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Old 01-25-2007, 06:40 PM   #26
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Wow Paulie, it's been so long since I've seen pics of your car that stock looking that I had almost forgot it didn't come to you looking the way it does now.
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Old 01-26-2007, 02:26 AM   #27
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Wow Paulie, it's been so long since I've seen pics of your car that stock looking that I had almost forgot it didn't come to you looking the way it does now.
I know right, he he he. This project took a really long time to get it where it is today...

Round 2

This is right after it came out of the body shop (the first time). The WRC look is taking shape…front lip, hood w/vent, 1 piece bumper, corner marker vents, fog covers, and wing:





Round 3

Shortly after, a full set of Greddy gauges in a color matched Defi pod went in, along with an STi steering wheel with cruise control fully intact, and a bunch of under hood goodies - APS FMIC and turbo, Fluidine aluminum radior, Optima battery, HKS circle earth grounding system, Orciari headlights, and some other small items…

Before the STi wheel


After the STi wheel





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Old 01-26-2007, 02:51 AM   #28
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Not more than an hour after the last screw was tightened, I drove it to it's first show ever, where it won first place in its class...









It went downhill after this show. On the way home, some giant SUV passed me in a construction zone going like 90mph. He kicked up a rock and put a nice dent just in front of my fuel door, not before taking off some paint with it.

Round 4

I did manage to keep it clean though, and installed a set of custom anodized Ground Control top mount camber/caster plates that I waited months for:





That was it though, it was the last straw...the dent in front of my fuel door from the SUV bugged me so much I didn't even want to drive the car any more. It went into hiding until I made my mind up to go full tilt with this project.

It gets serious from here...stay tuned!



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Old 01-26-2007, 03:40 AM   #29
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It gets serious from here...stay tuned!



- Paulie
lol...you're right, everything blows up from there. your such a perfectionist it makes me look like a scumbag!
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Old 01-26-2007, 03:53 AM   #30
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mmmm.... full tilt....
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Old 01-26-2007, 05:04 AM   #31
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haha im gonna cry paulie. Send me a copy of your key and let me rip on the car for a tank hehe. Man its been awhile.
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Old 01-26-2007, 05:36 AM   #32
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Lookin good!
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Old 01-26-2007, 05:39 AM   #33
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car+rims=sick!!!!!!!!
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Old 01-26-2007, 05:44 AM   #34
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those pics were like 4-5 years ago you should have already seen the latest pics though
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Old 01-26-2007, 08:33 AM   #35
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Nice writeup.

Looking forward to this.

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Old 01-26-2007, 09:41 AM   #36
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you skipped round 22222
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Old 01-26-2007, 10:45 AM   #37
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damnit why do you tease us like this?
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Old 01-26-2007, 04:00 PM   #38
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haha, you can search his name and see the finish product.
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Old 01-26-2007, 04:30 PM   #39
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Beautiful car, I can't wait to get to the good stuff! What kind of hood is that, or did you have a vent molded into the stock hood? Also do you ever worry about water getting in the alternator?
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Old 01-26-2007, 05:43 PM   #40
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Old 01-26-2007, 05:57 PM   #41
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Subscribing for dash pics...
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Old 01-26-2007, 06:28 PM   #42
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you skipped round 22222
Oops! I fixed it. We are actually on Round 5 now, he he he.

I got so fed up with the dent in front of my fuel door, I knew it was just a matter of time before I HAD to do something. The placement of the dent is what killed me. It was such that a big piece of the car would have to be painted for it to match. I almost thought of selling the car, but I had this vision of the WRC car stuck in my head. I thought how cool would that be to pull off something like that with a street version.

I didn't want a replica (anyone can do that). I wanted something that emulated the WRC car but in a Prodrive/Subaru factory special edition sort-of-way. To emulate the presence of the real WRC car, but still have an everyday street car, I knew certain things had to be in place. It's all in the details.

Since I found a bunch of flaws in the first round of bodywork, I knew I had to find someone else who can get the quality I wanted.

Enter Myers Bodyworks. I found these guys by way of a fellow WRX owner. He had custom airbrushing on the side of his car. When the car got into multiple accidents, Myers fixed the damage, and re-did parts of the airbrushing each time. It matched perfect. Thus a relationship formed with me and Myers...

Round 5

Strip that thang!

We stripped the car and interior while I worked on the "details".




















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Old 01-26-2007, 06:29 PM   #43
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Old 01-26-2007, 06:35 PM   #44
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and then?
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Old 01-26-2007, 07:23 PM   #45
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I never knew you stripped out the whole car! you're crazy!
so what was done after it was stripped out?
man factory fresh clean AW bugeye FTW!!!!!!!! looks so hot!
btw how did you cut your bumper so nicely for the fmic?
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Old 01-26-2007, 07:34 PM   #46
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I've said it before, and I'll say it again.
One of the best builds EVER.

I LOVE it.
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Old 01-26-2007, 07:35 PM   #47
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wow its so fresh and so clean.....
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Old 01-26-2007, 07:35 PM   #48
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and then?
And then I shipped the whole interior to Stitchcraft in Huntington Beach, California, he he he (pics to come).

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I never knew you stripped out the whole car! you're crazy!
so what was done after it was stripped out?
man factory fresh clean AW bugeye FTW!!!!!!!! looks so hot!
btw how did you cut your bumper so nicely for the fmic?
You have no idea (about my craziness). I'll get into that later, he he he. As for the FMIC, the cutout took time. It was cut from the first bodyshop before I even had the FMIC, in preparation for it's installtion. After it went in, I wanted to make some minor tweaks to make it perfect. A little filing here and there finished off the final shape...

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I've said it before, and I'll say it again.
One of the best builds EVER.

I LOVE it.
Thank you. For just the average enthusiast like the rest of us, doing this on my own dime with no sponsored help from anyone except the awesome vendors, shops and friends I've made during this project, I thought it was a pretty unique build...until I saw the Gobbstopper project! I almost fell out of my chair when I saw that. Probably because it's my favorite Subaru body style ever (GC8).



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Old 01-26-2007, 07:45 PM   #49
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Beautiful car, I can't wait to get to the good stuff! What kind of hood is that, or did you have a vent molded into the stock hood? Also do you ever worry about water getting in the alternator?
I think you may have missed my question
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Old 01-26-2007, 07:50 PM   #50
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I think you may have missed my question
Sorry about that boost junkie. It's a stock WRX hood, with a Gimmie Gears WRC vent sectioned in, and the leading edge was cut to match the WRC car's shape and to integrate the look with the 1 piece bumper/grill.

As far as water, at first I didn't have a grill, just a hole. It took me a very long time to find the right mesh for it, but I eventually found it. I was going to make a rain guard for it, but I've driven it in downpours without one and it was fine...so no, I don't worry about water getting into the alternator.



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