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    I'll try to keep this shortish.

    So its an 84 ADM Ae86 with a zenki front end, currently with a barely running 4ac.
    I Bought the car as a parts car for what is now gonna be my track hack around 2 years ago,
    Unfortunately my finances went to shit not long after and it's been sitting since.

    It was pretty much grandpa spec when i bought it with a relatively decent interior except for the seats
    unfortunately the kid i bought it off had hit the paint with what looks like 80 grit sandpaper and then covered it in a thick layer of pressure pack putty primer.
    It has some driver side quarter damage and has had a small knock in the front from before the front panel conversion.. neither of which are major.
    The car from what i can see is rust free except for some surface rust on the tail gate and in the spare wheel well.
    So here's some pics of when i first got it:


    And how it's sitting now:


    My plans:
    I intend to have this roadworthy and registered by mid Jan early Feb next year so that i can give my current daily (2008 impreza rs hatch) to my missus for running around with my son etc.

    So far i have the following parts to go in:
    Front to back jdm trueno wiring
    Red-top big-port 4age out of my old ae82
    spigot bearing
    jdm rwd manifold
    80's? leather steering wheel (was in my '82 and I loved it)
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    Small update..
    Booked it in to get painted, dropping it off on the 6th Dec. Deposit paid.
    Cleared all the spare parts out of it.
    Re hit the surface rust in the spare wheel well with a grinder and sprayed the area with repco rust killer/ primer.
    Drained around 5 litres of water out of the rear drivers quarter.
    Found some rust under the rear bumper, will be pulling it off today to inspect the extent and repair it if I have time.

    Enquired on availability of a heap of parts so should be more updates shortly

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    hey tyrone looks like a good project, there is a rwd water setup going for $150 on rollaclub at the moment.
    re: suspension, get the shockworks kit. its great quality and not much else compares in quality or price. i'll take you for a drive in my car if you want to know what it feels like before buying some
    also thats a zenki trueno front end.
    i've seen vu's work and it looks good, looking forward to seeing this after paint

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    Cheers for the heads up on the front end.
    Waiting for a reply for a heap of parts from jdm imports so will wait and see what he quotes before putting my name down for that one. Cheers for link though

    I can't wait to be driving this around. Hard to not just max out the card and get it done sooner lol :p

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    Quote Originally Posted by burcoty View Post
    Cheers for the heads up on the front end.
    Waiting for a reply for a heap of parts from jdm imports so will wait and see what he quotes before putting my name down for that one. Cheers for link though

    I can't wait to be driving this around. Hard to not just max out the card and get it done sooner lol :p
    craig is good to get stuff off, and if anything doesnt work i'm sure he'll swap it over so sometimes spending a bit more will save you in the long run

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    Today's progress report:
    Finished clearing out spare parts.
    Went through the interior with a wire brush and a vac to clean the majority of the built up grime. Found this on drivers side..

    Cleaned and sealed with rust converter primer

    Further investigated the rust in the rear driver side boot floor.

    Pic from underneath

    Going to clean it up, cut out the worst of it and weld a plate in.

    And I found out what I'll be doing tomorrow..

    Looks like brake fluid has run down the inside of the firewall and eaten all the paint. Gonna have to pull the rest of the dash support etc out and see what the extent of the damage is.

    That's all for now.
    More updates shortly.

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    Update:
    Due to weather and work I haven't been able to touch the car since last update.
    But! That's not to say I that haven't been a busy boy.. :p

    Yesterday morning I went and met Chris at shockworks and all I can say is Wow! Those fellas really know their Shit. I got a full run down on how everything worked and was shown comparisons between their shocks and other leading brands. End of story I was very impressed, the Silvia Chris took me out in handles amazing and I can't wait to have a set of these keeping me on the tarmac.

    I've also ordered the following pending final shipped price from Craig @ just jdm imports:
    Disc T-series lsd with h/brake cables and tailshaft.
    JDM T-50 gearbox
    Decent clutch to suit.
    16V rwd engine brackets
    16V rwd water pump setup
    Ae86 power steering setup inc sub-frame, steering column, pump, lines etc.

    Pending weather I'll hopefully have some more updates in the coming days
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    Could I assume from your thread title you having it painted tha way aswell? Black up top and white down below?
    Nice updates BTW, keep it up, you know there is a $500 prize up for grabs right?

    Should have saved you money with The power steering, it's a light car.
    Put it towards coilovers or something else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sundee View Post
    Could I assume from your thread title you having it painted that way aswell? Black up top and white down below?
    Nice updates BTW, keep it up, you know there is a $500 prize up for grabs right?

    Should have saved you money with The power steering, it's a light car.
    Put it towards coilovers or something else.
    Yep that's the plan. Haven't seen it done before and don't think it will look to bad at all ^-^
    As far as the power steering goes I had power steering in my ae82 and for daily driving I loved it.
    Also my track '86 won't have it so I'll have the best of both worlds

    As for the prize, I think it would be better given to someone with a little less cash flow as they'd be more deserving and appreciate it more.

    Tyrone.
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