Greetings from Adelaide

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Greetings from Adelaide

Post by moonbuggy » Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:06 pm

Hi all

I don't own a Subaru right now but had a '99 Forester in the past and am currently on the hunt for a Brumby. Other than the Forester, all my cars have been a 70s-80s vintage. I fell in love with the Brumby over 20 years ago so it's high time I made one of these sweet little road warriors my own. I'm very jealous of the amount of Brumbies available on the east coast, but I'm sure it won't be too long before I find the right one in SA. Or I get impatient and go on a road trip.

I mostly registered to say thanks to everyone who has kept this forum running and those who have shared so much amazing information and advice over the years and continue to do so. This is an incredible resource!

And thank you for adding me here. I'm already very familiar with the search button and promise to use it thoroughly before posting questions.

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Re: Greetings from Adelaide

Post by El_Freddo » Tue Aug 20, 2019 5:17 pm

Welcome Sarah!

And thank you for starting an introduction post. I’d like to encourage all new members to do the same!

You’ll find yourself an appropriate brumby to fit your needs/desires. Do you know if you want a targa (fun) top, or a specific colour?

My wish would be one in the sky blue with the targa top. But for now I’m loving my red targa top and would like to respray it some day. Plus I’ve got a blue wagon so having two very similar blue vehicles would seem a bit odd.

An thanks for your appreciation of the forum resources. I look forward to reading and responding to any questions you have! Hopefully we’ll have some new life blown into this place with new members ;)

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Re: Greetings from Adelaide

Post by moonbuggy » Tue Aug 20, 2019 7:03 pm

Hi Bennie

Thanks for the welcome. I'm very familiar with Redback as I've been pouring over that thread a lot the past day. What a journey you've been on with that li'l guy. Down the track I might have some questions about converting to a six gauge cluster/dash because they look pretty slick, but of course I need to get that Brumby first. Hard not to get ahead of myself.

My dream is the same! A sweet sky blue targa is at the tippy top of my wish list. I thought nothing could look better than a red targa (my first love), but there's just something about those sky blues that looks extra great. I guess right now you have the best of both worlds. And if you did change the colour of your targa to blue I'm sure any oddness would be quickly replaced but a deep sense of satisfaction.

I have a bit of time and money up my sleeve so I'll hold out a little longer for the dream or something close to it, but really any Brumby with a good body that's been well maintained will make me very happy. The AC, power steering, new seats, sunnies, etc can come later, and while definitely preferred, I can live without the fun top (I think). And I'm sure I can learn to love the colour white. :P

Hopefully before too long I'll have a picture of my newest greatest love up here, in the meantime I still have a lot of reading (and some drooling) to do.

Thanks again for adding me here and the welcome.

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Sarah
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Re: Greetings from Adelaide

Post by Suby Spanner » Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:10 pm

Hi, I'm also in Adelaide, and took about 12 months to find a brumby that would work for me: Turns out it was another members brumby from a previous life.

It's my second brumby, the first one looked better from above but was pretty beat underneath, where as the red targa I have now has dents and rust (worse than I'd like, but far better than most), but underneath she's great. Time is my drama, too many things to fit into the hours I have.

It's a good community here, lots and lots of knowledge.

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Re: Greetings from Adelaide

Post by moonbuggy » Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:36 pm

Hey, fellow Adelaidian!

Yeah, like yourself, I'm thinking it may take a while to find the right brumby for me in SA, so I've picked up a 'cheap and cheerful' 2002 Outback to keep me going in the meantime.

I've seen the thread on your brumby and the past member who used to own it. Seems whoever owned it between the two of you didn't give that sweet little targa the love it deserves but it'll be back to its best under your care. Time and money are annoying constraints, though.

If it's okay, once I get my brumby I might hit you up for some recommendations on places to take her for work. I like to do as much as I can, and with the incredible bank of information here that's a lot, but I'm not as handy or experienced as most here so there's some things I'll leave to the professionals.
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Re: Greetings from Adelaide

Post by El_Freddo » Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:28 pm

Hey Moonbuggy, there’s really not much you can stuff up on the brumby - they’re a great DIY car to learn on since they’re so simple.

I hope you find a good unit that meets your needs and fills your “brumby desire” bucket.

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Re: Greetings from Adelaide

Post by moonbuggy » Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:37 am

Hey, Bennie

That's a big part of the appeal of a brumby, other than it's dashing good looks. I'm looking forward to developing my skills and aim to do as much as possible myself. I'm getting waaaay ahead of myself here, but was thinking I may need to take it somewhere for things like big AC problems, anything that needs welding or if I have a model where the power steering is a difficult fit.

When I first started looking I wanted one NOW, but in the meantime I've done a lot more research and as a result become pickier, so I'm happy to wait for the right one. Every few weeks or so a pretty decent brumby pops up in SA, so while I doubt THE DREAM brumby is going to happen, at least for now, I'm sure one in good nick with enough of my wish list isn't too far off in my future.

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Re: Greetings from Adelaide

Post by El_Freddo » Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:04 pm

Hey Sarah,

Get a decent brumby and before too long you’ll have a second one - they tend to be a bit like this! :P

PS fit is pretty straight forward. The not straight forward but is finding the donor parts without shelling out $600+ - and ensuring you have all the bits. Well worth it though!

Keep an eye out for a touring wagon or a coupe for the donor parts. The coupe will most likely have the long 6 gauge analogue dashboard in it for your brumby too ;)

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Re: Greetings from Adelaide

Post by moonbuggy » Wed Sep 18, 2019 9:44 am

Hey Bennie

Heh, I've noticed people tend to have at least two brumbies or MY series cars. Given the cost of parts and the handiness of having access to spare parts when something goes wrong, it's making more and more sense! I've started considering snapping up a brumby in less than ideal (body) condition to have as a future parts car but hadn't thought of a sports wagon or coupe; with the bonus of AC and PS (and hopefully the long dash), I'll be certainly adding that to my searches. Thanks for the tip!

It's been a while so I went back to the power steering thread I read and while my brain remembered some drama, it completely forgot the donor PS in that case was from a Forester, hence some issues. As I plan on using wagon/coupe MY donor parts that should make it as straight forward as you say. Hooray!

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