m4ff3w UltraDork
Dec. 25, 2013 9:53 p.m.

I'd been toying with the idea of getting a Chevy Sprint, Suzuki Swift, or Geo Metro to slap on a IHI RB51 from the Bitrouble.

I came across the following ad on CL:

I traded the following firearms for it: Jimenez JA-Nine - 9mm pistol Marlin 60 - .22 rifle Ruber 10/22 - .22 rifle

I only had about $180 in cash in them all.

SnowMongoose HalfDork
Dec. 25, 2013 10:04 p.m.

I like it, along with the price you paid for it!
What sort of plans are you bouncing around at this point? (beyond a healthy helping of boost that is)

m4ff3w UltraDork
Dec. 25, 2013 10:33 p.m.

This was her the morning after I brought her home.

She had 3 different size wheels - 12" on the front, 13" on rear passenger side, and space saver spare on the rear drivers side.

Vigo traded me a new 13" tire on a Sentra steelie he had for my space saver spare and $20.

Vigo and I went to PnP and picked up some items: 3 - 13" Steelies w/really good tires.
Rear seat bottom Hatch Trim Cam for turn signals Turn signal housing/lens

I now have matching tires per axle with good tread all the way around.

The plan is to get ~120hp, stiffen the suspension a bit, and have a blast while getting decent mpgs.

I had to modify the front hubs to get a smaller center bore to fit the Saturn wheel on the front.

The Hyundai wheels on the back required me to remove the dust caps over the wheel bearings. So I used some aluminium foil to keep the wheel bearings clean, you can make out the shiney aluminium in the current picture below.

Here she is today:

bearmtnmartin HalfDork
Dec. 25, 2013 11:56 p.m.

I just remember the commercials with the guy in a straight jacket.

Vigo UberDork
Dec. 26, 2013 12:00 a.m.

You left out the missing dash piece and the factory clock we found at the jyard.

I still think we should go to the trouble and actually make this thing look good. All it needs is a little sanding, a wax job, and a coat of spray-bomb on the steelies. And of course tint for when it starts getting hot again in ... 3 months.

m4ff3w UltraDork
Dec. 26, 2013 12:06 a.m.

And box flares!

hobiercr Dork
Dec. 26, 2013 11:40 a.m.
m4ff3w wrote: And box flares!


m4ff3w UltraDork
Jan. 5, 2014 9:58 a.m.

We got back in town on Friday, so yesterday I had a chance to fix some of the minor issues with Justine. The non-functional horn was just a fuse and the turn singal issue was just a missing bulb.

The exhaust leak at the cat-exhaust pipe flange was just a borked gasket. There aren't many parts for the Justy at the FLAPs so I picked up some Ultra Copper RTV - hopefully that will hold until my box of parts from Rock Auto comes in.

Speaking of Rock Auto, I ordered:

  • Radiator & cap
  • Thermostat & gasket
  • Exhaust Gasket

The radiator doesn't look long for the world and there isn't currently a thermostat. Heat would be nice, the 1.2l 3cyl doesn't generate much w/out a thermostat.

m4ff3w UltraDork
Jan. 7, 2014 8:07 a.m.

Justine is now legal to drive in the State of Texas - don't tell anyone I've been driving her for a few days. The inspection guy didn't believe me that she was a Subaru at first, when he went to verify my insurance.

m4ff3w UltraDork
Jan. 7, 2014 11:03 a.m.

I knew it wasn't long for this world.

Jan. 7, 2014 11:20 a.m.

Must be that cold Texas air! Or maybe it is actually cold there now??

Jan. 7, 2014 12:35 p.m.

calibrated cardboard, nice move sir.

m4ff3w UltraDork
Jan. 7, 2014 12:58 p.m.

It was 16.7 this morning. I think that qualifies as cold.

m4ff3w UltraDork
Jan. 7, 2014 9:28 p.m.

Rescued Justine, though she'd been tagged already.

Kenny_McCormic UltraDork
Jan. 7, 2014 11:06 p.m.

Is this one 4WD?

m4ff3w UltraDork
Jan. 9, 2014 10:23 p.m.
Kenny_McCormic wrote: Is this one 4WD?


Radiator came in today, gaskets and thermostat should be here tomorrow.

m4ff3w UltraDork
Jan. 11, 2014 12:17 p.m.

Thermostat & radiator are in. Time to put some miles on her before the turbo goes on.

ssswitch New Reader
Jan. 11, 2014 7:29 p.m.

Has to be weird filling a little crapbox economy car up with premium to flush all of the old gas out before the turbo swap.

Always liked these little Subarus (because I like Subarus in general, even if this one shares no other aspects with its siblings other than a perverse sense of humour). The local shop had one that they were constantly trying to jam an early STI drivetrain into but I don't think they ever finished. Wonder if they still have it?

m4ff3w UltraDork
Feb. 4, 2014 9:18 a.m.

Averaging just shy of 33mpg.

bradyzq Dork
Feb. 4, 2014 3:12 p.m.

Manual or CVT?

m4ff3w UltraDork
Feb. 4, 2014 4:19 p.m.


irish44j PowerDork
Feb. 4, 2014 8:57 p.m.

My sister had a 4WD Justy (white) back in the day. I always thought it was cool, if not fast.

m4ff3w UltraDork
Feb. 4, 2014 9:12 p.m.

I'm really surprised by how non-slow the fwd Justy is, or at least feels.

The_Jed SuperDork
Feb. 5, 2014 10:54 a.m.

I believe the politically correct term is "peppy".

saruken New Reader
Feb. 6, 2014 9:23 p.m.

Saw this for sale the other day; it's relisted now: http://www.ebay.com/itm/281260964878?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

These things are pretty sweet. Definitely going to watch your build (:

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