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Typical areas for rust on an 84 wagon?
Posted 28 December 2003 - 08:17 PM
How about 80 - 83, pretty much the same. Thanks
Qman, thanks for being so helpful the other day. I am still considering the 86.
Posted 28 December 2003 - 08:26 PM
Rust areas on an '84 and older wagon...
Rear wheel wells,
body mounts under and behind the front tires,
front frame rails,
rear hatch area,
bottom corners of windshield.
These will work for any model from the same era. Let me know how it goes.
Posted 28 December 2003 - 08:37 PM
Any of those areas I should be real concerned about?
I am not much into skidding down the road on my butt while holding onto a free spinning steering wheel.
Posted 28 December 2003 - 08:57 PM
Probably the most critical is the front frame/body mounts. They're uni's as we discussed the other day. If those get too bad nothing left to hold the car up but the cross member.
I had a Brat once that the drivers seat was actually falling through the floor. Basically, just crawl around under the thing and check it out. Also, look for paint that is bubbling. Always a sign of hidden rust growing unchecked.
Posted 28 December 2003 - 09:02 PM
Posted 28 December 2003 - 09:09 PM
if you are only worried about reliability though, they will go down the road (and off road) till the floor boards are completely gone. i even put new ones in mine.
Posted 28 December 2003 - 09:15 PM
Certain panels can be found. I know they have rockers for some of the Brat's. Used sheet metal is always floating around. I am not sure where to find floor boards.
Posted 28 December 2003 - 09:37 PM
If it was ever on the east coast, or in the midwest or something, then it might have a bunch of rust. I would stay away from ANY amount of rust out here in the west coast - there's too many around with no rust at all to even bother with a rusty wagon..... now a Brat with a little bit is a different story. Wagons are easy to come by, and dirt cheap. If you pay over $200, your really paying too much unless it's something very special.
Posted 29 December 2003 - 11:37 AM
Posted 29 December 2003 - 02:16 PM
Posted 29 December 2003 - 02:40 PM
84 wagon 4WD - white - engine knock - $150
82 wagon 4WD - brown - blown head gasket - $200 (gone - got there 15 minutes too late)
83 Wagon 4WD - needs trans work - $125
All were nice looking, and you can get a running EA81 for $100 and slap in there - or in many cases there really isn't anything wrong with them except owner ignorance. Don't settle for something you have to pay a fortune for - wait for that deal to come along - wagons are all over the place, and not worth anything really.
Hatches and Brats you have to pay up for usually - they are getting harder to find.
Posted 29 December 2003 - 05:50 PM
I am wanting to get a dependable turn key. I just don't have the time right now to be fixin stuff. The cheapest runner I have ran across now is $600. It was pretty ruff almost nasty.
Posted 29 December 2003 - 07:00 PM
My wagon - which was probably one of the MOST pristene examples of an 84 wagon I have ever seen (not anymore since the lift and some off-roading), was bought at a dealer auction for $405. Only had 144k on it, and runs like a top. Of course - it was a 2WD which I converted to 4WD.
Definately would be cheaper to get one with a blown engine, and have Qman give you some pointers on putting a used engine in.
finding anything from 83 or 84 that you could call "dependable" is not very reasonable. Likely it will need some attention - probably consistent attention thoughout it's lifetime now. Unless a complete restoration is performed. These cars are old - most have over 100k miles, and even if they don't, the parts start to break down from age. Expect to do quite a number of axles, and a lot of other little things. It's not that Subaru's are not dependable - they are VERY dependable if the little signs they give off are not ignored. But it's not reasonable to expect a 20+ year old car to be perfectly dependable as a "turn key" solution. Get a legacy wagon if you want that.
Posted 30 December 2003 - 10:53 AM
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