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Old 10-18-2018, 02:29 PM   #1
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Default My Subaru Story. I'm a mechanic not a writer but...

It was a 96 Impreza with the 1.8l motor. It had 120k or so miles when got it. This was my first Subaru. I was enamored with that car. I never had an AWD and couldn't help thrashing it to all hell. I probably had it for 4 months before I killed the engine driving through waist deep water. Bang, hydrolocked. I promptly went out and bought a 2001 RS that was totaled. This was now my first engine swap. This is where the love of Subaru was seated for good. You know, they dont explain that correctly in their stupid commercials.

I remember my dad coming out to his pristine driveway Saturday morning to find my broken and water logged Impreza now sitting next to a totaled Impreza. Before he had a chance to fly off the hook, I assured him that the totaled car would be gone and I would be driving to work on Monday morning in my car. I actually had know idea what was involved in the swap and I had no previous knowledge of Subaru mechanics. I was BS'ing him big time but I had a factory service manual, automotive know-how, tools and my mitts.

I immediately tear into the RS and snatch the motor out. Once I understood what was interchangeable I made the decision to just swap the motor only and use the 1.8l ECU, sensors and throttle body, pretty much was the only way to do it fast. With the motor on the stand, some quick and dirty little hand made adapter for the throttle body and the coil pack, I turned my attention to the rest of the good parts that was on the totaled RS. It was like Christmas! axles, brakes, calipers, struts, dashboard and interior. It was all interchangeable! Now this was back in 2002 so that wrecked RS was brand new. I pillaged that thing until it was an empty shell(I literally took everything).

With my treasures stashed in the back shed (without my dads knowing) I went back to the main task. Out came the 1.8 and in went the 2.5 (the RS was auto trans so I retained the 5 speed from the 1.8l). This was Sunday evening and a wrecker was pulling up the driveway to haul off the RS shell. That night I am stuffed under the hood, mosquito bitten and hooking up the last hoses and filling fluids when dad comes out and gives me a weird crooked face. I had been going so hard and so fast that I didn't even realize how much I had accomplished. What I later realized is that he was completely amazed, a most impossible feat with my dad. I peeked out from the engine bay and said "What?!", expecting a scolding of some kind, but no, he just made this stupid face. I just ignored him and pluged in the last wire...

I stand up and look at the car, pause and look at dad. "Ok" I said. "Ok what?" he says. "Its ready" I say. "Bull ****!!!" he says. "Well, we are about to find out". I grab up the key and hold it up like a champion. Key goes in, I don't crank right away. I cycle the key to ON a couple of time to make sure the fuel is primed and that I crank. The car come right to life and begins to learn its idle set. I leave it running and get out. The look on dad's face said it all. He says nothing but tuns around and goes the the garage fridge and grabs two of his own beers, tuns back around, hands me one and then goes back inside to enjoy his air conditioning and football. Again he says nothing.

I drove my car to work the next day and continued to beat the hell out of it for another 6 years before giving it away to a friend who needed a reliable car.

I've had a Subaru ever since.
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Old 10-19-2018, 02:42 PM   #2
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Beautiful story I would love to see A pic of it this site was up back then lol
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Old 10-19-2018, 03:01 PM   #3
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Beautiful story I would love to see A pic of it this site was up back then lol
Uh, it was up back then. A few years old at that point.
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Old 10-20-2018, 12:09 PM   #4
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Amazing what we can accomplish when we put our 'heads' to it !
And too, very rewarding to have the engine fire up without protest.

I tore down my '02 Wrx 5-spd transmission early this year to chase a 'grumble' in my drivetrain. I thought I had a carrier bearing going out in the front transaxle.

Long story short: upon placing the key into the ignition upon reassembly of everything, and hitting the starter, the engine would "start-and-die."
Oh No ! what did I screw up. Come to find out, I didn't have the intake air ducting fastened securely enough.
I ran into that recently with a '94 Suzuki Sidekick 1.6L 4-banger. This was a No-start, and on carefully looking at everything, the was a breather hose hidden behind a support bracket that I had not connected. One hose, and you get a "no-start."

That must have been one of your most Rewarding-Beers

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Old 10-25-2018, 06:13 PM   #5
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Most impressive was this took place before the all the available DIYs on youtube. Thanks for sharing!
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Old 10-29-2018, 03:25 PM   #6
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Great story with all kinds of lessons !
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Old 11-01-2018, 04:33 PM   #7
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I don't normally post in General but that is a great story.

If you posted this beauty in Off Topic, I can assure you this will get the "door of dicks" response.
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Old 11-01-2018, 06:38 PM   #8
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Great Story!
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Old 11-01-2018, 07:07 PM   #9
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Meth is a hell of drug...jk, nice story
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Old 11-03-2018, 06:44 PM   #10
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I'm not reading that wall of text.

tl;dr. please.
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Old 11-03-2018, 06:52 PM   #11
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I'm not reading that wall of text.

tl;dr. please.
Tl;dr helluva tale, you oughta read it all
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Old 11-04-2018, 12:30 PM   #12
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it seems a long story
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Old 11-04-2018, 01:24 PM   #13
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it seems a long story
Yes.....then again.......

Showing up a parent
Diving headlong into a major project with limited info
Satisfaction of a working major job

Sorta 180* from peeps asking, "how do I read a Frikkin oil dipstick!?".

Since working on mechanical things for over 40 years, I shudder to read some posts.
I laugh when I tell a noob to turn something clockwise, waiting for, "what is clockwise on a digital clock?".
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Old 11-04-2018, 01:28 PM   #14
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I'm not reading that wall of text.

tl;dr. please.
Quote:
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it seems a long story
First post worth reading....

Yes, I know my post was quoted.........trying to keep things short.....

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Old 11-04-2018, 01:32 PM   #15
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Are you "youngins?"......
This, "I want full info yesterday with "27 8x10 glossy photos (old song reference...LOL) and a good video" is BS in a major way.

Thus God created 2x4's to smack some upside their head.

Harsh?
Yep.
General?
Yep.

*Citizen Kane slow clap*

Forums are for information, not byte sized picture book with accompanying memes.
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Old 11-07-2018, 07:15 PM   #16
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I'm not reading that wall of text.

tl;dr. please.
Its 5 paragraphs...
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Old 11-08-2018, 03:49 PM   #17
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Ok here are pictures then. That way you don't have to read.




Here is the beginnings of a diy tube bumper.


The final evolution. I did that paint myself with Krylon Industrial (mixed myself too) and a $20 Harbor Freight spray gun.
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Old 11-11-2018, 02:40 PM   #18
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The story is inspiring, indeed.
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Old 11-11-2018, 03:51 PM   #19
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And somehow it takes me 2 days to get a ball joint out
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Old Today, 02:16 AM   #20
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Thank you for sharing this wonderful story. Appreciate it!
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