I've decided to go ahead and keep a journal of the progress I make on my new project. I've built 2 GR STi's and sold both. I (by way of the Ms. convincing me) decided that instead of building yet another, I'd build an FXT.
I found an 05 FXT 5 speed in black with 149,xxx in Chattanooga, and drove from Nashville to go pick it up on 2/15/14. I knew going into it that the only thing I was going to leave untouched regardless of the vehicle I purchased would be the windshield, so I wasn't exactly looking for a beauty queen so long as she was mechanically intact.
well I found what I was looking for. hail damage on the hood and roof. a good size dent in the drivers fender, the rear passenger door and the molding on the front passenger door will both need replaced even though they seal and function. UGLY BETTY. it also had never had the clutch replaced or the timing belt or pulleys serviced.
anyway, I've got big plans for her, and sure enough on the way back, the clutch completely died and let go just outside of Nashville. I got her towed back to my garage and disassembly began. upon further inspection, it wasn't only the clutch but the passenger side CV axle was toast as well, and the steering rack is on its way out. The engine purrs and the original owner (which is whom I bought it from) had all of the records......a lifetime of premium gas and synthetic oil....at least I got that.
rather than just replace the clutch and axle and get back going, I've decided to go ahead and do a full STI 6 speed/r180/5x114.3/brembo conversion. I'll also be swapping in an STi steering rack and steering column while I'm at it, and maybe some suspension goodies. on top of that, I will also be doing the timing belt, all new associated pulleys, water pump, new oil pump, and replacing the rear seals. (hopefully this will get me through the year without having to replace the engine)
will probably also be adding some 18x9.5 rota linea corse wheels to the mix as well due to the hub conversion and all
should all be purchased and installed over the next 6 weeks.....YAY for DIY
Other plans (later on in the year or early next year)
-fully built closed deck block
-ASF machine ported and built heads
- some process west goodness
- some Full-race goodness
- custom fuel system from tank to injectors and back
- iag performance v banded and rotated turbo kit with an HTA86.....on e85
- gutting the interior for sound deadening, and then having some custom upholstery and seating done
- 06 FSTI front end conversion
- replacing panels that need to be replaced and repainting in OEM Java Black Pearl......making ugly betty, ugly no more