Project GT: Stage FOUR!
For those of you that have been following Project GT for the past 3 stages, welcome to Stage 4!
For those that have just caught on; Project GT is a series of stage articles on all the great Automotive Businesses in South Australia, and what they have done to customise our biggest Volunteer “JK’s” Subaru Liberty GT!
For those that want to catch up, here are the other articles:
Let’s chat quickly to JK about Stage 4
HC: So, whats going on now JK?
JK: This has to be another one of my favorite parts of Project GT, ever since i met Corey at SA Auto Installs, I’ve always wanted to do a cool project with him, now this is it!
HC: So its a Stereo Install/upgrade?
JK: Kind of; sort of.. There are two big parts, one in Tech, and the other part is to replace the whole interior!
HC: What was wrong with the interior you had?
JK: Nothing! it was in great condition! But i’ve always been a big fan of Tan interiors, it goes back the nature of this build.. “Auto Salon Inspiration, but not full Rice” Here are some pics of it before..
HC: But SA Auto Installs don’t do trimming?
JK: Correct! Remember when i said back in Stage One, the main reason why i chose the Liberty was as it has so many interchangeable models.. In this case; i found a Full Tan Leather interior in a Liberty 3.0R Model that is a exact match, as they never came in any other model of standard, GT, Post facelift, Tuned by STi or the Blitzen models.
HC: Nice! Now you said.. “Kind of, sort of” about the stereo/tech before, what did you mean by that?
JK: Well like i said in Stage one, i want to take this 2005 Liberty GT and bring it into 2020, we achieved that with the rear lights in stage one, and changed the shape of the rear in stage two.. In this stage, we are putting in all the tech we take for granted today.
HC: Like what?
JK: Bluetooth, Sat Nav, AUX, USB, TV, DVD, Reverse Camera, Steering wheel controls & Dual Electric seats, all of that wasn’t even imagined as a OEM package in 2005!
HC: Wow! That sounds all custom?!
JK: In most part; it’s actually OEM, i really wanted to keep the car in OEM style but with all the upgrades, so we upgraded the Stereo from the 2009 model (Last model of the Gen 4 shape) which had AUX, and also added the OEM Sat Nav from a 2009 Special Edition “GTB” model as well, and Steering wheel stereo controls from a Subaru Forester, and for an extra bonus, the Liberty 3.0R interior had passenger Electric seats (The GT only had Drivers seat electronic) and the stereo also has music fade on shutdown.
HC: How does the USB, TV, DVD & Bluetooth work then?
JK: Aha! you’ll have to keep reading below to the Tech Talk section of this article!
HC: Far out! That all sounds full on JK! Well before we get into Tech Talk, lets meet Corey Megz (CM) from SA Auto Installs/SA Auto Spares..
Meeting SA Auto Installs/SA Auto Spares:
HC: Hey Corey, thanks for being a big part of Project GT! We have had you as a big supporter of HC since day 1, but lets hear the back story about how SA Auto Installs started.
CM: Pleasure to be a part of Project GT! Well i’d been working in Automotive Electrical for a fair few years prior, but for other companies. Doing Alarms, Car Audio, Brake Controllers, Reversing Systems etc. then i went mobile, and then opened our first shop in Magill in October 2014.
Then due to popular demand, we opened a second shop at Enfield in September 2016
HC: Yes, we remember the days of when you had those stores! We noticed that you not only do installs of stereo’s, but you also have SA Auto Spares now too! Tell us a bit about that!
CM: We consolidated both the Magill & Enfield stores into the new one at Para Hills West-that is now also known as SA Auto Spares; as we have over 7800 Sqm of space to fit so many cars we wreck and have parts for!
HC: Wow, what a great South Aussie success story! How many workshop bays do you have and how many people do you employ there now?
CM: 5 workshop bays + 3Install Bays and 5Staff, and we do all sorts of automotive work, like engine swaps and more! This makes doing jobs like not only electrical but also parts supply and interior swaps for examples like Project GT, so much easier to do in a one stop shop!
HC: So True! Now we know you have been an enthusiast for some time now, show us some of your choices of Horsepower!
CM: Some of you may remember [GRINCH] featured at Horsepower Crew’s “Christmas Lights Night” in 2017! Watch out for a VERY COOL Engine Conversion soon!
CM: And here is our Blue STI (in the middle)
CM: and here are the Eagle Eye twins, heaps of fun at the track!
CM: and here is my HSV! Not all Subaru’s in the shed!
HC: Wicked choices of HP there Corey! Speaking of which, lets take a look into Stage four!
Like JK said earlier, there was nothing wrong with the interior before, but it was black, and JK is building it into the Autosalon Era inspiration, so here’s some “goodbye pics” to what was..
Then, as they say… “In order to make something beautiful, you must first tear it down”
Eeeek!! Full on!
But the change to Factory Tan, against the black exterior, looks amazing! It’s a wonder why Subaru didn’t have this combo on a “Executive/Sports” model to begin with!
Stage 4-TECH TALK:
So the first part was to replace the centre “Cubby”
Wire it up…
With the Factory SAT Nav from the 2009 model…
And connect all the Tech info!
Then next, replace the Series 1 (Pre-Facelift) Stereo..
With the Series 2 (Post Facelift) Stereo..
Which is a much nicer mirror & Chrome face look which matches the simmons wheels, but also had the AUX controls, and also had wiring for the…
Steering wheel controls! Which some would think that the Series 2 steering wheel would be a perfect fit, but no, the clock spring was different, but thanks to Corey’s quick thinking, the Subaru Forester Steering wheel has all the Same functions and also Fits!
But how does the Bluetooth work?
Ah Lets get Tricky!
We have a aftermarket stereo located in the Glove box!
This also is wired to trick the OEM Stereo, so when a call comes in…
Simply press the AUX button.. (or if you are listening to something like Spotify, then the call takes over)
And Voila! We have Bluetooth like it’s OEM!
But it gets better!
Corey wired up the Stereo to the Sat Nav, so it can play TV/DVD! Check the video out from Project GT’s Debut at Auto Expo below!)
Also since it has USB, you can play anything into it! And.. Also wired up a reverse camera and Tricked the Sat Nav into Changing view!
Getting things done at the same time!
As most of you would know by reading the last few articles, it’s always a good thing to get a lot of other bits and pieces done at the same time when you have your car somewhere!
Broken air con thing
For the Liberty Gen 4 owners, this is the biggest pain in the a$$! Basically its the part that shifts the vents from face, to feet, to window.. And when it carks itself after almost 15 years.. It makes the most annoying vibrating sound in your dash every time you start the car, shut down and at random, and is located above the glovebox, so its even harder to get to! (JK: Thank god that thing got replaced!)
Whats a Tan interior on a 2000’s car without…
Under Dash & Seat Lights! (Now we are getting closer to a Autosalon Era Tribute!)
Checker plate Floor mats! (Now we are REALLY getting into the tribute!)
Thanks to Olly from Kustom Cycles and Kustom Fab, he turned this sheet of Checker plate from this…
Into these Custom (or Kustom lol) Floor mats!
All from JK’s custom cut cardbord cutouts! (ok since you thought of it.. “Kustom Kut Kardboard Kutouts! lol)
And thanks to Harry from Mental Customs for clear coating the custom floormats too!Finishing Touches!
Why go to all the effort with all the interior and tech, without involving a few more great south Aussie businesses!
Big shoutout to Frank whos is the GURU of Automotive leather! Has the BIGGEST range in AUSTRALIA based here in Adelaide!
He was able to custom make a gear boot in the same “Shaol” (Tan) colour as the rest of the interior! (as the Liberty 3.0R model didnt come in manual!)
And a big thanks to DIZZI DECALZ! They changed the look of Project GT to include the very “Need for Speed” / 2000’s style Stripe!
They also wrapped the stereo surrounds (pictured above) and the door handles (pictured below) in carbon fibre!
So much more tidier and cleaner look!
And a big thanks to JL Design & Fab for coming up with this cool shifter badge!
What’s next in Project GT?
Stage 5 will be on what Redefined Detail can do to restore and protect the paint!
Whats Next in Horsepower Crew?
We are heading into 2020 with Monster Trucks Vs Horsepower!
How to reach who worked on Project GT!
Click on thier name below to check them out on Facebook!