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Kelly I don't know. The clutch has about 5,000 miles on it since new. I don't think I over extended it because I know that's a thing that can happen. The pedal felt "right" when I adjusted it and then changed the cable, etc., which should have been my clue as to what was really happening. I'm not going to pull the pressure plate and take it somewhere to be magnafluxed before reassembly. If I got that wrong, I will pay the price in time, as always.

On a different note, since this comes up every so often: The Subie 2.2 SOHC, fully dressed, including flywheel and pressure plate, but sans exhaust, weighs under 260 pounds.

The front pulley is missing here but the chains are much heavier than that. I can weigh them later if anyone wants the final to-the-ounce figure.



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So I welded the tunnel shut and folded the rug back over the floor. Getting the driver's seat back in was a hassle, as I had last assembled it with furniture screws which rusted from the bottom nuts, forcing me to use the cutoff wheel to remove them, so I decided to improve things by nut-certing the floor instead of running bolts and trying to reach under and spin the nuts on.

But the rivnut tool refused to pull the rivnuts all the way and I ended up with thee out of four spinning. No way to get the seat base bolted back in with those. So out came the cutoff wheel again, removed the riv-nuts, went back to bolts—this time zinc with washers. Still they were too short. On and on...

At some point last night I decided to just go ahead and start the engine again, just to make sure.

And hallelujah! She started right up. Good oil pressure, no leaks of oil or coolant.

Had a little "wow" in the idle but that's normal after a plug out. She was running about a minute when I revved by grabbing the throttle cable. Good. Maybe adjust, and-


She stalls.

Won't restart. Turning on the key also does not bring the all-important fuel pump sound. I check that fuse. Good. Check the 10 amp in the box marked IGN. Broken.




I looked for the dead short for about a half hour before retiring to ponder overnight.

This AM I was able to get the seat bolted in, but no joy in terms of finding the short.

This car's a pisser.

At about 3:30 I threw in the towel and started the blue car, took it for a ride. Not bad. Started right up, ran pretty good, a little rough at low RPM, and just a bit of popping around 2000 RPM after warming up. Needs maybe some carb balancing or an idle jet cleared, which I'll tackle after doing a valve adjustment.

@edsnova posted:

... But the rivnut tool refused to pull the rivnuts all the way and I ended up with thee out of four spinning.

... that's why I advocate for these tools:


They will pull any kind of rivnut you throw at it. People here say you don't need them, but you do.

I also have stopped using anything but these rivnuts on anything that matters at all:

97217A393_Zinc Yellow Plated Steel Rivet Nut for PlasticsM

You can buy them at McMaster, but they're cheaper here on Amazon.


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Last edited by Stan Galat

Pleased to report an Easter miracle today with Bridget.

Having bought a pack of breakers (instead of fuses), I went out and started looking for my short. Disconnected the front O2 sensor and the VSS pretty much at random, having seen no obvious wire problems.

Stuck the breaker in the fuse hole and turned the key, expecting it to snap like the 20 fuses I'd already blown. The fuel pump came on, I turned the key to start and she started and ran!

Let her run for about 20 seconds, switched back to a fuse. Still good.

Plugged he VSS back in and tried again. Good.

Plugged the O2 back in and turned the key: started up no problem.

So it went. I tied up the wires under the dash, started the car, etc. etc.

Finally I tried the clutch (remember, I pulled the engine because the clutch was suddenly no good).

Clutch works too.

So now it's down to reassembling the back half of the car and taking her out for a test drive.

Wish me luck!

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Debbie Downer here.

I'd absolutely leave the breaker in.

In my world, not finding the problem and having it fix itself is the worst possible outcome because you didn't find the problem, you didn't fix the problem, and there's a near 100% probability the problem will be back at a time and place much less convenient to repair.

I believe in the possibility of miracles... but this isn't how I've seen them happen.

One point in isolation is a point. Two points is a line. Three points is a trend. You have how ever many blown fuses you smoked as a super-trend.


^^THAT^^   @edsnova

While I congratulate you, leave the circuit breaker in until you find the actual failure mechanism.

Which will most likely be sometime during your road test.  🤷‍♂️

I would also get it running (with the breaker in there) and then start gently massaging the wiring harness until it dies again or shorts to ground.  It wasn't blowing a fuse just for the Helluvit.

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I wasn't going to say anything, Stan.

Ed was having such a good day.

I didn't have the heart.

But he knows as well as you know.

It's turning Spring. The good driving weather is here. We need for the car to be ready. That's why he headed into the garage today. It was going to be another annoying day of hidden gremlins, false starts, and blown fuses.

And then, miraculously as he says, the clouds parted. This was one of those days that we are granted by providence just a few times in our lifetime. We dodged the bullet. We shouldn't ask questions, but just accept the gift.

After a whole winter of crappy weather, slush in the streets, and wet socks, we deserve this, dammit.

Stan, what you said needed to be said, in this forum at least, as a sort of public service announcement if nothing else.

But, honestly, they were words Ed didn't need to be hearing.

At least, not just yet.


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