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#1 allpaw4

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Posted 11 December 2021 - 05:49 AM

G'day all. Now that the ball is well and truly rolling on this little project, I figured I'd better let some peeps in on the new project.

After some discussions with the wife on new cars, we came to a couple of conclusions:
One, 4wd utes are too damned expensive for anything half decent on the secondhand market,
Two, we can't afford a new one until we've paid off her car,
And three, she doesn't like my current rust bucket, so I can basically get what I want, without spending the earth.

Thought about it for a while, and settled on another gen3, but a wagon for more space so I can carry more shite.

After having zero luck on the H4 2.5 litres lately, and not wanting to spend the money on a turbo unit, figured a H6 would be the go. Was going to just get an outback, but after talking to the guys, decided on H6 swapping a liberty.

Found a liberty wagon on Facebook marketplace a few hours away from me for cheap, and commandeered Chris to help me go get it. Drove it home on a permit and all was good.
Found a cheap H6 outback in Sydney that I got Taj to go look at for me, and pulled the trigger on that one. Then got Luke and Andrew to actually pick it up and hold it for me while I sorted out how to get it. Covid made life a lot harder, as I'd need a negative test to get on a plane. Ended up having the lads drive to Albury and meet me and Chris to hand over keys etc over a counter meal at one of the pubs. Long arse drive for all involved, but it was good. Absolute champions for helping me out.

And here we are. I now have an 03 H6 outback, and an 01 silver GX safety edition wagon. Pics will come once I manage to get to a PC so I can upload decent photos. H6 has 330 thou on it, and the liberty has 390 thou. Outhouse has been looked after really well.

Next step is to get the liberty roadworthy'd and registered. Theres a few litte things that it'll need like some new headlights and a gearshift linkage for the manual, as it's loose as all hell. Put it in 5th and it looks like it's in 1st. There's probably 80 or 100mm play in the gearstick. It rubs the top corner of the dash trim getting it into 1st. You get 4th more often than you get 2nd. Shit like that.

Once this is done, it's time for swapsies. There's going to be some fruit put on this as well. For starters, the 401 bonnet and scoop will be put on. I've got 3 rattle cans of 01G premium silver coming, as well as 3 cans of clear to go over it. Scoop needs paint, as well as side skirts from the current daily, the bump strips on the doors (as this thing is a GX, they're black), plus the 401 front bar that just got shipped from Japan a few days ago. There's a fair few touch ups that will be needed too, as there's chips all over the front, including the A pillars. Managed to pick up Nick's blue black leather stuff out of his GTB, so I'll do some mixing and matching to put his passenger leather on my driver's seat, and clean up my passenger seat. Will put the best door cards on between my B4 set and his GTB ones. Also have the proper reclining split fold wagon seats in blue/black now as well! And they have the cargo nets!
Black carpet and dash from my RX will go into this as well. Need to find some wagon black trims and carpet for the rear of the wagon eventually, but I'll get there. No pics until I can get to a PC and upload and link them all. Going to pick up Chris' wagon as well in a month or so, so a lot of fruit will come off that and go onto the wagon. Bilstiens and front 316mm brakes, Prova muffler and mid pipe will be made to fit, and a few other little niceties.

Watch this space ladies and gents!

MY00 Red RX, a nice daily that was sold off once the B4 became reliable...

MY02 Blue B4, aka 'The Project' - v8 Spec C engine package and assorted other 'goodies' - Sold, then bought back for parts. Stripped and crushed.

MY97 Silver RX, aka 'The Track Toy' - All good bits from B4 will *eventually* find their way into this...
MY03 Blue RX, the new daily, pretty well more B4 than RX now... planned to be stripped and put back into track car where it all belongs!

MY02 Silver GX Wagon, soon to be my H6 converted daily with a decent amount of spice.

MY03 White/Silver H6 Outback, donor car for silver waghoon.


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Posted 16 January 2022 - 07:07 AM

I really should post up some photos, but that involves actually taking them... Silver lib had a massive clean up done in the engine bay, and along the driveline. Used a full 20l drum of brake cleaner. Got rid of all the oil sheen from previous leaks etc. Went from oil stained to just a dusty look. Interior was cleaned by the previous owner. Has a typical farmer look to it, dust has gotten into everything. However, besides the dust, it looks like this thing has done half the kms that it has. It's CLEAN.
Shifter linkage needed to be changed for roady, as it was proper flogged out. But. She passed. Didn't really have too many doubts on it TBH, but it's nice that it got through without too any major issues being picked up.
Needed to swap the exhausts over from Chris' old outback, as the rear muffler on this one had rusted out on the side seam. All in all, not bad.

It's now booked in for rego... Then the fun begins.

Once again, sorry for the lack of pics, but this is more about just fixing the problems before the swapsies happening later.

MY00 Red RX, a nice daily that was sold off once the B4 became reliable...

MY02 Blue B4, aka 'The Project' - v8 Spec C engine package and assorted other 'goodies' - Sold, then bought back for parts. Stripped and crushed.

MY97 Silver RX, aka 'The Track Toy' - All good bits from B4 will *eventually* find their way into this...
MY03 Blue RX, the new daily, pretty well more B4 than RX now... planned to be stripped and put back into track car where it all belongs!

MY02 Silver GX Wagon, soon to be my H6 converted daily with a decent amount of spice.

MY03 White/Silver H6 Outback, donor car for silver waghoon.


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Posted 16 January 2022 - 01:51 PM

Pics would be good :P

Awesome that it had small issues for the roady. Let us know what we’re up for on the rego front in 2022. I have one coming up next month... I love my cars but paying for rego is not so loved!

Always exciting getting a new car on the road!

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Posted 17 January 2022 - 09:27 AM

No pics, so dont understand what's happening.... :)

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Posted 18 January 2022 - 09:26 AM

+1 pics or ban


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Posted 21 January 2022 - 09:22 AM

I'll grab pics for you lot. He's a bit slack I reckon.


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Posted 21 January 2022 - 08:43 PM

Yeah yeah you lot. I get to it. I've been a bit busy, and uploading photos to here is a little more difficult than just bashing send.

But anyways. Got registered today, and I got VicRoads to reissue the old B4 plates to it. So it now has jap style plates.

Been trying to organise a few guys to come up for a helping hand to put the driveline out of the outback into this, so I'll post up some pics once everything happens. This car is going to be the mix and match of parts from 4 different cars once I'm done with it. Will explain all once the shenanigans are completed.
To say I can't wait is an understatement...

Cheers,
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MY00 Red RX, a nice daily that was sold off once the B4 became reliable...

MY02 Blue B4, aka 'The Project' - v8 Spec C engine package and assorted other 'goodies' - Sold, then bought back for parts. Stripped and crushed.

MY97 Silver RX, aka 'The Track Toy' - All good bits from B4 will *eventually* find their way into this...
MY03 Blue RX, the new daily, pretty well more B4 than RX now... planned to be stripped and put back into track car where it all belongs!

MY02 Silver GX Wagon, soon to be my H6 converted daily with a decent amount of spice.

MY03 White/Silver H6 Outback, donor car for silver waghoon.


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Posted 24 January 2022 - 09:40 PM

Good stuff Ben! Did you own the old B4 plates to get it registered with or is there something I’m missing here with reissuing old rego plates?

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Posted 26 January 2022 - 01:01 PM

Yea, I owned the plates from the B4, so they just re-issued them to the wagon. You have to be the owner of them in the vicroads system for them to be able to re-issue

MY00 Red RX, a nice daily that was sold off once the B4 became reliable...

MY02 Blue B4, aka 'The Project' - v8 Spec C engine package and assorted other 'goodies' - Sold, then bought back for parts. Stripped and crushed.

MY97 Silver RX, aka 'The Track Toy' - All good bits from B4 will *eventually* find their way into this...
MY03 Blue RX, the new daily, pretty well more B4 than RX now... planned to be stripped and put back into track car where it all belongs!

MY02 Silver GX Wagon, soon to be my H6 converted daily with a decent amount of spice.

MY03 White/Silver H6 Outback, donor car for silver waghoon.


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Posted 26 January 2022 - 06:34 PM

Ah yeah same as my Brumby - rego “BRUM3Y” ;)

One reason why it’s not on club plates already...

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