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    This is complicated. It’s like trying to figure out who will be the ‘winner’ in game of thrones

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    I'm reading through all this and wondering why I haven't seen any of your cars on Wollongong roads... Although its seems they were off the road, more than they were on the road.
    So how many cars did you have altogether? I'm confused.
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    So throughout that ordeal, I still had the blue car. And it kept getting bluer. One day, a blue TH1 Silvia shell popped up, $1500, dead CA18, just out of rego. So I bought it, the guy was a proper kook

    me - car still for sale?
    him - yeah
    me - can I come tonight? I'll organise my mate to tow it, can be there in 45 minutes
    him - oh I've taken a deposit for it

    wtf, that's weird. Why would he put it so weirdly? Something compelled me to throw out a gibberish line, like "oh damn. did he pay asking price? this is exactly what I need to get my shitbox back on the road"

    him - he's paying 1200, but thats only because I threw in a 5 stud conversion

    d a f u q ?

    me - oh, I'd definitely pay asking price, no worries
    him - okay the car is yours

    W H A T I S H A P P E N I N G ?

    Organised for pickup on another week day to pick up, and he stopped replying. Fucks sake. Then suddenly came back to life. Pickup confirmed for a Saturday. I went with my mate to pick it up, it was a neater than expected car - it had a panel beater respray 6 months ago, but just blew the engine and rear ended someone in traffic (towbar). The car was completely stock, except for a boost tee. As in, no boost gauge. The car would start, and stall. Then start, and run strongly. We look at eachother, "is he serious, blown head gasket? ha!"

    Moments later, the car is hidden from view, as it has pumped out enough smoke to hide a house. We guessed a hole in a piston, from running unlimited boost with no gauges. Whatever, took it home. [Editors note: I should have kept this shell, as it was a very tidy shell, and factory TH1. Silvias are quieter, stiffer, lighter than 180's, look sensiblerish, and have a sealed cabin, so stink less, and generally a nicer place to be]. I pinched the bonnet and guards for my car, and the SR20DE from the vert was going to go into this, to resell for mucho p plater profits.

    That afternoon, I was at Anthonys house. When I got there, his long time friend Dumhed was in the kitchen. Anthony called out "hey dumhed, nopistons is here." Dumhed shook my hand and asked if I'm the guy that ran stock pistons with forged rods, in a motor I bothered spending money on.



    Facebook lit up with new p plater laws. P platers can drive turbo S14/S15, and turbo CA S13's now. That's right folks, SR20DE S13's are suddenly worthless. I panicked, put the SR20DE up for sale to clear it off, I answered a WTB for a shell for someone who just hit the wall at wakefield. He came 8AM the next morning "to inspect it" with a trailer fuckin, so I took the front end off, swapped out coilovers for king springs etc. while they ate breakfast at a cafe around the corner. When the dust settled, was a grand ahead, and my nasty black front panels were replaced with blue ones.

    But speaking of Anthony, a cheap GTR popped up on drift sales. As in, cheap like 4 or 6k for a registered car with blown motor. So cheap. So cheap that he bought two of them.



    The other car was ex-Japan, was imported but couldnt be complied because of the month it was built. So it sat in someones backyard for 8 years before tony bought it for the driveline. Genuine 50,000km. Was like a time capsule, fresh interior, 100mm drag intercooler, HKS turbos, Greddy gauges, and what appeared to be brand new BBS LM.

    "Hey man, these are worth like, two grand"



    I bought them for the vert, but they ended up on the blue car. Which you may notice now has a semi primered roof.

    The car itself was reasonably reliable. Did a few thousand KM's, and thought that wheel bearings were shot. The KKR adjustible tie rod ends had a massive amount of play in them... but wait, so do the tie rods!



    A friend helped do an eye-lignment when the car first went back on the road, but didnt replace the zipties on the steering rack boots. So they were literally full of water. Replaced with Tein OEM style sealed units, which have done about 45k kms with no issue. Something something poor man pays twice

    A little bit before the GTR saga, another registered 180SX with a blown engine popped up local. I also met a nice tow truck driver at this point, who said $80 for any Illawarra job. So much easier than begging mates to borrow a trailer and a ute and waste half a day fucking around.



    Had some basic fruit, but the shell was CLEAN. Had a non OEM paint job though, so was a bit iffy about it. I was seriously considering reshelling, since the rear guards on the blue car are so nasty. But a friends brother was after a car, and there was another nonturbo engine floating around, so he made an offer that he knew was more than what I paid, but much less than market price, but also came with their labour to put it back together.



    Anyway, Blue car lived on.



    Why the fuck is my garage full of engines?



    This is another guy who stopped me from getting out of the game. When I met him, he had a "stock" Silvia daily, and a "Skyline track car".



    Ex HPI project car. RB24DET, things and stuff.

    Anyway, his Silvia was the most happy-go-lucky car I've ever seened. Untuned redtop with whatever was available at the time. T25 when I met him, then T28, then T28 with a screamer, then a HKS 2510 (happiest time of my life)



    Even his near fatal accidents are simply whoopsiedo's. He spun out in the rain on a mountain road at midnight, took out a 50 sign, ended up in a ditch. "What the fuck do I do now?" a fourby stops and asks if he needs to be pulled out. Drove home, and oldmate panelbeater welded on a chassis rail from a skyline or some shit haha. That car had seen some shit. The most dramatic was probably a board slide on the back straight at wakefield at the top of third gear. We/he was chasing someone and lost it unexpectedly. The car slid sideways on the ripple strip and we just looked at each other like the car was going to be sawn in half, lol. Went back into pits and everything looked fine.

    Eventually he killed a motor. It was a wrecker motor that took YEARS of nightly street hacks and every track day he couldnt be bothered to take his skyline to. So Anthony took this opportunity to sell him the stock-ish type X engine out of his sil80, and suggest that I buy the HKS 2530, steampipe manifold and nistune setup at the same time.



    we had some helpers



    We had some late nights



    And I got a ceramic coated manifold with my favourite SR20 turbo yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lukevl View Post
    This is complicated. It’s like trying to figure out who will be the ‘winner’ in game of thrones
    Fuckin lol. Well, I'm not dead yet, and somehow the blue car is still being blue. And nopics hasn't bashed me yet.

    Quote Originally Posted by milo View Post
    I'm reading through all this and wondering why I haven't seen any of your cars on Wollongong roads... Although its seems they were off the road, more than they were on the road.
    So how many cars did you have altogether? I'm confused.
    Most are bad ideas that get too much momentum, and then dissipate. The blue Sil80 has been around since 2012, and still is. But used to commute to sydney every day, then become a stay at home dad and commuted to UOW 1-3 days a week, usually in my momcar. Still, the blue car has done over 50k km's since I built the engine. Somehow.

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    So end of 2014. I had just quit my job, and was living off scumbag carparts sales. Some friends had organised a track day, so I thought this was a good thing to commit money towards. Anthony pointed out that I'm a fucking spastic, driving on his tune, with my pistonless motor, and booked a double-deal with unigroup for the night before the track day. Unfortunately, his car didn't make it to the dyno, but it meant Yavuz spent the whole arvo on my car alone.

    Seeing a car on a dyno in person is fucking FASCINATING. So many little things too. And I've never stood in front of a car going full throttle with the bonnet up, either. I had assumed my rattley piece of shit car would have its poor engine flopping all over the place, waiting to leak out its pistons and oils. But the engine bay was surprisingly well behaved.

    Yavuz tinkered with fuel maps for probably a good 30 minutes, then started giving it some throttle. Fuck me, it sounds like he's giving it a hard time. I look up on the screen and he hasn't gone past 3000rpm yet. He's satisfied, first run pulls 194kw on 11 psi. Obamanotbad.jpg

    He fiddles with some settles. 198kw on 12 psi

    199kw on 15 psi
    199.4 kw on 18 psi
    199.6kw on 20 psi

    "Your coilpacks suck dick"

    They gap some plugs to 0.55mm or something tiny and go again

    218kw on 21 psi

    I got a stern talking-to about running a cat, and how said cat should be met with an unfortunate accident, and that if I were ever queried, who am I to know what a cat is or why mine is missing its internals? They were very disappointed about not hitting 230kw that the turbo deserved.

    Somehow I got a printout for a 206kw run. Whatever, that was a very tasty experience. If you've never had a car you've built dyno'd, fucking do it Anthony knew Yavuz personally though, so I probably got special treatment in being allowed to hang around, despite being a useless fack.



    I've never driven a car this fast before. Car made it to Wakefield, and survived a day of me drifting*

    (*Trying to remember how to drive)

    It was a hoot, I wish I'd kept it up. Doesn't matter now, the car is driftable, and I can always drift at wakie. [Nek minut, wakefield bans drifting. fml]

    At the 30,000km mark, I was driving around the block to get some snacks. I crossed a train crossing and heard an ALARMING RATTLE. I literally idled across the crossing, so nothing harsh. I idled back home, it sounded fucking nasty. Cue inbreds with their "hurr hurr SR means snapped rocker"



    Things came apart. The vert was often used as a work bench, as my two work benches were used for storage of vert parts.



    Oh, look! The titanium retainers are all fucked. Most of them had wear, some had some alarming wear, and one was worn so much that a shim escaped. The horrid noise was the rocker arm smashing down on the retainer. On a side note, I was pleasantly surprised with how clean my engine was internally.

    I actually posted a thread on PF and NS at the time. I wanted to know if this is expected in the realm of titanium, or if I fucked up somehow. The completely different responses was a bit of an eyeopener

    peasant forums: HURR DURR everyone uses titanium retainers especially in million kw cars, so you're a fuckin idiot and you fucked up everything, did you even measure anything you fuckin idiot

    performance forums: Oh dear. Well it is titanium, it wears significantly faster than case hardened steel. In fact, most race engines you would throw out a set and replace them between races, without even inspecting them.

    Not to get too philosophical, but how many SR's have rocker arm failures due to badly worn Ti retainers? You'd never know, because people just redline SR's until they explode anyway, and use it as an excuse to go JZ/RB/LS.

    Anyway, put stock retainers back in, and the car drove fine forevermore.





    This is what the car has looked like for a lot of its life. OEM aero, LMGT2.

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    Intermission

    So some shit happened, I quit my job, haven't yet sold the vert, had a death in the family, wasn't coping so well. I bought a crashed red 180SX from a friend, which went a bit sour.



    A Z32 that popped up a few times cheap, like $2000, $1500, down in Nowra, it just popped up for $1000. It had rego. It ran. Manual, 2+2, targa, non turbo. 160 comments

    whatever, it's got to be sold

    220 comments

    ...really?

    250 comments

    I open the thread

    "If you can improve the price i'll buy it"
    "whats your best price"
    "can you deliver to sydney"

    Hundreds of flops commenting on this car. I JUST bought a parts car, I'm not dumb enough to buy two at once. I bullied a mate into buying it, and told nopics about it.

    "A thousand dollars? I'd give you the money"

    FUCK

    I message the guy, yes its available. Told my mate we are now going halves. So we went down to Nowra that Sunday.

    The car had no powersteering fluid. The high pressure hose just sprayed it out when the engine started.
    The car had no mufflers. Someone made a drainpipe system and used two resonators instead of mufflers.
    The car had completely fucked interior. [I did some digging, one of the many previous owners had dogs living in the car and they chewed everything]
    The car had four different brand tyres, all bald
    The car had a blown shock
    The car had a flat battery and needed to be jumped
    The car had a driver side electric seat, which was broken, so it was all the way back, and all the way upright. It was fucking painful to stay in

    This HAS to kill the dream for me. I always wanted a 300ZX. This is nasty enough to kill it. Let's test drive it

    Now, I know I'm full of shit, and I'm a Nissan tragic, and i'm a 80s90s fanboi. But I hopped in this car and I could feel why it was a $90k car when sold in Australia. Fuck, Silvias are so flimsy and shit and cheaply made.

    We drove / flogged the car until the starter died and it sat outside my house until I could be bothered to strip it. Even then, it was pretty cathartic. You just had to start at one end of the car, and not get impatient and try to reach a component in the middle. The gearbox was put aside for the Sil80, some bits went to my friend who co-financed and we made our money back on the rest.

    Re: nicely made cars vs. Silvias. I keep coming back to Silvia's because there is nothing to them. They have everything you need to drive fast and nothing extra. No double wishbone front, no four wheel steer (usually), no active stupid shit, no speed sensitive steering. I do get pangs every time I drive a better made Nissan, but I'd hate to have to maintain them. Anthonys pair of GTR's was a real eye opener. Even a stock engine bay for them is FULL. 400 hose clamps between the airbox and the turbos. Not to mention pipes and hoses and return lines and multiple BOV's and big heavy serious brackets and reinforcements and an extra diff and more coolers and things and doodads and shit. Obviously the cars work, and work well, but I can't argue against the lightness and simplicity of Silvia's.

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    Yeah wow...

    I feel like we've almost lived parallel lives, and even crossed paths with the same people.

    Good read.
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    What an emotional roller coaster! I feel like there's still 2-3 more years of updates to come?

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    Well, as it stands, there has been

    1 180SX that I bought, drove, and crashed
    1 180SX that I bought, started to build, and sold
    1 180SX that I bought, rebuilt, drove, rebuilt, drove, and still drive
    1 S13 convertible that I bought, built and changed direction 30 times, and sold

    And 24 cars that I've bought for parts. 9 180SX's, 8 S13 Silvias, 1 S14, 1 S15, 3 R33's, 2 Z32's.

    Some cars are real heart breakers. One of the first parts cars I bought was a champagne 180SX. Was missing front guards and door trims. I think the kid bought it for the engine, got busted for doing a skid in his nonturbo car, and his parents beat the shit out of him. It was up for $2k on a long weekend, and everyone else was too drunk to buy it. So I was able to pick it up, the kid auto-negotiated himself to $1700. And when I was loading it up on the trailer, he slipped my friend $100 back saying that I paid too much.



    Auto redtop 180SX. Had factory options like the CD storage center console thingy, which I've never seen since. The interior was AMAZING. Nothing was sun damaged, everything was glossy and black, the buttons all had the strongest CLICK sounds when pressed. The paint was amazing, it was like it had never been in the weather before, save for one mark from a bird shit that never got cleaned. It was a Car I Considered Reshelling Into™. Anyway, I immediately sold the complete and immaculate boot interior. I hopped into the boot to undo the trims, and my foot went through the floor.

    Rust.

    The sills around the hatch and the bonnet were full of old, damp leaves. As if the car was driven ONCE, and garaged, but never had any debris cleared out. Rust around the firewall, rust behind the arches, rust in all the non-visible places. It was a shame, and even so, I started getting a reputation for being the guy that ruined good, usable cars.



    I bought a few cheaper cars too. This dick-covered car should have been a warning that not everyone in the car scene was honest. Just buying the car was a complete fuck around. The guy agreed for an 8am pickup, but told me at 7am that the car wasn't accessible. A friend stayed the night and parked in his driveway, then went awol. Now we can't find the keys. Now we can't find the friend. Now we have to duck out. etc. etc. etc. After midday he told me the car was ready for pickup, so I drove down to Nowra to collect. The thing was sitting in a muddy yard, and he says the steering rack isnt bolted in. So took 5 people to push it out of the mud, with someone kicking the wheels straight. Got home maybe 3pm, after spending all day WAITING. And as I started to pick apart things to catalog for sale or storage or reuse, I noticed a lot of things weren't as advertised.

    The kid got defensive. OFCOURSE they're R33 parts, I took them off the R33 myself! I had basically bought someones garbage. This did happen a few times, and it seems like either there's a playbook that dishonest people run by, or its intuitive to scumbags. If you want to sell something without the buyer inspecting it, give them the runaround, so that when they do eventually turn up 8 hours later than planned, they're too flustered to look properly.



    So lets concentrate on better cars! This was a mates' cousins car, which then got sold around Wollongong a bit. A friend who worked FIFO bought it, then realised he doesnt need it, so sold it to another friend, for me to strip, since noone was going to buy it outright. The car itself was an ex-D1 drivers daily/practice car, and was imported yonks ago. It had a full autech kit, half of the Greddy catalogue, GTR seats, a few nice trinkets. Nice car.

    Anyway, FIFO guy paid loose acquaintance for the car, but didnt pick it up for 8 weeks

    Eventually he was in town long enough to buy it, and drive it to my place. Wasnt boosting right? Oh well, it's rego'd, I'll sort that out.

    Over the next month or two, every local that I sold parts to would tell me how sick it was, because for those 8 weeks the car was sitting at oldmates place, EVERYONE got a go. Everyone flogged the shit out of the car up the mountains and down the harbour. Absolutely e v e r y o n e had a crack. The car had been sold and was being stored in good faith.

    So when the car reached me, it was pumping out blue smoke. Catastrophic sounding exhaust leak (incredible ticking noise, people would look at you as you drove past). Huge hole in the rear muffler. Blown coilovers. I was told one of the friends had replaced all the hotside gaskets, but yet every gasket was blown somehow. Whatever.

    A guy wanted the engine, so came over and did the comp test himself. 120 110 120 110 120 70. He withdrew his interest. Whatever, we started stripping the car.

    Gearbox was full of ATF. Get fucked
    Clutch disc was perfectly smooth. It was one launch or clutch kick away from being stuck in traffic or on a mountain road.
    Loose bolts everywhere, things were broken from being installed incorrectly or just cabled tied on.

    The shell was sold non-rolling but still registered, a guy from central coast bought and actually put in proper effort to resurrect it. Again, I got a reputation for being a butcher. This was the 8th parts car I bought, and it was only the 2nd that was registered. The first was the black 180SX I put a nonturbo engine in and sold.

    These cars should have been a warning that perhaps the car scene attracts a few dickheads. I know I started knowing absolutely nothing, but I was always willing to learn. There seems to be a large proportion of people who also knew nothing, but just wanted to be a sick cunt. Maybe I should have just bought a good car in the beginning and lived a normal life.

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    So back to the main event. After that track day, I finally got brave enough to do some decent mods I'd been putting off



    Finally installed the bajillion dollar HPI pro series oil cooler I picked up in Japan. Replaced the front body loom with a Silvia loom, which tidied up the bay a chunk.



    Interior was pretty consistent. Bride Brix and Ergo. Nardi wheel, Nismo knob. I got sick of cheap gauges fluctuating under steady conditions, so I was ready to buy Defi gauges from Japan, when an S14 project full of Defi gauges popped up for sale... So I bought the S14 instead.

    Ended up with maybe 2 grand of Defi gear (new prices ofcourse), including a futuristic heads up display! Which I never installed. The S14 was a headfuck to deal with, parts were very hard to sell. Except for the KAAZ 2 way, which sold to a friend very easily.

    And turned out not to not be a 2 way at all. Whoops. It was around this time that my anxiety was getting really bad, and worse concerning selling untested parts off crashed or unregistered cars. I fucking hated selling parts off shit cars, but it was a hobby that paid for itself.

    Anyway, the car is reliable now. Makes solid power with a good tune. Good cooling system and reputable gauges that say its vitals are consistent. Fanboy interior with all the bits you could ask for. Time to live Happily Ever After™?


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    Great read. What a journey. I need to get in on this buy/sell make the hobby pay for itself deal.


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    This is like watching a really weird/bad TV series that you love but they suddenly cancel before the story line is finished.
    Fucking cars eh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lukevl View Post
    This is complicated. It’s like trying to figure out who will be the ‘winner’ in game of thrones
    Just like Game of Thrones, they all die in the end!

    Some day these things will be worth a fortune, and some future Gen Y will be looking through this thread quietly sobbing the whole time.

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    This is great. It makes me feel completely normal and responsible.

    Not sure how you have kept your nopics through all of this...please divulge your wisdom!!

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    damn this thread reads like a parralel universe where i didnt sell my sil80 and dived neck deep into nissan life instead of the AW11
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    Another great saga, all the genuine car tragics are on PF.
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    [Most of the key points in this ramble are in hindsight. I most certainly did not keep my cool or have my wits about me at any point]

    My black car came with a busted gearbox, so some time in 2011 I bought a new gearbox. I didn't get it into a car until I rebuilt the motor that I put in the blue car in 2013. Pete was helping me get all the final shit together, put the new clutch on, and went to install the new release bearing.

    Pete - wheres the carrier?
    Me - *not understanding*
    Pete - you need a carrier
    Me - there is a new bearing in the box?
    Pete - the bearing is supposed to go on a carrier
    Me - fuck

    I put out a call to a few locals who would probably have parts, and the Skyline guy said yes, he does have one. He even offered to deliver it! At an extortionate rate, of swapping for the GTR sway bar he knew I just acquired.

    He dropped it off*1, the gearbox went together, and the motor went in the car, It wouldn't start anyway, because I set ignition timing wrong, because I didn't know two shits at the time. I then found that the bearing carriers are easily purchasable, new, for a third of what it cost me at ASAP prices

    The car eventually got onto the road, and the clutch never felt good. It must be the button clutch that I'm using? The travel was a bit awkward, but the bite was sudden, and adjusting the pedal rod never got anyway. In time I just accepted it was a rough car with nasty parts and modified cars are shit. I only really accepted that SOMETHING was wrong, when I drove the black 180SX with knocking motor, around my block. It had a HD clutch and king springs. It was EASY to drive, as easy as I remember my first sparkly 180, and it was fucking COMFY.

    The driveline still held together through my tune, even up til the track day. The clutch was getting harder to deal with, not fully disengaging after a bit of use. There were times when I didn't think I would be able to get it into gear at all. A few weeks after the track day, I was almost stuck in traffic in Sydney. It was getting worse faster.

    So I took the car to a friends house, to use his flat driveway and his assistance in bleeding the clutch. First pump, the pedal went to the floor, and didn't spring back.

    Dafuq

    No leaks from the master, the line, or the slave. The rod itself wasn't being pushed back by the clutch. We replaced the master and slave with spares from my mates stash anyway*2. Wiggling the clutch fork, it was still attached to the pivot. Must be the pressure plate! Oh well, I guess its time to order the clutch I always wanted, but couldn't afford at the time I built the engine - I paid ~1500 for an OS Giken grand tourer.

    Dropped the gearbox, and took the old clutch and flywheel off. Quick inspection, there was nothing wrong with the pressure plate. The clutch disc looked fine, no wear, it still looked like 100% meat at 35k km's of use (I never slip the clutch, and barely drifted the car because I was always certain it was going to break). Whatever, put the OS Giken setup in, and couldn't get the gearbox back on my helpful friend decided to go pick up a car from Newcastle, so it was easier to just pull my motor out and put the gearbox back on on the floor (Hence pic of car disassembled)

    New setup went together easy enough, car back together and driving. Clutch felt much better! The grand tourer was very nice clutch to drive with... but it still didn't feel quite right. One night that week I was on the shitter at 3AM, and I had a eureka moment. That arvo I went down to my mates house, and checked the throwout bearing that I was using... It was a fucking RB25 carrier.

    *1. All Nissan boxes have the same input shaft, and take the same size parts. The RB25 carrier is an 18mm item. Z32 and RB20DET use a 20mm carrier. SR20 boxes run a 24mm carrier. The carrier I got off a friend was the wrong one, which is why my clutch always felt like shit, and always had iffy disengagement. Fucking unbelievable.

    The car did a lot more driving and surviving. At the 48k km mark, I did a Z32 gearbox swap that didn't go to plan (later), but also blew out the clutch master diagnosing that. So put a brand new clutch master in, and ended up with a replacement SR20 gearbox that was worse than any I'd used yet. At this point I decided to install the Nismo reinforced clutch pedal bracket I bought yeeeaaars ago.

    *2. Except my pedal didn't fit the new bracket. The car was factory auto, and previous owner did a manual conversion. Good on him. But he used CA18 master and pedal set. CA18 and SR20 cars have different fucking clutch pedals, and a different master that has different throw. You must use a matching pedal and master combo, or you end up with half of the pedal. This is not written down ANYWHERE on the fucking internet.

    So when we were first diagnosing my loss of pedal, we swapped in another SR20 master. Meaning when I replaced the bad carrier and ACT clutch with os giken carrier and os giken clutch, we introduced a NEW problem.

    I picked up an SR20 pedal to put in my Nismo SR20 pedal bracket, and connected it to the SR20 clutch master. For the first time in 5 years of driving the car, I have a normal clutch pedal.

    This is another argument for, perhaps, buying a new car, or a standard car, and starting from there. At least the car was good enough to drive to race tracks and spectate.


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    Since I was jobless and back to being a full time student, we thought it would be a good idea to make a person. This put huge damper on how much time I could spend on cars, but no ragrets. It's so cool being able to make a person. However, we all acknowledged I'm pretty messed up BEFORE you consider any hobbies, so we wanted to focus on making a well rounded, healthy and capable person. At no point did I try to push any of my interests on him.

    So naturally, he loves my guitars. He loves heavy metal. And he absolutely fucking loves cars







    He loves to watch "Hachi" on my computer, and more recently, after I was working on the car in the garage, he lay under the shelves nopics just built and said he was fixing them "just like daddy"'

    ^______________^

    Anyway. I love factory options. S13's had fucking millions of weird and wonderful options. The exterior of the car was how I wanted it - optional aero bar, aero grill, aero skirts, rear pods, later model wing, weather shields, and, after YEARS of searching



    Mother fuckin mirror visors. Have only seen 5 sets in the country, ever.



    The black car came with a "non smokers tray", but so did one parts car. It's a felt insert that goes into the ash tray, and has two rows for coins. Somehow, the Japanese size coins are perfect match for $1 and $2 coins. Win!

    The Coolbox is an insert for the glovebox, and is plumbed into the air conditioning system. Theres room for two Japanese style cans, and so can be chilled by the AC. Unfortunately, I don't have an AC setup, AND I put an intercooler where the condensor would go, AND I put the powersteering pump where the AC pump goes. Fuck.



    The center console can be replaced by either a CD storage thing, as pictured here (broken), or cup holders. The cupholders are almost useful, but very frail. Mine have broken repeatedly, and keep getting glued back together. They are probably on their last legs...



    There was an optional cargo net, that attaches to the back of the rear seat with velcro. It's absolutely fucking useless, but I had to have one.

    There was also an optional metal dead pedal. I wasn't so keen on it at first, but it actually transforms the car. Instead of resting your clutch leg on a flimsy plastic thing that never sits right on the carpet and always has some movement in it, you are now resting on solid bedrock. It alone makes the car feel fucking premium.

    Otherwise, refining the car has always been a goal. The engine bay should have been painted when the engine was out, but alas, its filthy and still has remnants of fire damage. It's slowly getting tidier.

    One issue with S13's is that the intercooler pipes ALWAYS have oil in them. People freak out, talk about blowby this and catch can that. It's the breather setup. You NEED it, but its just not ideal. So enter the hybrid cover. S14's do not have a catch can from factory, and the pipes are spotless (unless the motors fucked, but that is also a good indicator)





    I finally paid far too much money to have someone weld two rocker covers together, to make use of the excellent baffling system that VCT motors have.

    I also finally pulled my finger out, and modified the stock airbox to suit my piping and Z32 AFM. Engine bay was getting blacker, and things that didnt need to be there, weren't there for long.


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    2016.

    I was out of the game. A friend knew I needed a cash injection, and let me know about a car that needed to be sold. Some meth head had crashed his car, and needed cash asap. Dun dun dun



    On paper it was good. Someone put effort into the car at some point. The car was being stored at meth-heads friends house. I inspected that arvo, the car seemed to have what the ad said the car had. Did a compression test, nice healthy motor. Told the guy I'll take it, I'll be back tomorrow with a tow truck.

    Came back the next day, and oldmate methhead was present. Absolute fucking scatterbrain. "Bruah, dis car duz the sikest skidzzz bruah. like bruah, its like NANG NAGN NAGN NGA BWUUUAAAHHH evry time brah". Story went that his parents kicked him out for being a deadshit, he was sleeping in his car, decided to crash it, had $0 to his name, so sold the car. I handed over $2k in cash and he runs to his girlfriend to say that she had to call oldmate, he needed to buy some GOOD STUFF, but can't buy it off the usual guy, because he's hassling him for money already owed.

    ok.............

    The car wasn't driveable thanks to a broken front control arm. So parts could only be assessed as I removed them. I went to get a video of the engine running before I removed it, and it started knocking. r u fkn srs. I THINK what could have happened, was dropping a bolt in a cylinder when I did the compression test. But I also noticed the turbo wasn't spooling - it most definitely spooled on oldmates driveway, and could hear the HKS SSQV BOV as well. I pulled off the intake pipe, and the turbo was seized. WTF. I grabbed the compressor wheel, it felt like something became unstuck, and started spinning again. A bolt could have gone through a cylinder and then jammed the turbine wheel? maybe? whatever. Started stripping it anyway because i didnt have time to investigate. One coilover was obviously fucked. Both rear wheel bearings fucked (basically fell apart in my hands). etc.

    I absolutely hated stripping R33's, because somehow,, the market was exclusively made of idiots. Proper idiots. And the parts are borderline unsellable. Including the carbon bonnet

    I had so many "potential" buyers that never showed up for the bonnet. Price drop after price drop. Thousands of photos. A young kid said he'll definitely come get it on the weekend after xmas. He messaged the day before saying he can't come buy it now, because he just had an accident. Rear ended someone just outside of Campbelltown. sigh

    A few weeks later he messaged again, saying he still wants the bonnet, and asked if the bonnet would fit inside his car. Sigh........ He then said he figured it out! he will drive down without a bonnet! I said that's very risky, police will shoot on sight for that. So the kid drives from western Sydney, through national park, and down the coast road.



    And arrives sans bonnet. He then tells me he didnt bring any tools, so needed my help to install it (whilst I'm holding a baby) in the 40 degree heat. And then the bonnet doesnt quite line up, thanks to his recent at-fault accident. So he's pushing down HARD on the bonnet, which already had a few tiny cracks. I was waiting for the bonnet to snap, but managed to convince him we needed to loosen the rad support and reposition his bent latch. I gave him a bonnet restraint strap thingy just for my own peace of mind. I was expecting him to message in a week asking for warranty, ugh...

    He did message the next night.



    He was trying to drift in an industrial estate, went straight into a parked trailer. At this point he reveals he's only had the car for a month. Fresh red p-plater.

    When I meet new people, I don't identify as a car person.

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    And when you meet new car people you don't say you're a Nissan owner?

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    Neither do I.

    Don't want to share my personal space with the Forgs of the world.
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    In short, some cunt at test and tune had a 250cc honda turning to 11ty and it sounded porn. Do that.

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    This just keeps on getting better!! Such a great write up!
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    Fuck 1uz you're such a sad cunt, trolling at a rookie level is the lowest form of self expression.
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    Interesting that no-one wants to come to the rescue of 1uz though. Maybe he really is an annoying flog ?

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    enjoying this. carry on
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    Only be concerned if that Dunning-Kruger Motorsports bloke is there and goes all Captain Damphands McGigglefingers on you after a couple of lemon squashes....


    I'M NOT A HOOKER BUT 20 BUCKS IS 20 BUCKS...

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    ha -what a read


    your neighbours must love all the cars ...out on the road and drive way .

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    What a great read. Pretty much had me hooked through 3 beers and a shit. Thank you sir!

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    Finally had time to sit and read all this. Took 2 JD and cokes but i got there. What an adventure you're having. I certainly need to commend you on your patience and motivation.
    Working as a mechanic myself over the years meant that when i got home that was the last fucking thing i wanted to do, so my drift cars were built fairly basic and lower power which in turn made them more reliable and meant a fuckload of track time over the years and also improved my driving skills by infinity.

    Unfortunately the drift scene and these cars attract some deadset oxygen thieves which makes life really hard buying parts, but seems to be beneficial to you because you're making money out of them, a concept i haven't been able to master myself. So again, i commend you on that too. I still have the nice leak free steering rack i bought from you in my 180 (soon to be removed to fit in the S13) and of course those sweet genuine fucken JDM Nismo 7 sided wheel nuts are still going strong (luckily haven't lost the socket, never used a rattle gun on them either). Keep up the good work. Don't stop believing etc

    P.S Any S13 bits left? Mine is missing every single trim in the boot for some reason
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    Love the S13 options mate. Thrilling yarn

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    Tim - No Silvia boot stuff at the moment, but I'll ask around!

    re: cars vs. neighbours

    Anthony will disagree, but I tried to keep it under control, to prevent complaints that would put an end to my shenanigans. I never had a car on the lawn, and never more than one shell/wreck at a time. Anything that wasn't presentable had a car cover on it (usually).

    It was less organised at first, and semi professional towards the end. 2015 ish I got put onto a scrapper who would come pick up bare shells, which made my life a lot easier. Trying to GIVE away usable but bare shells is borderline impossible and a total headfuck. And less profitable if you're trying to keep a shell rolling so it can be moved around. Having someone who picks up bare shells made life easy

    My immediate neighbour/landlord was a legend and let me get away with murder. We otherwise kept the place tidy, never made noise, we don't drink/smoke/have parties/etc. He always laughed at my misery every time I said "this is the last car, I'm sick of dealing with spastics", and a new car would be there in a fortnight. Good sense of humour.

    Neighbour across the road was my permanent bro. Life long surfer dude who thought I was a legend; one day I was under a car wrestling with shit, and his elderly mother was choking on something on their balcony, and I was the only person to run over and assist. Achievement unlocked: untouchable

    There was a laneway between us and the other neighbour, who we never actually met in 7 years, and they had teenagers who occasionally had ridiculously wild parties, so they didn't have much ammo to use against us.

    All the wall space in the garage was covered with decent quality shelving, and eventually the shelving was filled with plastic storage tubs. Being organised basically quadrupled the storage space in the garage, which helps with not piling shit where neighbours can see.

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    Haha you're a deadset legend. I love this thread you're a good story teller with a good story to tell, please continue.

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    That nasty black R33 had a good bonus - GTR rear end. I ended up with an R33 non-vspec diff, R32 GTR shafts and hubs. Except both wheel bearings needed replacing ($450 - ouch. And I had just spent $400 on non-GTR wheel bearings a year or two earlier, ugh) and both shafts needed boots replaced (something something everything on that R33 was fucked). I decided this is the time to replace EVERYTHING and make the car nice to drive finally



    All new bushes. All new balljoints. Every adjustible arm replaced with a new hardrace arm using rubber bushes. In the end, wasn't much change from $2500

    Replacing front balljoints and bushes finally got rid of a knock that had ALWAYS been in the car - I had swapped LCA, knuckles, hubs, subframe even, but never with *new* parts. I didn't notice the improvement at first, but rather, I was still bracing for a clunk as I slowed down for speedhumps. Things like that change a car from a "project" to a "working car"



    I knew my rear bushes were all stuffed, so had been using slip in collars for a while. Car knocked and clunked a lot, and was changing direction when accelerating. When I removed the old subframe, two bushes were completely fucked like this, and two separated, as in the center sleeve tried to stay on the car when I lowered the subframe lol.

    When it was all back together, it was time for its first wheel alignment in 3 years. I chose to put my little Nismo wheels on, and get a sensible alignment, so that I could buy good tires and have decent life out of them



    2.4 camber on front, 0.9 on rear. Amazing! So much grip, despite going from 235/45/17 on 17x9+16, to 205/55/16 and 16x7.5+32. The car actually turned on roundabouts instead of being pushed forward by the 2 way. Such a world of difference.

    So with the car together and in good form, I went straight to a mates house to make use of his flat driveway





    Front end had to come off to install new door hinges / pins / bushes.



    Used the opportunity to install some fender braces as well.



    I then spent a few months pretending the car was useful and justifiable.

    This was the most comfortable the car ever was to drive, and also the fastest is was on the road. So much grip, no nervousness from bumps, etc.


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