Nick's desire for the perfect JDM spec Legacy has lead him to make one certainly nice car.
Nick's car: 1997 Subaru Legacy GT
Engine and Drive-train: Version 7 JDM STI EJ207, Version 5 JDM STI RA 5-speed, Exedy stage 1 clutch, GENOME 'STI Sport' axleback exhaust, Mishimoto aluminum radiator, Killer Bee oil pickup, DW65 Fuel pump, Group N mounts.
Wheels/Tires/Suspension: 17x8.5 Volk TE37s, 235/45/17 Bridgestone Potenza S04
Exterior: JDM Grille, JDM Taillights, JDM Side-indicators
Interior: Nardi STI steering wheel, JDM early version WRX wagon seats, WRX aluminum pedals, 3D printed gauge mount manufactured by Stanley Zitello housing DEFI boost and oil pressure and AEM AFR, ARC titanium shift knob
Tell us a little about yourself: I currently work at Alexian Brothers hospital, as a Valet Attendant, working to become a Real Estate Agent for Berkshire Hathaway in two months. I enjoy synthesizers, producing electronic music and collecting diecast cars.
How did you get into cars? Playing with and collecting Hot Wheels cars as a kid. And Gran Turismo.
What is your dream car? I own one of them already! Too many to list, top 5 would be a Volvo P1800, Nissan Silvia S13 coupe, Championship White Honda Civic EK hatch, Any Nissan Skyline, a fully decked out VIP styled Infiniti Q45 (Y33).
What are your future plans for the car, and what do you like to do with it? I really want to fix the quarter panel rust in the spring. Was dreading seeing the rust form finally after owning it for 5 years, being a super clean chassis from out west originally.
Does your car go by any names or nicknames? #Leggy (as made famous by Octavio) The Lego GT, The Dooberu.
What's your favorite thing about your car? It definitely has to be the lines of the car. I've always loved boxy 90's styling, compared to newer cars that have rounder lines.
What is something that you don't like about your car? The ##%>$&@ rust!!!
What is your car like to drive? It is a blast, I love the analog feel to everything, it pulls hard, runs smooth and gives newer Subarus a run for their money ;)
What was your inspiration or objective with this build? To build a timeless and unique Subaru, loaded with nothing but authentic, rare and high quality Japanese parts.
Why did you choose a Subaru? Like many, I'm addicted to the Subaru rumble! Ive always liked Subaru since the early Gran Turismo days, they really are the most unique cars on the road.
What was your first car? A 1997 Infiniti Q45
What makes your car special to you? It is definitely true what people say, what ever car you own ultimately becomes your favorite car - your world revolves around it! The Legacy has been my world for the last five years and I still am obsessed with it!
What is something about you (or your car) that no one else would know about? My car just hit 210,000 miles not too long ago. It is definitely bittersweet.
Any memorable moments with your car that you would like to share? Getting my car back from 6 Star Motorsports for the first time after had been in the shop for almost a year, fulfilling my goal of taking it to as many car meets as possible last summer, and taking home two awards, for Best Legacy at Fl4t Fest and Judge's Choice at the Subaru Shootout.
Any shout-outs to anyone who helped you along the way? Yes, a long list! Shout-out to my Subaru gurus (coincidentally) named Chris-Shinsako, Chris Field, and Chris Walentshik, Jon Juliussen for helping me out with random Subaru projects and goodies over the years, Tyler Stallard for finding me the EJ207 and always enlightening me with critical Subaru knowledge, Dewey for taking me for a ride in your GC that one time a long time ago and ultimately showing me how gnarly it is to have a swapped Subaru, Mike Piecko at Redmist Automotive for the excellent tune, and last but not least Sammy So and the crew at 6 Start Motorsports for always helping me make this old Legacy truly one of a kind!!!