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New DD (zomg, not a rotary?!)

Okay, so with the realization that anything Mazda I got would turn into a permanent project car as I figured out how to transplant a rotary into it, and irritation at the roads around here, I picked up a new DD!





2000 Impreza RS; bodywork's far from perfect but it's basically not rusty and all. Paid all of a thousand bucks for it. Even that would be ridiculously less than I've seen them go for except...





Yeah... it sorta spun a bearing, threw a rod through the top of the block and destroyed the piston as well. Two shortblocks to scavenge for parts (it would have been just one, except that evidently the really late model 2.5s moved to domed pistons and they hit the old RS heads) it runs again!



Obligatory engine bay shot.



Next project on it after alignment... clutchpack limited slip R160 from an older Legacy Turbo. It used a different method of axle retention though; going to have to machine the side gears for circlips but hey, I have a lathe.

Finally, another thing hanging around in the shop; GF's brother's car, but helping him with it.



(yes, it's hard to get good pics with it up on the lift; Celica All-Trac. We're swapping in a JDM engine and tranny since his current tranny has dead synchros.)
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BTW, since the rumor had been around for however long, I decided to check. The EJ and the rotaries do not have a compatible bellhousing. Period. About one of the bolts lines up, all the rest are way off, and the starters are in different places.
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not gonna DIY bellhousing and swap in a heavily ported rotary?
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I'm going to leave it at "probably not". The bellhousing is too wrong, really... would take a longer input shaft on the transmission too.
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Liberty transmission could probably fix something up for you like they do the rotary to t56 adapter. Would cost some monies though
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Well, or I could pull molds from the Subaru transmission case, modify them to have the front be shaped like the Mazda rotary bellhousing, and cast an entirely new transmission case for the Subaru guts.

I'm not going to for this car though. Really, it's kind of a fun change of pace to work on a piston engine car... all those little tiny pieces and all.
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Well, or I could pull molds from the Subaru transmission case, modify them to have the front be shaped like the Mazda rotary bellhousing, and cast an entirely new transmission case for the Subaru guts.

I'm not going to for this car though. Really, it's kind of a fun change of pace to work on a piston engine car... all those little tiny pieces and all.

Yeah they are so much more reliable with the 2000 moving parts
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heh, make this one into a project car.

strip the chassis, cage and seam-weld it, drop in an STi and 6-speed
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Next project on it after alignment... clutchpack limited slip R160 from an older Legacy Turbo. It used a different method of axle retention though; going to have to machine the side gears for circlips but hey, I have a lathe.
want to make two?
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That's a really friggin nice car for a grand. How's the interior?
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heh, make this one into a project car.

strip the chassis, cage and seam-weld it, drop in an STi and 6-speed

YESSSS

But why does it need to be seam welded, was this chassis that flexible?
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YESSSS

But why does it need to be seam welded, was this chassis that flexible?
if you don't stitch weld a car and put stiff suspension in it and stage rally it it'll straight fall the fuck apart

however, 6-speed and sti motor and all that is a waste of fucking money, especially considering you're not allowed to do AWD + turbo as a novice in rally america.

that said, keeping it stockish and just driving the fucker is a better idea altogether, although the occasional rallycross won't hurt it
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if you don't stitch weld a car and put stiff suspension in it and stage rally it it'll straight fall the fuck apart

however, 6-speed and sti motor and all that is a waste of fucking money, especially considering you're not allowed to do AWD + turbo as a novice in rally america.

that said, keeping it stockish and just driving the fucker is a better idea altogether, although the occasional rallycross won't hurt it

oh, I must have missed the rallying party!
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I think he'd be more inclined to make a wankel fit than a turbo rotary. any rules against rotary and awd?
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