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My 'new' 79 wagon (thanks RavenTBK!)


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#1 DerFahrer

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Posted 13 May 2006 - 06:33 PM

Well, if you've been keeping up with the FS section, you remember the 79 wagon that RavenTBK had in north FL, that sat for sale for years!

Well, it's mine now! :D

It needs some TLC... Raven has informed me that the transmission main bearing is making noise. Believe it or not, I've already sourced all the bearings in the transmission, OEM from Subaru!! I dunno if I'm gonna rebuild this one and throw it back in, swap a different one, or what.

It also has an electrical issue with the fuel pump, so it will only run if I put a little gas in the carb. I heard it start up and then die, but the engine runs sweet, and the exhaust is completely silent!

It has all the original paperwork, owners' manual, etc. It's not even a 17-digit VIN either, it's something weird! :shock:

There's a tiny bit of rust, but only one spot that I'm concerned about. The rest is mostly surface.

Either way, it will be a fun project. I might restore it and sell it, or I might keep it.

Anyway, enough blabbering. Here's the pics of Gretchen (yes, I've already named her :D):

The body's dirty, but in decent shape:
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Interior is kinda yucky:
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This vicious beast might be putting out 60hp y0!!
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Owner's manual, etc.
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The one rust spot I'm concerned about:
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Thanks again Raven!

#2 75subie

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Posted 13 May 2006 - 07:11 PM

schweet! i almost picked that up last year, but then i got spoiled with rust free cars:D

should be a nice project for you! will it be an original resto, or mods:brow: ?

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Posted 13 May 2006 - 07:11 PM

Want a gallon of bleach for that interior? :grin:

Seriously, though, good to hear that you're getting another classic back on the road where she belongs.

#4 DerFahrer

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Posted 13 May 2006 - 07:27 PM

I'm gonna do what I can to make it an original resto. Being fortunate enough to work at a Subaru dealer, I can probably do a little extra digging for OEM parts.

I think I'm gonna clean it up tomorrow, and see if I can at least get the engine to fire up and run for a few minutes.

I was thinking of throwing an EA81 D/R in it, but apparently that won't work, with the whole starter/clutch fork location being opposite of the EA81. I still find that really funny! :lol:

I guarantee I'm gonna have a whole bunch of questions coming up, since this is my first carbed car.

I do kinda hafta be a jackass and brag that I now have a legitimate reason to post in all 3 Subaru generation forums :D

#5 75subie

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Posted 13 May 2006 - 07:34 PM

an ea81 w/ dual range tranny can be adapted into it with some fabrication. not to much welding if i remember correctly. rooinator did a write up on this exact swap years ago.

i think you will probly like the ea71 motor though, it is no power house, but they almost always run. plus they are very fuel efficient, and the valves are easy to ajust if you got a tick going on. ea71s are also pretty easy to mod. get a weber carb on there along with a nice cam grind, high flow exhaust, and electronic disty swap, and that puppy would be pretty zippy:D

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Posted 13 May 2006 - 11:23 PM

Man that makes me want to go get my gen 1 wagon now! But I will just have to wait till next Saturday. Nice Score by the way!:headbang:

#7 DerFahrer

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Posted 14 May 2006 - 01:22 PM

I'm impressed. It cleaned up pretty good. The paint is faded as hell, of course, but it looks better than I thought it would.
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EA71 baby!
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Too bad these aren't the real miles. It's likely rolled over, and the speedo's broken so even these 5 digits aren't accurate.
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Posted 14 May 2006 - 03:23 PM

its gonna have 68 hp y0! Lookin good!

#9 Ever Victorious

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Posted 14 May 2006 - 04:19 PM

its gonna have 68 hp y0! Lookin good!


Mmm... faux wood veneer... :banana:

#10 DerFahrer

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Posted 14 May 2006 - 05:53 PM

By the way, I have gotten THIRTEEN suggestions of swapping some form of an EJ engine in it from all the forums I've posted this on :lol:

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Posted 14 May 2006 - 08:45 PM

those 13 suggestions are probly good ones! i vote for an ej22 out of a pre 94 legacy (non interference) with a ea adapter plate, so you can connect it to a 5sp d/r:D that would be one sick unit:grin: you would have good power off road, and get 30 mpg on road with efficiency.

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Posted 14 May 2006 - 10:01 PM

I'm just glad to see the ol girl go to a home where she'll be taken care of and restored like she should be. I know it wasnt the prettiest damn thing, but he's got one hell of a car sitting there, that wont take all that much work to get back to "pretty" condition. I've seen much much worse. Those that passed missed out.

Its kinda sad.. I pull back into my driveway out in the woods, and I immediately noticed the dirt patch that was left behind...glaring at me as I drove around to my spot in the back. Now, when I back out, I have no readily visible landmark to pivot around so I miss the shrubs and other plant life that my mother is trying desperately to grow and "make nice". I already miss my big blue lawn gnome. :-\

subyluvr2212:
If you need some help with anything, now that I know where you live :eek: :lol: I could easily pop down and give you a hand. Plus, you could source me some OEM parts for the Brat on the cheap side that I would get raped on from the dealer up here. ;)

Keep the pics comin. Can never have too many posted. ;) Speaking of which, I must go out to the forest and make some more Brat porn sometime soon.

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#13 DerFahrer

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Posted 15 May 2006 - 08:09 PM

subyluvr2212:
If you need some help with anything, now that I know where you live :eek: :lol: I could easily pop down and give you a hand.


Don't forget, I have your address on the title. I can find where YOU live too! BWAHAHAHA!! :lol: In all seriousness, I'm gonna try to do as much as I can myself, but I might bug ya if something's really got me stumped.

Plus, you could source me some OEM parts for the Brat on the cheap side that I would get raped on from the dealer up here. ;)


Anytime, just PM me, call me, or shoot me an email at subyluvr2212@gmail.com

Keep the pics comin. Can never have too many posted.;)



I'm a picture whore anyway, so don't worry about that :banana:

Speaking of which, I must go out to the forest and make some more Brat porn sometime soon.


Please do! :brow:

#14 DerFahrer

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Posted 30 May 2006 - 07:07 PM

:banana::banana: Got my title today! :banana::banana:

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Posted 30 May 2006 - 10:53 PM

Should be able to make to the the Subaru Summer Meet at OBX,right?

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#16 DerFahrer

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Posted 02 June 2006 - 09:08 PM

Should be able to make to the the Subaru Summer Meet at OBX,right?


Tell subyluvr about this meet :brow:

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Posted 03 June 2006 - 08:33 AM

It's one we've kicked around but never actually had....and might never have.

Sorry,just teasing and hoping to raise interest in an ACTUAL EAST COAST MEET on the Outer Banks (OBX) .

This year would be most difficult for me to make it.Perhaps a September run,maybe early October....but otherwise totally out of the question for me this summer.

Personally,I think it is THE PLACE for an "East of the Missisippi Meet" when we actually get enough interest.

Hey,tell ya what....I'll start a kick around thread for late Sept./early Oct. just to see who chimes in and the possibility of making even a small meet happen.

To me,just getting to OBX with my son or the whole family for camping,surf action is worth the effort.But I'd rather be there after tourist season when the weather is still excellent (excepting the occasional hurricane).

See you in the Meet 'n Greet....




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