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Ive just spent literally all day reading this thread and am totally speechless. Wow. I was very sad and depressed to see that Kostamojen had to do what he did after all his time put into it, and was overjoyed to see that SubieGal took ownership of this beauty and continuing the project. Amazing.

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I owned an 1100 FF-1 from '77-81, and did all the repairs and maintenance myself.  Mine was completely stock and everything worked perfectly.  i can verify a few things from personal experience...

 

The brake system was A-OK with DOT-3 brake fluid as was the Star and 360 models before.  The dual radiator system worked great, and that was in Southern Lousiana and Central Arkansas in the Summer.  At speed (above 30 or so), the fan would never have to run even on the hottest days.  On cold days, there were times when it took a long time for the cabin to warm up though.

 

The stock wheels were narrower (by 1/2 inch) than the later Leone models after '74.  I currently have a '73 wagon that came with those same narrow wheels, but later models were 1/2" wider.  The narrow wheels are very light, and combined with the in-board brake drums, the front torsion bar suspension, and the steering geometry, the FF-1 was the most fun car to drive of all the cars I've ever owned (and I'm not kidding).

 

There is so little unsprung weight on a stock FF-1 that it literally "floats" over obstacles, and it was almost effortless to steer the car as well.  The turning radius never failed to impress me.  I could turn completely around in spaces that would be challenging for a large motorcycle!

 

Great looking FF-1 Jamie!  I'll keep my eye open for parts in the event you want to return more things back to stock.  Subaru had nothing to be embarassed about the design of that car!

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I owned an 1100 FF-1 from '77-81, and did all the repairs and maintenance myself. Mine was completely stock and everything worked perfectly. i can verify a few things from personal experience...

 

The brake system was A-OK with DOT-3 brake fluid as was the Star and 360 models before. The dual radiator system worked great, and that was in Southern Lousiana and Central Arkansas in the Summer. At speed (above 30 or so), the fan would never have to run even on the hottest days. On cold days, there were times when it took a long time for the cabin to warm up though.

 

The stock wheels were narrower (by 1/2 inch) than the later Leone models after '74. I currently have a '73 wagon that came with those same narrow wheels, but later models were 1/2" wider. The narrow wheels are very light, and combined with the in-board brake drums, the front torsion bar suspension, and the steering geometry, the FF-1 was the most fun car to drive of all the cars I've ever owned (and I'm not kidding).

 

There is so little unsprung weight on a stock FF-1 that it literally "floats" over obstacles, and it was almost effortless to steer the car as well. The turning radius never failed to impress me. I could turn completely around in spaces that would be challenging for a large motorcycle!

 

Great looking FF-1 Jamie! I'll keep my eye open for parts in the event you want to return more things back to stock. Subaru had nothing to be embarassed about the design of that car!

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I owned an 1100 FF-1 from '77-81, and did all the repairs and maintenance myself. Mine was completely stock and everything worked perfectly. i can verify a few things from personal experience...

.

 

The brake system was A-OK with DOT-3 brake fluid as was the Star and 360 models before. The dual radiator system worked great, and that was in Southern Lousiana and Central Arkansas in the Summer. At speed (above 30 or so), the fan would never have to run even on the hottest days. On cold days, there were times when it took a long time for the cabin to warm up though.

 

The stock wheels were narrower (by 1/2 inch) than the later Leone models after '74. I currently have a '73 wagon that came with those same narrow wheels, but later models were 1/2" wider. The narrow wheels are very light, and combined with the in-board brake drums, the front torsion bar suspension, and the steering geometry, the FF-1 was the most fun car to drive of all the cars I've ever owned (and I'm not kidding).

 

There is so little unsprung weight on a stock FF-1 that it literally "floats" over obstacles, and it was almost effortless to steer the car as well. The turning radius never failed to impress me. I could turn completely around in spaces that would be challenging for a large motorcycle!

 

Great looking FF-1 Jamie! I'll keep my eye open for parts in the event you want to return more things back to stock. Subaru had nothing to be embarassed about the design of that car!

I would love to see photos of your 73 wagon! I had a yellow one

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SOOOOOO...... This happened over the weekend! :banana:

Blown away! Bested the Best at the 2015 Old School Reunion show.

 

So cool!  Proud of her - happy for Steve + myself (how could you not be?!?)

 

But mostly happy for little Fuji :)

 

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...So cool!  Proud of her - happy for Steve + myself (how could you not be?!?)

 

But mostly happy for little Fuji :)

 

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AWESOME! ...  :) ... CONGRATULATIONS!!!

 

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Congratulations.........

     Congratulations..........

           Congratulations...........

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I had some thoughts on doing a custom bumper for 'Fujiko' :

 

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I hope this make sense, as it's a fairly basic fabrication with bit of Tube, Equal Angle & Some Flat Plate. The same design could be done for the rear. The lights are optional, but a few low profile LED 'Spotties' would make a excellent nod to Subaru's rally heritage ... :) 

Do note it's only a quick concept sketch, very roughly done to see if you like it … :wub:

 

 

Add : The mounting bracket would in theory line up with chassis rail - through the gap in front valance ... ;)

 


Cheers, Bantum ...


 


 

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What was the name of that dealership on the east coast with a green FF1 in the showroom?

 

I was just watching the news, and they were showing some stock footage of cars for a segment, and they showed that FF1 on TV!

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hello,

Where I could find the ff1 factory parts manual,even in pdf ?????

 

 

Not sure. =(  I have the parts manual but it's a hard copy/paper copy

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Not many updates as of late and I apologize for that.

Car show season takes up the entire summer and we have simply been booked pretty solid nearly every weekend.

 

but I do have to share SOME AWESOME NEWS....

Fujiko took home BEST OF SHOW honors at the West Coast Subaru Show #17!

 


 

I am very humbled and honored that the judges recognize the rarity of this car and the love put into it.  Simply blown away. 

 

she. is. amazing.

 

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Photo below with her garage-mate and Best Historic winner (our 1970 Subaru Sambar Truck) 

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More photos to come as soon as the rain stops.

It's been storming since we left the show a few days ago... lol go figure!!! 

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