Back home

Since this is no holiday-pictures-blog I won’t bore you with the complete timeline of our trip, but here are some cool pics anyway.


The only thing you’ll ever need is duct tape and tywraps

The first attempt at a fix didn’t work so we decided to take some time off and find a garage who could sell us a hose and some clamps so we could cut out the crappy part and put in the new hose. But the Swiss people screwed up our perfect plan by having a national holiday. So we tried something different. Just as Coca-Cola isn’t good for the human body it also isn’t good for fixing Subaru fueling hoses. So we removed everything and did the fix again but now only using duct tape and ty-wraps. Lots of them. And now it works, not a drop of gasoline spilled since. So we jumped in the Lake Lucerne to celebrate our fix and then quickly went on to catch up with the other teams.

Giving some gasoline back to nature

After driving the Nürburgring we went on to look for some real rally experience. When we found some dirt roads the fun level went up significantly. Our car liked it so much that the old beast took some jumps. Unfortunately, the ginormous amount of gear meant the car was so low we punctured the already rusty fueling hose. Result, fueling the car creates an ocean of gasoline under the car and not a drop more in the tank….. Very bad for business. So we took out all the gear and made our first fix, Coca-Cola can, some kind of glue/silicone, ty-wraps, and duct tape. We drove it the entire day to harden and when we fueled up…. Same thing, the fix was as leaky as an ancient person who drank too much water.

Subaru prepping

More upgrades!

Here we are working on strengthening the front bumper by welding some steel in it.
Because our previous sound upgrade (the exhaust straight pipe) gave us such a performance increase we decided on adding more sound. So we are installing a subwoofer capable of delivering over 9000 Watts. So imagine the speed increase while “War – Low Rider” is blasting through this beast.


Adding 42bhp

The Subaru Impreza is probably one of the most famous rally cars in history. So we decided it needed some rally-themed upgrades. The sound was already great so we added stickers for extra speed.


No captain slow

This is what we found to go on our top-gear-challenge-car-holiday this summer. A Subaru Impreza. This piece of car history only set us back 500 euros. Soon after, we did the first upgrade. Some of the dampers where cut out and a straight pipe was welded in. Performance increase: probably zero, sound increase: quite a bit, driving pleasure increase: infinite.


No more patches

The E36 318 tds is no more, passing the MOT was getting more difficult and expensive every year. So the car moved on to the eternal plains. Well actually, some of its parts will now live on in another E36 that was driven into a solid object.

So I spotted a nice deal on an E39 with only 130k km on the clock, so I bought that and am now driving around with a 6 cilinder under the hood (in anticipation of the cobra V6).


Night time repairs with tiny mirror on a stick

It’s common knowledge that any car worth owning guzzles an ancient fuel called diesel.
Diesel is cheap but generally, old diesel cars are also pretty bad for the environment.
The composition of diesel has changed over the years and the seals in diesel pumps don’t like this. So eventually they just give up on life and this is the point where a diesel-car-owner also thinks about giving up on his. How to diagnose a dying fuel pump seal:

  • Your mileage goes down significantly.
  • Your car smells like a diesel factory.
  • When you drive away from your parking spot you leave a puddle of excellent good fuel behind.

So diesel pump seals aren’t meant to last forever, and if the production date of this pump in question is about 18 years back on the calendar it’s not a big surprise that the Diesel in this pump does not care to be stopped by this 18 year old seal.

Also, Bosch likes it better when they get paid to repair their own equipment so they invented a stupid socket so you can’t easily open their pumps. Solution: make your own, anti-tamper-socket-tool.


When daytime is reserved for work, car repairs have to be done in the depths of night, luckily people invented flash lights and tiny mirrors on sticks.

Winter = cold = desk work = electronics design

I tried to make it as modular as possible.
The cable harness will be fixed to the chassis only so that it can be removed in it’s entirety by simply disconnecting some connectors.
So the harness will have a fuse and relay bay, a loom running to the dashboard, to the aft lights, front lights, and a power section running to the battery and ignition key. Then there are only a few wires left to hook up the horn, and some sensors in the engine bay.

I selected the super seal connectors for the job, they are not the cheapest but they are quite durable and made for automotive.