Hartwell SubaImp

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TISPKJ

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3,564 posts

162 months

Saturday 26th October 2019
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Hi Guys, so I didn't want to spoil the other thread but another project I would like to share and document the build of.

So about 3 weeks ago an Imp fitted with a Subaru turbo engine appeared on good old eBay, I called the owner had a chat and was happy he seemed genuine and the car actually ran.

Next thing I know I put in a low bid and 2 hours later I was informed i had won ....... oh well lol

So its basically a 1974 imp shell with the front and back cut off and a complete space frame chassis contructed through and around the original steel shell, a 1994 Subaru wrx thingy was then driven into the back of it and welded in lol with the 4 wheel drive being converted to 2 wheel drive.
Another 94 subaru front subframe and all steering and suspension components was then stuck on the front.
Sounds a bit heath robinson whoever he is but I have to say I am really impressed with the standard of work carried out by the previous owner Alex who did a great job, of course there are bits I don't like but thats personal preference mainly and my OCD lol.

What we now have is a mid engined circa 275 bhp 750kg ? trackcar.

Basically all the oily bits are done, the car starts, stops, brakes, and we drove it onto the trailer home.
As you can see it needs fibreglass arches made onto the already Rawlson style wide body kit, paint, seat, harness, perspex windows, fire system, wheels etc etc.

The plan is to make an exact replica albeit a silhouette of my original car, once the bodywork is complete I will strip off all suspension and powder coat, as you can see suspension is all fully adjustable so should be up to the task after a service.

A few pictures below to get the ball rolling ....

Edited by TISPKJ on Monday 28th October 09:50

TISPKJ

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Saturday 26th October 2019
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a8hex

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178 months

Saturday 26th October 2019
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Sounds really interesting.
I think something went wrong with the pictures though.

I remember my brother, who was in to Imps at the time, telling me that someone had made a mid engined one with a Cosworth DFV, but I can't find anything online about it.

An Imp with that sort of power output could seriously dent some egos out there on the road evil

Shaw Tarse

29,738 posts

158 months

Sunday 27th October 2019
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TISPKJ said:
Still won’t load .....
Possibly this https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&...

Shaw Tarse

29,738 posts

158 months

Sunday 27th October 2019
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TISPKJ said:
yes looks like it, not me then, ..... cheers
It appears to be borked for some & working for others frown
Flagged up.

TISPKJ

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Tuesday 29th October 2019
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TISPKJ

Original Poster:

3,564 posts

162 months

Tuesday 29th October 2019
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TISPKJ

Original Poster:

3,564 posts

162 months

Tuesday 29th October 2019
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TISPKJ

Original Poster:

3,564 posts

162 months

Tuesday 29th October 2019
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TISPKJ

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162 months

Tuesday 29th October 2019
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Finally sorted photos guys but currently means emailing to myself downloading to desktop and then doing via my PC

So gives you all an idea of what we have, currently fitted seat brackets both sides, drivers seat, battery master switch and pull cables, and currently making and fitting new dash to replicate as much as I can the real one in my other car.

Few more photos below, should have dash completed for photo tonight ....

Cheers

TISPKJ

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TISPKJ

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jeremyc

18,387 posts

239 months

Tuesday 29th October 2019
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wavey Well I like it. biggrin

Should be a lot of fun.

TISPKJ

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162 months

Tuesday 29th October 2019
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Hi Jeremy, long time no speak, hope your keeping well, still got the G ?

TISPKJ

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Tuesday 29th October 2019
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As Promised, still a work in progress but something like this ...


jeremyc

18,387 posts

239 months

Wednesday 30th October 2019
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TISPKJ said:
Hi Jeremy, long time no speak, hope your keeping well, still got the G ?
Absolutely. biggrindriving

Touring442

1,470 posts

164 months

Wednesday 30th October 2019
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Does it have a V5 (reg document?).

That'll be incredible on the road. :-o

Sardonicus

16,994 posts

176 months

Wednesday 30th October 2019
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Lots of work gone into that already yikes and well by the looks , fantastic project coffee

TISPKJ

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162 months

Wednesday 30th October 2019
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Touring442 said:
Does it have a V5 (reg document?).

That'll be incredible on the road. :-o
Yes it does but a lot of work and expense needed to do that ..... yes would be fun though

TISPKJ

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Wednesday 30th October 2019
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Sardonicus said:
Lots of work gone into that already yikes and well by the looks , fantastic project coffee
yes watch this space ....