1969 Subaru 360 Van 4x4 Supercharged Project!

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Technical specifications

Fuel Type:Gasoline
Interior Color:White
Engine:660cc Kei supercharged
Trim:four door van, two of them suicide
Number of Cylinders:4
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What an amazing project; the birth of my child, subsequent divorce and joint custody of that same child leaves this a low priority for me. The time has come to move it on to someone with more time than me (sob). Here's the story.
I purchased a 1990 Subaru Sambar from an insurance auto auction sight unseen. It had about 40k miles on it before it fell over in the Utah snow and was declared salvage by the insurance company. Right hand drive and not legal for use on interstate highways; it was used as a delivery truck for a local bakery. As you can see in the pics, the body was forever squished but the drivetrain was fine. I drove it around the neighborhood a few times before disassembling. It started and ran well right up until the moment I shortened the frame for it's new (ancient) body. The frame was welded professionally and will probably last longer than we'll ever be alive.
The 1969 Subaru Sambar 360 van was found in a garage in Los Angeles. No cancer to speak of and I've included some current before and after time with a grinder in the pictures so you can see the shiny metal underneath. It's been garage kept the entire time I've owned it (3 years now?). The windshield is cracked but all other glass is intact. Original seats, carpet and door cards are included to finish the interior. Even a set of bows for the headliner are there.
I had a set of CAD drawings made before I began the project so I had confidence in the shortening of the frame. The frame and drivetrain sit well underneath the antique body. Why did I do this? Because I've owned several of these Subaru 360 vans and after you re-sleeve the brakes and rebuild the engine you are still driving a vehicle that has less road manners than a modern golf cart. I was hoping to bring some modern things like 4wd, disc brakes and a fuel injected engine into play while driving my toy around.
Everything is there for someone to continue the project. The wiring harness was carefully removed and each connector properly labeled. Your first order of business will be to fabricate a brace for the steering column and pedal box. Luckily this is all one unit and shouldn't be to hard to make. I kept all of the 1990 cross bracing and front body if you need a head start on building. The original dash could be shortened or you could just use the original. The HVAC worked well when pulled. Even the A/C worked! Included is the 1990 service manual translated from Japanese as is several shelves of well labeled parts.
It's a project but one with excellent bones and begun with extensive technical research of both vehicles before their marraige. Before stopping work on this project I brought it to the California Highway Patrol for inspection and thus it has a valid certificate of title and is currently on non-operational registration. It even has plates.
I encourage potential bidders to come see for themselves. Everything could be transported home in an open dual axle u-haul trailer. Or easily rolled onto transport of your choice. Uship.com will be able to provide you a price for shipping this tiny jewel to your neck of the woods.

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