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 on: Sunday, 26 January, 2020, 11:39:53 PM 
Started by WebGoat - Last post by WebGoat
G'day gang,
Happy Australia day to you all.
Here's hoping you're all taking your Reeks to a celebration out there somewhere in this wide brown land.  Cool
I'll be at the flag raising celebrations and car show at Longwarry in Vic with mine so feel free to drop in for a chat and check out all the attractions and displays that will be there :-)
for life

 on: Saturday, 25 January, 2020, 11:07:27 AM 
Started by The Green Reek - Last post by The Green Reek
Hi Shonko,
Yes hopefully.
I'd better get it out this weekend and give it a run.
What time you looking at taking off?

 on: Saturday, 25 January, 2020, 02:31:39 AM 
Started by The Green Reek - Last post by shonko
Are you bringing the reek this year  Shocked Grin Grin Grin Grin

 on: Monday, 20 January, 2020, 01:13:57 PM 
Started by The Green Reek - Last post by The Green Reek
I should title this post as "Always check everything"

Still working on the chassis as I haven't swapped things around since Christmas.
I was in 2 minds about bothering to swap the transaxle out for the one that I got with the suby motor.
In the end I decided to as I could see shaving inside the bell housing so presumably the suby flywheel was a little different from stock vw.
This tuned out to be a VERY good move.

Pics here:

While undoing the CVs to release the box I noticed one instantly hit mounting arms and couldn't be lifted off. Pic1
PS. That frame was added to support the Escort motor this car had - Gone - Yeh.
I removed the Axle and found that one CV end moved a little while the other CV was stuck at right angles to the shaft and had NO movement. This couldn't have driven well.
Pic 2 is me disassembling the CV and comparing to an old one that worked.
Pic 3 is the issue. CVs MUST be built correctly. There are only 3 pieces and 6 balls. Get them the wrong way around and it is no longer a CV.
The ball race is on backwards in Pic 3.
Pic 4 is cleaned and ready for reassembly. Pic 5 is assembled.
Remember I said one moved a little. Well it shouldn't have but it was built with only 4 ball bearings not 6.
I couldn't source the correct bearings locally so I ordered a new CV (Pic 6).
Pic 7 is the horrible job of packing these with Molly grease and Pic 8 reinstalled and working nicely with the new gearbox.

So while I was already greasy and the engine was completed I decide to install it. Pic 10.
11 and 12 are a happy suby 1800 on the chassis.

Time to fix the brakes which all appear to be seized before I move it out of the shed.
I doubt I'll post on that as we all have brake stories.
My rears are Fiat 124 discs from the pads that came out.
Haven't gotten to the fronts or master yet.
Rears will only need a gasket set to be happy.
Hope the others are the same.


 on: Saturday, 18 January, 2020, 06:34:11 AM 
Started by Rat Reek - Last post by Rat Reek
Have the dates for the 2020 meet been set yet , Need to put in leave
regards Bruce

 on: Saturday, 11 January, 2020, 10:29:03 AM 
Started by The Green Reek - Last post by The Green Reek
Well its back again.
Flyer here:
Sunday Feb 9
I suppose this has already been on the Facechat thingy.
Another early start from Shonko's?


 on: Friday, 03 January, 2020, 06:36:29 AM 
Started by The Green Reek - Last post by The Green Reek
Hi Shonko, same back.
Been a slow break. Too many cars at home with kids coming back so not much room to work.
Plus its been pretty hot in the shed. Northern Vic has been quiet on the fire front but I hope everyone was OK through this period.

OK now for the dumb news.
Photo's here -
I decided it was time to work on the engine. (EA82)
It had a tappet noise when I bought it and as per Cyco's post and suby forums this is nearly always caused by bad seals causing low oil pressure.

So armed with new main seal, cam seals, tension rollers, idler, oil filter, oil sender, oil pump O rings, plugs and timing belts I set about a minor tune.
Pic 1 was where to align the Cams for disassembly. Note opposite cam is 180 degrees out.
This isn't TDC but rather a mid point for all pistons to allow valve movement without the terribly clunk sound when valves and pistons meet.
The Suby manual and forums talked extensively about timing the cams so I wasn't overly worried about things moving while I was undoing tight bolts.
Big mistake!

I should (in my defense) say that all my boxer experience up to this point was VW type 1 and we time everything from the crank pulley not the flywheel.

Disassembly and seal replacement went smoothly but then I went to set timing for re-assembly.
Time marks in pic 2 are for Subaru bell housing mating plate and Subaru flywheel. Neither of which I have because it mates to a VW transaxle.


Pic3 is old bits coming off.
After a couple of days I finally found a picture (Pic 4) of how to set the dissy timing which runs off RH cam and is based on No 1 at TDC. Yeah!
So I am pretty confident now that its timed OK. Plus it turns over without that clunk.
Pic 5 assembled and Pic 6 replaced bits. Still needs a good clean though.
Of course it will be another 3-5 months before I have it on the gear box to test this timing thesis.

 on: Friday, 03 January, 2020, 12:45:01 AM 
Started by The Green Reek - Last post by shonko
Happy New Year to you and yours!

Any updates on project progress?


 on: Tuesday, 10 December, 2019, 03:47:17 AM 
Started by The Green Reek - Last post by The Green Reek
Last post on this before Chrissy.
Finished the last of the red bits (Bonnet)
Car's now gone into the shed for prep.
Been pretty slow painting because the temp here hasn't been above 15 for a few weeks.
Making up for it now. 41 today.
Pretty much prepared for electrics now with all my bits and pieces coming in.
Custom Infrared proximity alarm designed and ready to test.
I am keeping smart electronics to a minimum though.
Should paint before new year.

Merry Christmas or whatever you believe in.

 on: Friday, 29 November, 2019, 06:32:09 AM 
Started by The Green Reek - Last post by shonko
posted on FB  Grin

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