Yesterday I published a “What I’m Watching” post about a likeable young fella who goes by the name PneumaChris and his two Subaru project cars. Well, since he also has two up-to-date build threads about the same cars he vlogs about, I thought I might as well do a separate build thread post for them, too! As usual you’ll find the links to the full build threads at the bottom of the post.
Whilst doing one of my usual lurking sessions on Retro Rides, I stumbled upon a thread about a Subaru Brumby (Brat). I thought the car looked pretty cool, and then noticed the thread author dropping some links to his YouTube videos. Once I found my way around his channel, I really liked what I saw (or watched). Not only is there the aforementioned Brumby, but there’s also an SVX getting some love in the form of a custom fitted 180SX body kit. Chris’ on-screen persona is really easy to watch, being a likeable young brit who is just giving it a go and getting his hands dirty. I’m really enjoying following his exploits and hope you will too. You can find a few samples of his videos below, but please do make your way to his channel by clicking here.
It’s time for another memory test. Who remembers the rear-engine V6-swapped Geo Metro Lemons racer that was featured almost 5 years ago? Well, the same guys are back again with a new death trap, this time a Subaru 360 micro-car packing a Honda Fireblade bike engine (sadly no longer eligible due to new rules implemented mid-build). I present to you, the Firebug!
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Sure, you could buy yourself an STi Impreza, but where’s the fun in that? What about taking an all original, low-milage 1986 Subaru Leone, converted to AWD thanks to an XT6 (Vortex) donor, with an engine consisting of a built EJ22T bottom end and STi Version 8 Type RA heads? Yeah, I’d choose the Leone too. The initial build is done and dusted quite quickly, but the car continues to evolve throughout the thread. Unfortunately it meets a guard rail towards the end, but is thankfully repaired swiftly and with OEM parts back to better than new condition.
Thanks to Rodd and Tom for both submitting separately. Click here for more Subaru builds.
Let’s take it waaaay back to the start of 2011 (that’s over four and half years ago, wow!). That’s when, at the end of my Speedhunters guest post, I posted a teaser image of an upcoming build. That image was a GC Impreza with an SR20 sitting neatly between the strut towers. Rob is the owner of that car, and he and I have been in contact since well before then, waiting for the perfect moment to feature his car. Well, things change, like engine swap choices, and that same Impreza now finds itself with double the cylinders and 100% less turbochargers. It’s been a long road for Rob and his Subaru, but the time is finally here to share his build with the rest of the world.
While this build itself is very impressive and highly detailed, it’s the other automotive work that the owner partakes in that will really pique your interest. His car of choice is a 1991 Subaru Legacy RS, a love affair that started while serving an apprenticeship with Subaru, working on race and rally cars for Possum Bourne in New Zealand. This chassis started life as a Legacy Sport, but is now on it’s way to becoming an RS Type RA thanks to a ground-up rebuild and a selection of high-end additions. As for his other work? Well, let’s just say his duties include rebuilding Formula 1 cars, IndyCars, IMSA racers, and exotic road/race cars, so you know his personal car is going to be of a very high caliber. Make sure you head to the bottom of the post to see these bonus images.
Thanks to Robert for submitting. Click here for more Subaru builds.
Talk about thinking outside the square. If you bought yourself a dead-stock GC8 Subaru Impreza to attack Pikes Peak, what engine choice would you go for? A single turbo EJ20 as found in the WRX? Or maybe the twin turbo version from a JDM Legacy? Perhaps you’d be more inclined to go for the bigger capacity 2.5 EJ25 from the later model Impreza? Or, if you wanted to be really different, you could step up to the EZ30 or EZ36 flat 6 engines?
Well not Gregoire, he went for a flat four Subaru engine that I didn’t even know existed, it’s called an EE20 and it’s diesel powered! Rolling coal in what looks to most people like a 22B? Yeah, that’s very cool! Don’t forget to check out the build summary video at the bottom of the post.
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You might recall in July of last year I featured a tube framed Porsche 914 with a WRX engine transplant. While title of this post may have you thinking this is a similar build, they’re actually quite different. This particular car starts out as an already competent Auto-X car, with the owner, Britain, wanting to ditch his Porsche powerplant in favour of a turbo flat four from the Subaru stables. The build thread closely details the process of the engine conversion, followed by the tear-down and re-work of the suspension using Lotus geometry, with a lot of home-grown fabrication from Britain (the owner, not the country).
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It wasn’t that long ago that I featured another Porsche with a Subaru engine swap, but while the titles may seem similar at first glance, they are two completely different cars. Here we have a Porsche 914 with a Subuaru WRX engine swap, and while that might seem interesting enough on it’s own, this car is about much more than the motor that powers it. Dana, the very talented man behind the build, has had is paws on every part of the car, creating removable tube frame front and rear sections that can be quickly detached from the tub via a trick coupler system, enabling the car to be split into 3 pieces at will. Be sure to check it out in detail.