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  1. #1
    houndman@phonom.net
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    Default Have a Lot to learn

    Watching Motor Week on PBS talk about what is needed to use E 85 gas,
    and all that is in the new cars, has me wondering if I will ever learn
    it all? Talking to a friend who just replaced his O2 sensor that cost
    him 160$, and a special tool to replace it, instead of paying 1600, or
    so he claimed the dealer wanted, to have it done, I am looking for the
    26' Chevy that one poster said I needed.))

    Just bought fog lights for my Sube, and was reading on a Sube forum
    that a guy fried his headlight wiring when he put a higher wattage
    bulb in. Sounds like more than a bulb change did that.

    As a kid I was traumatized by an early aftermarket electronic
    ignition, and had a plug fouling problem in a new car, so not that
    keen on electronics, though I worked for a co on developing emission
    control sensors for Fiat. I did a lot with audio electronics, but
    electric isn't my fav energy.

    Looking into synthetic oils, I read that the paraffin based PA oils
    are bad, when they Used to be the ones to use, I am starting to wonder
    what happened to cars. Used to be simpler, but I know when computers
    got faster in the mid 80's that things Changed a lot, but ALL the
    devices, features, and functions of cars has me reeling.

    I have the fog lights, an alarm, a day/nite mirror, a neat 20'
    corded, reel in underhood light, and a 5 or 6 point seat belt harness,
    and a bar to mount them, and some mid 80's Mustang Recaro seats to
    install, plus trying to get some foam behind the bumper covers, to
    strengthen them, with some foam blocks and stripping, for the bumper
    car derby city I am in. On Top of that I have AWD to learn, and I am
    disabled and had brain and all other kinds of damage, and didn't keep
    up with cars that much for 20yrs. I guess it's what it feels like
    coming out of a coma.((

    I know a little about turbo's and FI from my interest in the mid
    80's Mustang SVO, but not intametly, and if I had a turbo Sube, I
    might need a straight jacket.)) I think the flat 4 has me boggled,
    since I keep turning my head to try to figure where things are. I've
    had straight motors, 60deg and 90deg ones, but not flat ones. In the
    service I was around them and a friends Beatle, but they were pretty
    much hidden. I guess I'll learn, slowly...

    VF
    Well, I like to learn and know things, especially if involved.




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  2. #2
    David
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    On Sat, 13 Oct 2007 09:38:56 -0700, houndman@phonom.net wrote:

    > Just bought fog lights for my Sube, and was reading on a Sube forum
    >that a guy fried his headlight wiring when he put a higher wattage
    >bulb in. Sounds like more than a bulb change did that.


    Fusible link?

    > As a kid I was traumatized by an early aftermarket electronic
    >ignition, and had a plug fouling problem in a new car, so not that
    >keen on electronics, though I worked for a co on developing emission
    >control sensors for Fiat. I did a lot with audio electronics, but
    >electric isn't my fav energy.


    I bought aftermarket electronic ignitions from JC Whitney back in the
    '70s. I loved 'em.

    > I have the fog lights, an alarm, a day/nite mirror, a neat 20'
    >corded, reel in underhood light, and a 5 or 6 point seat belt harness,
    >and a bar to mount them,


    The Impreza is a very strong cage with air-bags. I don't think you'll
    need all that.
    >
    > I know a little about turbo's and FI from my interest in the mid
    >80's Mustang SVO, but not intametly, and if I had a turbo Sube, I
    >might need a straight jacket.)) I think the flat 4 has me boggled,
    >since I keep turning my head to try to figure where things are. I've
    >had straight motors, 60deg and 90deg ones, but not flat ones. In the
    >service I was around them and a friends Beatle, but they were pretty
    >much hidden. I guess I'll learn, slowly...


    It's a great motor.

    http://www.drive.subaru.com/Spring07_whatmakes.htm



  3. #3
    Bugalugs
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    Default Re: Have a Lot to learn

    David wrote:
    > On Sat, 13 Oct 2007 09:38:56 -0700, houndman@phonom.net wrote:
    >
    >> Just bought fog lights for my Sube, and was reading on a Sube forum
    >> that a guy fried his headlight wiring when he put a higher wattage
    >> bulb in. Sounds like more than a bulb change did that.

    >
    > Fusible link?
    >

    Alternatively a heavier wire, through a relay, direct to the lights. The
    relay controlled by the headlamp circuit.


    >> As a kid I was traumatized by an early aftermarket electronic
    >> ignition, and had a plug fouling problem in a new car, so not that
    >> keen on electronics, though I worked for a co on developing emission
    >> control sensors for Fiat. I did a lot with audio electronics, but
    >> electric isn't my fav energy.

    >
    > I bought aftermarket electronic ignitions from JC Whitney back in the
    > '70s. I loved 'em.
    >

    Had a Mazda RX4 back then (about 74) which had twin distributors. When
    used as a shopping trolly it used to regularly foul the plugs somthin'
    terrible. This was pre-aftermarket. We made our own circuit boards,
    wound up a special primary coil and could get 33 thousand volts out of a
    standard ignition coil. If we took the HT lead out of the coil the spark
    would jump from the centre electrode over and down to the earthpoint on
    the side of the coil. Using a signal generator to simulate the ignition
    contacts we would soak test them at the equivalent on over 30,000rpm.
    Finished up making 6 or 8 for mates.


    >> I have the fog lights, an alarm, a day/nite mirror, a neat 20'
    >> corded, reel in underhood light, and a 5 or 6 point seat belt harness,
    >> and a bar to mount them,

    >
    > The Impreza is a very strong cage with air-bags. I don't think you'll
    > need all that.
    >> I know a little about turbo's and FI from my interest in the mid
    >> 80's Mustang SVO, but not intametly, and if I had a turbo Sube, I
    >> might need a straight jacket.)) I think the flat 4 has me boggled,
    >> since I keep turning my head to try to figure where things are. I've
    >> had straight motors, 60deg and 90deg ones, but not flat ones. In the
    >> service I was around them and a friends Beatle, but they were pretty
    >> much hidden. I guess I'll learn, slowly...

    >
    > It's a great motor.
    >
    > http://www.drive.subaru.com/Spring07_whatmakes.htm
    >
    >


  4. #4
    kaboom
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    Default Re: Have a Lot to learn

    On Sat, 13 Oct 2007 09:38:56 -0700, houndman@phonom.net wrote:

    > I have the fog lights, an alarm, a day/nite mirror, a neat 20'
    >corded, reel in underhood light, and a 5 or 6 point seat belt harness,


    **Aren't 5- or 6-point seat belt harnesses illegal?

    >and a bar to mount them, and some mid 80's Mustang Recaro seats to
    >install,


    **I can solve all of your problems. I think we should take you out of
    the Impreza and install you in a 1993 Chevy Lumina Eurosport. Problems
    solved!

    >plus trying to get some foam behind the bumper covers, to
    >strengthen them, with some foam blocks and stripping, for the bumper
    >car derby city I am in. On Top of that I have AWD to learn, and I am


    **There's almost nothing to learn with AWD. The only thing that you
    have to know is that your Impreza is going to keep you on the straight
    and narrow when it snows. If you push it a little bit, unlike your
    Chevy Celebrity, the front end won't shovel when you're taking a snowy
    corner, however, the rear end will try to come around. Be mindful of
    that.

    With ABS, just hit the brakes hard, ignore the vibrating, stay on the
    brakes and, above all, remember to steer to avoid! People steer their
    car like they are going to skid and end up throwing their arses right
    off of the road because they forget to keep driving after hitting the
    brakes. When it snows, take it into a snowy, unpopulated parking lot
    and test it.

    > I know a little about turbo's and FI from my interest in the mid
    >80's Mustang SVO, but not intametly, and if I had a turbo Sube, I
    >might need a straight jacket.))


    **You freak yourself out too much. I had a 2003 VW Jetta 1.8T
    previously (I have an 05 Impreza RS wagon now). With the VW, I changed
    to synthetic oil at 12K and after extraordinarily long trips (or
    sections of a long trip), I would park and let the car run for a
    minute or two and then shut it off. Other than that, I didn't think
    about it at all. Well, at 2K rpm when the turbo kicked in, it was
    quite sweet

    kaboomie

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    Blair Baucom
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    Default Re: Have a Lot to learn

    I found this on the question of 4/5/6 point harnesses:

    In the US, as long as they are listed with the U.S. Department of
    Transportation ([USDOT), there is no case for them not being street legal as
    long as you follow the statutes of 49CFR571.209, Seat belt assembly
    anchorages.

    Blair

    <houndman@phonom.net> wrote in message
    news:1192326709.301253.315910@v29g2000prd.googlegr oups.com...
    > On 13 Oct, 20:09, kaboomi...@NOSPAMyahoo.com (kaboom) wrote:
    >> On Sat, 13 Oct 2007 09:38:56 -0700, hound...@phonom.net wrote:
    >> > I have the fog lights, an alarm, a day/nite mirror, a neat 20'
    >> >corded, reel in underhood light, and a 5 or 6 point seat belt harness,

    >>
    >> **Aren't 5- or 6-point seat belt harnesses illegal?
    >>
    >> >and a bar to mount them, and some mid 80's Mustang Recaro seats to
    >> >install,

    >>
    >> **I can solve all of your problems. I think we should take you out of
    >> the Impreza and install you in a 1993 Chevy Lumina Eurosport. Problems
    >> solved!
    >>
    >> >plus trying to get some foam behind the bumper covers, to
    >> >strengthen them, with some foam blocks and stripping, for the bumper
    >> >car derby city I am in. On Top of that I have AWD to learn, and I am

    >>
    >> **There's almost nothing to learn with AWD. The only thing that you
    >> have to know is that your Impreza is going to keep you on the straight
    >> and narrow when it snows. If you push it a little bit, unlike your
    >> Chevy Celebrity, the front end won't shovel when you're taking a snowy
    >> corner, however, the rear end will try to come around. Be mindful of
    >> that.
    >>
    >> With ABS, just hit the brakes hard, ignore the vibrating, stay on the
    >> brakes and, above all, remember to steer to avoid! People steer their
    >> car like they are going to skid and end up throwing their arses right
    >> off of the road because they forget to keep driving after hitting the
    >> brakes. When it snows, take it into a snowy, unpopulated parking lot
    >> and test it.
    >>
    >> > I know a little about turbo's and FI from my interest in the mid
    >> >80's Mustang SVO, but not intametly, and if I had a turbo Sube, I
    >> >might need a straight jacket.))

    >>
    >> **You freak yourself out too much. I had a 2003 VW Jetta 1.8T
    >> previously (I have an 05 Impreza RS wagon now). With the VW, I changed
    >> to synthetic oil at 12K and after extraordinarily long trips (or
    >> sections of a long trip), I would park and let the car run for a
    >> minute or two and then shut it off. Other than that, I didn't think
    >> about it at all. Well, at 2K rpm when the turbo kicked in, it was
    >> quite sweet
    >>
    >> kaboomie

    >
    >
    > Did the Lumina have Recaro's?)) A few other cars did, but I always
    > wanted the Stang, and now I can have the feel in the Sube. I want
    > them for all the adjustments, and softer foam. I guess better would be
    > injecting foam into a trash bag I was sitting on, to fit me, but that
    > wouldn't look very neat.)
    >
    > I freak myself In not Out.) I like to know what makes things tick,
    > and make them tick better. Then I can relax and enjoy, when things are
    > the way I want, like, and should be.
    >
    > When did harneses become illegal, when they brought out air bags?)
    > I'll disguise them as a double necktie and matching belt.))
    >
    > Yea, the Sube will get some testing on iced or snow covered parking
    > lots, to see which way it wants to take me, if not straight. I started
    > doing that 40yrs ago, after coming down a hill and sliding through
    > red light at an iced intersection. It was 3AM, and no one around, but
    > there could have been. I only do it now with a car I'm not familiar
    > with, or if I think something could cause a problem. I once had a Co
    > car that had one new tire and 3 with wear, and on a rain soaked worn
    > concrete road with smooth stones protruding, the new tire gripped, and
    > the other 3 slid when stopping for a red light, making the car want to
    > spin. A pickup next to me spun and took out 4 cars waiting in a left
    > turn lane.
    >
    > VF
    >
    >
    >
    >




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