Nothing says JDM like a big, American pickup truck parked in front of Japan Direct, the GTA’s best source for original parts for Japanese classics.

Getting the classic WRX on the road is going to take some work; and it’ll need more than a fresh set of tires. Mechanically, the car is sound, but there’s body work, interior detailing and (the only concession to modern times) replacement of the factory cassette player with a Kenwood radio with an 8″ screen and a backup camera. Since the body shop will be the next step in the restoration process., a trip to Japan Direct was in order.

The front bumper on the WRX is gone, cracked and repaired more than once, it’s time for a replacement. Don’t worry. The JPD parts supplier has everything you could need.

The size and scope of Japan Direct, located at 1591 Matheson Blvd in Mississauga, is stunning; engines, transmissions, hoods, fenders, wheels, coilovers and original Japanese-market-only parts. If there’s a JDM item you need, this shop has a dozen of them. And if they sold out of the OZ Racing gold wheels you had your eye on…there will be another container of cars arriving from the far east in another month.

In advance of driving out to Mississauga, Chris spoke with proprietor Noor, who mentioned a right-hand drive 2003 WRX STi with an air intake on the roof that the Demaras Racing team could look at for inspiration. A couple hundred dollars later, Daniel and Chris loaded up the new-to-them parts in the pickup truck and headed across the 401 to the body shop.

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