With Hagerty’s workshop based in what the US affectionately (or maybe not) calls the “rust belt”, it’s actually quite relatable seeing the Subaru Impreza WRX project up on the lift, where WR Blue Mica paintwork is replaced with extensive shades of brown.
Salt is the enemy of any steel-bodied car, and the WRX has clearly seen plenty of it. Enough, in fact, that there are no plans to keep the body, and instead the Subaru will be stripped for its most valuable and useful parts, and the most relevant bits kept to ensure the engine, once rebuilt, can be at least run on the bench.
So host Davin gets underway taking the rear suspension to pieces first, by whatever means are necessary for disassembly – power tools or fire, mostly.
Once that’s out it’s the turn of the wiring harness, itself a slightly more complicated process than it is for the older, American metal that usually features in Hagerty’s Redline Rebuilds…
Then it’s the dash, and then… well, you’ll have to watch it really. There’s not much of a car left at the end of the episode, and we’re as intrigued as you are to see where that engine is going to end up, since the body of this Impreza hatch can’t be saved.
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