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Old 16th September 2017, 12:18 PM
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Default 1981 DL Hatch 4WD EJ22 Swap

Sooooo I found this car when I was looking for a pressure washer on the Facebook marketplace right when that feature was added for $200 over a year ago, the things that sold me on it was not the fact that the motor would barely stay running and smoked like no other car I've ever seen and a brand new Weber... It was the mounds of spare parts it came with, spare FWD tranny, EA71 block, complete spare EA81, Boxes of brand new parts, wheel bearings, balljoints, brakes, etc..





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Old 16th September 2017, 12:19 PM
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It sat in front of my house for a long time I started it every now and then and played with the carb alot which didn't do alot, still smoked, still wouldn't stay running..

So I found a donor for $175 with a bad tranny, tried to part out what I wasnt gunna use, sold absolutely nothing


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Old 16th September 2017, 12:21 PM
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Stripped anything and just about everything out of the 89 Legacy to swap into the DL.

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Old 16th September 2017, 12:22 PM
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Well since the legacy had 265k on the odometer, I'm guessing the motor was original, judging by the symptoms of blown headgaskets and oil leaking out of every seal. I pulled the heads, got them resurfaced and ordered a gasket kit and timing belt kit, still need a few more odds and ends












Motor reassembly will happen soon
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Old 16th September 2017, 12:24 PM
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Got 1 head on yesterday, gunna get the other on soon, after the intake is back on I'm gunna pressure wash the long block and the engine bay of the DL.

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Got your work cut out for you there but the looks of it!

(Would be good if you could resize your pics)
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Old 17th September 2017, 12:40 AM
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Since photobucket went **** up for image hosting it's kinda hard to find a good site for that, that is available through. Every other site they are on are not this big
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Old 17th September 2017, 03:39 AM
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Nice one mate!

A good friend of mine has a hatch over here in Oz. EJ22 swapped too.

We'd love to get a donor body over here to help out with some rust that's popping up but that's near impossible to do on a small budget!

While you've got your intake manifold off it's a good idea to replace the O rings in the crossover pipe. And while that's off it's a good idea to have a plate tig welded in, drilled out and tapped to fit the factory EA81 temp sensor. This is something I wished I'd done with mine when I did the HGs.

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Old 18th September 2017, 06:22 PM
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Thanks for the advice on the coolant temp sensor, I'm just gunna trim the dash and shove the legacy cluster in it. The dash is cracked to hell and that will just simplify the whole process. I'll probably do those o-rings though. I don't really wanna find out those leak later. I'm doing just about every other seal so why skip those.
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Old 18th September 2017, 06:23 PM
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And both the heads are on, might do the water pump and timing belt today too. We'll see how motivated I get, definitely gunna put valve covers on though..

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