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A little about me:
Hello,
My name is Justin, just turned 30 in January. I recently bought a wrecked 2008 STI and I'm going to rebuild it in my driveway and record as much of the process as I can. I've always wanted a Subaru ever since I played the game Gran Turismo 3 lol (18 years ago!). Sliding out of control while racing just blew my mind and the World Rally Blue! Then I heard the Subie rumble and it was hooked. My dream car was the 04-05 Blob Eye and I actually hated the new look of the 2008+ WRX/STIs. As I got older it grew on me and I started liking them and started saving up. I've never rebuilt a wrecked car before, but I've built a Long Travel Tacoma by myself or sometimes with help from friends in our driveways.​

About the car:
It's pretty much all stock, runs and drives. I found a cob turbo heat shield and it has a Perrin downpipe with a full spt exhaust from the "cat" back. The Damage is Driver fender, hood, bent hood hinges, bumper, core support, crash bar, driver frame horn from about the timing belt forward, driver control arm, headlights, some crash sensors, radiator, a/c condenser bent holds pressure(freon to the face), driver timing cover is broken(pulleys/belts are good), air bags, locked front seat belts, a hand full of random stuff and a couple dents.​

The Plan:
Rebuild it back to pass DMV then lift it a tiny bit, put some beefy tires on it to hit some fire trails and also daily drive it. I've been working on it on my days off about 4 days including buying tools and spending half a day driving to buy a front clip. It's pretty close to being done now. The only parts I need is Driver lower control arm(ordered), Hood hinges(ordered), front seat belts, airbag control module and a battery. The frame/core support is all tack welded, body panels, headlights are loosely on.​


 

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Do you mind sharing how you found the wrecked subaru and how you're locating replacement parts?
Also, what resources are you finding helpful as you go along like manuals etc?
Thanks for making this thread, excited to see more of the process!
 

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I've been looking at copart, but I ended up finding a dealer that buys from salvage auctions like copart and buying it from them so I don't have to find a broker or get it towed from out of state.
As far is finding replacement parts I knew I need a front clip basically, so craiglist, facebook market, ebay, amazon. I ended up finding http://www.jdmcalifornia.com/ that had an entire front clip with the parts I needed.
I've just been watching people rebuild cars and thought I'd give it a shot. I've build a long travel Tacoma myself and learned a lot from doing that.
 

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Very cool man. Are you referring to a manual as you go along for diagrams/disassembly/reassembly info? Did you have a budget in mind when you started the project?
Not really. I've been labeling everything and bagging up bolts, clips, brackets, ect.
No budget really. A body shop quoted me $4,000 based off exterior pictures I showed them.
 

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That's dope! Nice vid! How far are in you in the restoration. Unfortunately I wrecked my 17 wrx about 3 weeks ago and decided to keep it with a firm resolve to pay for repairs since frigging progressive gonna total it. I'm halfway through the loan and not looking to finance a vehicle for a long time until my credit is back from the grave lol. Wishing you all the best.



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That's dope! Nice vid! How far are in you in the restoration. Unfortunately I wrecked my 17 wrx about 3 weeks ago and decided to keep it with a firm resolve to pay for repairs since frigging progressive gonna total it. I'm halfway through the loan and not looking to finance a vehicle for a long time until my credit is back from the grave lol. Wishing you all the best.



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Right now I've replaced or fixed all the broken stuff. Just waiting on air bag control module & seat belts to get here (service is already done waiting on fedex lol), paint it, new battery, then reassemble everything. I'm currently doing some body work on the panels and getting them ready for paint on my days off. I have everything needed to paint and clear, but I'm going to build a temporary paint booth.

I painted the basically the same parts on my truck (fenders, hood, grill) and there was some grass/bugs/dust that landed in it since I painted it in the driveway and back yard. It doesn't really annoy me it was my 1st time painting and I knew I was going to mess up. I'm actually really happy on how it came out. Bedsides aren't painted yet.*

I only painted the hood in this video since it was black primered then later painted fenders and grill. It was way more windy then I would of liked... Also was painted at my grandparents house and my grandpa was mowing the lawn. *Face palm*

Thank you!
 
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