My Notchback.... One for the haters

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Re: My Notchback.... One for the haters

Post by Kai » 16th February 2017 - 6:16pm

Well the beamer is broken again. Which coincidentally meant I had to stay at home today as I can't work without the car. Does mean commuting by train tomorrow morning very early but it's worth it if I get a day at home to spend on the Notch.




And what a productive days it's been.




I started off by swapping out the clutch master cylinder. With the Porsche box I had fitted a .700" master cylinder from a .750" master cylinder in attempt to lighten the pedal. Can't say I ever noticed any difference with it when I did it before. I'd like a nice soft silky pedal. So most people recommend the .750" for the clutch, I've now fitted this to the Subaru box..... hmmm, honestly I can't say it's made much difference. It's definitely more springy now and the biting point is higher but I'm yet to find the silky sweet pedal.

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But in the name of sticking to a rolling project I'm going to stop messing with it. Got to MOT it for next month. Needs a stop and tail bulb and that's it.




Went out for a short cruise earlier. Swapped the throttle snails back over as my modified one was a bit wild and racey. Having swapped out to the stock subaru one I can't say it's made much difference, out for a test drive and the throttle wouldn't shut properly so kept the revs up. I was just happy to be rolling done the road. Pulled over and adjusted the cable and sorted that little problem out. Didn't have any problems with it and the shifter and clutch are working a charm at the moment.




Decided to stick bomb the toyota chargecooler. Quite pleased with the result. felt very strange to be doing something recreational to the car and not mechanical in the name of getting it back on the road.

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Finished sticker bombing and decided to have a measure up for the big wheels. Looks chavy but I'm going for it as the diff ratio with the 17's makes for a twitchy drive as is.


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Re: My Notchback.... One for the haters

Post by Kai » 16th February 2017 - 6:26pm

These are the wheels I have left over from my campervan. Just wanted to see what the where like.

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After the excitement of the wheels I still had an hour left before I had to put the car away.



A mate of mine works at a factory where he makes prosthetic legs. He's got a mill and a lathe available to him so we decided between us that the car could benefit from having a strut brace for the front shock towers. Out comes the cardboard for a template.

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Template for my front radiator cover.

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It's been in the top of my tool box for almost a decade it feels like. Tonight it went back on the car signifying the cars road worthiness lol




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Well, After putting the car away in the garage I found an oil mark on the driveway. I'm going to assume this is transmission fluid from the dipstick tube. I can see myself just blocking this off soon as I'm not up for another rebuild of this gearbox. Currently it's got the subarugears yellow tampon plug fitted which has a odd looking breather filter attached to it.

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Re: My Notchback.... One for the haters

Post by Editor » 23rd February 2017 - 1:04am

I can't see that overhang of the tyres getting through an MoT! Won't you need wheel arch work, or some sort of extension?
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Post by Kai » 24th February 2017 - 11:01pm

Editor wrote:I can't see that overhang of the tyres getting through an MoT! Won't you need wheel arch work, or some sort of extension?
My understanding and in my own experience, this should lead to 4 advisories. Apparently although illegal which would require enforcement by the police, this should not contribute to a "Failure".

However yes you are indeed correct that some sort of extension should be fitted. Just not got round to that yet as I'm still adjusting to the idea of massive boots and awaiting to acquire the correct spacers.

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Post by Kai » 15th March 2017 - 10:37pm

Since the front end was modified, I've always had a problem with the steering UJ's giving me the sensation that they're out of sync. They had a tight spot every 180 degrees of steering input. The particular UJ's are connected with a HEX bar made no difference regardless of how I rotated them.

£110 later bought me this lot.

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Measured, cut and tapered

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Welded

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Sleeved

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Welded

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No idea how I got away with this.

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Finished

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The end result, the binding is must less noticeable. It's much easier to adjust now and I spent ages playing around with it. However I've not driven it much as no had MOT. Booked in tomorrow for a test.

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Post by Kai » 16th March 2017 - 11:06am

Red lenses....


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Amber indicators

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Post by Kai » 19th March 2017 - 9:31am

Well it appears nowadays there isn't much to do to the car apart from hunt down annoying rattles. Happy days.


Found this, the exhaust hanger was slightly rubbing against the rear bumper resulting in a terrible squeaking noise.


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Post by Kai » 21st March 2017 - 12:55am

Since my MOT, I've been apprehensive to admit it to myself ( and everybody else) but the cars been down on power. If I think back I'm sure I felt something pop as it came on boost but could just be in my head. So since then I've been searching on subaru sights for my symptoms which are, drives fun off boost, as approaching boost car would make a jet engine whooshing noise, power would instantly cut out. I know it's not ECU fuel cut as the stopping of power is different plus the engine light isn't coming on. Knowing my engine very well I diagnosed it being either A. Buggared dump valve stuck open leaking boost pressure or B. Stuck open waste gate, everything pointed due to the whooshing sound of losing boost pressure. Pulled off all the pre turbo pipe work, nothing. Pulled out the boost control solenoid and cleaned it, nothing to report, found a small split which I'm not sure I would say could cause an issue ( certainly not to the degree I was experienceing) which is pre turbo but post air flow meter. Checked the dump valve, all looked good. , check intercooler pipe work which looked ok. Then, looking at my engine, behind absolutely EVERYTHING on the engine lies the turbo outlet feeding the chargecooler inlet. It's literally behind everything. Found this sucker.

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Took me longer to get the pipe back on then it did to investigate this problem and repair the rest of the things. Total swine. All sorted now, reset the ECU and its back boosting properly. Been out and done 15 miles before I made myself pull over and adjust my headlights. I love my LED headlights but have always found the full beam to be pants. Well it makes a big difference after adjusting them. Can see so much better and the full beam is actually very good. Very pleased with my results. Annoying rattle number two also fixed tonight, emptied the ash tray.... and found £4.50 :D

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Post by 937carrera » 21st March 2017 - 1:30am

Get rid of those Jubilee clips and put some Mikalor fastners on...... They not only look better, they are much more secure with far more clamping force

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You know you want to :)
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Post by broady_6 » 28th May 2017 - 11:24pm

Just sat and read the last 2 pages to refresh and catch up. Love it!
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Re: My Notchback.... One for the haters

Post by Kai » 10th September 2017 - 12:37pm

Stanford hall,

I never made it in the Notch.

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I have a OE screen up in the loft but managed to bag a laminated screen from a mate for £40 notes. It's installed now be it this happened months ago. Plenty to update you on.


The eagle eyed may notice I'm up loading picture via the samba. Been searching for an alternative to photobucket. Not as convenient up loading from my phone but means I can up date this thread.

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Post by Kai » 10th September 2017 - 12:52pm

Screen came out, glass everywhere

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Worse still, the glass went into the fresh air vent, meant I've had to remove my smith's mini heater matrix to get into the area to remove the glass pieces.

Took this opportunity to flip the matrix over placing the outlets on the other side. This means I have freed the area above the clutch pedal from my coolant pipes.

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Had to remake some pipes
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Windscreen installed
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It's a good fit but the rubber still requires adjusting in one corner. I installed this alone but could definitely need another pair of hands when I eventually get round to another attempt at getting this right.

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Post by Kai » 10th September 2017 - 12:53pm

New rims

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Post by Kai » 10th September 2017 - 12:53pm

After 6 years I've finally made the radiator top

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Still requires some adjusting I n places but overall
I'm very pleased with it.

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Post by Kai » 12th November 2017 - 10:45pm

Well, couple of months on since my last up date I've still not done much.

So back in June or July I sold the tyres from my cups 1's to my mate. The car was on axles stands for a couple of weeks waiting for the new wheels to go on not as simple as it would sound.

New rims are 16x9 and 16x7 or 8, can't remember. Anyway offsets were never going to fit under the arches. Out came the ..... jigsaw of all things. I read online it was the best tool for trimming the wheel arches back. I wanted to do this properly so out came the shocks and up went the new wheels correctly mounted and I removed all the metal in the way of the up traveling wheel. A daunting task but I'm more then happy with the results. I took two days off last week to finalise everything so all arches are chopped and over arch extension things are rivnutted on. Metal work is bent back at a right angle to retain some of the strength within the wing but the extensions provide a lot of support also. Extensions have a rubber u channel trim between the body and extension and then used countersunk machine washers and bolts. Well happy.

Marking the cut

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Cut

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Wheel poke
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Tool for forming the bend
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Front cut
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Arch fitted
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Front finished
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Post by Kai » 12th November 2017 - 10:54pm

Side view with of cuts
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Rear cut
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Front spacers
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Finished arcticle
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Wants a 15mm spacer on the rear.
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Overall I'm well happy. Just because it's rolling again and driveable..... just at the end of the season haha.

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Post by kaddy » 12th November 2017 - 11:03pm

Looking good.

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Post by Kai » 12th November 2017 - 11:14pm

kaddy wrote:
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Looking good.
Cheers dude.


Oh and just for you Kaddy,

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What I've found in the rear arch. I've started to patch it today. It's not too fiddly. Took me a while to get the welder into that sweet spot but think I'm there with it now. The seam sealer has all gone brittle on the other side. Scraped it all out and will reseals it once treated and painted. Think there is some on the other side also but this is the worst out of the two by miles.

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Post by kaddy » 13th November 2017 - 12:33am

You're lucky, thats not a hole. This is what a hole is before I repaired the entire corner.
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All the repair panels for the entire area.
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Your hole is just above and to the right of the clamp jaw here.
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Post by kaddy » 13th November 2017 - 12:41am

This is more like what the area resembles now.

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Post by kaddy » 13th November 2017 - 12:46am

But with a coat of primer on it.

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Re: My Notchback.... One for the haters

Post by broady_6 » 14th November 2017 - 9:09pm

I do like the look of this! and packing the power to go with the look is a nice touch!
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