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Old 09-09-2014, 07:21 AM   #81
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I wouldn't worry about the no bov situation. Most aussies with built / semi built engines don't run one. I've heard many a stories of them lasting years without a bov and a solid tune required to boot.
Yep, that's good to know. Thanks! I'm not worried about it...especially since replacing the turbo is in my long term plans.
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Old 12-01-2015, 09:51 AM   #82
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Well, it's been more than a year since I've updated but I'm at the point that I hope to document a new chapter in my RS's history.

This month will mark 10 years that I've owned my RS. It's insane to think that this machine has actually been with me that long, yet not hard to understand why the car means so much to me.

Over the last year or two I've been fortunate enough to work with 3 of my best friends on the Fervor Rally Sport GF8 build . This build really inspired me to do a complete, top down re-build on my RS. I've always had the plans to do a "refresh" and take care of rust and other issues. But I've decided and since begun a complete tear-down restoration. My goal, whether it be a caged and fully prepped rally / track build or aggressive street car build (still not sure at this point) is to have a completely rust free, refreshed car.

Well...first things first...I had been putting off some further garage upgrades for a while. Life and Other hobbies in the way. Life Update: Got married in September of this year!

Anyways...I finally got some better lighting installed and built up a tire rack outa scrap wood to clear some floor space in my tiny garage.



I got the car positioned and on jack stands and started removing exterior panels...




Got all of the window trim and moldings off. Most of it in good shape and re-usable. I'm thinking probably a couple pieces will have to be replaced...


This revealed some A-pillar rust. Not super terrible, and certainly repairable.



About halfway into removing the interior, found some really disappointing rust damage to the drivers side floor. There was actually crystallized salt under the carpet. Thanks to Michigan winters, no doubt... I'm not sure yet If I'll try to patch it with flat sheet or buy a whole floor pan and replace the bad parts.


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Old 12-01-2015, 10:00 AM   #83
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THE Major issue with my particular chassis is crash damage leftover from the previous owner on the drivers side rear quarter panel. When I first repaired the car, I went the cheap rout and pulled/filled the panel. Now, it's starting to rust underneath the filler and falling apart.

So, I bit the bullet and bought the factory rear quarter panel. This is how it should have been fixed in the first place.

Picking it up from the dealer...this is a huge part. Its nearly half the car.



It's a very complete part though, which is awesome and should make installation a bit easier.



It even comes with the lower extension which is awesome because I've got a good bit of rust here...


Next step is to finish interior tear down and remove the glass. Then I can cut out the bad sheet metal and begin prepping to weld in the new panel.
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Subscribed. I'd like to go with a Vipec in the future. It seems like you are happy with it. Did you go MAP based or are you still running the MAF? Any plans to upgrade turbo and injectors?
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Old 12-02-2015, 07:23 AM   #85
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Subscribed. I'd like to go with a Vipec in the future. It seems like you are happy with it. Did you go MAP based or are you still running the MAF? Any plans to upgrade turbo and injectors?
The Vipec logic is MAP based so it doesn't use the MAF. It comes with an intake temp sensor that needs to be installed in the manifold. I'm hoping to do a turbo upgrade after getting the chassis and body all sorted.

Started to cut the glass out tonight. I got this harbor freight tool and it actually works pretty well...it just takes two people to use.

Got the quarter glass out and called it a night. Hopefully more tomorrow!
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If you don't mind sharing, how much did the complete quarter set you back?
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If you don't mind sharing, how much did the complete quarter set you back?
It was nearly $600 after tax from my local dealer. They can be had cheaper on-line but the shipping is pretty expensive. Still, may be a few bucks cheaper.
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Old 12-04-2015, 06:43 AM   #88
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Interior tear-down continues...

Headliner is out


Dash is out...Took a while to carefully remove my gauges and wiring. Next time I'll be sure to chose smarter routing for that stuff...


Cracked myself up because apparently at some point during my swap I soldered a ground directly to my dash beam I don't remember doing that but it held up!


One step closer...starting to feel like a shell. Hoping to get the rest of the glass out this weekend.
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Slow progress lately. Spent most of January working on finishing the Fervor Rally Sport OBS and then crewing at Sno*drift.

Getting back into it...

Got the car stripped down a little further. drilled out all the spot welds and marked up where to cut...



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Made my cuts...

At the sill...


At the B Pillar...


And at the C pillar...


It took A LOT of work drilling spot welds along where the quarter meets the C pillar and the trunk. I spent a good 2-3 hours getting it free...but finally, it gave up aaaand...



And then I got the lower trunk extension off...

Lots of rust down here...going to have to replace the inner extension too...


Thanks to Garrett (Equinox92) I also picked up a passenger side quarter panel today! Should make rust repair on that side much easier.


A little celebration...it was bitter sweet to see my beloved little machine all cut up, but it's a good feeling knowing that it's being improved.

More progress soon!
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