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Old 09-09-2015, 10:59 AM   #1
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Default Lifted 1997 Subaru Legacy Rebuild! Back from the dead

Lifted 1997 Subaru Legacy GT Rebuild Thread

So earlier this spring/late winter i picked up a super cheap 97 Legacy GT Auto 4EAT with 120k miles on it. The car had never had the timing done and it threw a timing idler pulley. I re did the timing kit praying for the best, but expecting the worst. Fired it up with a miss on cyl 3. I assumed the valves were bent. Took the risk and bought it not totally knowing as the seller seemed legit.

Pulled the engine, and got it all apart only to find i did not have any bent valves. But most of the valve seats were trashed. Had new valve seats cut and replaced one valve due to the last being HUGE, Lapped them all in of course. Heads were decked and i went with Fel-Pro MLS Gaskets, Re used the OEM Head bolts, New valve cover gaskets, etc etc.

Traded a buddy of mine my stock legacy struts for his 04 Forester Struts and Springs and lifted the car. Love it so far, running like a champ. For having less than $1000 into the car i don't think i could have a more fun DD/Off Road/Reliable car than this. Typical Subaru rust but that does not bother me a bit. Took it out this past weekend trailing with a few truck buddys. She did awesome! Funniest part is my buddys 4x4 Chevy got BURIED in the same huge mud hole i went through 2 times!

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