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Discussion Starter #82 (Edited)
Decided to stop looking at a pile of parts this week. Here’s my progress thus far!



Trading one pile for another...





Dropped the pump and subframe together. Seemed to save a little in the mess.



This Phase 1 ATX is likely worth absolutely nothing. I’ll be posting the axles and what not soon enough.



So bare...



Front subframe and trans installed!



Got the rear diff in too...wish some of these parts were a little cleaner. Such is life in the rust belt.
 

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Still playing with these lateral link bolts on the rear hubs...what a joke. Looking like I’ll be drilling them out.

Decided to trade in the v4 (4/1 pot) set-up for Brembos. Deciding if they’re getting painted or not...



Picked up an STi rear sway bar too. Hopefully this will start coming together a little easier from here. :)
 

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Those bolts are the worst. Had to cut them off when doing my Forester. Everything goes back together much smoother!
 

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Those bolts are the worst. Had to cut them off when doing my Forester. Everything goes back together much smoother!

I’ve got one on its way out. The other I’ve just started cutting. The rear backing plates are toast, the ebrake pads are too. Debating on rebuilding these with new bearings, one might be shot anyways. Hate to fix what’s not broken but I really don’t want to be back in this corner of the car any time soon.

In other news the 1.8L I had planned to slap back in is leaking from the head gasket. Now I’m forced to slap it back in and go till the gasket finally gives, or spend money on an engine worth about $100 on a good day. Yea!

 

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Still on the fence as the whether I will be doing the headgasket on the old engine. Leaning toward throwing it back together as is. The gaskets cost $35/side. Even though I don’t want her to smoke I’ll likely just drop the old engine back in till swap time.

Bought some lower mile hubs. I’ll play with getting the others apart over winter.





Certainly a lot better than this...



Lots more cutting to go and the axle is stuck in the hub. But that’s for another day. I have the hubs on the car and everything connected but the brake lines as I had to grab them off the old hubs. Pics to come of Brembos, Show Struts and STi Aluminum bits.

Also picked up and SVX Master Cylinder and I’m trying to source a JDM non-ABS proportioning valve from a v1-3 STi to dual in the brake bias. Possibly a MCB if I can verify the ones for the early Imprezas will fit with the SVX MC.
 

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Full headgasket and timing job is a couple hundred bucks and an evening of putzing. Why wouldn't you replace them?
 

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Full headgasket and timing job is a couple hundred bucks and an evening of putzing. Why wouldn't you replace them?
It’s on the 1.8L that came in the car. I imagine that block is worth about $100-150 on a good day.

Planning engine and harness merge next and the car is not likely to be driven more than a handful of times in between. Timing was done on the engine before I got it but the only purpose of this engine would probably be to move it in and out of the garage and to a show or two within 40min. Just feels like throwing away money and time to do gaskets on an engine that is seeping and will probably only see another 200 miles in my possession.

It’s going to bother me that it smokes but I’m hoping to use that to motivate me to keep moving on the swap.
 

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Got pulled away from this project but I picked up a few parts to get me going on it again. Non-ABS SVX Master Cylinder and Non-ABS STi Brake Proportioning Valve.






Valve will be coming from japanparts.

Need a few crush washers and I should be good to go.
 

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Just subscribed to this thread I need to make my own love all the information you share! Even if I have a coupe, your hatch still looks beautiful and its about to be a beast.
 

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Just subscribed to this thread I need to make my own love all the information you share! Even if I have a coupe, your hatch still looks beautiful and its about to be a beast.
Thanks man! It’s just amping up! Stoked to see what the end product looks like. Probably a garage queen. Speaking of coupes, I picked one up recently. It’s not likely to stick around as It doesn’t work well with the kiddos.



Here’s a link to that build thread...kinda short and sweet but I’m still fixing little things.

 

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Thanks man! It’s just amping up! Stoked to see what the end product looks like. Probably a garage queen. Speaking of coupes, I picked one up recently. It’s not likely to stick around as It doesn’t work well with the kiddos.



Here’s a link to that build thread...kinda short and sweet but I’m still fixing little things.

Just checked it out and left a comment on it.
 

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Decided since the 1.8L is not going back in I might as well part out what I can. Pulled the bulk harness and ECM. I’m hopeful I can sell enough to do a harness merge.



Pulled the body harness out of the donor wagon so I’m going to start on the full obd2 conversion. Looks like I’ll for sure be replacing the front door harnesses, possibly more. I’ll take the time while I have it.

I also threw the Brembos on.

 

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Tore the interior apart and started swapping the wiring for the obd2 swap.



Gonna do the doors next. Kind of a tedious process. It looks like I’ll need to run wires for the rear wiper as the 93 has a separate reservoir and pump for the rear wiper fluid.
 

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Door harnesses are done front and rear. I may have to run something for the rear wiper motor as mine has it’s own reservoir in the trunk. I also ran wires for components. Thinking Under the drivers seat will be the cleanest spot for an install.



Made speaker baffles for the components and got them fitted with with door cards on. Need to mount the tweeters next as they didn’t plan for any of the in 1993. I’ll update with some pics once I have more light.
 

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Here’s everything mocked up. Wires are plumbed. Will need a fair amount of dynamat once I can roll the window up. Lol



Had to do my own mounting holes for the tweeters as there was no thought of those until 99 or so. My 98 has the spot for them in the door card but no brackets.

Ordered a Grimmspeed Antenna Delete palate and Master Cylinder Brave. Hoping to get started on bleeding the Brembos and getting the SVX Master Cylinder installed.

I’ve decided to swap the rank too. Still sourcing one and a clean rear subframe. Sucks to put it all together the. Rear it apart again but it’ll be worth it to avoid fuel cut issues with this old school 12 gallon tank.

Now to decide on fuel pumps...I‘m tempted to go flex fuel on this one...
 

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Got the main fuse panel in today! Hoping to throw the fender on later.



And she looks pretty much the same as when I started.



Going around the bay with compound. I have this really old weatherproofing that’s stained the finish. Might power wash it once she’s mobile to see if I can’t get a bit more off.

She’s pretty dirty...I doubt she’s ever been washed down.



(Looking into a slave cylinder set-up)







Hopefully cleaner pics from here...I did get around to installing my GS Antenna delete plate in a moment of frustration.



Picked up a MCB from them too. Hopefully I can get back to bleeding everything soon.
 

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Another productive day! Found a GD Gas tank, 06 STi rear Subframe and slave/master set-up. It was a drive but well worth it!

Dirty GD Tank...



Cleaner GD Tank



Since everything had already been apart I had the tank out in about three hours.





15/12 Gallon plus the better baffling...I couldn’t resist. Ordered an AEM 340 log fuel pump. Should be here one day next week. Need to sort the wiring and what not for the tank and get this back together!

Till then...

 

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My harnesses are officially en route to iwire!

My AEM 340lph came in too. Need to snag the harness and possibly the pump hanger off the parts car.
 
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