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1977 4WD

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#1 dziuggy


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Posted 13 April 2017 - 12:41 PM

Hey guys! I just picked up 1977 4WD wagon. It is california car without rust, seems to be original paint and interior. Odometer is 8900, but might be 108.


It started and drives, but front drivers side wheel make a lot of noise grinding and clicking (cv shafts and bearings?). Is there a repair manual online? 


I got it through the auction so it has lien sale papers and I need to smog it,does anyone has advise on CA smog? i believe subaru did not have catalytic converters right?


I want to keep the car, but need to make sure it is not huge pain to to repair / register. If I can't get it smogged I might consider selling.


any advice recommended. Here is few pictures:






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#2 spicypeanut


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Posted 13 April 2017 - 12:46 PM

Hello fellow Californian. Grats on the new find first of all. In going through the hassle of getting my 78 snogged, the car originally shouldn't have come with cats. That said, I would rebuild the carb, have it tuned and see if it passes. If you can't get it to pass, just have a cat installed by a local exhaust shop.

#3 75subie


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Posted 15 April 2017 - 09:29 PM

if you decide to sell the car as-is please let me know. Will be in California early to mid May. Sent you a message. I miss my 76 wagon. Jon

#4 DaveT


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Posted 20 April 2017 - 01:55 PM

I had a 76 like that one, except only 2 headlights. And a 78 that was blue. 2 of the simplest and most reliable cars ever owned.

Your noises are probably the cv shaft. That old out there, might need seals for the wheel bearings.

The bearings are standard ball bearings, any industrial bearing supply place will have them if car parts places don't carry them.

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