i decided to start a new thread covering everything ill be going through and doing to get my outback XT back on the road as our new family car. 2 weeks ago we sold our beloved 2012 outback 3.6r premium in a effort to down size and save money on a car payment. in the meantime or "layover" until the XT is ready its been a bit of a challenge for my wife to drive the 4runner pictured in the background on her errrands around town.
The current status of the XT is the engine is out and the heads are at the machine shop getting a valve job. ive been patiently waiting on new exhaust valves for over a month, i first ordered cosworth but keep getting the run around from the companies i purchased from then lastly cosworth admitting to me they are completely on back order with no specified date of fulfillment. I then cancelled my order and purchased OEM Subaru exhaust valves from GenuineSubaruPartsOnline. the vales are finally here and at the machine shop with a pick up date of this thursday. ive ordered all new Gates timing components, Subaru water pump, thermostat Radiator Cap etc. The Head Gasket kit i went with is the FelPro MLS Head Hasket Set. the only other parts i know i will need are some vaccum, fuels and vent hoses but its such a mess with hoses i dont think i can order them until the engine is installed and im hooking up plumbing
so thru this process ill be reaching out to the knowledgeable member base here for tips and pointers and solutions. the first thing i will need input on is when i was removing the engine i had a brain fart and remove the torque converter with the engine! i printed the manual for reinstalling the torque converter onto the transmission. should i remove the TC from the Engine And Install Onto the transmission OR Install it how i pulled it out? it seems like it would be easier the first way, if i do that anything i should look out for?
here is a picture of the outback as of yesterday
Here is the passenger headlight that i did with the meguairs headlight restore kit (crappy)
Here is the driver side i redid with a high quality 3M 4 stage sanding kit $20
welp thats it for now!