Hi! I'm Marcus, and this will be the chronicle of my '99 Rally Blue RS. I have dubbed this car, Project FEELZ, because my intent is to just make the whole car feel better. Better feeling brakes, suspension, power, etc.
I've had this car since 2010, and I friggin love it, it's awesome. This is my 4th car ever, my second Subaru (my first being a 1996 Legacy Brighton that I got off Craigslist for $700. Damn I miss that car), and by far the best car I've ever owned.
I don't remember when exactly it was that I fell in love with these GC chassis cars, but I remember I joined the forum and started searching hardcore to find one right before I left for USAF Basic Training. I couldn't find one by the time I had to go, so I ended up selling the two cars I owned at the time ('92 240sx and the Legacy), and spent the next 6 months in Texas. Once I got back, I lucked out and found this blue beauty on Craigslist up in Berkeley, so ASAP I drove up there with my cousin, drove back down in this beast, and got home just in time to change and barely make it to work on time.
Aaaaanyways... let's throw up some pics because people like pictures! Right?!
Wait a sec...that's not right...
Ahh...there she is! In all her sexy blue-ness.
First post of this journal complete. Accomplishment achieved.
I made a thread about this a while back, but when I was pulling everything apart, I found a mass amount of oil inside the turbo.
I pretty much cleaned it all out, but I didn't take it apart or anything like. I'm hoping it'll be ok and make just be really smoky for a while, but does anyone have any thoughts about any potentially detrimental effects this might cause?
Also, the oil cooler on the engine was absolutely filthy:
Does anyone know what might have caused this thing to get so gross? It doesn't really look like there's any obviously failed gaskets or seals around there, but I'm not really sure.
I guess I'll find out if there's any failed gaskets once the thing starts running huh?
Last Thursday I sent my wiring out to Brian @ iWire to get the merge done. In the mean time, I got the party started with the car while the wiring was out.
I disconnected everything a few days ago in anticipation of removing the engine, so today after work all I had to do was get it out of there.
Now you see it:
30 minutes later.
Now you don't!
And that's pretty much where I'm sitting at at the very moment. Tomorrow is going to be a long day doing many many things before I go and install the EJ255. I have to clean up the engine bay a little bit since it's filthy, I have to install my new awesome Group N transmission mount, and trans crossmember bushings, and swap out my old funky shifter joint.
Tomorrow will be fun.
Any tips on anything else I should do while the engine is out?
I did some cleaning, took the steering rack out (and I think i screwed up my steering wheel/rack alignment, damnit), and disconnected the control arms from the crossmember. All that's left to do is remove the crossmember, but the bolts are not cooperating at all.
And of course I don't have a 17mm deep socket, and the short socket won't work. Stupid tool set has a deep 19, 18, and 16.
After a 45 minute drive to the only auto parts store near here that closes at midnight to get a 17mm deep socket, and with the help of my cheater bar and a whole lot of grunting, I broke the 4 crossmember bolts loose. Now don't anyone tell me I missed any or anything like that.