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After doing what many young WRX swappers do (reference 93 WRX journal), I hunted on Craigslist for a specific vehicle: a 1996 Impreza Outback Sport. First off, wagons are awesome. Then, it's AWD, and is the only year and model that an Impreza wagon came with rear disc brakes from the factory. These are loaded with crap like power locks, windows, and mirrors, and funky acid trip interior.

To Do:
swap with 93 wrx everything, rhd and all :burnout:

The Red car is going to be stripped of everything on the front clip, then the Blue car will be stripped in the same fashion. A little bit of firewall modification here and there, and the Blue car will be reassembled into a 1993 rhd wrx wagon with a 1996 obs unibody.

This swap will be done in less time than my last one. Stay tuned while we harvest the Red car for all of its parts...

 

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how do you do a rhd conversion with out swapping firewalls?? Can't wait for this build to unfold.
 

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Same way I did it last time, read my 93 WRX Journal!

SO glad to have a wagon again, I missed having a Wagon every day I was driving the Sedan. Back to roots for me.
 

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Haha, I haven't done anything to it. Red car is waiting for further teardown and then once everything is out of the red car, I'll strip the blue car next to it.

Karla, the blue car, is simply my daily driver, getting over 26mpg with ease. I <3 this wagon
 

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Maybe because I can have it shipped to my sis in England, but probably not because it's just vinyl stickering. And I happen to be getting rather familiar with vinyl, so I would just DIY

This car gets between 25-26mpg, on 87oct, it's wonderful. But I still miss rhd rocketshipness.

Any suggestions as to a final color scheme for an old school GF8? I've been playing GT4 on my PS2 for inspiriation :screwy:
 

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definitely following this! take more pics of the firewall cutting and welding if you can, im getting ready to do a rhd ej20 swap in the next couple months!
 

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I plan on documenting it well.

Cross-posting like a motherflower, here are the parts necessary in turning your LHD Impreza into a rhd WRX

 

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Things I really should be doing before moving everything from the red car to the blue car:
-timing belt
-water/oil pumps
-pulleys
-tensioner
-head gaskets and everything else
-new radiator and heater hoses
-make the engine clean and pretty
-make the engine bay clean and pretty
-new steering rack boots

then shit I don't need to do, but hey, let's just brainstorm:
-tubular exhaust manifold
-have turbo and wastegate rebuilt (nothing is wrong with it... AFAIK)
-jdm lightweight rear bumper beam
-get gauge'd up (boost/vac, oil pressure, water temp)

then when all that's done... drive it like a grandma.
 
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