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08-10-2011, 01:23 PM
Hello everyone. I actually already have a journal for this car, but since it has changed quite dramatically since I last updated that one in 2007, I think its time to start fresh. 2007http://www.sl-i.net/FORUM/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=7771

Here is my baby. It is a 97 Impreza outback sport, or at least it was at one time. Right now its more like a sti wagon wannabe with a slowpoke powerplant.

The story:
This car is my first car. It is a 1997 subaru impreza outback sport. I purchased it with a lot of hard earned money when I was 15 in September of 2004 for $5900 with 119K on the odo. It spent the first couple of years of its life getting the crap beat out of it by me and my horrible paper route. All of my income came from my paper route which was very rural and looking back I realize I should never have used a awd manual car with the 150+ stops/starts ever single day. All of this abuse went through a lot of mainainance and is the reason I probably could afford a new sti with all the money I have in my car and the reason I will probably never sell it.

It has gone through many changes. It reached its peak of what I consider version 1.0 in summer of 2008. After that it slowly deteriorated until I had the means to breathe new life into the car. I did what I consider a restoration from summer 2010 - spring 2011 in my free time from college and working a summer internship. I will probably not list all of the details in my journal on the restoration but you can see every single detail here: http://www.rs25.com/forums/f24/t138683-project-resto-wagon.html

It is now a completely different looking car (version 2.0). I have recently graduated college and am an IT change management analyst. I have big plans for the car and it will continue to be a project for a long long time. Everything done to it so far has been on a high school or college budget so look for good things in the future of this journal.


08-10-2011, 01:23 PM

Fresh paint (subaru aspen white)
Shaved side moldings, hatch key-hole, antenna hole, roof moldings
Version 5/6 front bumper and replica lip
Version 3/4 euro/jdm rear bumper with spats
RS sideskirts
JDM sti roof rails
Version 6 sti grill
replica sti wagon upper and lower spoiler
JDM tail lights
Black housing headlights, turn signals, etc
35% tint

Engine / Drivetrain:
ej25 engine swap from a 98 2.5 RS
Legacy GT tranny
OBX intake
Full exhaust - Borla headers, custom headerback, magnaflow muffler
ACT LW flywheel and street clutch
Kartboy Short Shifter

Suspension / Handling / wheels
BC BR series coilovers
Cusco Rear swaybar
Adjustible rear lateral links
Whiteline roll center adjuster kit
17x7.5 Rota SDR wheels on 215/40 yokahama parada tires

Customer leather interior
Plaid headliner and pillars

Hella Supertone Horns with scoobymod mount
Wolf whistle horn for the ladies ( they either love it or flick me off)

08-10-2011, 01:24 PM
Version 1.0 and a slight history

Here is the absolutely oldest picture I could find of the car (sometime in 2005)

Yes at one point I did manage to wreck the car into a muddy bank (the reason everything doesnt line up perfect now :bonk:)

Sometime in here I started autocrossing:
2006 H stock impreza
2007 street mod impreza

2007 - Summer of 2008 was the peak of version 1.0... I was a senior in high school, thought i was tough shit, and had some mods done to my car.
At this point it had an ej25 swap, some lowering springs, I had shaved my roof and added a sti top spoiler. It really isnt anything special looking back on it but I thought it was cool.
Me and a buddy of mine

Winter 2008 / 09.... I would have been a freshman in college. I rocked some neon pink wheels for winter, and also got my first set of winter tires. I will never be without a subaru with winter tires for the rest of my days. I had recently installed my 2nd ej25 due to the first one blowing a headgasket. I thought I did everything right by replacing the gaskets on the new one before installing it, but little did I know they would only last a year themselves due to me not getting oem subaru ones.

Jan. 09 I got fed up with the shitty stock obs interior (zebra on crack I call it) and bought a set of custom leather seats that had been in an rs, and custom fabbed the rears to work in the wagon.

Fall / Winter 09
Sometime around here I blew that hg I recently mentioned. I finally got it right on the third try. All new oem subaru hgs and the heads resurfaced. I pretty much considered my car to be a beater at this point. I just wanted it to make it through college, and didnt really feel the same as I had in the past about the car. I did however give it my favorite winter mode setup.
(you can sort of tell its going down hill here from the summer before)

I did decide to do one modification here that stems from the few VW's I have owned in addition to my suby.
All custom plaid doorcards, headliner, and wrapped pillars

I also had lots of fun in the snow this year.... Not worrying about paint chips on my bumper, and pretty much considering the car nothing but a snow toy to beat up at this point, I beat the snot out of it:
suby in snow on Vimeo (http://www.vimeo.com/10452667)

But then the inevitable happened.... I walked by my car in the garage one day, tripped on something and bumped into the passenger side rear quarter panel. When I looked down, a hunk of paint that had been all that was holding my rear quarter together was laying on the floor. I looked at the giant brown rust hole that now stuck out like a sore thumb on the rear of the car. It was time to either breathe new life into the suby or watch it slowly die of cancer....

08-10-2011, 01:24 PM

Ok so I know myhttp://www.rs25.com/forums/f24/t138683-project-resto-wagon.html thread is 19 pages long and has over 14,000 views So I will try to keep this part short and sweet. It is however, a very important part of this cars history ;)

Spring 2010..... Junior in college, had a nice $18/hr internship lined up for the summer, felt pretty rich and ready to start buying things for the suby again. In my mind this thing would be a professionally painted, fire breathing, sti monster wagon before I went back to school in the fall. Yeah right! :mamoru:

I do regret not getting good pics of the rust before we started chopping. But it really did make me sick, not something I wanted to document.

As it was before teardown:

And it begins: (ill let the pictures do the talking)
New problem :bonk:
I drove it like this for a little while

Right about here I got an estimate of $3g to paint my car..... Needless to say, I was back in school, unemployed and SOL.

Sept 2010.
I decided to sell my VW that I was very fond of to fund the suby project. And I picked up "Rusty" the beater to get me around
Then painted it for $30
Cusco Zero 2e coilovers installed.... I didnt like the ride and eventually got rid of these:

Got myself some adjustible lateral links to try to fix some camber issues (which were a huge pain due to my rust bucket of a car)

Jan 2011
I paid a local guy who does paint on the side to finish sanding the body and primer it for $300.... Biggest mistake I made of the project because we pretty much had to sand it all the way back down again. But hey, at least I didnt have to sand all those chips out of the bumper myself.

Poor Rusty.... He was getting some serious winter abuse

Me and my buddy finally got some time to get started painting ( I had decided an amature paint job for just the cost of materials would do me over a $3g professional one)


Feb. 2010 - The actual car gets painted

And I pick up Rusty's replacement:
New and improved rust free Rusty had a bad heart. So I sacrificed Rusty's reliable 2.2L heart to his cancerless younger replacement. (all in one night) The origional rusty is later parted and scrapped.

getting there
wings and skirts

and now we have........

08-10-2011, 01:25 PM
Version 2.0 aka Wookie

** If you are confused by wookie, just think of a subaru's exhaust note and you might get it ;)

and hence the name of this thread..... I have an Illest Grocery Getter

Future plans....
Next up is power, I want the whole origional drivetrain gone if possible. Once I have a donor, I want to pull the old engine, shave some bits in the bay, and paint under the hood before I put another motor in.

After that I want to paint it again (I know, I know, I just did that) but the paint is not perfect, Me and my friend did this in his garage, and by the time I get around to that it will probably look like it needs it.

08-10-2011, 01:28 PM
Recently I have picked up the beginnings of a wrx hybrid swap. I have a ej205 complete engine and wiring harness ect and a ej257 sti block. Ill be slowly putting this together and eventually dropping the swap in the wagon. I also recently traded my 97 gt wagon for a 98 gt sedan, which is an OG car from this forum, for a daily driver.


crappy cell pic of them together

08-10-2011, 04:42 PM
Flippin' hotness. I really want my "fridge" back. I never had any rust issues with mine, but the overall transformation was a similar road.

08-11-2011, 12:58 AM
nice build! I did the same thing with my S13 a few years back...

That rust was crazy though! That would be a parts car in WA! You did a great job of making her look clean again!

08-11-2011, 01:55 AM
Beautiful car! definately want one now.

08-11-2011, 10:10 AM
Thanks guys.... And the rust really wasnt that bad for most of the subarus around here. The car had been garage kept the majority of its life, but a winter of traveling back and forth to school through Garret County MD (highest point in md, known for its 15 foot snow drifts and interstate closures that winter) did it in. It wasnt nearly as bad as rusty the beater who had 0 solid doors and rear quarters that looked like pac man got ahold of them :lol:

But I am very glad I decided to save it. I honestly dont have that much $ in the body work since it was all done by me, friends, and family. I also got a deal on all the sti parts from a supplier in the UK so that was good too. I cant wait to have some power under the hood :twisted: the NA 2.5 just isnt getting my groceries fast enough any more

08-11-2011, 10:13 AM
Did you blast the underside and recoat that too? That would be a slick project and very satisfying. New undies, shall we say. :lol:

08-11-2011, 10:37 AM
Do you have a video of your exhaust by any chance?

08-11-2011, 11:41 AM
I am curious on the exhaust also.^

08-11-2011, 02:21 PM
I have not tore into the underside of the car very extensively yet.... That is on the to do list however! I have the front and rear subframe from a wrx that will be going on during the swap, which i will clean up and make shiney black. My cusco rear sway needs sanded down and painted as well and the whole car could use some nice fresh undercoating.... The car will probably never see winter again however so its not a huge issue at the moment.

I believe there is a video of me playing in the snow that has the exhaust noise in it somewhere in my story^^ . I have a better exhaust clip somewhere lets see if I can find it.

08-11-2011, 02:26 PM
actually I know exactly where that video is.... its on my facebook, which I cant get to from work.

If anyones that curious you can add me. My whole name is Michael Shriver and Im wearing a black hurley shirt and shades in my profile pic. The video is called "my pink wheels"

10-11-2011, 03:47 PM
A couple new rollers

10-12-2011, 07:20 PM
Looks good!

10-12-2011, 09:23 PM
That's a seriously hot wagon. Very nicely done

10-13-2011, 10:24 AM
Thanks guys... Over winter its getting an engine swap and paint the bay. And I need to find a p1 front lip for it too and throw that wavy sti rep away.

10-13-2011, 10:45 PM
This is quite possibly my favorite car ever. I have seen it around on the forums and your photos have made my desktop a couple of times. Can't wait to see this car evolve more.

10-17-2011, 01:21 AM
Beautiful car man. Amazing journey. Took one of my favorite varieties of Subie, and made it even more badass!

10-17-2011, 08:52 AM
Thanks everyone.. And Perdue, are you on wvsubarus.com?

10-26-2011, 09:13 AM
I signed up, but I haven't posted yet. My car is nothing to look at right now lol

01-16-2012, 04:49 PM
Looks like I havnt updated this thread in a while... Engine swap is in progress. I have basically been aquiring parts and getting ready to assemble my wrx 2.0 heads and ej257 block hybrid engine.

I just got some things back from the machine shop. Had a dumbass moment and thought they could clean the block while assembled but they told me they couldnt do that :smt021
Thread is worthless without pics

Freshly cleaned, pressure checked, and resurfaced heads:

expensive little parts pile growing in my room

Old 2.0 block

New 2.5 all wrapped up

Winter car serving its purpose... Nice and salty

Wagon sleeping... Waiting on a heart transplant :burnout:

02-07-2012, 10:21 AM
I am in the middle of reassembly now. I currently have my 2.0L wrx heads on the 2.5 block with my thick .051 Cometic HGs. The next time I get to work on it will be installing the oil and water pumps, cams, timing belt, etc.


I have also installed my Walbro 255 fuel pump. I had ripped one of the fuel lines when I was removing the pump. I tried using a quick connector to give me enough room to connect to the good part of the fuel line, but that wouldnt stay clipped to to top of the pump assembly. So I ended up buying a male to male connector and some more line and making a big loop and connecting it.



02-07-2012, 02:04 PM
Really Clean car!!

02-08-2012, 09:35 AM
heheheh Nice and Salty.

the wagon is beautiful man. makes me want to tear into my leggy like that and really do a number on it.

02-08-2012, 10:15 AM
Thanks guys.

And Id honestly like to tear it down again and redo it without cutting some of the corners I did to get it done. Once my engine swap is done I will probably be repainting it again and taking all the glass and doors off and doing under the hood as well. But it will do for now, it was definitely a budget body job and it shows but Im usually the only one to notice the flaws.

02-19-2012, 11:54 AM
everytime i look at your car and build makes me miss my 98 obs because everything you did i was planning on doing. but i love the look of the car alot great work !

02-21-2012, 08:34 AM
Thank you sir^

A few updates: I had planned on getting all of my long block together and in time etc this weekend but I had to work on some other things. I did manage to get the oil pump, water pump, and timing pulleys installed.


I used Permatex Anaerobic gasket maker for the oil pump.

When installing my new oil seal into the oil pump I found that an old momo shift knob works well

02-21-2012, 10:20 AM
Looks clean without the moldings..

This is one hell-of-a grocery getter :-D


02-21-2012, 12:43 PM
Gasket maker = jelly. LOL Liking the build thread.

02-21-2012, 01:03 PM
Damn your car is sexy, and i love all the other cars you have/had

02-21-2012, 01:31 PM
Thanks guys :D

02-22-2012, 08:14 AM
Valve covers tapped for the extra 2.5 crank case vent and painted wrinkle black
Cleaning haha

02-22-2012, 10:28 AM
OMG! please tell me you do not live with your mother or wife.

02-22-2012, 03:28 PM
No haha. I actually washed them in the kitchen sink then sat them on the DW rack to dry. The picture is a little misleading but I thought it was funny.

11-08-2013, 08:51 PM
Any updates on this beast?

11-09-2013, 12:37 AM
Any updates on this beast?


11-09-2013, 01:07 AM
Hey, I like this little car! :grin: