1992 Legacy Touring Wagon (money pit)

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    So, its about time to continue the documented life of this wonderful car that fell into my life. Its a 1992 Turbo Legacy Touring station wagon purchased locally, yet again, off of this forum, just like all of the goodies. (thank you Carly). https://mnsubaru.com/threads/1992-subaru-legacy-wagon-turbo-2-000-obo.54051/

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    I went and looked at the car early 2019, it looked very nice, clean interior. Had a dead battery. Sadly was unable to make a deal and my heart had sank.

    Silence from then on, until @subi-roo got a message from the owner, @subie-roo had found a turbo wagon, by now and had sent me after it again. This is late august 2019. I ended up buying it at my original offer. Wonderful!

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    Paid for it without ever hearing it run. Talking with the owners, I said that I had planned to just drive it home after I had met them at the DMV. They assured me that it would not make it (35 min drive) because it had been sitting so long, and that I should tow it.

    My portable jump pack got it fired right up, drove straight onto the trailer. 70019399_3773220276025055_1664307012680286208_o.jpg
    After getting it home and putting a new battery in it. Ran great, drove fine, but needed a few little bits. The alternator/power steering belt was the incorrect size (it was brand new but probably from a newer subaru because the tensioner was maxed out.) and the valve cover gaskets were very bad. I have a video of my first drive around the block, which i will upload.

    After driving it I realized it needed a knock sensor as well, common enough. (psa look on ebay for knock sensors, new oem ones can be had for less than 20 dollars shipped.)

    Fixed and ordered all that stuff, got her insured and daily drove it until snow hit.

    In the for sale ad, she said that it had a transmission issue, i only experienced it once, still unsure of what it could have been, the car had the TCU replaced in 2014 as well.
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    I fixed all those issues the car had, and started to daily drive it. I bought this smashed 99 2.5rs in Wisconsin, it had kyb AGX struts with eibach lowering springs in it, so I swapped them over along with my summer 17inch wheels from my winter beater outback. They were too big, rubbed and didnt look as good as I hoped, A set of 2.5rs goldies were posted for sale local so I picked those up and slapped them on. Perfect.
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    I daily drove it until snow. Let it sit for a decent while whilst I collected parts.
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    Midwinter I bought another gem off of the one and only mnsubaru.com. 2000 2.5rs with an EJ20G swap and 4.44 trans. Bought with the intent to use those parts to swap my wagon.
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    Bought the car not running, had been sitting since 2013. There is more detail on what I needed to do to get it going here. https://mnsubaru.com/threads/ej20g-2-5rs-resurrection.54535/ (but every single picture is gone from the thread. Hopefully this one does not end up the same way)
     
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    Here is that promised video of how bad the valve cover gaskets were.
    These dumb EJ22T cars get so stupid hot under the hood that everything rubber just gets baked into plastic due to the lack of intercooler, even at 100k miles. That being said I do have the service records for this car, the valve cover gaskets were declined 4 or 5 times.

    So with the plan to use the 4.44 transmission/ 20g/ bits from the 2.5rs, I pulled the car apart.
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    ^this is good luck.
     

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    Im lucky to have friends in high places. Ending up with a big boy transmission instead of the 4.44s from the RS.

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    I had already bought 4pot/2pots for the car, so I needed to get "gravel" rotors to suit the 190mm parking brake that the STI rear knuckles use so i could use the R180 with its STI axles.

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    Traded a 2.5rs bumper for GD STI control arms, so those went in along with a whole 2004 STI rear subframe/links/kunckles. (I cleaned the control arms up, too dirty to install like that)
     
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    Some sick speedlines popped up for sale local for cheap. I hope to run them, but the offset is +55 and they look like with tires they would be quite close to the struts in the rear, my 225/45/17s rubbed the arches so I need to see what tires I can use to make them work. Otherwise 5 spokes will do for now.
     
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    Mine smokes pretty bad too, maybe someday I’ll fix it
     
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    This is "Mama Kitty". She is my helper!
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    Engine is in, clutch is bled. Intake wiring for the 20g swap %75 done, nice and clean. Current dilemma is the factory turbo AC line contacts the slanty tmic. I would love to have working AC in this car because it worked when I bought it. I believe the N/A AC lines fit under the tmic, so my eyes are out for one of them.
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    KITTEH

    Are you able to carefully bend the AC hard line basically down and back toward the firewall more for add'l clearance? Maybe not, hard to tell how close it is already.
     
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    I tried to bend it, my hookup at UPull actually snagged an n/a ac line yesterday! I will add a picture comparimg them soon!
     
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