Hey all.. My name is Wes and I live in Oklahoma City.
I purchased my '98 OBS last fall with a bad wheel bearing and a saggy front bumper, planning to fix that and have it as a daily driver. As I tore into the rear end to fix the wheel bearing, I kept noticing other issues (mainly rust) that needed to be fixed, and every bolt I tried to remove was stuck. I just got frustrated with the whole thing and put it off for many months. But now I am back at it and have plans to fix it up into a nice lil car. Its going to be a slow process, treating all the rust and everything, but I hope to have it nice and clean
As it sits now: 03/16/2015
-145k miles, runs great
-5spd trans with whiney 1-3 gears
-tons of rust under the rear end fixed!
-2011 WRX shift knob
-20mm OEM rear sway bar w/ upgraded mounts and whiteline bushings
-20mm OEM front swaybar w/ whiteline bushings
-KYB Excel-G struts
-H&R Sport lowering springs
-Group-N top hats
-Group-N rear suspension bushings
-Group-N shifter bushings
-Group-N trans mount
-Kartboy short shifter
-Cusco front strut bar
-2005 WRX front seats & rear seats
-JDM GF8 Tail lights
-WRX 4/2 pot brakes w/ DBA slotted rotors & SS braided lines
-Andros Spec D 17x8 wheels
-Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 225/45r17
Well, as I was removing the lateral links and all that stuff for the wheel bearing swap, I found every single bolt stuck. Lots of rust under the car. The drum brakes were rusted out and needed to be reworked, so I figured I could swap to discs, and then why not the WRX 4/2 pots?
-06-07 WRX 4/2 pot calipers
-RS e-brake cables
-06 WRX backing plates
-parking brake hardware and shoe kit
-dba 4000 t-slotted rotors
-Hawk ceramic pads
-STi master cylinder
-Goodridge SS lines
Here's one of the WRX 4 pot calipers, sandblasted and painted. Got a rebuild kit with new pistons ready to make them good as new.
06 WRX backing plates. No sense in buying the $200+ adapters when these were 60 each and I already have it all apart for wheel bearings..
Well here is some of the rust I'm dealing with. I have a new(used) crossmember on the way, and I'm thinking I need the forward "T-mount?" too, its got more rust than I thought.
The body of the car underneath seems to be okay, just some light surface rust. The suspension pieces are the worst.
This is the rust treatment I have, I don't know its longevity and durability, but I like the coating it creates. I'm doing two coats of this then a couple coats of paint for extra protection. Its a slow process, but it will end up nice and worth the hard work.
Old crossmember and diff cradle are out finally, I had to cut two holes to locate the captive nuts.. one on the cradle and one on the crossmember.
I got a 2002 WRX rear crossmember, sandblasted and painted. It sure is pretty.
Here are the two holes I had to cut. Not a huge deal really, but it did slow me down some. Just as I felt like I was doing good, I'd break a nut and have to spend a couple hours finding it and cutting.
I had to remove the front seats to get the carpet up enough to work with the e-brake cables.. so I pulled all the carpet out to clean and check for more rust. Of course, I found some.. it looked really bad at first, but after a good cleaning, it looks way better and there is only one small hole I will have to cut out and replace. Not even enough to need welding.
Sure. I'll be replacing the crossmember and forward diff mount, but everything else is getting treatment. I use a wire brush to clean (while still leaving some rust for the chemical reaction), wipe with alcohol, then apply the treatment. It looks nice after it dries.
Not much yet, I found a killer deal on a 2011 WRX shift knob, and I already had the boot... Also I am working on getting the JDM tails installed. One is on, I had to do a couple repairs to the mounting points on the other.
The interior (hatch and back seat) is stripped, mainly checking for rust and cutting holes to remove suspension captive nuts. But while I'm that deep, I am cleaning everything very well and will be putting a 1/8" thick layer of ensolite sound deadening foam all over. I don't want to add much weight, so no heavy sound deadening material will be used. Just the foam to kill some road noise.