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1986 Syncro Tintop Subi Project
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2015 8:41 pm    Post subject: 1986 Syncro Tintop Subi Project Reply with quote

After a few false starts my project is finally underway.
I bought a rusty van on a good frame that was pretty much unadulterated.
I had the body/paint done at Jetstream last summer.
After taking a spin in a Rocky Mountain Westy converted van in November I decided to go with their kit for my build.
I bought a 2002 Impreza for a donor and yanked the motor last weekend.
The motor is tight and quiet but incredibly filthy and being an Ontario car every fastener is a rusty nub.
I sent off the trans for rebuilding and I'm just setting up to do the head gaskets and timing belt on the motor while I wait for the parts to trickle in.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2015 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2015 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks good. Are you going to run the a/c ? What size motor is that ?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2015 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

2.5 SOHC no turbo OBD2
Ya I'm going to do the AC , I'm thinking of changing the ducting to the side of the roof because I can't stand the drop down the centre of the van. But thats down the list a bit. Gotta get it solidly running first then the peripherals.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did new head gaskets today along with seals etc.
Conversion kit should be here next week
Got my shine on



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What company are you using for the conversion ?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice! Can't wait to see the final products.

Are you changing the gearing?

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

panel wrote:
What company are you using for the conversion ?


Rocky Mountain Westy

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Greg wrote:
Nice! Can't wait to see the final products.

Are you changing the gearing?


No I'm keeping the gearing stock, I'm upping the tire size tho, I have 16" rims but haven't picked a tire yet. From reading on the Samba and talking to AA Transaxle it seems you can end up with with uncomfortable gaps between gears if you do a lot of city driving.
My trans is at AA right now getting toughened up , and my kit is stuck in
customs. Evil or Very Mad

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 9:38 pm    Post subject: kit Reply with quote

you can save yourself alot of dough and grief not using Rocky Mtn's kit...their welding is amature done with cold 030 wire.....the 410 barely stainless exhaust is crude The Magna flow muffler and cat is double the over the shelf Lorco price and the flywheel and adaptor is just a 400 dollar Kennedy knock off. Now you have to make or buy a TDI adaptor plate and buy a TDI starter that will crank a 2.5 when it's hot and you are still stuck with a 9" chicken shit vanagon clutch disc and pressure plate....If you buy the RJES bell housing it comes with a beefed input shaft for the trans ...you can run the stock Soob clutch or a 400 hp Spec clutch and keep the Soob starter and just bolt on the vanagon slave.. 225/75/15's weren't bad without the 3/4 mod...you don't need the stupid speed sensor hanging by CV..when you tear it off in the bush or with a flying rock you are stuck in limp mode...just build a solid state one for 10 bucks at the ecu....cams are fairly cheap to grind for the 2.5 SOHC and 225 HP /tq is quite doable but the vanagon clutch blows this senario and when it starts slipping you are really in limp mode....just saying..the kit gets it done I guess but I think there are better options.. especially for a Syncro
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 11:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Keep the info coming Grant.
My conversion starts soon...

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2015 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the comments , Ya I know I'm paying for using a kit but i wanted to be able to do this in my own shop on my own time and being a carpenter I have a hard time telling the difference between my muffler bearings and my turbine screws so a kit made sense to me.
The reason I went with the RMW kit was meeting a guy from Nanaimo (gold westy) with a year and a half on his kit and he was pretty happy and urged me to call RMW.
As the dollar has tanked they suggested some parts they could delete from kit that I could source here , the muffler was on the top of that list, they are great about offering part #'s and specs on all their stuff.
Being a few hundred pounds lighter than a full westy I'm hoping the clutch doesn't become an issue. I checked stainless specs and they use 304L.065 tubing which shows as a higher end spec on some online exhaust suppliers so I'm hoping that'll be ok. I'll post some close ups when it gets here.
As for the motor I'm keeping it stock spec to make it as easy as I can to keep on top of its doing for me.
Oh ya I learned the difference between in.lbs and ft.lbs Embarassed the hard way
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 7:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Santa arrived , everything looks pretty skookum , the painted parts are all nice powder coat , all of the machined bits are heavy and finished nice , fasteners are packed with the parts they fit , nice 68 page manual printed on glossy stock, reverse coolant manifold on. Oil pan is nice , the drain plug is a hex head at the rear.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sweet! I'd love to have a syncro! Conversion kit looks super nice!
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Getting my shine on while I wait for my trans and harness. Nothing like having your oil filter match your motor.


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