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Old 01-13-2019, 12:56 AM   #51
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Passenger side seat brackets are out. They each have about 30 spot welds to drill out. The rear bracket took an hour (slightly less honestly), the forward bracket took three. Good God f that bracket. I'm not sure what was so different about it. I even put a fresh cutter on my bit and it made no difference.

I'll say different material just to make myself feel better.

Driver's side is next, then a couple small miscellaneous brackets in the footwells. There are also two large brackets near the rear windows, I believe where the seats bolted to. I'd like to get them out but they also could be adding stiffness to the chassis.... May not be an issue once the cage goes in but we'll see. I'll make up my mind depending how fast or slow the driver's side seat brackets go.

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Old 01-13-2019, 09:19 PM   #52
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3/4 of the way done with seat bases. Just the forward driver's side to go. Surprisingly the seat bases aren't bulky at all, they all weigh about a pound. My bucket o brackets only has about six pounds in it right now.

I got sick of drilling and moved on to some clean up then going after seam sealer in the trunk and rear bench area. This stuff actually comes off pretty nicely, once I get the bulk of it removed I'll just go after it with a stiff cupped wire wheel.

I've stripped most of it from the hatch and along the sides of the bench so I've probably already taken out 1/3 or so of what's in the car in 45 minutes or so.

I should be able to finish getting metal out of the car by the end of next weekend, then keep making progress on the seam sealer.

Pics of the progress aka my bucket o brackets:



These are the brackets / braces in the rear quarter area. Anybody have experience removing these?




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Old 01-16-2019, 09:39 AM   #53
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Slow but steady progress over the last couple nights. I'm working on the final seat base... I tend to work 30-45 minutes a night after work so I seem to be managing 10 spot welds per night

Current to-do list:

14 more spot welds on seat bases
Finish final foot of conduit on wiring... I ran out
Install steering wheel and get the horn working
Strip seam sealer, wire brush everything to be ready for paint
Top off / burp coolant
Fix steering column grommet
Remove windshield
Remove roof and all the but far forward and rear supports
Remove hatch?
Remove doors?
Remove dash bar and steering column?

My cage fabricator has been MIA for the last two weeks and I'm getting impatient... I've had a few questions in his court and I'm getting to the point where I need his answers to make sure I do things efficiently....
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Old 01-16-2019, 02:54 PM   #54
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Finally heard back. Sounds like a lot is up in the air. Dash bar will stay for now, but we will decide as we go if it will be incorporated into the cage or replaced.

Fuel lines will stay but he may need to remove them to do his work then put them back in. To be honest I need to figure out what the lines running along the passenger side are for. The feed and return lines are on the driver's side... I didn't think any brake lines ran through the cabin but maybe that's what they are...

Brackets between C pillar and rear fenders can go, so I've just added a couple more hours of drilling to the list.
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Old 01-16-2019, 09:20 PM   #55
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Seat brackets are out! Finally made hay and knocked out the rest of the welds in an hour.

Proof:



Progress on seam sealer:



My long backordered hub finally showed up so I grabbed some screws and mounted up the wheel.

Loose fit:



It sits pretty much like stock in terms of my ability to reach the stalks. I'll be pulling the airbag wires, then need to get the horn wired up before I mount it permanently.

I also chased the lines on the passenger side.... Turns out their brake lines. Wonder why Subaru decided to put two brake lines through the cabin. Stupid. Annoying. Hopefully not in the way of the cage.

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Old 01-17-2019, 01:43 PM   #56
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Well, I thought about it over night and I've decided to remove the fuel lines and run -6AN stainless braided lines from the tank to the engine bay. Honestly it's not quite $200 and I probably would have had to pay for my fabricator's time in moving/modifying the OEM hard lines to the same tune. Why not have have a bit of the future work done. I purchased all Fragola PFTE hose and AN fittings.

I'll probably work that after I finish with the body work and get the coolant system burped... Then I can bleed off the fuel pressure and run these new lines. I really don't think it'll take more than an hour as long as ripping the hard lines out doesn't take too long.

I bought -6an to 5/16 EFI connectors so I can plug straight into the hard lines on the tank itself. In the engine bay I plan on just pulling the existing lines to the dampers off and clamp straight to those. -6AN is 5/16" ID so I'm not upgrading, but the lines will be able to be moved out of the way while my fabricator is welding.
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Old 01-17-2019, 11:56 PM   #57
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Guys, GUYS! I'm done drilling spot welds inside the car! BEER!!!!





Nevermind the fact that I probably have that many all over again with the roof but I've done close to 200 at this point.
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Old 01-18-2019, 02:49 PM   #58
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That was fast... Already got my fuel system parts that I ordered at 2 yesterday. Guess it helps to live four hours from Summit Racing .

If I'm feeling spunky tonight I figure I'll see if I can finish stripping seam sealer in the hatch area. I have most of the bulk gunk removed and have a nasty braided wire wheel to get the rest. I honestly think the cold weather helps it not turn to slime. Good thing it's dipping to -6 tomorrow.
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Old 01-18-2019, 03:46 PM   #59
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Bro... what a crazy weight-reduction build.

So much respect. SUBBED
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Old 01-18-2019, 04:53 PM   #60
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Thanks man! Labor of love at this point.

I weighed my bucket o brackets and the grand total was 14.5 pounds. I was hoping for 15 so that's not bad at all.
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Old 01-18-2019, 05:00 PM   #61
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How much do you think you've pulled out of it total, so far?
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Old 01-18-2019, 05:01 PM   #62
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Closing in on 500 even after the added weight of six speed / r180 / dss rear axles and the cage. Those combined for about 180# so I've realistically taken 650+ out of it.
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Old 01-19-2019, 12:03 AM   #63
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Seam sealer in the hatch area up to the front edge of the bench is gone. Putty knife + big ass screwdriver + braided cupped wire wheel for the win. Shout out to nother nature for being so cold, definitely helps with the wire brushing.











Seam sealer POV:

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Old 01-19-2019, 09:31 PM   #64
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About 75% done with the bulk seam sealer removal on the driver's side. What's left are all tricky spots so it's somewhat slow going, but hopefully another hour of scraping and another hour of the wire wheel and that side will be done.

Two to three hours on the passenger side and voila I should be done with seam sealer removal. I do think once I'm done and get the car cleaned up I'll hit all the bare metal with some primer just in case it wants to rust on me.

Doesn't look like much but every inch is hard earned:



Along the rear bench:



What's left on the driver's side:

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Old 01-19-2019, 10:34 PM   #65
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I've never been a fan of the labor seam sealer removal takes, but it must be done. Good progress and good updates, keep'r lit!
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Old 01-19-2019, 10:36 PM   #66
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I'm pretty much equating it to removing old wall paper. Sure you can paint over it but it looks like crap and is lazy.

Honestly after spot weld drilling this is a cake walk, just time consuming.
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Old 01-20-2019, 03:40 PM   #67
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Another hour worked and the driver's side is done with scraping. Probably need about an hour to wire brush that then it's on to the passenger side.

Oh the work I could get done if I had a whole day to work rather than an hour here and an hour there.



This little bit will have to wait until the hard lines come out:







Finally got the random patch of deadener off the trans tunnel.... Dry ice wasn't working well but let's be honest these patches are stupid. I'm sure they helped cut some vibration in the area but it's an annoying little piece to have to get out.



You're next!



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Old 01-21-2019, 10:10 PM   #68
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Driver's side seam sealer has been wire brushed off. Just a couple spots left for after the fuel lines come out.

This morning it was -16 so it was a nice toasty 2 for my evening work acticities.







Hopefully tomorrow night I can scrape most of the passenger side, then wire wheel on Wednesday and be pretty much done with the seam sealer.



Next on the to-do list:

Passenger side seam sealer
Cut off all unused studs, grind spot welds and cut off studs smooth
Clean up time ( ground up seam sealer particles everywhere)
Finish wrapping last bits of wire harness
Zip tie off definitely unused bits of wire in the dash area (stereo, HVAC, etc.)
Remove fuel lines
Remove last bits of seam sealer
Install new fuel lines
Top off and burp coolant
Fix steering column grommet
Remove windshield
Remove hatch? Hopefully no.
Remove roof

Bonus points:
Run gauges to where the radio used to sit. Probably just need to extend all three by a foot, but I'll probably need to order up some connectors to make up the extension harness.

For the sake of what's after the cage:
Paint interior of car with Rust-Oleum hammered in silver
Paint cage with Rust-Oleum hammered gray
Paint footwells of driver and passenger with bed liner.
Flock dash and probably paint silver plastic trim a different color.
Install dash
Install CF roof
Install windshield
Install seats
Install harnesses
Install steering wheel
Permanently install wire harness and fuel lines
Wash
Drive
Party

There is a big 4th of July car parade/day here in Marshall every year and that's what I definitely want this done for. My target is by Memorial Day though.
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Old 01-22-2019, 09:42 PM   #69
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Getting close on seam sealer....







Just need to finish scraping the footwell then wire brush. Probably two more hours and I'm done with the body.
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Passenger side seat brackets are out. They each have about 30 spot welds to drill out. The rear bracket took an hour (slightly less honestly), the forward bracket took three. Good God f that bracket. I'm not sure what was so different about it. I even put a fresh cutter on my bit and it made no difference.

I'll say different material just to make myself feel better.

Driver's side is next, then a couple small miscellaneous brackets in the footwells. There are also two large brackets near the rear windows, I believe where the seats bolted to. I'd like to get them out but they also could be adding stiffness to the chassis.... May not be an issue once the cage goes in but we'll see. I'll make up my mind depending how fast or slow the driver's side seat brackets go.

Pic for proof:

It looks enough roughly. Did you take some advices from services? I think they know how to fix it.
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Old 01-23-2019, 08:27 AM   #71
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Interested to see what you get this thing down to in the end. Good luck!

Also I know you said you drilled out all the spot welds you needed to, but I figured I would mention they have a tool that you set drill depth and it keep you from drilling through the second layer so you don't need to fill a bunch of holes.
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Old 01-23-2019, 09:03 AM   #72
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Ya know, I only punched through on two holes. I thought it would be worse.

I was shoving a putty knife under the panel and once I drilled enough out the putty knife would make the the panel pop up and I knew to stop drilling. Worked out pretty well.

I have to recommend these spot weld cutters though. Didn't even go through one after close to 200 welds.

https://www.amazon.com/Blair-11096-C...ink_convert-20

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Ya know, I only punched through on two holes. I thought it would be worse.

I was shoving a putty knife under the panel and once I drilled enough out the putty knife would make the the panel pop up and I knew to stop drilling. Worked out pretty well.

I have to recommend these spot weld cutters though. Didn't even go through one after close to 200 welds.

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Good, It had looked like you put a whole bunch of rivets in the holes from your pictures.

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Old 01-23-2019, 01:38 PM   #74
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They do look like that don't they. They're actually little bumps of left over material from the spot welds. I plan on grinding them down to clean it up.
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Old 01-24-2019, 12:21 AM   #75
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Good!!! I was honestly stressed over how many rivets I thought you used. Lol
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