It's a Subaru

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It's a Subaru

Postby donandal » Wed Mar 09, 2011 11:54 am

I am posting this build thread for anyone interested in seeing a different kind of Subaru
I started this car about five years ago, and have been driving it for a couple of years.
I wanted to build a car that had an old style roadster look and feel with modern drivetrain and
modern accessories. It has a Subaru 2.5 boxer engine,five speed manual, and all wheel drive.
It has cruise control, antiskid ( deselectable ),air conditioning/heat, tilt steering etc. It is emissions
eguipped and street legal. It is registered in New York state and has about 1500 miles since completion.
The chassis is steel tubing and the body is made from .060" thick aluminum. I " designed " and built
the car from scratch, using the engine, drivetrain, suspension and steering from a Subaru legacy. The
design was mostly trying to make a strong and safe chassis, and then covering it with an attractive
body. Most of the body was mocked up first in thin cardboard, then hand formed using a hammer and
bean bag, and then an english wheel. I hope you like it
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I'll post pics and descriptions below
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the shop... sort of a necessity in western New York in the winter
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the chassis... not a lot of interesting pics prior to this
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the radiator is in back... no room up front..coolant runs under floor in stainless tubing
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some early ideas in cardboard
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more cardboard... the car has coilovers on all 4 corners
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making a cardboard mess....the seats are subaru
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the first piece of the body...hammered over a wooden buck
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the hood taking shape.... no plans.. just build it as I go
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some of the body as well
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me with a future front inner fender... trying to match the lines of the doors
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my wife with a future rear upper quarter panel
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I smoothed with the english wheel... it became the triangle portion in this picture
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a shot of the body coming together
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the rear deck lid is perforated aluminum in the center section for ventilation
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what I hope the fenders and quarter panel will look like
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the front is coming along nicely.... need to cover those strut towers
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making a rear fender...
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fitting it to the car
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trimmed and fit... not bad!
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making the windshield... it is made from .060 aluminum also, and has a solid bar running
up inside both sides for strength
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filling in the corners for looks
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just needs a little style in the center of the hood, and some safety glass
the mirror will go on the side of the windshield, it's from a motorcycle
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the front fender.. the small turn signal is from a motorcycle too..I managed to
hide those ugly strut towers under the headlite buckets
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the dash is made from aluminum as well, but will be padded and upholstered
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the roll bars were made from prebent thick wall stainless tubing, and welded together
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I think it needs a scoop
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this shape looks good
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I added a rounded edge
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and added a flange so I could rivet it to the hood.. welding would really bow it
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riveting
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the hood tilts forward
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I made this from stainless and polished it
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it will go in here... I made one to go in the front grill also
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I want a top for bad weather
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so I started this tube frame
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It should look something like this
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this is as far as I got before my son got me going on his 240SX project
that is the 350Z donor car in the background..I should be back on this project this summer
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I'm interested in ideas for a paint scheme
Thanks for checking it out
Last edited by donandal on Sat Mar 12, 2011 2:48 pm, edited 1 time in total.


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Re: It's a Subaru

Postby Xdisaster240sX » Wed Mar 09, 2011 3:22 pm

You did one hell of a job man!! :dblthumb:

For the paint, How about STI blue with pink accents? After all, Its a Subaru.

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Re: It's a Subaru

Postby donandal » Wed Mar 09, 2011 3:25 pm

I do like that blue
don't know about the pink though

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Re: It's a Subaru

Postby Xdisaster240sX » Wed Mar 09, 2011 3:26 pm

ok...How about the bronze that they use for the wheels?

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Re: It's a Subaru

Postby Amays U G37S » Wed Mar 09, 2011 3:30 pm

Whats her name!

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Re: It's a Subaru

Postby donandal » Wed Mar 09, 2011 3:30 pm

I saw a bike, I think a Kawasaki, that had " burnt orange candy " color
it was an awesome color might be too much for a whole car
but I really liked it

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Re: It's a Subaru

Postby donandal » Wed Mar 09, 2011 3:32 pm

no name yet

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Re: It's a Subaru

Postby Xdisaster240sX » Wed Mar 09, 2011 3:40 pm

donandal wrote:no name yet
meesa jar jar binks?

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Re: It's a Subaru

Postby Mudgen » Thu Mar 10, 2011 2:13 pm

Cool car.

I just can't resist saying that I wish my wife would bang on a quarterpanel like that...

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Re: It's a Subaru

Postby nellywilliams » Thu Mar 10, 2011 9:19 pm

Hey nice i liked it..hope you name it soon :)

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Re: It's a Subaru

Postby numbnuts240 » Fri Mar 11, 2011 4:55 am

that's flipping awesome. nice work.

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Re: It's a Subaru

Postby PapaSmurf2k3 » Sat Apr 09, 2011 3:08 pm

Amazing work!

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Re: It's a Subaru

Postby AZhitman » Sat Apr 09, 2011 9:56 pm

Unbelievable!!!!

I have a TON of respect for that level of creativity - AND fabrication skill.

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Re: It's a Subaru

Postby nissangirl74 » Sat Apr 09, 2011 10:02 pm

That is awesome!!! I suggest a brilliant Royal Blue or a British Racing Green. Good luck and keep the updates coming! :D

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Re: It's a Subaru

Postby PapaSmurf2k3 » Sat Apr 09, 2011 10:04 pm

nissangirl74 wrote:a British Racing Green.
OOOOO I like that idea.

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Re: It's a Subaru

Postby donandal » Sun Apr 10, 2011 4:11 am

Thank you guys and Gal....
There seems to be a concensus building for a Bright metalic Blue
Maybe I can get my son to photoshop some pics for me to see how
it looks

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Re: It's a Subaru

Postby flinterman2000 » Fri Nov 18, 2011 10:40 am

Supercalifragelisticexpalidocious. People like you keep me going. I'd go with the british racing green with an American flag on the turn above the two inner lights lol. But seriously british racing green.

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Re: It's a Subaru

Postby bpomps » Sat Apr 07, 2012 12:03 am

AZhitman wrote:Unbelievable!!!!

I have a TON of respect for that level of creativity - AND fabrication skill.

likewise. I couldnt believe what I was seeing. Amazing.

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Re: It's a Subaru

Postby MiliVan » Wed Jan 18, 2017 11:08 am

Man, this is great!! I would like to make something like this!! How many hours did you spend on this project?

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Re: It's a Subaru

Postby PetrNovy » Mon Apr 17, 2017 9:51 am

Good job man, lot work done here. Hope it drives great.

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Re: It's a Subaru

Postby webbrowan » Mon Jun 26, 2017 7:15 am

This is such an excellent job done! Thanks for sharing all of your pictures from the start to finish of the build! It's really quite something to see this car from its barebones structure built right up to such a glorious end look! Now to try and get some more contours and paint into that body... You could definitely start making such models for others I reckon!

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Re: It's a Subaru

Postby iammunro94 » Wed Jul 05, 2017 8:22 pm

AWESOME! I want one!

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Re: It's a Subaru

Postby TurboRev » Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:29 am

Great work! :dblthumb:


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