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Old 04-19-2019, 02:28 PM   #26
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Very nice... Seems like there are a decent number of nice MI Subaru's these days.

Interior wise you're going for stock-ish?
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Old 04-19-2019, 09:10 PM   #27
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Looking good Nolan. I'm so glad I got a completely rust free 05 WRX Wagon from Tlek too. It is an awesome feeling owning something so rust free when we live up here in the salt belt. Amazing how rust free cars come apart, even 14+ year old Subies.
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Old 04-20-2019, 02:10 AM   #28
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SUB'D... Congrats on getting your dream build going.
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Old 04-22-2019, 05:07 AM   #29
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Nice build! Iím looking at doing a 22B kit in mine as well.
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Old 05-02-2019, 01:36 PM   #30
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Very nice... Seems like there are a decent number of nice MI Subaru's these days.

Interior wise you're going for stock-ish?

Pretty much stockish. I am using the 98-01 RS dash, center console, door cards etc... with a few special things like seats, cluster, and steering wheel from other cars.


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Looking good Nolan. I'm so glad I got a completely rust free 05 WRX Wagon from Tlek too. It is an awesome feeling owning something so rust free when we live up here in the salt belt. Amazing how rust free cars come apart, even 14+ year old Subies.
Tlek is the man!
You really can't describe the feeling of taking apart something and not even getting your hands dirty.. It's really remarkable.
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Old 05-02-2019, 01:57 PM   #31
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double post :/
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Old 06-11-2019, 11:08 AM   #32
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Default June Update!

Bit of a gap here as both me and Matt had stuff going on that prevented us from working on the car at the rate we were before.



Between then and now we have just about wrapped up the fabrication.

Cut and welded the passenger side quarter panel and wheel tub to match the driver side. We also added some brackets with dimples to tie the factory panel back into the arch.
https://i.imgur.com/gTyWJ5j.jpg

Undercoated and seam sealed
https://i.imgur.com/V9FUIzt.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/AQZFCuO.jpg


It's not documented very well but we added on extensions to fill out the gap for the rear bumper, also added some weld nuts so it doubles as an extra attatchment point.
https://i.imgur.com/2OlhQnO.jpg


We also completed what is probably the biggest/most important step in this process. THE REAR PANELS ARE GLUED!
https://i.imgur.com/AGQnE3y.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/MipIz9y.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/CTuZ3jM.jpg

No more clecos!
https://i.imgur.com/YVfBEH1.jpg?1



This wrapped up the rear end leaving only the sideskirts left to be done.
We have started on them and just about finished mocking them up, but I didn't take any pictures soooooo next post I guess lol.

VIDEO:

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Old 06-11-2019, 11:52 AM   #33
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Default June Update! [Daily Driver Edition]

Of course I've gotta update you on my daily as well.
This thing has gone through some pretty significant visual changes in the last few months.

To start, another set of BRAID wheels!

https://i.imgur.com/VCOOX6A.jpg

This time 18x8" in Gold.
Simply put..
They
Are
Gorgeous

https://i.imgur.com/1UoCKaQ.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/1YzsHeK.jpg


I ended up lowering the car about an inch further than I intended, hence the stance nation going on in a few of those pics..



and finally..... the car is ALL ONE COLOR!
That's right, I finally painted this thing to look somewhat presentable.


https://i.imgur.com/thHot6R.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/3S4H9s7.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/daOM1A5.jpg

Spent about $200.00 on paint + tape, masking paper, and dinner for my painter of course. (Thanks Tlek)


It's not perfect by any means, but for the money spent I'm not complaining.
And really anything is better than the look before.


https://i.imgur.com/RpVV0pL.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/iVj0nfQ.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/FQ3K3Z9.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/kTF4LHK.jpg


On top of that I also installed some old school equal length headers for that real rally car feel:



All in all I'm pretty happy with where the car is at now and I don't think I'll be doing much of anything else to it for a while.
I do have a much bigger project to worry about afterall...

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Old 06-19-2019, 04:26 PM   #34
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Default Sideskirts!

Now that the quarter panels were glued on, we only had one thing left to do...
The side skirts!


Mocking these up it was clear almost immediately that the side skirts are the major shortcoming of this body kit, they took more modification and adjustment to make fit then any other panel in the kit.
To add, I believe the pair I received were possibly warper/twisted. (possibly in shipping?)

Regardless, we pressed on.

Mocked up
https://i.imgur.com/2JhSLVg.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/4BOZR4A.jpg


and clecos added
https://i.imgur.com/XLdiiVJ.jpg



Somehow I managed to not get any pics myself of the brackets we made to attatch these. Not that they were really all that interesting or complex anyways.

Matt did happen to take a few somewhere along the line:
https://i.imgur.com/TfF8l0q.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/pKDibyd.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/DPRrJfk.jpg



Basially just a 90 degree bracket of sheet metal welded along the entire top edge of the rocker. This holds the sideskirt up and is the major part where it is glued.
On the bottom we simply used a flat piece of metal to extend the bottom of the skirt to the pinch weld. (Also glued here)

It also is glued to the bottom of the quarter panel where it slides under. This seam will be molded to look like one piece when the car goes off to the body shop.


We did opt to leave the side skirts open as we felt it would be near impossible to achieve a 100% leak proof seal. Instead we left them mostly open on the back side so as dirt and grime and such get in there, it can simply be washed out either with a pressure washer or rain on the road.


Glue on and clamped down!
https://i.imgur.com/YhaCbYR.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/izoufJc.jpg



As you might've noticed, we did cut off the front of the side skirt that goes over the fender. These pieces will be molded to the fender seperately.
If I left them as one piece, once the side skirts were glued, you wouldn't be able to pull the fenders off.
Not that I ever plan on having to pull the fenders off, but it's nice to have the option.

VIDEO:


So that was actually the last thing to be done fabricaiton wise.
Now the car can come home.

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Old 06-22-2019, 08:14 PM   #35
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Nothing like a good GC8 build to make my day; keep us updated! Looking forward to seeing your progress
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Old 06-23-2019, 12:53 PM   #36
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Your build is looking amazing! Very similar to mine actually. I didn't know that there was any 16" wheel that would clear sti brembos.

I have a 22T short block sitting in the garage waiting for when my v8 ej207 gives up. Do you have e85 near you? If so doing flex fuel is so worth it.
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Old 06-23-2019, 12:59 PM   #37
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Oh, and I didnt know they made the LHD airbag delete pocket with a flocked interior, mine is bare plastic. In case you didn't know the 00-01 forester S came with flocked glove box and upper dash bin so you will have the matched set.
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Old 07-10-2019, 03:50 PM   #38
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Your build is looking amazing! Very similar to mine actually. I didn't know that there was any 16" wheel that would clear sti brembos.

I have a 22T short block sitting in the garage waiting for when my v8 ej207 gives up. Do you have e85 near you? If so doing flex fuel is so worth it.
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Oh, and I didnt know they made the LHD airbag delete pocket with a flocked interior, mine is bare plastic. In case you didn't know the 00-01 forester S came with flocked glove box and upper dash bin so you will have the matched set.
That means so much coming from you, your build thread on RS25 has helped me a lot with planning this whole process. Your car is beautiful!

Being in the midwest we actually have an amazing abundance of E85 here. You can set a car up on straight E and pretty much go anywhere in the state and still get fuel for it. With that being said, I'll probably go flexfuel with it just for the added convience.


As for the airbag delete, I actually didn't know it was flocked either until it showed up that way. I actually prefer it over the plastic though. I will definitely be getting the Forester glove box and top bin to match.
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Old 10-17-2019, 03:28 PM   #39
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Well... bad on me, I typed out a whole update post and something went horribly wrong when I clicked post

Either way, lets try this again!


The car was all set to come home so we rolled out into the driveway
(first time seeing daylight in 6 months (?)


https://i.imgur.com/HMeyyyX.jpg

Going in the trailer:
(she's a fixer up, but gets the job done)

https://i.imgur.com/eOvo0Fj.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/r8xnJH8.jpg


Unloaded!
All the coupes are back home!

https://i.imgur.com/VF5BP5S.jpg

Pulled it up my mountain of a driveway and tucked it in the garage:
(put the front bumper on too!)

https://i.imgur.com/ZLnMQq4.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/SLZbGnu.jpg



So I'm not gonna lie, it's sat in this exact spot in the garage, untouched (mostly) since June.. big disappointment I know.
The fact of the matter is, body work, the stuff you actually see, is really expensive when it's done properly.
So for the time being, the car is going to sit until I come up with the funds to have the finishing work and paint done.

Of course, this doesn't mean I can't mess around with other stuff in the meantime. Here's what I've been playing with over the summer:
https://forums.nasioc.com/forums/sho....php?t=2910634


VIDEO: (if you're following along)

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Old 10-21-2019, 02:29 PM   #40
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Looking good,


Did the ABW kit fit ok?
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Old 10-22-2019, 05:40 PM   #41
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Looking good,


Did the ABW kit fit ok?
I was happy with the fit of everything except the side skirts.
I'm not totally sure how they intended them to be mounted or installed, but I had to heavily modify them to get them to fit the way I wanted. Either way, turned out pretty good.
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Old 12-09-2019, 05:28 PM   #42
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Slowly working through switching all my imgur pics to the new Nasioc hosting.
Standby for anyone scrolling through
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Old 12-10-2019, 05:34 PM   #43
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Been following the build and watched the youtube videos along the way. It helped with my widebody GC build. Keep up the good work
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