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ea81t 4wd coupe; how rare?


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#1 Jack in Norfolk

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Posted 25 January 2006 - 10:46 PM

I knew a girl in high school with a tan 4wd turbo coupe with alloy wagon wheels and the luggage rack on the back. I was just thinking about the last time I saw one of those. How rare are they?

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Posted 25 January 2006 - 11:08 PM

The turbo coupes are pretty rare. There was that 4wd convertible turbo on ebay this past summer; Turbone had one and a couple other board members have had or do have them. All in all fairly difficult to find. Definitely grab one if you can find one.

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Posted 25 January 2006 - 11:17 PM

I guess not as rare as that round headlight convertible of yours though, huh? ;)

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Posted 25 January 2006 - 11:33 PM

It still astounds me that someone made a used 4-speed fwd stripped vinyl-seats DL...into a convertible.

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Posted 25 January 2006 - 11:38 PM

It still astounds me that someone made a used 4-speed fwd stripped vinyl-seats DL...into a convertible.


when you say a "used" 4 spd dl, do you mean that the conversion was done after the car was bought new, like the owner sent it to the coach builder?
it does seem wierd to have the stripped down dl made into a convertible, but I have seen chevy cavaliers with cloth seats and hubcaps and crappy radios that were convertibles. I think they were rental cars. Who knows.

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Posted 26 January 2006 - 12:03 AM

From what I was able to get out of the previous owner, it was a leased car in a fleet that was returned, and then the dealer had it converted by the coachbuilder that did the conversions after it had been returned to SoA and auctioned.

As for the Cavaliers, they were from the factory--GM has this lovely habit of churning out mountains of garbage at every turn, so can't put much stock in that. But all other Subie convertibles I've seen have been at least GLs or GLFs. (Couple of GL-10s and Turbo Tractions, too.)

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Posted 26 January 2006 - 12:38 AM

I've had a couple of Turbo Coupes (And Wagons)
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There seems to be more of the Turbo Coupes west of the Rockies. But the convertable conversions were nationwide, altho not that many were done.
I have seen 3 in the PNW in the last 4yrs.

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Posted 26 January 2006 - 04:06 AM

I've got that black one now... parts for those things are almost impossible to find.

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Posted 26 January 2006 - 04:27 AM

Hey Tubone...I still have these pics saved on my puter from when I was looking for a coupe and you so ever kindly sent me past pics of these children.

I Still love these coupes....miss mine :( :( but she couldnt be in better hands than with moosens. And cant wait till Tommy and me get a house..then I can have have a place to work on them without being outside .....house we looking at has an oversized 2 car garage w/ loft...I dont know what the house looks like but the garage is awesome!




I've had a couple of Turbo Coupes (And Wagons)
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There seems to be more of the Turbo Coupes west of the Rockies. But the convertable conversions were nationwide, altho not that many were done.
I have seen 3 in the PNW in the last 4yrs.



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Posted 26 January 2006 - 05:13 AM

I dont know what the house looks like but the garage is awesome!


YEAH!!!! you got a good head on your shoulders girl!!!!

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Posted 26 January 2006 - 05:59 AM

Mine is the only one I've seen in my area. Seen 3 wagons, and a couple of Brats, but as far as I know, only one Turbo Hardtop in the Rogue River Valley.

Also, does anyone else have a "Lightning Silver" one? And has anyone seen two with the same decals? Everyone I've personally seen have had different graphics, thats counting online pics. All different kindsa layouts.

This is my 84:
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Posted 26 January 2006 - 09:41 AM

I dont have any pics yet but I have 3 EA81T cars 2 coupes and a brat! Funny though both coupes have different striping, but Identical features, one is silver and one is the burgandy color. Pwr windows, automatic, digi dash, luggage rack, 4 spoke alloys. I'm hopin to put some pics up soon.

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Posted 26 January 2006 - 10:45 AM

There is a complete Tan one in an out of the way Junkyard here in SLC.:brow:

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Posted 26 January 2006 - 02:57 PM

Adam, Richie has the twin of yours. At least I think he still does. He brought it to WCSS3 at Thurston Co ORV Park.

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Posted 26 January 2006 - 05:04 PM

Wow :slobber: I love your car. Love the color. Everything. Nice find!!

Mine is the only one I've seen in my area. Seen 3 wagons, and a couple of Brats, but as far as I know, only one Turbo Hardtop in the Rogue River Valley.

Also, does anyone else have a "Lightning Silver" one? And has anyone seen two with the same decals? Everyone I've personally seen have had different graphics, thats counting online pics. All different kindsa layouts.

This is my 84:
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Posted 26 January 2006 - 05:11 PM

:slobber: :slobber: :slobber: :slobber:

Enough said!!

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Posted 26 January 2006 - 06:03 PM

From what I was able to get out of the previous owner, it was a leased car in a fleet that was returned, and then the dealer had it converted by the coachbuilder that did the conversions after it had been returned to SoA and auctioned.

As for the Cavaliers, they were from the factory--GM has this lovely habit of churning out mountains of garbage at every turn, so can't put much stock in that. But all other Subie convertibles I've seen have been at least GLs or GLFs. (Couple of GL-10s and Turbo Tractions, too.)


You've seen all of these convertibles? Where??!! Man I must not have been paying attention or something. I have only seen a handful on line and one in Hemmings motor news. A turbo traction!!! now that would be something! Do have pics of any of these?

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Posted 26 January 2006 - 07:37 PM

Correct me if I'm wrong, but weren't T-coupes only made in 84?

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Posted 26 January 2006 - 07:42 PM

they made some 83's they just didn't have water cooled turbo chargers... According to the book I read on the subaru 83/84 turbo coups, is the 84's got water cooled turbo chargers in the later half of 84 because of oil boiling problems.

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Posted 26 January 2006 - 07:45 PM

It needs a bath, but here it is...
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Posted 27 January 2006 - 02:42 PM

Just saw another one today in Bellingham. It was parked a few stalls away from my t wagon and was the same color to boot!

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Posted 01 December 2006 - 07:44 PM

Well to update this thread, I now have the black T-Coupe and I saw the maroon coupe I mentioned in the last thread again a few days ago in Bellingham running around in the snow:

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Posted 01 December 2006 - 09:27 PM

Well, it sure looks different from when I had it.

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Posted 01 December 2006 - 09:56 PM

I've had a couple of Turbo Coupes (And Wagons)
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There seems to be more of the Turbo Coupes west of the Rockies. But the convertable conversions were nationwide, altho not that many were done.
I have seen 3 in the PNW in the last 4yrs.


damn that such a hot looking car... id like to see one w/ a 4 in lift with some swampers:headbang:

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Posted 01 December 2006 - 10:03 PM

Mine is the only one I've seen in my area. Seen 3 wagons, and a couple of Brats, but as far as I know, only one Turbo Hardtop in the Rogue River Valley.

Also, does anyone else have a "Lightning Silver" one? And has anyone seen two with the same decals? Everyone I've personally seen have had different graphics, thats counting online pics. All different kindsa layouts.

This is my 84:
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u kno come to think of it i have seen a silver one in reno actually but i dont kno if it was a turbo cuz i didnt see turbo decals




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