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#26 1982gl4

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Posted 09 October 2011 - 07:59 PM

Thanks! I can't wait to see finished pics as well, That means that I will have completed it haha. I have this week off so I will be working on this my legacy and my Brat for the majority of it!

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Posted 10 October 2011 - 11:37 AM

Sweet Bumpers! We used to use a hole saw in a drill to get the notches. Hole saw same diameter as the OD of the tubing. Just leave the piece you want a couple of inches long. With a little practice you will get the angles just right.

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Posted 10 October 2011 - 11:52 AM

Amazing Work! ... Your Subie is going to be Awesome!

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Posted 14 October 2011 - 04:28 PM

I should have used a hole saw... I'll know next time! And thanks for the compliments Loyale 2.7 Turbo!

Got two wheels today I'm looking for two more if anyone has them pm me I'm more than interested.
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Other progress has been slow the body work always takes the most time.
basicly I took the doors off and started fixing the rusted one, and prepping the rest. They all had rock guard on the bottom, which I guess is okay, I'm not a fan of the look, but it needed to come off for paint, so after some sanding those are all good. I've moved onto bondo now....

The rustiest door.
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A bad pic but it's cut out and new metal welded in. The rest of the doors have some rust, but I sand blasted it, and I'm going to por15 over it. It's not bad enough I feel I have to cut the bottom of them off like this one
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Bedlined the front bumper came out nice. The rear will be done soon, I just have to drill some holes in it to mount a trim piece I found that will match up to the tailgate nicely.
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And I also sandblasted some of the rust spots around the rear windows, this created an issue because the metal was too thin. I then had to weld it all back together. Here are the pics after the holes were fixed.

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Posted 15 October 2011 - 01:13 PM

I always think that the metal work takes the longest, and then I get into bondo, and prepping for paint.... A lot of time to be spent here. Luckily this car is pretty strait, only a few dents here and there to fill, smoothing up the rockers where they connect to the car, other than that it's just disassembly, and sanding. after that it gets covered in primer, that could be as soon as the weekend after next. after that a light sanding, and the real deal paint.

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Mounted the trim on the bumper today looks nice. I took it back off to paint it
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The door that needs the most work.
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Posted 15 October 2011 - 04:46 PM

Keep up the awesome work!!

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Posted 11 November 2011 - 04:48 PM

Recaro test fit!!!! They give more head and leg room, and there's a bit more rear leg room as well. They are a little beat up, the bottom sections need recovering, and the bolsters on the passenger's seat are worn, but I think I'm going to have them recovered. It doesn't look like they will be all that hard to make mounts for, the two front ones line up already! Also a pic of my newest set of wheels, which appear to be painted the original cosmic blue of this car.


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Posted 11 November 2011 - 07:23 PM

I'm liking this car. May have to post a build on my fwd wagon.

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Posted 11 November 2011 - 07:40 PM

Thanks i have too many right now I need to get this one done! Is yours on stanceworks? I just looked up a thread on here of yours, and it looks like the one on that site. There's a lifted tercel in that thread if I recall as well.

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Posted 12 November 2011 - 02:28 PM

Trying to picture fender mirrors on the 86 xt....
I love them but I am but sure it would suit the retro-futuristic xt.
This Wagon will be awesome, and I'm not really a wagon lover!

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Posted 12 November 2011 - 10:46 PM

Thanks I hope it will look good when it is all done, I'm hoping to get the paint done over my thanksgiving break from school, I'm still undecided on a color... There's not really much left to do, bondo, sanding, and disassembling the doors the rest of the way and that's about it.

It's hard to picture wing mirrors on a xt, but I think they could have them if it was done right, and look good too!

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Posted 18 November 2011 - 04:13 PM

Spent about 4 hours sanding and working one the rocker panels today. a little more bondo and we will be good to go. I'm afraid I may have to sand the hood down to bare metal, other wise the paint is going to come out uneven because the clear is all pealing along with the roof. I also have been working on rear mounts for the recaros, but the bandsaw switch broke off so I gave up on that. I also found out my door sill covers are going to work with the new seats. I was a little worried that the trays attached to them were going to get in the way of the seats. And I put the doors back on so the body work will be a bit easier.

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Doors back on
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And it with my brat which I hope to work on this weekend. I need to get it running :brow:
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Posted 21 November 2011 - 04:11 PM

Spent all day sanding the hood down, but it's done now. I primed it to keep it from rusting, but it will get another layer of primer when the rest of the car gets primed. Then paint. It's getting there ;)

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 04:29 PM

It Looks So Good!

The Finish Colour will be Black or the same Blue as the Rest of the Car?


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Posted 21 November 2011 - 07:29 PM

I'm not 100% sure on the color yet. I was thinking of painting the whole car white, silver, or maybe the original color. That's the one thing I haven't decided with it yet the color....

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 10:37 PM

Looks like it is going to be white :) I think I'll go with a factory Subaru color, the same as my 92 legacy (pure white) I ordered a new sander today so I can finish sanding it. My other one started spitting out oil (bearings were shot after 6 cars :-p ) So I decided that was not good for painting purposes. I also have more sand paper on the way. I need to sand down the roof to bare metal this weekend as the paints doing the same thing as the hood. I have three weeks off after next week. I hoping to get this painted and back together in that time. After that's all done, it goes lower

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 05:50 PM

Spent a long time on this today. Got the roof sanding down completely. I have never seen so much paint dust in my life. I also primed it.

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 06:02 PM

Pretty work! Looking good. I really like how you integrated the new bumpers with the origional bumper ends.

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 08:21 PM

Thank you! I'm really pleased with they way my bumpers came out! I'll be getting paint for it later this week. I'm excited to get it back together.

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 07:15 PM

Spent the other day cleaning the garage, I still have a bunch left to do . Sanded the car a little. But found a great product to fix my cracked dash! It's the same stuff used on WRC dashes. Here's a thread I found on how to install it.
http://zilvia.net/f/...suede-look.html

I'm not sure how bondo will hold up to a dash. I may try to find something else to seal up the cracks like foam or something.

And here's the site for the Flocking.

http://www.donjer.com/

I also ordered a new windshield, and window seal for it today.

Spent the last few hours taking the windshield and Dash out today. I'm glad I did. It's a mess behind the dash and needs to be cleaned badly. I also found some more rust around the windshield that needs to be fixed. Anyway here are some pics of the process.

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This is the 7th snake skin I have found in this car so far :spin:
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Dash out
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Tonight I will be ordering the flocking. I can't wait to fix this. The dash drove me crazy in this with that huge crack.

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 09:49 PM

Wow, this is amazing. I wish I could do all this with my wagon!

Awesome job!

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 08:03 PM

Thank you, it has been rather time consuming :rolleyes: Tonight the flocking has been ordered. I'm interested to see what I can do with a cracked dash. Anything will be an improvement over what's there now. I'm also did some body work today. I plan on doing a lot tomorrow. I hope to have this painted in the next few weeks :headbang:

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Posted 17 December 2011 - 12:47 AM

very interested in how the dash comes out.
I have a rough one too.

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 05:46 PM

Worked on this a lot today. Mostly fixing a rear quarter I messed up while doing the metal work.

I accidentally made it like this...
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and it was driving my crazy so I cut it and welded a new lip on it and made it look like this.
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I then removed the front valence and started removing the huge dent, and some rust.
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Headliner was taken out. I'm going to recover that because it's really dirty, and the color has faded quite a bit. I think I may redo it in plaid, depends what I can find for fabric I guess.
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Posted 20 December 2011 - 07:03 PM

Good thread and information, pics.

Snake skins, eewww..




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