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Old 04-17-2007, 01:48 AM   #51
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You bet. I am having a very hard time finding out some pricing for rhd, or metal widebody work. I want to make sure it would be cost efective to have a business doing this kind of work.
The business in the UK won't respond to my e-mails or pm's. I have been trying to contact them for there CF widebody front fenders. That would make my life a lot easier. They are the only business I have been able to find that does the 22b looking cars.
This is almost like deja vu! I was doing the same thing your doing now. (RHD, 22b style metal widebody) I hope you have better luck, (and ALOT more patients) as it's a huge PITA and expensive to get any body parts from the UK to the states (from my experiences) I hope you don't get put off by the rediculousness of the costs to get it done. (think several Thousand dollars, probably closer to $10k w/ wider wheels, tires, suspension mods, and other requirments for proper widebody conversion) I'm still planning on going full metal wide body(one day), but I have to win the lottery first! I couldn't justify the costs at this juncture as I still have a few more pressing issues at the moment with my project.

Good luck, I'll be keeping a close eye on this, It may force me to step it up a notch, again!
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Old 04-17-2007, 01:53 AM   #52
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Thanks for the good luck. I will have to check out your project.
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Old 04-23-2007, 10:16 PM   #53
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AWEsome project, man!! I can't wait until you finish this!
Interesting idea... starting a biz to do widebody Imprezas -there's certainly interest and a huge lack of products to fill it.

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Why do you want the turbo on the left side?
I was wondering about this as well... is it because you're doing RHD and all the steering gear would get in the way on the normal side?
Speaking of which... why are you doing RHD?

anyway, good luck!
Very cool project...
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Old 04-23-2007, 10:33 PM   #54
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I am a bodyman by trade. I wanted to be a bodyman to do custom work, and fabrication. I went to rhd to be different, and that is also why I want the turbo on the left side. I have been looking at different intake manifolds and think I found one I can flip, and have very minimull IC piping. About two feet max. I want out of collision, and want to do the fun stuff. I am hoping that this build will get me closer to my goal.
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Old 04-24-2007, 09:12 PM   #55
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Oh I'm with ya- you're totally building my dream car; WRC/22B fenders, fat freakin' tires, STi drivetrain w/ reversed manifold to run a V-mount IC (=VMIC? Ohmigod a new acronym? )

Okay, for *my* purposes I'd want LHD, but no matter- it's cool that you're experimenting. Jeez, it's kinda like watching Lou on Spike tv's "Musclecar"- cutting, welding, fabbing, etc..
Anyway.. good luck, and keep posting pics!

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Old 04-24-2007, 09:59 PM   #56
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Thanks, and will do.
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Old 04-26-2007, 05:52 PM   #57
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Thats crazy. Crazy amount of skills you have there. Both me and my friend rock RHD GC8's I have a v2 and he has a v4...but our firewalls looked like crap haha. We drilled out the spotwelds on the old brackets and riveted them into the LHD firewall to make it work. Welding is of course better but my friends car has held up fine and it's been rhd for nearly 2 years.
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Old 04-26-2007, 08:47 PM   #58
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^^^ Very nice. Glad to see some other people liking rhd. I can't wait to drive it. I think the weirdest thing driving a rhd car will be having my right arm out the window, instead of my left. lol
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Old 04-26-2007, 09:01 PM   #59
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It's really not that hard to drive. I found the hardest part just that you tend to favor the left side of the lane. Otherwise it's pretty easy.

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Old 04-26-2007, 11:02 PM   #60
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I found the hardest part just that you tend to favor the left side of the lane.
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i tend to follow the right line
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Old 04-27-2007, 01:31 AM   #61
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My beautiful duct taped firewall right before the ej20g went in haha.

I actually prefer RHD. It's easier to park, I'm left handed, I prefer shifting with my left hand. I could drive it the first time I sat in it, shifting was no problem but its just like poormansporsche said....what side you favor in the lane. I too seem to favor the left side a bit.
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Old 05-01-2007, 09:54 PM   #62
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I just scored some 05 WRX front fenders for free. I will use them for the front arch around the tire. Getting some 220 put in the garage this weekend for the welder and compresor. So I am hoping to get started on the widebody either this weekend, or next.
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Old 05-12-2007, 02:14 AM   #63
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220 is in, and got the car up on jacksands and started to do some measuring. Bought a sheet of sheetmetal today. I also bought some metal to make a stand for the car to bolt to. I am going to seam weld it, so I figure I might as well make a stand that I can turn the car on its side to make it easier. I will hopefully have some more pictures up in the next week or two.
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Old 05-15-2007, 12:53 PM   #64
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You bet. I am having a very hard time finding out some pricing for rhd, or metal widebody work. I want to make sure it would be cost efective to have a business doing this kind of work.
The business in the UK won't respond to my e-mails or pm's. I have been trying to contact them for there CF widebody front fenders. That would make my life a lot easier. They are the only business I have been able to find that does the 22b looking cars.
Good luck with this. I tried contacting Roger Clark Motorsports in the UK for the metal panels in November 2006 and they just responded a month ago. They're still working on it.

HTAuto has fiberglass fenders that fit over the regular fenders but I think full metal replacements are the way to go for the rear fenders.

Someone on the board discussed getting a Taiwanese company to make the metal stampings but I'm not sure what happened. In all honesty, even if you could get the stampings, would there be a market for it? Would people really pay money to get the job done right? You might have to continue the collision work or take on non-subaru jobs to keep the business going. If you do manage to find a reliable source for the stampings, you can sign me up as a customer
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Old 05-15-2007, 03:08 PM   #65
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I know that you are in the midst of a project right now, but I have another one for you if you are interested. Its nothing at all, yet exactly the same as you are doing here. Since it sounds like you will have the stand and stuff built already. It would be another project to add to you portfolio for moving out of Collision and into the fun stuff. PM me if you are interested.
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Old 05-15-2007, 09:44 PM   #66
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HTauto is one of the companies I have tried contacting. But there lack of responce has ruined there chance of doing any business with me. And then for my business ideas, I have been thinking of also building Subaru offroad parts as well.
I own a pretty big Carclub/forum that is all makes and models. So I will be working on some different makes also. But my main business idea is dealing with mostly Subarus.

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Old 05-16-2007, 12:52 AM   #67
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Did you add an extra beam to make this structurally sound?

I saw this done on some TV car show and they said this was a pretty important step to living....

i also remember the Pimp My Ride one where WCC refused to "pimp" a car because it was 2 car's simply welded together.
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Old 05-16-2007, 12:58 AM   #68
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Did you add an extra beam to make this structurally sound?

I saw this done on some TV car show and they said this was a pretty important step to living....

i also remember the Pimp My Ride one where WCC refused to "pimp" a car because it was 2 car's simply welded together.
What beam? I havn't heard about any beam. Something to do with RHD? Or are you talking about the front reinforcement?
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Old 05-20-2007, 05:58 PM   #69
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I am working on the front lower section of the quarter this weekend. I moved the wheelwell up about a inch and a half, relocated and removed a lot of brackets. Where the quarter goes from a reverse curve to a positive curve, I thought that would be a great spot to put some break cooling ducts. But to do this, I have removed, and relocated some key structure parts. Thinking I have removed about ten pounds from one section so far, while making the car much stronger. It is proving to be a lot of work just in one section. I was trying to get the lower section done today, but not thinking it is going to happen. I have been studying what I can of the Jun and Opera cars to see how they remove, and relocate structure parts to make the car lighter, and stronger. So far, been a very good challenge.
I will get some pictures up tonight when I am done for the night.
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Old 05-20-2007, 08:48 PM   #70
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I am going to build a stand for the body that rotates. That way I can flip the body over easily to seam weld.
That's how VSC does it. You're really going all the way with this!
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Old 05-20-2007, 10:29 PM   #71
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Old 05-31-2007, 05:57 PM   #72
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Did you add an extra beam to make this structurally sound?

I saw this done on some TV car show and they said this was a pretty important step to living....

i also remember the Pimp My Ride one where WCC refused to "pimp" a car because it was 2 car's simply welded together.

He is fixing/ pimping this car the way is "should" be done. He has removed and replaced all the parts the proper way, at the factory seams. This means the car will be just as strong as it was when it was new.

I honestly grimmaced when I saw the first photo where you hacked the front off. Although I was sure you were getting it done right when I saw the next spotwelld drilled photos.

Nice work!!

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Old 06-01-2007, 12:35 AM   #73
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Thanks. I have seen some people try to cut and butt weld frame rails. That is some scary stuff. I hopefully will have some more pictures up this weekend. Planning on working on it all weekend to try to get the right quarter panel all welded up.
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Old 06-01-2007, 06:14 PM   #74
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for those widebody pieces you are looking for you might have some better luck getting them from japan.

check out the body section for GC's on japanparts.com They have a full kit available, but im sure you can get just the fronts if you wanted to.

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^^^ Thanks, I will check it out.
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