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#21 El_Freddo

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 09:35 PM

Well all sorted in the damage department.  Now I have a brumby with one totally awesome panel and paint that's making the rest of the body look a little average.

 

Might have to get into that after sorting some minor rust issues.

 

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Posted 14 January 2018 - 12:05 PM

Small update:

 

While moving house and doing a lot of night driving in the brumby (we do a lot of night driving anyway, just not so much in the brumby) I found that the lights are all over the shop - not very bright and couldn't adjust them - the plastic tabs that the adjustment screws locate in are flogged out.

 

So I swapped the front light's mounting plate for another set I had and I ensured that I could adjust the lights before installing.  Works good.  I also added a secondary wiring loom that is triggered by the factory loom but takes the power very directly to the lights via shorter wiring and some relays.  So now I have good lights again that I can aim properly.

 

But not satisfied with that (for those that know me driving lights are needed/good) I had a set of these in the shed that I was going to use on the RS eventually - but waiting got the better of me:

 

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Can't wait to make night into day with these!

 

Ironically I have not done any night driving since fitting these.  The tiny bit I did down the street on the night I thought would be the first good run with these lights the car died a bit further up the road as I pulled into a servo.  I couldn't get it started and it was towed back to the house. 

 

Long story short the issue ended up being a dead coil, followed by a fried dizzy module.  One of my issues was that I'd replaced the module with a new unit - and promptly fried that as I hadn't replaced the coil at that point.  So there goes $75.

 

But now I have a running brumby again - still a few issues to sort out:  radiator has a leak if waiting for the thermos to kick in, a seam on the end tank opens up and drops coolant.  I've triggered the fans to run all the time to avoid this issue and have done so for a number of months now :/  I have a second radiator that I've been trying to get checked out but the local rad guy in benders was on holiday over the xmas/new year period.  I haven't had the chance to drop in since.  Sounds like I might have a rear bearing on the way out but I'll work that out in time.

 

Otherwise it's been a gem with the house move so far - it's done this in that high 30 degree heat and other than some pinging up hills on light or full throttle with a down shift it's done really well:

 

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I'm also chasing an issue with my temp gauge - it doesn't work.  I've had two clusters and two sender units.  When the wire at the sender is earthed the gauge moves.  So I might have two dead senders which is uncommon in my experience.  Aftermarket temp gauge is lined up for install - after the house move I think...

 

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Posted 15 January 2018 - 06:46 PM

Love it, great to see it getting put through its paces.


 


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Posted 05 April 2018 - 10:38 PM

Ok, finally an update on the driving lights and secondary headlight wiring to reduce the loss in the old original system. By swapping four plugs I can easily revert back to the original wiring on the side of the road if need be.

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Low beams:

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High beams without driving lights:

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High beams with driving lights:

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You may have noticed the glare from the rail of the bullbar. I've since added some of that anti slip step tape that's got a sand paper like texture. Before applying it I've sprayed it with matte black spray paint.

It works well enough to get a lot from the driving lights, previous to this any gains from the lights was lost on the glare that came back at you. Sorted now and it's awesome to drive with at night!

And hanging out with Basil and Sunnie the Brumby:

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Posted 24 April 2018 - 11:46 PM

Got a little bit of work going on with this thing. Don't get too excited, it will be remaining an EA81 ;)

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Posted 15 August 2018 - 10:17 PM

Small update:

 

- I found out recently that my temp gauge issue was at the engine plug.  I'm still yet to fix this one, it works most of the time and will drop out sometimes...

 

- The hole in the radiator is now fixed.  I ended up taking it to a local place that I've been to over a number of years, he's near the old ice skating centre for those that know benders.  It's working a treat and I can actually let the fans turn on via the temp switch rather than me having them shorted out all the time.

 

- After a day tripping around on Monday (Bendigo>Ballarat>Lancefield>Bendigo), I'm still experiencing a pinging issue - so can rule out an old engine with high ambient air temps as part of the issue.  Timing is pulled back from the stock 8* already.  So I've got a new genuine PCV in the hope that it'll sort out the majority of the pinging.  I'll also be checking for any small vacuum leaks including investigating any play in the throttle shaft.  I'm hoping to have the SPFI kit sorted soon(ish).

 

On the SPFI front, I need to get the intake manifold together, sort out the fuel pump and lines - ultimately a surge tank would be best but I'll probably run without one for a while and not let the tank get below 1/4.

A small amount of wiring needs to be done under the dashboard to hook it all up, then she's apples.

 

Lastly, I need a new windscreen rubber - mine leaks in the rain after a day or so.  This is the number 1 killer of these vehicles.  The windscreen allows water in either at the top (like mine) or at the bottom corner.  Water ends up in the A pillar or on the floor which leads to rust.  Left long enough and you can kiss your brumby or MY goodbye.

 

That's it for now!

 

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Posted 27 January 2019 - 07:07 PM

Update. Yeah... SPFI... dunno when this will happen.

Ive replaced the PCV valve and its massively reduced the pinging! The old unit seemed to seal well and do what it should, and I almost put it back in.

But it proved to make a difference, cruising around on that 45*C day Friday I only got light pinging at the point I think the secondaries open up and at hard throttle when under load. No where near as much pinging as I used to get. So Im happy with that. But it still didnt like cruising - when you apply a small squeeze on the throttle to deal with a Hill etc the pinging was there. So Im thinking its a carb issue now. Either play in the throttle shaft or the secondary jet/system is partially blocked. Or ultimately I have low compression. For now Ill keep it as an around town car rather than a country cruiser like it used to get used for.

Ive also got new boots for her, and threw on my second set of 14 inch Scorpion rims:

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Sorry if thenimage is too large - its from my phone and I cant resize them, Ill have to replace the image code the next time Im on the computer ;)

Im coming around on all that rim and little tyre - painting the rims will help. Hoping to do this soon. Knocking some of the dents out would be sweet too. Maybe next year Ill get that done...

For now my aim is to just keep the wheels rolling and work on small bits at a time.

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Posted 31 January 2019 - 09:27 PM

Im really enjoying driving this thing again! She was parked up for most of summer since Xmas.

And Im loving the look of these rims - I reckon I shouldve done this earlier...

Right at home. Less of the four x wouldve been better - we're not in qld and we know how to spell beer...

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Earlier today, couldnt help myself:

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Im missing fifth gear. On the drive to another town last weekend I found myself going for fifth gear - that wasnt there... I guess Ive been driving Ruby Scoo more than usual recently...

I might have to look into an L series box swap to get the extra gear... ahhh, (or ARRRGH!?) someday...

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Posted 02 February 2019 - 02:33 PM

Looking absolutely fantastic!

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Posted 02 February 2019 - 09:43 PM

Looking absolutely fantastic!


Thanks Bumpty!

I’m not sure if you’re drunk or sober - that was a very straight answer from you!

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Posted 13 February 2019 - 09:40 PM

I got the trifecta!

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^ The Subaru old school equivalent of the Italian Job? :P

Other than this Im just chasing an issue with my right hand combination light. On high beam its dim. When I swap power wires around it works fine but opposite to how it should. Getting frustrating but will soon have it sorted I hope!

Tomorrow night Im looking at going for a cruise over Mt Alexander with the car club. Itll be my first cruise so itll be interesting and Im looking forward to it too - even though Ill probably be the only Subaru there...

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Posted 18 May 2019 - 08:11 PM

Well on the cruise I was the only old school Subaru there. A current series WRX was the other Subaru in attendance. Other vehicles included MX5s, an MG, TRV, a Porsche or two and I think thats about it.

The brumby did well, even with some pinging. Another club member commented on how well it went too. That was nice as there was nothing left in it to go harder. That and it corners pretty well for what it is.

I managed to snap some glam pics after the rain last week while the paint looked good!

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I wish the paint was actually that good all over!

Shes now in the shed for a replacement windscreen, tidying up of some rust spots and ensure under the windscreen rubber is rust free and sealed up properly. Ill also be doing a couple of other bits and pieces.

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