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Old 11-28-2019, 03:33 PM   #1
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Default Junkyard Journal | a 1999 RS rescue mission

HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAYYY


My Goals: ​
ID Vehicle: To simplify repairs/fixes/etc I'd love to know the cars history.
Main focus: handling, functionality, reliability.
End goal, yes the beaten horse "22b" exterior styling.
Technical Research (I'll post all my reading/research material links here):


How it came to be:
It was a Monday 11/18/19; as I drove past the junkyard I thought to myself I should stop by and see what's new, but it had just rained the weekend before so I drove past it. Wednesday rolls around, my buddy who loves to hit junkyards for random goodies comes into the shop, he says to me, "hey Joel, I know you like subarus. I took these badges off of one for you. There's two of them there." As I turn my head and spy the badges, I ask "was it a coupe, are they complete?" He replies, "a 2dr I think so. I saw an engine and wheels, but it's missing a seat." I reply, "cool, I'll go check it out, right after I finish up some work." An hour passes, then another buddy and I head over to the JY.

We stroll the yard not knowing where it was but once we spot the car, I get excited. I see STI BBS', no trunk, rear diff etc as I approach from the back. I look under quickly drivetrains there, sweet. Walking alongside the car heading for the engine bay, I see misc interior bits missing, that's ok...I was more excited to find out what engine was in it. Seeing the TMIC meant something cool. By code I at least know it's an EJ20. The Turbo? Gone! Intake? Gone! P/S? Gone! Passenger side engine harness, Sliced! All in all, I felt I could save this. We walk with a brisk pace back up to the front with intentions to buy this thing. As we are up negotiating purchase of the car, another JY'r is mobbing out with the trunk and wing! He must have beat us to the punch by moments. LMBO my luck. Long story short, we buy it off of him in the parking lot. The staff and I encourage my buddy to go back to the car, to make sure no one else comes to take pcs off the car as we have purchased it. When he gets back he tells me a story about a guy undoing the strut bar; we conclude small potatoes, my interest was the car. What was funny to me, as the employees hear and see us buy the trunk back, they begin to tell us more about the car and the parts that sold the day before (tuesday), and the kicker.....they had set the car out MONDAY, haha, moral of that story, "trust your gut." If I wasn't being so prissy......

- With all that said, any help from the community in identifying this car would be greatly appreciated. If you have any pcs, parts, that may help please LMK. Hoping by the end of the week, the car will be cleared for me to bring home.






















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Tech talk - Do you even read bro?

STI cams in EJ205 Head (valve lash)
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1892069


If you use STI valves, use STI lash specs…Why?
https://forums.nasioc.com/forums/sho...26&postcount=4

https://forums.nasioc.com/forums/sho...90&postcount=3


STI cams vs WRX

https://forums.nasioc.com/forums/sho...2&postcount=13

https://forums.nasioc.com/forums/sho...5&postcount=14

https://forums.nasioc.com/forums/sho...87&postcount=4

https://forums.nasioc.com/forums/sho...52&postcount=5


STI valve vs WRX valve ID
https://forums.nasioc.com/forums/sho...25&postcount=6


Purge Control - BEST image I've found that simplifies routing
https://forums.nasioc.com/forums/sho....php?t=2178366
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Old 11-28-2019, 09:29 PM   #2
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Man, seeing that at a pick n pull is just wrong.... Glad you rescued it!
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Old 11-28-2019, 11:12 PM   #3
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Great find, congrats dude, hope you get that car back on the road.
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Old 11-29-2019, 12:52 PM   #4
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Man, seeing that at a pick n pull is just wrong.... Glad you rescued it!
Thatís what Iím sayin, I didnít see any major rust, no signs of a major collision, or anything of the sorts. I was told that, because Iím buying it from the yard it would come out with a salvaged title. I can live with that.


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Great find, congrats dude, hope you get that car back on the road.
Man, I owe it all to the homie on this one, I hope itís simple fix but if not, itís going to be an interesting journey. Thanks.
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Old 11-30-2019, 12:34 PM   #5
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Oh man nice find, That’s definitely salvageable!! I’m jealous.
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Old 11-30-2019, 03:53 PM   #6
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Good Find. Keep posting the progress .
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Old 11-30-2019, 07:48 PM   #7
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Oh man nice find, Thatís definitely salvageable!! Iím jealous.
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Good Find. Keep posting the progress .
Still no paperwork lads, let's hope it clears next week. On a sad note, I took that picture of the undercarriage to show the manager the damage the guys caused when moving the car. After I complained to the workers at the time that they were caving in the spare tire well, the employees then banded together to remove the car properly w/out any further damage.

I'll hopefully have some new images of what the car once was. A site I use for vehicle checks claims to have about 10 photos of it.
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Old 12-03-2019, 01:59 PM   #8
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Still no release but I did get some basic history on the vehicle with photos.

DETAILED HISTORY
DATE STATE MILEAGE DATA SOURCE COMMENTS
Jan 11, 1999 FL 14 M NMVTIS Historical Title Information
Apr 23, 2002 AL 32,912 M NMVTIS Historical Title Information
Feb 5, 2007 AL 32,912 M NMVTIS Historical Title Information
Feb 27, 2010 NV EXEMPT NMVTIS Historical Title Information
Jun 18, 2010 Fa EXEMPT NMVTIS TO BE DETERMINED
Jun 18, 2010 Fa EXEMPT NMVTIS SOLD
Sep 2, 2010 NV 93,968 Miles Auto Auction Put up for Auction
Nov 21, 2011 OR EXEMPT NMVTIS Historical Title Information
Nov 21, 2011 OR EXEMPT NMVTIS Rebuilt Brand Assigned
Nov 21, 2011 OR EXEMPT NMVTIS Totaled Brand Assigned
May 27, 2014 CA EXEMPT NMVTIS Rebuilt Brand Assigned
Jun 6, 2014 CA EXEMPT NMVTIS Historical Title Information
Nov 10, 2015 CA EXEMPT NMVTIS Current Title Information
Nov 16, 2019 PO EXEMPT NMVTIS TO BE DETERMINED



















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Old 12-06-2019, 06:34 AM   #9
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judging by the aggressive rear toe, I say the driver experience unsuccessful dorifto
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Old 12-06-2019, 09:17 PM   #10
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HAHA.... if cars could talk.

First GC part woot woot! Went to my newly-wed friends house and he handed me this rusty gem. What are the odds, GC missing driver seat, given driver seat rail for bucket. Sells datsun, now I have a 1 leftover Recaro Specialists in the garage, perfect.


cleaned the surface rust off; with all of that dirt a rust gone everything operates well. Slider now moves freely. The tough part is deciding what to do with the finish. Paint it? Powder coat it? or anodize it?



seat on the left
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Old 12-11-2019, 12:11 PM   #11
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Nice save, always good to see a car have a second chance at life
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Old 12-11-2019, 01:30 PM   #12
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Old 12-11-2019, 07:12 PM   #13
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I recognize the sticker as HMS in Oregon, a fairly popular tuning/performance shop. Maybe they can shed some light on it. That said, I don't recognize the car at all. They're kind of a dime a dozen up in the NW.

Hope to see it functioning soon!
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Old 12-12-2019, 01:11 PM   #14
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Thanks man excited. They are suppose to release it today.


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I recognize the sticker as HMS in Oregon, a fairly popular tuning/performance shop. Maybe they can shed some light on it. That said, I don't recognize the car at all. They're kind of a dime a dozen up in the NW.

Hope to see it functioning soon!
I tried to reach out to them on FB and no reply. I've been pretty busy so I haven't tried any other ave. but I will. Wiring & swap info. will definitely help. Appreciate the chime in Bast.
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Old 12-17-2019, 12:33 AM   #15
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Release day has arrived! Tomorrow I get to claim my RS!!
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Old 12-19-2019, 01:12 AM   #16
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Home sweet home lads. Slapped on a $25 L bumper so it would look decent sitting outside for the time being.






a member on the book of face, shared this with me also. He said it was roughly 3mo. ago.


I was making IG vids and just decided to compile them into one, so enjoy some of my boring Youtube.
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Old 12-19-2019, 10:54 AM   #17
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SUUUUBSCRIBED!
Hold the phone, do I spy a widebody? Those seats are gorgeous, I need that in my RS now. Do they fold forward enough to access the rear seat easily?

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Old 12-19-2019, 01:50 PM   #18
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Can't believe this was at the yard. subscribed to see the build
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Old 12-19-2019, 02:36 PM   #19
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Hold the phone, do I spy a widebody? Those seats are gorgeous, I need that in my RS now. Do they fold forward enough to access the rear seat easily?
HA Haaaa Yes you do see a wide body. I may go with the arc arch in the future but first things first, find out why it was at the yard, and what is broken? lol. I used one recaro only and yes it does fold allowing rear access.

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Can't believe this was at the yard. subscribed to see the build
Dude me neither!! Well I expect something to be a foot, but just the car itself even if it's mechanically faulted was worth the $800 to me.


2 things that have slipped my mind during the purchase of this vehicle. One of them entirely and the other periodically. A: I would remember and moments later forget to check and see if the car still had an ecu (any insight would be helpful).



B: I couldn't do anything about it really w/out the paperwork. The car came with no keys. Conveniently I prepped for that, there was a 94 GM that was a few rows away that I removed all keys and locks from to swap over. However, late last night I got the bright idea to call the dealership and see if they could make me some keys. On a whim, I tried it and today it paid off.
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Old 12-19-2019, 03:37 PM   #20
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I used one recaro only and yes it does fold allowing rear access.
So you're telling me the other one I can has ??
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Old 12-19-2019, 03:38 PM   #21
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Hahaha The other one I sold.
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Old 12-24-2019, 11:51 PM   #22
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Hope you guys enjoy the narration because I can't seem to post images without it. This week so far as been exhilarating and inspiring. For starters, I've ordered a replacement engine harness. When I purchased the car I just recalled lightly things that had been cut and expected the worst.




As I wait for the harness, I couldn't stop my mind from tinkering. I wanted to know more, I had to. I set out with some basic tools and a few moments before nightfall on sunday. Using some deduction (aka common sense) I soldered up some areas of the cut harness. The other red wires would take a bit more thinking. I could have just used a wiring diagram and deadened that quickly but I guess I wanted to challenge myself. :P


Finished all but the coil packs and TGV motor that night.


Looking at the amount of dirt on the motors I suspect either they were bypassed, damaged, or have sat open for quite sometime. I won't bother with that RN. I plan to delete them anyway.


Monday it would rain, so I took a break. This morning I thought to myself I should check the engine timing and timing belt. With a broken belt it would be a good reason for such a car to be left to the scrap-yard. That all checked out fine. Off to work I went.


Back home - With the passenger side harness disconnected and 4 wires left to solder, I'd connect the battery just to see if the car was getting power throughout. It was, a twist of the key would give a dead click and nothing. After realizing how naive I was, I went back outside into CA's chilling cold weather and soldered up those wires and connected the passenger harness.

I now go back into the car, I turn the key, expecting to hear the dead click and what do you know, the damn car tries to fire up (wooohooo, panic, instant key off at the point)...... I'll be installing a test dummy turbo that I have laying around; its from a fozzy, fresh fluids and some fresh gas hopefully over the weekend. Wish me luck!!!
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Old 12-25-2019, 12:36 AM   #23
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Awesome, Iíll be following along, love this body style cars.
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Old 12-25-2019, 03:13 PM   #24
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Thanks D. Merry Christmas dude.

This may be awkward but I'm excited to unravel its secrets. I wish I had more info. I just don't see how it made it to the junkyard as of yet..... but that's the "why/what" I wish to discover.
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Old 12-29-2019, 03:31 PM   #25
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Morning Guys, minute updates. Made some progress on the RS, then decided to order the following: MAF & knock sensors, along with an intake air filter.

Decided to install the VF39 from my spare STI swap instead.


drained the oil, no signs of metal. gave me a better look at this header. I'm inclined to think it's tomei/gruppe-S by the pairing


Adding some fuel to the tank, only to hear it leak out...I found the JYARD had drilled the tank.


pump removed, nice shavings :P





Decided to quick fix with quick steel


first layer underneath, did a second pass yesterday morning.


Random Facts:
found the car to have CXracing coilovers


and I'll also have to replace the radiator support properly.
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