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Lupin's build.

Postby Lupin » Sat Oct 04, 2008 8:13 am

Well after a few years of ownership, I decided its time to fix up a few issues with my car.

Firstly where it all began. Stock as a rock :wub:

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Exhaust change (its had 7 different systems on it) :o
Nick named the child swallower.
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De-badge the boot
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Fist change was to get the windows tinted. Ive never had a car without them so this had to be done quick smart.
It also got a set of STI fog light covers about the same time, these are a on and off again thing depending on how I feel.

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added a set of painted side skirts were added, along with a ride height adjustment (no 1), and STI tail lights

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A wheel change and the V6 front lip
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Another wheel change and custom plates. (and another exhaust on the car)
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And that's where it stayed for almost 12 months. Then I had that nice feeling you get when you find this
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I guess some drivers just have no skill. :cry:

So I decided it was time.

Getting the father in law to help
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Yes I have air horns. :D
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And the Remus is here to stay :thumbs:
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And yes I hate those tail light he has on his car :x

And that's where its sitting right now as of last night. I'm picking up all the bits I've had painted today, and will begin to re-assemble the thing and give it a good detail.
After that there are a few changes that I'll make but more on that when I get around to it.
I'll update this thread fairly soon with some completed pics
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Re: Before, During and After - Lots of pics

Postby Lupin » Sat Oct 04, 2008 9:58 am

All my bits that were painted.
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And one too skip a few and its back together.
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Still got a few more changes planned popcorn
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Re: Before, During and After - Lots of pics

Postby DanWRX » Sat Oct 04, 2008 11:27 am

good post

It's always good to see the transformation from stock to whatever you desire. Painting the side skirts and the V6 lip, really set it off :thumbs:

Might put a similar timeline together some day :)

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Re: Before, During and After - Lots of pics

Postby Age » Sun Oct 05, 2008 2:19 pm

Nice Paul. Great idea with the time line thing....i was i did it.
Have you thought about making the current rims less gold, maybe charcoal?? :innocent:

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Postby Lupin » Sun Oct 05, 2008 5:46 pm

Don't worry Age its all part of the plan :cool: :whistle:
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Re: Before, During and After - Lots of pics

Postby deafwish » Sun Oct 05, 2008 5:56 pm

Any non cosmetic plans, in the pipeline? :thumbs: :twisted:
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Re: Before, During and After - Lots of pics

Postby Lupin » Mon Oct 06, 2008 7:49 am

Doesn't matter how much power it has why it sits still for 51 weeks of the year.
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Re: Before, During and After - Lots of pics

Postby FLYREX » Mon Oct 06, 2008 12:31 pm

Lookin good Paul, very clean :cool:
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Re: Before, During and After - Lots of pics

Postby funwin » Tue Oct 07, 2008 1:55 am

very nice!

Those rims really do look great! same with the sti tail lights. was a good picture book
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Re: Before, During and After - Lots of pics

Postby GhostDriver » Tue Oct 07, 2008 10:57 pm

Nice thread Lupin, thanks for sharing.
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Re: Before, During and After - Lots of pics

Postby wrx4eat » Fri Oct 10, 2008 2:52 pm

it's a pleasure to see a car transforming the right way - looks great & no rice bits :)

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Re: Before, During and After - Lots of pics

Postby kasdave » Thu Nov 13, 2008 8:43 pm

Looking good Paul.
Who did the paint work...
Where are those last photos taken...Point Henry?
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Re: Before, During and After - Lots of pics

Postby Lupin » Thu Nov 13, 2008 8:49 pm

work was done by a mate of a mate. He's ex nardi
Yea all taken at point henry. You can't park on the beach any more though
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Re: Before, During and After - Lots of pics

Postby Matt285 » Tue Dec 16, 2008 6:19 pm

Mad sheet Lupin, whiter than white :thumbs:

p.s. The stock rims looked better i reckon.....
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Re: Before, During and After - Lots of pics

Postby Lupin » Sat Nov 10, 2012 7:07 am

Catch up time

The car has been a weekender for the past 4 years and up until 12 months ago it lived out side.
Because of this I spent a fair bit of time detailing the car once it was inside.
As you can see it was fairly dirty.


Engine bay will need some work.

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Interior isnt too bad.
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And the spiders will have to find a new home.
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In the end it got a good clean

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The audio was completely redone. Basically this is what has ended up in the car.
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Because I have previously worked in the car audio industry some things were too cheap to pass up.
Now again I'm back to that whole takes ages thing because 3 months after starting this is where it sits now.

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I also run a mini DSP for sound processing duties. This once setup transformed the whole system.
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Yep thats right.....unfinished.
I'm also looking at head units at the moment so that will be replaced soon. Most likely with a double din something.

Mechanically I've decided it time to tidy everything under the bonnet. Currently the intake manifold is off for painting and I have a whole heap of silicone coolant and intake pipes to go in. I have a full set of stainless bolts and nuts to make it shine, and then everything else will get a tidy up.

So currently its in this state.
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So I'll keep things updated as I do them.

And just for good measure here is a couple of photos from just over a week ago. (still looks good for a 13 year old car if you ask me)

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Recently added a nice sticker.
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I have a nice collection of engine bits ready to go in now. So I will start on some of that work then move onto some other areas that need attention.

Been "hard" at work, or maybe it was hardly working?

Anyway, have the manifold off now, so the fun can begin.

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If your thinking that took a long time your right, I haven't touched the car for weeks, and to top it off I've been suffering gout for two weeks.

Now the fun can begin.

Managed to find a bargain intercooler and AVO blow off valve. Picking up tomorrow, so that will mean I can really start to get things back together. Manifold is stripped and ready to paint, but the weather here has been terrible. Also added a nice sticker.

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Managed to get a bit of stuff done today. Finished stripping the manifold and gave it a paint.

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Also found I damaged the crank angle sensor plug so I'll have to match it to one I will have at work.

Now for some of the goodies going in.

Turbosmart fuel reg.
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Grim speed spacers (3mm)
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Beatrush cooling plate.
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Also picked up a water-spray switch as I have been using a fog light switch.
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So now once the paint drys I can start to put things back together.
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Re: Before, During and After - Lots of pics

Postby Lupin » Sat Nov 10, 2012 7:08 am

Went to work on the belt cover this morning.

Here you can see where it had to be trimmed on the left.

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And needed to trim this boss of the back, where it bolts down.

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Just need to make a small bracket to pick up the mounting point now, but it fits quite nicely.

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Also made a bracket to mount the fuel reg, will get a pic of that once its all in.

Back together

Couple of extra photos.

Back sleeping where it belongs.

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Took of the intake duct and blocked off the hole. Wasn't connected anyway.

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Re: Before, During and After - Lots of pics

Postby Lupin » Sat Nov 10, 2012 7:11 am

Few extra photos because I like taking photos.

Momo knob that was fitted ages ago. Boot is from a BA GT.

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Got some random ebay cap because it matched the colour theme

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Bit better photo showing the hex bolts and the hose ends. Waiting on a few more hose ends.

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Head unit change

Got it fitted and powered up. Still have to sort out the ipod cable.

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As you can see it just clears the heater controls.

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I'll run it like this till I find somewhere that has the top pod for a reasonable price. Best I have found so far is $110 including shipping.

Completed my battery tidy up.

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Also it seems one part of my diffuser kit has cleared customs and the other has not. GRRRRR
Diffuser kit has arrived. Have also put my back out so no getting under the car just yet. So heres a box shot.

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Re: Before, During and After - Lots of pics

Postby Lupin » Sat Nov 10, 2012 7:17 am

Got the rear sub frame brace and diffuser fitted today.

Pro tip for anyone attempting it, buy a set of ratchet spanners. I don't have a set and could have done it in half the time if I did. The bolt on the drivers side is blocked by the fuel filler. Was about 1/8 of a turn each go with the spanner.

Also used stainless allen key bots instead of the stock ones.

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Will get some better shots once its had a wash next week.

So that's where it's at now. I removed a few boring posts along the way. Have more planned but have a couple of other projects on the go that need to be finished first.
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Postby Lupin » Thu Dec 27, 2012 6:32 pm

Thinking of changing the vents to the 22b ones. Might paint them and see how they look

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Re: Lupin's build.

Postby rutherfordp » Thu Dec 27, 2012 10:33 pm

As a former GC8 owner your have done a beautiful restoration. Kept the integrity of the model but made it more appealing, well done. Keep the pics coming
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