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New Project... 2009 Outback Special Edition

Let's see what's so special about the Special Edition



This poor car. 163k miles and never even had a timing belt. Doesn't appear to have ever even been cleaned. Smells like hippy on the inside. I've said it before, there's two types of Subaru owners, those who take really good care of their car and maintain it like they love it and those who just drive the car into the ground. This one, unfortunately, has been driven into the ground. Oil changes only it seems. Lets see if we can bring her back to her original glory!

I was actually going to pass on this car when I saw it in person. 163k on the original timing belt must be some sort of record. The underside of the engine was covered in oil. Seemed to run okay though. Drove pretty well. I took the risk and drove it the two hours home. This is the first Outback I've bought that wasn't blowing exhaust gases into the cooling system--it's headgaskets were blown externally. Kinda nice not to have to tow the car home for once.

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The interior of this car is fucking gross. The seat is torn. Anything touched often is covered in a disgusting concoction of dead skin cells and sweaty, greasy body oil. Like I said, I don't think this car has ever been cleaned. I think he vacuumed it out for the sale of the car, which, I guess is something.




I mean.. just look at the gear shifter. FFS



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I've been lazy about getting this thread started. Lots has already been done with this car. The engine is out and torn down. The heads are already back from the machine shop. The interior is out and scattered across the floor of my shop. All the hard plastics of the interior have already been cleaned and sterilized yadda yadda. If you've followed along any of my previous teardowns (here, here, and here ) then you already know what's coming.

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Who says you can't profit on cars!?


This is not the worst I've seen.

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Bondo to cover damage to the side of the driver's seat and headrest!!?

Never mind, I see you've got a spare that looks to be in better shape.....
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Yes! Another new project I always love seeing you tear these apart and make them new again. I am surprised how fast you found a new one.
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Pretty amazing what a pressure washer and a little degreaser can do

Before


After


Things being clean, IMO, makes working on **** way more pleasant.
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Once the engine had been pulled, it was time to clean up the under side of it. Both heads were covered in CV Axle grease. Both heads were weeping oil from the headgasket. I think the oil pan was weeping as well. Lots of oil down there...





Cleaned up it looks pretty good...



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Bondo to cover damage to the side of the driver's seat and headrest!!?

Never mind, I see you've got spare that looks to be in better shape.....
$85 from my local scrap yard. I got lucky that they happened to have an 09 with the same color interior in it. I was astonished how good of shape the material was in and for the price--I don't mind one bit they dropped the seat in the mud for me

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Yes! Another new project I always love seeing you tear these apart and make them new again. I am surprised how fast you found a new one.

This one sort of fell into my lap. I actually wasn't planning on doing another one so soon but it seems I was destined for it. I made an offer on the car I was certain he would refuse, but, he didn't. Everything just kept lining up. I even pulled the timing belt inspection cover hoping to find a shredded belt that would make it easier for me to back out of buying it since I was supremely disappointed in how filthy the car was, but, it looked okay. Now, I just look at the filthiness of the interior as a personal challenge.

We'll make a nice car out of her.
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This is what I ended up extracting from the seats.



Gross huh? I've use a lot of products in the past and what I've settled on that's simultaneously easy for me to acquire (it's already on my shelf,) cheap and extremely effective is.. Kirkland laundry detergent. It smells amazing too which is nice.


I've used this stuff in the past but wasn't very happy with it. It kinda left a sticky sort of feeling to the seats that I wasn't thrilled with. After meditating on it, I realized I needed to run a second extraction on the seats with clear water, after the initial soapy extraction. Live and learn. I'm much happier with it now and the results will speak for themselves.

Scrubbing the seats isn't my idea of a good time and since they're bulky and hard to manage, I find it best to get the job done and over with as quick as I can. It's still a most of a day project doing it how I'm doing it but these lessen the load.



I picked these up off Amazon. The white brush is the softest, followed by the yellow being "medium" and the red being the stiffest. I find the red useful for carpet but not much else. It's too rough on seats and I'm afraid it'll tear them up. I used the yellow brush on the right angle electric drill but found that when I touched the softer, inner material on the seats--it pilled it. It was too much--too stiff--too fast--for the material so I switched over to the white (soft) bristle brush with the battery drill on low speed and that helped. I still pilled the material but not as bad. Gotta crack some eggs to make an omelette right? It's like a 50:1 mixture with the cleaner and it's time to rock and roll.



It works best when you're not stingy with it.



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