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#1 Subaru Scott

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 09:01 PM

So out of the 28 Subaru's I've owned, and strangely enough, 28 non-Subaru vehicles, not counting motorcycles or parts cars, these are all vehicles I drove, this is the very first convertible! I did have a Fiat X19, which was close, but it's so cool to look over my shoulder backing up and see nothing! Makes me smile every time :D Thanks again to Roger for selling me this great car and for driving 5 hours to come rescue me in sub-zero temps when I got stranded by the airline trying to get there!! Always loved the EA81s but never thought I'd ever own one again, much less, THIS :banana: My numbers would be a lot higher if it were not for my current 91 Legacy platform creation getting me through the last 13 years and 400k miles. And it's been a long time since I've even wanted to build a hot rod, but living in SW Florida the last couple of years, where there are car shows weekly and musclecars all over, including Cobra's (Cccooobbrraass :slobber: ) I've been getting the bug again and THIS is the car. So, I'm thinking: STI, replace the turbo with a supercharger + header, 6 speed, RWD, big fat tires and everything (Deep Purple - Highway Star)... can you say "Rocket Sled?" Now, if that proves to be too ungodly, I always have the AWD option, I'll lock the center diff in a way it can be unlocked. I put an EA82t in an 86 hatch loooong time ago (I might have been the first) stock except for a brake spring on the wastegate (12 psi) and pulled the front shafts in non-snow months. That thing was a barnstormer and would roast 15's :burnout: Now I realize I'm talking a lot more horsepower in this case and also realize I may have to do some chassis beefing. The box beams that were added during the conversion look pretty substantial but... A friend of mine had a 289 Ford Falcon ragtop that would get a 1.5" gap at the drivers door when he did a hole shot :blink: The rockers need work anyway so I can cut the outer off, weld box beam/tube in and re-cover. A 6-point rollbar would do the job nicely too! So I've been shopping rolled/totaled STI's and trying to get up to speed on what's what because I kind of stopped paying attention to new stuff back in the early 90's  :rolleyes: but I'm thinking an 02 or newer for the engine, wiring, brakes, suspension pieces, seats, etc. and a JDM 6 speed if the donor I end up with doesn't have one. Just thinking out loud here, still lots of research to be done. Not asking anyone to figure this out for me... that's half the fun! I WOULD like to ask if anyone has a nice EA81 4WD rear suspension they would sell because the space required for the top to fold down leaves no room for strut towers. Also, I'll be needing to replace the top in the next year or so if anybody has one laying around... :lol: Stay tuned! And thank you USMB for my new favorite Sube!! Hopefully I can make it into a mini "Cobraroo" :headbang: :headbang:


#2 BratRod


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Posted 14 January 2014 - 09:06 PM

To #28!  :drunk:

#3 l75eya


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Posted 14 January 2014 - 09:23 PM

Ohhhhhhhhhhhh man. Subscribed already. Nice convertible. It's a shame it'll be going to 5 lug, namely because those rims are b-e-autiful!

#4 RustyBrat


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Posted 14 January 2014 - 09:29 PM

wow! that is all.

#5 Subaru Scott

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 09:39 PM

Ohhhhhhhhhhhh man. Subscribed already. Nice convertible. It's a shame it'll be going to 5 lug, namely because those rims are b-e-autiful!

Yes, I know... Ironically these are the best looking wheels I've ever had and yet, no practical way to channel 300 HP through them :( Will make someones day if I decide to let them go... Not necessarily going 5-lug... the wheels I want will be a surprise!! :brow:

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 11:52 PM

Scott -it was great meeting you, the car couldn't have found a better new home! :burnout:  I Can't wait to see what you do with her :popcorn:

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