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#1 U-Shell

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Posted 23 July 2017 - 05:04 PM

So ladies and gentlemen, after 3+ years I've finally come to my senses and returned to the land of Subarus! 

 

I originally purchased my first car, Gen 3 RX Sedan at the end of 2011 and promptly found this forum after finding some sort of leak a few weeks after getting the car. Little did I know that this would be the start of a never ending love hate relationship with my car...

 

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Whilst the first 6 months were relatively uneventful, I soon found a friend at a local auto parts store who owned a quick Gen 4 GTB and he invited me out to their little 'mountain touge runs' most Friday and Saturday nights, this is where the trouble began. I'm not sure if it was just my car, or all Gen 3's, but driving hard twice a week up through the local hills took a big toll on the car. I was constantly battling leaks, squeaks, knocks, vibrations etc to the point where to car was up on jack stands being repaired just about every weekend. I fell further and further out of love with the understeering, uninspiring little Gen 3 and promptly sold it after receiving a work van in mid/ late 2013.

 

Fast forward a few months into 2014 and I was looking to scratch an itch in the form of a more 'drivers orientated car'. Now that I had a work van, I could purchase something that was more of a weekend/ Sunday car that didn't need to haul tools around muddy worksites and drive 30,000+Ks/ year. After numerous test drives I ended up finding a rare, one owner, low K, E46 325i BMW complete with the M Sport package and the holy grail, a manual transmission. I still have this car today and it's my absolute pride and joy, I love driving it and plan to keep it for a very, very long time. 

 

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Enter circa 2017. Late last year I'd finally finished my electrical apprenticeship (6 months late) and decided to try and head overseas to Canada for 2~ years on a journey of self discovery and to gain some maturity. The quick version is basically my Canadian Visa got screwed up which resulted in me keeping my Motorbike and BMW, changing my plans to head to London after doing a contiki on the West Coast of America and finally meeting Ty (CodeBurner) in Thailand for 9 days. When I came back I had no job, no money and no work car. This is where the Subaru saga began. I had no choice but to start driving the BMW for work, which was fine at the start, but after a few weeks of putting cable, tools and the rest in the back seat, boot and where ever else it would fit, my once immaculate interior and decent condition exterior had really taken a toll. Not to mention the maintenance cost of a Euro doing lots of K's was killing my bank account and the cars resale value.

 

I still wanted to be back in a Subaru, after making so many friends, who most of are now my closest mates, and participating in the EPIC HVC Cruise last year and again this year, I knew my only choice of daily/ work car, could be a Subaru. 

I originally wanted to find a Gen 2 outback to V3 swap, but knew deep down if I went the turbo route, I wouldn't stop modifying and it would end up a loud, uncomfortable race car and not the work horse I needed it to be. So after talking to a couple people, drooling of Sam's White on White H6 sex machine and some googling, I decided on finding a cheap Gen 3 Outback H6 with plans of manual converting it down the track. I searched and searched but nothing came up that suited, until one day Ty sent me a message saying his mate had just bought a cheap H6 Gen 3 and was looking to take the engine out for another project. After a few messages back and forth, I was $750 poorer, and in possession of an engineless, manual converted Gen 3 H6 outback shell.

 

Now if you're still reading, thanks for the effort. It's been a long time coming to be back here so I figured a quick overview was needed lol. Onto the Gen 3 in question!

 

I got a mate to come with me to hire a trailer from the local servo and head down to Ty's mates to pick up the shell and take it back to mine. It wasn't without its dramas though.. Firstly, the POS winch on the servo trailer was in struggle town trying to tow the Outboat up onto the trailer, despite the car being on a downhill towards the trailer. Then once she was loaded and almost home, taking a wide trailer line left hand turn onto my street, a P plater decided they were either going to undercut us into the same left turn, or somehow thought they would make it around us on the left before we started the turn. Either way, she ended up smashing straight into the side of the trailer at approx. 40km/h resulting in her getting wedged between the trailer and a gutter. Even using low range on the Pajero tow car, we still couldn't get the trailer unhooked from the front guard of her car. A clutch dump and some tyre smoke and we managed to get untangled... I'd post some photos but insurance hasn't been sorted out yet.

 

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Anyway, the cars home and in my driveway where I'll let all the photos do the talking:

 

For some reason the fuel lines leaked most of the remaining fuel out of the fuel tank over night along with the auto cooler lines and power steering lines leaving their marks, so that was the first thing to clean up before dad came home and round housed me haha

 

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Got home at decent time on Friday night so jumped straight into getting the H6 up on stands, stripping the wheels and taping everything up under the bonnet including rubber gloves over all the main wiring harness connectors ready for a BIG BIG clean out. The car has an estimated 180,000 - 200,000 Ks, but it looks like it's been a well loved family car.

 

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So much room without an engine haha

 

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Tip for Gen 3 and potentially other model Subarus, pull your guard liners off at the rear every now and then for a clean as dirt builds up behind there!

 

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Before/ After front guard clean:

 

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Once the guards and engine bay had a decent scrub and degrease, I turned to the wheels. I managed to get one wheel a pass over with wheel cleaner before I ran out. Wheels are fairly scratched, but I'm guessing the pads are super dusty and have built up, but not sat on there for too long as the dust came of easily without to much damage to the faces.

 

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Photos are a little dark but the car itself looked like it hadn't been washed in a long long time

 

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This was the wash bucket after 2/3rds of the car was washed!

 

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Got into all the door jams etc with a wet microfibre towel to give them a quick once over. Ran out of citrus cleaner so couldn't get them perfect, but will give me something to do until I can track down an engine.

 

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Door jamb towel ended up filthy

 

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I then turned to the interior to give it a quick vacuum, but since the rear boot/ seats are full of exhaust, radiator, my old Corozon muffler from my Gen 3 and various other spare parts, I only got to do the fronts seats

 

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Found some kids disco biscuits 

 

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Not sure if this was a temporary rabbit farm, but theres a serious amount of short hair in the back footwells...

 

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Here's the current parts stockpile

 

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Now for the mechanical and electrial side of things,

 

Not sure what the clutch pedal is from, but I'll need to replace it with a Gen 3 unit so it's sits further right towards the brake pedal.

 

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The brakes look to have been recently replaced/ machined which should make RWC easier

 

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Took the opportunity with the guard liners removed to delete the old remote auto filter which may be repurposed onto my sisters Gen 3 OBK as a cooler to extend the life of the auto.

 

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This is the automatic selector unit, currently still attached as that was how the previous owner got the car started (park selected) and to drive (gear 1 selected). After a lot of googling, it isn't 100% clear how to get the car wired up so it's happy with the manual gearbox. People are saying I'll loose ABS and cruise control which isn't ideal. Reading through Tim's RS30 sedan thread, he states to bridge two wires in the gearbox selector loom and run some wires for the VSS etc and it should work all fine, so fingers crossed its all hunky dory!

 

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Gearbox wiring to sort through

 

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I think this is the TCU which might end up deleted, but from what I've read, I might need to wire some resistors into it to trick it into thinking the automatic solenoids are still connected?

 

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So now where do we go? 

 

The plan is to find an engine, replace all the seals, spark plugs and tensioners/ idlers and maybe timing chain guides if they're looking sad etc while the engine is out, wire up the auto > manual conversion and get it all running so I can at least get it mobile and out of the driveway. Once that's sorted I have a list of future plans for the car which follows:

 


  • Replace all fluids with full synthetic including any additives such as Nulon G70 for the gearbox/ Diff

  • Replace shifter bushes to refresh the shifting feel

  • Possible exhaust, although the BMW has a rear muffler delete at the moment with blast pipes and I think I need to keep the H6 quiet for daily duties

  • Make some sort of intake for bulk intake noise (not for performance so keep your intake rants in yo pants)

  • Install sound system (Have head unit, wiring, subwoofer from old work van)

  • Install sound deadening similar to Joel's(?) WRX swapped outback which I believe Sam now owns down here in VIC

  • Replace cabin lights with warm white LEDs including footwell lights as per my DIY guide from ages ago http://www.subyclub....-picture-heavy/

  • Improve steering feedback (using my E46 as a reference) via 2.7 rack, possible solid mounts, added castor and smaller diameter wheel if I can find something that will bolt into Gen 3 without any issues to airbag deployment etc 

  • Replace wheels with 8" wide units so tyres are interchangeable between OBK and Subaru if need be

  • Possibly install RWD gearbox I purchased of Nick and Joss for keks

  • Detail the exterior and interior

  • Slowly collect white bumpers and side trims for a White on White conversion


Most importantly, I NEED to keep this car as comfortable as possible. The idea besides a work car, is to be able to road trip around Australia comfortably and reliably including multiple snow trips and of course HVC!

 

I'm sure I've forgotten a whole heap but I'll try keep this thread updated as best I can!

 

If you're still here, congrats on making it through that essay and I appreciate you guys reading through all that dribble haha.

 

IT'S GOOD TO BE BACK YYEEWWW! 


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Posted 23 July 2017 - 05:11 PM

Need to get rid of that auto brake pedal too!

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Posted 23 July 2017 - 05:20 PM

Don't bother with fixing this up, just steal Simons car when he's not looking. Old man will forget he owned it.

Do the ol' icecream bucket CAI with an in-guard pod.


 


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Posted 23 July 2017 - 07:05 PM

Need to get rid of that auto brake pedal too!

 

Yes and that too haha!

 

 

Don't bother with fixing this up, just steal Simons car when he's not looking. Old man will forget he owned it.

Do the ol' icecream bucket CAI with an in-guard pod.

 

Simo's already given me the AIDS treatment at Hunter this year  :flag_of_truce:

 

Thankfully H6 uses a resonator box in the guard so I can just use standard intake to feed air into a pod located in the guard  :ph34r:


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Posted 23 July 2017 - 07:30 PM

Cant help but notice your mods list is missing a GT40? Might want to fix that


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Posted 23 July 2017 - 09:23 PM

About time m8.

Good buy she looks nice and clean, 

A great platform to start the modding on.

 

Don't bother with fixing this up, just steal Simons car when he's not looking. Old man will forget he owned it.
 

 

C Man said that the turbo cars are too much for him to handle. 

So he needs an NA H6 (old person spec).



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Posted 23 July 2017 - 11:28 PM

Epic story already and it doesn't even have an engine yet!

Gotta love the "I know best" P platers :/

Keep up the good work. Looking forward to following this thread as it unfolds ;)

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Posted 25 July 2017 - 07:36 AM

What a massive forking waste of money.

You would've been better off investing in pingas  :sarcastic:

 

 

Good progress dude and it's scrubbing up nice. I wonder how much cash you'll find under the carpet when you rip it out to clean.  We should start a guessing competition.... I'm going $5.90



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Posted 25 July 2017 - 08:02 PM

So small update,

 

Ty's generously gifted me his H6 engine we pulled from a wreckers a couple weeks ago for his own future project in exchange for finding him another one when available. 

 

Plans are to get it home tomorrow night and get into a mini list of things to do, hopefully get most of the replacement parts ordered/ installed as follows:

  • Leak down test
  • New spark plugs
  • Rocker cover gaskets
  • Pull timing case and inspect timing chain and guides, replace as needed
  • Replace serpentine belt
  • Replace tensioner and idler pulleys as they apparently are prone to failure
  • Pull sump and inspect pan and lower engine
  • Clean engine

I've also just purchased a Fumoto Oil Drain Valve. Had one on the Gen 3 and it was pretty handy for quick oil changes.

 

If the engine can't go in this weekend the plan is to try and find some reasonably prices sound deadening sheets and begin the install of the stereo and also give the exterior a cut/ polish if the weather permits.

 

 

Cant help but notice your mods list is missing a GT40? Might want to fix that

GTX55 now. 40 was to small for what I need  :diablo:

 

 

About time m8.

Good buy she looks nice and clean, 

A great platform to start the modding on.

 

 

C Man said that the turbo car are too much for him to handle. 

So he needs an NA H6 (old person spec).

 

We're going to be matching father/ son soon!

 

 

Epic story already and it doesn't even have an engine yet!

Gotta love the "I know best" P platers :/

Keep up the good work. Looking forward to following this thread as it unfolds ;)

Cheers

Bennie

 

Thanks mate! Hopefully she comes along soon because I'm itching to get into it again haha

 

 

What a massive forking waste of money.

You would've been better off investing in pingas  :sarcastic:

 

 

Good progress dude and it's scrubbing up nice. I wonder how much cash you'll find under the carpet when you rip it out to clean.  We should start a guessing competition.... I'm going $5.90

 

Tell me about it. Dads ready to kick me out for buying another car.

 

Going treasure hunting this weekend hopefully so I'll let you know how I go haha


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Posted 25 July 2017 - 10:11 PM

Nice m8, its coming along nicely.

As for  " We're going to be matching father/ son soon ".

I need to show you how to look out the window while wearing only jocks for HVC18.



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Posted 26 July 2017 - 07:19 PM

I reckon you showed him enough.

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Posted 28 July 2017 - 08:29 PM

I reckon you showed him enough.

You need to be in our party room next year Wob.



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Posted 28 July 2017 - 09:08 PM

Damn Ladyboy! This will be mad!


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Posted 28 July 2017 - 11:01 PM

Callum......Is that you? :ph34r:


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Posted 29 July 2017 - 10:31 AM

Welcome back to the world of subys 😂😂


But sad to hear about the Canada fiasco. I remember you were stoked about it. Ahhh well. Onto bigger things. Looking forward to seeing it sometime in the future.

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Posted 30 July 2017 - 06:03 PM

Nice m8, its coming along nicely.

As for  " We're going to be matching father/ son soon ".

I need to show you how to look out the window while wearing only jocks for HVC18.

 

I reckon you showed him enough.

 

You need to be in our party room next year Wob.

 

I've seen enough OMR to last me a lifetime haha. Don't fall for the trap, stay away from sleeping in the same room as OMR Rob haha

 

 

Damn Ladyboy! This will be mad!

 

I hope so! It's a giant driveway ornament ATM haha

 

 

Callum......Is that you? :ph34r:

 

MAAATTEE!! What the hell are you still snooping around here for haha! I thought you went Eurolyfe? How's thing man, LONG time no see !

 

 

Welcome back to the world of subys


But sad to hear about the Canada fiasco. I remember you were stoked about it. Ahhh well. Onto bigger things. Looking forward to seeing it sometime in the future.

(And you'll have to come out this way for a ride now you're keeping it haha)

 

Couldn't escape it haha. Made too many good friends and memories so needed to come back :P

 

Yeah Canada shmanada! Ridden the bike once since I've been back, but hopefully this summer I can get out on some rides so I'll make the treck over to you guys for sure one day :D :D Should be at the next meat with the car hopefully *crosses fingers*


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Posted 30 July 2017 - 06:25 PM

It is YOU!!! Great to hear from you and see you here again...

What a life full of adventure the last years you've had ...and happy to see that you finally finished your electrical apprenticeship ...

I'll always be a suby man at heart...even though my car doesn't reflect that LOL!


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Posted 30 July 2017 - 07:34 PM

Welcome back buddy! So glad you have got another Suby in your life :)

 

BTW that BMW is mint to say the least...  :D



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Posted 30 July 2017 - 09:11 PM

Okay folks, time for another update :D

 

So I hadn't touched the car all week as work commitments meant I was out of day light by the time I got home to do anything productive, so naturally, I was chomping at the bit to get into it!

 

Started out Saturday morning by going to pick up rear sway bar from a mate. Whiteline 20mm with bushes. I had a B4 rear sway bar (maybe front as well) on my old Gen 3 and it made a ripper improvement, so hopefully this one takes a little boatiness out of the outback.

 

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Straight home and then straight into the engine. After getting it to my house Wednesday night and not looking at it until now, wowwweee I didn't realise how dirty the old girl was. We estimate roughly 240,000, but no way to be 100% sure. Most of the grime has come from the power steering pump, more than likely the O-rings have shit the bed like they usually do. Going to order some off Partsouq this week.

 

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Luckily, Dad had bought a 12 box of Export Degreaser, so I put that to work immediately. After just spraying it on, layers of dirt and grime washed away and I figured it was going to be a quick process. Which was until I decided to start pulling down the engine to clean all the parts you'll never see haha

 

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So soothing to cleans years and years of gunk from the inner depths of the EZ30

 

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Now Nick and Joss managed to find a little gem of a car a couple weeks ago with the intentions of getting some goodies for their cars, and parting out the rest. I've always wanted to try RWD'ing a Subaru, maybe because my old Gen 3 was so boring. Nick knew this and decided to tantalise me with an offer of a RWD converted 5 speed he'd picked up from this parts car. So I got a mate to swing around with his wagon and we were off to visit Nick and get this box. Turns out it's Jap spec 5 speed or something so should be nice and strong, along with a couple of stater motors, he threw in a rear LSD diff with an unknown ratio, which is fine if I end up going RWD, but I'll need to sort out if it will suit the 4.44 gear bag when I was to return to AWD.

 

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Mmmmm so clean

 

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With further talks to some mates, I'm not sure how getting a RWC will go with a RWD conversion, so because the car already has a dual range manual box it in, I'm just going to chuck the engine in front of that for now until it dies and during that time find a phase 2 AWD centre diff to put into the JDM 5 speed. I'll keep the welded centre just in case the outback retires from reliable daily duties  B)

 

So after I'd cleaned up the engine, made a little list of parts, I decided to tackle removing the spark plugs so I could replace and have a look at the innards of the combustion chamber for any signs of Head gasket issues etc. Everything was going smoothly removing the coil packs, but as soon as I started removing them it was clear it was going to be a nightmare. I was lucky to get 1/8 - 1/4 turn out of each plug before it seized. Tried spraying some CRC/ WD40 down the holes and leaving them for 5 minutes before going further. This worked for 5/6 plugs, but after two hours of careful wrenching, getting the last one out, Disaster struck  :(

 

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Not Normal:

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Half the thread was left in the head.... With a couple mates over and the talk of pizza and beers, I packed the tools away in disappointment and headed over to mates to drown my sorrows.

 

Wake up this morning, grabbed a coffee and some toasties and I was off, determined to get this plug out! Went and bought an expensive easy out (square with sharp edges as apposed to the reverse thread type), enlisted dad as the engineer and let him loose on the EZ. About an hour later, we had the remainder of the thread out and the engine was saved!  :yahoo: Purchased some Bosch Platinum plugs on special for $63 today for replacement, checked/ adjusted their gaps and have them ready to go.

 

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Pretty much but the engine back together after that:

 

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All nice and clean, it gave me an opportunity to have a look over the engine. It looks like the timing case and rocker cover gaskets have previously been replaced. Looking down into the combustion chambers now the spark plugs have been removed shows to some what steam cleaned pistons. 2 on the drivers side and 1 on the passengers. They don't look freshly cleaned though as there's a slight varnish/ carbon build up, so I'm hoping the head gaskets shit the bed, got replaced and then the car was seemingly written off after that.

I then decided to drain the remaining oil and pop the filter off to see the condition. It was putrid. Very dark and starting to go, but not quiet maple syrup constancy. So with the plugs still out, I screwed the sump plug back on, drained the filter and then chucked it back on and poured 1.5Lt~ of kerosene down the filler hole. Turned to engine over a few times and then left it to sit. I'll drain it out in the next couple days. I've got a bottle of cheap oil and a cheap filter I'm going to throw on with some more kerosene to try and clean the engine out before it goes back into the car full time.

 

So now all I need is a flywheel and clutch and I can pretty much get the engine installed and start wiring!

 

Here's my current list of things to get done to get the car up and running:

 


  • Wire in automatic - manual looms

  • Find N closed selector switch

  • 5 Speed gearbox bushes (optional)

  • Phase 2 centre diff (optional)

  • Serpentine Belt

  • Idler & tensioner pulley/ bearings

  • Coolant

  • Power Steering fluid

  • Engine oil

  • Power steering pump O-Rings

  • Wiper blades front and rear

  • Fit rear swayer

  • Clutch & Flywheel

  • Starter Motor

  • Regas Aircon

  • Change plugs

  • Flush engine with detox

  • 5 x wheel nuts

  • Exhaust Gaskets

Again, thanks for reading and hopefully next weekends update will be an engine and and hopefully running!!


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Posted 30 July 2017 - 09:18 PM

It is YOU!!! Great to hear from you and see you here again...

What a life full of adventure the last years you've had ...and happy to see that you finally finished your electrical apprenticeship ...

I'll always be a suby man at heart...even though my car doesn't reflect that LOL!


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Good to hear from you too mate!

 

Massive relief finishing the apprenticeship, although I'm only working part time as an electrician now as I've started a job installing inspection cameras on production lines all over the world haha

 

I know that feeling. Once go Euro its hard to go back. They just do everything a Subaru does, except slightly better (generally speaking and when they're working haha). Unfortunately the car culture and mate ship is no where to been seen in the Euro scene, hence coming back to Subarus haha

 

Welcome back buddy! So glad you have got another Suby in your life :)

 

BTW that BMW is mint to say the least...  :D

 

Mate you're still here too! I thought you were long gong since we had Gen 3's haha. Still driving a Subaru?

 

She looks nice in photos but is in desperate need of a detail haha


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2004 BMW E46 325i Manual - Current weekend warrior

 

2003 Gen 3 Outback H6 Manual - Current Daily

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