Well, now I am coming up on the one year anniversery of the unveiling of my baby, and it's ironic that she is now giving me grief. Although i should be thankful for what is actually going wrong. It's pretty Minor.
First off she's been pissing coolant out of the water pump for some time now. I've Just been adding coolant until a convenient time to put her in the shop. Time to fix the problem now. There isn't much to show, just a picture of the missing timing cover. The car isn't on a hoist or i would have gotten a picture of the coolant stains on the oilpan.
Next we have an odd one for me. The first day it snowed i decided to go out with some friends and do donuts in the snow. Whenever i'd stomp on the gas, the RPM would climb to 6000 or so, turbo whistling like normal and then the car would buck, experience a severe power loss with RPMs dropping to about 1000. After turbo would stop, the car would drive like normal. Popping the hood we discovered a crack in the air intake boot at the turbo inlet. We figured that sucking false air at the turbo inlet might be throwing off fuel-air mixtures and making her dive the way she was so we tried to silicone it as a patch fix until we could get it into the shop. It didn't work. It's in the shop now, and a new boot is installed. Here's hoping it will work.
Next we have paint malfunctions! Everything that we prepped ourselves which includes most of the exterior is holding up great but on a select few pieces of molding, tail panel, and front bumper, we have some bad paint peeling off whatever the paint shop prepped. The peieces are off now and being sent to the body shop on Monday for them to fix what they screwed up and all will be well again. What's strange is that the rear panel is falling apart but the taillights are all still mint.
While she is in the shop we decided to also try our hands at fabricating a cold air intake for her. As you most likely know, we have to keep the MAF (Mass airflow sensor) in the loop, and in the little corner that the filter already is installed there isnt a whole lot of room. Seems to be enough to fit our MAF, steel piping and new filter. We are having to build alot of adaptor plates and new pipes to go with it. Also we are planning on puting a little heatshield underneath it to protect the air from the exhaust manifolds. The air might not be as cold as the stock air system (pulling it from the passenger fender) but the new filter system will be far less restricting. See 03/03/07 update for pictures.
More pictures of metal fab, and progress on issues to come. I hope to post the resolutions of the bucking issues somewhere useful for other owners.
The above glitches have been resolved, but I think God is hell bent on keeping me from being happy with my car. As it stands, i'll do a checklist on the problems I was listing before.
Coolant leak: Solved
False Air Issue: Solved (Boot was entirely the culprit)
Paint: Everything listed above that had been peeling and falling apart has been repaired and so far is holding up. Unfortuantely I was taking a walk around my car admiring her, and saw some *@&#%%@*# put a door ding in the passenger rear door... *sigh*. What's more, during exams I was backed into. The kid was driving a truck and his hitch gouged my front bumper, as well as puting a minute dent in the hood. He's given me the money and i'll be doing the repairs when the snow melts. Pictures on all said issues (resolved and not) are on the way shortly. Within the week. Please, car gods. Leave my Subaru alone. She did nothing to deserve what you're doing to her...
Cold air intake has also been installed. I keep calling it a cold air intake, but in reality the stock air system is about as cold as it will ever be. Here are the pictures from start to finish as I promised.
Pictures of the empty space and pieces of the existing air cleaner and fabricated ones to make it fit.
Intake Assembly and the way it is mounted to the frame for stability. (The boot provides the flex, so we could mount it rigidly to the frame with no worries)
Final pictures of the intake area and whole engine compartment.
Page 1: Current Pictures
Page 2: Before/Work In Progress Pictures
Page 3: Interior/Sound System
Page 4: Engine Mods
Page 5: Right Where You're At