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#1 TheSubaruJunkie

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Posted 19 May 2006 - 08:15 PM

Well, there's no point in resurrecting my Wagon :( The last time its really been wheeled was almost a year ago, when i managed to brush a tree and ruin my passenger side door. No worries really, but a year before that I struck a chunk of granite with the lower control arm. Front passenger side and it managed to tweak the arm really good. I replaced it with a new arm, but the swaybar and underbody mount were also bent, so the new arm is wedged in there real good. Makes for some very interesting pull to the right side, and turning left is a real chore.

For the past few months, Jibs has been nice enough to store my lifted wagon at his property. I had moved to a new place, and the new house doesnt have room to store a beatup, broken down subaru. I did manage to get it out on a wheelin trip a few months ago with Jibs and his lifted brat. I believe that was the run that blew my headgasket :(

Sooooo.... Thanks to my tax return this year I was able to pickup another EA81 to replace the wagon. Camping season is here, and i need to get out and do some fishing and get back into wheelin again! So thanks to uncle sam, and craigslist I went and picked this little gem up yesterday :clap:

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148k on the ticker and the thing runs like a clock. A couple small dings here and very little rust (although it does have some rot, nowhere important). So, here in a couple weeks I should be making a visit to Jibs, where we will start to dismantle my old wagon. I will be transfering the lift, bumper and rear brakes to the hatch. Also, last weeks yard run netted an LSD which will end up in the new hatch as well.

Ive almost lost count, but i believe this makes #14. Only EA81 type left to buy would be a sedan and 2dr coupe. Next to my wagon (when it was new), this has to be the smoothest runnin EA81 ive owned. Im not 100% sure, but the butt-dyno even tells me it out accelerates and pulls harder than my RX :confused: Guess that means I better do some more work on the RX tomorrow (new turbo sitting on the bench, different story).

Anyhow, if you wanna see more pictures I will be putting them all in this album http://gallery.usmb.net/hatch I'll be updating that album whenever i get new pix so check back soon!

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#2 VaporTrail

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Posted 19 May 2006 - 08:23 PM

nice. I'm down to just 2 Brats right now, but still looking for a hatch....

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Posted 19 May 2006 - 08:24 PM

Nice score. What did you have to fork over for it?

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Posted 19 May 2006 - 08:26 PM

like I said online the other night, that thing is SWEET! Gonna have it or the RX at WCSS8 this year?

#5 TheSubaruJunkie

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Posted 19 May 2006 - 08:30 PM

$1250 :-\ 2nd most expensive Subaru I've bought, and its gonna tear me up when I go out and beat it up on the trails. But ive been searching for years for one... and one in this good of shape is worth it i guess.

Russ, will definatly be makin the trip to WCSS8. Me and Jibs will be leaving for the show extra early to put in some more wheeling time on the way :)

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#6 TheSubaruJunkie

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Posted 19 May 2006 - 09:11 PM

Went and picked it up yesterday.

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This weekend I will be extracting my lift from my old Wagon, and putting it on the hatch :) I'll have to find a way to scrape together some money for new tires... but Im hoping my coopers still have alittle life in them. We'll soon see :)

More pix are here http://gallery.usmb.net/hatch

Should be fun to see this hatch develop. And will be even more fun wheelin it!

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Posted 19 May 2006 - 10:03 PM

sweet hatch!! '84? a hatch is on my "aquire next" list i keep stored in my head where the woman won't find it! actually she likes old subies too so it's never been really hard to talk her into getting another one. i think i'll keep her for awhile longer, LOL!!

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Posted 19 May 2006 - 10:04 PM

:slobber:man that's sweet, I will own one again!! and hopefully with no rust like that one!!

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Posted 19 May 2006 - 10:38 PM

thats a bad little hatch, that one passes all those CALI emission tests?

#10 Spiffy

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Posted 19 May 2006 - 11:05 PM

sweet! that's a nice score...

bring it up for some trails... (:


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Posted 19 May 2006 - 11:15 PM

Me jealous. I would love a hatch.

#12 Jerry DeMoss

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Posted 19 May 2006 - 11:16 PM

Sweet!That is the spittin' image of mine minus the roof rack!The only other thing mine has that is different is that it has a strip of decal running down the length of it.Very nice hatch.:)

#13 Jibs

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Posted 19 May 2006 - 11:28 PM

Go Go Little Red Riding Hatch!!:grin: :headbang:

#14 TheSubaruJunkie

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Posted 19 May 2006 - 11:33 PM

D'OH JIBS! You leaked the name! :grin: I already checked and LIL RED & L1L R3D are already taken :-\

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#15 Turbone

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Posted 19 May 2006 - 11:51 PM

Thats one nice Hatch. To bad your going to beat it up offroad:mad:
Just try and be careful, I want to see it in good shape in Aug:headbang:
You can park it next to mine:D

#16 Ryanb

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Posted 20 May 2006 - 12:04 AM

Nice ride! That thing is saweeet! You're gonna love the change, the hatch's are so much more manuverable, and have better entry angles. I get stuck WAY less in the hatch too.

#17 TheSubaruJunkie

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Posted 20 May 2006 - 12:33 AM

Yeah i cant wait to test it out. Im sure its gonna be alot lighter than the wagon, so going uphills wont be such a pain.

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Posted 20 May 2006 - 01:13 AM

Dang, its purdy. Wanna swap for a Vortex?:o

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Posted 20 May 2006 - 01:41 AM

thats one nice hatch and i agree to bad your going to beat it up. oh, well, what would you do with it :rolleyes: . guess it would make a good daily driver. yep someday i too will have a hatch. :)

anyway nice score :clap:

#20 TheSubaruJunkie

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Posted 20 May 2006 - 01:46 AM

Oh, it may still become my daily driver :) I will have to take it easy... i hear these hatches are easier to wheel than the wagons. I will be sure not to piss any of you guys off. And Rob, it would be an honor to park my hatch next to yours at the show!

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Posted 20 May 2006 - 01:59 AM

it wouldn't piss me off, it would just be sad but hey you got to have fun with it. right? :D

#22 keltik

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Posted 20 May 2006 - 03:10 AM

I'll trade you my soul for that thing. Nice score. :slobber:

#23 baccaruda

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Posted 20 May 2006 - 12:46 PM

So thanks to uncle sam


psst.. it was your money in the first place! :lol:

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Posted 20 May 2006 - 01:29 PM

D'OH JIBS! You leaked the name! :grin: I already checked and LIL RED & L1L R3D are already taken :-\

-Brian

How about LiL RAD

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Posted 20 May 2006 - 05:54 PM

Very nice, Brian.
You've heard of Ferrari's Testarossa,
Well this could be Covatarossa.

Look it up (Covata Rossa).

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