My Vortex Project

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My Vortex Project

Post by Johnny T » Mon Mar 08, 2010 11:58 pm

Hey every 1, Im new to this site and I have a 1987 Subaru Vortex AWD Turbo.

This is my new pride and joy that I bought off my uncle as a project car.
My plans for this are to bring this car back to life and slowly turn it into a show car.

If you guys have a few ideas on what I should fix or change please let me know.

Here are a few photos, I know it doesn't look too good now but I plan to rebuilt this car within 2-3 years.

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Post by brumbyrunner » Tue Mar 09, 2010 7:14 am

Welcome Johnny T.
Boy have you got your work cut out for you. I hope it was cheap.
You going for the "restore it to original" or "upgrade everything to modern gear" route?
Do you know if it's Aust. delivered or an import? Reason is, I've never seen what looks to be a charcoal Vortex. Or has it been painted?
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Post by AlpineRaven » Tue Mar 09, 2010 7:51 am

Nice ride mate and awesome find, yes keep us updated and what are your plans for it? Like what BrumbyRunner sasid - How are you gonna restore it?
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Post by steptoe » Tue Mar 09, 2010 8:29 am

EA82T AWD - jealous already. Charcoal? Maybe dusty black?

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Post by Outback bloke » Tue Mar 09, 2010 8:48 am

Hmmm, a black one. Not many of them around in that colour. The only problem I can see you are going to have is finding the garnish that goes around the dash near the steering wheel. They are quite rare.

Keep the pics coming as you do it up.

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Post by TOONGA » Tue Mar 09, 2010 10:49 am

welcome to the board nice ride

can I steal your gearbox for my brumby?

and thats a nice find by the way

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Post by Johnny T » Tue Mar 09, 2010 11:15 am

Hey all, thanks for the reply's, lol yer i know this is gonna be hard to rebuild to original, though it doesn't have much power but I was thinking of maybe of putting a larger turbo on it, as I know very little about these motors or turbos but I do know finding a larger turbo on it is going to be very difficult to find.

As brumbyrunner, I'm not sure if it is an import, if I look at the ID tag would that tell me if that is an import? I hope it is :)

The car is going to need a respray because it does have a few cracks on it, and yes this is the original paint :) I would like to respray this in yellow but as Outback Bloke said "Hmmm, a black one. Not many of them around in that colour" so I might as well keep it black :)

On regards to Alpine Raven how I am going to restore it? well not sure how to but just see if I can find parts and replace / repair the ones that are already broken. But if you have any advice please let me know cos any help would be much appreciated :)

Thanks steptoe, it is a great motor, consider that my uncle never drove the car for 5 years and the motor still runs great lol

To show you how much work the motor is going to need work I have attached a small photo, waring: This is one of the dirtiest motors I have ever seen. :P

Thanks all and I'll keep you posted when I can

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Post by Johnny T » Tue Mar 09, 2010 11:18 am

Ey Toonga, lol you may not steel my gear box, but i know a person who has a manual gearbox for a brumby, I'll ask them if they want to sell it, just send me a PM and I'll get back to you.

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Post by TOONGA » Tue Mar 09, 2010 12:15 pm

Johnny thats ok I have a spare 4wd box but I want a AWD box (ahahahahahaaaahaah)

they are no easy to come by unless $$$$$$$$ are involved

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Post by someguy » Tue Mar 09, 2010 12:58 pm

That engine looks to be in pretty good nick.

Just get a can of degreaser and polish it up a bit and it will look like new (maybe even get it steam cleaned)
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Post by steptoe » Tue Mar 09, 2010 6:02 pm

one of those aluminium compliance plates riveted to the firewall should indicate f it was Aus delivered new. Should say complies with ADR's blah, blah , blah

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Post by brumbyrunner » Wed Mar 10, 2010 12:20 am

My apologies for starting the whole import question. It looked charcoal to me, like the RX Turbo colour of the same year and we didn't get them. But Outback Bloke, another closet Vortex fan, picked it correctly as black. It's just very dirty and faded. Plus the imports would be 6 cylinders.
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Post by Johnny T » Wed Mar 10, 2010 3:49 pm

No stress brumbyrunner :) lol I wish it was the XT6 but this is still a great car to drive, if I get some time this weekend I'll get some more photos to post up.

I do have one question though, would anyone be able to tell me where I would be able to find a new window wiper mechanism for it because it doesn't work, I've tried a few wrekers and they don't seem to have any.

Thanks again
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Post by Suby Roo » Wed Mar 10, 2010 3:55 pm

Johnny T wrote:No stress brumbyrunner :) lol I wish it was the XT6 but this is still a great car to drive, if I get some time this weekend I'll get some more photos to post up.

I do have one question though, would anyone be able to tell me where I would be able to find a new window wiper mechanism for it because it doesn't work, I've tried a few wrekers and they don't seem to have any.

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May be the same as an l series, But if not, PM subius as i know he has a parts car vortex.
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Post by TOONGA » Wed Mar 10, 2010 3:58 pm

LOL Suby Roo took the post right out of my keyboard

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subius is in Tasmania and is wrecking an early vortex

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