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Here I did my TGV delete/gut job making sure it wont throw me a check engine light when I was finished

In picture 2 you can see I removed the back of the screw in order to remove the screws holding the flaps in(Subaru damaged the threads at the bottom on purpose to prevent the screws from rattling out).

After I removed the screws and flaps I hammered out the rod. Then I used a hack saw and cut the divider out. I then used many different kinds of sanding stones and sand paper to witch I found the Dremel Flap Wheel worked the best. Once I had a reasonably smooth surface I went over it with black polish.
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In the 2nd,3rd, and 4th picture, I used a Canadian dime to plug the access hole that the rod would have been plugging. This is also the same hole I hammered out the rod from when I started.

I ended up blowing the front dime out after I started my car. I then used JB weld to secure another dime in.

Its not a good idea to hammer bearings in and out but I didn't have a bearing press or other suitable tools. This caused me to damage a bearing to witch I attached the rod to the drill and griped the outer diameter of the bearing. I spun the crap out of it until the ball bearings wore down inside and made it spin freely again (hopefully it will last a long time but if not it saved me for now)

On my second TGV runners I got a little bit braver and cut it much shorter(maybe too short) I think flush would be best but I'm happy with how they turned out. This has given much more air flow to my engine


So far I have not noticed my gutted TGVs giving me any trouble starting my car in the cold witch is a myth floating around the web
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Got my Tactrix Openport 2.0 cable

I know I could've bought a magnetic oil plug but id rather have a built not bought project.

I drilled a hole straight down the bolt then added ten "10 pc Rare Earth Disc Magnets"
10 pc Rare Earth Disc Magnets | Princess Auto
Then glued it all together with Permetex Steel Weld
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I waxed my engine with Autoglym HD wax

I painted my rusty coil packs, harmonic balancer, flywheel protector thing, and a cover to block off one side of my secondary air pump with POR15 paint.

I am going to change my coil packs before I start adding horsepower. I know they look rough but they work and unless they fail on me im using them 4 now. Hopefully in the near future I will upgrade them

P.S Ive been warned several times by multiple people NEVER REUSE YOUR FUEL LINES ONCE DISCONECTED. Your better off at this point spending 10-20 bucks on fuel line and replacing them assuring you wont have leaks later.
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And here she is complete b4 dropped her back into the subbie

Last two pics show a before and after of my engine bay. I cleaned my bellhousing and touched up all the spots rust was starting with POR15.
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I was unable to get my engine started after I finished installing it. GSMNZ told me to check my wires for the coil packs witch was wired up wrong on the passenger side(white plug on front black on back). Now the car was running on two cylinders. giving me a constant misfire on cylinder 2 and 4.

I couldn't figure it out and the weather was getting cold up here so I towed her to a subbie specialist. He found that my cam gear was not properly seated on the cam (exhaust driver side) So my timing was off even tho all my marks lined up(SUPER embarrassing but I will never make that mistake again)

Last picture shows the BACK of my cam sprocket. you can see where the guide pin scratched it

besides that my engine is running well I just have to fix a boost leak and then I am going to purchase a e-tune.
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congrats on bringing it back from the dead! Nice work.

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Thanks for taking the time to document your work. It was a great read! Hope to see more of your feedback after putting some miles (kilometers) on the engine.

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Your engine looks great I wish I would have painted mine before install, but the new short block was too pretty. I seen you had some metal shavings in the old engine and I was curious if you replaced your oil cooler during the rebuild? Or if there is a way to clean it or ???? Thanks like the poster too!
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Thanks guys

I don't have a oil cooler on my car. It may have been removed by the previous owner but I assumed my WRX didn't come with one. I want to get one but ive heard (likely what u heard too)you cant clean one that has had metal shavings threw it. I guess im going to have to buy a new or aftermarket one unless I can find one used where I know the engine was fine b4 hand.

My oil pump was cleaned and prepped by my machine shop.

My machine shop found two washers in with the blow by spring on the front of the pump(not sure what the proper name is). After my first oil change I could hear a tick witch made no sense to me. So I double checked my oil to make sure it was the right viscosity and ect. This made no sense until the machine shop found the washers. This A** H*** put thicker oil in and increased the tension of my blow by spring to hide the tick and giving the engine a healthy sound when I bought it. I don't know how anyone would protect themselves from this dirty trick besides getting a oil sample analyzed.

I bought my car from a ER doctor. He had a lot of service records on the car all from Subaru showing oil changes, recent clutch job, recent timing belt job, and ect. He said he loved the car and only reason hes getting rid of it was his wife gave him the go a head to buy a new car witch he had a 2015 WRX in his driveway

He seemed like he was honest and took great care of his car but I was wrong. You cant trust anybody these days just do what u can to test your future investment b4 u buy it.
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