View Full Version : aekOnes Subaru Sherpa

11-23-2009, 06:42 AM
So I’ve been looking for an daily for a little while and since the corolla is now a cube I decided to go check out this Subaru Sherpa on the weekend. The guy wanted $2500 for it which wasn’t going to happen. Martinez and I took it for a test drive to see how she preforms and I was pleasantly surprised. Once it got going it was actually quite nice to drive. The brakes leave a little to be desired but it still pulls up to a stop well enough. After chatting with old mate and offering $900, we agreed that $1600 was a price we could both live with.

I haven’t had time to have a good look over the whole thing but initially it looks to be in very good condition. Paint is in great condition, has a few small knocks but nothing major. It also has a sunroof!!.

Not sure what the plans for it are at this stage. I was thinking restore it back to as new condition could be cool.

Any suggestions? I like the wrx seats in Ben's Fiori project so that might be one of the first things to get upgraded. I've still got my heritage seats somewhere so i might put them in...

Anyway here are some pics...



The Hiace feels left out now...


Inside she has all the mod cons like am radio, glove box and ashtray




Plenty of room in the boot but not sure where the surfboard is going to go yet?


The EK23 2 cylinder could reach 125kmph max when new off the showroom floor. In 2009 the Sherpa still has it



Update: 15/11/2009

Got a new head unit installed on the weekend. Most head units are to deep to mount in the dash where the original AM radio is installed so I was planning on mounting it on the shelf underneath the glove box but after some f**king around we decided it was best mounted with a bracket under the radio in the centre of the console. The single 2” speaker in the dash still pumps out the sound so that’s staying as is for the moment...


Go Fast Pink Bits




Update: 19/11/2009

Got the guys at Cromer Racing to put on a nice little chrome sports muffler tip today and also did a basic service. They did a service on the carby as well as adjusted the brakes and replaced a CV boot. She goes like a little champ now!




Also tried finding out about lowered springs but not having much luck. The only mob who really seem to want to know about it are King Springs who said they can re-set the stock springs to whatever height I want. They said they have done three sets for Subaru Sherpa’s since 1987 so it’s not spring they plan on producing as an off the shelf item


Update: 21/11/2009

Went up to Taleb Tyres this morning just to see what/if they had any rims that would suit.To my surprise there was a pretty cool set of 14"s that for $499 including Yokohama Tyres i felt i couldn't pass up. They fill out the arches much more am now undecided if i should get the springs compressed or leave as is.





Update: 25/11/2009

Got the windows tinted today. As the Sherpa is registered with the RTA as a commercial vehicle I was able to get Solar Tint’s 5% Onyx on the rear windows and standard 35% on the front. It’s really starting to come together now...

btw i was telling Ben from Solar Tint about Suby Club etc and he was saying that if Sydney members wanted to do a group buy he would hook us up a good price.






11-23-2009, 09:32 AM
Sherpa, wow i've never heard that.
its clean!
looks like whats been called the "Justy" here in the states.
looks like you got a great deal, congrats!

12-07-2009, 05:28 PM
Haha yeah you don’t see to many of these around in Australia ever!! On the compliance plate it’s actually registered as a Subaru 700 commercial van?!?

So it’s a Justy in the US? Ok that’s good to know as there are no parts available for it over here. love ebay :razz:

12-07-2009, 07:01 PM
That's pretty nifty, definitely looks like a cool car for going around town in.

12-07-2009, 08:57 PM
yeah man it's perfect as a run about. 2 cylinders and 660cc of fury!!

my legacy spends so much time in the workshop not having a daily has been killing me lately. i saw this advertised and new it was meant to be :smt007

12-07-2009, 09:56 PM
i want it!!!

12-07-2009, 11:34 PM
Haha back off she’s mine!! :lol:

I just booked it in to have the seats re-trimmed in black and grey and new moulded carpets and boot lining made up in a dark grey. I’ll probably pull off the door cards this weekend and recover them in a dark grey fabric before putting it in to get the other stuff done.

Depending on the cost I might also get the dash recovered in black synthetic leather. I’ve got a little gauge pod with a tacho, oil pressure and oil temp gauges so would get that moulded into the dash if I do get it re-trimmed.

04-22-2010, 08:12 PM
So i've de-registered the beast as three cars on the road is a bit much for me at the moment!!

I've just picked up a VF26 and we are going to fabricate up some piping and wack a turbo on her and see what happens. More updates to follow :grin:

Also got a Nardi Torino steering wheel from a Spec C Type RA and STI Forester hood scoop to put on

06-17-2010, 10:28 PM
Amazing. That Justy looks great. Reminds me of the black GL from Cannonball Run...