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Posted 25 November 2015 - 02:24 AM

Very cool. :)

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Posted 25 November 2015 - 07:46 AM

Awesomeeee

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Posted 25 November 2015 - 09:35 AM

So epic.

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Posted 25 November 2015 - 11:38 AM

This is so cool mang. 


 


I put up with people from amnesty, red cross and now the cancer council almost daily hounding me!! Throw in the greens, green peace, unhcr, save the forking children and I've well and truly hit my limit for the number of fuckstains wanting me to sign something or give money. Seriously cubts,  :fork: right off.
 

 

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Posted 27 November 2015 - 06:30 PM

Thanks guys. I hope to have more of these to share in the near future!

For now she's back in the shed waiting either for work to be done (list below) or an offroad adventure.

So I've come up with a short list of things I need to do to Ruby Scoo:

- replace O2 sensor, can't remember the last time I did that and with an average fuel use of about 16L/100km I think it's time to try the O2 replacement...
- replace the front wheel bearings as they seem noisy, like a howling sound.
- adjust the low range lever rod so it stops popping out of low!
- get an easy out kit to remove a bolt that I can't get out due to the raised head snapping off it. This bolt is one of the ones that holds the rear cargo frame in place...

Then just drive it - offroad :D

Cheers and thanks again for the comment, they're appreciated!

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Posted 27 November 2015 - 07:57 PM

You forgot supercharge it

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Posted 02 December 2015 - 09:52 PM

You forgot supercharge it

 

You offering sponsorship?? B)

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Posted 01 January 2016 - 08:20 PM

So, O2 sensor replaced, front wheel bearings replaced - found trace amounts of water and brown grease in there... Also cleaned up and sealed some surface rust that was present in the wheel wells and managed to put the angle grinder with a wire wheel into my face in the process.  I'm all good and the healing that's occurred is amazing!  I was bloody lucky!

 

So with all of that, this is what Mrs El Freddo and I decided to do:

 

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More to come later ;)

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Posted 02 January 2016 - 05:34 PM

Haha awesome man, look forward to the updates. 


 


I put up with people from amnesty, red cross and now the cancer council almost daily hounding me!! Throw in the greens, green peace, unhcr, save the forking children and I've well and truly hit my limit for the number of fuckstains wanting me to sign something or give money. Seriously cubts,  :fork: right off.
 

 

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Posted 06 February 2016 - 09:38 PM

Sorry for the lack of updates... been busy :/

So, how many pics does everyone want?

 

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Posted 06 February 2016 - 09:58 PM

So, how many pics does everyone want?

All of them pls

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Posted 07 February 2016 - 01:16 AM

Not sorted yet with the trip report, thought I'd have it done tonight but I need another night to finish it.

 

Here's a teaser pic for you at the Pinnacles, WA:

 

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More later ;)

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Posted 11 February 2016 - 06:17 AM

Living the dream :)

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Posted 11 February 2016 - 08:25 AM

I love the fact that it may not be the best car and it may not be the most reliable car out there, but you still just get out there and do it. 

 

Muchos respect mate. That's what its all about. 


 


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Posted 11 February 2016 - 10:42 AM

that Pinnacles shot is fantastic. Subaru AU should use it for marketing :D



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Posted 14 February 2016 - 08:00 PM

Reliability is getting there. I'm unfortunately now paying for a build dream achieved during the time I was unemployed. In this process she's only getting better ;)

Trip report coming along slowly. I'm 99% sure it won't disappoint - packed lunch is recommended once it's posted ;)

Can't wait to get out again, just that I don't know when this will be :(

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Posted 20 February 2016 - 01:57 PM

Trip report is here!  Pack a lunch!

 

Hope you enjoy it.

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Posted 28 February 2016 - 06:19 PM

So I mentioned my rear tyres are scrubbing out in the trip report. The extreme in er edge has worn out on a 45 degree angle. On a recent trip of a bit over 200km total I bumped the rear pressures to 42psi and the front to 40 psi.

On returning home the fronts have worn as expected (no real change), the rear right is still scrubbing the inner edge while the rear left has decided to now start scrubbing the outside edge too - and at a great rate of knots too, almost matches the inner Edgar's amount of wear :/

This arvo I managed some time to look at the rear end closely and it looks like the bushes are shot. Well they look well worn anyway. After 150k km and with the sort of abuse I have given them I'm a little pissed I didn't think of swapping them out prior to the trip - even though I had no time and had already spent enough money in prepping the car.

So now to find the time to swap out the bushes and find the money to replace four tyres (that I wasn't expecting to be replacing).

Fun and games!

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Posted 19 April 2016 - 07:44 PM

I though it time to share my L series build here - in the short version ;)

I purchased Ruby Scoo from Yackandandah a in 2004 or 2005 for $500.  What we didn't know was that the engine was toast - over heated to the point that one cylinder was cracked about halfway down.

After some research I found that the EA82 engine came in EFI format, so went with one of these and had a steep learning curve into the operations of EFI systems.  Pick a part became my best friend here!  Problem was I lived over 1 hour away.

After a year in the shed she was ready for rego.  This is me learning some 4wd'n with a mate in Spring Gully, Bendigo:
 
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From here I had a few mods done - welded rear diff.  This was a good and bad mod as it gave the vehicle awesome point and shoot abilities but with the lack of lift I managed some damage to the underside of the body, I inverted my floor pans and didn't realise this for some time.

In 2007 I roadtripped to WA with my brother with a "fresh" 9 month old rebuild that was going really well:

SA/WA boarder:
 
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Perth:
 
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Hit a new milestone while I was there:
 

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And we had some fun too:
 
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On the way home we (read: my brother!) blew the side out of the plastic radiator end tank on a hot day drive home.  We were stuck in Tintanara and were trucked home the next day.  After sorting a temporary radiator it turned out that the engine was severely cooked.

For 18 months I put up with a jerry-rigged carb engine over the MPFI wiring.  It got me around while I sorted all the bits for my EJ22 conversion - again pick a part played a huge role in this conversion - this time I got all the bits I needed the before getting into the conversion.  Cutting down the wiring was another steep learning curve and in hindsight quite easy to do, just need to know what you actually need and go from there.

I didn't do the HG's on the EJ as I bench tested the engine and was happy with how it operated.  When pulled from the yard it had 127xxxkms on the clock.  Turned out the clutch was completely fried.  All oil seals were replaced, cam belt replaced and I should have replaced the water pump - did it about a week after the conversion hit the road.

Easiest way to do the Engine and gearbox - out from under:
 
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I cased an L series gearbox in a set of EJ front cases to avoid an adaptor plate and an EA clutch.  This conversion is all EJ clutch and bolts straight up without issues:
 
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The initial test was a bit of fun in the paddock - I should've put the bonnet on though, it wasn't fun to clean!
 
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All fits in like it should be there.  The L series should've come with the EJ from the factory, it's a great combination!
 
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Out at Robe, SA:
 
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After a chance purchase of a lifted L series, in one weekend the swap was done and Ruby Scoo grew to this:
 
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More fun, Otways, VIC:
 
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A few years down the track and a lot of searching I managed to track down a set of the infamous Scorpion 14 inch rims, these ones with the awesome general all rounder Wild Conqueror Super Trippers (can't get them anymore :():
 
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Robe, SA:

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Wyperfeld NP, VIC:

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Lerderderg SF, VIC:

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After two seasons at Mt Hotham and a 4wd'n trip with a "rally section" on the Dinner Plain Track south of the township I got Ruby Scoo airborne unintentionally.  Not realising for some time but I did some extensive damage to the suspension mount on the LHS.  Not ready to part with her I stripped her out and went to work between other things:
 

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While everything was reinstalled I added power windows, mirrors and central locking.  That took a pot load more time than I anticipated and blew out the build time.  I would say this took me 6 months over the summer period to sort out and get back on the road.

Return to the road:
 
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Getting back into the thick of it:  Mt Cole:
 

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Getting out in the High Country with the Subaru Club of Qld (offroad club, can't remember their official title) - most of these guys are online mates from ausubi:
 

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Back at Mt Hotham for another visit (Love this place!)

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I added a snorkel for added confidence during water crossings:
 
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New "trick" gearbox - L series AWD locking centre diff, front OBX (cheap!) LSD, 1.59:1 low range, low range oil feeders and 4.111:1 diff ratio (old box 3.7:1 stock ratio):
 
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Diff locking mechanism:
 
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This was an awesome mod - the diff ratio change has transformed the drive for the better.  The ratio matches the tyre size the same as the foresters run so it's a tried and tested setup, just not really done in an L series in this fashion on a regular basis.

This was 2013.  For the christmas period we were planning another road trip to WA to catch up with some mates I made over there on the cruise in 2007.  Unfortunately after finally getting my AC sorted the Head Gaskets let go.  Not a bad run so I shouldn't complain - just the timing over the silly season slowed down the new parts arriving in a timely manner.  But she's sorted again and running very well.  First time I've had an EJ stripped down like this:
 
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Where I think the HGs let go, wasn't major but enough to run hot on a warm day.  No damage resulted, money saved there :D
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Back together sporting a new radiator conversion (N14 pulsar) and new thermo fans - a good setup so far:
 
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Over Easter 2014 we ventured into new territory out at Walhalla in the foothills of the Vic Alps:
 
First real good use of snorkel - Fulton's Creek Tk, Walhalla:
 
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Messing around, Fulton's Creek:
 
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Trig Track - 12 switchbacks!
 
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Loved this area and seriously cannot wait to get back out there!
 
Last trip most recently was to McKillop's Bridge (very speccie!) and the general Snowy River NP, VIC:
 
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^ Pics do not do this bridge justice, it's very high, very long and has been flooded over several times!

I was with a "different" cohort for this trip with some mates in larger, "real" 4wds:
 
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Ruby Scoo held her own:
 
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Until I managed to blow 2nd gear coming off throttle on a down shift from third.  Nothing harsh about it.  From here it was a tow job, not fun!
 
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Once back on a decent track - logging truck track - we decided to see if I could manage third, using low range as another gear.  This was done to avoid time delays, rocks flicking up and damaging the front of my vehicle and my newish windscreen.  It was noisy in the box but it kept going, at the time I was kind of past the point of caring.  After stopping for the others to catch up (I was rally style, they weren't!) we continued but I think it was too much, once the oil settled in the gearbox bits had moved.  At walking pace I ended up locking up all four wheels.  We were trailered from there, trailer came from Orbost. 

Then another type of towing occurred a week later:
 
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^ These guys were great, they let me park up for a week in their yard very cheaply!  Near M&D's, not quite "home" though:
 
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The gearbox came out at M&D's before I took the car home as I was itching to get it started.

Once the box was stripped we found this damage:
 
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I've since sourced an SG forester gearbox for it's stronger internals as Subaru did a big overhaul on the 1st and 2nd gearsets in these boxes along with a few other things.  My bench looks like this as I work through the little hurdles that are thrown my way:
 
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I've had to modify a few things along the way, the low range synchro hub being one of them:
 
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Latest modification hurdle is the woodruff key for the 5th gear as I want to use the 0.87 ratio I've got in the shed, not the SG's 0.78 as that's what I used to have and I wasn't too keen on it at cruise:
 
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That's where I'm at.  Using Redback as the daily which is what I got her for, but I can't wait to have Ruby Scoo back on the road and 4wd'n again.  I'm also working on some surface rust I've found since removing the gearbox, this is a slow process itself and work/family/social life is getting in the way too.  Weekends are not at home at the moment :(

I hope you've enjoyed reading and viewing the pics.  While writing this and looking at the large number of pics I've got I've surprised myself just how many places I've been with Ruby Scoo.  She's currently knocking on 500k kms...  I've had many great times out bush in this vehicle and I'm hoping there will be a number of years of more good times to come!

Regards

Bennie


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Posted 19 April 2016 - 11:38 PM

Got anything to add thumpa?

It looks like you've only quoted my first post again (the whole thing too) without a comment.

I need to upload some pics before the next update. Basically the jist is that my rear bushes were totally shot. Now to see what changes with the rear tyres, I really don't want to replace them at the moment...

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