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    Aside from the definite lack of power (particularly with the 660cc EF) they're not bad little runabouts. You can fit a surprising amount of stuff in the back, so they're still pretty practical. Not too great if you spend a lot of time on the highway for fairly obvious reasons, but they can be good fun with a bit of extra motivation under the bonnet and a bit of time and money on the suspension. Incredibly cheap to fuel, which is a good bonus!

    Watch for blowing smoke though. Valve stem seals like to die. If the car was maintained and serviced reasonably well, you shouldn't have any problems, but with cars that haven't seen regular servicing, they tend to build up carbon in the oil drains in the ring lands, which also pushes oil past the compression rings. Spark plugs are about $20 each because they use some obscure type. Cut springs in the front are shit. You can actually get a half decent lowered setup without spending huge dollars ($400?) and most other things are usually fine. Really easy cars to work on. You can have the engine out in about an hour, so engine out jobs like the timing belt/water pump are piss easy.

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    Cheers, good info. Mine is EFI, 659cc 5 speed.

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    I can't find the photo I took of the comparison, but you should see the size of the valves in these. Hilariously small, haha. Having an EFI car makes doing conversions easier if you ever decide it's more fun than driving a Subaru around.

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    Commissioned an art piece by San Mamiya. Super, super stoked with the outcome.



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    More wheels. 124.5J +40

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    Shit yeah!

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    So much awesomeness in the last two updates

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    Almost a year since the last update. Not a lot to update though. I went to start it a few weeks ago to find that the fuel pump was dead. All fair, considering it had the dregs of a tank of 3 year old fuel, which was probably closer in viscosity to syrup. As it turns out, the pump had simply (and thankfully) overloaded the fuse, so with a fresh 10A fuse pilfered from somewhere on the shed floor and some fresh fuel, the battery decided it didn't want to cooperate anymore. Fast forward a bit and it runs again, after a minute or two of cranking to get the bastard to start.


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