99 WRX - Build Log

Discussion in 'Projects, modifications & how to guides' started by longsh07, Sep 11, 2017.

  1. longsh07

    longsh07 V-Limited Member

    Location:
    Bedfordshire
    You do indeed! It's number 163. I've had it since 2012, It's my baby :D. I've been lucky enough to be able to run two cars since I got it so I've most had my 350 and something more practical, except when I owned the 350 and an MX5 :rofl:

    What number was yours?

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  2. longsh07

    longsh07 V-Limited Member

    Location:
    Bedfordshire
    Managed to get one side mostly sorted. Going to spray some black paint over the exposed steel on the original factory line to avoid any corrosion.

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    Vs old bit.
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  3. msisleman

    msisleman V-Limited Member

    Location:
    Essex
    Very nice. I think mine was number 56. It was mainly an everyday car for me, but I still did a few track days in it and the 'Ring, during a 2 week driving holiday in Europe, which it was perfect for.
     
  4. longsh07

    longsh07 V-Limited Member

    Location:
    Bedfordshire
    Track days is the plan for mine. It used to be my daily before I bought a second car but the car is far far more capable of flying around a circuit than plodding back and forth to work :thumb
     
  5. longsh07

    longsh07 V-Limited Member

    Location:
    Bedfordshire
    As if I needed anything else to go wrong :D
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    Thankfully the replacement arrived today so hoping to crack on sometime this weekend. Unfortunately at a wedding all day Saturday...
     
  6. longsh07

    longsh07 V-Limited Member

    Location:
    Bedfordshire
    Bit more work done on the car today. The drivers side rear replacement pipe came out much neater than the passenger rear, makes me want to redo that section again! :D
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    Also while I was doing the drivers side I removed the plastic cover from the fuel filler neck. This was what greeted me... Lovely!
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    Couldn't really leave it like that so cleaned off all the dried on muck, used a hand held wire brush and some mini wire wheels on the Dremel to clean off as much surface rust and muck as I could. Gave the whole thing a couple of coats of anti-rust primer and will cover it over with black to finish it off. Its by no means a perfect job but it should go a long way stop any potential problems here.
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    While I had the paint out, covered over the exposed steel brake pipes and also did the top mount locating points just to help keep everything in good nick for another 19 years.
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    While looking at the cover, the hole in the bottom is there to attach to a clip on the pipe but I assume also to drain out any trapped water. As you can see from this photo, its not been working well and there is a nice dried up puddle of mud in the curve.
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    Gave the whole bit a wipe down and drilled a couple wholes to help drain out the water in future. Should stop the pipe sitting in water caught in the cover.
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    That was about all I could be bothered to do as it was getting very toasty in the garage! Plus I need to let the paint dry really. One last small job I did do was take some of slack out of the throttle cable. Spotted it while planning where to cut/join the front lines.
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    May try and do a bit more this weekend before I get the hubs pressed together on the 2nd :thumb
     
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  7. benji

    benji Type RA Member

    Location:
    hastings
    Coming along ...
     
  8. longsh07

    longsh07 V-Limited Member

    Location:
    Bedfordshire
    Better?
    By no means a good paint job but will certainly help!

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  9. longsh07

    longsh07 V-Limited Member

    Location:
    Bedfordshire
    Evening all. Good news, car is now back together and back on the road. Just needs an alignment and its all done! :thumb

    First off, here's the repairs I did on the front brake lines. This is the drivers side...
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    And this is the passenger side. All good with no leaks. Not easy to find a decent place to cut and join the pipes but I managed in the end.
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    Moving on. This is the new vs old coils. Should ride considerably better with the BC's on.
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    Just like that, the rear end is done!
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    Little trick I picked up from one of Driftworks vlogs. Use a Shaprie to mark the bolts that have been torqued up. Makes it so much quicker to do a visual check of what's done and what still needs doing!
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    With the rear end finished, took a trip down to Japex in Kings Langley to have the knuckles and bearings pressed together. These guys have been looking after my cars for years and I trust them to do a damn good job. Highly recommended if you need any work doing! Look at these beauties! :cool:
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    Time to get cracking then! Drive shafts and suspension in.
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    Ball joints and hubs back on.
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    ABS sensor. Check.
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    Brakes and steering? Check check.
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    Anti roll bar? Check...? Looks like its seen better days. Rubber on the end links is cracking too... Better put a new one on the list. For now it will have to do.
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    What's this? Wheels back on!
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    Time to set the ride height. This is the best I could do to simulate my weight, 10L of dirty oil, the two old hubs, a battery from a Honda, and a 25K bag of sand.
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    Aaaaaand she's back on the road! :party::party::party:
    Took her round the block to check everything was safe then took a quick trip to fill her up with petrol so I can fine tune the ride height.
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    Oh and for any Mighty Car Mods fans. I used the correct method for measuring ride height :D
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  10. type-ra

    type-ra Administrator

    Location:
    West Yorkshire
    Excellent! Great to see her coming together so well:thumb
     
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