Stripping the Donor Car

Aug 1, 2013 update to the Factory Five 818 project car

We have everything we'll need stripped from our donor WRX.
Tractors make life easier.
Stripping a car doesn't take very long if a good plan and multiple people are involved.

In episode 4, Wayne Presley of Very Cool Parts explains the necessary order to remove parts from our donor car for the most efficient disassembly. Wayne’s knowledge helped the process go much faster than we expected.


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All 2013 Factory Five 818 updates

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The 818 Gets Wrapped

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Review: The 818 as a Daily Driver

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2 years ago

Daily Driver Status: Achieved

2 years ago

We want to see how the Factory Five 818 does as daily transportation.

2 years ago

The First Autocross

2 years ago

Our Factory Five 818 sees its first autocross.

2 years ago

Cooling System Fixes

2 years ago

We patch up our Factory Five 818 and get ready for autocross.

2 years ago

Is Our 818 the Ultimate Street Car?

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Our Factory Five 818 breaks down.

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Improving our Hoses

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Mishimoto sent us some new bits for our intercooler.

2 years ago

Hot Wheels for an 818

2 years ago

Our kit car is now rolling on XXRs and Yokohamas.

2 years ago

Wiring Time

2 years ago

We wire up our Factory Five 818.

3 years ago

Initial Testing

3 years ago

We took our unmodified 818 to the test track.

3 years ago

Hitting the Dyno

3 years ago

We see what kind of power the 818 puts down.

3 years ago

Installing Doors

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We install doors on our kit car.

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Failure to Clutch

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Clutch problems delay our build.

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Building an Exhaust System

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We put a muffler and tailpipe on our Factory Five 818.

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Loose Ends

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We have some loose ends to tie up before hitting the dyno

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Front Bodywork

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We install the front body work on our 818.

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Parking Brake Install

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We get our 818 in gear

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Installing the shifter assembly.

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We test fire the engine in our Factory Five 818.

3 years ago

Keep it Cool

3 years ago

Our kit car, like any car, needs a cooling system.

3 years ago

Let the Bodywork Begin

3 years ago

We start bodywork on our Factory Five 818

3 years ago

Rolling Chassis

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We make our 818 a roller.

3 years ago

Installing Seats in our 818

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We need a place to sit after all.

3 years ago

CV Axles for Our Kit Car

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We make a set of CV axles to fit our 818.

3 years ago

A Fuel System for Our 818

3 years ago

We prepare our gas tank and fuel pump assembly.

3 years ago

Installing the Engine

3 years ago

Our boxer engine finds a new home in the 818.

3 years ago

Steering and Brakes

3 years ago

We de-power the WRX steering rack and add a brake master cylinder to our 818.

3 years ago

Buttoning up the Trans

3 years ago

Converting the transmission to rear-wheel-drive.

3 years ago

Changing the Lines

3 years ago

Fuel, coolant, brakes: Our 818 needs all of these!

3 years ago

Does it Pump?

3 years ago

Don't just slap any old motor into a kit car like our 818.

3 years ago

Bolting on the A-Arms

3 years ago

The 818 kit converts Subaru struts to something better—with Koni dampers.

3 years ago

Let The Build Begin

3 years ago

Time to start building our Factory Five 818.

3 years ago

Clean Donors for our 818

3 years ago

We remove road grime from old Subaru parts.

3 years ago

Wheels and Tires for our 818

3 years ago

Yokohama and Mach V provide us with rolling stock for our 818.

3 years ago

FFR 818 Donor Parts

3 years ago

We've stripped the WRX. Here's what we kept for the kit.

3 years ago

Paneling it Up

3 years ago

We drill and rivet panels to our Factory Five 818 with the help of an expert.

3 years ago

Organ Donor

3 years ago

We pull the engine for our Factory Five 818.

3 years ago

Stripping the Donor Car

3 years ago

We begin pulling parts from our donor car in order to build our 818.

3 years ago

Unboxing our 818 Kit

3 years ago

With our donor car picked, it's time to take our 818 out of the box.

3 years ago

A Worthy Donor

3 years ago

We found a donor Subaru WRX 2.0-liter turbo for our 818.

3 years ago

The Work Begins!

3 years ago

We start building our Subaru-powered monster.

3 years ago

On the Road to our 818

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