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Old 10-06-2021, 01:17 PM   #1
DrTrae
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Hey guys. I'm Trae, and this'll be my thread chronicling the resurrection of my 2004 BlobWagon. Forewarning, it'll probably be slow.

I'm having a helluva time trying to get an img.nasioc account up and running, or getting a hold of mods to help me with it, so please bear with me.
Going to try google drive hosting first, and if that doesn't work, I'll try something else.



I bought the car about 4 years ago from a guy in Schaumburg, IL. This is my second Subaru, after I sold my 97 Legacy Wagon to a buddy of mine. Since then, my wife has also acquired a 2020 Crosstrek.

Loved the car. Drove it back and forth to work every day, played in the snow, Tokyo Drifted in to a corn field in the rain like a jackass and drove right back out of it, etc.
Never could have done that in any of my Volkswagens that I had before.
Then one day it started pouring white smoke out of the exhaust, got REAL hot a couple times, and it has been parked ever since. I've always assumed it needed head gaskets, but never had the time or money to address it.

We bought a house, had another kid, and now I finally have the time and money (sorta) to start going through everything I can to get it back on the road.

When I bought the car, it already had a COBB catted downpipe, K&N Typhoon intake, Cusco shock tower brace, Whiteline rear end links and sway bar mounts, and the Whiteline ALK up front. It also has 06-07 brakes all around.

On to the pictures. Sadly, I don't have any from when I first got the car.

More recently, before I started collecting parts.


The day that I decided it was time to get to work.


Huge thanks to MrSubaru1387 for helping me get this far.


Yanked.




Started building a pile of parts.
I'm planning on going through most of the mechanical bits of the car, and either upgrade them or refresh them.
This may include sandblasting suspension parts and POR-15'ing them, replacing every single bushing that I can, tearing down the motor, etc.

I bought parts to do a sedan suspension swap a long time ago, so I'll be shining these lateral links up and putting new poly in them, as well as the rest of the rear end. Whiteline Rear Vehicle Essentials kit.

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Old 10-06-2021, 01:24 PM   #2
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Bought an STi TMIC, and spent around 11 hours straightening fins and digging out pebbles.



I will be cleaning the TMIC and repainting the STi logo with the Grimmspeed paint pictured above.

I have a complete OEM gasket and seal kit for the motor.
Brand new 04-05 STi hood scoop.
Grimmspeed radiator shroud.
Mishimoto magnetic drain plug.

Lots of plans. Here's to hoping that they come to fruition.
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Old 10-06-2021, 06:26 PM   #3
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That is a real nice improvement on the intercooler.
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Old 10-06-2021, 06:49 PM   #4
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First of all. Welcome.. you are right down the road from me..I am in Beloit. I am restoring my 05 STi...so I can help you a little bit. What is your end goal with it.. Daily?? Track rat??? Weekend shows???? Just get it back to be able to enjoy it like I used to??? We can start there if you want Good luck on your build.. Let me know if I can help in any way..

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Old 10-06-2021, 07:15 PM   #5
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That is a real nice improvement on the intercooler.
Thanks man, I appreciate it! Was definitely a tedious job, but super satisfying.

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First of all. Welcome.. you are right down the road from me..I am in Beloit. I am restoring my 05 STi...so I can help you a little bit. What is your end goal with it.. Daily?? Track rat??? Weekend shows???? Just get it back to be able to enjoy it like I used to??? We can start there if you want Good luck on your build.. Let me know if I can help in any way..

Bill
No way! I work in South Beloit, right off of Gardner. I appreciate that man.

So currently, the goal is to essentially restore it (mechanically) to be like a brand new OEM+ 2004 WRX.
I don't want to have to worry at all about something breaking because I didn't address it when I had it all apart. It'll be my summer daily, and I'll probably still run my Tahoe in the winter.

Long term? STi power/drivetrain swap, sedan rear quarters, JDM STi front end, etc. What a STi Wagon should have been, if it had been brought to the USDM.

That stuff is likely years away though.

Edit: I just realized that I was drooling over your build thread the other day. Love it, man.

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Old 10-07-2021, 09:37 PM   #6
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Sandblasted sedan lateral links. Will POR-15 them when I have enough stuff to paint to justify popping the lid.


Getting ready to pressure test this STi TMIC, so I made some block-off plates and stuff out of scrap aluminum plate and a pipe cap from work.






There's a guy somewhat locally selling front and rear Whiteline sway bars with end links, and a front subframe with steering rack and steering shaft from an 06 STi part-out. Asking $400... Should I? Or focus on the stuff I'm already doing.. Someone talk me in to or out of it.
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Old 10-08-2021, 08:56 AM   #7
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Well, I ran it up to 25 PSI, and I evidently didn't have the coupler clamps on tight enough. Blew that off the front of the intercooler and scared the piss out of my coworkers. So I tightened it back on, ran it up to 20 pounds (more than I figure this motor will ever see anyway) and it held for 30+ minutes. I'd say she's good to go.



Still debating grabbing that subframe/rack/sway bars from that dude..
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Old 10-10-2021, 01:01 PM   #8
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nice... sent you a PM

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Old 10-10-2021, 01:04 PM   #9
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Did a little bit of work yesterday, cleaning, getting the wheels off, etc. Shut the garage and took a cool pic.



Glad that I talked myself out of buying those sway bars.. because I apparently completely forgot that the car already has a 22mm Whiteline in the rear.



Wife wanted to go get Hibachi with some family, so my brother drove his 16 STi down from Milwaukee.



Now I'm back out to the garage to hopefully get all of the rear suspension torn off the car. Here we go!

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Old 10-13-2021, 07:10 PM   #10
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Not much of an update, but got some stuff in the mail from SubiMods, and sandblasted a couple more pieces at work today.
Tensioner bolt head snapped off when I tried to get the lock nuts apart, so.. got one of those, both belts and a new pulley on the way as well.



Bunch of Company23 stuff. Cam sprocket wrench, crank pulley wrench, crankshaft tool, T70 socket, Timing Belt Guide, tee kit, and front axle roll pin punch.
And.. a Grimmspeed battery tie down to get me to free shipping. Plus, it looks cool.



Now I can finally get the heads off of this motor, and get moving on that.

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Old 10-13-2021, 09:58 PM   #11
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Your images are broken.
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Old 10-13-2021, 10:31 PM   #12
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Your images are broken.
Fixed, thank you for letting me know.
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Old 10-14-2021, 09:40 AM   #13
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Hey, just to let you know, at least on my computer, the images on posts 9 & 10 are still not showing (the earlier posts are showing just fine).
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Old 10-14-2021, 10:06 AM   #14
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Hey, just to let you know, at least on my computer, the images on posts 9 & 10 are still not showing (the earlier posts are showing just fine).
Welp. I think I fixed it again. Also tried to resend the verification email for img.nasioc again.. Really wish that I could just get that going instead of dicking around with Google Photos.
Thanks for letting me know.
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