December 4th, 2013
Bought some pink for my Subaru… but it’s no STI or “i” badge. It’s the fuzzy fibers that likely line the walls of your house, and now line the walls of my barn. This is Canadian car life.
Odd that it took me almost 7 years to get around to this. Oh… how my car life would be different from what it is today if I had done this sooner. I’d probably have some frankenstein AE86 still. Typically I’ve had a very short window for serious wrenching. It’s basically just September, October…. and maybe a few days scattered throughout the winter when warm winds blow. Today, the temperature outside was -22 degrees c, and yet snow was melting in the barn.
What prompted this now though? Why a front LSD install for the WRX… it’s as major a job as any I’ve ever done. The ice on the lake is thickening… I be out there soon.
November 17th, 2013
Subaru participated in F1? I never knew. Unlike most boxer engines (which I find pretty hard to look at), this one is serious eye candy. Yeow. With a displacement of 3500cc, apparently it’s good for 650hp – not good enough to be competitive in 1990… but maybe still the greatest naturally aspirated, 180 degree engine ever.
Lucky for me… I found one FOR SALE. Never mind my plans for an EG33 powered GDA – This will be just as good.
November 5th, 2013
320hp… at four wheels. And listen to that beautiful racket. Reminds me of Mosport. Reminds me of Bombay and Tonics…
I must do this.
November 3rd, 2013
Nardi wheels are awesome and get lots of love as a result. But Italvolanti handoru’s are what real snobs and super hero’s run. I might be one or the other or both.
October 27th, 2013
This car is still around, but it’s been a battle. It’s embarrassing to say… but it hasn’t run well for almost three years: electric gremlins, inhaled slag, and failing OEM suspension components. As simply built as the car is, it’s actually a hard hard tune.
Fall is definitely wrench time though. Maybe this SW11 will re-emerge in the spring… or mane it will burn to the ground, keeping our hands warm in cold garages while other vehicles receive love.
October 27th, 2013
You might look at the picture and say that winter is already here… but this is just a run of the mill day in October. Pretty soon the white stuff will be hub deep, and the barn so cold that the heater will be meaningless. There will be an inch of ice covering all the roads around my house, and I will rocket ship past everyday traffic without giving them any consideration at all.
As a 4WD car owner the anticipation of winter days builds from the first day of spring, and becomes uncontainable right about now. This was part of venting the excitement… and a follow up from the venting our wallets have been doing as well: new rubber, wheels, differentials, suspension… gotta get it all together while the thermometer is still plus.
BC looks good right? Totally jealous.
October 20th, 2013
I’m kind of in love with my car. It’s significant enough, that I’m reverting to old ways. I.E. lots of barn time. Lots of cuts on my knuckles and permanent grease stains on my fingers. This car is becoming MINE… and the AE86 philosophy is still very much MINE…