So here's my latest attempt at making a proper (now vintage) WRX:
I found this car trolling Craigslist and picked it up for a very good price. The exterior has the usual rear quarter-panel rust, but it is pretty clean considering.
In the end, I bought this car for 2 reasons:
I hadn't owned a 5-speed Impreza since my days with Silent Partner, and I made the conscious decision to buy one stock this time around.
Second, No ABS. This saves me the headache of doing an ABS delete and all the issues that could have occurred.
Yes, it's tan, and it has no proper wing. Hopefully that all changes starting next year, when both the interior and exterior work can begin in earnest.
All in all, it's not a bad car to start with. The motor is stout, the clutch has good grip, and the suspension isn't loose. I'll have to address the exhaust, however; it looks like there's been a bit rust that's eaten through most of the piping. I like the slight boxer rumble, but this car is louder than my cat-backed Impreza by orders of magnitude. And I don't like really loud cars (or having to explain to LEOs why the car is really loud).
And so off the starting gate I go. Hopefully this car won't end up joining the long string of projects I never got to finish.
I've been collecting new interior parts to turn the inside into its proper dark grey/black, and I've also gotten my hands on some limited blue trim pieces. This marks my first official mods for the car:
It's interesting how the blue actually accents the tan/beige interior. But the stock shift knob is...meh. So it's time for either the 5-speed duracon shifter or the 5-speed Legacy GT shifter.
If I actually liked the tan interior, I'd do the STi blue accents on the door cards and the carpet, but it's not my cup of tea, so the interior will be swapped as soon as I get all the parts for it. So this is the start of something...workable.
Before the swap can actually happen, this car has be repaired and prepped for state safety and emissions inspection. The exhaust system on this car was rusted from the cat all the way to the muffler...and loud.
One trip to the shop with all the parts and gaskets and a discounted install later, this car now sounds like a normal car on the road.
I also took the time to swap the wheels between my other Subaru and this one:
One of the issues you run into with building a car whose first year will enter "Classic" status later on this year is that finding spare parts becomes much harder. Also, rare and unique parts for this car force me to choose what I should purchase immediately versus trying to save the money for other rare parts. Because, sometimes, there is a part that makes the build much more worthwhile - even if it sets saving for another rare part back.
In this case:
A set of Prodrive floormats, for the LHD GC Impreza. I've installed the interior mats. I have a trunk mat as well, but I still have junk in the trunk, so I'm holding off on that.
Also, I got this from my paint shop today:
This is only proof-of-concept at the moment. The wing was originally Arcadia Green. When I paint the spare trunk, I will install this wing onto that one.
This is starting to get to the bigger expense phase of the project. After having the wing painted (which was perfect), I promptly...dropped it.
And it slid.
So now my once perfect wing has some...road scuffing. Oh well.
I had purchased an L trunk with the smaller spoiler. It had all the usual Subaru badging including the dealer it came from.
Then, I got this package from England. It allowed me to do this:
I had a Momo wheel with the red stitching. But the Airbag didn't have the actual airbag charge. The USDM airbag charge for the GC wheels are not the right shape, and the WRX GD Momo bags use a completely different setup. So I had to find someone willing to sell just the airbag.
And then, finally, I had received this a little while ago. But it was not installed until after I did the trunk and rear wing:
The JDM Type-R Window. Or, the MVP - Most Valuable Piece (of Glass). This actually marks the 3rd JDM windshield I've owned - and my 2nd installation. I feel like any swap done properly needs one .
Now I've got to make some more money because people have been putting rare parts that I want for this car for sale...at the same time.