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Broke Bolt Ramblings; Took another swing at removing the broken extractor in the broken sway mount bolt last night. Started off by attempting to crack the extractor with a punch, easier said then done.. Wailed on it for a while before giving up on that. Switched to a left handed bit and successfully drilled out the extractor. Unfortunately just as the bit cleared through it bound up and broke off in the bolt as well! Had a little laugh at that one.. Used a punched to knock it through and I'll use a magnet wand to pull the bit's tip out of the drain plug. Not going to attempt using an extractor again and bolt is sheared off flush so no chance to welding anything to it. So I stepped up my bit size and started drilling it all out. Drill battery died before getting all the way through though. After I get it drilled I'm going to tap it for a larger bolt if there's enough meat. Trying not to use a helicoil, but that's the next step before cutting the trunk floor open to replacing the welded nut. Can't wait to finally get over this hurdle and dig into the rebuild!
 

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Cars looking great, good luck!
How much did your donor cost you if you don't mind me askin? I'm trying to get an idea of how much I'm gonna spend when I do mine
Looks good. I think the wiring will slow you down the most, but you're already sending it to iWire which is a good choice.
Thanks guys! Sorry I've been so busy learning and research I haven't had much time to read over my own thread

@ Shane - I got a nutter deal on my donor, the kind of deal that ruins you for any future buys(everything else will seem way overpriced..). Location has a lot to play in price as well, but if I was searching for another donor I'd have $2k-$2.5k ready. That's what I originally had in the kitty. Got mine for much less than that, so I had extra to spend elsewhere. Donor is definitely the way to go, especially if you plan to swap more than just the engine
 

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Thanks fella's, heading back to the garage after work to hopefully finish drilling out that damn bolt. Snowshoe's slopes are open for 4 more weekends, so I'll be WV bound fri-sun for those. After that I'll be in the garage every weekend and any other chance I can manage.

Started putting together my ToDo list, not even close to finished and I'm already over 2 pages haha.. Top things I'm antsy for; hear exhaust, see wider track width, and feel bushing/suspension upgrades
 

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Success! Drilled a bit off center, but there's plenty of meat to tap for a bigger size. Hoping to only tap it 1 step bigger, but may have to go a couple bigger since I was off and took some threads out. Only have standard taps, so I'm going to borrow a friend's metric set and tap it first thing next week.

Spent a few hours here


The wounded soldiers and the culprit


Just a bit off center..
 

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2 months of nothing, all my free time was spent at Snowshoe til mid April. Still haven't tapped that damn sway mount hole.. Wanted to move onto pulling the wrx donor apart and getting the shell off to its new owner. So I dug in last weekend, got the rear end swapped out for my RS rear crossmember/hubs(only cell photo). Pulled the engine/trans tonight, and will get the fronts swapped over this week.











Can't wait to get the shell out of the garage and load it up on the buyer's trailer. I'll use that bit of change to scoop my alarm/remote start and a new filler neck. Just a couple parts left to buy
 

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'Preciate it SpecR! More time than money in it right now, but I'm not finished just yet..

Got the front crossmembers swapped out on the donor last night. Should get the pedal box, steering wheel, and all engine bay components I'm keeping pulled this Thursday. Then I'll be ready to pass the shell off to her new owner!

No photos from last night, but I've decided I'm going to make a little time lapse video of the complete rebuild. Going to shoot photos at certain intervals and stitch them together. Planning to have 1 setup in the same spot each time for the full timelapse, then have another for closeups/different angles of each part I'm working on. Been too long since I've done a film/photo project
 

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wooooo!!!! solid build you got here. I just finished my sti swap. My shell sat for 8 months and at times I questioned if it was worth the time/money. That first pull on full boost was worth it all!! keep up this sick build.
 

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Thanks for the encouragement mang!! Can use all of it I can get.

Got the pedal box and steering wheel pulled last thursday after work. Was easy going wrenching except until it came to pulling the wheel off the column. Had to put a damn ratchet strap on to pop it loose. Tomorrow I'll get the shifter linkage and the engine bay accessories pulled. Not sure what all I will end up using, but I'll probably pull everything I can from the wrx engine bay. Buyer will be here wednesday to pick it up. Once he gets it on the lift I'll swing by his way and get the rs crossmembers back. I did get to check the shaft play on the td04, ziltch! It's spot on, I'm nearly certain that the smoke coming from the engine after test driving was the mouse nest issue(actually found the little guy while pulling the engine. Caught him and set him free out in the woods. Pretty sure back back inside though haha..

I keep prying on myself that I should at least do the headgasket and probably a clutch job while I have it out, but I just don't want to dig into another rabbit hole right yet. I'm looking to just drop this engine in as is and free up my parents garage again. I've considered a garage addition to my current house but its just not worth it. So I'm on the lookout to rent or buy a small spot/garage that will be a bit more car project friendly.

So close and yet so far


WRX engine bay photos for future reference;




 

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Got everything I believe I'll need pulled from the donor shell earlier this week. Buyer will be here this afternoon to load up and take her home! I've been feeling a bit claustrophobic in the garage with the old parts, new parts, RS shell and wrx donor shell. So I'm pumped to get the donor out and be able to reorganize the parts/tools.

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More engine bay for future reference(with most components removed)








Posi camber gang!(rs xmember/lca's on the wrx)


Parts pile, need to spend some time organizing then moving into cleaning her up




Goodies for the glovebox;


Pretty sure I got everything on the list


Found this unit when starting to organize, only part I'm not sure where it came from/goes. Pretty sure it's from the RS interior, but I'm stumped. Google image search came up with zilch..
 

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Many thanks stg2!!

Got the wrx shell loaded up and off to its new home. Really glad to see it go to someone that will rebuild and make her road worthy again. The guy I sold it to is a subaru genius and a genuine good guy. Learned lots from him already and look forward to another great subie friendship.

Pulling the shell with no steering and only an e-brake out of the garage/driveway was a bit of a wrestle. Made it without any issues though! The last photo of the shell(forgot to snap one after loading on his trailer);
 

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Haven't been able to get back to get in the garage lately. A little bday surprise, this guy showed up local and cheap so I jumped on it.



Heading to the garage tonight to start cleaning up the the diffs and maybe paint the outrigger bar. Hopefully picking up a little hydraulic press to push the bushings around myself.
 

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Hey we're really close to each other! Tazewell Va here.... currently restoring an rs and just started my member journal here. Good luck on your swap!
 

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Nice STL! I had already read over your resto, you've made some decent progress already! We'll definitely have a catch up sometime. My company has an office in Tazewell so I make it down that way every now and then.

Got the garage a bit more organized last night, but didn't dig into anything.. Working OT today, hoping to get back in there this week sometime. I did pick up a decent little Central Hydraulic 6 ton press for dirt cheap yesterday. Little bench top a-frame style, I think it will do decent to push the bushings. I'm trying to figure out the best spacers - going to gather the lot up and see what sockets I can use. Then get a machinist friend to make me the odd ball sizes. Have a tub of purple power, brushes and pressure washer ready to clean up the crossmembers.
 

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Nice STL! I had already read over your resto, you've made some decent progress already! We'll definitely have a catch up sometime. My company has an office in Tazewell so I make it down that way every now and then.
I still have so much to do once it comes back from the body shop but I'll document everything and be updating everyone. Whenever you think youll be down this way let me know!
 

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Pretty good weekend in the garage. Got the rest of the parts more organized. Finally finished drilling and tapped the rear sway mount hole that was thrashed. Still need to get a bolt, test make sure its solid, and drill the rear sway mount for the larger size. Even though I'm still not done I'm relieved to get it tapped and out of the way. Now I can return the taps I borrowed off a friend months ago haha. While I was down there I cleaned up the charcoal canister some of the undercarriage and test fitted the whiteline sway mounts. Clears the filler tube perfecto, just had to trim the muffler heat shield a bit.





Took some time and finished cleaning up the wheel wells and struts. Talk about weight reduction, guarantee I knocked off a few pounds of crud. Here's an old before photo of the passenger front well. Not very pretty photos, but it was brutal and dirty work so I'm going to show them off anyway!













Pulled the rear wrx crossmember apart. Everything went smoothly, just need to replace the lat link bolts since they took a beating to free up.



Dad caught me napping on the job haha..



Going to order my filler neck, some misc hardware, and alarm/remote start system this week. I'm thinking since the hubs are off and free(and I have the press I'm itching to find more things to use it on) I'll probably get 4 fresh wheels bearings to press in.

Feeling pretty good about where I am, but damn time flies. Already June, but on track to finish by my loose end of summer deadline
 

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Still haven't ordered the remaining parts.. Need to get the filer neck and new hardware for the retapped RSB mount so I'll be ready to reassemble once I get the bushings swapped out. Also need to pick up another wrx front axle.

I managed a few hours over the weekend, no photos though. I got the front crossmember pulled apart and ready for cleaning. Everything came apart fairly easily, the tie rod arm puller I got was too large so a little pickle forking and I had the tie rods and ball joints separated. Front wheel bearings feel smooth as butter, forgot to spin the rears to see if my original assessment was correct(bad rear passenger bearing). Still need to spin the wrx rear diff to check it's condition.

Next time I get in the garage I'll be using my giant 2.5 gallon of purple power to clean both crossmembers and all links/arms. Then start with swapping the steering rack bushings and move my way through the front xmember/LCA to the rear/links.

On a personal note; Wish I had a few more days off and/or my garage was closer. Free time is getting harder to find. My brother is looking to move towards Richmond since he and his gf are getting more serious. We currently own our house together, so I'm on the hunt for a new spot with a garage/shop big enough for my moto's and subaru projects. No question, I will definitely be installing a lift if space allows!
 
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