It's been a while since I checked in, but just had a catch up on what you've been doing and it's looking really fresh, respect for the effort your putting in along with the choice of parts, loving it so far, keep the pics coming.
Thanks gents, she's getting there slowly. I'm hoping to get everything buttoned up next week and then oil & coolant in to turn the car over a few times before a start up.. It feels like such a long time since I heard her roar!
How have you been Kev? Long time no updates! Are you still working on the R32? I finally got the old oil cooler out of the 33, looking at that and the new Nismo shroud (& instructions) the design between all three generations is markedly different, so not sure how much use it'll be to you?
Few parts came today, nothing exciting (apart from the Nismo rear view mirror cover!) so I'll add pics once I have everything else and done a bit on the car. I'm glad people are enjoying reading it as much as I am working on the car, the wife keeps asking what I'll do once it is finally finished... I'm not sure it'll ever be finished with all the things I want to do! :chuckle:
Oh man, what a couple of days it has been!! :clap:
Nismo carbon mirror cover arrived with a few new clips, bolts, etc. I haven't fitted it yet, maybe tonight. I also received new bonnet seals as mine have always been missing, damn the underside needs a good clean. No pics yet.
I started rebuilding the front end using new or plated bolts, couple I didn't have new or plated so I had to use the old ones, for now... I also installed my new headlight seals and Nissan dealer option horns. These are for the 370Z, but are a nice upgrade for the 33's aging horns!
Having a few spare hours after work meant I could tackle the intercooler, now this may not be to everyone's taste, but it's my car. :double-finger:
£20 on paint and a stencil vs £2000 on a genuine one. Not too bad eh? Slight run on the red in a couple of the 'bars' but that should clean off with a bit of gentle persuasion.
I was then able to get it fitted, reinstall all the old pipework and also fit the Nismo intercooler hard pipes. I've only had them about 3 years! Once that was all in, I fitted the new crash bar and trial fitted the front bumper, grill and modified Okuyama cooling plate. This, was when I found my new horns fouled the cooling plate and the front grill slightly.
I moved the left horn to the driver side, and using a longer bolt and nut, managed to fit them both into position. I need to extend the wiring to the "high" horn, the "low" one sounds a bit comical on its own to be honest, lol. It's a bit of a clown "MAAAAP!" noise. :chuckle:
I set to work installing the rest of the inlet pipe work, taking the first picture I realised my mistake, I'd put the main pipe in from below, where it should have been from above. DOH! After I fixed that, I completed the Nismo oil separator install, finalised the KTS hard pipe install and added all new blue vacuum lines where the old ones had gone hard. Yes, I put a small jubilee clip onto the return line (not pictured with it on) - I then finished off the Nismo air intake, fitted the airbox, AFM's and installed my S-Tune air filter. The old AFM's will be replaced with the HPI R35 adaptors and genuine sensors, again something I've had for a couple of years!
Finally, I got the scoop on. :thumbsup:
I'll need to do the heatgun mod and close the rear section up slightly, as it currently fouls on the Nismo air intake. I'll do that later and add a little heat shielding too.
I've also fitted the front pipe, and discovered my Fujitsubo is about 50mm wide, where as the HPI turbo elbows are 70mm... Yeah. I've added a new HPI front pipe to my wishlist! It isn't too expensive either, certainly a lot less than Reimax, Blitz or HKS! It'll match perfectly to the turbo elbows too, it will currently be the biggest restriction in my exhaust system. New cat temp sensor installed into a better decat and the AEM AFR sensor is installed too. I just need to clip up the short run on wiring under the car. I used the cat temp bung to get the wiring into the car.
Today I also ordered a stainless steel and billet aluminium dress up bolt kit to replace some of the old shit that are on the wings, etc. They need to come off to install the Nagissa Auto fender braces anyway, so..
I gave her a good feeding of oil and coolant last night and reinstalled the front wheels. She's finally on all fours! :chuckle: Once the exhaust system was all back on, I slaved in the new Optima Yellow battery to hopefully turn the car over. A side effect of that is it seems to have boosted my old, dead battery (which is now actually charging via my C-Tek!) - So, the hour came. The first turn over in several months of dormancy. :squintdan
Key in, everything fired into life on the dash, the car turned over straight away! I'd read to keep turning over until I got oil pressure, I don't have an aftermarket oil pressure gauge installed (Defi gauges yet to go in) so it sat firmly at ZERO. ****. Feeling a bit shit, I checked Google, same thing, pull the spark plugs and the CAS (already had it unplugged, obviously!), check this, take off that, etc. Then someone said to just start the car after cranking for 30 seconds, if the oil light is off, you're fine. Reluctantly, I did just that. She fired up first time, oil pressure building immediately to 8 bar! Everything was as it should be, no dramas at all. I did panic slightly when I saw slight traces of smoke from the turbo side, but that was because everything around there is new and I had spilt a little old oil removing the turbo side components. Panic over!
I'd already bled the coolant system of air, the heaters belting out 32*c heat, starting the car up I left the heaters off and got her up to temperature. I did have a panic on for a while when the bottom radiator hose was cold! Checking my Apexi PFC however showed the water temp at 80*c or so, so the thermostat hadn't actually opened. Shortly after that the bottom of the radiator became warm and so did the bottom radiator hose, all good!
Next on the list, remove the old light lenses and install the new Berhman lenses, refurb the light brackets, etc and get the front end reinstalled. I've got new spring clips and bolts to put the splitter back on again, and all new bolts, clips, etc.to install the bumper. The whole car needs a damn good clean too, having partly refurbed the engine bay, the rest of the car is letting the side down now! Oh, EBC yellowstuff pads front and back ordered to replace the aging DS2500, they've been on the car since before my ownership, so they're pretty old and crispy - much like my aging Toyo T1R tyres, something else that needs to go ASAP! I've got the mesh out of the bumper and grill to be refurbed too, I can then add the shiny new GTR badge.
And that, is where we are now! Car is back running, no leaks or anything (yet!) - I'll get my plenum in ASAP and get the new front pipe before having a remap and install my fuelling parts to make the most of the new turbos.
SO ****ING EXCITED!! :chuckle:
PS. Yes, I still want a genuine Nismo intercooler.
Thanks gents, the outside will need a bloody good clean to match the engine bay / front end at this rate! :chuckle: The garage floor really needs sealing, everything has concrete dust on it from moving around under the car, etc. I've read a cheap solution is to use watered down PVA glue which seeps into the concrete to seal it. I can then save for the flooring tiles I want to finish it properly.
Jim, I'll likely contact Torque Developments International in Thurrock, they map a lot of JDR's race cars (and customer cars) and have a great reputation for quality from what I've read. I'll drop them an email next week for a guide price to fit my Nismo 600cc injectors and FPR. I've got less than 1/4 tank of fuel so it'd be a great time for me to get the Nismo fuel pump in myself, I bought a lockring tool to help me get everything off, I might tackle that next week. :thumbsup: It was originally mapped by Mark at Abbey, the map has never been changed in my ownership so it'd be great to get it done fresh!
Ordered some racking today for the garage, I was going to make it myself but for £60 for two 180x90x45cm units was a no brainer. They'll fit either side of my workbench and will give me a lot more room to work on the car too! Also ordered new wheels nuts from Rare Rims, my open ended nuts are rusty and look shit. Looking at alloy wheel refurb and Nankang NS2R or NS2 tyres too, when funds allow...
Nice one, I've seen a few people mention them! I have a company literally 5 minutes from my house, so I'll try them first, I was looking st going black (flat or gloss) or bronze, but everyone seems to have black wheels + black lip, I'll stick with white, I know I'd regret it if I changed colour away from the classic white on white. :thumbsup:
Thank you, she's certainly come on more in the last year or so than for most of the rest of the thread, lol. I've got a new update to add, only did the pictures earlier today though so hopefully update this tomorrow.
Hello mate, sorry yes been a bit busy recently, haven't had anything major to report yet (I don't think, I'll have to check my photos, lol) - I've been busy with work and the garden, had a back injury and then got gout in my left big toe / foot! Seriously painful! Not had much time on the car tbh, now the cold and damp weather has arrived I've had little motivation to get out and do bits on the car, that and my HPI front pipe has been delayed, twice... supposedly it'll be in on Friday, but I doubt it. Fingers are crossed though!
Yes, I fitted the Berhman lenses, what a difference! I forgot I hadn't added pictures of those. What else... Had my Samco power steering hoses arrive, bought a billet back plate from Supertec for the N1 oil pump (spline drive when I have more money) carbon intercooler surround from EPR, new splash guards, new style wheel nuts (closed end type), probably more I've forgotten tbh!
Oh, most importantly a decent heater to keep the garage at a constant temperature! Lol :chuckle:
Right, time for some pics and an update that I forgot to add back in September! :tard:
Starting off with my headlights, just for Jimbo! I wasn't happy with the lenses still being a bit yellow, despite the vast improvement after a good clean and polish with the Meguiars restorer kit. I always knew I wanted to replace them with the Behrman lenses, and after doing all that work restoring the front end (not that you can see it with the bumper on!) the yellowed lenses just let the side down.
So, they came apart. Again.
Old yellow Vs. new - crystal clear!
Aaaaand back together again.
I also refurbed the old, salty corroded clamps. I need to find the correct machine screws to replace the old rusty ones though. Yes, I also remembered to clean the housings, after I'd taken the pictures! Lol
After that, I refurbed the mesh in the bottom grill and in the top vent where the GTR badge goes. The smaller ones are an utter **** to get off, the starlock washers will have invariably cut into the plastic pins, which will then shear off. I managed to break all bar 4 of them? I reglued the majority back, but tbh, I'll likely just get a new top part next year. They come ready painted too. It looks fine, but it annoys me to know it isn't 'right'.
Headlights in, bumper slid into position to check crash bar alignment, blue washer hoses fitted (and rerouted under liner.)
While I was spraying the headlight brackets, I also did the Nagissa Auto fender braces. I'd read they can go rusty if left bare! A Nismo-looking silver sorted that out.
I couldn't get my wings right off as the pinch seams (...?) are squashed making it impossible to get the bolts out! Argh! I've bought a slide hammer to pull them back into shape, but that is a job for another day. I was pretty horrified with what I thought was rust at the bottom of the wing, turns out it was actually mostly surface stuff and a load of really, really old leaves! Lol :chuckle: Just at the top of the wing is some rust (pic of before I cleaned it up) and it wasn't as bad as it looked. It was just surface stuff and dirt. This has been treated, the metal is all solid, thankfully. I'll be getting the bonnet off to remove the old wiper arms & scuttle panel then treat / respray underneath all that anyway.
As you can see it's all in need of a good clean, and frankly, some paint! I've been following Steve Richards (SR Autobodies) on Facebook and have been watching his videos & posts on how to take some of these bits apart. I can see I'll be going a bit mental on this too as I really want to use some red oxide primer before painting all the bits you won't see in QM1.
I finally got around to sealing the garage floor with a clear sealant too, no more dust on, well, everything! Best of all I won't be breathing in concrete dust every time I'm under the car! I also purchased more racking, as it was just too cheap (and useful!) not to.
Bought myself a decent 2500w heater for the garage, I've already got a mini dehumidifier, so the air won't be damp nor cold now. It has a thermostat on it and as I've insulated the garage it doesn't seem to work too hard to keep a constant temperature either.
What else... Bought a few bits, haven't got pics of it all and probably things I've forgotten!
Z Spec Design Dress-Up Bolts
Supertec Billet N1 oil pump back plate
EPR carbon intercooler surround
New EBC Yellowstuff pads front and rear
New closed type wheel nuts
Polishing pads for the DAS 6 Pro (that I still havem't used...)
OEM clips, bolts, etc.
Robson leather handbrake gaiter (red stitch)
The car currently looks like this:
Annoyingly the Nismo logo sits a bit too high really, I didn't think to test fit in 'in situ' before I sprayed it. Not sure I can be bothered talking it all apart again just to respray in and do it again. Front bumper needs to come off to fit the Nismo oil cooler anyway, so we'll see how I feel when it comes to do that! I also need to strip the plenum out to get the new one in and then fit the Greddy oil filter relocation kit.
Oh, while I remember! AEM Wideband gauge has been wired up, I just need to find a place to install it, hide the wiring under the carpet and reinstall the passenger seat. The Garage Yoshida double DIN AC relocation panel has been temporarily installed, it needs cleaning up and spraying as it is the unfinished version. I'll also spray the rusty lock plate for the gear shift too. I just wanted to test the fitment. I've found the double din stereo I want too, it has Android Auto, WAZE, etc. Isn't massively expensive but also has DAB and an option for a GPS for nav rather than using your phone. Hopefully see it in the January sales at a discount...
I think that is it for now, I'm absolutely knackered so I'm off for an hours sleep (maybe 3) - gotta love a shift of late nights. Not!
Oh, car also needs a ****ing good clean too, new HPI front pipe should be here early next week? Got a busy few weeks coming before Xmas, but hopefully I'll be able to get something done on the GTR too.