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Saved a Tailgate wagon from the crusher!


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#1 The Beast I Drive

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 09:59 PM

Just got it delivered yesterday, traded off 8 rotting carcasses for it, so my dad was real happy cuz it cleaned the place up pretty good. It's not too bad, little rust, excellent body, all kinds of coolness about it :headbang:

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Some interesting tidbits:
I found a photo packet in the front seat that shows the car was wrecked real good in the back sometime in the 70's. The previous owner replaced the entire rear driverside of the car from the rear door back, then painted it that fabulous 2-tone. He did excellent work too, you cant tell it was fixed at all :cool:

After the new paint, it apparrently got rear ended again, right in the middle of the tailgate :mad:, but again he fixed it absolutely perfectly :grin:

This was all done around 1987-1989 or so.

The front seats have new upholstery on them, and the door seals are all like brand new!

At some point Semi-truck air horns were installed under the hood, havent found the compressor yet. Also installed is an aftermarket cruise control system, which appears to be all there, The drivetrain is complete, but I dont know what may be wrong with it.

At any rate, it will make a great addition to my other Tailgate wagon :grin:

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Im thinking restoring/lowering one, and lifting the other and making it a show stopping 4x4.....

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 10:06 PM

I will never understand why those nice ones get sent off to crusher......
rant

I appreciate those who are up to the small task to save them.

sell some to me.

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 10:14 PM

Fantastic save! Love the 'split gate' design, we never got these in Australia. By the time the wagon was on sale here the tailgate was one piece.

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 10:33 PM

do want

#5 The Beast I Drive

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 11:13 PM

Im hoping I can get this one at least driveable before the next West Coast Subaru Show, it's been a while since I've had anything cool to show :banana:

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 11:24 PM

friggen sweet. nice save

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 08:17 PM

looks like 1973 , right ? Outstanding ! Last year of those.

#8 The Beast I Drive

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 09:56 PM

I checked the door plate today, it is indeed a 73. The other is a 72. I wonder if I'll find a 71 someday..... :brow:

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 11:15 PM

yea but it will be an ff1.....

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 11:33 PM

That would be fine with me, I've never seen an FF1 wagon in person

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 03:18 AM

Thats lovely

You guys are bloody lucky to be able to still find stuff like that

im lucky now if i ever come across an L series in half decent condition. :(

#12 The Dude Abides

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 08:34 AM

It looks like that paint might buff out.

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 11:48 AM

The paint should buff out ok, but it needs some attention in the rocker panels, they are the rustiest part of the car. Theres also a bit of rust in the engine bay around the fenders, but nothing bad at all really.

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 03:06 PM

Nice fined bill. That thing is dead sexy.

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 03:56 PM

not shure but i may have a set of used rocker pannels that dont have much rust if any(need to go out and look at the car if they are ill cut them out if you want them...

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 03:58 PM

73 is the best. Dad gets the 73 you get the 72, respect for your old man. :)

WagonsOnly and ctsuba each have a 71 tailgate and of course Andrew -wagonsonly- has a sweeeeeeettt 73 in that orangish color pretty buffed out.

Still waiting for mine to show up but I'm in no hurry.

#17 The Beast I Drive

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 04:54 PM

not shure but i may have a set of used rocker pannels that dont have much rust if any(need to go out and look at the car if they are ill cut them out if you want them...


Right on! That would be awesome. Let me know what you find and if you have anything else for the tailgate wagons. I need a lot of little parts, so let me know what all you can find! Thanks!

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 03:09 PM

That subaru is awesome! ... Nice find, Bill!

I Like those subies. We got them with the two different back doors' designs here, some of those has a nice badge in cursive letters that says: "Front Wheel Drive" or "Four Wheel Drive"



... I've never seen an FF1 wagon in person ...


I have seen two in my country, here is the picture of one of them sitting in front of a house roadside... and still is driveable.


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Posted 16 January 2012 - 04:14 PM

Sometime soon I'll have to go look in my tire pile and see if I have a somewhat matched set of decent tires, until I can afford some 185-60-R13s

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