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Old 07 April 2013, 10:51 AM
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So were these an optional upgrade for the earlier cars? They certainly look a lot nicer than the cheaper ones my car came with!
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Old 07 April 2013, 05:06 PM
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Originally Posted by olliecampbell View Post
So were these an optional upgrade for the earlier cars? They certainly look a lot nicer than the cheaper ones my car came with!
Unless someone corrects me Ollie I think the **** pile mats are OEM for the early versions and I think there are a couple of different designs available.
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Old 07 April 2013, 11:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Silver Scooby Sport View Post
Unless someone corrects me Ollie I think the **** pile mats are OEM for the early versions and I think there are a couple of different designs available.
Jap Performance Parts have many of these in stock. Had them in my old STi.
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Old 07 April 2013, 11:42 PM
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http://www.japperformanceparts.co.uk...p?ID=100864113
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Old 11 April 2013, 08:53 PM
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Originally Posted by The Trooper 1815 View Post
Jap Performance Parts have many of these in stock. Had them in my old STi.
Great info Ian and around 25 a set I think is a good price for a rare mat.
Thanks again for picking the discs up for me that was a big help

Right quick bit of advice needed... On the first picture you will see the top "cross member" if that's the right word has a straight line bend almost like a length of angle iron 45 degree (struggling to find the correct way to describe this tonight here) but on the second picture it bends even more through the 45 degree, is this correct or do I need to have both the same and a 45 degree all the way along the top.

Pic one straight angle by the sticker.



Pic two bends in further above where the loom sits.



I hope my description makes sense here

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Old 11 April 2013, 09:58 PM
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I believe I've got the answer it adds clearance for the power steering cooler pipes.
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Old 11 April 2013, 10:02 PM
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Have you checked the inside of the angle for any cracked paint? It seems an unlikely place for it to have been bumped (perhaps by a swinging engine?) as surely the rad would have got it first? Unless they removed the rad before pulling the engine.
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The painter asked me today he wanted to check just to see if it should be like it, I'm going up tomorrow anyway so I will have a closer look.
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Old 12 April 2013, 08:07 PM
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Just a couple of quick pictures showing the early stages of preparation, I have to say I'm really pleased with the shell, ok a couple of scabby bits on the window surround but other than that it's solid.... I was very happy today when I had a look over the engine bay plus the ends of the chassis rails that are exposed do not show any sign of age at all, not bad for 18 years old.











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Old 12 April 2013, 09:15 PM
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Flipping 'eck mate, you really are going to town!!! My latest update is almost embarrassing compared to this!!!!
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Coming along very nicely Simon, I'd imagine there aren't many Impreza's of a similar age that have aged as well as yours has.
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Originally Posted by v5 man View Post
Flipping 'eck mate, you really are going to town!!! My latest update is almost embarrassing compared to this!!!!
***** rolling Cliff nice little update there too

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Coming along very nicely Simon, I'd imagine there aren't many Impreza's of a similar age that have aged as well as yours has.
There's a few lurking around Ty in good condition, these early shells seem to age well.
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Old 13 April 2013, 06:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Silver Scooby Sport View Post

There's a few lurking around Ty in good condition, these early shells seem to age well.
Very true, my V1 didn't have an inch of rust in comparison to my V4.
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Originally Posted by Kwik View Post
Very true, my V1 didn't have an inch of rust in comparison to my V4.
It's quite odd really, my old MY00 was great there is no bodywork rust at all the arches were and I believe still spot on, I from buying the car always removed the rear rubber arch edging strips for one and cleaned the arches a couple of times a year plus soaked the rubbers ran a small screw driver down them to clean the muck out and then re fitted, this is an easy job and a massive rot spot which a lot of people over look. The first time is a really deep clean but after that happy days.

When I think of if I have not looked into any "coatings" as yet it when I do I will share as I know your interested for one as well.

Back onto the rust subject... Not the shell this time lol I am hopeful that the subframes etc will be stripped down next week, which will allow me to do some more work after I collect it all, I can then start to get organised as I need everything I want sandblasting in one hit together and then I can set that ball rolling. Then I can get on with the other parts myself, struts and hubs etc. I will then be able to make some progress at home as well, this is what's been slightly frustrating for me is not being able to get my hands on as yet but lets be honest with the weather as cold as it has been its been to cold to work in an unheated garage and far to cold to paint as well so with it warming up everything will be a lot easier to do.
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Originally Posted by Silver Scooby Sport View Post
It's quite odd really, my old MY00 was great there is no bodywork rust at all the arches were and I believe still spot on, I from buying the car always removed the rear rubber arch edging strips for one and cleaned the arches a couple of times a year plus soaked the rubbers ran a small screw driver down them to clean the muck out and then re fitted, this is an easy job and a massive rot spot which a lot of people over look. The first time is a really deep clean but after that happy days.

When I think of if I have not looked into any "coatings" as yet it when I do I will share as I know your interested for one as well.

Back onto the rust subject... Not the shell this time lol I am hopeful that the subframes etc will be stripped down next week, which will allow me to do some more work after I collect it all, I can then start to get organised as I need everything I want sandblasting in one hit together and then I can set that ball rolling. Then I can get on with the other parts myself, struts and hubs etc. I will then be able to make some progress at home as well, this is what's been slightly frustrating for me is not being able to get my hands on as yet but lets be honest with the weather as cold as it has been its been to cold to work in an unheated garage and far to cold to paint as well so with it warming up everything will be a lot easier to do.
I'm watching with admiration mate, with the intention of getting the arches sorted myself over the summer. I ran a hose up the underside of the arches a couple of weekends ago and was shocked at the amount of mud and crap that came out. I then repeatedly wiped away all the rubbish and rubbed in some WD40 as a temporary measure. God knows how long that grime had all been there.

You're doing a grand job bud
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Old 13 April 2013, 10:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Kwik View Post
I'm watching with admiration mate, with the intention of getting the arches sorted myself over the summer. I ran a hose up the underside of the arches a couple of weekends ago and was shocked at the amount of mud and crap that came out. I then repeatedly wiped away all the rubbish and rubbed in some WD40 as a temporary measure. God knows how long that grime had all been there.

You're doing a grand job bud
Cheers Kwick, a few of these areas are not my comfort areas but I have to approach them in the right frame of mind as I have very little mechanical knowledge in some respects but there's a lot I can do so I'm focusing where I can and keeping chilled out

Have a look at http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acata...101-cat19.html I have used this for a few years its fantastic on everything in the house and on the car including the window frames and facia boards when I clean the arches I spray this on and brush it in then hose out.
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Only a small update today, after having the discs grooved by Ian at Godspeed a few weeks ago I cleaned them back and painted them VHT silver today, I'll show some finished pictures when I have rubbed the excess paint off the surface.



I'll clean all the stainless clips etc up next then when the Calipers come back from Ryan I'll pack everything away until I need it. I've had a few delays on getting everything disassembled from under the car so still yet to get into the major parts, I'm resigning my mind to the fact that this project may take the best part of this year before I can drive the car again then the rest will be a rolling project, I know it will be worth the wait and work in the end

Picked up a pair of Group N engine mounts and the matching gearbox mount this week as well so just about there now of parts gathering.... Cheers Stu
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What used to be Mr 53's engine and gearbox mount

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You don't do things by halves do you, which is great to see. Great work/progress so far Si.
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Loving this Si
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Originally Posted by SC008Y_MAD View Post
You don't do things by halves do you, which is great to see. Great work/progress so far Si.
I can't do it any other way here Darren... It's something I always wanted to do so thought bugger it lets have a go

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Cheers Frayz.... I did have the disc pictures up but deleted for now as I need to rework them as the VHT paint has refused to dry the instructions are quite ambiguous in respect "curing" the paint, it says the paint "can" be cured at running temps but after looking and reading it again I think it should read "must" be cured, still no damage done as I wire brushed some off earlier easy enough so I'll take them back and Hammerite them next.

Still dealing with a few delays but hopefully I will get going soon and then I hope to be up to my neck in muck and making forward progress, I will say Frayz I'm thinking this may take a little longer than I hoped and I would still like to make Uxbridge and RallyDay with the car if I can but we shall see..... If I can just get back on the road late summer the rest I can do as a rolling project.
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i know you said your wary of couriers but posted this on Ians' thread............

"we can arrange re-finishing of fasteners, etc. if required we can also anodize ali parts or remove and re-do previously anodized parts if required....."
Si, Alyn sent me a centre diff to gearbox gasket via courier; it's a flimsy bit of cork and it arrived in perfect condition
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Si, Alyn sent me a centre diff to gearbox gasket via courier; it's a flimsy bit of cork and it arrived in perfect condition
It's the complete loss of a shipment that worries me Ian in the respect how would I then replace them as its every nut/bolt I can put my hands on that I'd like re coated otherwise I'd go through Alyn with them all. As yet not done any real research on this subject and I'll look to see what I can find locally first.

Had a call earlier to say all the suspension is well underway to being dismantled ready for collection tomorrow so stand by for some interesting pictures
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Originally Posted by Silver Scooby Sport View Post
It's the complete loss of a shipment that worries me Ian in the respect how would I then replace them as its every nut/bolt I can put my hands on that I'd like re coated otherwise I'd go through Alyn with them all. As yet not done any real research on this subject and I'll look to see what I can find locally first.

Had a call earlier to say all the suspension is well underway to being dismantled ready for collection tomorrow so stand by for some interesting pictures
Understand that my friend...not sure I can help with that level of paranoia though, do you think it's age related

Get 'em up Si
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Understand that my friend...not sure I can help with that level of paranoia though, do you think it's age related

Get 'em up Si
Ian I run the warehouse within a manufacturing company it may be paranoia but I've learnt if a parcel goes missing its the most important one of the whole week Sod's law and let me tell you Ian I don't have the scope to go grey these days unless its my eyebrows
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Milestone reached today..... Feeling relaxed..... Considering growing a classic car restoration beard.....

Seriously it's not as bad as it looks, brakes are being dumped, all items that can get sandblasted will get that treatment so less for me to do.







That's near everything, fuel tank, diff, gearbox, cross members, drive shafts, suspension, arb's, hubs.

Headers for some DIY porting and wrapping.



Fuel tank for cleaning and painting.



Bonus new Exedy clutch fitted.





Drive shafts and suspension parts.... Note a bush missing so I will have to replace the odd pair.



Rear hubs.



Front hubs.



I need to remove the rear dust guards off to fit the Brembo discs, do I need to remove the front ones as well I can't remember ?

Diff and gear box for cleaning up and painting.





I'm polishing these chaps up.



Digging through this pile to see what can be sandblasted then I'll do the rest.



I'll get some more pics of the cross members over the next day or two and then identify which bushes that are going to be hidden when re fitted then I'll change those, also I'll get some pictures of the struts and the springs to show the colour spots on them again for reference.
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Jesus Christ I'm speechless. All I can say is fair play mate.
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And good luck seriously tho great work matey

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Probably the only Scoob I'd consider owning again Si's work is fantastic
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Jesus Christ I'm speechless. All I can say is fair play mate.
Best thing really is not to think about it in to much detail

I'll plod through this quietly in blocks that way it's easier to get done.... It's much easier than being under the car with a brush and sandpaper at least now half of the car is back home with me I can have a couple of hours most evenings on it getting it all prepped ready for re fit.

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And good luck seriously tho great work matey

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