Subaru Impreza WRX 2001 - Progress Tracker

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Hi everyone,

Just joined the forum today while browsing for some random items for the car so thought I'd post up some photos of the WRX I picked up back in March and the progress/changes made to it since.. Haven't had a scooby for over ten years so was high time I got one again. I bought it pretty much blind from an ad I saw online as it was supposedly needing just a turbo and it was at handy money so i took the chance. So I bought and paid for it got it shipped by to Ireland straight to Paul Wray Motorsport (formerly in Strabane, now in Derry) who I was told many times in the past is a genius with Subarus and having met and chatted to him a number of times now it's easy to see why people say that. His skyline is absolutely unreal by the way image.gif.29510d379f630865cc25f2df45c7722b.gif👌.

The car was bought to be a cheap bit of power and to get the youngfella interested more in cars - which he is now! But it hasn't turned out that way as it was soon found out that it wasn't just the turbo that was gone but instead there was zero compression in cylinder 3 so the hunt began for a replacement engine 🤦‍♂️ which was a massive shame as the car has a full Subaru service history up to 138k and the engine was on 142k at the time but hey these things happen.Most importantly there's no rust on the arches so i decided that I'd then go at it and do it my way and not worry too much about the cost of the"build".
So after a few issues a good fresh engine was sourced and it has now been fitted and in the one run I've had it seems OK but then I've only drove it from the garage straight to the bodywork man to get the exterior sorted but getting it back hopefully tomorrow and it should be finished externally also and have a trip booked to see Peter Simmons tomorrow evening to get it remapped.
So when I bought it I was told it had a lot of the STI upgrades and it turns out it did but I've added a front mount and a VF35 onto it while I was at it as well as changing all the belts etc.. Hoping for some decent figures tomorrow evening with Peter.

So when I bought it it had:
STI top mount intercooler - will now be for sale
Bailey dump valve - will now be for sale
TD04 turbo - not sure if it is actually bollocksed so I must check
STI Pinks
APS Wing mount induction kit - relocated to bay due to the fmic pipework
Full straight through 3" decat exhaust system
Walbro 255 fuel pump
Tein Lowering Springs all round - sits a bit high for my liking on front so open to changing these
Front splitter - cracked to **** so been replaced
17" Hawkeye WRX wheels
Hawkeye WRX Interior
Boost gauge
Carbon Fibre Spoiler - painted same colour as the car - probably worth a few pound that

And since I've bought it I've bought a number of things for it and have most fitted just a few bits still to go on including:
Front Mount Intercooler with dump valve (not sure on brand so may change it but has an OK sound)
VF 35 Turbo
18" Team Dynamics 1.2 Alloys
Full Hawkeye STI Interior - including carpet, matts and doorcards
Front lip
Rear Spats
Vortex Spoiler
Rear diffuser
Side extensions
JDM Headlights - have standard set to sell and another set of JDM ones for anyone looking for ones
Standard Bugeye tail lights
Missing grill pieces
Fog covers
Various interior pieces

There's probably some bits I'm missing out but that's most of it and I'll post updates as I go. This will also be a good record/tracker for me. Would be good to hear from anyone who knew of the car previously as I'm told it was already mapped for a VF35 so hopefully the licence is on the ECU already for it. Lots of pictures below and I'll be adding to them as I go along.

Currently still looking for the rubber mat for the boot, replacement keys(getting in Glasgow) and suggestions on stickers for outside as I don't want to go down the route of STI stickers as it's not something I'm fond of branding a car as something that it's clearly not.

Cheers for looking and anyone has any comments or suggestions fire away at me. I'm fairly easy led seeing as I've been out of the game for so long! Can't wait to get this thing going properly now and get it back over on the boat with me as I spend most of my time working in Scotland and the roads are made for having fun in in one of these!











































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Haven't updated this in a while - a LOT more work has taken place - some pics below....currently buying everything (almost there) to rebuild again with a fully forged hybrid 2.5 STI RCM Block with 2.0 STI AVCS heads, arashi td-05 20g - it's all fun and games!

































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2 hours ago, ROSSCOSM said:

Nice car mate do you ever drive around Barrhead feel like I’ve seen your car before 

Cheers - yeah you probably have seen it around. Scott Ad is doing all the work for me now over here. Makes sense as I work and live over here most of the time and the man's a genius so that helps too!

In honesty when I took it over from Ireland it wasn't running anywhere near right at all (straight off the boat) so I got put onto Scott by a friend over here and haven't looked back. He reckoned I only had a few weeks left on the engine when I landed with the way it was running due to issues with the map and he was surprised i'd even made it there - air/fuel way too high at 14:1 I think, STI pinks not mapped in, idling set way too high so knocked off the cam sensor every time I took off basically to name a few issues - so when he sorted them right there and then as best he could and I eventually got properly chatting to him it made sense to keep getting him to do the work and I wouldn't change it. It's kind of grew wings from there just and I'm now a few weeks from the next build which will be done before Xmas. 

I also had a few other separate issues where I had a small engine bay fire and was lucky it wasn't a lot worse due to some wiring melting as it was a mess under there so he tidied that up and it's kind of pushed the plan further on again and I've been accumulating parts since. Some already fitted and just the main engine and running gear work to go now - hopefully!

List of parts below I've got so far :

Competition Clutch and flywheel
side extensions
STI Skirts
Whiteline Anti Roll Bars
Whiteline Drop links
BC Racing coilovers
Number plate relocate
Radiator cover - bronze
AVCS Cam Covers
STI Engine Loom
2.5 STI RCM Fully Forged EJ257 Block
Full six speed Non DCCD Coversion hubs, shafts, prop, etc
JDM one piece grill
Silicone Coolant hoses
Whiteline anti lift kit
Alloy lower arms
Roll centre adjustment kit 
STI Brembos incl discs and pads
Air feed from fog light
850cc injectors
Short Shifter
Fuel Filter Delete
Diff mounts - subaru direct
Hawkeye header tank
Hawkeye Sump - 2007
Pickup pipe
Slave Cylinder
Neutral switch
Reverse light switch
2.5 Valve Springs
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Nice one mate sounds like it will be a monster when your done nice one. There was one of the members on here selling brembos a couple of weeks back not sure if he got rid of them sure it was imprezaabuser 

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22 hours ago, ROSSCOSM said:

Nice one mate sounds like it will be a monster when your done nice one. There was one of the members on here selling brembos a couple of weeks back not sure if he got rid of them sure it was imprezaabuser 

Should be good fun alright - sticking with the Arashi turbo for now and going to rotate it and push it as far as it goes. Scott's been talking to turbo technics about it already so will do that for now. Then next year when it's all run in etc. I'll most likely slap a bigger one on there as the engine is built for it already so it'd be a shame not to!

Got the brembos on Sunday with disks and pads - what a difference they'll make. Got the short shifter, alloy radiator and fog light with an air feed in it as well so it's all coming together now. ICP order going in today as well 👌

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Love this colour blue - would use it on a project type R / P1 project given the chance

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well the build is well underway....will be on the boat home for Xmas next Friday all being well! 



Alloy arms and anti lift kit in place


Underside after  afresh steam clean - getting sprayed 95H now


Head fresh back from being skimmed and properly bored this time for the 14mm head studs


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A few more progress photos. It's dragging on a bit but near the home straight now. Should be finished in next fortnight all being well. The original plan for a week to do the works was way under cooked. Near three months it's been away now but all will be well - hopefully - in the end!



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