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hey guys!! So i just figured i would start up a thread to show you the process and the complete car swap over the next few months! This car was Z06 LOL's race car build and i bought it to finish it up!! He was planning on this being mainly a track car. I want it to be a little more track orientated (drag race) with a lot of street days. Car is a 2000 rs 2.5 coupe.
So how this happened.....

My first car was a 99 rs coupe WRB with like 80k miles. Why did i get rid of it?? i have no idea... but since then i wanted another one but i wanted it swapped and wanted to push the limits. So beginning of last summer i started research and figured out all the details. I was sort of waiting till i had everything planned and until the right rs came around. I waited several months and finally found Greg's rs. He was selling as a chassis so i had to source parts if i wanted to keep the dash and parts of the interior. As if by destiny, my buddy smashed up his rs and was looking to get rid of it. I snatched it and began stripping it. Took a week to go from a full car to nothing but the shell. The plan was to use the stock rs suspension minus coils until the car was driving well. (wanted to save money to spend in some other places for now).




THE BUILD: receiving the car from Greg (Z06 LOL) it had already had a 6 point roll cage installed and a decent matte black paint job. Engine bay and roll cage were painted red. His built thread can be found here

http://www.rs25.com/forums/f145/t191956-z06-lol-track-build.html
 

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Alright guys!! so i figured it out!! lol

here are just some pictures of the tear down of the parts car rs. Pretty much everything had to go...and i only had a week to do it... would have had it fixed and simply swapped this one, but not i am not a fan of sedans, coupes make it easier to have some 275's sticking out the four corners, so i stuck with the coupe :banana:










 

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The project begins

So after staying up all night on the friday before Greg came to deliver the rs, i barely finished the silver sedan. Being totally honest i really didn't get everything off that i wanted but none the less it had to be moved out, so i threw some dollies underneath it and threw it outside....its still sitting there.. now covered in snow!! I love WISCONSIN!! :mad: On the better side of things i got to start the Coupe! Before getting the car i had wanted to do something that looked as mean on the outside as it was under the hood. I liked the idea of either blacked out or gunmetal grey with an accent of gold. Unfortunately the red engine bay was killing that dream, so before i could start with anything else that had to get painted.







So i went to the store and got some aircraft remover! Stuff is the bomb! literally peels the paint right off. I was told that when using it, you can only brush one way otherwise the chemical reaction won't work!! :eek: Who knew? But it made sense! Took me a few tries at it but finally got most of it off.










Then the fun part of sanding came. Didn't snap any pics but i used a 100 grit paper to get a lot of the other primer off. Took me two days to get most of it off. Got it all cleaned off and wiped down and was ready to paint! Since the car is going to get fully painted at the end of fall this year i figured i should not spend a crazy amount of money on paint. So i just went for some engine enamel. Heat shouldn't be a problem with that paint and should do the trick for the summer this year. Again, was not looking for show this year, simply not red!!

I got everything tapped off and got the first coat of primer on. Actually turned out really solid.








was planning on getting the first coat of black on, but i came down with a pretty bad cold and with exams and such i have been out of the run for a bit. I'm hoping to be back at it again this Thursday or Friday, but only time will tell!! I got some parts coming this week and will post more pics when i can!!
 

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Not Bad buddy! Was looking into this car as well before you snatched it up. Can't wait to see some progress.

-Eddie
 

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hey guys!! Got some stuff done in the past few days. Engine bay got finished up and painted and actually turned out really well, used a gloss black which i figured would look pretty good. It will do until it gets repainted after summer!! Also i got a package from Rally Sport Direct!! :clap: Went with a SS Goodridge Clutch line. I ordered it Monday and got it in 3 days! pretty happy with the service from these guys!! Clutch line looks good and i am interested to see the differences with a stainless steel line as i have never had one. Also on my way home i picked up some anti-seize and some blue lock tight because i figured i would need it...Front sti cross member and steering rack is in, all complete with whiteline bushings. Waiting on some aluminum control arms currently...got the brake lines in and cylinders as well. gotta make up one more line tomorrow and get that one in as well. I got the pinion and steering column in. The sti steering wheel i have has a blown airbag which is going to be replaced by a removable momo. Here are a few pics...






















just have the standard springs on the coils for now until the ride height is set and fully figured out. Also those rotors will be getting replaced.


she is ready for the track :rolleyes:
 

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Awesome bud! Not bad on the gloss black. I'm planning on using that once I get the firewall modified on mine. What gloss black did you use?
 

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Well im not goin to lie, i have been slacking on gettin info up here to show some progress. I will post pics in the upcoming days. Our computer just blew a hard drive and so trying to upload pics isnt the best on an iPhone. Lol anyways, a lot of progress has been made on the car, the entire back end is in and ready to go, wiring harness is in, etc. takin a few different steps here now, deleting ac as well as going with a full 06 harness front to back. Pics to come!!!
 

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HEY GUYS!! So i am sorry i have showed no progress at all. This has been a really long process and stressful at points. The car is a few parts away from running which i am getting very excited for! So i will try to do a brief catch up here and then will be including more pictures in the future with the progress as well as posting more often on here.

So here is what has all happened.

Since everyone last saw the car a lot has been done. Starting from the ground up I got the entire suspension in along with all the subframes and such. While doing so I had totally redone and deleted the evap system. I ran custom lines from the two vents on the gas tank to the individual vents and the filler neck. I put a mini K&N filter on the main line to reduce as much pressure as I could. Turned out pretty good and is very simple. After all was done I moved on to the motor. The motor had blown headgaskets so i just decided to replace all the gaskets. Completely tore the motor down and then sent the heads out to good buddies out at Carquest to be milled. They did a great job! (Unfortunately no pictures) :( Anyways, I ordered from felpro a full head gasket set including everything. The headgaskets are AWESOME!!!! Triple layered with Teflon. Extremely impressed and fitment was awesome! The motor was all put back together and ready to go! During this process I was able to get the car rolling around and we put it on the trailer and took it to the shop. That is where most was done....lol we got the ej257 with d25 heads as well as the full v7 transmission in. Everything got tightened below and is ready to go to the alignment shop. The car got back home and I started to build the engine bay. Put on the full gates racing timing belt kit as well as the Perrin lightweight pulley which is excellent quality as well. With multiple systems being deleted the engine bay was a little easier to work with. Custom ran lines for coolant as well as the crankcase breathers...still using the pcv valve which I am not thrilled about but once the car is running I will change that out. Most of the engine bay was put together and so i figured i would throw the rims and tires on that i will be using. Going with a set of WORK Miester s1 3p matte black rims with gold rivets. Rims are 18x10 with some meats on there :) Car looks really cool with the rims even tho the matte black car will not be here for long lol

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Cant wait till those flares are on :)

So more recently i was able to work on the fuel system. I decided to keep things as simple as I could for now until the car gets fully built. Having said that, i hated the stock rubber fuel lines and needed a fpr so I got a AEM Universal FPR and mounted it in a area that would be easy to get at and is pretty open...I deleted the ac so that area only seemed fit. I made a bracket on put that right on the alternator bracket. Mounted the fpr right to that. Took a trip to our guys down at Behling Racing, who has an excellent inventory of everything racing concerned, and picked up some Aeroquip fittings. I took out the stock fpr on the stock lines and rails and just wanted to use those for now because I didn't want to spend the money on a complete custom system when I will be redoing that with the build anyways so I went with -6an Startlite hose. This stuff is money. Expensive but well worth it. In all our cars, it has never failed. (Running some huge horsepower nos mustang foxbody's) The quality is there and completely flame retardant. Here is what it ended up looking like with the mounting spot and lines.

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Turned out pretty nice and clean. I am happy with it. Car is getting there and I can't wait to get it going! Swapping this thing has been fun and I cannot wait till the car is painted and driving...Because that means build time!! :) Here are some pictures to keep you guys updated!! I will update this whenever I get something done!!

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This is all the wiring I deleted when I took out the ABS System, Airbag System, Ac/heater core, etc.

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Perring Lightweight pulley

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The little baby 16g that I am using to get the car running and on its feet. Big turbo plains in the coming year but wasn't looking for huge numbers right off the bat.

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Little look from inside mockup...Cool view from the drivers seat :)

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The RS Parts car...we cut it up with a sawzaw for scrap...talk about fun....lol

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Huge update

hey guys!! really big update!! the past 2 months or so the car has been going through a number of changes in insure safety and make sure everything that can be controlled will be. With that being said, I have been modifying the roll cage, completely redoing the braking system and fueling system, as well as began running wiring!!

ROLL CAGE

We got the car to the shop after a full week of prepping and getting rid of that ugly red interior paint job. Thanks to the guys over at Behling racing we got set up with some tubing and began adding onto the roll cage for both legal reasons and to stiffen the chassis as well as make the car a bit safer! We added door bars, ground supports, and kidney bars! turned out good!!





















 
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