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with all parts finally in early this week, we've gotten right down to it to build my R32, and hopefully, do it right this time.

today, the head got finished. The GT2860R-5s and the Tomei elbows look gorgeous - no more mucking about with stock turbos, I've got a proper set now! Tomei Poncams, Type B (260in/260ex, 9.15mm lift) went in, and all 24 valve clearances are dead on:


The NTK titania narrowband O2 sensors (3 wire, 12mm) I bought new for $20 each on eBay screwed right into the Tomei elbows no problem.


Is it really necessary to use the heat shields? How about that heat tape that looks like everything's been mummified?

I'm looking at the exhaust manifolds, and I just noticed - what are those things in the #1 and #4 runners? Looks like an EGT temp probe could be mounted in there...?

Also, one slightly irksome point - they reused the exhaust gaskets instead of the fresh Tomei units I supplied them with. They said they were in fine shape and could be used again. The reused gaskets are Nissan OEM with 2000km on them. Should I insist they take apart the exhaust side and put in the Tomeis, or am I just being overanal? New Tomei metal gaskets did go on the intake plenum and throttle bodies.

The block is back from the machinist, so that'll come together over the weekend. Will post pics as they happen :)
 

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I´d suggest to use the heatshield or take heat wrap of a recommended company, I´ve seen several elbows that fried the heat wrap. Without any heat protection your hood paint might get bubbles.

BTW:great job! I hope you have more luck this time.
 

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The lugs you want to put EGT probes into are mounting points for the OEM heatshields - you could try putting a thermocouple in them though! LoL

Reused std exhaust gaskets - absolutely NOT!

Heatshields YES!
 

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Seems to be coming along nicely. Best of luck this time...

The gaskets may have been in good shape, but would you really want to skimp on them at this "point" when its much easier to take off the turbos now, and replace them, than when its in the car, and gives problems later on. Leaking exhaust gaskets are never good, so why not use the new ones now, and job done. Just my opinion..
 

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I agree. Looks beautiful, however I would have them take it apart and put the metal ones in. You bought them for a reason. No point in spending 13K to skimp out on a $50 part.


-Sayajin
 

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yep, I was utterly baffled why they would not only use OEM gaskets when I had a Tomei intake/exhaust set sitting right there, but *reuse* OEM gaskets. Doesn't make sense to me.
 

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Sorry to say it, but be an ass. INSIST they use the Tomei ones. I know I plan to.

Unfortunate, but it seems I will be following in your footsteps.


-Sayajin
 

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I just did - they're taking the exhaust side apart and redoing it. I'm in there every day checking up on the little things...I'm sure I can just wait, but then there will be things that don't get done or will be done in a way I didn't specify. Anal, but it's not just a car, it's a passion. And...a shitload of money!!!
 

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Are these boys going to be mapping it as well?
I hired a well-known Japanese tuner to fly in and spend two days with my car on a dynojet. hopefully, he won't expect me to kick in some "room salon" action....
 

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well, today saw the Tomei exhaust gaskets go in and the OEMs in the garbage. The knock sensors (brand new Nissan OEM) were put in and we found that a lot of the in situ wiring was crap, like it was done by a four-year old. It's very clear that I got shafted with my last rebuild - which was a hurried installation with an old, beat-up, $1000 long block.

anyways, the oil pan with new Tomei baffle:


I swear, these turbos are positively pornographic...


a couple of the assembled longblock:



bearing clearances were dead on, a bit on the tight side, but within spec:


stock rods, ARP bolts, new Tomei conrod bearings and a pic of the underside of the 87mm HKS pistons. A quick check on Wikipedia showed why the tops of these pistons are dipped in nickel, and the top ring is molybdenum - the melting point nickel is significantly higher than aluminum, and moly, even higher still. Not invincible, but definitely tougher than the average article:


some of the stuff left to go in - and after the engine's done, there's a lot of gauge fitting to be done to the interior of the car, plus the biamped MB Quarts, Pioneer 10" subs, and twin Polk amps :D
 

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here's the car, ready for the engine. Aching for it, really.


will be rolling that roller in just a matter of days:

and the engine is complete:





next up: interior

a couple notes: didn't take a picture, but the Nismo coppermix twinplate clutchplates literally look brand new, and although only 2000km were logged on them, I wasn't shy about abusing it. Bodes well for the future.

Literally had a dream last night when I had a turbo and exhaust manifold failure due to the probe breaking off. Got weird when the car caught on fire and other bizarre things like screaming, burning kittens leaping out of the engine bay. Changed my mind at the last second today and put the probe in the rear elbow, can be spotted in the above pictures. And there we go.
 

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engine went in this morning, now just a bunch of connecting, and then the wiring inside the car, and then we're ready to roll!

 

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Apexi suction kit and Z32 AFMs installed. Carbon canister chucked to make room for the 150psi water/alcohol injection pump:


intake side - stock fuel rail, Sard 700cc injectors, Nismo FPR, to be set at 2.8bar at idle:


The exhaust - the monster Mines downpipe, decat, and Apexi N1 catback. Very big!


starting in on the interior: Apexi gauges, permanent wideband lambda install, little odds and ends and Momo four-point seat belt:


intial engine run and Power FC setup scheduled for tomorrow afternoon....excited and nervous at the same time....
 

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Any reason why you did not go crazy detailing/painting/chroming the engine and bay while it was out ???
Looking forward to some numbers :D
 
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