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Old 11-03-2012, 01:02 PM   #1
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Default My first Subaru! 1996 impreza wagon (project car)

im now part of the gang

heres my beater impreza i got for $450

******OLD [Sept 2012]**************




******New [july 2013]*************





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needs:
4struts
front rotors
4tires
exhaust welding
rear wiper
maybe a new gastank

the car is getting delivered sometime next week. cant wait...
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Old 11-03-2012, 01:58 PM   #2
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Good deal for $450, I'd be excited! Be sure to post more pictures when it comes

p.s. gas tank might be a pain for a DIY'er due to the differential, good luck!
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Old 11-03-2012, 02:02 PM   #3
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thanks! im going to take a look at the local scrapyards and see what they have in store for me! i'll keep this thread full of pictures
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Old 11-04-2012, 06:31 PM   #4
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not bad! wagon mafia yo...thats a 96? mines has the more rounded headlights..was this a mid year change or something? i really like the look of those with the more angle-cut part where the headlights meet the grilll..and i spty another impreza wagon in the background =)
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Old 11-04-2012, 10:18 PM   #5
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well strange story really, as im researching more and as she tells me, the body is a 97, the engine is a 1.8 from a 96? im super confused as to how the models and years of the impreza go, http://www.parts-specs.com/Subaru/Im...tioncar-009342
this has been the most clear so far,
ALSO it has the little "brighton" sticker... isn't that only a sedan?
thats what the previous owner upgraded to, meaning this one could be mine for $450
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Old 11-05-2012, 11:12 AM   #6
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hmm yea looks like the 97-01 headlights. nice find though and welcome to the community.
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Old 11-06-2012, 12:45 PM   #7
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got the car home for $50, awesome tow truck guys are awesome.
more pictures to come, going to pick up the parts i need from "rock auto" theyve got the cheapest prices i can find and they ship for fairly cheap.

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Old 11-08-2012, 11:16 AM   #8
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Alright, so it stopped raining and i got to take a better look, its a 1997 body and 1996 ej18 swap. its got new plugs and wires and alot of crap on the engine, its going to need a good cleaning.

the heart transplant... i hope the last guy knew what he was doing...


some unplugged wires...no big deal.. theres about 5-6 of these around the engine bay.
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Old 11-08-2012, 11:20 AM   #9
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The Brighton was the bare bones model. If the engine came from a newer vehicle, those plugs are likely for features that weren't included on the Brighton.

I hope your new car treats you well, sounds like you will be getting very familiar with it.

Welcome to the community!
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Old 11-08-2012, 01:43 PM   #10
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How many kilometers are on it?
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Old 11-08-2012, 04:23 PM   #11
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only 183k and theres a sticker on the windsheild telling me to change the oil in 3000km

well... my mind can rest easy... it was a family car...




and the body rust was "fixed" with ALOT of bondo...


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Old 11-11-2012, 07:03 PM   #12
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pulled out the leaky tailights and cleaned out all the gooey black silicone stuff... im pretty sure the last guy used permatex black silicone, now should i do the same and cheap out or buy new gaskets?

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Old 11-11-2012, 09:13 PM   #13
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That looks just like the beater I just bought. mine is a 1994 same color same engine,
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Old 11-11-2012, 10:26 PM   #14
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That looks just like the beater I just bought. mine is a 1994 same color same engine,
how much did you get it for? i cant wait to get mine on the road, awd should be fun with winter on the way
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Old 11-11-2012, 10:41 PM   #15
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I got mine for $1100.00 but it is a california car so it isn't rusty anywhere and it runs and drives. It is really dirty though. I'm fixing it up for my daughter.
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Old 11-12-2012, 06:09 AM   #16
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Well i must say that its much easier to take apart (the clips actually dont break) you can tell the engineers thought these cars out
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Old 11-17-2012, 04:40 PM   #17
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so i fixed the rear lights with some rubber foam adhesive, its basically thick weatherstripping, and it works so far.

cleaned the rear seat grossness

as i was cleaning i felt my knee "break" through somthing in the floor.. all i could think was "great my car has a 6" hole of rust right in the middle of it" it was under the soundproofing stuff (which is from factory, because theres no blue paint under it) so i peeled some soundproofing back to find this... covered with foil tape... WTF SUBARU!



also i was cleaning the rest of the interior and decided to take off the center console and clean all the little plastic bits. i removed the plastic around the stereo, deck, headunit thing (cant think of the actual name) to find that whoever installed the deck should go back to school.. i guess the only tools this guy used were wire cutters and tape... forget solder and heatshrink...



i also found out why my rear wiper isn't working... can you spot it?

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Old 11-17-2012, 04:46 PM   #18
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That rubber "dum dum" is what is used to seal the taillamps to the body, replace that foame you put in there with dum dum or it will leak.

That hole covered with tape should have had a rubber body plug on the underside, somebody removed it or you popped it out with your knee.

As for the rear wiper wiring, very common with that era GF.
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Old 11-17-2012, 05:02 PM   #19
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the foam is more of a temporary fix, i'll be painting the car soon and it was raining for a while and just wanted a dry interior hahah

the foil tape must have been put there by the factory, thats the original soundproofing and the underside of the tape showed signs of weather so the rubber was never there (plus i can see the ground underneath )

the thing about the hatch wiring is that the washerfluid hose was also cut (or sheared) and the wires looked cut or sheared aswell. i guess someone got lazy?
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Old 11-17-2012, 06:02 PM   #20
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the foam is more of a temporary fix, i'll be painting the car soon and it was raining for a while and just wanted a dry interior hahah

the foil tape must have been put there by the factory, thats the original soundproofing and the underside of the tape showed signs of weather so the rubber was never there (plus i can see the ground underneath )

the thing about the hatch wiring is that the washerfluid hose was also cut (or sheared) and the wires looked cut or sheared aswell. i guess someone got lazy?
The rubber was there, it installs from the bottom (under the vehicle)

The wires and washer hose were not "cut" they split from years of opening and closing the hatch. Happens all the time on GF Imprezas.
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Old 11-17-2012, 06:20 PM   #21
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Very cool, hit your engine bay with some scrubbing bubbles bathroom cleaner (after covering up electrical things) sit for 15 and mist rinse it, she'll look real nice
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Old 11-17-2012, 08:01 PM   #22
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@hondaslayer
the hatch thing makes sense, and i'll check around for the plug when i move my car next.
@kel
i got the thick layer of dirt off with engine degreaser and a scrub brush, its about %60 clean, i'm going to be taking all the rusty stuff out and using electrolysis to get the rust off then hit it with some por15, im also going to paint either side of the engine bay (taking battery and airbox etc out)with some more por15 after i get a safety.

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Old 11-27-2012, 09:32 PM   #23
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well it snowed and the impreza is feeling a little cold hearted towards me not changing the struts before winter, ordered struts and tophats from rock auto for under $400, buying some nice winter rubber from canadian tire and getting it on the road, FINALLY!



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Old 11-27-2012, 10:10 PM   #24
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One thing to check is the gas filler neck. Subaru put a cover over it to "protect" it but all that cover seems to be good at is trapping mud, salt and water around the filler neck and allowing rust to form. It was the source of some very annoying CELs and fumes after fill up on my 98 OBS.
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Old 12-03-2012, 05:23 PM   #25
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Santa finally came! and all for under $700


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