Talk about thinking outside the square. If you bought yourself a dead-stock GC8 SubaruImpreza 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.
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).
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.
Following-on from the last build, here’s another Subaru powered build for your reading pleasure. The only difference is this time the turbocharged flat-4 isn’t sitting in the front of another Impreza, it’s in the back of a PorscheBoxster. This Boxster was bought with a blown motor, so the swap was intended from the get-go. The car is being built to be competitive on the circuit, while at the same time testing the reliability of the engine conversion for future public release.
Thanks to Ben for submitting. Wanna see more Porsche builds? Click here.
Who’s up for some hot ‘n’ heavy fabrication action? Geoff emailed me a link to a Subaru Impreza being transformed into an off-road racer capable of completing the Baja 1000. The build isn’t even finished yet but it still commands a feature simply for the quantity of work being applied to it. The amount of raw metal being manipulated reminds me of another fabricators dream that I featured in the past, Desert Racer Fabrication.
If welding and fabrication is your thing, hit up the Fabrication tag for more features that are sure to be up your tig’d and bead-rolled alley.
If you’re anything like me (which, if you’re reading this, you probably are), then you love watching car videos online. The only annoying thing is trying to find them, because let’s face it, navigating YouTube can get tiring after a while, there’s only so many times I can handle watching videos that are NOTHING like what the thumbnail and description makes them out to be. That’s where Autos in HD comes into the picture. Much like Build-Threads gathers up all your favourite builds from around the ‘net and posts them in one convenient place, Autos in HD does the same thing with videos. Here’s two to get you started, focusing on builds of course…click to view.
A few people have emailed me this build including Leon & also Logan from i put in WORK. I originally wasn’t going to post it because it’s pretty much all over the ‘net already, but then I realised that this is Build Threads and it needs to be here if at least for the sake archiving purposes! So here it is, the car you’ve probably already seen, an EG Civic body sitting on top of a WRX. It’s not pretty, but it does the job.
This is not the first time I’ve featured two cars spliced together, so if you’re a fan of this kind of swap you might also like the following hybrid grafts;
Matt Lindsey aka Cereal has been one of (if not the) best submitters on Build Threads. If it wasn’t for the people who email me the builds they find, this site wouldn’t be what it is today, and Matt constantly comes up with the goods. When I heard that he had to put his ’05 Subaru WRX on the market due to recent unemployment, I felt compelled to help spread the word. So if anyone out in the U S of A is looking for a rexy (STi clone) then follow the link or click the pic for more information. http://houston-imports.com/forums/showthread.php?t=571261
A number of people have been submitting build threads recently which is always encouraged. I’ve got a few features in the works for you guys, plus some builds that I’m holding off from posting until they progress a bit further. Thanks to Joshua for submitting this one, an in-depth build of a GC8 WRX race car by Team RD.
After the global success of Ken Blocks first gymkhana video that engulfed every website/blog/email in the world, everyone will be happy to know that Mr Block, DC Shoes, and Subaru are planning a sequel. This time it’s being much more publisised in the lead-up to the event, and to our delight a video showcasing the build of the new car has surfaced, perfect for us build thread addicts!