Bought a project rallycross car: 1992 Subaru SVX.
Techncially my only car as I ride my bike everywhere. I haven't owned a car for three years ^ ^; Not because I can't afford it, I just feel better riding my bike, which also saves me money to do random things like this, vacations, or buy headphones haha.
Since it has a clean title, +96K miles, new tires, timing belt, everything works, and was friggin cheap ($1,200), I think dropping a few thousand into making it fresh is a good way to occupy my summer to the rest of the year or more. I'm doing all of the maintenance myself for what I know how to do and have the tools for. Body work will come last as it only has door dings, fist size dent in rear, and cracking paint in the corners.
I have my first rallycross next weekend. I just want to run it in it's current state to see how it does.
Since the car is heavy (3,525lbs), I'm mostly focusing on weight reduction as much as I can before I have to pay for lighter parts (lighter rims, battery, seat, etc?). I've already taken out most of the rear interior and working my way forward. I've been weighing everything so far, and I've gotten the car down to roughly 3,380lbs, but there's more to go! My goal is to get it closer to 3,000lbs. I'll be racing without bumpers if I have to!
Within the next month I'll have new slotted rotors, brakes, pads, transmission fluid cooler. In a few months, I'll start working on the suspension, roll cage, looking for a new transmission, better radiator, and lastly more power. I won't be adding much power really because I think the V6 230Hp, 228ft/lbs is good enough if the car was only lighter, but some basic things like air intake, exhaust, ported intake/exhaust manifolds. I'd be happy with +250HP.
I'll be running in the modified class, so I can do almost anything...anything except moving the radiator to the rear if I read that correctly, which is sad because the weight distribution is front 59/rear 41, which is not that great. I'll be getting a lighter battery and moving it to the rear at least. Will be removing the AC also, since I can survive without it.
I know I could have bought an old Subaru Impreza for a few thousand, but eh, I thought it would be too boring and underpowered. Why not work on a rare car? :)
Edited by PFULMTL - 7/21/13 at 4:01am