I returned home and made some dinner for my fiance once she got back from work. We decided to go stargazing and took her Outback sedan away from the city to escape the light pollution. With the camera in tow, we took some long-exposure photos of the skies above. While we did stage this photo, it kind of captured a bit of a unique moment. Although it passed too high for the camera to catch, we both managed to see a shooting star as we stood up on the ridge waiting for the shutter on my camera to close. T'was a nice evening!
Monday, September 30, 2013
nice lady in the Forester gave me a wave upon discovering we were both enjoying the same view. I thought the sunset was over, but as I continued to run around on some gravel roads, I couldn't help but notice Mother Nature had one last hurrah for the view.
Sunday, September 29, 2013
I happened to be in the project car, which made it that much more interesting. The RS was made for this kind of stuff, although the lack of any sort of good suspension made things a little interesting. I suppose it'll make me appreciate the new suspension going on later this week even more.
I took a few photos of the landscape so, in a couple years, I can come back and see what it turned out to be. Maybe, by then, this project car will be different too.
Friday, September 27, 2013
Enthusiasts have been waiting to sink their teeth into news about the new MY2015 Subaru WRX for awhile. The spy photos have been debated left, right, and sideways and speculation has been all over the place with few clear details to base them off of. No more 5-Door, new engine, new body. Today, Subaru of America listed the following information.
Sold orders for Subaru Dealerships for the 2014 WRX and 2014 STI will close at the end of the day on Monday 9/30. Sold orders for the all-new 2015 WRX and 2015 STI are scheduled to re-open during the 1st quarter of 2014.
The second piece of news this gives us is, obviously, an idea of when the new WRX will be coming. It's unlikely that Subaru would not start ordering for the MY2015 WRX without customers knowing about it's details, so info on that car should be coming soon.
RG has a red one that I adore, but the other day I discovered that one of their helping hands has a white one. Then the other night I met someone in the NSOC with a silver STi-swapped coupe, too!
So while this car is still a tough find, they have a tendency to find ME now! At least in recent days, that is! Still seems like "RS" stands for "rare sight" more than "rally sport".
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
This is where the community surrounding this vehicle comes in handy. Like every other need this car has, there's an answer somewhere in the vast sea of knowledge waiting to be tapped into. Mix in a Wire Wheel, some Safety Goggles, POR15 sealant, and a dry place to work while it rains, and you've got a solid solution to continue saving this RS. Most of the rust was only a little ways in, but there were some portions, likely where it had started, that were pitted a bit from the rust eating its way through. After the meticulous grinding to the windshield frame and the coat of POR 15 to starve any existing rust of the oxygen it needs, it was ready for a new piece of glass.
The windshield went in without a problem. The upper trim piece was replaced as well, to further help protect the work that went into this and finish it off nicely. With the new windshield in, the RS is driveable again! In the short week-and-a-half this car has changed hands, the progress has been steady and positive as the major issues are tackled one by one.
Suspension is still toast on the RS Coupe, not to mention the front drivers seat is in about the same condition, so those are likely the next two pieces to be addressed with this project. Body-wise, it still looks a lot like the same car from when it started out, but the changes made to the car are noticeable behind the wheel. Hopefully everyone who's pitched in so far gets a chance to appreciate their contributions to this car, which has really become quite the group effort. The motor and transmission may be fine, but it's the folks who work on this car that drive the project forward!
Friday, September 13, 2013
In the first week of work on the 2.5 RS, major issues have been addressed that have made the Impreza much safer and more solid to drive. It started with cleaning, the clutch slave, and general assessment of the priority fixes that needed to be made. After scheduling an inspection with Russ' Garage, ordering some must-have parts, and getting advice and help from others in the NSOC, this car has come quite a long way in a short period of time.
- Replaced Clutch Slave
- Vaccummed, Washed, & Cleaned Interior
- Removed Audio Cables
- Adjusted Fuel Filter (was in backwards!)
- Balanced & Mounted Alloy Wheels with 205/55R16s
- Installed Kartboy Short Throw Shifter
- Installed Duracon Shift Knob
- Repaired Front Seat Upholstery
- Repaired Drivers-side Fog Light
- Replaced Rear Wheel Bearings
For only having the car for a week, I'd say that isn't half bad. There's a long road ahead of this car, but I've really been impressed with all the support, advice, parts, and install help that have surrounded this project so quickly. The list of "Thank Yous" is already about the same length as the list of stuff we've managed to do!
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Now then, this fall is when I promised myself I'd be doing a gravel cruise of sorts. I suppose I should start making that idea a reality! Funny how each cruise always ends with me thinking of what to do next? It's just a testament to how much fun I have hanging out with these folks and how much we love driving these cars.
Monday, September 9, 2013
We've already started digging in to this car. A thorough cleaning on the interior and a new clutch slave were taken care of over the weekend with the help of 3 of my good friends / fellow owners. The previous owner must've had a killer sound system in here, as we removed a good 20 pounds of audio cable hidden under door sills and underneath seats. A plug in the firewall will need to be installed to fill in where the main power was running off the battery for this sound system. We also removed one of the front steel wheels to inspect the suspension to confirm what we already knew: struts are toast on this car. Speaking of steel wheels, the front two wheels are steel with winter tires mounted on them. The back two are mismatched all-season tires with the factory alloy wheels on there. The other two alloy wheels were in the back, which I removed when cleaning the trunk.
Aki's GC4, which will lend a hand with this project. Plans to pull parts from his Impreza L are already underway.
I'm learning a ton from folks who are helping with this project. What it'll end up as is still quite the question mark, but there's no doubt in my mind that this RS will be making anyone who's behind the wheel smile. I'm glad to be a part of it!
Friday, September 6, 2013
BC7 Legacy that is also purpose-built for motorsports. He also has some excellent parts he can salvage from the GC4 that should find good homes and continue the great career this car had before.