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Old 06-27-2012, 06:21 AM   #31
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It's really not as bad as it looks, I'm 6'1" tall and I can use the kitchen without a problem. I carry a Jet boil in one of the cabinets for heating water...a lot faster if you only need hot water.

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Cool, thanks - then it would work for me.
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Old 07-01-2012, 04:16 PM   #32
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Work around the house has slowed progress on the Westy. I did manage to get a little work done on the 2.5L this weekend.

Received my parts for the timing belt change out in the mail on friday, decided to do a little work on it early Sat morning. The engine only has 60K miles on it but since it's out of the vehicle and on the stand it makes since to freshen everything up while it's easy to get at.

Timing belt removed.




New water pump installed.




New idlers, water pump, thermostat, timing belt and belt tensioner installed.

Note the red arrow, this is where the timing belt guide would be if this engine came out of a manual transmission car. The guide keeps the belt from skipping a tooth if its parked in gear on a hill without the E-brake. Since this engine came out of an automatic Outback it doesn't have the guide, Since I will be installing it in a manual Vanagon I will install the guide before I button it up.




A shot of the guide as listed in the Subaru repair manual. The part is only $5.00 and I figured the Japanese installed it for a reason, I'll install it on mine for cheap insurance.




Old parts.




A few more bits showed up for the build. Received the front and rear wheel bearings, hardware and seals. Also received the Burley upper control arms and T3 Powerflex suspension bushings.






Once I start on the suspension I'll sand blast all the parts and powdercoat them while they are out, should make a clean install once re-assembled.

Can't wait!


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Old 07-01-2012, 06:07 PM   #33
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Looking good, sub'd and watchin' every step of the journey!
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Old 07-01-2012, 06:43 PM   #34
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At first I wondered why screw up a nice original Syncro, but it looks like you do very nice, thorough work. This is going to be a nice build.
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Old 07-01-2012, 06:56 PM   #35
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looking good, sub'd and watchin' every step of the journey!

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Old 07-01-2012, 07:09 PM   #36
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Looks like an interesting build to me too, IN !


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Old 07-03-2012, 09:04 PM   #37
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Old 07-04-2012, 05:48 AM   #38
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Belts, due to tension, or lack there of, are known to pop out... Good $5 insurance in my opinion.
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Old 07-21-2012, 08:13 PM   #39
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Ok...Finally go the new driveway poured so the Syncro build can resume. I will be pulling the stock engine soon, lots of work ahead.

I've made a few small steps....hopefully the pace will pick up now.

Tightening the crank pulley. You need clean oiled threads and it needs to rotate at least 60 deg before it gets full torque. Mine went past 90 deg and finally hit torque. Here's a shot tightening the crank pulley.




Installing the reverse coolant manifold. With the intake manifold removed you can see the stock coolant manifold. The modified manifold will exit the engine on the back side instead of the front...making for a nice clean install in the bus.




Here you can see the modifications done to the stock coolant manifold. This manifold is from RMW. There is deep corrosion pitting where the coolant hose connects to the manifold on the RMW supplied unit...the core I'm sending them is nice and clean :? . I will clean up the RMW unit and fill in the pits with metal filler, don't want any leaks at the hose connection.




Lots of parts :-)




Had a lighting storm pass over a couple days ago, I drove the Westy to a vacant lot and tried to frame the bus in with a lightning bolt...unfortunately the lightning stopped right as I got set up :-(




The engine coolant sensor harness needs to be modified to reach the new sensor location. The blue arrow is where the original sensor port was located...the red arrows are where the harness needs to reach now. Here I've started to lengthen the stock harness.




Harness modified :-)






Hopefully more progress will be made soon.

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Old 07-21-2012, 08:21 PM   #40
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What kind of metal filler can you use on the coolant manifold?
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Old 07-21-2012, 08:47 PM   #41
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What kind of metal filler can you use on the coolant manifold?
Any kind of metal epoxy will work...just fill in the pits and sand smooth. They manifold was pressure tested before it was shipped to me, I'm just concerned that coolant will try to leak out between the hose and the manifold if the pits are left in place.

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Old 07-21-2012, 09:34 PM   #42
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Cool, thanks. I've got an old Land Cruiser with some pitting on the thermostat housing, will give the epoxy go.
Great build on the Westy!

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Any kind of metal epoxy will work...just fill in the pits and sand smooth. They manifold was pressure tested before it was shipped to me, I'm just concerned that coolant will try to leak out between the hose and the manifold if the pits are left in place.

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Old 07-22-2012, 06:16 AM   #43
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Hoodka, does your horn work?
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Old 07-22-2012, 06:39 AM   #44
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Hoodka, does your horn work?
Yes.

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Old 07-22-2012, 08:48 AM   #45
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Let me know if you need any parts. I am going to Poland tonight. I ordered 3 horn contact rings for $15/pop, versus $55 from robWesty.
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