Welcome to the North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club Tuesday October 21, 2014
Home Forums WikiNASIOC Products Store Modifications Upgrade Garage
NASIOC
Here you can view your subscribed threads, work with private messages and edit your profile and preferences Home Registration is free! Visit the NASIOC Store NASIOC Rules Search Find other members Frequently Asked Questions Calendar Archive NASIOC Upgrade Garage Logout
Go Back   NASIOC > NASIOC General > Member's Car Gallery

Welcome to NASIOC - The world's largest online community for Subaru enthusiasts!
Welcome to the NASIOC.com Subaru forum.

You are currently viewing our forum as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our community, free of charge, you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is free, fast and simple, so please join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us.
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-04-2013, 11:24 PM   #1
Mechie3
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 120152
Join Date: Jul 2006
Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: Indy
Default Mechie3's Factory Five 818S

For that that are unaware, Factory Five Racing (makers of the Roadster, aka "Cobra Kit Car") have designed a kit car to use a Subaru WRX as a donor. The 1800lb completed car is a 2 seat, mid engine, RWD, open top roadster.

I was asked to start a build thread, though the "build" started a year ago June when a lady ran a red light totaling my 2006 WRX. I won't lie and say I didn't think about building an 818 as I stood on the side of the road watching the crews clean up everything.

Instead of rehashing the entire story, tear down, and what have you, I'll just post some videos to get you up to speed. Long story short, I bought the impreza back from insurance, got a decent payout for the totaled car, and just had my kit (chassis #15) delivered Friday.

The tear down:
https://vimeo.com/46070474


Friday video. I made the mistake of trying out 1sec photo intervals. Bad idea. I previous used 10sec which resulted in 1000 photos to make a video. I had 1,400 pictures to compile which took forever and then Vimeo said "sorry, your video is too big. So, for your youtube viewing pleasure... Day 1. Not terribly exciting.


Here's the video from Saturday. Photos now at 5sec spacing, but played back at the same rate per frame, so time is 5x faster. Makes for shorter videos, easier rendering, and prevents ADD. For some reason, it seems to render the first two frames at the very end as well. Who knows why. Placing, drilling, cleco-ing, and aligning firewall and some interior panels

https://vimeo.com/71688959

A few random pics:

From my original build thread (not on Nasioc)
And so it begins!



I find it only fitting that the second chapter of my WRX begins where the last chapter left off. Here is where the sadness of losing the WRX is replaced with excitment that through the accident, the 818 project is fully funded with a known history donor car. God works in mysterious ways.

From lemons comes lemonade, from my wrecked WRX comes the 818.
Oh Hello!


First part off the truck!


Hanging by a thread!


Vroom Vroom!
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
Mechie3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2013, 06:46 AM   #2
25rsti
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 166324
Join Date: Dec 2007
Chapter/Region: NESIC
Location: Haverhill, MA
Vehicle:
3 turbos &n NA
@DBlockSTi

Default

Wow, you're stong holding that chassis in the air! lol

Congrats on the project. I was looking into getting one of those but it just wasn't the right thing for me. Can't wait to see more pics and progress.
25rsti is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2013, 11:33 AM   #3
Mechie3
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 120152
Join Date: Jul 2006
Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: Indy
Default

Day 3 video finished uploading. Mostly fitting the fuel tank (still needs work), rear firewall, and the center tunnel (required some trimming to clear two weld beads in the front).

https://vimeo.com/71731761
Mechie3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2013, 09:51 AM   #4
Mechie3
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 120152
Join Date: Jul 2006
Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: Indy
Default

The suspension spacers provided by FFR are saw cut plain steel. I measured them and most of them were actually within +/- .005". Certainly good enough and cost effective too. I was going to deburr them and powder coat them when I realized I could just make my own from stainless steel, save money on coating, and not worry about the coating wearing off.

Top row of each set is the FFR spacers, bottom row are mine made from solid rod stock I found in the scrap pile.



Here's all I got done last night. The control arms were a bit tricky to get in. Passenger side was easier. Driver side I put the top bolt in first with the aluminum bracket 1/2" above the steel so I had room to angle the lower bolt in place. Tapped it in with a mallet. I couldn't find nuts for the bolts in the hardware package. I'll have to look again. I was too tired last night to do anything straight after awhile.

https://vimeo.com/71791440
Mechie3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2013, 10:19 AM   #5
krang00
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 364524
Join Date: Aug 2013
Default

Can't wait to see this thing finished!
krang00 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2013, 06:44 PM   #6
lil'redwagon
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 10854
Join Date: Oct 2001
Chapter/Region: MAIC
Location: Hunt Valley, MD.
Vehicle:
2002 Sedan V8 ej207
Dom 3 XT-R, 400WHP

Default

subscribed! i'm on the fence about these kits. depending on what the street coupe ends up looking like, and how your build goes, i just might pull the trigger.
lil'redwagon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2013, 07:00 PM   #7
torquemada
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 128484
Join Date: Oct 2006
Chapter/Region: International
Location: Germany
Vehicle:
2006 EDM WRX STI
WRB

Default

too much bandwith used, you pb account sucks
torquemada is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-2013, 10:31 AM   #8
Mechie3
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 120152
Join Date: Jul 2006
Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: Indy
Default

Yep. I'm too cheap to pay for an upgraded account. I'll probably have to do that. Bandwitch exceeded in just over 12 days into my month. The vimeo videos still work.

Got a few things done.

Rear suspension links. Some of the spacers were tight! Able to use a pry bar in some areas, had to grind down the spacers in others. I checked my measurements and they were all within .005", but .005" x 3 pieces is .015", a considerable overlap and not unexpected. Thankfully the camera died partway through so you don't see me fumbling around with a hammer.

Shifter: Located it, installed riv nuts....spacing is off. Waiting to hear from FFR what they did on their white car. I was hoping for enough compliance in the bushings to make it fit, but there isn't. Edit: FFR is making some offset washers for these.

Gas Tank: I had to pound the corner in. FFR has already updated the components for future kits. It got it to fit, then got "greedy". I wasn't happy with the clearance so I gave it a little more and got too tight to of a wrinkle to feel comfortable. Back to my original plan of cutting the corner, bending the sheets in, and re-welding it. Got it mounted so it fits really easily now though. Started on the in tank assemblies too, but I'm missing two parts to get very far.

https://vimeo.com/71943661
Mechie3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-2013, 04:58 PM   #9
Mechie3
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 120152
Join Date: Jul 2006
Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: Indy
Default

Painted my trans cover with WRB paint, clear coated, then machined out the Zerodecibel Motorsports logo in the middle. Didn't like the machine marks from 5 different tools all visible so I decided to spray silver in a cup, pick it up with a syringe, then let it bleed out in teh cavities. Good idea, bad execution. It must have retained some gas in the paint because as it bled out it would randomly spatter all over. I'm letting the silver dry and then I need to redo the paint on the raised portion of the monkey by hand.

Mechie3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-2013, 11:43 PM   #10
dgyukujian
*** Banned ***
 
Member#: 364842
Join Date: Aug 2013
Default

Wow, you're stong holding that chassis in the air! lol

dgyukujian is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2013, 01:02 AM   #11
Mechie3
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 120152
Join Date: Jul 2006
Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: Indy
Default

Thanks to Travis, I got a super deal on powdercoating a bunch of steel brackets and aluminum panels. I think I had a total of 78 pieces powdercoated for less than it would cost me to buy an eastwood gun and powder.



Mechie3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2013, 07:06 AM   #12
Mechie3
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 120152
Join Date: Jul 2006
Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: Indy
Default

Last nights video. Inventoried powdercoated pieces (with thanks to Travis Camp) and installed the rear suspension. Went and played vball in between, thus the change of clothes halfway through. https://vimeo.com/72020933
Mechie3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2013, 04:28 PM   #13
Mechie3
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 120152
Join Date: Jul 2006
Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: Indy
Default

Used a toothpick and model car enamel to hand paint the monkey. After it dries I'll clear coat it all.

Mechie3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2013, 09:03 PM   #14
Mechie3
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 120152
Join Date: Jul 2006
Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: Indy
Default

Some riveting video.

https://vimeo.com/72100276

Mechie3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2013, 09:04 PM   #15
ZOPTAA
*** Banned ***
 
Member#: 364432
Join Date: Aug 2013
Default

ZOPTAA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2013, 09:55 PM   #16
96accord
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 145105
Join Date: Apr 2007
Chapter/Region: MAIC
Location: Middle River, Maryland
Vehicle:
2015 WRB WRX Limited
2007 WRX Limited (sold)

Default

Some of the pictures exceeded bandwidth
96accord is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2013, 09:50 AM   #17
Mechie3
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 120152
Join Date: Jul 2006
Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: Indy
Default

Yeah, those are the photobucket ones. I've switched to Imgur for my latest photos but most of them are only good as a resource for the next round of builders not so much for ooing and aahing. PB will reset on the 24th. I'll take more pics when I get something picture worthy.

Didn't get a whole lot this weekend. Saturday was my wife's Bday and we had our scuba diver certification dives saturday afternoon and sunday am. Managed to get a couple hours in Sunday evening after a nap.

https://vimeo.com/72162890
Mechie3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2013, 09:14 AM   #18
Mechie3
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 120152
Join Date: Jul 2006
Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: Indy
Default

The only "bad" part of being an early adopter is being one of the first to try out production parts. The mount for the steering rack was a little off and while it's currently being fixed by FFR, I didn't want to stop and wait.

Here's my solution to the no bushing not quite right bracket. It's a simple aluminum block sized to mate with the bushing and upper bracket and bolt through the existing holes. I didn't need a CNC, just a manual mill and a jig boring head. It's kind of blocky looking, but now that I know it fits I can go back and pretty it up with some radii. No sense wasting time adding radii to something you might end up scrapping.





Here's my video from Monday. Missing springs and I lost the cone adapters for the OEM ball joints. DOH. Probably in that box of scrap metal that I accidentally put three parts in that werent scrap.


Pedals and cylinder installed:


Mechie3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2013, 02:02 PM   #19
Mechie3
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 120152
Join Date: Jul 2006
Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: Indy
Default

Just in case someone out there is listening.

Video from Tuesday finished uploading. Had to use the usb power cable which doesn't let me use the go pro housing, so the angles are a bit benign without very good views.


I've always wanted a cool looking alternator. Since my motor isn't ready to go in yet anyways I figure I might as well "waste" more time prettying things up. Painted with legitimate WRB paint and clearcoated. Center portion painted in black. Replaced rusty hardware (had to drill out 4 of the screws) with stainless. Now to see if it still works when I plug it back in...

Mechie3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2013, 02:38 PM   #20
ScoobyJD
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 185910
Join Date: Aug 2008
Chapter/Region: MAIC
Location: Westminster, Maryland 21157
Vehicle:
07 WRX TR WRB

Default

Everything amazing as always mechie!
ScoobyJD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2013, 03:25 PM   #21
franchisco7
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 286429
Join Date: Jun 2011
Chapter/Region: South East
Location: Jax, FL
Vehicle:
2002 Impreza WRX
SRP

Default

I'm listening and its amazing!
franchisco7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2013, 03:41 PM   #22
GMU-BRZ
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 332040
Join Date: Sep 2012
Default

Yeah I haven't chimed in yet but I'm subscribed and check out every update. Keep em coming!

Last edited by GMU-BRZ; 08-15-2013 at 04:30 PM.
GMU-BRZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2013, 03:47 PM   #23
dburgoon
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 310366
Join Date: Feb 2012
Chapter/Region: South East
Location: Ft Myers, FL
Vehicle:
03 vf37'd WRB
Bugeye

Default

Sweet! I've been waiting for someone to do a build thread on one of these! Can't wait for the final product!
dburgoon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-2013, 02:17 AM   #24
lil'redwagon
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 10854
Join Date: Oct 2001
Chapter/Region: MAIC
Location: Hunt Valley, MD.
Vehicle:
2002 Sedan V8 ej207
Dom 3 XT-R, 400WHP

Default

i'm still here, El Guapo!
lil'redwagon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-2013, 09:29 PM   #25
MDRex
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 38477
Join Date: Jun 2003
Chapter/Region: MAIC
Location: New Market, MD
Vehicle:
2009 BMW 135i
White

Default

Very nice, can't wait to see the completion of this car. It's very tempting to me, but I think the Cobra will come first.
MDRex is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:52 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Powered by Searchlight © 2014 Axivo Inc.
Copyright ©1999 - 2014, North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club, Inc.