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Old 12-04-2012, 08:09 PM   #1
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I realized I don't have a build thread on here, just my local newenglandsubarus.com forum. So here it is. This is my 4th GC. I've been into 3000gt's since I got my license. I originally bought a 2.5rs coupe for a winter car/dd and that's where it all started. Being a College student at the time I didn't have a whole lot of money to mod it so they stayed pretty basic. I knew that someday I'd go through one and do it just the way I wanted it. Well here it is.
Checked searchtempest.com (craigslist) night and day, all 50 states looking for a rust free gc. Found one posted in South Carolina for $3400. I called the guy 10 minutes after posting it, had him take a pic of the underside and inside the sunroof opening. 20 minutes later he had his deposit. I flew down there and drove it home. Not pretty at all but ran great. 150k miles, 0 rust


I immediately started buying parts. I live in Northern VT so Canada is just next door. Montreal has a bunch of parts places with real JDM stuff for decent prices. Some are now starting to be vendors on here (Nagano, jdm engine import, jdm advance motors, osaka etc..)
Picked up a newer style bumper, newer style crystal headlights, jdm corners, real jdm front lip, jdm grill, jdm v5 wing, jdm tails, jdm rear bumper w/ spats. Also ordered some Rally Armor mudflaps. It's the 4th set I've ordered. You'd think they would give me a deal or at least allow for me to buy replacement hardware but no.

Found an engine posted on Nasioc from a guy parting out an 06 wrx in NJ. Came with Immobilizer, ecu, wiring, steering column, pedals, steering rack, crossmember etc... I don't have a truck so I had to improvise. Got there around 1:00AM, loaded it up and drove 7 hours home. Stayed awake on redbull.I went with the 06 as I wanted a 2.5L.

Picked up some fabric from Ript USA. He went to college up here so I just stopped by his appartment.


Finally found a pair of v7 seats up in Canada. I swear when you are looking for them they are hard to find. I've been up there a few times lately and they are everywhere.


And another pic. I was messing with my clockspring. I had it rebuilt by a company on ebay for $50. Well worth it.


Didn't take me long to put the motor in.

Also bought an ebay exhaust and gc control arms

Thanks to Brydon's guide and my roomates help we were able tackle the wire merge in about a weeks time. We spent a few hours on it after work. It was a pain but rewarding at the same time.
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:09 PM   #2
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More action shots. I got the lift from the local nissan dealer that merged with saturn. Only cost $1k although I had to modify the ceiling in my garage to make it fit. Looking back it was well worth it.

After spending a few hours troubleshooting, I realized I had a weak starter. Just coincidental that it would fail at the time of trying to start my new engine. It was a weekend and everything was closed but I had a friend who happened to have an extra one for sale. Picked it up and the car started right up first try.


Found this on Craigslist for $1k. 04 sti drivetrain (minus tranny) with brembos and aluminum control arms. I kept the control arms, rear diff, and brembos and sold everything else. I was also able to sell my gc aluminum control arms.


My stock rs clutch that I probably should have replaced when putting in the wrx motor started slipping really bad. Rather than buying a new clutch and risking destroying the RS tranny I decided it would make more sense just to do it right. So I pulled the entire rust free drivetrain out of my suby (tranny, rear end, struts, axles, brakes etc..). I sold it on a local forum for $500. I then found an 05 sti drivetrain for sale in South Carolina. It was still in the guys car up on jack stands in his driveway. It was a little far, but my roomate had also just sold his dsm stroker motor to a guy in Florida. So we talked and decided to just make the trip, drop his engine off, then pull and pickup my drivetrain. Now my roomate has a truck, but 10mpg is not something we liked so we decided to take my 3000gt. This is a car that I restored from a shell and only had on the road for maybe 1000 miles. (more pics of 3000gt project at www.vtc.edu/users/crd04080/vr4restore/ if anyone is interested) So we pulled my rear seats, rear plastic panels, rear seat belts out of my 3000gt, wrapped his dsm motor with ceram wrap and strapped it into my 3000gt right behind the front seats. We drove all the way to Florida and dropped it off, then to south carolina. I fit an 05 sti transmission, axles, hubs, lateral links, rotors, and shifter assembly into my 3000gt. The guy also let me take the sti carpet for $40. It was packed. It was a little sketchy knowing we had that much mass right behind us in the car and if we got into an accident it would be flying at us, but we made it. Here's a pic of it riding low.


The drivetrain went right in with the help of my trash container acting as a tranny jack. I lowered the lift down onto it. I picked up some ISC coilovers while I was at it.

And since I went with 05 hubs I needed some nice rims. I got these bbs wheels off of nasioc.


Here's a pic of my first venture with the new drivetrain.


I took another trip to canada and ended up coming home with a v7 momo wheel. Also note the gauge cluster. I took a jdm cluster with dccd and the dccd chip fit right into my 98 cluster. I went with the dccd pro. This worked well for my 06 wrx swap since it reads mph still, and the 98 (dohc 2.5rs) engine redlines at 6500 just like the 06 wrx.
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:10 PM   #3
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Picked up some new jdm bumper beams. They are a much cleaner alternative to my modified USDM bumper beams.


Modfied USDM beam



And an aluminum hood from jdm advance motors. I told them what I wanted and they tracked one down for me. I wanted a blue hood just so I wouldn't have to paint the underside.


I was messing around with some center gauges. The cluster lit up green so I was going to go with that. This is the ebay defi style pod. It just didn't look right.


Decided I wanted an sti cluster. I used a wrx one at first just because I already had one. Wanted to make sure it would fit and that I'd be happy with it.

had to modify the mounting points so the cluster would clear

still some gaps in the corners

I think I'm the first person to do this.
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:10 PM   #4
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some sanding



primer



fits pretty decent considering the dash was never meant for this cluster



spraypainting grey headliner black, 1st coat



4 coats later



same headliner and vinyl paint on the visors




installed





I was going to do a front mount on it, but I figured I'd keep it simple for now. So VF43 (05-07 sti) turbo and tmic.

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Old 12-04-2012, 08:10 PM   #5
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19t vs vf43


used some thermotec heatwrap. Consider trying this on my vr4. I can touch this stuff after driving the car all day.



added cobb heatshield for extra barrier. Shouldn't heat soak top mount at all



wiring up sti cluster



installed, notice the compass back thing in the center of the dash. I'll be putting gauges there soon





custom drivers seat



hks carbon ti exhaust, someone actually gave this to me!



So my buddy offered to paint my car if I paid for supplies and gave him an sti RA tranny I had laying around from a different suby I parted.
He's been doing body work for a while now.

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Old 12-04-2012, 08:11 PM   #6
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I'm getting rid of the side molding pieces





holes welded shut





no more antenna



My buddy Garett primering it



sideskirts are getting painted to.



you can see where the lip was rolled out some so I could fit the 17x8 sti bbs wheels



I'm glad he likes taping

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Old 12-04-2012, 08:11 PM   #7
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back to my gauges now. Had to do some trimming/cutting and use a heat gun here.







and now for the world rally blue, jdm sti grill painted



car sprayed with some tinted sealer



painted. This was around 2am and Garett works 7-5




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Old 12-04-2012, 08:12 PM   #8
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wetsanded


buffed





starting to reassemble, dirty rims and dry tires kind of take away from it



first pics in sunlight. still some assembly left too






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Old 12-04-2012, 08:12 PM   #9
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got mudflaps, wing, rear spats on and rear diffuser. Also working on tinting rear windows












I put a vinyl strip accross my windshield.




Finally after 2 months of letting the paint fully cure I could wax it. Also note the new direzza tires And ebay foglight covers.








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Old 12-04-2012, 08:12 PM   #10
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added sti vinyl sticker to the trunklid




And finally some long needed swaybars and endlinks. I have always thought subarus handled well. I should have done these a LONG time ago.




And some more pics of my gauges. They are depo gauges and I love them. They are quiet, they light up red, blue, green etc.. You can change the color of them via a button panel. They also have peak hold, warning, sound on/off. But most importantly they are dimmable. There are 9 different brightness settings. You set a brightness for day, and one for night. Then when your headlights turn on it switches between modes. They are affordable too and didn't require a controller. I created a review thread for them on here. The gauge on the left is an innovate wideband. I painted the trim ring around it silver to match the other depo gauges.




And here are some more pics








These pics are from Wicked Big Meet. Car made the trim from Northern VT.

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Old 12-04-2012, 08:13 PM   #11
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Bought some stuff to charge the A/C. Had to get a new condensor and dryer but works like a charm now.



Had 802performance powdercoat my intake manifold wrinkle red



Some more random photos







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Old 12-04-2012, 08:13 PM   #12
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I had VEMS tune my car for drivability. I'm going to get some bigger injectors, fp, and fpr and spend some more time on it. I just
wanted it to be safe.





So I did my first autocross too at SLMP in NY. I made sure everything was snugged up good and put in the bump steer kit,
ALK, and had an alignment done. Here are some pics under the car. THis is why I found one down south

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Old 12-04-2012, 08:14 PM   #13
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And here are some shots from the autocross. Just some friends. Only 2 suby's there.







I trailered it there just in case. It was 2-3 hours away. Got there Friday night, camped, and raced all day Saturday. I left
Saturday night but could have stayed another day.




My buddy from work made me these. He's a waterjet operator.



starting to get colder. Suby is put away for the winter. Here's a pic of my truck warming up. Looks like i'm freezing the suby.


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Old 12-04-2012, 08:14 PM   #14
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So What's next? I'm really starting to run out of things to do to the suby. Injectors, FP, and FPR are next. Aside from that I'll probably just enjoy it now and maybe get a photoshoot lined up. For now my main project is my 3000gt. I've been working on it for a while and it's finally coming together. This isn't the green one from up above. It's a black one I bought a few years ago. I sold the green one to my friend Joe. As of right now I just have my SUby and 3000gt. I've had A LOT of car for my age (probably over 30 cars), but this suby and my vr4 I plan on keeping forever. The vr4 engine is built with forged internals and dr750 turbos (look them up:P) I fabbed up the intercooler piping and my roomate welded it together for me. It's got a DD tune on it right now, but I'll be cranking up the boost soon













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Old 12-04-2012, 08:27 PM   #15
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great documented build. gc's look great when done correctly like yours. love it!
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:37 PM   #16
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Wow
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:45 PM   #17
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OMG! ****ing sick!


My only complaint (well, aside from the fact that it is not in my garage) is that the vaccum nipples, casting plugs and ground points on the intake manifold should not be painted, and the red should be matte.

Sweet christ is that thing perfect.
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:03 PM   #18
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Wow - just excellent work all around! Love seeing an rs taken and completely re-done to be better than it was originally!

And I LOVE what you're doing with your 3000. Pardon the noobness, but that's not a real 99 VR4 is it?
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Old 12-05-2012, 02:29 AM   #19
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What's with the weird fitment of the airbag and the steering wheel? Big gaps.
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:20 AM   #20
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What's with the weird fitment of the airbag and the steering wheel? Big gaps.
Mine is like that too. I guess it's normal.

Amazing car though, it's gorgeous. Easily one of my favorite GM's on the site.
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:42 AM   #21
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wow bro... great build. love the paint job , wish i was able to paint in my garage
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Old 12-05-2012, 11:26 AM   #22
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Perfection...sheer perfection. I applaud you sir.
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Old 12-05-2012, 03:55 PM   #23
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Paint job looks simply amazing. Nice build

I would love one of those dead pedals.

Did you get the ript carpet as well?
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:51 PM   #24
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awesome built!
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:58 PM   #25
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Those VR-4s are highway monsters, and yours is one of the better looking ones I've seen.
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