|08-03-2012, 01:29 PM||#1|
A31 Nissan Cefiro
Hey guys just wanted to introduce my new project.
Last week I picked up a 1992 A31 NISSAN Cefiro.
My Car already came with a RB25DET conversion but needed a few bugs to be worked out.
Searching through a few forums and diagnosing the problems, thankfully alot of them were very minor things but sad to say that all the parts need to be imported.
Oh well comes with the territory.
Currently my car has a few things:
RB25DET w gearbox
Apexi Power FC
Blitz turbo Timer
Blitz Spec R Boost controller
HKS 3' turbo back exhaust
MB quart speakers
JL audio 550watt amp
Apine type R SUb
Racing Sparco NT-R 17X9 +15
Tein coil overs
Skyline brakes and lug conversion
Sparco Competition Steering wheel
Cusco frame spacers
thats about all i can remember off the top of my head for now.
Now for the pics!
Some rim choices...
and believe it or not the girl that owned it before I did
So far my plans are to restore this car and just do simple and minor upgrades.
Pull the fenders a bit find better rims and get rid of that horrible bumper, try to go with a cleaner look.
Some thing like my old JDM Supra TT that I did a slight widebody on, you can't tell unless you park next to another supra but it's an inch wider in back and .5 inch in front.
I am already making my own bumper at my shop and will be posting pictures in the next few days if it turns out ok... LOL
but I just want to save this car since it's is very rare here and one of the few that is actually legalized that I have ever seen.
Not sure how it was done all I know is I got it checked out and it passed. So please no questions about it cause I don't really know, haha!
Only problem is that I do need a few parts if someone is parting out a car let me know I've been looking but there hasn't seem to be a new thread for parts on here in ages!
Here is what I need:
rear power window amp (right side)
passenger front window switch ( just the switch part not really the trim)
Left front a/c vent trim
Right front sun sensor cover
both front vents on dash
drivers side (right side) front corner light
both sun-visors and the bottons that connect to it, (there are tabs that
they connect to and they are broken so that is the part I need also)
and any updated grills, just in case, just looking for what other
options out there
So hit me up if you guys got any of those and of course I need it shipped to the USA California 91776
Thanks for looking guys!
Last edited by EvilRB; 04-28-2013 at 06:56 PM..
|08-05-2012, 02:21 AM||#4|
Yeah she is awesome, great friend, as for the car I'm also looking to trade the rims for something that is more fitting of a 4 door, these rims fit a coupe more.
I love them and they have so much history i wish i had another set just so I can keep them as a history piece.
But sadly I spent all my money on just buying the car...
Here is my thread:
WTT: SoCal: Racing Sparco NT-R wheels with tires 17x9 +15 5x114.3
|08-05-2012, 03:10 PM||#5|
Only had the car for about a week and got alot done!
Cleaned up the wiring and the power FC connections
Installed the boost controller and turbo timer
Installed the new Kenwood Navi/dvd and system
New ARC BOV ( the first part I bought for her! put it on the first day!!)
Got a Silvia FRP lip to TRY to make a new bumper...
And while testing it last night found out that I have a real URAS front bumper
it's gonna be a shame to cut this up!
And did a full tune up which included plugs, oil & filter, clutch flush, tranny flush with MT 90 redline fluids, new rear tires, new various light bulbs and a overall go through the car.
I gotta say I love this car!
Oh one stupid thing I found out was that my speedo doesn't work so I thought that I needed to do a mechanical speed sensor conversion for the RB25 gearbox so I ordered the part. But when I went under the car to check the connection and make sure everything was correct the conversion was already done just my speedo cable end has been sheered off!!!!
I'm like WTF!!!
SO now I have to get a new speedo cable and there is no room to change it with my big hands...
not looking forward to that.
This car is really solid but just alot of little things that need attention which is kinda great but a pain in the ass at the same time cause there is alot of work to do but it's all easy stuff so you feel like you got alot of stuff done by the end of the day.
All in all though, I've spent almost every dime I have and it has been worth it!
I've got a long ways to go before she is finished but when she is I think she'll be worth it.
I have the new body designed already just kinda deciding on paint and sourcing my new engine now. paint and bodywork first before the new engine goes in so it'll be abut a year.
oh and if you want to know more on my supra you can check it out here: http://1013mm.com/blog/2010/10/jerem...-toyota-supra/
Hopefully I can make this car as sexy if not sexier than my supra! gonna try atleast!!
Last edited by EvilRB; 08-06-2012 at 02:10 AM..
|08-07-2012, 01:10 AM||#6|
SO I started on my bumper today which I gotta say I'm pretty proud of...
only took me about 4 hours to get done but tomorrow i'll start on making it look pretty
I started by measuring everything like current height from ground, thickness of lip, how high I wanted everything to be, you know the obvious stuff.
Then the part that made me the most nervous and sad, the cutting of my authentic Monkey Magic / URAS bumper
Even though it's tore up, the fact that it's a real bumper, I really wish I had a spare just so I could have hung this on a wall or something
It's sad to see a real part be cut up
Oh well on to the rest of the day...
I cut the S13 lip in half, the lip is about 7 inches too short, and cut the sides so that the lip would sit flush to the bumper.
After I was done with that just screwed in some screws to hold everything in place, test fitting everything and made some brackets to keep everything solid!
Now check out the pics:
Not bad for 4 hrs worth of work I say!
Keep in mind that the car is raised all the way up on it's coilovers so now I am going to drop it about 2 inches to get rid of the wheel gap now that I don't have that bumper snowplowing everything!
I still am going to play with the angle of the lip and the height of it before I set the fiberglass tomorrow.
All I know if I am glad I did it and now I can take my time getting my OEM aero!
|08-08-2012, 04:00 AM||#7|
Ok so interesting day today, might be getting the engine early!
I'm talking to my guys about that and designing the plan as we speak so more on that later...
And in other news talked to my buddy ray at the Nismo Shop and they still don't haven't heard anything yet on if they can get parts for my car from japan, he's putting another call in for me so hopefully i can get the windows fixed atleast!!
Another buddy of mine came by for me to test fit his rims!
They are some VIP classic Leon hardiritt ordens wheels with polished lips machines faces.
Here are the specs:
Front 20/10.5 +2, 3 1/2 lip
Rear 20/12.5 +2, 5 1/2 lip
I loved them! And they sorta fit... I would have to do major body work and it's not really out of my range but it's also something i really have to think if i want to do again. It took me a year and a half to get the Supra widebody right.
I really want these though so i gotta do some homework...
anyway to the rest of the day..
I filled the missing section of the bumper which took about another 4 hours, mostly drying time for the fiberglass and bondo/ paint.
First I started by making a plug to hold the fiberglass. I did this by making a template of the shape of the lip then transfered it to a piece of florist foam that i picked up form a 99 cent store around me. Walmart has this stuff also.
Take your time with this but remember this dosen't have to be perfect.
Then i cut out fiberglass sheet to approximate size and layed out everything before i started. I also identified weak and cracked spots around the bumper to repair and cut smaller pieces for them.
I them coated the fiberglass lip with resin first and them layed the fiberglass cloth down. then i inserted the plug and continued to coat the fiberglass.
Then I let everything dry for a bit and sanded and bondoed everything down till it was nice and smooth. After that just sprayed it black to cover and protect everything. I did leave the bottom metal bracing though just because it added strength and it wasn't noticeable.
Bottom of the lip where the metal bracing is
ALL DONE!! for now...
I have suspension planned for tomorrow then brake and some other upgrades for the rest of the week!
|08-08-2012, 04:17 PM||#11|
Are the pics working now? cause they seem to be working fine for me, let me know I'll try to re-host them somewhere else.
and i got the lip off the for sale section here. Zilvia FTW!
|08-09-2012, 07:40 AM||#12|
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|08-09-2012, 08:31 AM||#13|
I </3 VA
My question is, why didnt you just fixed the bumper, instead of replacing the lower lip? I think the bumper looked good that way it was.
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|08-09-2012, 11:02 AM||#15|
A31s are cool.
Love Car Modify Wonder Cefiros
Keep up the good work.
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|08-09-2012, 12:40 PM||#16|
Pics are working now thanks, that was the lip buddy was selling with the bumper? If so I was trying to save for that lip to make a mold. :P
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|08-09-2012, 12:48 PM||#17|
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Nice pick up! I believe this car was for sale while back and no luck to find a new owner. Anyways, nice work on front bumper but I like the URAS more.
JDM Parts 180sx/s13/s14!
|08-09-2012, 07:00 PM||#18|
Thanks for the comments guys, but if you saw the car in person with the bumper before you would understand why I choose to do this.
The kit was so off being incomplete.
It was either buy the rest of the Uras kit or do this, this was the faster cheaper route...
not to mention the bumper was just way too low had I have my coil-overs fully extended and the bumpers would still hit everything.
Now I have my lip adjustable and I get to use my coil-overs and set the car lower, not to mention match the rest of the kit more.
I'm not building a drift car, I'm trying to restore this car so that it will last another 20 years.
With a few minor personal tweaks since this car was already so modified
|08-09-2012, 10:52 PM||#20|
It's a sad sorry about the FD, basically a rich Chinese kid thought that he could be a rotary mechanic and is letting the car rot and won't sell it or do anything with it.
He actually though a MR-S was a better investment than fixing that car even though he has a new engine for it...
Stupid guy... I just shake my head at him...
You should see the new Carbon Bride GIAS that are just going to shit in the car, we try to talk to him but he just doesn't seem to care or listen
Some people just don't deserve to own such beautiful things
|08-11-2012, 04:08 PM||#22|
SO it's been hot as hell here the last few days and the only time it seems even sane to work on the car is at night.
SO last night I got on to lowering the car. basically just got it to one finger gap on each side and double checked everything.
Thought it was going to be a quick and easy thing but I ended up spending over 8 hours doing it... I must have been having fun cause it didn't seem like it. LOL!
All I can say is that at 3am you should not be sweating your balls off...
unless it's with someone else...
Basically it's just a simple coil-over adjustment, don't think I really need to say much on it but it dose make a world of difference looks wise.
I still got to take it out and test the drivability out and possibly adjust the damping.
But First look what came in yesterday!!!
It's the first part of my z33 track rotor upgrade, now just waiting for the rotors and some other goodies!
Also I think I got a source on some parts for the car for my power window and a/c so hopefully I'll get those in the next week or so.
I Hope cause it sucks driving in this heat with limited windows and no a/c in a black car...
anyway now on to the pics!!
Tein HA's at least these are compatible with the EDFC unit... maybe I'll get one I always liked my TEMS unit in my old soarer
For comparison of original ride height to now
I actually could drop the car lower but my drive way and the roads around here are a bitch and I don't want to crack the new lip I just made, plus I kinda like not having to angle everywhere I go, this set up is just right for me
So all in all the car is getting there, it's only been about a few weeks that I've had the car and I feel like I keep this up she's be done in no time.
hopefully next will be the a/c and brakes!!!!
Last edited by EvilRB; 08-12-2012 at 01:19 AM..
|08-12-2012, 04:04 AM||#23|
LOL look what I found on another cefiro forum...
Cefiro with a S14 front!
Well if i ever need to replace my front end (knock on wood...) this might be an option! LOL!
Found a s15 conversion also at random while looking for something else...
more of this car here: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?s...7055065&type=1
Just thought you guys might enjoy
Last edited by EvilRB; 08-12-2012 at 05:02 AM..
|08-15-2012, 03:37 AM||#25|
SO i finally got my AC compressor today as well as some other parts.
Went to see a buddy of mine and he hooked it up with a few things as well as taught me a few things about the car.
He use to have a Cefiro and currently has 2 R33's. And even though I was about 80-98% sure about what I have on my car and what things were it was nice to talk to someone that could confirm things and point out the differences and the unique things for my car.
I'm always up for shop talk but it's even better when it's about my car.
Had to go all the way down to San Diego but it was a nice drive after work and it was so much cooler down there too.
It was the first long distance drive I actually took her on and she performed beautifully.
We call them the San Diego titties!!! HAHA!!
My new holders that I made this past weekend
I found out that this car has a 4.33 gearing stock so I got a S13 VLSD with a 4.08 to help with the mileage for now and just keeping the other diff on the side.
I also bought a Nismo 2 way from him off his R33 so that will be dropped in in the next few weeks.
A few other nice little toys were brought back but I'll just leave you with a teaser for now...
too tired to unload my trunk @ 2am...
What could this be for?
Well I'm excited to get my ac installed and as well as the other parts so I'll update then!
|08-17-2012, 05:44 PM||#26|
Maybe one you you guys can help me out, looking for a a/c line so I don't have to make new ones.
Anything off a RB25 or RB20 should work!
Since my car already had a RB20 in it it should just be plug and play! also if anyone has a a/c plug off the harness that would be great too! They cut mine off the harness and I have to wire a new one.... so yeah... Thanks guys!
Message me if you got one!
WTB AD HERE: RB 20 or 25 A/C Line
|08-18-2012, 08:02 AM||#28|
^ thanks man you too!
Just came back from Apexi actually and got to lend a hand to Elite JDM'S S13 car that is almost running the same setup as your's, kool build!
No pics of that car but here is one of the shop and the ApexI SC430
I did the bumper, my small contribution... haha!
The engine set up my friends did from scratch
no work on my car but it was still an enjoyable and exciting car day!!
These are the type of days that add to the collection of stories that one day I will tell my grandchildren and they won't believe me... that is my goal in life....