Goldie - ゴールディ the Rebirth Australian R31

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  1. Direza

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    Hey guys, I'm Paul, from down under Australia, so its been a while since I've posted here. For the past year I've been completely without any form of modified car. The girlfriend and I made a small deal (and myself) that I won't be doing anything until at least the end of 2014, as I had other things on my mind. However that took a slightly different turn as of recent.
    But before I get to that, let me recap a little history with you all. I got my first 31 back in October 2012, after my R33 was written off by a lovely lady who lost control coming up a residential street. She then proceeded to rear end it at 60k's (the 33 liked it :dcool: ). Long story short, the 33 was only good for parts.

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    Until that moment, I had never thought about getting a box, yet there was something about it when I was taken for a test drive :hsugh: Then I ended up getting the 31. It needed a lot of tidying up, loved it to bits, spent money, had bi*ches all dat jazz. Had quite high mileage which unfortunately was combined with chassis flex that was only seen when jacked up on a two post hoist or a single side jack.
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    Then one day:smash::smash:

    I got really tired of spending money on it, and sold it as it ended up spending more time in the shop then out. Blowing headgasket to tuning issues, to having turbo's shit themselves.

    The people who bought the car, ruined it as it was not tuned and blew up the motor / turbo / gearbox in a couple of runs on the street. "It wen't hard" is the last thing I heard from the several owners it had after me. Every single one wanted information on the motor and on the specs of every detail in the car. Which obviously I was not willing to give out over and over, so after 4-5 people I had given up.
    A year and a bit passed, and I was wanting to fully quit the car game, as it got on my nerves too much. However... the box...is too stronk.. So on that note welcome Mr 518KOO #2, we have nicknamed it Goldie because gold

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    Now I am not used to driving a non turbo 30, so this is going to be an experience and a half for a bit until..well the inevitable ;)
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    So here it is! Goldie the rebirth, funnily enough I still have my old plates ;)
     
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    So on the first day of the weekend I stuck into cleaning the bloody filthy thing
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    Got rid of the stereo and the speakers as they won't be used
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    Was a little surprised at where it was made
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    Got rid of the Mudflaps
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    Vacuumed everything
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    Decided to address little bits at a time
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    Cleaning the boot seal was very quick and easy and as usual being low mileage, ended up looking and feeling like new
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    No towbar
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    On the list of things..which is very long and tedious is the front and rear windscreens both will be replaced
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    So this happened, pretty much a week later, got em off of Seb and his coupe

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    Had to hide them from the girlfriend for awhile though..
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    Cleaned off all the old crap
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    Really didn't know which I had liked better pretty much as soon as I got them, as on my old car I got rid of them for some odd reason.
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    Got rid of the old series garnish
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    Got ready to drill the holes and to fit the import garnish
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    Then started on the front end
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    I had planned this look for a long time
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    So picked up the front end off Matty
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    However, the longer I looked at it, the more I started to miss series 3.
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    Started on the front end.
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    Got hold of a GTS2 Genuine bar with a bit of fiberglass on top, needs a repair here and there but a score either way.
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    :dcool:

    Started it for the first time since a couple of weeks ago, had to get another battery for it as it went flat, but let it run for a bit just to put it through its paces since its been sitting for quite some time, all went well.


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    Putting on a Italian Leather Style wrap.
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    Tag Arrived, just waiting to put in the new windscreen / reseal
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    Rear rims arrived I will however, try to find some 15x9 or 10 watanabe's for the rear to replace them sooner or later, but for now this will do.
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    Getting the guards done by a shop when its ready to get on the road.
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    Bought some 15x8-4 Superlite's for the front
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    Got them wrapped in some fresh Federal 595's
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    Compared to my old 31's choice of steelies for the front, ew.
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    I guess I have a thing for red bonnets? haha




    --------- I am still adding things to the list but anyway, at least to get it started.

    Plans Short Term ------------------
    - Replace Steering Rack with reconditioned, or keep if in okay condition.
    - Replace Steering Rack Bushes and Boots
    - Fit New Steering Column Nolathaine Bush
    - S13 Conversion
    - New Rotors all around
    - New Pads
    - Coilovers (Decent Brand) if anyone has suggestions feel free under 2 grand pref, not interested in used stuff or cheap ebay shiet.
    - Manual Conversion.
    - Registration
    - Rust Repair / Paint

    Long Term

    ECU - Nistune.
    Block - Standard Internals.
    Headgasket Kit - Permaseal MLSR.
    Head Studs - ARP Headstuds
    Injectors - Bosch 036's
    Fuel Pumps - In-tank - Bosch 040 / External - Bosch 044 / Surge Tank 4L
    Fuel Rail - ?
    Turbo - TD06 25g / GT30 / T04E
    Exhaust Manifold - 6Boost Externally Gated
    Wastegate - Externally Wastegated 38-40mm
    Intercooler - 600x300x80 front mount cooler (3 Inch Stainless Piping)
    Catalytic Converter - Venom 500 Series - Garage 7
    Tie Rod Ends - Garage 7 Package
    Oil Breather Tank - Garage 7
    Fuel Pressure Regulator - Garage 7 Powerflow Performance 400-600hp -6 High Boost.
    Water Pump - GMB
    Timing Kit - Gates Racing



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    Was going to do the rear guards myself, made a start then decided not to, so went out and got a quote from a panel shop down the coast, 800$ for the rear custom size welded on flares, painted drive in drive out.

    Well, have been trying to find some 245 or 255/50/15's to keep the rolling diameter and get me some clearance above the rails as well as a bit of traction in third for when the turbo gear gets put together, pretty much the same but no one seems to make tires in that size unfortunately. Got some Nankang 225/50/15's fitted on Friday and balanced on Saturday on the 10's

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    And a nice Photo Bombage from my Shepherd ;)
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    Stay tuned!
     
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    Liking this a lot!
     
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    Awsum! Don't no sod all about skylines but this is cool :) how you find the federals?
     
  8. Direza

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    Cheers Sean, going to try to keep this thread from being dead ;)

    Yeah its my 5th Nissan in general ;) Gotta love the skylines ;) I figured I'd put up a bit of pics of some of the R31's. Majority are from Ausland, but some are from Japan.

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    Mark's Fineform Studio R31 also Ausland

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    Don't know who owned this one.
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    This is a favorite of mine, because it is pretty much the style that I want to follow.
    Justin Fankhouser's Ausdel Ausland.
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    That car went onto another owner which went through several transformations, before going under the knife and is now still being worked on with a built motor etc.
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    That is fucking awesome. So much love for r30/31's, when I was in oz I saw loads, still seriously thinking about importing one!
    Keep the updates coming dude!
     
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    That blue one in the last post is so fucking cool it's unreal!
     
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    What kind of wheels are these??? I saw them on an 86 in Ireland, but they never said the brand. Love the way they look and would like to get some for my 86.

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    In high school I had an 2dr R30 Skyline. I loved it. two tone red and black. FRP sideskirts and front bumper, wide wats. RS grill and seats. I was looking for an ironface frontend for her, but had to sell her cause I moved. Wish I had kept her
     
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    Gotta love a 31, more love for more door :p

    Looks sweet buddy :) what are the plans ultimately for the engine? 31 Turbo lump or different engine?
     
  15. Direza

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    Hey Hinga, yeah R30's are love R30's are life, the ones from the dark blue one are Performance Superlite wheels.
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    and the ones from Jason Ferron's ride, are 17x10 VCP-S5R's


    Thanks mad.matt I am definitely a big fan of the rb30's, especially considering mine made 473ftlb of torque at 4100 rpm with a VG30 turbo, didn't make much hp though because it just ran out of puff in the high RPM's, but spinning 2nd and 3rd in the dry with 235 /245's was certainly fun. These blocks have the turbo drain bung already tapped in, which means I don't have to pull the motor out to do a turbo conversion, and it becomes all bolt on / custom fab. ;)
     
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    Have been a bit busy with work lately with little want to go out in the rain ;) but ended up picking this up for 80$

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    Wanted to cut it into a roof spoiler but thinking I will keep it as a whole this time around.

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    Love threads that pop up from OZ. Id love to have a R31. Fair play!!
     
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    Yeah they are a great car, pity the Australian models were plagued with rust behind the guards and sun fade, compared to their Japanese counterpart.

    Took the daily for a little drive to pick the louver up, it is starting to as the expression goes "tow the invisible caravan", as its got a auto gearbox in the boot, and a variety of wheels and tyres in the boot / back seat.
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    Noticed the left afterburner is filling up with water on one side, so going to have to rectify.
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    So I just test fitted it when I got it home
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    Originally planning and thinking on the way home that I was going to simply cut it off to turn it into a roof lip, however the longer I thought about it, and after actually trying it on, I do however really like the colours of gold / black
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    Cleaned out the entire car since I had a ton of parts in it pretty much used it as a storage as it had been sitting for awhile in my boat ramp and made a start on taking all of the automatic bits and bobs out. Manual conversion time!

    Going to be getting the four door cards rewrapped, as well as a few other bits and pieces, and going to find another centre console that actually has a lid.
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    A few friends of mine really want me to get it on the road by Skyline Nationals here in October, but it may not happen in such a short duration, unless I push for it.

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    Nathan's rig, now gone to a S1 passage front end along with different side skirts and a hakosuka wing instead of a duck tail.
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    Friends Michael's motor currently getting built, scheduled to be dropped into his daily 31 sedan mid September this month. He has with a little bit of my perseverance and trade price parts made the effort to not cut corners.

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    Forged RB30ET
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    Custom front facing plenum
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    Another pic of the blue 31 ;)
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    Alright has been a busy week.

    One of our 31ers got a little unfortunate with what happened recently, resulting in their car getting taken off the road for 90 days and getting done with quite a few fines for a bit of snakey action.

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    So he ended up deciding to part with it, and parted it out within a day.

    I picked up the full front S13 Front conversion. (His pics)
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    Rotors 500km old
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    And last but not least is the Centre Console with a lid
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    Also got a full manual conversion kit off him too, but haven't got that out of his car yet, so no photos.



    Stay tuned!
     
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    New Bulbs all around
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    All brand new stainless 316 marine grade bolts and nuts
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    Dash and door cards are out
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    Ready for a respray and tidy up
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    Door cards and arm rests got dropped off to be reupholstered to be done in black leather with a silver stitching
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    Got a light to work outside with
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    New Guards, new bumper, new grill
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    Started putting the engine bay back together just to get it moving again
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