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02 Dec 2014 16:35 #23159

Hi all.
firstly, sorry for not posting a lot. I've been on an ultra important mission to save every last Subaru Vivio the UK has to offer! All 30 of them :P
I thought it's about time to show my (small) collection and get some feedback on where to go next with the projects, currently sleeping in the garage.

First up is Rin, my daily use car. She is a standard Vivio Gli UK spec. Currently she's like a frankenstein vivio as she is borrowing all her parts from the other cars!







And how I had her looking before I found yellow paint, coilovers or a bonnet scoop!


Second up is my newest addition which is something a bit special. This is the only ever made UK spec Vivio GX-R. This car is essentially a mid spec japanese import, brought in by subaru as some sort of failed demo car. The model was never released over here and the car was forgotten about, leaving this as the only supercharged vivio to be registered by Subaru UK... only downside is, the GX-R had a E-CVT gearbox as standard, which takes the fun out of its 9000RPM redline!



You may have noticed the bonnet has a scoop in for the intercooler, it's now on the yellow car as the GX-R needs a lot of repair. It was a Cat. C write off when i bought it.


And finally, the Blue vivio. This one is special to me for numerous reasons, which is why she hasn't been scrapped despite being completely rotten underneath!


Ren, the blue car has pretty much been stripped out now and her custom blue/black interior has been put in the yellow car, along with her suspension, exhaust, front bumper and possibly engine, depending on how long the head gasket lasts!
She was a stunning car, even though she was only half built before i had to strip her, finished in ford racing blue with loads of custom parts and a fully rebuilt engine.


Now then. The bit i need opinions on!
What do i do next???
Ideally i want to get all three cars on the road. Finish Ren and rebuild the GX-R, but unfortunately it isn't possible. With no spares available, I can either keep Rin as is, but then the GX-R has no scooped bonnet. Something i want to avoid as this car is kinda a museum piece.
I could put the original bonnet on Rin and restore the GX-R, but the blue one would be missing most of the parts it needs, and of the three, the blue one is the car I'd like finished the most.
The other option is to break the Yellow car, and rebuild both the blue and red cars. this seems like a solid move, but i really don't want to strip down the yellow car. It works, it looks great (In my opinion anyway), and a lot of work went into it.

Obviously, one car isn't going to be on the road in the end. The real question is, which one gets laid up until I become rich and can afford to import another one for spares? red, yellow or blue? :P

Cheers guys,
Ash


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03 Dec 2014 19:52 #23168

Cool cars. Keep the blue & yellow ones. Using the red as a donor.

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04 Dec 2014 08:54 #23172

I agree with Adam on this one.

Red one for spares, keep the yellow for daily, and rebuild the blue one to its former glory :)

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05 Dec 2014 10:25 #23176

love the colour combo and ita-sha graphics on the yellow one. i'd love to do a goodsmile-racing makeover on our beat for a while :woohoo:



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07 Dec 2014 10:08 #23197

Cheers guys, I think for the time being I'll go with that. I didn't want to strip the red one but I guess it makes more sense to strip a write off than tearing apart a perfectly good car :D
And TADO, do it! ;) It's expensive but its worth it. I can help you with the designs as I done all mine myself if you want!


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07 Dec 2014 11:46 #23199

IF any of these use the 4A30T engine, i may be interested in some parts ;)

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08 Dec 2014 18:26 #23216

They're all EN07 engines, aren't they?

I quite like the red one, actually. Mainly because it has that history behind it. Gotta keep the blue one though! Yellow one is rather tasty, too. I can't help you decide, haha.

Are they all FWD?


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08 Dec 2014 22:54 #23220

Unfortunately the blue and yellow ones are running EN07E engines, and the red one has an EN07Y. Theyre essentially the same as each other except one has dished pistons and side entry inlet manifold for the supercharger.
As for fwd, the blue and yellow are switchable between front and four wheel drive, they have a massive red button on the gearstick :D The red one is full time 4wd as the CVT 'box is so big it cant mate up to the front diff. (It has a second, miniature propshaft to link it up somehow!)


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09 Dec 2014 09:07 #23221

Interesting! I'm guessing the red one has a different chassis layout because of the additional power being produced by the supercharger?


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09 Dec 2014 19:23 #23224

You would think so, but no. The only difference in the chassis is purely for looks, like the 2door instead of 4door and rear panel for the wider lights. Underneath its identical to the others!
The vivio was designed with Safari rallying in mind, so even the base models have braces and strengthening welded in everywhere, which is probably why they didnt change the chassis layout


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