Haven't purchased a front end yet. I hoping a Ver.4 will pop up in a similar color. the engine bay is a **** show of wires and hoses for aftermarket lights and re positioning the turbo. It is definitely heavier than stock, but it should make enough power to compensate. I bought OEM mirrors for 15 bucks and they look much better to my eyes.
Finally bought a front end. I ended up getting white because it was a good deal and I just found two automotive paint guns in the garage from when my dad had his GTO judge. I am going to buy paint after I sell my last project vehicle(dirt bike).
I was in the process of pulling pistons when I discovered I don't have any needle-nose pliers that can fit to grab the second wrist pin clip. looks like yet another trip to the auto store.
I hope you don't uncover anything too bad while fixing up this car. I don't personally know the history of this car but I've spotted it on craigslist multiple times over the last year or so from at least 2 different sellers. If I remember correctly a shop had advertised it for sale, then a month or so later it was up from a private seller. Seemed a bit questionable to me. Your progress is looking good so far though. I look forward to seeing what it looks like in the end.
Yeah, Snow's auto built it to advertise their shop years ago and decided to move on and sell it. the guy that bought it gave it to his son (who has gone through like 5 cars over the past several years) and he drove it for awhile until it broke and they wanted to move on to a different car rather than fix it. I trust the guy I bought it from, he seems like a good guy. he said they bought it for close to 20k from snow's auto. I wouldn't doubt that considering he bought his son a Lotus evora for graduation. I paid much less than that because the car didn't( doesn't) run.
So far I have found some questionable design choices, like waste gate placement. The car in general I in good condition though, I haven't found any rust yet(thank god). At some point in this cars life someone put A LOT of work and money into it. Now it just needs some TLC to become what I want it to be. Unless something goes catastrophically wrong this will be a 400hp road warrior that cost about 8k.
Haha a lotus evora for graduation? Sounds like someone with more money than common sense. Good to hear that it's in good shape though. I just found it sketchy that the car was seemingly sold and then put back up for sale a month or so later. Good luck with the build
got the heads on yesterday. Before it goes back in the car I'm going to thoroughly clean the engine bay and do some investigating to make sure everything is wired and plumbed correctly.
I'm not sure what the perceived benefit is, but the builders of this car stuck with the SOHC heads, added valves, maybe a cam, and ported them. The build list that came with the car eludes to it having a cam, but I don't know whether or not they make aftermarket cams for SOHC Subarus.