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Something other than a subie is needed sometimes (360 inside)

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#1 LostWater


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Posted 25 November 2003 - 10:11 AM

Diesel power is a necessary componet of my life. Not only is it needed to haul the horse trailer, it is useful in other ways as these pictures will demonstrate.

We went to Bel Air MD this past weekend to deliver this BRAT I sold on Ebarf. After, we drove up to West Chester PA to get some 360's off of a nice guy who was getting out of the hobby. Out of the three, Likely I will only get enough to get 1 going good.

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Used 12 ft long 2x12 with ramp tops from Home Creepo. Each one at 5 ft long would be rated at 700 lbs. At 12 ft long, 44 inches tall, I needed to brace the middle of the boards to keep them from breaking. I used my Harbor freight hand winch bolted to a hook from an old strap, that was bolted to a piece of steel. This way, I could slip the winch on the headache rack, and also on the front of the trailer. Then it was a boatload of winching to get the first 360 in the back of the big red truck.

The blu 360 went in the truck just fine.
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Then it was time to prepare to hook the trailer back up and load the other 2.
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The second 360 was totally locked up. The brakes were bad and it was just about a basket case. We winched it into the front of the trailer and angled it to see if we can get the other on back. Creatively it would have worked. We decided everything would ride safer if we just cut the basket case in half. By doing that, we still preserved all the good body panels. It only took like 10 minutes to cut it in half. Then we just put the two pieces together and pulled it sideways in the front of the trailer

That gave me an idea that I could just shorten this one if I wanted to make something neat. It would have no doors in that scenario, but with the fiberglass top removed, one could get in and out of it from the top and back and use a canvas top. Likely, it will only be a donor car.
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We continued to load the last of the trio
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Then we had to strap everything down and make it secure.
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The strapping job took a while, but everything secured just fine. With the tailgate down, I was worried about taking corners too tight, thinking it would scrape the trailerjack, but that stinking truck is so high that my worries were not realized.

We were able to drive home at the speedlimit (65-70) and on I-81 in VA I was able to go 75. I-81 is in much better shape in VA than it is in PA,MD, and WV. It also is much better than I-76 in PA where we had to go slower because of the condition of the road.

It was a good trip, but I have to wait until this weekend until my twin is in town to unload it all. So that keeps the big red truck out of service for a week. That is of no matter anyways as me and my wife carpool most days anyways because our schedules are compatible. If I ever get my hatch running again, then the big red truck will only be used for firewood, the horse trailer, and special things like this.

Now, when will I start these projects??


#2 Mikldom


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Posted 25 November 2003 - 10:41 AM

Looking forward to coming to hang out with my Twin Brother..

Anybody here, who has known twins (identical at that), can understand the special relationship we have.

We may live 300 miles apart and only see each other about once a month, but there is not a day we don't talk at least once on the phone and yahoo messages all day..


Just wanted to say, NICE pictures.. I am looking forward to helping you unload them. We need to figure out some kinda cover for them, as your garage is slam full, and your basement is as well.

we also need to get your hatch running... electrical short somewhere on that..

and get that spare justy of mine running.. I will bring title down for you, and if we get it running, its yours to title and have as a daily driver..


talk to the board later.


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#3 Meeky Moose

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Posted 25 November 2003 - 10:51 AM

hehe, deffinitely quite a load there.. i bet people gave you the old :eh: :cornfuzz: looks on your way home..

so whats wrong with yur hatch??

if my other plans for this weekend don't work out, i'm bettin i could toss the wife and kid in the RX and head your way, if ya wanted another pair of hands.. if ya needed any parts that i might have, i could toss them in the trunk too..

i'd drive my hatch, but grrr, its got lots of wobbling in the front end.. maybe bad cv's that i just replaced :banghead:

#4 LostWater


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Posted 25 November 2003 - 11:05 AM


Does your wife drive the RX too? The only reason I ask, is that she would get bored at the farm otherwise. There is quite a bit to do in Christiansburg, Blacksburg, and Roanoke, but the farm would be boring to ladies.

The hatch has some weird electrical problem going in. It kinda shorts out, wait a while, then it will try and turn over again. Is there a circuit breaker anywhere? does the starter get hot and shut the electrical system down?

If I get it running, I have several pics and a write up to put up about the chevy 120 amp alt conversion.

I will ask Karmit about plans for the weekend. Were you thinking just coming down one day?


#5 Meeky Moose

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Posted 25 November 2003 - 11:36 AM

well, this saturday Scrapdaddy (Jules) and I were talkin about takin skips RX to him.. but if that doesn't work out then i don't have much to do saturday or sunday..

I don't let the wife drive the RX, its too nice and too rare, to get totaled.. she grew up out in the boonies.. she enjoyed our trip last time around, thought it was a good way to get outa the house and the city..

was thinkin if we come we'd leave early, spend the day and come home late..

#6 Sweet82


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Posted 25 November 2003 - 11:45 AM


I'm jealous,:boohoo: what a fun project/s.

Your lucky, you have room for such treasures.

I have the Hatch and the "Summer" filling up my garage and everything else is clogging my driveway. :mad:

Do you still want the Hatch deck cover? PM or Email me if you do. :argue: and we'll figure out how to get it there.

82 Hatch, now the Subaru Hummer.......
01 Forester, now the 01 Forester........

#7 MilesFox


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Posted 25 November 2003 - 12:10 PM


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Posted 25 November 2003 - 01:36 PM

Those are awesome!!!!! I am so jealous. I would love to have a Sanbar truck.

It is sad that you had to cut that one in half, but is probably was rusty.

I know what you mean about needing more power. We use to tow everything with my dad's Brat. it was really hard to tow EA82 cuz they were a lot more heavy than the Brat so it would push me around. Then we got a 79 Chevy 1500, that was ok, but still not that great for long trips. Now we have a 93 Ford F250 w/ a 460. Now we actually enjoy taking it out and taking trips up to Seattle to get vehicles.

#9 Mikldom


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Posted 05 December 2003 - 09:22 AM

Now that you got 8" of the whitestuff in the New River Valley, I am sure you are glad that you and I spent a couple of hours splitting all that wood for the stove..

also, had a great time..

360's are cool.. looking forward to help get them running..

too many projects!!!!, Need to fix hatch, and need to figure out why no fuel comes out of the justy gas tank outlet.. plug in there somewhere..


talk to you later.


#10 northguy


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Posted 05 December 2003 - 09:40 AM

What a score. Why are there (or so it seems) so many 360's on the East coast? I rarely hear of them in the PNW - maybe they're snapped up before the word gets out. Either way, it sure seems like there are more of them on the Atlantic side - any speculations?

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