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Old 12-24-2010, 07:10 AM   #1
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OK, so with a title line like that I was wondering if anybody had ideas on what my friend could possibly name his project car.

I'm doing this without his knowledge at this point, he's not really into spending hours upon hours reading web forums, he'd much rather be out in his 90* garage when its barely 30* outside. For now I'll call him Dr.Chaos, since thats how originally he introduced himself to me. He needed some wheels to roll his 91 Legacy donar car around on, and I was selling some aftermarket wheels from a car I had parted out. His other toy is a gen1 Blazer, which I have one of the GMC variety, so a friendship kind of instantly formed.

So anyways, about his project. I'm a bit foggy on the delicate details, but basically Doc and his wife "Igora" (think Igor from Dr.Frankenstein-but by namesake only-she's actually really nice) are both retired, and wanted a fun little car to go get groceries in year-round. Where they live often gets snow/ice in the winter that doesnt really stick around long term-other than wintery conditions they get lots of rain, and in the summer lots of heat. I dont know why he chose the cars he chose, but the metamorphosis begins with a 1991 Legacy 2.2/5mt/awd and a 1976 BMW 2002. I drove out to their house a week or so ago to check out the progress-and boy was I shocked to see what I saw:




I was a welder for nearly a decade and I know decent sheet metalwork when I see it. Doc managed to splice the ENTIRE floor from the Legacy, under the 2002's main body (he and Igora removed the floor from the BMW first obviously). Where the seams meet, they've done a great job of blending sheet metal lines, and forming the pieces to fill in the gaps using such things as blocks of wood and hammers. No special machine shop or brake presses here no sir.

They've thought far enough ahead with each step to make sure serviceability is top notch, the front apron/grill of the BMW have been mated to most of the Legacy's core support, thus allowing the radiator and grill/core support to all remove easily, making drivetrains simple to go in/out. The rear wheel well arches were ~2" off center with the Legacy's wheelbase being slightly longer, so they cut behind the wheel out, and added to the front-giving the now longer wheelbase BMW a rather cool looking stance. The flares are for future wide wheels/tires. Inside the trunk is mostly still Legacy, but much like the underhood-the seams transition nicely, and even the factory Subaru fuel pump access hatch is there, molded in all sneaky-like. They've put the fuel filler inside the trunk in order to keep the outside of the car clean.

I apologize for not having more pics, I'll see if I cant get back out there for some more, or have him email me some for my photobucket acct. Here are a few more of the process of swapping the floorpans. Gotta love the ingenuity in hoisting.





I was 1/3rd of the crew that built what we call the NeoPreza (1995 Neon coupe now sporting a 97 Impreza 2.2/5mt/awd swap), so this BMW/Subaru conversion is right up my alley. Of course I love engine swaps-my WRX is the only car I've ever owned that HASN'T been...yet. So anyways, this is just the beginning, I wanted to get the interweb's opinion on Dr.Chaos and Igora's future grocery getter.

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Old 12-24-2010, 11:08 AM   #2
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I dunno what to call it....but I love seeing a labor of love coming out so well. I'd guess this is going to be one helluva neat car to fart around in!!!

Please keep us posted on the progress!
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Old 12-25-2010, 12:41 AM   #3
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so will it be registered as a bmw or an impreza? very cool either way...MORE PICS!
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Old 12-25-2010, 12:48 AM   #4
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Doc had the BMW tagged prior to disassembly, and its old enough to be smog exempt anyways, so it'll be a 1976 BMW 2oo2 I'm sure.



I tried to convey how the Subaru world would absorb a project car like this. Figured it would be with open arms. I dont know much about the 2oo2 clan, but those cars are so eclectic anyways, I'm sure they'd love it too.

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Old 12-25-2010, 11:11 PM   #5
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Wow, this is cool. Been thinking about something similar. How difficult was it to remove the body from the legacy floor pan? +1 on more pics if possible.
I'm biased so its a legacy 2002 now...
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Old 12-26-2010, 12:33 AM   #6
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so will it be registered as a bmw or an impreza? very cool either way...MORE PICS!
Haha this is a pretty neat build. Definitely keep us updated with pics.

He should register it as a Bimmaru
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Old 12-26-2010, 12:43 AM   #7
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that's great. the flares and the engine bay are phenomenal. keep it up
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Old 12-26-2010, 12:52 AM   #8
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I tried to convey how the Subaru world would absorb a project car like this. Figured it would be with open arms. I dont know much about the 2oo2 clan, but those cars are so eclectic anyways, I'm sure they'd love it too.

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I think the hot tubs dudes will be horrified.
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Old 12-26-2010, 12:54 AM   #9
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2002baru

Pretty interesting
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Old 12-26-2010, 07:08 PM   #10
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sweet. I love custom work like this.
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Old 12-27-2010, 01:22 AM   #11
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whats with this "hot tubs" reference? The Bimmer people call these cars hot tubs? ...how can this be, there are no nekkid chicks getting into these cars, nor do they have the ability to hold water (think Top Gear UK and now US too).

Wierd nickname. Anybody know its origin? Google doesnt help me.

If its any consolation to the BMW people, the floorpan apparently got sold to someone needing good drivetrain bits for a restoration. So everybody wins with this car so far.

Erik

edit: another random somewhat relative name I came up with was STII if I can talk Doc into future upgrades to STI componants. Get it? STI+TII. ...yeah-its late, sorry for that one.

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Old 12-28-2010, 11:21 AM   #12
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Cool project, but I will say I'm glad he didn't cut up a round taillight Tii.
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Old 01-04-2011, 08:52 AM   #13
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As the owner of both a Subaru (Forester) and a 1970 BMW 2002ti....I think it's great!
Actually about 4 years ago, I was wondering if anyone had done this yet. Here's the link to that discussion.

http://www.bmw2002faq.com/component/...ghlight,2baru/

Look forward to seeing and hearing more about this project.
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Old 01-04-2011, 09:52 AM   #14
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This is too cool! Please post up progress as the project moves along.
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Old 01-04-2011, 10:30 AM   #15
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+1 for 2002baru.


Perfect.
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Old 01-05-2011, 06:06 PM   #16
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That looks like a great conversion. Definitely would like to see more pictures of the progress and completed project.
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Old 01-06-2011, 02:11 AM   #17
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I've been busy with projects of my own, but Doc emailed me to say the engine should be going back in over the next week or so. He's got some cool mechanical fuel injection dohickeys on it, with minimal acc. mounted to it. I'll keep bugging him for more pics since he's about an hour away and I cant get out from under my own committments to go see his progress.

TheOtherGuy, I have cut up my fair share of unibody cars for scrapping purposes, its kinda sucky. But if you plan ahead, do the whole measure twice-cut once routine (or measure eleventybillion times) I'm sure it can be done with minimal hair-pulling-outing. When we built the NeoPreza it was mostly plasma cutter and cutoff wheels on a die grinder. Doc and Igora did those and used a mini sawzall. Definately not a task for the beginner, but anything is doable with metal and time. If you screw up, just weld some of it back on.

NeoPreza early build pics:







Doc's build is much cleaner than the Neon, but we were starting with a totalled car with some bent structure. A cleanup/rebuild is in the works for the NeoPreza featuring a 2.5 turbo build, WRX drivetrain, body/paint. Should be nice whenever he gets around to working on it again.
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Since u called him Dr. Chaos and his wife Igora...why not just call the project Frankenstine?...But why worry about the name, this is one hell of a build can't wait to see the finished car.
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now bmw can get back into rally racing.
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Old 01-06-2011, 05:48 PM   #20
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Since u called him Dr. Chaos and his wife Igora...why not just call the project Frankenstine?...But why worry about the name, this is one hell of a build can't wait to see the finished car.
hehe, "Dr.Chaos" is actually what he called himself in the first email exchange. His wife is no Igor (a), but with this build the theme fits.

Yeah-at this point in the game a name is just a name. The work speaks for itself.

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Old 01-06-2011, 06:41 PM   #21
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whats with this "hot tubs" reference? The Bimmer people call these cars hot tubs? ...how can this be, there are no nekkid chicks getting into these cars, nor do they have the ability to hold water (think Top Gear UK and now US too).
They're Time Machines.


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Old 01-06-2011, 08:56 PM   #22
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this is basically the complete opposite of what i wanted to do
(s52+99 Impreza wagon)
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Old 01-06-2011, 09:43 PM   #23
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Hello everyone,

This is Dr Chaos and my wife Igora.

First I would like to thank Erik for an amazing job of making me look better than I am. His skills as a custom car builder and his writing are worth much respect.

I also would like to thank all of you for your great response and support, you have all inspired me and Igora to try harder to get this done and with much more care for quality. From you I have learned that we are working on a project that is more appreciated than we first imagined.

Thanks again.

We are working on getting some things done that will show well on this site. We have been doing things that don't show well for about a week, like brake lines, fuel lines, and sanding and repainting engine bays and flairs.

The engine should be installed in the next two or three days, then more non showy things like wiring.

Igora and myself will go through the video that we have of the build and find some good stills to share with you.

There have been some great names from you and some very funny ones too. We have aways called it Bemaru, but wanted some feed back to see if there was something better. I like them all.

I have the injection system and ignition system running on a 96 legacy wagon 2.2 to prove it out. The power is up and economy is up and from color of spark plugs there seems to be no change on the fuel burn. This is an all non computer system. I kept the o2 sensor to read the burn and it is just a little bit richer. Average .55v as before it was .45v.

This is just the beginning.

Why did I do this?

Because I like the looks and smog exemptness of the BMW, but subaru boxer rocks. I have owned subarus for over 14 years now and they are great.

Much humor and pics to come.

Some of you call this a labor of love, we see it as a labor of bloody knuckles, sweat, and sore backs. But we are having fun.

Thanks Erik and everyone.

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***face palm*** Is that really how they nicknamed their cars?
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