I'd like to introduce you all to Betty White. She is my 92 Loyale 4wd that I hitched a ride across BC with two gorgeous women to pick up sight unseen. $1200, 272,000km, rust free by the standards I roll by and well maintained by the previous/original owner. This is my second Loyale but it will be my first project car. My previous car, The Subarocket, is retired to donor status after hitting 350,000km and being driven like a bat out of hell for the last 5 years. A slightly lagging bat, but a bat none-the-less. The Subarocket was a daily driver that regularly cruised the province for ski trips and surf trips and often left me stranded in some interesting situations. It also was the most bitchin' winter vehicle I have ever owned and was regularly used as an RV. Did you know two people can comfortably sleep in a Loyale for a with an 8' surfboard strapped to the ceiling, a thule box with skis and another board on the roof? It also made a great room when I was working out of town and sleeping in it at -10 for a week. Here are a few shots of my black beauty to honour her before I move on.
En route to a summer building, biking and surfing on the west coast.
You don't see many old Subarus in BC so I was quite surprised to see this beauty in my hometown.
When I arrived in Vancouver to pick up Betty White I was pretty excited. Island raised (no rust) and one owner are pretty rare things. I was over working on a car that was rusted to crap. This is the cleanest Loyale I have ever seen in person! I knew the rear suspension was bad and I think it is struts (popping/tapping sound). When I was about to fill up on gas and oil in preparation for my 800km drive home I got a great scare out of the oil. The filler tube was full of rusty sludge and the dip stick was almost dry with loose flakes of rust. I immediately drove back to the nearest oil change place who clean things up and found clear oil when they drained it. I assume the rust was from moisture from sitting for a while and was not actually in the system?
Anyways, she drove like a dream and I have already put 2500km on it in 3 weeks. My plan is to lift it, D/R, "camperize", and make it a prime ski bum vehicle with every minor modification I have thought would be convenient over the last few years. I am not a mechanic, nor mechanically inclined. I did an impressive amount of work on Subarocket and learned a lot but lost a lot of time and did many things wrong! All mechanical work will be done by a mechanic and all the camperizing/ customizing will be done by myself.
I'm stoked to share all this with you and hopefully can gain a lot more insight from my followers. Meet my new bitch.