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post #316 of 545
Haha that is totally weird
post #317 of 545
That's the most random thing for a car ever. Hah!
post #318 of 545
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Originally Posted by Sleeves345 View Post
 

Parts are slowly rolling in.  Going to have to devote a weekend to a shock-absorber install, as I'm learning as I go.  I suspect I'll have to do a lot of bushings sooner than later, but they're going to have to wait until I get a little more cash set aside.  

 

Meanwhile, anyone have any idea WTF this is?  It was under the driver seat.  It's heavy, aluminum, looks like it bolts onto the licence plate area, but unfolds into a step-looking thing.  Spring-loaded so it folds back up if you don't hold it open.  Not really sure what it'd be useful for.

I can't see any markings on it as far as brand goes.  Anyone recognize the star logo?

 

Edit: Nevermind.  That's exactly what it is.  Why i'd have it on a sports car I don't know.  But google helped me out.  http://uniqueconceptsusa.com/catalog/item/344

 

 

So close to the '84 Olympics logo... Maybe an unlicensed knockoff?

 

post #319 of 545
Thread Starter 

long time no see. will fill you all in real soon..... sorry for my absense.

post #320 of 545
Thread Starter 

Hey guys, i started this thread with this car as i found it. now it's time to share the journey from when we last talked. it has been 300+ hours of effort. so let's get into it.

i spent the last 3 months in a pro workshop. learning the techniques. i might still be a novice. but you can decide from the result if i have earned my stripes as a painter.
grab a seat. and a drink. it's a long one.

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

the passenger side was not too bad. but had dents from people opening their doors into it,over the course of it's life.

sanded down,and primed for the last time this side had many small imperfections, and a rusted rear wheel arch.

 

spent 3-4 days on this side, but the other side was the big job. my mentor and i removed the rear window.

then got busy on the drivers side. it took a week just to get the doors right. pulling dents, and smoothing them over.

and primed.

 

getting the long, shallow dent in the door right was so time consuming, 3 days on this one door. with many supermarket car park door dents in the rear door. next? time to tackle the rear quarter.. .


after cutting,


time to fit the new quarter.


spot welded in the factory spots. Mig welded the C-pillar, and lower sill. then primed it up.

 

can you see the welds? :satisfied: Now, it's time to put this bad boy into the paint booth...

ordered pre mixed paint. to get it right first time. and i'm ready to show what i got.


it's action time!!!!!!!

Are you ready for the reveal??

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 


and day time.

(left side hood stopper had since been adjusted)

 


with a few more tweaks, trim pieces to swap out, and rear aero parts to go on. do you guys think i can cut it as a painter?

 

more work to come. this thing needs to be faster. . . :devil:

post #321 of 545
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Originally Posted by Thrift Vader View Post
 

Hey guys, i started this thread with this car as i found it. now it's time to share the journey from when we last talked. it has been 300+ hours of effort. so let's get into it.

i spent the last 3 months in a pro workshop. learning the techniques. i might still be a novice. but you can decide from the result if i have earned my stripes as a painter.
grab a seat. and a drink. it's a long one.

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

the passenger side was not too bad. but had dents from people opening their doors into it,over the course of it's life.

sanded down,and primed for the last time this side had many small imperfections, and a rusted rear wheel arch.

 

spent 3-4 days on this side, but the other side was the big job. my mentor and i removed the rear window.

then got busy on the drivers side. it took a week just to get the doors right. pulling dents, and smoothing them over.

and primed.

 

getting the long, shallow dent in the door right was so time consuming, 3 days on this one door. with many supermarket car park door dents in the rear door. next? time to tackle the rear quarter.. .


after cutting,


time to fit the new quarter.


spot welded in the factory spots. Mig welded the C-pillar, and lower sill. then primed it up.

 

can you see the welds? :satisfied: Now, it's time to put this bad boy into the paint booth...

ordered pre mixed paint. to get it right first time. and i'm ready to show what i got.


it's action time!!!!!!!

Are you ready for the reveal??

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 


and day time.

(left side hood stopper had since been adjusted)

 


with a few more tweaks, trim pieces to swap out, and rear aero parts to go on. do you guys think i can cut it as a painter?

 

more work to come. this thing needs to be faster. . . :devil:

 

 

I am SUPER IMPRESSED!   Great job Vader!  If you were closer to me, I would definitely look you up when I needed body and paint work.  This is a true skill and something that has saved you THOUSANDS of dollars!   Really great!  

post #322 of 545
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Nobleprofessor View Post
 

 

 

I am SUPER IMPRESSED!   Great job Vader!  If you were closer to me, I would definitely look you up when I needed body and paint work.  This is a true skill and something that has saved you THOUSANDS of dollars!   Really great!  


thanks broseph! :cheers:

gotta keep collecting the skills.  next job with it will be a serious mechanical overhaul.

post #323 of 545

Ok, so not really a "car" diy but a couple years ago I modded my father in law's golf cart that he uses on his hobby farm.  Added a rear seat kit that folds down into a utility box.  Really works great.  

This coming Memorial Day I'm gonna add a spring to engage the engine a little more for going up and down hills.  Probably gonna replace the drive belt and do some routine maintenance as well.  I may increase the governor a little (shh, dont tell anyone that)  Also upcoming on the list is replacing the seat/covers because there are some tears in them.  Been thinking of swapping out the rear springs as well because it sags pretty good in back with 2 people using the rear bench seat.

post #324 of 545

Thought this was fitting to ask here.


Mom currently has an Acura TL from 06 that she bought recently from a family member. She likes it, but has wanted an SUV for a bit. The car's a bit too low for her taste, but she likes how it drives. Dad needs a new car too and might retire his current car and use the TL if she goes through and gets something. He has a super short commute so no real issues.

 

She was looking at the Forester, but I recommended against it unless she got the XT since the engine is anemic as fak. She also likes the RAV4. I'm trying to get her to go for either a used 2.0XT Forester or a used V6 Rav4. Price range is probably about 20-25k. I thought getting the XT or Rav4 from carmax was a good bet at the price range. Rav4's with the V6 are available for even less than that. Looks like a solid car as well. 

post #325 of 545
Toyota fanboy here so I gotta go with the V6 Rav4. My sister has a 2010 and it's been an excellent car and certainly has enough power on tap if want it.
post #326 of 545

@horndog  @Thrift Vader


Do you guys know if you can do an EG33 swap in an impreza and retain the radiator and AC? I'm probably better off stepping up to a used legacy GT or something, but part of me is curious about how much it would run to swap one of the bigger NA subaru motors into my 02 TS wagon. The body's in pretty solid shape, so it would be a pretty fun car. I could always add in rear caliper brakes as well to compensate for the power. The auto trans should hold up okay as well. I'd be a bit worried about all the crazy ECU shit that would have to be done, but I think there are people that know how to do that.

I know the WRX or STI swap is far more common, but far more people want those parts and the EG33 gets into the same power ballpark as a stock 02 wrx so it should be more than enough. 

post #327 of 545
I had to google an EG33... it only came on the SVX? Are these very common? Just LS swap it. devil.gif
post #328 of 545
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Originally Posted by horndog View Post

Toyota fanboy here so I gotta go with the V6 Rav4. My sister has a 2010 and it's been an excellent car and certainly has enough power on tap if want it.

 

Yeah, I love subarus, but you really can't get more reliability than from an NA engine. I honestly think that the price is right too. We found a 2012 or something with 20k miles for sub $20k. Can't really beat that. I think it's a solid choice for her. 

Subaru really needs to update the 4 banger on the stock Forester. My TS is lighter (and an 02) and my 2.5 engine makes 166hp at the crank. The new ones are 170hp. Yikes.

 

The 4 banger rav 4 is also about 170hp. I really don't think she should step down. The last time she bought a new car (civic coupe in 04 afaik), she lamented that the pickup was worse than the 92 camry she was driving before that. I know that would happen if she moved from the acura to a stock forester or rav4.

I wish I could lay claim to the acura haha, but I actually didn't really like how it drove/handled.

post #329 of 545
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Originally Posted by horndog View Post

I had to google an EG33... it only came on the SVX? Are these very common? Just LS swap it. devil.gif

 

There are a few floating around since they're not all that sought after. I found an svx on craigslist the other day for 2500 and it had like 100k on it!

LS Swap?

 

A flat 6 would be freaking sick in this wagon. I really don't give a crap if I drive this car through residency if it's reliable. I've put enough money into it at this point to make it a bit of a tank. I hope I'd get some scratch for the engine that's in there now since it's had the valves and head gasket done.

 

The turbo engine swap would have more upgrade potential, but this car is going to be a daily and hopefully not a project so the NA seems like a safer bet.

 

Edit:

Fuck, I should just buy this thing and figure out wtf to do with it once I have it.

https://hartford.craigslist.org/cto/5590463092.html

post #330 of 545
The SVX is such a cool car. Rarely ever see them as they were like 60 grand in 1994 money when they were new. They were quite advanced for the time. Not sure how reliability/parts availability will be as there was a lot of stuff in those cars that didn't get used elsewhere in their lineup but damn they're coll.

2k is really cheap too. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
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