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Hi! My names Ivy and I figured I should start a build page for my GL this way I can keep track of everything at the same time sharing it with all of you!! 

So a quick background on the car..I originally bought this car for $150 dollars out of Truckee CA, the guy I bought it from was building up a 2 door wagon and this was his daily driver while he built that. When I bought it the brakes made a horrible noise, the volt gauge didn’t work, the shifter has insane slop, no rear wiper, and that’s all I can remember right now.  It was 100% stock and needed(still does) a lot of little things to make it all good again. It runs and drives, but like I said needs work. 

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This is the day I first bought the GL. Bought it with 375K miles on it. Unsure if the the original motor or trans all I know. Is it is a 4 speed dual range and an EA81. 

 

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Fast forward 3 years from that first picture and this is the day I bought her back. I had sold the car for about a year because at the time I really needed money but I sold it to a guy that let me buy it back which I’m forever grateful. I was the one that put the roof rack and tint on, he did the lug conversion along with quite a bit else I’ll go over. 

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I hated the Toyota wheels so in about a days time I bought some 15X7 Cragar D windows from summit racing and went and got some 205/60/15 Mastercraft a Glacier-Grips II these are the only aggressive treads I could find in this size and honestly I love these tires so far not loud on the road and get great traction. 

This csr has no lift I just have the springs turned all the way up for now, a lift is coming soon 

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Here she sits with the new shoes on!!! 

Okay so the guy that bought it from me then sold it back did these upgrades: 

center console\dash upgrade  to install a voltmeter that works and a stereo 

fan shroud(I had installed an electric fan but never made a shroud) 

block heater(this thing HATES cold mornings and it gets cold here) 

6 lug conversion 

fixed some miscellaneous broken interior trim 

replaced front seats 

LED headlights 

working gas struts on rear hatch 

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About a week after I bought her back I drove it to Subiefest in Los Angeles from Reno, it did amazing it just overheated a little on the long hills but if you know these cars you know that’s a normal thing. 

 

I also had trimmed my fenders and I like the style that we decided to do it because you can’t tell really 

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This was the other day I drove it up a mountain we have here called Peavine. I flexed her out a little sadly the tire got so stuck in the front fender. I have big plans for this car I should be buying some goodies for it here soon and I’ll keep y’all updated!!!

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Welcome to the forum Ivy!

Youve got one of the best colours that Subaru ever brought out!  I love that blue and would love to have an MY wagon in that colour too. I’ve got an L series in that colour (or slight variation of).

Keep the pics coming! 

Cheers 

Bennie

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