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Old 08 October 2017, 10:06 PM   #1  
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I've finally got round to buying myself a "nice car that needs a little work". Originally I wasn't even looking at getting a Classic Impreza but a random conversation with my supervisor at work had me making a trip to pick up a 1996 import WRX.

First, I'll start with a bit of my car history. My last car was a 2000 import Integra DC2.


The DC2 was a great car that suffered from the usual import problem of rust. I had just finished restoring it with new arches and a full respray when it had an unfortunate meeting with a field.



Fast forward a year and I'm having a conversation with my supervisor at work about looking for a new project. It turns out he has a few too many cars and he'd be tempted to let one go. I go along to his workshop and have a look. Half an hour later I'm the proud owner of my first Impreza.




Alot of the details I got were quite vague, but the rough parts list is as follows:
Fully forged
Closed deck
VF22 turbo
eBay front mount
Straight through JapSpeed exhaust
Simtek ECU mapped to 360bhp by Andy Forrest with Anti lag
Hawkeye STI front calipers
"a blow off valve that sounds good"
Unknown brand of fuel pressure regulator
Greddy turbo timer

There's alot more goodies on the car which I'll find out what they are when I start to strip it down. The problem is there are 2 "small" problems. The engine has a knock from the bottom end and every panel has either rust or dents. One of the rear arches has been repaired before but the rust is back with a vengeance


So I've got a fun task ahead of me. I'm looking forward to getting cracked into it over the winter and restoring a classic to a high standard!

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That should hopefully be it now. I forgot about Photobucket making it so images can't be viewed on other sites without paying $400 a year
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Old 21 January 2018, 06:38 PM   #4  
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Quick update on the project
As it usually goes, things don't always go to plan. This time though, it's a good thing. I managed to find a clean, low mileage V3 STI rolling shell at a good price.


Rear arches are a lot better than the WRX



Going to be stripping the WRX and using all the good parts to build the STI instead. I've saved myself a good bit of bodywork with the shell being so clean but I'll no doubt find something else to do.
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The Dc2 looked super clean! Nearly cried when I saw the second picture of it in the field.
nice classic also!
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The Dc2 looked super clean! Nearly cried when I saw the second picture of it in the field.
nice classic also!
Cheers, I had just put the car back on the road 2 months before I rolled it. Best car I've ever owned and it'll be hard to beat. Looking forward to building the Classic up. Needed a new project to get started on. The STI will be going a different colour. Leaning towards the Grey that the RB5 comes in.
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Thanks to the Easter Weekend, I finally had some time to strip down the WRX to get the parts I need off it.

Started by ripping the dash out


Looks like someone thought they could do the electrical work themselves. Looks ****e

Got the ECU out, turns out it's an early Simtek (AlcaTek)

Got the Brembos off. Only 1 of the bolts was a problem.


One of the advantages of having a 2 post lift. Makes it really easy to drop the Engine and Gearbox.


Got a nice big pile of parts now. Just need to find time to put them into the STI



Pulled the fuel pump out as well. Always handy to have a spare.



Now that everything is out that I need, the shell is going to the scrapyard tomorrow. Unsure on what to do next. It will either be rebuilding the engine or painting and under sealing the shell. I'll see what I feel like doing first.
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Looks like a good effort ! Keep up the good work!
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What led to you rolling the DC2? An unfamiliar corner, whose radius kept on tightening, for example?

Do tell... lol
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Looks like a good effort ! Keep up the good work!
Cheers, main problem now is I'm into the expensive part of buying parts for fixing the engine. Motivation drops when it comes to spending money, haha

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What led to you rolling the DC2? An unfamiliar corner, whose radius kept on tightening, for example?

Do tell... lol
Off camber corner and speed. Went into the corner a bit too fast, rear of the car started to slide, tried to catch it and it snapped the other way. Car dug in when it left the road and started to roll. Gave me my best lesson for driving. Don't try to push your limits on a public road.
Seems like a smart thing to do. Go from crashing a car that's widely regarded as one of the best handling cars ever made into a car that's got a reputation for being crashed.
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My mate let me have a go on his UKDM DC2. And yes, whilst it's LSD gives it scalpel sharp turn-in and excellent handling generally (you could almost feel every tiny stone under its wheels), I was left underwhelmed by the amount of ultimate grip it could provide. Plus, because of the turn-in, if you backed off mid bend, the tail would wag - albeit it was quite benign and catchable. Other petrolhead friends of mine, agreed.

The reason I bother mentioning this, is that car mags of the time led you to believe that it was the most amazing handling car ever. For sure, as a decent-powered FWD of the day, it no doubt was (superseding the FWD Elan in the process). But - for me at least - it wasn't the 'Holy Grail' they led you to believe it was.
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