When I approached my friend Mike about doing a feature of his car he couldn’t have been more excited. He’s never been the kind of guy to do anything for attention or popularity, though the same can’t be said for most other Subaru guys in our area. Mike just wants his wagon done his way – the way he’s always envisioned it, no matter how “played out” some of his parts may be or how unoriginal people say it may be. This wagon is as unique as any car in the Midwest due to it’s collection of rare parts, its immaculate condition, and the countless hours that Mike spends in his garage making sure the car stays in perfect shape even when the car just sits in the garage for weeks at a time. He’s one of, if not the only, wagon in the area and his attention to detail is what brings this car to life.
Mike has owned his Subaru for longer than I’ve known him, but I’ve still seen 1 or 2 iterations of this car. From static on 1 piece Work wheels to bagged, carbon fiber’d and 3 piece Work wheels like you see here. After his short (11 year) Honda phase, Mike brought this car to Wisconsin from its original home on the east coast. However, buying the car from halfway across the country proved to be less than a good idea since the dealership had much of its information wrong. By the time it made it’s way to Milwaukee, it was too late to turn back.
After its arrival, the mods began and like any normal Subaru, the engine started blowing. Between bad tunes and bad mechanics, Mike has gone through 3 engines and 2 transmissions already. The current engine setup makes just under 400whp and just over 400ft-lbs of torque on e85. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but when you see an old guy cruising down the street in a station wagon sounding like a symphony of T-Rex’s chasing you out of the exhaust, it’ll turn your head in a second. And Mike thought this was going to be a daily driver…
This is by far my favorite stage of the car and it’ll only get better after hearing some of his future plans for power and suspension upgrades.
“Shout out to my crew, function:error!, my wife, Shan, for putting up with all the headaches and all the late nights out in the garage, Ray Valentine for painting everything with a moments notice, Sergey from Sergey’s house of wheels for building my wheels, Cody Wolgamott from Airlift, Dan Ristau from Dan wraps!, Ken Meyer from Westwing Decals, and Jason O’Donnell from Subaru City for dealing with all the stuff I couldn’t do in my garage.”
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