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1976 4WD wagon; drug out of the bushes.


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#1 cal_look_zero

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 11:04 AM

So I have a craigslist ad up, looking for cheap fixer Subarus. I get an email for a "1976 Forester"  which I can only assume is a wagon. I call the lady and have a nice chat about the history of the car (She's had it since 84) and she says "As long as you don't scrap it, you can come get it for free"

Fortunately I borrowed my buddy's big F350, because I had to literally drag the car out of the bushes. However, what came out was fantastic:







There's a little cancer under the fuel door, and under the rear glass, but otherwise the body is good. The windows were left down about an inch, so the interior and upholstery are garbage. All 4 wheels spin, and I think I may have freed up the engine from dragging it in gear!

The plan for right now is to gut it and dry it out. I would like to EJ it since I have 6 of them laying around right now, and I may go D/R or just an EJ 5 speed. This will probably be an incredibly long project as I am still building on my Impreza, and running my shop, but I hope to have built something incredibly cool by the time I'm done.



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Posted 26 November 2013 - 03:59 PM

Nice find,will have many of us drooling but wishing you all the best in restoration.

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 03:59 PM

Damn you! It's beautiful!

#4 cal_look_zero

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 04:34 PM

Some better pics, quite a difference 21 years makes.









 



#5 BratRod

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 06:29 PM

These rescue threads just rock my socks.

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 02:49 PM

Pulled it into the shop today and begun gutting the interior in hopes of drying it out.

Engine turns over freely by hand and builds compression. More than I was expecting given that the distro is missing. Oil level is perfect (No water present) and dark (Not scary, just used) and the tranny fluid looks new. Might see if I can get it running as is. (After I source a distributor). All the doors open and close, windows go up and down. Going to hook a battery up tomorrow and see what kind of electrical still works and what needs attention. Also found some sort of tow bumper in the back under all the garbage; though I'm not entirely sure what one would plan to tow with a car this underpowered?





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Posted 27 November 2013 - 03:16 PM

Good find!  Your skills rock man. Can't wait to watch this one along.



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Posted 28 November 2013 - 12:35 PM

You should donate this so it can be my family car lol

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Posted 28 November 2013 - 09:58 PM

Grrrrr....










On a different note, I hooked a battery up and got nothing. Then out of the blue, I hear the fuel pump trying to prime. Manage to get the horn to beep, and to get the starter to turn the engine over. So at least some of the electrical is in order. No lights or anything else though, but it's a start.


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Posted 29 November 2013 - 04:04 AM

Effort , oh man ...... LOL

 

That's not so bad.

 

Get to work! :)



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Posted 30 November 2013 - 12:14 AM

Same color as my 77. Awesome!



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Posted 30 November 2013 - 01:03 AM

Awesome Find and Awesome Project!

 

... I hear the fuel pump trying to prime. Manage to get the horn to beep, and to get the starter to turn the engine over. So at least some of the electrical is in order. No lights or anything else though, but it's a start.
 

 

I Kindly suggest you to look for Rusted Fuses,

 

and rusted ground contacts; 

 

it is a common issue.

 

Kind Regards.



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Posted 30 November 2013 - 02:13 AM

Awesome Find and Awesome Project!

 

 

I Kindly suggest you to look for Rusted Fuses,

 

and rusted ground contacts; 

 

it is a common issue.

 

Kind Regards.


Yeah, I'll be redoing the entire wiring, new fuse block, wire ends, etc.

Probably going to order a distributor and carb kit and see if I can get it running.



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Posted 30 November 2013 - 05:09 AM

No visible reason why it won't run with the carb freshened up , fresh fuel , and the disty can be found on eBay or through Danny - drivesubies on our board here.

Enjoy !!!

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Posted 01 December 2013 - 02:16 PM

She's a beauty for her condition! Her paint job actually looks better than the primer on my current '78 wagon and that cancer doesn't look too bad considering where you found her.



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Posted 01 December 2013 - 02:42 PM

If it has a ea71(not sure if yours is points or electric since it could be both) in it you can use a distributor out of a ea81 that is electric or one out of a ea82 but you would have to take the gear off the ea82 and drill a new hole to move the gear up. I have both a pionts and electric distributor out of ea71's if you dont have one yet.



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Posted 03 December 2013 - 12:24 PM

    What is that round button on the bottom of the tailgate?  

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 12:49 PM

Flux Capacitor.



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Posted 03 December 2013 - 12:52 PM

If it has a ea71(not sure if yours is points or electric since it could be both) in it you can use a distributor out of a ea81 that is electric or one out of a ea82 but you would have to take the gear off the ea82 and drill a new hole to move the gear up. I have both a pionts and electric distributor out of ea71's if you dont have one yet.

 

I may take you up on that. I ordered a reman from Oreilly's but then they said it's NLA, so I may just need a good used unit. Shoot me a PM.

    What is that round button on the bottom of the tailgate?  

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It's some sort of tie down hook, I'm recalling her saying something about using the car to haul their canoe to the lake (Judging by the bent cross bars on the rack, seems legit)



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Posted 03 December 2013 - 02:22 PM

that's the boat drain plug they installed before stashing it in the bushes with the windows down. LOL

 

nice hit and good job getting going on it!  "76 Forester" is hysterical.



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Posted 05 December 2013 - 10:12 AM

It's some sort of tie down hook, I'm recalling her saying something about using the car to haul their canoe to the lake (Judging by the bent cross bars on the rack, seems legit)
 

 

Yeah that makes sence, probably installed it after they broke off the rear wiper blade from using that as a tie down point.  I suspect the demise of the original grill was also due to using it as a tie down anchor for the front.  But the replacement grill looks like a much beefier structure for lashing rope to, and it's real chrome!   

 

Awsome score, great to see another one saved.



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Posted 05 December 2013 - 10:26 AM

Have a 77 dl wagon for parts only has 22000 kms on it no floor at all but very nice rear seats and rear carpet interior front seats are gone



#23 moosens

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 10:55 AM

Ivan , what color carpet for the rear of a wagon?

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 02:26 PM

Love it! Great save :D

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 10:11 AM

Brown seats with black carpet






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