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wagonracer 05-24-2010 08:02 PM

Meet the new wagon !!
Well, I got my swap done !!

Quick history: Corvette runs red light smashes front end of my car, insurance company can't decide on totaling or repairing, decides on repair but me and the body shop don't want to chance it, I pay off car, retain for parts, find 2002 TS wagon with seized engine and rodent infestation for $600 in Oklahoma, tow TS home......

So I stripped both cars down to the bare shell, in order to get the wiring harness' out. I then built the TS shell back up with basically everything from the WRX. It took me about three weeks to do. Lots of tedious detail stuff. The engine swap was the easiest, so I saved it for last. That only took 1/2 a day !! Anyway here are pics. I'll get a chance to take it out on track this weekend at High Plains Raceway (Byers, Co) I can't wait to shake it out a little !Thumbs Up


Here's what left of the old car...!Cry!

VisiX 05-24-2010 08:19 PM

Nice work! !Thumbs Up

wagonracer 05-24-2010 08:34 PM

BTW, that's the bent hood off my old car. I tried to get a CF one but the vendor was a loser. I'll probably get something soon. That's a OBS grill. I just happened to have one and liked it. I wonder how many Blue Ridge Pearl WRX's there are out there ??

mosc 05-24-2010 10:14 PM

And the best thing is the insurance company gets told it's a TS. HA!

You even switched the hubs didn't you?

wagonracer 05-24-2010 10:56 PM

Yeah, the VIN gives me a little break on insurance ;)

TS's have drums in the rear and smaller front discs, so I dropped the whole rear end as a unit, sub-frame, trailing arms, diff, axles, hubs all at once. When I changed the front crossmember, I just dropped the subframe first and left the control arms on. I swapped everything except for the front subframe, which was a little tweaked from the accident. The TS was an AT car, so pedals and all are on the new tub. The only things I left on it were the gas tank (switched the WRX pump) fuel lines and hard brake lines.

I've got a lot of loose parts and the old wagon tub for sale BTW. I'm trying to dump it as a whole, but if I part out, I'll post a list in the classifieds.

How come there's no forum here for swaps ?

mosc 05-25-2010 01:10 AM

because you're the only one man enough around here to do it properly ;)

sleepr 05-25-2010 03:30 AM

Well done! Looking forward to your future posts!

kyfi87 05-25-2010 12:05 PM

Thats good stuff. I am a big fan of the black and blue bug eye look (I painted my wheels a while ago, was just to lazy to post pics, ha ha). Be sure to let us know how she does on the track!

mosc 05-25-2010 12:26 PM

You should paint the hood though, it's such a non-wrx-ie color. Flaunt it!

newtothegame 05-25-2010 01:01 PM

Congrats on the find and the accomplishment. Sorry to hear about the orginal wagon. Good luck this season.

wagonracer 05-25-2010 01:44 PM

[quote=mosc;245402]You should paint the hood though, it's such a non-wrx-ie color. Flaunt it![/quote]

Thanks. I will paint to match when I find a straight hood. I may even get the dings taken out and get the whole thing sprayed. It looks OK in the pics but the paint is pretty tired with lots of scrapes (down to metal) and such. Just registered it !Thumbs Up

wagonracer 06-07-2010 09:52 PM

So my laziness bit me in the butt :o I didn't change out the gas tank, because I basically hate that job, and it turns out the tank was filled with crud. Consequently, I had fuel pick-up issues on the way to the track. I had to stop in Co Springs to drain and clean it as best I could, but it was very, very ugly. I couldn't run it at HPR safely, so I just instructed. My student had an Audi RS4, which was a pretty nice way to get around the track !!

I swallowed my pride, put my head down and swapped out the tank on Thurs. It sucked as expected, with temps close to 90F and high winds. I got it done in 9 hours with dirt in every orifice WTF and constant cursing (mostly at myself for not doing it the first time the rear end was out of the car) Problem completely solved !Thumbs Up The car runs great again, and will get a romp at PPIR in three weeks. NASA is running it clockwise, which should prove interesting.

Another piece of laziness biting my arse: I didn't switch out the ABS control module either and have had the ABS light on since finishing the build, which is just annoying. It looks like I'll go ahead and swap that out too. Hopefully that extinguishes the light. I don't have a way to scan ABS diagnostics, so I'll just have to cross my fingers on that one.

I think I'm going to order a CF hood tomorrow. I'm so happy to be rockin' the wagon again. The OBS just didn't cut it. It's for sale BTW [url=]2002 Subaru Impreza, Used Cars For Sale -[/url]

I think I have the silver tub sold, which will make my landlord happy.

mosc 06-07-2010 11:35 PM

Awesome stuff. Any thoughts on the OBS's replacement? I'm thinking you'll go for some completely wrench free car after all the work you put into the wagon!

I mean, considering you had just done the motor not long before, you basically rebuilt the whole damn thing down to, well, the fuel tank!

airplnmdls 06-08-2010 12:10 PM

Wow...awesome job!!! Looks nice!

wagonracer 06-08-2010 04:12 PM

[quote=mosc;245997]Awesome stuff. Any thoughts on the OBS's replacement? I'm thinking you'll go for some completely wrench free car after all the work you put into the wagon!

Yeah, I'm actually un-sensibly considering caging the wagon and running NASA Performance Touring since I sold my race car (944spec) last year, and getting a tow vehicle of some sort. However the wagon is now a very wrench free car itself !!

My daughter, the hockey player, made it to USAH National PDC (putting her in the top 12 goalies in the country for her age !!). It looks like a hockey prep school is in the works for her for this fall, so I may end up with even more time on my hands. I guess I should try to find a job first though :o

I've also got a EJ25 DOHC (with blown head gaskets of course) from a '97 legacy sitting in my driveway. I'm thinking about silly things to do with that too. Maybe a mid engined Karmann Ghia conversion, hmmmm........Anybody got a shell rusting in their yard ?

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