Category Archives: Subaru


Summer has officially begun. Since last month, we have been extremely busy here at Rusted and Rebuilt. Yesterday was my last day of working at the grocery store after four years, because I finally landed my dream job. Things are starting to fall into place.


The Subaru Impreza has undergone a full face lift over the past month. All of the damage from the previous owner has been repaired, and we even added some lightning under the hood. I was able to solve most of the mechanical issues, too. Since replacing the idle control valve, the car has been running absolutely MINT.

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The idle control valve is an intake component which controls the amount of air flowing to the intake when your foot isn’t on the throttle, hence the name. It is a small plunger-type valve located on the throttle body. When I removed the old one, I realized why the Subaru had been sputtering and stalling all the time – the plunger inside the idle control valve was completely rigid due to 13 years of rust locking it in place. After installing a brand new idle control valve, the Subaru has been idling like a champ, and it drives much smoother now.

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Shoutout to the Car Community

The Checker is finally almost ready for the road. The license plates are on, and it should be ready for a test drive before the end of the week.

As the finished product begins to come together, I have gained a new appreciation for the amount of work that goes into rebuilding a classic car. For example, this classic Volkswagen Bug is going to need a complete overhaul before it is ready for the road again.

(Classic Volkswagen Bug. Photo from Queen of Diamonds: First Project Car of 2017)

With enough determination, any car can be brought back to life. Even after spending 100 years rotting away in a forest, this 1906 Stanley Model H was able to be restored.

For many enthusiasts, a car is much more than just a method of transportation. Cars often carry sentimental value, such as Danny’s 1976 Ford Granada.

The process of building a classic car is incredibly rewarding. This post from Copart Auto explains what makes the entire process so fulfilling – from finding the car, to bringing it back to life.

Show Season is Here

After a long cold winter, the warm weather has finally returned. Car enthusiasts are already flocking to the empty parking lots of America to exhibit their latest modifications.

Advertisements for local car shows are beginning to show up everywhere, and less formal car meets have been taking place on a nightly basis in preparation for show season.

The Checker project is at a stand-still while we wait for more parts, and I’ve really been wanting to go for a nice cruise that doesn’t involve going to work or school. Today I had the perfect opportunity to do exactly that.

I had liked this post on Instagram recently, and several of my friends from the local car community had seen my “like” and asked me if I wanted to cruise there with them.

I decided it was time to take a break from all my homework, and spend my day off from work doing something fun.

We all met up at the local car wash to detail the whips, and then cruised out to Ludlow for the weekly Starbucks meet.

Once the whole crew was together, we were cruising down the road in our convoy of Subaru Imprezas and Ford Focus hatchbacks.


The Crew:

Colby – Blue Subaru Impreza 2.5RS

Erik – White Subaru Impreza WRX

Billy – Tuxedo Black Ford Focus ST

Cody – Silver Ford Focus SVT


There was a pretty good turn out at the meet. About 40-50 people showed up, and there were quite a few really unique cars, such as a track-ready Volkswagen pick-up truck and a lowered Toyota Soarer drift car.

Most of the cars at the meet were Volkswagens and Subarus, but the orange Dodge Dart sounded incredible, and the white Acura Integra was slammed and riding in style.

I managed to snap some footage of the meet, which I’ve compiled into this brief YouTube video.