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Old 06-04-2014, 09:57 PM   #1
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OMGHi2U 1993 Impreza Wagon (ongoing project)

Hello everyone, this is my first thread. I've been lurking the Nasioc forums for some time, even before I got my Subaru. I have found lots of usefull info and seen some amazing vehicles here. Even though my GF wagon isn't anywhere near the beautifull GF's i've seen here in the forums I want to share her with all of you and keep you updated with the progress and maybe someday she will look as nice as the ones that grace this forum.

I'll make this thread in a series of short posts because after I spent over and hour making a post the laptop decided to restart itself and i lost everything... So i don't want to risk that happening again. All of your input is welcome, as well as constructive critiscism regarding the current changes and future plans for my wagon. I did post some pics of my wagon in a GF8 thread shortly after I bought her but for the sake of keeping everything compiled in this thread I will repost them here along with all the progress so far.

Guess i'll start with a little something about myself. I'm in my early 30's and live in Puerto Rico. I have passed through 51 vehicles before my Subaru, she is #52 (yes I keep a list, not counting motorcycles). My first one being a 1989 Toyota pickup which I inherited from my father. Sadly I lost the pickup in a rollover accident. Since then I have had pretty much every common brand of automobiles but I'd either get tired of them and traded for something else or had to get rid of them for personal reasons, for example my Rx7 when my firstborn was about to arrive. Thing is, none of the vehicles I had made me want to keep it. I really felt no attachment to any of them.

After selling my 240sx and my wife's PT cruiser I put alot of thought into my next purchase. Wanted something practical, with 4 doors, with aftermarket support to some extent and a turbo wouldn't do any harm. So I narrowed my choices down to 2 vehicles, a Lancer Ralliart wagon or a Subaru Forester XT. Considering after having so many vehicles I had never owned a Subaru plus some research, I decided to go for a 06-07 Forester. However after searching for 4 months I never found a manual Forester in PR and the only automatic one I found had engine problems. Then I saw an ad for a 1993 awd Impreza wagon. At first I kept searching for the Forester but after a month they lowered the price on the GF wagon so decided to go see it.

Wow she was in rough shape. Rust in both quarter panels, A pillars, on the roof right above the windshield, poorly repaired from a front end collision, fully repainted by someone who probably had no idea what they were doing, bald tires, old oil, blown shocks, torn seats, etc. (you get the picture). But funny thing is I didn't care, the moment I saw her I knew she had to be mine. Having seen many GF's here on Nasioc I knew what she could become, and her current state at that time instead of making me want to walk away like it would have normally done made me want to save her. GF wagons are extremely rare in PR (there's 3 that i know of) and i couldn't stand the thought of someone else buying her and driving her to death then scrapping her, so I bought her. And up to this day, almost a year after purchasing her I can say she is the only vehicle ever that has made me want to keep, I can't see myself selling her.

She is both my project car and daily driver so things have gone a bit slow, specially with a tight budget but there's been some progress. Here's some pics right after the purchase.






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Old 06-04-2014, 10:35 PM   #2
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After doing a full tuneup and adressing a couple other issues I realized my local tuner shops carry absolutely nothing for Subaru's, much less for a GC/GF. They won't even order parts. I wanted to do something to start changing her appearance badly, so I went to my local hardware store and bought some gold spraypaint and decided to paint the wheels. I was unsure how they would look but i guessed i couldn't make her look any worse... or could I? Crossing my fingers I got to work, removed the wheels and washed them, masked the tires with carboard and maskingtape and started spraying.

My wife and I later agreed she looked at least a little better. Here's the result.




After putting on some new(used) tires and adding some tireshine I started thinking she looked TOO red and needed some contrast. So I headed to my local hardware store again... And got some matte black paint. Sprayed the side mouldings, mirrors, lower side foglight indentations on front bumper and rear lettering.


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Old 06-04-2014, 11:09 PM   #3
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After calling every single junkyard in Puerto Rico and learning that none of them has a pre 2002 Impreza wagon and the couple GC's there are have been mostly parted out I found the gas filler door it was missing on Ebay in dark green. With the help of a Subaru enthusiasts club here in PR called Subynation I was able to locate a white RS hood on the other side of the island but it was missing the scoop. I later found a scoop a few towns over in dark blue. Not wanting my wagon to look like a luckycharms cereal box I painted the hood, scoop and gas filler door matte black so they could blend in untill i got a chance to fully repaint her. Pic was taken after some light offroading fun.
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Old 06-05-2014, 12:04 AM   #4
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After almost getting into an accident because the wagon's horns didn't work I got a pair of Hella Supertones. Also located an RS grille and got black Depo headlights plus amber corners from Ebay.





After fabricating a bracket using a piece of scrap metal, installed the horns. Love the sound.

Tried removing the STI badge from the grille but whoever put that badge in damaged the grille in the process and the badge is covering the damage. Plus it is held in with rivets so I would probably cause even more damage removing it.
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Old 06-05-2014, 12:46 AM   #5
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keep it going, let's see what you turn up. Keep the STi badge and turn it into a jdm V5 or V6 STi monster.
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Old 06-05-2014, 01:34 PM   #6
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keep it going, let's see what you turn up. Keep the STi badge and turn it into a jdm V5 or V6 STi monster.
Thanks for the input, i'm also wondering how she will turn out.

Even though I have no idea if I will ever use it on my wagon or where I would put it, i'm happy to have received my Subaru Badge of Ownership.




Heres a mockup using masking tape just to have an idea how it would look.



I knew she needed alot of bodywork and new paint so I decided to study collision repair and work on her slowly as I learned. Heres some pics from when I worked on the fenders and hood.







Here's the hood in primer.


Hood and fenders primered.
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Old 06-05-2014, 01:47 PM   #7
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Can't wait to see the progress. Subscribed. Where in PR?
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Old 06-05-2014, 04:22 PM   #8
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Can't wait to see the progress. Subscribed. Where in PR?
Thank you, i'll try to keep the progress updated. I'm in San Sebastian, PR.

After searching for months trying to find an RS front bumper and comming up empty handed I had to source one through the Subaru Dealer... The front bumper plus offroad lightweight bumper support cost me twice as much here in PR than it would in the states.



Primered front end.


Hella 500 fog lights and Depo amber bumper signal lights.
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Old 06-05-2014, 05:35 PM   #9
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Love the older subarus, anxious to watch your progress. Looks like you are already on the right track.
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Old 06-07-2014, 08:40 PM   #10
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Love the older subarus, anxious to watch your progress. Looks like you are already on the right track.
Thank you for showing interest in my project, will try to keep the progress comming. I also love the look of older Subarus. Was told a couple days ago of a 80's white Subaru 40min away from me that has been parked under a tree for 5 years. Thinking of going to check it out.

I've been taking my wagons body panels down to bare metal so I can find and fix everything before primering and while digging for the rust in the rear quarter panel, I found this horribly done repair beneath half an inch of body filler and they had even left the old rusted metal underneath the metal patch.


I decided to remove the whole area and patch it up with new sheetmetal.









Still not 100% Done with the quarter panel but it's shaping up pretty well I think. I also upgraded the brakes. Went from 1 pot to 2 pot calipers in front and from drum brakes to disc brakes in rear.
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Old 06-10-2014, 12:07 AM   #11
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Shocks were so bad that if I took a pothole or bump with the rear tires during a curve the whole rear end would shift towards the side and when the road was wet that would sometimes initiate an oversteer slide. Sure, easy to controll the slide in a awd vehicle but also easy to have an accident if the rear suddenly slides out into the opposing lane with incomming traffic, so had to be fixed asap. Specially with how narrow most roads are here.

I didn't plan on putting coilovers in till after all the bodywork was done but since i'm on a budget I didn't want to waste money on shocks to then replace them so ...





^Current ride height. Still dialing in the suspension. If anyone has experience with these coilovers and can give me some pointers as far as front vs rear rebound settings, it would be greatly appreciated. I'm guessing I would want the front stiffer? but not sure by how much.
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Old 06-10-2014, 12:20 AM   #12
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Great work so far. Interested to see how this turns out!
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Old 07-18-2014, 11:16 AM   #13
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Im about to be a first time subi owner with an 02 wrx and the body is less than spectacular with a couple dings and rust spots, along with the typical rust rot in the rear quarter panel. After seeing this I cant wait to tackle this up coming project full force. thanks for the inspiration!
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Old 08-12-2014, 12:59 AM   #14
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Sorry for the lack of updates but I was on summer vacation. Starting up again on the project this week so I'll have some photos soon.
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