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1978 Subaru GF hardtop! now what?
Posted 11 October 2017 - 12:01 PM
Posted 12 October 2017 - 01:25 AM
No real performance upgrades. You can do some things but it'll still be an old Subaru.
Not too rare , but you may notice there aren't a lot of '78/9 anythings on the road.
Need anything for it ? I have lots of parts.
Check out crappy face book - there are a couple or so groups dedicated to old Subarus.
"Classic Subaru Network" and Old School Subaru Group are two you'll want to check out.
Here is great too for sure.
Good luck with it.
Posted 12 October 2017 - 01:45 AM
Mine has been modified by the previous owner (EA63 heads and cam, different carb) and while no doubt an improvement it is not earth shattering!
Edited by Leeroy, 13 October 2017 - 04:51 AM.
Posted 12 October 2017 - 12:30 PM
Congrats on the find, those are cool cars!
A weber carb conversion will give you a pretty good boost.
Posted 02 November 2017 - 11:51 PM
Posted 04 November 2017 - 03:51 PM
Posted 07 November 2017 - 02:20 AM
Posted 07 November 2017 - 11:19 AM
so i was pulling a tape on the 2.2 the other day and its a little too
close to call. does anyone know if it would fit in the 78 gf?
Keep it stock, don't frankenize it.
Posted 07 November 2017 - 11:20 AM
Make that car Shiney.
Posted 12 November 2017 - 10:45 AM
Depending on what the interior condition is, you might be able to sell it on ebay for a nice figure as a survivor car. A recent survivor low miles all original 79 Subaru 2wd wagon went for 6k in Texas and an 80 4WD wagon with Desert Fox graphics sold for 10k in California. Sure, drive it for a year or so and have fun (plus insure it properly with classic car insurance), but I would recommend keeping it all original and get it in pristine condition so you can sell it at some point and use the profit to do an engine swap on another vehicle that is less rare and less valuable. Selling it when it is 40 years old in great condition with lots of pictures and detailed info on ebay is definitely the way to get the most out of your 300.00 investment. I was just in Spokane, Coeur D'Alene, Sandpoint and Post Falls almost exactly a year ago looking for old Subarus, but the ones on Craigslist had sold by the time I got there. Guess I should have driven the back roads a bit more.
There's a reason why there is so little info/pictures online about the 78/79 GF Hardtops. There just aren't any left around.
Posted 09 December 2017 - 09:57 PM
Posted 11 January 2018 - 01:51 PM
gfdan , I hope you’ll leave it stock too. 2.2 as a last resort. The 1600’s are reliable and can give you enough GO to be happy enough. It’s obviously not going to be a really cool and fast car. But you can enjoy it being cool.
Posted 11 January 2018 - 01:55 PM
It’s only that original once.
You’ve found something others would cherish. So before you kill that aspect of it , consider throwing it out there for sale and make some money to put towards a true project car.
You’re choice , enjoy it either way.
Posted 12 January 2018 - 11:14 PM
I would give it a nice home and leave it the way it is. Even the 'jerk' sticker.
Posted 13 January 2018 - 08:53 AM
Seriously , I can see your left fender about to burst with rust at the top. This is VERY common.
You want to take the time and remove the both of them and clean and prep as best as you can paying attention to shedding water.
Subaru put a foam strip in there to reduce vibration noise. That acted as a sponge - Not Good - and even the “no rust zone” cars suffer this malady.
Also , being a GF you have a 5spd. Consider this a minor treasure.
Pretty sure there’s several of us here who would be really upset if you started messing around with this car and taking it away from originality. Not that we matter , but hoping you’ll see some light and make your own conclusion.
While we’re at it , you also want to immediately remove the cowl ( that grill thing in front of the front windshield ) and get down in there and remove any pine needles , leaves , etc. Right down to the paint and/or rusting metal. This is the second MUST GET TO area. If you see that any paint is gone proceed to look for pinholes using a flashlight or daylight while you are inside with the carpet pulled back looking all around under the dash especially on the passenger side.
Then go around each wheel well and inspect for rust where the tires throw the slop around.
Enjoy it !
Posted 13 January 2018 - 08:56 AM
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