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#1 Mugs


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Posted 02 September 2013 - 07:00 PM

So a friend of mine pulls into my driveway a and says "hey I found some really cool subies from the 70's not too far from your house." So I 'm thinking maybe some old wagons, or coupes maybe a FF1 if I'm really lucky.


I'm like "well lets go see them." So I grab my camera, and jump into his car. 5minutes later I'm looking at a Sambar, 2 360's, and 2 busses  :o


Needless to say my reaction was "Holy cow man." Just then the owner comes out. And I ask if its O.K. to take pics, and look at his cars. He says sure, and then goes into the history of them. 


He's had the white 360 since 68 and and said it was the family car, until he had their 3rd child. Then they got the van. The other 360 was purchased to be a parts car, as well as the van. He Got the Sambar in 1975 and drove it as his going back and forth work car, until about 8 years ago when the master cylinder went out, and has not been able to find parts. 


I asked if he would be interested in selling any of them. of course he told the a-typical story I have heard a thousand times. He is getting ready to retire from public utilities in 2 years (he's a mechanic there) and he wants to use the Sambar and white 360 as retirement projects. I says understand that. I asked a few more probing questions all the while slowly leaking out my knowledge of this gen of suby. He knew the Sambar is really hard to find, and is hanging on to it with clinched white knuckles. 


I asked if he had a computer so I could give him my e-mail address, and get him in contact with like minded Subaru collectors, and web sites he could possibly begin to start sourcing stuff for them. He said he has one at work but not home (ya he's real old school.) I shared my information with him, and also a lot of what I knew about the cars, and possible way to fix certain issues, he thanked me for the info, and said he would keep in touch if he had any questions, and that he'll definitely ask questions when the time comes...


I haven't hear from him yet (that was 2 months ago) but I have heard this song and dance too many times. I tried for 15 years to get a 69 camero, with a similar story, and eventually it sunk so far into the ground it was pointless, and then it was gone. But none the less I was able to make an initial contact, and I'll just keep popping in from time to time, and maybe some day when he realizes what he under took as a project is beginning to burn him out, and he would rather be fishing, I can show up with cash money in my hands and get that Sambar :wub:  


But in the mean time I figure I would share the pics with you all. 








#2 Leeroy


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Posted 02 September 2013 - 07:32 PM

Wow, love the one with the inch pincher stripe! 


Would be a shame if they just slowly return to the earth...

#3 l75eya


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Posted 02 September 2013 - 08:10 PM

Here's to hoping the man either a.) Does actually restore them or b.) sells them off to you! Nice finds!

#4 Jonv23


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Posted 03 September 2013 - 09:26 AM

Need to get them off the dirt, before they turn to dust.  I bought a van for parts years ago and not much was good from sitting on the ground (covered in a tarp, holding in the moisture)!

#5 archemitis


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Posted 03 September 2013 - 06:34 PM

holy spoob!

#6 Subie Gal

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 08:55 AM

very sad to see them sitting there like that when so many of us in the 360 community could quite easily save them from what is to be certain death if they continue down this path.  :(

#7 Mugs


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Posted 15 September 2013 - 11:24 PM

Ya I know, but you how these kind of people are. Too much sentimental value, so they  never want to let them go, and yet will never do anything with them either. I have a feeling he will either get frustrated and burnt out when he realizes the undertaking it is going to be to finish, and may sell then. Or he may budge if cash money is flashed in front of his face. 

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 03:28 AM

Most people with tons of older cars wont let go of one for a billion bucks! It's a shame 😒

#9 MR_Loyale


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Posted 02 October 2013 - 08:13 AM

For the love of God, put them in covered storage. :banghead:

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 09:47 AM

With that many cars you run out of room in covered storage lol

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