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Old 12-06-2014, 04:08 PM   #1
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Default 2002 Bugeye - From RS2.5 to Glory Build

I bought my new project couple of weeks ago. It is a 2002 Subaru Impreza. Non-turbo and optioned out with a blown motor. The car looks like crap but the altezza taillights make it pop!

My plans for this car are not yet finalized. It will get a heart transplant for sure. Enjoy some pictures of this monster!

My goals for the project are:
1. Body and paint
2. Turbo engine
3. Refresh interior
4. Suspension
5. Get this car ready for the May "Boxer Takeover" at the dragon.

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Everyones favorite question, "why didn't you buy a WRX?"

- I got a good deal on this car, it has 185,000 miles and a blown motor. I bought the car because I am bored during winters. I don't snowboard nor ski and sitting at home watching movies in boring. Also, I want to learn how to do body work. I found a person that will teach me and overlook my work. Everything else is easy, I am very mechanically inclined.

My previous project car, 2003 VW GTI that embarrassed some cars in the corners. It died for this project to start. It had a salvage title so this was the only reasonable way I could let her go.

Video dedicated to GTI and how it died.


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Old 12-07-2014, 11:24 AM   #2
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Finally got my ass in gear. Made myself get into the garage after work yesterday just so I can start doing something.

Plan is to make a coffee table out of the block and cylinder heads. We will see if I am successful.


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Old 12-07-2014, 03:50 PM   #3
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subscribed.... curious how this will play out
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Old 12-07-2014, 05:23 PM   #4
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Very very curious as to how this will turn out......GOOD LUCK
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Old 12-07-2014, 10:22 PM   #5
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Seeing as you're in the US, can you make a video of you shooting those taillights when you replace them?
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Old 12-07-2014, 10:29 PM   #6
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hahahahahaha ^^
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Old 12-08-2014, 12:46 PM   #7
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subscribed.... curious how this will play out
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Very very curious as to how this will turn out......GOOD LUCK
I hope I don't disappoint. Got a lot of ideas in my head. Figuring out what my abilities are and how far can I push myself.

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Seeing as you're in the US, can you make a video of you shooting those taillights when you replace them?
I am open to ideas as to how to destroy these taillights. Shooting range sounds good. If only I can get my heads on some explosives.

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Did some work.

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Old 12-08-2014, 03:49 PM   #8
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I hope you get this done by the Boxer takeover
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Old 12-08-2014, 03:58 PM   #9
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Tannerite is your friend.
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Old 12-08-2014, 04:07 PM   #10
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I am also planning a similar thing with a 2003 bugeye 2.5ts wagon!!!!! Just picked it up 2 weeks ago
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Old 12-08-2014, 04:12 PM   #11
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NICE, got the same car, same color, very similar deal looking to boost. Currently trying to figure out what to do about a motor/wiring. whats your plan?
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Old 12-11-2014, 04:59 PM   #12
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I hope you get this done by the Boxer takeover
Shouldn't be a problem, all it is is 100's of hours of work...

Just got to stop looking at it as a whole project and work step by step.

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Tannerite is your friend.
Look at it know.

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I am also planning a similar thing with a 2003 bugeye 2.5ts wagon!!!!! Just picked it up 2 weeks ago
Nice, can't wait to see where you go with it!

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NICE, got the same car, same color, very similar deal looking to boost. Currently trying to figure out what to do about a motor/wiring. whats your plan?
Still no plan. I am starting with the exterior while I search for deals.

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First time I took apart a Subaru engine to pieces.

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Old 12-15-2014, 05:45 PM   #13
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Moved the car to a shop so I can start working on the body. Neighbors wouldn't be to happy if I did it in my garage. The beauty of living in a subdivision...

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Old 12-16-2014, 11:32 AM   #14
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Well, I had a choice.. Spend $180 for new headlights or put in 10 hours of work sanding down the lens by hand from the 185,000 miles 12 years of use and abuse.

I decided to go with 10 hours of work(my right hand hates me).. Couple of times I questioned myself if in-fact I can bring these headlights back. Well, I did and I am happy how they came out. I would give them a 8.5/10. At the same time I painted the housings black, used engine block high temp paint.

The steps I took to bring them back:
- Wet sand 400
- Wet sand 600
- Wet sand 800
- Wet sand 1000
- Wet sand 2000
- 3M Rubbing Compound
- Meguiar's Plastx
- Home made clear coat/uv protection solution






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Old 12-16-2014, 07:48 PM   #15
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Awesome work on the headlights, they look brand new.

I'm selling my Morette headlights to bug used OEM ones and do the same thing.
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Old 12-16-2014, 08:04 PM   #16
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That really is a damn good job.
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Old 12-16-2014, 08:12 PM   #17
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Those headlights look great! Are you planning to do an HID retro-fit to them?
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Old 12-16-2014, 08:19 PM   #18
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Great job on the headlights. Keep up the good work.
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Old 12-17-2014, 10:51 AM   #19
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Awesome work on the headlights, they look brand new.

I'm selling my Morette headlights to bug used OEM ones and do the same thing.
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That really is a damn good job.
Thanks!

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Those headlights look great! Are you planning to do an HID retro-fit to them?
Thanks. Don't have any plans for HIDs yet.

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Great job on the headlights. Keep up the good work.
Thanks!
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Old 12-17-2014, 10:52 AM   #20
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Got around to start doing some body work and bought some materials.

Also got some JDM parts overnighted from Japan.. Well not overnighted, it was a 4 day transit but they are from Japan. JDM STI hood scoop and grille.


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Old 12-17-2014, 07:01 PM   #21
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Wow, Looks great. Awesome progress. Hopefully I'll get around to doing something similar one day
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Old 12-17-2014, 11:20 PM   #22
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I HAVE to find the same JDM grill for mine.
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Old 12-20-2014, 05:22 PM   #23
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Wow, Looks great. Awesome progress. Hopefully I'll get around to doing something similar one day
Thanks!

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I HAVE to find the same JDM grill for mine.
The JDM grille was a must. Makes a huge difference.
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Old 12-22-2014, 05:14 PM   #24
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Well, I finally know what will go into the Impreza. Bought a 2005 STI with 49k miles. Will be swapping everything over. Engine, transmission, wiring, heater, interior, suspension, brakes, fuel tank, etc. Should be a fun winter.





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Old 12-27-2014, 03:56 PM   #25
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Did some work today and decided I want to repaint the whole car Aspen White. Not a cheap repaint but door jams, under the hood, trunk, etc.

What color wheels should I go with? White with gold or dark bronze?



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