Monday, March 25, 2019

AWD Subaru Swapped: 1973 Ford Courier

The worst thing about a 2 wheel drive pickup is that they have no traction in the wet...or maybe that is the best thing about a 2WD pickup (depending on how you drive...but I digress).  The Ford Courier pickup was actually a Mazda B-series that was available over the years with a number of small powerplants, including a Wankel, but today's example has been converted into a boxer-4 powered all-wheel-drive custom.  Find this 1973 Ford Courier offered for $7500 in Salinas, CA via craigslist. Tip from Safety Fast.

From the seller:

1973 Ford courier
fuel: gas
title status: clean
transmission: manual

Selling my 73 ford courier awd Subaru drivetrain, all the underneath of the truck is a 2000 Subaru wagon 2.5 stick shift it was cut then the cab and bed of the ford courier was added. So the truck is register as a 73 so no smog needed. Runs and drives but needs a good cooling system since the radiator is in the back of the bed. Not in a rush to sell it since I have big plans for it but if it sells I could use the money to finish my race truck. I'm located in Salinas ca. And noooo I don't need help selling it! Serious buyers only dont waste my time or yours. If you really interested u would come see the truck in person with money in your pocket and a trailer to take it away. It holds a clean title and its register. Asking $7500 it's a unique build
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See a better starter car for your next Gymkhana Hoonigan style build? Needs some boost!!


  1. CFLO-you'll need a corresponding Vickup nickname for this one!

  2. I don't care how nice these dream vehicles look, but if you ask real "coin" for an unfinished "dream" that needs a trailer to take it away, it does not make sense to me? Anything more than using it for a parts car and asking $ 1K is too much?

  3. This could be really fun. $7500 fun? Not even close.
    Maybe open up the floor in back a bit, and then build a new bed cover with the slats further apart than what is pictured, and put some old school hot rod louvers in the tailgate. Then a pair of electric fans and you 'might' get it too cool. Would be really cool to see this finished.

  4. Wow, I never realized that the Subaru flat 4 was so BIG. It is only two cylinders long, so why does it take up so much space that you cannot get a radiator in where an inline four used to live? Inquiring minds want to know.....

    1. Bobinott -- I expect the all-wheel-drive setup pushes that boxer ahead of where the original engine would have sat by good amount. Before, the pan probably straddled the steering rod, but now the entire engine sits in front of the front wheel centerline! [image src="" width="400px"/]

  5. @DT - of course! I did not realized how Subaru lays out their AWD set up. Thanks for that excellent image above. Got it now! Actually very similar to the FWD setup in a Citroen 2CV (or maybe the Citroen GS, seeing as they had a flat four.) But no need for a radiator on those Citroens.

    1. Exactly! Think of how the engine in an air cooled Beetle essentially bolts to the end of its transmission, behind the rear wheels. Now, flip it to the front of the car, and that is essentially the Subaru layout.


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