Part 2 is all about body repair and paint. My Impreza RS was originally painted black, which is okay but if I'm going through the trouble of stripping the car, might as well go for the color I really want. The color of choice, Evo 9 MR grey. Definitely not a common color on RS's and after seeing a great example online of one already painted in the same color, I couldn't resist.
The RS originally had some rust issues and dents. Thanks to my autobody master of a friend (thanks Chris!), the car has all of its blemishes cleared up. I also took the time to roll the rear fenders as far out as I could in preparation for 235 tire widths. The front fenders will be replaced with 22b style fenders for the front, so I should be fine for tire clearance.
With all the prep work done, it was time to send off the car to paint. In the meantime, I will start ordering the items needed for the swap and I will update with pics as soon as I have them.