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i might be joining the stage 1 4wd family soon :-)
Posted 29 December 2005 - 08:10 PM
well, thanks to uncoolperson for taking the pics, i am in the process of buying this stage 1 4wd wagon. looks to be in decent shape, here are the pics....
it is putting me in debt to buy it, but i will have to sell off some things. what are the differences from stage 1 to stage 2? i know there is a couple of you guys on here with one (bajasubarunut, 75skunkaru, and a few others)
Posted 29 December 2005 - 11:02 PM
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Posted 30 December 2005 - 11:31 AM
appears the optional "doggie in the rear" air bag has been deployed?
Go for it Jon, body does look cherry, price looks well ....
too bad it's not a clam back,
but then you would
have to do battle with Andrew
Posted 30 December 2005 - 12:35 PM
I have never had a Gen One 4WD. The only ones I've driven are Paul's '78 wagon, and a '78 Brat that went to a very worthy caretaker in the center of Pennsylvania. I'll stick with my FWD 1400s for now :cool:
Posted 30 December 2005 - 05:29 PM
He would have started a bidding war, perhaps, but that's about all
nope, $500 is all i can afford.
the deal is going through as long as the report from Andy (uncoolperson) is A-OK, i spoke with the owner, and already have all the arrangments set, just have to send the paypal after i hear more about its condition rust wise.
i really prefer the 4wds, they have a different feel, less guts, but i like the feel of having 4wd at the flip of a lever.
Posted 30 December 2005 - 08:43 PM
I HATE RUST!!!!
Posted 31 December 2005 - 01:12 PM
after posting I saw the rust on the front fenders
this gives evidence of rust in many other places on these cars
I think you did good to pass as this one is not up to your standards
Good luck in your future searches
Posted 31 December 2005 - 03:58 PM
These cars "typically" have rust on the fender tops. It does not point to rust elsewhere!
Subaru replaced 1000s of fenders on these and stage 2 cars pre-maturely. There were no inner fender liners and the sealant they used between the fender and the wheel apron, was a foam type substance that absorbed and retained water. I have seen VERY bad rust in fender tops and not seen any significant rust elsewhere. I have removed tons of these fenders, both recently and when we had our dealership in the 70s/80s.
I'm sure that at this age the car has some rust elsewhere, but the 2 pics in this thread look pretty clean. Are there other pictures?? I would think that this car is in REALLY good shape if the fender rust is it.
If thats all in the fender, don't let that scare you off! Heck, we saw far worst than that by 1982 on a 79 car!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted 31 December 2005 - 04:23 PM
based solely on my exposure to these cars from this area at that age....
when the rust eats through the top of the front fenders
other "hot" spots can't be far behind
under floor engine cradle horns
gas filler protectors
X-cetera (these are very hard to find ;^) )
just to name a few
Lets see some pictures of these areas
Posted 31 December 2005 - 06:55 PM
Yes.....Skip is right, that the Northeast is a different bird!
Posted 31 December 2005 - 08:24 PM
The foam strip Subaru used between the fender and the unibody acted like a sponge,held water,and rusted the tops of every fender from Tuscon to Tewksbury and back.That was how we scored 6 year old Subarus for under $800 from the late 70's through the late 80's.
The rest of the body might not be bad at all,you need to look.But judging only from the tops of the fenders would be a mistake.
I have not seen pictures of the underside of this car,but I'd suspect it's totally worth saving.
Posted 31 December 2005 - 09:04 PM
i have more pics that Andy took (thanks again for saving me alot of $$) the top of that fender is completly caved in with rust, and i bet there is more on the structure underneath. the hatch has quite a bit of serious rust, the bottoms of the fenders have rust, the doors have some rust light on the top, but bubbling up on the bottom. my bet is it has more underneath.
i took a risk on that hatchback i bought, but now i`m loosing money on it because it really looks BAD underneath, now i`m sold on just cars with little to no rust.
if i could get it for like $700 delivered to my door, it`d still be a done deal.
Posted 31 December 2005 - 09:05 PM
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Posted 31 December 2005 - 09:52 PM
does the car come with any front axles?
Posted 31 December 2005 - 09:57 PM
Posted 01 January 2006 - 08:22 AM
your diplomacy in these matters is truly commendable
I vote we make you a candidate for
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