|08-12-2012, 09:33 PM||#1|
I daily my missile
ok, update time. going to try to get through this summer and into the winter tear down. depends on how bad my a.d.d. is.
I am going to officially start this build thread with the purchase of the coupe since it is my winter project.
I bought the coupe in early spring. All intentions were to drive it untill the weather got nice, then sacrifice it to a parts bin. I picked it up for $1500 down in P.A. The silvia front was a solid 3 out of 10, and the chassis was a rot box but if you looked past the first glance it was ripe full of parts. The KA started rough, but ran strong once it fired up. The car sat nice on a set of Tien Superdrift coilovers with whiteline sway bars and XXR 926 wheels. Those parts alone were worth the price. The car also had a 6 point roll cage, s14 seats, a nardi steering wheel, intake, header, ISIS blast pipes, and a welded diff.
First step was to make it all a solid color. My friend Eric had 1/2 a gallon of BMW Lagune Seca Blue that he was happy to get rid of.... so thats what color it became. The hood was painted multiple colors to hide the dents and creases in it, and the roof was spray painted black because thats how they all should be.
It stayed this way for approximately 3 days. I was out street drifting and hit a clutch kick too hard in a manji. Miss. Silvia, id like you to meet mr. Guard rail.
and after about 500 zip ties everything was kinda back in place.
So i have to admit, I was a fan of the thrashed and ziptied look. However, the truck was being an asshole at the time so I was forced to drive the coupe daily. This meant the headlights had to be repaired. I weighed my options, and since I couldn't find any flip up fenders, my next cheapest option was to make the sil front work with different headlights. I had an idea in mind, soIi hit up the chevrolet dealership with a measuring tape to make sure. Next day, ordered in a Chevy Colorado grill and corner markers.
A bit of cutting and trimming, and everything actually sat pretty decent. The silvia projectors were fit into the marker lights, and the grill was narrowed to fit the width of the 240, and it was all forced together. Only downfall was the openings behind the new headlights, this front end didnt last long enough for those to become a priority.
The next week, i ran my first "close" tandem corner. it was a blast! it put all the fun that solo drifting had lost right back into it. I was hooked again.
The following week was mixed wet/dry track surface. a heavy rain early in the day left puddles at the entry to the main corner. On an entry, the front tires got into some water and the front end plowed. left me nose first into the pit lane wall. no real damage, but a Colorado lens was sacrificed. Add a couple zipties and it was nearly as good as new.
Then came carlisle. A small paperclip shaped go-kart track. usually a boring drift session that is gone to more out of tradition than anything else. Not the case this year. By the end of the first day, i had successfully ripped off my front bumper, destroyed a set of tires and maintained drift on wheels alone, and taken part in a 3 car tandem sesh. The second day was more of the same. Drift carnage and awesome times.
Two weeks later, we returned to Shangri La 2 for more tandem practice. I believe the next few weeks went in this order bent left rear lca, ripped the tab off the rear lcs subframe mount, then bent a tierod.
so this is where things get interesting. the damage and track time was taking a toll on the chassis. The front clip of the car was about as solid as a limp dick. after installing solid rear subframe bushings, the front two subframe mounts decided to separate themselves from the vehicle. the clutch was getting tired and slipping after it got warm, and something broke every single track day. So the decision was made to search for a vert shell. After searching and only finding junk i knew i couldn't hold out any longer and something had to be done to make the coupe a more reliable. The weekly band aids to just get it back to the track were no longer enough.
First order of business, repair the front end. The right front frame rail was bent, and the core support could be moved back and forth 2-3 inches just by grabbing it. shit was beat. so a weekend with a sawsall, a tubing bender, a welder, and a bunch of good friends lead to this.
A tubular front clip, a set of old gand am headlights, some silvia projectors, and a pignose front end with my sil hood. I didn't like it as much as the Colorado front, but it was needed.
A few weeks went by, and nothing spectacular happened. Then everything changed. East Coast Bash....
East Coast Bash changed everything this year. I needed to go slide at the road course. I knew the ka could do it.... but I had a perfect RB25 just sitting in my garage begging to be used. I went on a quick sale spree, eliminated some spare parts that were laying around and went shopping. I ordered a new Holset HX35 turbo, Greddy RZ blow off valve, Tial 38mm wastegate with flanges and gaskets for everything.
I then pulled the RB out of my red hatch and got it all cleaned up.
Installed a Freddy intake manifold and mocked up the turbo.
With the new powerplant, I decided I needed to take care of some frame maintenance. This was all cut out and reboxed in to give the chassis some strength back
In two weeks time the whole swap was in the coupe and running. Mr. Redbeard made me some solid motor mounts to replace the McKinney garbage, and I was off to shangri la2.
When I got to the track I spent an hour tuning it around the outside banks, then it was time for drift carnage.
With the new power, the car felt like it was on ice. So I dove into the suspension tuning thread on zilvia, and studied up...
My other cars:
High compression KA24DE soon to be silcamino. Just needs a set of legit wheels and a sil front and i'll be happy.
89 hatchback. probably selling this car soon. Just have to finish putting the ka that was in the coupe back into this shell.
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|01-14-2013, 10:04 PM||#3|
wow, i didnt realize this ever got approved. waited like a month for it to get posted then forgot about it.
yes, it is. need to get a real truck to tow the coupe with.
|01-15-2013, 03:36 AM||#4|
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|01-24-2013, 08:10 AM||#8|
just edited the first post to cover more of this summer. have it updated to about august. after reading thru it again, that first post was just so 1/2 ass plus i had organized all my pictures so a bunch were missing. i'll post up until the winter tear down next. in the process of re sizing those pictures right now.
the sideskirts are modified s10 xtreme skirts. the rear sections were untouched from the back of the bed. the side skirts were the cab skirt, and front bed skirt cut and molded together to form the right length.
|01-28-2013, 12:58 PM||#10|
Of all the people that have seen the car, you are the very first to ever tell me they didn't like the hood. Most people love it. I would love to get a new sil hood, but for now there are other priorities... so this is what it is. Thanks for the compliments on the truck.
should have everything up to date after this post.
So as I posted before, with more power I needed to correct some of my suspension components. I have read the suspension/roll center thread on here about 8 times beginning to end. If any of you havn't read it, its worth the time, and it helped me to take notes as I was going through it.
This is the roll center, suspension pickup, and steering angle modification thread.
For the next track day, I only adjusted the rear camber. Measured it out to about 1*, and went to have some fun. This put the tire very close to the rear fender, so much so that in corners the tire would rub the fender. I didnt care too much, thought the fitment looked good and kept sliding... untill the fuel pump fuse blew. I had completely forgotten that the rear wiring harness had been routed to run through the rear inner fender. With the fender to tire contact, it had gotten hot enough to melt the harness together, so once again the car left the track on a trailer.
The next night I went into repairing the wiring harness, and ordered some rivet on fender flares to correct the contact issue. With the now wider rear track width I decided to lengthen the front lower control arms. This allowed me to turn my camber plates around to adjust the caster some, lowered the scrub radius on the front tires, and gave much more clearance between the front tire and the sway/stabilizer bars.
The changed caster also allowed for more steering angle.
(the green tape was the angle prior to the adjustments)
I also changed the spring rates from the stock 10k/8k setup to be 8k/6k. After all that, the car was set and ready to go. I drove it to the track psyched to test everything out.
The car handled amazingly. It took a little bit of time to get used to all the new angle, and how you had to self steer the car some. Once I was adjusted it felt great, and for once I got to drive my car home. The next two weeks were slow, I changed tires and checked over a few things but had no major things to do.
Went to the track ready to get more tandem practice in. After about 1/2 of the day had gone by, I noticed a slight knock at idle. The bolts holding the oil return line had backed out from the bottom of the turbo, and I had run the engine low on oil. My drift season had come to an end. The coupe got stuck in the corner, and I spent the rest of the summer cruise'n around in the truck, and go'n to a few car shows.
A month or so passed, and I got back to work on the coupe. We pulled the motor out to see the damage. Cylinder 3 had spun a connecting rod bearing and scored the crank. So, I needed to rebuild it, or buy another long block. Both seemed to cost about the same about so yesterday I ordered in a long block. Less work for the same result.
In the mean time, the car has been completely gutted. The old cage has been removed, and a new Formula D legal cage is nearly completed. We made a bolt in rear section with an aluminum 10 gal fuel cell, and a rear firewall. A lot of the rust has been repaired, and tonight I am going to start working on wiring the chassis.
Girlfriend help'n to grind the old cage mounting spot flat.
I also picked up a sponsorship from RLD Fabrication for a tubular divided turbo manifold, down pipe, and aluminum exhaust. He has been doing Honda stuff for a few years and is looking to break into Nissan. I'll get pics of it up in a week or two when it is finished.
This is how it sat 2 nights ago. I needed the shop space so one of my buddies could do some work on his car.
|01-30-2013, 08:28 AM||#13|
Thanks for the compliments on the truck. I love it, and im really torn on selling it. I don't really want to but the funds would be nice to put elsewhere.
I finished up the wiring in the rear of the car, I didn't take any pictures because its not very exciting. The long block should be here Friday, so there will be a bunch of progress on that over the weekend. It would be nice to have it sitting in the engine bay and all ready to have the new manifold mocked up on it.
I am still debating what color to paint the engine bay/interior/rear section this year. I believe the car is going to stay blue, and im kinda thinking it would all look nice white or a high metallic silver.
|01-30-2013, 01:22 PM||#14|
|02-08-2013, 07:02 AM||#16|
So small update, I finally finished the rust repair. It took forever, but the car needed it.
The new long block finally arrived.
the GF take'n all the parts off the old RB that need to be swapped over.
Rear firewall is finally welded in. Just have to seam seal all the joints to make sure its 100% sealed.
Picked up a scooby hood from the junk yard. I think I am going to take the skin off this and meld it with one of my stock 240 hoods. Depends on how much time I have left before the season starts.
Other things going on in the shop, my buddy is make'n a trailer to haul his 'Busa behind his STI. should be pretty sweet when its all done.
|02-08-2013, 08:43 AM||#17|
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I'vr never seen a Subie hood on a s13 before but it looks pretty awesome actually. Can you run Subaru head lights with Silvia corners? Looks like it'd work lol
|02-08-2013, 10:57 AM||#20|
Dude, I'm digging all the fab work. Looks like you're doing it right so far. Let me know how that turbo works out, I've always been wary of running an ebay Holset.
Friends don't let friends buy knock-offs.
I call things like I see them. Plain and simple.
|02-08-2013, 11:26 AM||#21|
As I am doing this build I am realizing more and more that this car will not be all that streatable this season. Kinda makes me sad. This car was so much fun to drive around in. I have always been used to building cars that looked really nice, that I had to park way away from people in parking lots, always fearing rock chips and door dents. It was great driving a car that I didnt care about. Leaning on it at the track, standing on the roof to see better and dukes of hazard sliding across the hood had become norm. Not to mention how great it was to be able to park in a first row parking spot without fear of damage. Oh well.
|02-27-2013, 10:44 AM||#23|
while waiting on the rest of my roll cage tubing, i took a break from the car and put together my christmas present from my gf.
It's a Tamiya TT-01 chassis with an r32 skyline body. It came with hard drift tires... the thing is a blast. Painted it up like my coupe and slid it around the shop a bunch.
Once my material arrived i got into mounting my temporary race seat. I love this seat, but even tho it is custom built to fit me, and trusted by DIRT and NHRA.... it is illegal by Formula D standards. SO a generic 1 size fits all sparco seat will be ordered eventually.
The next few nights were spent finishing up the cage. My buddy Alex has done most of the cage work. without him i would be measuring and remeasuring the main hoop, just to fuck it up again.
Passenger's side door bars
Rear view of the cage
Driver's side door bar
Door bar tucked snugly into my door
and some rear structural bracing.
all that is left is the anti-intrusion bars in the front and the cage is finished. A night or 2 of prep work and the engine bay/cage/rear tube section will be painted. Then its time to set the engine in.
|03-03-2013, 09:12 PM||#27|
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Excellent read, man; I remember getting a kick out of the hood at ECB. Build journals that have personal journeys in them are always solid.
Also, who knew the Grand Am/Sil look would be so rad?
|03-08-2013, 07:51 AM||#28|
Thanks for the compliments guys. I'll have another update soon. I have the cage and stuff all prepped and ready to paint, and a lot of the engine stuff polished up and ready to put back in the chassis. Everything is finally starting to fall in place. I just cant wait until the first time I can fire it up. It has deff lost its "missile" status, but im still gona trash on it like it's garbage.
I'm still unsure of what headlights I am going to use. I have to get to the junk yard and measure how tall the Subaru ones are.
|03-15-2013, 11:16 AM||#29|
I ordered a Nistune board for my z32 ecu last night, and springs for the waste gates a few days ago. everything is getting so close to being finished, im getting anxious to hear this thing run again. Anyways, here are updates:
I finished welding up the un-needed holes in the fire wall.
Then I threw everything back into the car to make sure the dash was properly fit around the finished cage. After a bit of trimming it all slid together.
I pulled everything out to paint the cage, and ran out of paint 1/2 way through. It was kind of a blessing since I forgot to do a few things in my rush. I welded in A pillar braces, and made the tabs for the fuel tank and battery straps.
I had to wait a few days to use the paint booth again, so I spent a day swapping everything from one rb to the other. The engine is now ready to drop in.
The next day I got the car in the paint booth to finish painting the cage.
Last night I taught my gf how to paint. She wanted her rx8 wheels white so we sprayed a pair to see how it looked. I think they came out pretty damn good, especially for her first attempt and spraying any thing.
Her rx8 between runs at the local drift track.
Paint the rest of the interior, and to have the engine in place. It would be nice to finish up the little bit of wiring I have left.
Other stuff that has been going on:
The 'busa trailer has made some progress
Hopefully it will be in paint in a week or 2.
My buddy picked up a zx10r and has decided to park it in my kitchen to vinyl wrap it.
|03-15-2013, 09:50 PM||#30|
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Awesome build thread. I think what I am most impressed with is the uber rare super sweet catch that is your Girlfriend. Keep up the good work.
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