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Old 12-01-2012, 09:57 PM   #1
Smurftastic
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Hey I'm Dave, an Air Force Staff Sergeant, former active duty, now in the reserves. Putting on Tech Sergeant next Spring!

So I suppose I'd better start off with a story, and fittingly enough for this competition, mine starts in Iraq in 2009. Like everyone else here who's deployed, I didn't have much to do with the spare time I had -- lift weights, eat, lift more weights, and Skype home depending on the connection. I found myself looking for positive inspiration, which led to looking through online forums simply looking at pictures, thinking about what I'd do when I got home.

This Bugeye ultimately became the result of my efforts after coming home. Putting in the wrench time was a great way to slow down from the pace of being deployed, and as you can see, I've been busy. When I picked up this thing about 2.5 years ago, it had been completely stripped by previous owners and had fallen into disrepair. A lot of people in central Virginia know what this car went through to get to where it is. It's been a labor of love (and sometimes frustration) ever since wrenching the hell out of this thing to get towards that inspirational vision in my head I had while deployed.
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Just recently I finished a long-term project -- a relatively aggressive shave, tuck, and relocate job in the engine bay. I relocated the battery to the trunk to SCCA standards, installed an in-line breaker, distribution block, relocated the fuse box, extended the engine harness, and put in new engine bay sheet metal, then smoothed it out and repainted everything in the garage over the course of many months.

The ultimate goal with the engine bay is like my concept for this build - a car should be inspirational. I hope this build inspires the community and look forward to working on this project for a long time to come.

Exterior

* JDM STi hood scoop
* JDM STi front grill with JDM Impreza badge
* STi fog light covers
* Spec C roof scoop, with red shapeways roof latch
* Prodrive front lip (rep.)
* JNA Motorsports Bugeye Vlimited lip
* Australian EGR rear lip
* WRB WRX sideskirts
* Debadged/Dewinged
* JDM STi V8 tail lights
* Gunmetal Koji mod headlights with OSRAM turn signals, painted to replicate the 2004-2005 STi JDM headlight color
* C/F STi side marker block offs

Interior (I will get some pictures of this setup soon )

* Prosport Amber/White Oil Pressure/Oil Temp/Volts setup in DEFI clock pod, both oil gauges using Prodrive oil galley adapters
* Additional Prosport Amber/White boost gauge connected to a A pillar pod
* All A/B/C pillars, roof scoop housing, center console, and roof liner either dyed or plastidipped black
* Black Leather/red stitch shift boot
* Short shifter with Kartboy shifter bushings
* STi shifter trim
* extended armrest
* Sparco shift knob
* Custom WRC stitched headrests
* JDM hazard
* MB Quart component speaker setup in custom internal sound-proofed door enclosure
* Red-lit head unit to match red gauges and red center console lights

Wheels/Suspension/Handling

* Gunmetal 18X8 Tarmac 2s wrapped in Nexan N3000s with carbon fiber STi center caps
* KYG AGX adjustable struts
* Tein S tech springs
* Kartboy rear diff bushings
* Kartboy steering rack bushings

Engine Bay/Performance

* COBB Accessport Stage 2 tune
* DEI heatwrapped JDM STi V7 TMIC (17% bigger than USDM STi TMIC)
* DEI heatwrapped Cusco turbo heatshield
* DEI heatwrapped K&N CAI
* Subimods aluminum alternator cover
* Gimmick Motorsports Aluminum Radiator with SAMCO hoses
* Red Perrin V2 silicone turbo inlet
* PnP and ceramic coated throttle body
* PnP and powdercoated red WRX intake manifold
* Gutted and heat-wrapped up pipe
* Gutted and heat-wrapped downpipe
* JNA Performance 3" catback
* JEGS trunk battery relocation kit with SCCA-legal in-line kill switch, circuit breaker, and power distribution box
* Relocated fuse box, windshield wiper reservoir, cruise control, and extended wire harness
* New sheet metal, shaved, and repainted by me










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Old 02-05-2013, 08:41 PM   #2
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Coincidentally, the Top Scoob competition coincides with me finishing a major project I've been working on - an engine bay tuck, shave, and repaint job. I just finished this over the weekend - everything was done in small increments over many months in my garage. Everything is deleted except for ABS, PS, and AC - cuz this is a true daily driver. New sheet metal was put in and the engine bay was repainted!

Enjoy the pictures, hopefully it influences your votes!









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Old 02-09-2013, 10:24 AM   #3
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I thought I would share some military photos since I haven't done so yet



Who doesn't want to hump a nuke?

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Old 02-10-2013, 11:06 AM   #4
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A few more pics of my winter projects... trying to make the interior "moar gooder," hopefully some higher quality pics soon. Essentially it's an S202 theme.



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Old 02-12-2013, 07:26 PM   #5
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A picture from my last deployment, a few people might find this amusing

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Old 02-18-2013, 08:43 PM   #6
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I'm putting this up to show the amount of work that went into this engine bay over the course of the last few years. This is one of those "saving a Bugeye" stories that took an excessive amount of time and effort. All work done by myself in the garage.

Step one: Relocation of battery (bolted through the trunk with distribution box and in-line breaker, 0 gauge wire, enclosed battery box), relocation of fuse box, boost control solenoid, DRLs, windshield wiper fluid, and other random wires.

Step two: Extension and rerouting of engine wiring harness (60/40 Rosin Core and a good amount of patience)

Step three: Grind out old rusty sheet metal from under battery box. Grind out all brackets built into the engine bay structure on the driver's side.

Step four: Cut new sheet metal for sides and bottom of engine bay. Put in new sheet metal, find and/or shave all holes and imperfections.

Step five: Sand down everything, remove everything from the engine bay possible, prime, and paint.

You've all seen the end result, now here is a comparison:

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Old 02-21-2013, 11:25 PM   #7
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I wanted to take a moment to snap a few quick shots of my interior for the Top Scoob competition. The initial thought with this project was to mimic the S202 look, but over time it turned into a general effort to make the interior look as nice as possible. Apologize for the the photo quality, if I only had an DSLR!

A few things to point out... dyed headliner, A/B/C pillars, roof scoop housing, and what I believe is the ONLY Shapeways red roof scoop latch ever to be made. There are a few other snazzy parts I've picked up over time - it's not a finished product, but it's good enough for now



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Old 02-22-2013, 11:15 PM   #8
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I wanted to share a quick picture showing of the V8 JDM tail lights and EGR rear lip


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Old 03-02-2013, 05:39 PM   #9
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Massive congratulations from everyone Dave, your Bugeye is a great addition to the family!

Here's some front page love for you.

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Old 03-02-2013, 05:55 PM   #10
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Nice! Congrats!
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Old 03-02-2013, 06:08 PM   #11
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Well deserved. Thank you for your service.
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Old 03-02-2013, 06:04 PM   #12
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Wedding crashers! Hells ya.
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Old 03-02-2013, 06:48 PM   #13
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Wow that thing is beautiful! Congrats.
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Old 03-02-2013, 07:01 PM   #14
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You sir have made me reconsider the bugeye.
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Old 03-02-2013, 07:03 PM   #15
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Very deserving. Great car.
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Old 03-02-2013, 07:11 PM   #16
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A big thank you to everyone for all the support throughout the competition and the kind words regarding the build. There some very stiff competition along the way against some VERY impressive builds.

Pretty humbled by the whole thing, and looking forward to using this inspirational experience to continue to enhance my build.

A special thanks to the MAIC crew and my friends in the Bugeye community who supported me along the way.
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Old 03-02-2013, 08:08 PM   #17
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Congrats bro! Glad seeing my parts going to good use
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Old 03-02-2013, 08:24 PM   #18
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Congrats man!
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Old 03-02-2013, 09:11 PM   #19
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Dave, you're th man. Can't wait to see you later this month!
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Old 03-02-2013, 09:42 PM   #20
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That thing is perfection at its finest.
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Old 03-02-2013, 10:45 PM   #21
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Congrats smurf. Well deserved for sure.
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Old 03-03-2013, 12:05 AM   #22
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Congrats..
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Old 03-02-2013, 11:50 PM   #23
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yea buddy! MAIC all the way.
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Old 03-03-2013, 12:00 AM   #24
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Congrats. Love how raw that alternator cover looks with the welds!
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Old 03-03-2013, 12:17 AM   #25
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Congrats..
Thanks Duwel, was hoping to see you in the finals! Great build man.
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