If the car is non turbo and the brake issues happen to involve the rears, consider converting to rear disk brakes from a 4WD turbo model... they are a direct bolt on and will drastically improve braking performance
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Old 07-22-2004, 08:47 PM   #4
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You're in PA huh? RUST RUST RUST!!!!! Before driving it hard I would be absolutley sure that cancer hasn't taken over!

Cool score though!

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Old 07-22-2004, 09:59 PM   #5
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I got a chance to check the car out today. The thing is in great shape. It had been sitting for a year and a half and started right up (with a jump of course). Rust doesn't look to bad, nothing a little bondo can't handle. Front brakes are going to need some attention and the radiator apparently has a small leak. Rear brakes will be a nice project once I get the mandatory things out of the way.

Is there an easy way to take car of the radiator leak?
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Old 07-23-2004, 12:01 AM   #6
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Ya, get a new radiator!

If you replace the radiator, you dont NEED a double row unit, but they do offer more efficient cooling... They are like $130 new from radiators.com
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Old 07-27-2004, 12:32 PM   #7
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you can use bars leaks or alumaseal for the radiator. be careful that it may clock passages, if one application doesnt fix it then consider other options.

the radiator can be soldered with acid core solder, take the radiator out and use a propane torch, be careful not to burn it up!
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Old 07-27-2004, 03:52 PM   #8
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I hear that those drop in sealers tend to clog the subaru heater cores. Am I right? (personally I wouldnt recommend it unless you are stranded)
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Old 07-29-2004, 12:48 AM   #9
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Got the title transfer taken care of this evening...the car is mine now. Regarding the radiator...I'll try leak stop of some sort...if that causes problems I'll just replace the radiator. The buddies garage I'm going to be fixing this car up at is technically a dealership...so I'm not really worried about part prices.
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Old 07-29-2004, 01:38 AM   #10
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DON"T USE THE STOP LEAK!!

thats bad in these cars.. you will soon find your self replacing more parts..)IE heater core as mentioned above)
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Old 07-29-2004, 01:41 AM   #11
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Ok good I have confirmation... so the verdict is use it only if you are stranded and there is no other option.

As another note.. I dont think heater cores are fun to change
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Old 07-29-2004, 03:38 PM   #12
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guess I'll heed the advice
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