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#1 tobiasglass

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 07:28 PM

Say hello to the latest Subie convertible owner! I picked up this one for eight hundred bucks from a used Honda lot in Tampa. It has 89,000 miles on the clock and is a little rough around the edges (cracked windshield, briken tail light and a couple rust holes) but it runs like a top otherwise. It sounds bad a$$ too lol. Nicer than most of the rice-rocket Civics around at any rate. We go to pick it up on Sunday hopefully.

This is the pic of it on CL. I'll have more when I get home tomorrow for y'all. ^_^
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#2 Flowmastered87GL

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 08:43 PM

nice find... that is a VERY RARE CAR! :banana:

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 09:07 PM

I have a set of tail lights for one of those, make me an offer! I also have some misc. EA81 parts floating around... I used to have an 83 GL-10 and I liked the look of the GLF tail lights better, so I bought them with the intention of converting it over, and I never did. They are in very good condition, pretty sure they aren't cracked or anything, I will check next time I'm at my parents' house.

#4 Niku-Sama

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 11:39 PM

thats a cool little car, attack the rust!

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 03:25 AM

sweet... looking forward to better and more pics. I hope it hasnt seen too much of the NE evil winter car eating salt. I lost a couple to it ..looked decent up top but under was gawdawful

#6 tobiasglass

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 10:55 AM

Okay, I have the pics now. I'll probably post a lot more as I get work done to it, so you guys'll have the opportunity to see it from all angles.

The front with my buddy standing next to it:
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The somewhat wonky-looking top with that silly little luggage rack on the runk lid:
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Somebody decided to do an eight-ball theme on the interior at some point; it's got the shift knob, cigarette lighter and a couple stickers on the windows. >.< Hideously faded seat covers and a dilapidated steering wheel cover are terrible too:
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Stewie Griffin on the dashboard and the cracked windshield:
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The sticker on the corner of the windshield says "NORTH CAROLINA 12/95":
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The Good:
--It's a convertible!
--Analog gauges with only 89,000 miles on the clock
--Runs smooth as silk
--Mean-sounding exhaust, but didn't have any holes in it that I could see

The Bad:
--Rust hole on the back right next to the top
--Rust hole where the driver's seat bolts in
--Trunk won't open
--Top is a little weird in design and execution
--Broken tail light
--A/C won't blow cold air
--Cracked windshield

The Ugly:
--Sorry guys, but those pinstripes gotta go...
--I never really liked the luggage racks on these. That might end up going, particularly since it only has one of the strips on the inside.
--SERIOUSLY need to repaint those wheels :D.

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 11:16 AM

Lucky score! Id leave the luggage rack and not mod too much, the wood is easy to replace with better. Thats a classic, classic ride. If you pimp it you'd out shine the Mercedes convertible!:lol:

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 11:54 AM

And leave the steering wheel - the four spoke wheels like that are much better than the later two spoke one's.

You have a LOT of work to do. But as stated - don't modify it too much - you have probably *the* most rare EA81 ever made. You will ruin much of it's appeal and value if you start changing things.

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 11:59 AM

Yeah, after getting a good look at the steering wheel, I'm thinking that one's the way to go too; I've gotten used to the four-spoke one in my old VW anyway.

Just curious, would a front air dam be a little too over-the-top?

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 12:04 PM

Just curious, would a front air dam be a little too over-the-top?


The real question is where would you get one?

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 12:21 PM

You could make one if you had some fiberglass skillz yo... :P I know Russ had one but I think it was for an EA71...

Let me know if you want my lights!

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 12:32 PM

As a matter of fact, I'd love 'em. Don't have much money atm, but when I sell my Mazda Millenia I should have enough to do a couple of things to it. And that would most certainly be a good thing to have. I don't need to be getting pulled over for stupid little things like that. Funny you should mention that; I'm looking at LED tail-light bulbs right now.

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 08:56 PM

I have seen a few of these convertibles and I can say... that top doesnt look like the right one for the car...sorry to say. something is not right with it. I also wonder what is living in the trunk since it wont open and with it missing the luggage rack strip there will be holes to allow water inside.

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 10:27 PM

Lol good eye. one of the bolts for the frame that holds the middle of the top up is gone. Just have to stick a nut and bolt there and it'll have the proper shape again. :D

That did cross my mind about the holes in the deck lid, but I looked under it, and the bottom end isn't rusty. -crosses fingers- Anyone know how I could get in and open it?

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 10:47 PM

Anyone know how I could get in and open it?


You could unbolt the rear seats and see if that allows you access to the trunk.
Or if the convertible top goes into the trunk for storage, you could unbolt that
and see if that allows you enough access to the trunk.

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 11:09 PM

where's the topless pic?

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#17 tobiasglass

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Posted 07 June 2009 - 01:11 AM

Hahaha alas I didn't get to put the top down on the drive, but I'll post more pics when I get the car back to Clermont next week.

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Posted 07 June 2009 - 02:16 AM

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that dash totally has titty knobs on it
i like it, although i am not a big fan of converts, always araid i am gonna loose my head or something

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Posted 07 June 2009 - 03:39 AM

I am not just talking about the area where it sinks...the lines on the rear section do not look right. All the others I have seen have a lower roof line...and on the side...its covering the striping you dont like. Granted these were manufactered here in the states..AFTER the car was imported by 2 places...one in NJ and the other in Cali. As for the trunk area.. I am still curious. I know the undercoating on the car can hide alot. I happen to have a west coast 98% rust free coupe and I have trunk rot from the rear rack leaking. I have the full complete one also. I vote for relpacing if you can.. I just restored the wood and everything on mine and it looks beautiful:

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and here is mine. It doesnt look like this right now as it is being stripped down and being fully restored..trying to have it ready for paint in the fall so it will be unvailed next spring in time for the car show curciut. It missed this year with an electrical problem. But this is in original condition. But I like seeing people fixing these cars..they are so rare to begin with and getting even more rare everyday. ( note..thats Darlingchips EJ22 Brat and hatchsubs 83 sedan)

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Posted 07 June 2009 - 10:06 AM

Please don't believe too much of what one guy says.

THere are air dams out there. They don't come up often. It would look great - good luck and I hope you find one.

This car is NOT a Subaru factory car its been modified by one of 2 companies that did these for US Dealers. There were more or less 50 made on each coast. Go wild !

#21 The Dude Abides

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Posted 07 June 2009 - 02:16 PM

Im going to be the 1st one to say. It is your car and do what you wish. Buttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt like its been statted that is a rare car. It would be like takeing a 1980s extended cab chevy truck and going mudding with it. Yea rare car. Looks like its in decent shape though. Take good care of it.

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#22 SubaruSVXCrazy

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Posted 07 July 2010 - 10:01 AM

Hey I was just wondering what the convertible top control switch looked like if it had one. Can you post a pic?

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Posted 07 July 2010 - 10:41 AM

Hey I was just wondering what the convertible top control switch looked like if it had one. Can you post a pic?


Mine just had a standard metal toggle switch.
Up was top up and down was top down.
Sorry, no pics.

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Posted 07 July 2010 - 12:02 PM

my first car was an 81 hard top glf, same color, with factory mags. sweet car man




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