Below, a slideshow of the vehicle before the work started:
Part of the challenge of acquiring this smashed-up 'salvage titled' vehicle is, what to buy? When we did find a Subaru Outback, which model is it, exactly? A site on the internet(s) that answers most of these questions is http://www.cars101.com. This is a site put up by Joe Spitz. Joe works for a Subaru dealer in the Pacific Northwest, and this website is his answer to Everything You Wanted To Know About Subarus, But Were Afraid To Ask. There are volumes of archival data on this website that are not available anywhere else, at least not in such a convenient collection.
Below, the reconstruction begins:
They say that those who like their laws and sausages should watch neither being made. This is the auto body equivalent, lots going on here. Note the blue beam athwartships under the vehicle; that is the laser beam used to ensure that the frame, once straightened, is precisely square, and to the manufacturer's specifications. Note where the roof pillars are severed, ready to receive the 'new' quarter panel. Also note where the running board changeover is at the yellow tape, on the bottom of the passenger door.