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post #611 of 613 (permalink) Old 01-13-2019, 07:55 PM
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I bought a '98 Legacy Outback last week for a winter car. It's uncommonly clean for it's age, I live in Pittsburgh, Pa where cars rust quickly but this OB came from Nebraska, I guess they don't use salt there. It has almost zero body rust (one spot above the windshield), but it is covered in horrible hard water stains. The windshield was cracked so I had that replaced, but for the last week I've been polishing the water stains from all the other windows (you could barely see through them), it's taking over an hour a window and lots of elbow grease. I've been using Meguiar's Glass Polishing Compound and 0000 steel wool. Five windows down, three to go.

I'm getting it inspected this Saturday, I know it needs a center exhaust pipe and fuel filler neck to pass, hopefully nothing else. I have a list of other things I want to do to it this year, I'm going to have some fun with this car!

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post #612 of 613 (permalink) Old 01-23-2019, 02:20 PM
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Since my last post on the 13th, I've had the OB inspected, had the center exhaust pipe replaced (nice and quiet now and Meineke said the exhaust they removed was original!), I've cleaned one more window of the hard water stains, and last night I replaced the leaking fuel filler neck, wasn't too bad of a job. This weekend it's getting 4 new tires and an alignment.

Next will be spark plugs, plug wires, PCV valve, fuel filter, oil pressure sending unit, and alternator belt.


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I decided to change my AC belt today, because it was making horrible noises when the clutch was disengaged.

I did this after work, in the parking lot. The 10-minute job turned into 3 extra hours...:


Because, I sheared off an alternator bolt (the one that locks the tensioner). What coincidence I was at work... just unbolted the whole assembly, took it into our engineering lab, and clamped it down on the drill press. Drilled into the remaining nub of bolt... and, much to my great surprise, the broken piece perfectly unscrewed itself and dropped out! Didn't think I had rust luck like that, hah!


Still was short one M8x40mm bolt, and nothing lying around (our whole office uses SAE/english...), so I drove 2 miles downtown to the hardware store, got new bolts, and reassembled everything in the parking lot.



Picture includes alternator and offending bolt, plus the <i> old, failing alternator i've been driving around in my trunk for a year, because I am an implacable hoarder of junk</i>. My plan was that, if I couldn't drill out that bit of bolt, I'd strap the old one in to get home in the hopes that it would [email protected]$$ things enough that I didn't run out of juice.


In final reflection, the Torque OBDII app showed me that, with my new bolt and well-tensioned belts (not to mention the warmer weather), , I am in fact generating 14.1V at idle! Hooray!

(This probably isn't a noteworthy thing for most people, but through the winter I'd routinely drop to about 13.1 with headlights, fogs, and butt warmers.)

I sometimes feel I need to apologize for being far more verbose than is necessary in a lot of situations, especially on the internet - I've probably already done it plenty on this foru-
shucks, I'm doing it again, aren't I?


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