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    It has been several months, and in the meantime I have largely been doing some maintenance tasks. The distributor had a failing oil seal, so the cap was accumulating oil. Subaru does not sell the seal on its own, so I ended up replacing the entire distributor base. I also replaced the valve cover bolts to spruce it up a little bit since they were only $1 each.
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    Last night, I decided to tackle the wiring situation. It has a super simple wiring harness, and I have probably doubled the amount of wiring behind the dash with things like the auxiliary lighting, LED Headlights, power windows, and radio. Since all of these things were done at different times, it just became an intermingled mess of wires, relays, fuses, and random connectors. I also never really cleaned behind the dash, it is still covered in JDM dirt. Here is what it looked like just after the dash coming off:
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    I am working systematically across the dash, relocating relays and zip-tying all of the cables so that there will be none exposed, and cleaning up all of the dirt while I am in there.

    I have also found that Subaru Japan has been discontinuing parts left and right as of late.. I have been busy sourcing and acquiring spare parts to keep this truck on the road for another 25 years. I now have several boxes full of hoses, gaskets, bearings, bushings, etc.. My own little parts store in my garage just to keep it going. In my research, there is a surprising number of mechanical parts shared with the DL/GL platform and the Justy. I bought a NOS steering universal joint from Subaru here in the US that was made back in 1995. This particular part has been discontinued in Japan for quite a while and is not available in Japan or Europe, but it has been sitting quietly in a US warehouse for 24 years waiting for me to put it on my shelf.
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    Just saw one of these this morning by my son's school. They are very tiny.
    Good luck on the wiring, its a finicky job but once its done its easy to fix any issues that may arise in the future. You of all people probably know this the most that if its messy back there you will get gremlins and after a few years you tend to forget what goes where.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dodik View Post
    Just saw one of these this morning by my son's school. They are very tiny.
    Good luck on the wiring, its a finicky job but once its done its easy to fix any issues that may arise in the future. You of all people probably know this the most that if its messy back there you will get gremlins and after a few years you tend to forget what goes where.
    Yep, I am fixing those gremlins now, actually. This will also give me a chance to finish my gauge setup and leave provisions for the additional lighting that I have not yet installed, but still allow me to remove the dash without cutting wires or zip-ties. My goal is to have 2 or 3 interconnects between the "bulkhead" and the dashboard, and no more. Fun fact, the stock interconnect between the two is just one connector with 10 wires.

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    Wow, there are a lot of things that I neglected to post here.

    Here is a progress shot of the cleaning of wiring and dirt:
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    I moved the gauges to be on the A-pillar instead of the dash. I ran the wires inside the pillar and used some Rivnuts to attach the meters.
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    The dash was very faded from many years of sitting in the Japanese sun.. I decided to try to fix it with a heat gun, and while not perfect.. it is quite a bit better.

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    I ended up replacing the mirrors with the larger Van style mirror, which has a second attachment point to support itself. I also installed new door handles and plastic inserts around the door handle, also from the Van.
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    Flash forward about a month, and I started buttoning the dashboard back up. I had to make some last second wiring adjustments because of various fitment issues, but this is largely how it ended up looking underneath.
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    All back together, and I finally hooked up my Defi Sports Display F that I had in the box for almost a full year.
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    Flash forward another month or so.. I finally had the bed sprayed with bedliner. This was something I was planning from day one, and I never got around to it.

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    And the last update, for now.

    After some trimming off the hinges and installing some new bolts and screws.. I have the powder coated sides back on, and the backrack back on.
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    I also found that the engine mount was torn, so I swapped that out.
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    And last but not least.. I ended up repainting the engine "hood". It has taken a bump or two in its life, and the paint was less than perfect. I am still waiting for the paint to fully cure before putting the plate back on, but it looks 10x better than before.
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