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The Desert Fox. My `84 DL Wagon
Posted 25 May 2012 - 07:19 AM
Introducing The Desert Fox. It's a 1984 Subaru DL. I searched long and hard to get my hands on a workable ea81 wagon for a long time, and was able to pick this one up at a decent price.
When I picked it up.
After a good buffing, waxing, and cleaning.
Added some trim on the wheels
Took it on the dunes.
Then It became the Desert Fox.
It spends some of its time on the dunes with other Subies
I still have a ton of work to do, but I'm getting there more and more every day. I'll use this thread to keep everyone updated on it.
My long term goals for this are an eventual FrankenMotor and an awd 5MT.
For now I'm going to be driving it as my everyday car and keeping it mostly stock. Either way I'm super stoked to have finally gotten my hands on this one.
Posted 25 May 2012 - 08:14 AM
Posted 10 June 2012 - 10:07 AM
Edited by Mechanical_misfit, 10 June 2012 - 10:12 AM.
Posted 11 June 2012 - 07:47 AM
Posted 11 June 2012 - 07:52 AM
Posted 11 June 2012 - 09:08 AM
Did you make the side decals? looks good. The gen 2 cars with single headlamps look better than the quad set-ups, in my opinion. Good score on the raised white letter 13 inch tires, hard to find these days.
The stripes were made from an old school aftermarket set. Pooparu made them for me. I have only ever seen two other old subies with these decals. One was the mountain grizzly wagon that mcbrat had, then a very rusty hatch that sat in a drive way near my childhood home. I always thought it was pretty sweet.
I agree on the single headlight look. The quad set ups are kinda goofy.
As for the rwl 13s, I painted them with a white paint marker. They hold quite well as long as I stay off the dunes. The sand rubs the paint off
Posted 11 June 2012 - 09:17 AM
Digging the flaps! Thing is looking great. What's next for it?
My current plans are to keep pimpin' around with it. I have a 4 speed dual range trans that I want to swap in place of the leaky single range. I'm also waiting on funds to do the third light grill set up. I want to go five lug soon but I'm still waiting to hear from a machinist friend who thinks he can make me some front hub adapters.
All of those plans are on hold until I find another dd for winter. I couldn't stand rusting this thing out more than it is. Plus having an extra car would help so I could have it not running for more than a weekend. I am hoping to get my hands on a loyale sedan that has a bad engine, but still havn't heard from the owner.
Posted 11 June 2012 - 05:30 PM
The '92 parts Wagon I bought had a set for it in the storage tub that was in the back.
Can't remeber if that D/R had the range shifter on it. If not, I know I have atleast 3 here. One of them be yours, if you should need it.
Hope you can make it back down here weekend after the 4th.
Posted 13 June 2012 - 07:43 PM
Looks great by the way. Love the look of this car!
Posted 13 June 2012 - 11:35 PM
Posted 14 June 2012 - 12:22 AM
Did I see this on Ebay somewhere in Ohio? There was a tan GL similar to this one not that long ago.
Looks great by the way. Love the look of this car!
Nope. This one has been a Michigan car for a while now I was told. Thanks though dude, glad you dig it!
Posted 14 June 2012 - 12:40 AM
Is that a Silver Toyota Hi-Ace in one of your pictures? Sooo jealous, most of ours rotted away.
Sorta, Its a base model `87 Toyota VanWagon. It was hands down my favorite vehicle I have ever owned. I have gone everywhere in that van. I had a lot of high highs and low lows in there. I actually wound up living in it for 9 months when I was on rough times. Hauled a lot of equipment to a ton of shows, even made it down to Chicago, and as far as the Keewenaw for some good old U.P. partying. I had to eventually give it up due to lack of space and to help fund my DL project, but I'll never take for granted all it gave me. It was more than just an old van to me.
I know this is a Subaru forum, but I'll share a couple pics for anyone who is interested. These vans don't get the same respect our old Subies do.
Loaded up for some paddle boarding one cold spring morning
I also made it down some dirt roads today with the Desert Fox, I swear this car wishes it would grow up to be a WRX.
Maybe once I have the time and money to do an EJ swap.
I also found an early picture of it.
Posted 05 July 2012 - 11:19 AM
Got some issues taken care of before the trip to Hillsdale this Saturday.
I also installed some yakima racks so I can haul this ea82 hood with me down there.
I washed it too, but this camera sure makes this car look a lot nicer than it really is
Edited by Mechanical_misfit, 05 July 2012 - 11:35 AM.
Posted 05 July 2012 - 11:36 AM
Why does it have to be 100 degrees out here? I wish this car had A/C
Posted 19 July 2012 - 11:04 AM
Who has the most economical wheel bearings for this thing? Honestly, I am broke as a joke these days, so who is going to be cheapest? I normally am concerned mainly with quality, but I gotta cheap out this time because of some bills that are going to be due.
In return, here's a fresh pic.
Posted 19 July 2012 - 11:58 AM
I remember GD saying you can get them for like $30, but I dunno where. Unless you where to order direct from a bearing manufacture.
Posted 19 July 2012 - 06:25 PM
Posted 19 July 2012 - 07:23 PM
Its an absolute shame that we can't get cab forward vans in the USA anymore. Easy to park, easy to drive but also first on the "scene" in a car accident. To me, that is a non issue-just drive defensive with oncoming traffic on 2 lane roads and don't rear end anybody. Oh well.
I sold it to a guy that HOUNDED me for months to sell it and I got a lot of cash for it.
Now I am looking for a Previa that isn't a fortune.
Posted 19 July 2012 - 11:47 PM
Shawn, I almost picked up a 4x4 panel van at the same time as I got the DL, but didn't want to take on two projects at once. I really do love these vans, I just wish they were a little bit easier to service. I see my old one cruising around town now and again, but the current owners peeled all the good stickers off it and replaced it with hippie frogs. The interior was in great shape, but they've had the rear seats folded flat and have been hauling scrap metal on them. It's a shame.
On another note, several of my best friends play in a punk band and had their tape release show tonight. I have been waiting for more than a month now to see it. My roommate did the layout for the insert that came with it. Nobody would let me see it until today and now I know why. I really didn't know what to say, other than I was pretty excited to see The Desert Fox and I were on the cover! I have the best friends a guy could ask for
Give it a listen if you're into this kind of stuff. http://courtesy-spit.bandcamp.com/
Posted 20 July 2012 - 12:03 AM
Posted 20 July 2012 - 12:25 AM
I really want to find a suitable replacement. Were these cars offered with a tape deck from the factory? If so, I need one now.
Posted 20 July 2012 - 12:34 AM
Posted 20 July 2012 - 12:37 AM
If you have a Slant console, I'll trade you I want to put a Pioneer in it with CD and USB port.
Posted 12 August 2012 - 08:50 AM
I did make a pretty cool thrift store find yesterday. My friend Rachelle picked these up for a dollar. Desert Fox ear rings!
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