I recently traded a friend of mine for this car... a 2002 WRX Wagon with 144k on the odo. i traded a perfectly running, rockin and rollin 2002 Ford Explorer sport.
I've loved this car since he bought it and brought it home in 2003 and i love a good restoration project, so i'm pretty excited about this deal. I've started this thread to document the progress, as well as bounce ideas off you guys, with the hope that i can have a decent DD that will be far more fun than the exploder.
the car had been sitting in his garage for around 3 months when i approached him with the offer. once he decided to go for it, i sprang into action. removed the battery and had it checked. it was, of course, DOA... so i got lucky and exchanged the battery for a used one the guy had laying around. (i just want to hear it start and make sure i'm not trading for a paper weight at this point.)
installed the 'new' battery and some new cables and she cranked right up on the first turn of the key!
there was some ticking from under the hood, not sure if it was injectors or not - buddy says it has always done that... didn't seem to vary with increased idle either, so i'm not too worried about it.
there is some smoke and smells of burning something coming from under the turbo, not sure if the turbo is leaking oil of the half shaft's melted boot is slinging grease all over the downpipe.
suspension is FUBAR, will need new half shafts and suspension all the way around.
first goal is to get this thing road worthy, as my business is about to hit busy season again and i'm gonna be driving all over the state in a couple of months. this is my rough plan so far:
2. locate and repair burning whatnot
3. brake job (might upgrade to larger, x drilled or slotted rotors)
5. drive and enjoy
6. appearance repairs
7. additional go fast mods will come later
some pics of how it sat when i picked her up: