View Full Version : Asphalt Art's 1998 Impreza 2.5RS Coupe "Project Blackbird"

Asphalt Art
12-05-2014, 06:03 PM
So, finally things are returning to normal for me after returning to Ohio. Still mid-divorce, but the lack of stress is allowing me to focus a great deal more on my hobby. It's time to have fun again.

So, flashback to around 1997 in Reading, PA. Fresh out of high school, and still haven't a clue what to do with my life, I remember seeing these fresh on the lots. No test drives were allowed because the first green one had already been already been wrapped around a telephone pole, and without my current ability to bullshit my way into a test drive it never happened. I certainly couldn't afford the ~26K they wanted for it let alone the insurance. Many years rolled by, Army, DoD, and a couple other fun jobs. I didn't even give it a second thought until last month when I seen one for sale around Pittsburg. So, after striking a deal I traded my somewhat nice running Lincoln Navigator, for a balled up, rusty, poorly maintained, and of course not running black auto coupe. It only took the guy 3 weeks to finally get it over to the house but it's here in all of it's glory. I will be making a 16 year wait to own one, worth it.

He overheated it, attempted a headgasket job, apparently had Ray Charles set the timing marks, and spun the starter. Needless to say it is going to be coming back out to see how bad he bent the valves. The quarters are as expected full of rust, but I couldn't stop laughing at the amount of expanding foam that's also in there. This thing probably floats.

I'll be updating this as I find time to work on it, but with me working 10-12 hour days there probably won't be any of the fun to do stuff done until after the holidays. It's also a good feeling seeing a hood scoop out front and a big spoiler out back :grin:

I had started with my Legacy GT wagon to build a car for One Lap of America, and it was never started due to the whole household warzone thing going on. This will have to do unfortunately... So, over the next couple years expect an EG33, boost, standalone, lots of composite work, and most of all a great deal of seat time at Mid Ohio Motorsports Park. Yes, no matter where I live, I am never farther than 35 minutes from a track haha.

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Asphalt Art
12-07-2014, 07:51 PM
So today I finally had about 3 hours to dig into it, and survey the damage. There is no doubt this thing has been sitting much longer than I would been led to believe. The disc rotors were not just a little rusty, they are flat out rusted to the point of not bothering to even consider using them. The good news is that I haven't found any other structural rust in the car: strut towers, firewall, frame horns, core support, floors, they are all pretty solid. The 4th RS wheel was supposedly "repaired" but it looks like it won't be savable. It flat out looks like shit, whomever welded it.

On to the day's fun. This is what I get to start with, parts missing and all:

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30 minutes into the teardown:

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After finding out someone mauled the hell out of the EGR tube nut and me busting out a hacksaw:

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After an hour, this is where I had to take a break, due to the simple fact I was apparently without a 14MM 12pt socket. I drove into town, only to find out I had to buy an 82pc socket set just to get the one I need. I wasn't too happy about that, but I guess I could use some extra ratchets to beat on with a hammer.

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After my 53 dollar socket, I pulled the heads in the car without touching the motor mounts and not tilting the engine like a boss:

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And the prize that awaits:

Slight scuff from the intake valves, nothing to affect operation:

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And the final verdict (no cams installed):

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I could just replace all 8 intakes for 52 bucks from Rockauto, but since all of the bottom end bearings are tight, I'll be pulling the entire thing apart to replace them out of habit. Better to do it now, and when I pull it later for the EG swap, it will make a nice spare I can use in an emergency in something or sell it for the TIG I'll need to build the intake, headers, and the rest of the exhaust.

12-07-2014, 08:31 PM
nice find! I keep looking around for a 1.8 FWD 2d to swap. I would love to just get a half cut and make a complete rhd beast

12-07-2014, 08:33 PM
Wonder where they found the graphite gaskets for the ej25d.

12-07-2014, 08:54 PM
Amazing Work thus far =) Love the name for the project too =) One mans trash is another mans treasure and you are taking that to another level saving this beauty.

12-07-2014, 09:10 PM
Wonder where they found the graphite gaskets for the ej25d.

pretty sure its ebay since they sell a kit with a graphite headgasket.

Nice platform to start with. The RS is stupid expensive over here in CA

Asphalt Art
12-07-2014, 09:12 PM
86Bratman: I just asked him, and he said EBay for the headgaskets.

Hinyo: The project's name came from the fact I may decide to re-open my composites business under the Raven Autosport name. The project name seemed fitting at the time, and sticks in your brain. Now it just has to live up to it.

12-07-2014, 09:21 PM
So did you have to get rid of the GT?
This thing is gonna be fun, I can already tell.

Asphalt Art
12-07-2014, 09:28 PM
So did you have to get rid of the GT?.

Unfortunately, yes. I unloaded everything, except what I needed on a daily basis, to return back my hometown in Ohio.

I almost forgot to post this little gem today. No words are probably needed, and yes, the other side is the same way.

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Asphalt Art
12-15-2014, 09:33 PM
I took a lot of pics this weekend, but I am on 12's for the next week. Valves, gaskets, strut brace from the PO, and brakes on the way.