R32 Skyline owned by an idiot. PIC HEAVY

Thread in 'Project Cars and Builds Threads' started by sidewaysman, Feb 21, 2017.

  1. sidewaysman

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    Well I though it's about time I done one of these as I've had the car nearly 7 years and it isn't going anywhere. Here's how it looked when I bought it.

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    Skip forward 6 and a half years (missing out all the idiotic things I did) and here's how it looked before drift matsuri in Anglesey.

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    Rough spec:
    Series 2 RB25DET
    RB25 gearbox with os giken 1st, 2nd, 3rd
    T38 hybrid turbo
    750cc injectors
    Freddy inlet
    Benchmark coilpacks
    Meister coilovers
    Go tech front knuckles
    Japspeed bent tension rods
    Extended lower arms
    Offset rack spacers
    Nismo tension rod brace
    S14 rear subframe
    Fabricage 6 point
    Sparco driver seat
    Sparco rev seat
    Internal extinguisher
    Pull cords
    Bn front bumper
    Bn skirts
    Vertex rear
    60mm overfenders
    Origin 30mm front wings
    N1 headlights
    Gtr front slam bar
    Rocket bunny spoiler
    Intensive hanku wheels. Front 18x10 et-5 rear 18x12 et-10

    There's prob more but I'll add to the list as I add more to the car.

    So I'll get to it. The reason for why the car is getting rebuilt. Had a slight incident with some tyres and they done this.

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    This luckily didn't stop my days fun. 15 minutes in the sin bin and straight back out I went. All day without any more incidents thankfully.

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    And a couple of cool ones from the pits.

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    With matsuri done I got the car into the workshop and started taking it apart to see the full damage.

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    Luckily I think the cage stopped it from going any further. Still I'll get this pulled out at some point by someone who knows what they're doing.
    I then proceeded to take take the rest of the car apart. A ramp Makes everything easier. Almost my makes 15 who I share the workshop with.

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    My best confused face of well the engines out. What the fuck do I do now.
    So I bought a cheap engine stand of eBay and started stripping the engine down. Expecting to see a lot worse than I did.


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    Then one of the guys who went to matsuri with me was kind enough to donate some doors he had in his garage. That's one part kinda sorted.

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    Then I finished taking the block apart just to give the bottom end a check over.

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    To my surprise. There was no broken piston rings or ringlands so god knows why this engine was using so much oil. So If anyone needs a set of good pistons and rods give me a shout :)

    At this point work stopped. I was off to verbier for work over Christmas so nothing was going to get done. So I tidied the workshop and got the car of the ramp to the area it will live for the foreseeable future.

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    I got back from verbier mid January with a dislocated shoulder so work will be slow for the beginning of the year but should soon start moving forward in the summer once I can start lifting things properly. Should be doing stuff to the car most weekends so should be quite a few updates



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    What condition is the turbo in? Any signs of oil in the housings?
     
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    I haven't really looked at anything else just yet as was expecting to see a ringland gone. Leak down test on cylinder 3 was 20% loss so may be something else


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    So I got back from Switzerland and thought while I can't really do much to the car I would start getting other bits sorted. So messaged one of my mates (Steve Davies) and asked him to sort out modding the front subframe and a set of lower arms for me. The guy I'm in the workshop with also needed bits doing so threw them his way as well.

    All bits will be getting power coated once I've decided a colour.

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    Up next was the task of taking off the S14 rear subframe. While I feel this should of been easy it wasn't. After many attempts of trying to pull it off with lever bars and scaffold tube I gave up and ended up cutting it off.

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    Seems you're suppose to notch the chassis when you put and S14 subframe in. Found this out once I went to remove it. Live and learn I suppose.

    So the car is now just a shell and I'll be attacking it with wire wheels to get rid of all the old underseal and see what problems lie beneath. Already know I need a new drivers sill. I'll do another update after the weekend
     
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    So I've managed to finally started on the shell. Started the messy job of removing all of the original underseal with wire wheels. Forgot how much of a long process this is. Almost wish I sentthe shell for sand blasting but ah well

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    Front corner was pretty much done when I then decided I was going to neaten up the front by replacing the tubs. Out came the grinder.

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    Once I had done this I popped over to my mates workshop to borrow a porta power. Whilst there saw a mk2 golf on a spit. Inquired about it and got in touch with the company who make and deliver them for around £300. This will make everything much easier.

    Headed Back to the workshop and started on getting the dent out.

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    Having never used one before I wasn't confident I would get it out. However, pushing on metal I was planning on cutting out made things a lot easier. Managed to get most of the damage out.

    Next up I'm going to borrow a slide hammer and see how much more it will come. Plan is to cut the sill off completely and hopefully this allows the metal to move a bit more freely before welding in a new sill
     
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    I really should get around to a thread myself. Good to see this coming back to life darren haha.
     
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    So after fitting the silver door and it being super bent (should of known really as the car they came off was crashed at over 100mph) I spent some money of getting some new brakes. 350z brembo's

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    Luckily I knew a guy who had doors in stock (skyline spares Essex) so gave him a message. Purchased another door and got it on.

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    Pretty much got the door shut lined up perfect. It's better than the driver side.
    Whilst waiting for someone to come weld up the shell I don't some menial tasks. Burnt some bushes out ready for powder coating.


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    I've sold the boot with the rocket bunny spoiler fitted and purchased a new boot and spoiler from jdm garage. This however is staying hidden until everything is done.
     
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    Onto rust repair/modifications

    So after waiting forever for someone to become free to come weld it up I decided to have a go myself.

    The infamous rust
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    Once all cut out
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    A few repairs were need on the inner sill but I didn't take any photos.

    New sill in place (kinda)
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    These almost look factory but had these made. If anyone wants the specs give me a pm.

    Got it tacked into place
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    Then fully welded
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    Quick grind up as I'm not the best at welding
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    Then added the little front section and stuck some paint on it just for protection.
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    Then I had a think about the rear pockets. These were rusty but they were also not ever seen due to the kit. So cut off the bottom few inches and flat plated it
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    Next on the list is front tubs and then complete repairs to the passenger side
     
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    So onto the front tubs. Kinda had no idea what I had in mind. Only that I wanted to get rid of the old rusty metal and give it some strength back.

    Started with the drivers side first. This would end up being the better side. I'm by no means good at welding but you've gotta give these thing a go

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    That's was the driver side complete. Kept the hole for the fuse box as this will stay under the bonnet. Just put some zinc primer over it to give it some protection as there's a few leaks in the workshop.


    Onto the passenger side. This was made difficult by there being extra holes compared to the drivers and one hole being in a different place but I gave it a go.

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    This is the only picture I took of just this side as I wasn't perfectly happy with how it came out. But here's how they look both in primer.

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    Engine bay welding completed. I may ad some bracing for aesthetics on the tubs with simple dies but need to purchase them yet.

    Decided to have a break from welding for a few weeks. Used my spare time to go see fuller as he seems to be selling everything ATM and bought these.

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    Rear gen 2 geos that are chromed for poshness. I plan on getting gk tech rears in the future but these will do to now until funds become available.

    Also managed to get a cheap pair of work rezax that I plan on getting some new lips for and making them my spare rears
     
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    Said rezax that I picked up for silly cheaps. Only photos I took as they need to be wider and cleaner before being used as spares
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    9.5's et 40 something. 5 inch lip should made it 12j et -5 or -10 so same as my intensive wheels. Mint!

    Whilst again waiting for a "friend" to come help fabricate a new inner door shut as mine is crumpled and looks shit I thought I would get the passenger sill on so we knew where to build to.

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    As you can see I've left the bottom corner of the door shut detached as this will need cutting out in the very near future.

    Welded in the front section, cleaned up the welds and covered the whole Lot in zinc primer.

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    One of the main reasons for getting the other sill on is so I know the car has as much rigidity as possible so I could get it onto a spit and it not flex to much.

    So I built up the spit. Welded on the tag to attach it to the chassis rails so it's ready to be lifted at some point this weekend hopefully. Pretty basic spit but should do the job.

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    So next job on the list other than to sort the door shut is to clean the entire underneath of the car. Going to be a headphones in and lock the door I think
     
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    Now time for the scariest thing I've done with my car yet. Getting it high enough to bolt the spit together. First got the spit attached.

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    Then got some rope and an engine crane to get it in the air.

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    not going to lie. Having the front end held in the air by something I had welded together worries me to hell. But next I had to lift up the rear. A few worrying moments later and it was up.

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    Inset generic piece of wood to stop it spinning around and then hope it doesn't fall off. But at least it's up on the spit now and I can start attacking the bottom and more than likely find more rust
     
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    Good work.. Nice to see a car get overhauled after several years of ownership and enjoyment
     
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    thanks man. i thought after owning it for so long and it being my daily for 7 years it needed some love ready for the next 7 years
     
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    Well suppose after 3 months I should finally start doing work on this again. Pretty shit time and thought of selling it all but finally found some motivation again after buying this...

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    Went this weekend just gone to pick it up. Got it back to the unit. Split the box off, clutch and flywheel and stuck it on my stand out the way.

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    This gave me the motivation to then start once again attacking the underside of the car. Decided to grind back all my shit welding and redo the bottom half of the sill then for added ease of jacking the car, added some U channel.

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    Probably the best welding I’ve ever done. Well so far at least. Makes me want to restart the whole process I.e the front tubs.

    So that’s the driver side fully welded apart from a hole in the rear floor pan. Already cut a piece to size just ran out of time to finish it up last night. Then time to finish attacking the passenger dent. New panels to be made by a friend this weekend coming hopefully. This should be back to a weekly update again as I’m fully motivated to now get this thing done.
     
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    Been in exactly the same boat. Should be back on mine as of this weekend
     
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    Good to hear man. Now bdc is out the way you have the time. I need mine done. Driving an auto bm daily is boring me to death
     
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    Another weekend successfully done on the 32. Passenger jacking reinforcement done

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    The typical rear pocket just behind the rear footwell welded up.

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    Bit of a bodge but does the job. Just need to add a couple of holes and tidy the oval one up.
    Also restarted the dreadful job of wire wheeling the bottom. Would say I’m almost halfway.
    Also picked up my new coilpack conversion wiring of steve Davies today so that’s another thing to ticked off the list.


    Spec 2 rb25det conversion loom

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    Then I had to give myself some more motivation and start to see what the back will look like. So here’s a cheeky pic of the new spoiler

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    Let me know what you lot think of it.

    Time to start buying bushes and getting stuff powder coated soon
     
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    Wing looks awesome, nice mix of styles
     
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    Good work so far, good to see it being resurrected.

    Aaron is a good guy, I'm not sure what he's doing with his Sil80 now but hopefully keeping it. The car was great and I know he put a lot of money into that engine.
     

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