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Old Sat 29th October 2016, 08:39 PM
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Sister's Gen3 Liberty "Basil"

Aaaand... we welcome a new subaru member to our family

My sister got a job that had a company car so she let the rego lapse on Sheldon, her old L series touring wagon.

Now she's moving jobs, only about 4 months since the rego lapsed, and no car with the new job. With a quick check over Sheldon and some talking we decided on something newer. I was aiming for a Gen3 Outback, but none were cheap when we were looking, but this Gen3 Liberty came up for an top price with a shot clutch - an RX too:



I've already pulled the engine to find it's got a dual mass flywheel. There's a solid Gen2 flywheel and clutch setup headed this way very shortly ($60 from pick-a-part ). Engine bay after a good spray up with cleaner and pressure washer - still dirty as but way better than it was!



I did the easiest driveshaft removal ever - knock the pins out, undo the hub bolt, push the gearbox one way, remove the shaft on the side the box was moved away from, then did the same on the other side. Awesome. Now to wait for the new boots to arrive to replace the generic stretchy boots that are on there now...

Downers, missing/bad paint on the front bumper and a decent ding under the rear right hand tail light. Dunno what we're going to do there just yet, it's still TBA.

It came with a set of factory weather shields, something I've not seen before (in factory trim):



I certainly didn't know they were a factory option, I've seen other ones that I believe are aftermarket units. These have "Subaru" embossed in them:



One thing that's got me concerned is a little (very small but still) puddle of oil on the passenger's bank with the engine sitting on the garage floor. It's an EJ251. I'm worried it's a HG issue. Can anyone confirm?

Other details: Some form of WRX rims as pictured.
330k km
Gen3 RX in Mica Green

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Old Sat 29th October 2016, 10:43 PM
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Cool One of the better looking Libs IMO

Are there many cars in your family that aren't subies?
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nice find, yes the oil patch could mean HG from memory out gen3 RX had a slight oil weap as well as coolant, only time will tell. I did stop the coolant with this stuff though https://rislone.com/au/product/head-gasket-fix/ no draining or heating and cooling of the engine just put it in and forget.

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Cool One of the better looking Libs IMO
Yeah it was either this, a Gen3 outback or a Gen2 liberty. I don't like the Gem2 outbacks, too puffy looking with the 90s style body/door protector trims.

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Are there many cars in your family that aren't subies?
Mum rides in a 2003 corolla wagon, dad in a P38 rangie (a "real 4wd" that only sees the dirt driveway), bros is a GQ patrol; sister inlaw in a swift and my wife's VT commodore - the tow vehicle for picking up Subarus in need of some TLC

Essentially there are three Subaru driver in my family - my sister, my mother inlaw and myself

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nice find, yes the oil patch could mean HG from memory out gen3 RX had a slight oil weap as well as coolant, only time will tell.
Thanks Bryan. I'm going to do the HGs to get rid of this leak. I might see if I can get some high torque silicone stuff around the edge of the HG to help with this leak in the future. It's a pita to do a HG just for an oil leak!

Part of me would like to silicone it up but I think it's a pressurised oil gallery that leaks so silicone at this point won't do anything to help

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I've finally been able to get around to putting the engine back together.

The HGs have now been replaced to get rid of the oil leak on the passenger's bank. I didn't get the inlet gasket sorted - over looked that one

Trying to replace the oil seals on the cams was a task - the bolts were ridiculously tight! This "trick"/setup sorted it out:



With a little re-jig I was able to re-torque the bolts properly too.

Cam belt went on without a fuss.

One huge fuss (ongoing atm) was the replacing of boots on the remaining drive shaft that needs to be done. First up was the stuff around with the aftermarket boots, got that sorted - almost.

Ironically the last CV joint I got to was the one with the real issues. There was grit in the grease due to the split boot. It was the largest tear in any of the boots. So I pulled it right down to all the parts, cleaned them up and reassembled them (once I remembered how to do it - it's been a while!) - only to smash the little retainer C clip into two pieces.

This is my current dilemma. The solution I'm chasing is to use a C clip from another shaft I've got in the shed from Ruby Scoo. I had to smash the ball cage out to get the cup off, hoping I could then get a good hit on the centre piece to knock it off.

That plan was far too easy. Now it's got a centre press on it, it's had a tea light candle under it hoping the heat will expand something and it'll pop off. I'll find out in the morning. If it hasn't, then it'll get the angle grinder treatment, aiming not to cut the clip.

Now the game plan is to get this shaft sorted and fitted (super easy with the gearbox able to be easily moved left or right). Then I'll get the engine back in with the auxiliary gear installed as well. That'll leave the intake manifold and air filter system to be fitted (basically).

Then my list of things to do on this for RWC is getting shorter

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Sunday the weather turned on me - rain rain rain. Considering I was working out side this was not good news for me. I made a shelter with Ruby Scoo and a tarp. This gave me the afternoon to work in relatively dry conditions

That L series shaft was a right royal PITA to sort out. The angle grinder sorted it. Part of the C clip had been pinched so I cut that bit off. It worked a treat and the liberty shaft went together very quickly after this.

One tip when putting the outer CV back together from individual parts - use lube, it makes it heaps easier and things actually go back together

I got the Gen2 solid flywheel and pressure plate fitted no problem. I got a new disc for piece of mind. The old disc (looks good) might end up in the RS if it fits.

All went together well. Having the intake manifold removed makes fitment of the AC compressor VERY simple!

Now to fit:

- intake manifold
- intake air ducting system
- PS pump (need to replace the hose to the remote reservoir)
- new spark plug leads (plugs already done).

Radiator is fitted.

Steering boots need replacing (have them ready to go).

Then decide on what to do about tyres - swap with the RS or go and get a new set of tyres on the current rim.

Looking forward to starting this very soon.

Also want to throw a set of uel extractors at it to make it real Suby again...

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This is how Basil looked at the end of Sunday's efforts. Hold up was the inlet manifold gaskets:



Today I got the inlet manifold gaskets

Here's the end result:





Very stoked. It's got quite a bit of poke when you nail it! Pretty happy about that.

So the Gen2 solid flywheel and pressure plate worked a treat in the Gen3

Now my list is some what shorter:

- steering rack boots
- seat belt
- tyres - but am now thinking of giving these current ones a go in the RWC check. Worst case scenario we need to get new tyres - which is what we plan to do anyway. Getting a few k's from these ones would be an advantage.

That's it for now. Further updates will come in the next week or two. I'm looking at tidying up the ding on the rear quarter panel, otherwise it'll never get done I reckon!

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hi freddo

with the oil leak, why is the HG suspect ?

I'v had a oil leak getting worse for a while now, and finally now have the time to do something about it. DOHC EJ25, did the timing belts 30kkm ago, and had suspected lower left(driver side) camshaft seal - but dry as.
decided to pull the oil pump, hmm fairly much non-existent gasket. Why i didn't do this simple thing when i had the engine out a while ago?
Anyway,i'm fairly sure that is the source of my problem.
Drained the coolant into a bucket, no sign of any film of oil, so I think
should be confident not a HG issue - you had me bothered for a second though.
putting it back together again today.

sorry haven't been on the forum in ages, I guess working on the sube got me looking at the forum

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G'day Fredsub,

The HG swap was to get rid of a common oil leak between the head and the block on the passenger's side. It seems the oil return gallery (under no pressure) easily leaks in this section. The driver's side head was good, and apparently is not an issue.

So I made the decision to swap the HG's while the engine was out. I'd hate to be knocked back on a RWC certificate due to an oil leak that I could've easily sorted while I had the engine out to do the clutch.

Sorry to say, but just moving it around the back yard I reckon I've become attached to it

Steering rack boots are done. The replacements are a little shorter than I'd really like but I'll work with that for the sake of a RWC to get this on the road!

The seat belt is definitely going to be an issue:



I didn't get a pic before I removed the interior, but you could very obviously see it from outside the vehicle. This is the current hold up on the RWC efforts. A bit of an effort just to get to the seat belt!



I also looked at the tyres a little more closely. They won't pass - the rear right is a little scrubbed out the outer edge for my liking. They'll be swapped with the RS rims for now.

Keen as mustard to have this rego'd. I saw a really sweet one while I was driving around for work this arvo - burgundy and very clean. Noice

I'm keen to just take it for a drive to get to know it a bit better - and to let the HGs settle in. While moving it around the back yard I avoid a quick start up and shut down - I leave it with the AC cranked low to vary the idle.

I've "tucked" into the rear ding to make it a bit more presentable. This is before:










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This is the work in progress. Most of it done with the Gen2 clutch fork that dad got with the flywheel and pressure plate - it was the right shape for the job at the time:







I need to sit the tail light back in place to see how it's going. I feel it needs a bit more shaping before I start the rust repair and sealing of the metal to avoid further rusting of this area. I don't know if we'll ever repair the actual paint colour - time will tell.

The AC climate control in this thing is mental - it drops the temp quickly and blows like a bloody cylone on the north coast of qld. Awesome on a warm day like today! You actually leave the car to thaw out

I think that's about it for now

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