Project Cars

“Forester Gump”

Forester Gump’s main objective is to run.

I’ve yet to see an SJ Generation Forester XT undergo a 6 Speed Manual swap while retaining the FA20DIT power plant. Aesthetically, I would love to keep the styling clean with OE Forester STI tS edition parts (Sadly never sold in North America)


  • 2015 Forester XT Premium
  • OEM STI Brembo Brake Conversion
  • Desmond Regamaster EVO Wheels 18×9.5 +40
  • Bridgestone S007A 265/45-18 Tires
  • HKS Hipermax IV Coilovers
  • Various Associated Upgrades Not Listed
  • “Stage 2” ProTune
  • Nameless Exhaust

“TeeTer Tot”

Purchased in rough condition for $2500 in Salt Lake City Utah sight unseen, my roommate and I then drove it back the very same night nearly 800 miles to Tucson Arizona.

Final goal is to build a “road rally” style car to take on road trips, hill climbs, track days, or whatever can be thrown at it. Power goals have no limit other than what is permitted by its budget. Ideally it would be nice to double the factory 225 horsepower rating, while still maintaining a level of durability that the car can be driven hard.


  • 2001 Audi TT Quattro (225)
  • Bilstein PSS Coillovers
  • Ksport Big Brake Kit
  • TSW Bathurst 18×8 wheels
  • Michelin Pilot Super Sport 245/35-18 Tires
  • Custom 3“ turbo back exhaust
  • Custom “stage 2“ Tune
  • Various Associated Upgraded Not Listed

“Mr. Dos”

Purchased non-operational for $2600. Car had 3 previous owners, all of which were unable to get the car to run and drive correctly after it was converted from a non-turbo USDM MR2 with a Generation 2 Japanese Spec MR2 Turbo Engine.

Final goal is to get the car restored to near new condition by doing all of the work myself to maintain a low budget. I would plan to tastefully modify the car to a level where its presentable for a car local car show, reliable enough for a road trip, yet capable for a casual weekend track day.


  • 1991 Toyota MR2
  • JDM Gen 2 3SGTE engine swap
  • JDM CT20B Turbo
  • S54 5 Speed Manual Transmission w/ non-lsd differential
  • Enkei TS5 17×8+35 17×9+40 Wheels
  • Falken 615K+ 215/40 235/40 Tires
  • Koni Yellow Dampers
  • Eibach Springs
  • Roll Center, Bump-Steer Geometry Corrected
  • Berk Exhaust
  • Various Associated Upgrades Not Listed
  • Car was completely self restored

“Sir Codsworth”

Purchased for $2000 with the intent on becoming a budget FWD class rally car to learn proper gravel racing techniques, as this layout is challenging to master over RWD & AWD configurations. I, of course, having OCD, decided to convert the car to look like a proper European spec MK1 Ford Focus ST170 to build my rally project on. This car also serves a platform in which to learn fabrication & welding skills on.


  • 2002 Ford Focus SVT
  • Gutted w/ custom fabricated Roll Cage
  • Braid Acropolis 15×6.5 Rally Wheels on Snow Tires
  • Rallytech Genuine WRC Spec Front Bumper
  • EU Spec ST170 Rear Bumper
  • EU Spec Head & Tail light conversion
  • Racetech Seats & Safety Equip
  • Racetech Roof Vent