So after my Subaru 2.5RS threw a rod and grenaded the block I made a big mistake and let it sit out in my yard (letting my RX-7 take up precious garage space...) Well, last week an 85 year old man smashed into my daily driver and totaled it so now I'm going to have the funds to finally get a new shortblock and finish my long awaited restoration of "Lazarus"; my 1999 aspen white coupe.
....and so it began:
After almost 2 and a half years of sitting out, my poor scoobie had collected alot of pine crap, pollen, pitch, tar, and other junk:
It hurts for any enthusiast to see the car in such bad shape; especially since it's the more rare coupe model.
There was gunk all over the car, but luckily it wasn't too bad, and with enough elbow grease and a couple of friends it was about to get started on the exterior restoration...
Urgh...just hurts to watch it rot...
...but soon enough we were well on our way to making that Aspen White finish come back to life!
As one of my friends pointed out "That's what Subaru's are designed to do - get dirty, and be cleaned off!" to which my reply was "Yeah...but not for nearly 3 years!"
Now were getting somewhere!!!
After just one wash (and like 4 hours of extreme washing and lots of scrubbing) we finally got about 95% of all the crap, pitch, tar, and junk off my precious RS...man it's nice to see that brilliant white gleaming in the sun again! (I bet the guys over at NASIOC would kill me though...)
Now, I'm just waiting for my new EJ253 longblock to come in from florida before I get to start the hardcore fun...oh yeah...not to mention restoring all the interior components (mild mildew, so I'm going to have to steamclean and vacuum, etc the interior!)
...oh! and the last of the surprises (maybe the first, I suppose...) When cleaning out the trunk, there were THOUSANDS of f*in sugar ants that had taken up home in there...so I had to take all the carpet and stuff out and kill them. Joy. Luckily the car hadn't sustained any major damage during it's lengthy sit, or any cancerous rust, so I am INCREDIBLY pleased about that!
...well guys more to come as I raise "Lazarus" from the grave and put this awesome beast back on the road! Stay tuned!