1988 GTA LQ4/T56 resto-mod (lots of pics)

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    1988 GTA LQ4/T56 resto-mod (lots of pics)

    In case anyone wants to follow along, the GTA is coming apart!

    Here it is, as it sat when I got it, engine is the stock 305 with what appears to be a broken ring land so it is coming out!


    As you can see the interior is pretty much completely restored to original.



    And here is the Original TPI engine, take a good luck because it is going into storage!


    Teardown: few pics of the engine teardown progress. This was after the first day, removed alot of the electronics, some of the intake etc..


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    More teardown, Top half of the TPI is gone (for good!), half the accessory drive, water pump, coolant overflow, alternator etc. Next up drain the power steering and remove that, pull the fuel delivery system and then the wiring harness can come out the rest of the way.

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    More teardown completed, LB9 and 700R4 are tucked away in the garage. Few more parts and pieces and I can start working on cleaning and painting the engine bay!



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    2005 Subaru Legacy GT 309WHP/357RWTQ 12.21 @ 113
    2000 Subaru Impreza RS 203WHP/201WTQ 14.2 @ 103


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    finished the shift plate today. managed to cut the mirror switch hole without cracking it. I may re-do the vinyl wrap at some point, there are 2 small creases in it that will drive me nuts but for now it is done except for the 6 Spd shift patter sticker to cover up the indentation from the factory emblem. Overall I think it came out pretty good, below is a before and after shot!

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    Got the fuel tank together today, haven't attempted the wiring as of yet, figure I'll do that once I actually install it



    If you ever decide to do this swap on a 3rd gen, the white sender is out of a 1999 3.4L Grand Prix, it is a 100% correct fit and will make the fuel gauge correct


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    2005 Subaru Legacy GT 309WHP/357RWTQ 12.21 @ 113
    2000 Subaru Impreza RS 203WHP/201WTQ 14.2 @ 103


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    had some time to do some more teardown, getting there. Cleaning off 24 years of road grime is a royal PITA.




    Started getting some of the interior out also, probably won't pull the seats or carpet until the weather gets better.
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    2002 Trans Am WS6 346CI of unbridled fury! 469RWH/434RWTQ 11.01 @ 123MPH You will be missed!
    2005 Subaru Legacy GT 309WHP/357RWTQ 12.21 @ 113
    2000 Subaru Impreza RS 203WHP/201WTQ 14.2 @ 103


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    Just about done doing the teardown on the backhalf, just have to pull the tank tomorrow and I can start cleaning/painting. I do like finding just about no rust . rear axle is torn down and ready for cleaning and paint. All the suspension is off for cleaning/paint.













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    2005 Subaru Legacy GT 309WHP/357RWTQ 12.21 @ 113
    2000 Subaru Impreza RS 203WHP/201WTQ 14.2 @ 103


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    Did you just get it recently? It does look in very good shape and worthy of a restoration.
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    Been in the family since 1996
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    2005 Subaru Legacy GT 309WHP/357RWTQ 12.21 @ 113
    2000 Subaru Impreza RS 203WHP/201WTQ 14.2 @ 103


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    Pretty sweet!
    Will be following along on your resto


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