Here is my 98 legacy 2.5 gt and the journey she is going to take.
The car originally started as a dohc 2.5 na motor attached to a 4eat transmission. After some piecing together of parts and information I went through with a custom turbo setup and 5 spd tranny swap. You can view pics of the whole swap at First Project
Well when we did the install of the turbo kit the motor was very close to 100k miles. Well about 10 months after being turbo charged and beating her badly the head gasket finally went. Car started to overheat. I started to drain oil and saw coolant so I knew it was dead.
Now I could have pulled the motor and just built it completely from top to bottom to handle high boost. I had done something and talking to my tuner and decided it was time to go wild.
The plans were drawn for what to do this car. The choices are as follows bellow.
First a full sti conversion(engine, trany, ecu, wiring harness, diff, rear sub frame, dash, heating core, seats, everything over the legacy would just be a shell)(which i will being doing myself in my own garage)
Second I was thinking of having a full custom wide body kit. 1.5 inches wider in front and rear.
Third I was considering having the whole car re painted to bmw steel grey.
Forth I was considering a full custom roll cage painted to match the color of the car.
Fifth I was considering having the hood, trunk, stock spoiler, and possibly the roof of the car being made in carbon fiber.
Sixth I was considering for my final project having the motor built, custom tuning. Bench mark is minimum of 600awhp.
Well in the following pages you?re going to see the strip down of the car parts (engine, tranny, rear sub frame, interior, ecu, complete wiring harness). Once that was all removed we started on removing the factory pain on the car. This job started slowly cause of using hand sanders and drills. Once in this process I purchased a 60 gallon compressor to speed up the process. The car is being sanded in stages and then painted primer for the time being.
Here is a list for the following pages and what pictures are on them.
2) Wide body Mock Up
3) Taking Her Apart
4) Apart in the garage
5) Shell of a car
6) Sanding the engine bay