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Old 05-07-2015, 06:48 AM   #1
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Lee's Garage S13 Hatch (Grip/Daily Build)

Post number 1 is a culmination of post's that got ruined with photobucket's money grab so I just posted everything here with updated photo links (thanks Flickr). Scroll to page two and we'll pick up current info there. You can also follow the build on Instagram @Lees_Garage or YouTube "Lee's Garage". Thanks for following guys, I love sharing this stuff, especially on the forums (old man, I know......)!


Hey everyone! My name is Randy, and I like playing withcars. Lol. I’ve owned 5 S-Chassis prior to the two I used for this build, and seem to be a glutton for punishment. Let’s get into the fun stuff.


image_zps4zbwewdbby randalllee06, onFlickr


image_zpsfpumbrbuby randalllee06, onFlickr


I was browsing craigslist when I stumbled upon a clean S13 fastback for what I thought was a killer price. Called the owner, and found out it was an original owner car with a couple bent valves. AAA was towing it home for me the next morning.


image_zpsquadskdqby randalllee06, onFlickr


Excited to once again own a S-Chassis, I hit the forums looking for parts to get this thing back on the road. I found a Zilvia member selling his recently wrecked car with loads of goodies. I was towing that home the very next day.


3DFA3C9C-3A8A-4FFB-9B7F-3217A1CE5D5C_zpsaqviwhlnby randalllee06, onFlickr


BC6086F9-2377-4CC6-8919-2050D199681E_zpsonayknyfby randalllee06, onFlickr


Lots of work followed…….


D53521E4-55FE-4370-BD39-F0B4E8847F90_zpsx3bmgxr9by randalllee06, onFlickr


and I ended up with this (headed to the junkyard (I know I know, I should've kept it!))……


C274B25E-517B-42C2-90B5-AAE5FE7EBCD4_zps4yu5kgeoby randalllee06, onFlickr


and this.


22BAD44A-02AB-412E-A08E-5DBC693090E2_zpskg25r6naby randalllee06, onFlickr


CB942617-53EB-4605-93E0-0C3CC676B918_zpsol5yk46kby randalllee06, onFlickr


Remember, my project car still has an auto trans, and bent valves, so it was now time for a drivetrain swap.





Let’s kick this off by yanking the motor/auto trans


DSC_0272_zps5uhhaxcyby randalllee06, onFlickr


DSC_0270_zps1ncdzuf3by randalllee06, onFlickr


DSC_0271_zpszze7ql3oby randalllee06, onFlickr





DSC_0274_zps4eksgskbby randalllee06, onFlickr


DSC_0296_zpsamdxfe8vby randalllee06, onFlickr



Cleaned up the bay.


DSC_0266_zpsaahmnpgnby randalllee06, onFlickr


DSC_0267_zpsems6babzby randalllee06, onFlickr


DSC_0268_zpswpnzlaioby randalllee06, onFlickr



DSC_0270_zpspqft8hbbby randalllee06, onFlickr


Much better


DSC_0350_zpsbmmpqvqmby randalllee06, onFlickr


DSC_0351_zpsq9gkvchtby randalllee06, onFlickr


DSC_0352_zpsqymja0x9by randalllee06, onFlickr





Installed a man pedal.


DSC_0355_zpsjpqdcmtmby randalllee06, onFlickr


DSC_0357_zpsf1uly46mby randalllee06, onFlickr





While installing the clutch pedal, etc, I found a bunch ofbutchered wiring under the dash, and decided to swap the entire harness. Thiswould also make the manual swap more complete.


Trying to make it as oem as possible.


DSC_0332_zpsr2wtttltby randalllee06, onFlickr


DSC_0333_zpsz1t8froqby randalllee06, onFlickr


DSC_0335_zpsu0ts0fyxby randalllee06, onFlickr


Messy


DSC_0326_zpsey1bgnpgby randalllee06, onFlickr


DSC_0338_zpsqsjrrsvaby randalllee06, onFlickr


I purchased all new oem hoses and gaskets to install on theKA24DE before install, and found a not so pleasant surprise after pulling theintake .



DSC_0315_zpssdswlbbcby randalllee06, onFlickr








This led to ripping the head off, and……. (#1 cylinder)


image_zpsawstjpjnby randalllee06, onFlickr


So, the head went off to a friend (port work/valve job), andthe block was sent out for a refresh. Meanwhile, I started working on the rearsubframe.


DSC_0350_zpsebnzgimlby randalllee06, onFlickr


DSC_0353_zpsvnmb4hjdby randalllee06, onFlickr


I hate these!!!!


image_zpslflywoabby randalllee06, onFlickr


Fresh powder, new bushings….


image_zpsqvjmy7rtby randalllee06, onFlickr


image_zpsjbe3romjby randalllee06, onFlickr


Here is the completed subframe with all new energy bushings,whiteline subframe bushings, new ball joints, and new SPL arms.


image_zpsfjzkv2csby randalllee06, onFlickr


Installed the rear subframe and was very excited to see thecar back on the ground.


image_zpsns4ejtenby randalllee06, onFlickr





About this time I decided I wanted to paint the car, so offto the bodyshop it went.


image_zpsdajidktkby randalllee06, onFlickr


Stripping her down.


image_zpspklia1cmby randalllee06, onFlickr


image_zpsz8ffnsx8by randalllee06, onFlickr


image_zpsndqmtyokby randalllee06, onFlickr


image_zpsjotk6jagby randalllee06, onFlickr


Everything aside from the hood and fenders was stripped, butI didn’t get photos of it all.


Decided to swap to 5-lug. I used J30 front hubs and z32rears. Had to machine a about 7 thousandths off of the J30’s to press the S13bearings into them.


image_zpstsptx6uoby randalllee06, onFlickr


image_zpsiuy1qdymby randalllee06, onFlickr


New wheels and tires. WedsSport TC105N in 17x9 +25 with255/40R17 Hankook Ventus RS3’s


image_zpsnolxo1o0by randalllee06, onFlickr








Here they are on the “mostly” primered car with ride heightand alignment pretty close to where it will end up.


27362049180_6428a5789e_bby randalllee06, onFlickr


DSC_0023by randalllee06, onFlickr


DSC_0018by randalllee06, onFlickr


DSC_0017by randalllee06, onFlickr


This brings us to where the car is currently. Hope youenjoyed the read so far, I should have engine updates soon.
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Old 05-07-2015, 01:03 PM   #2
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In for grip. Looks like a good start!
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Cool truck and holy shit the polisher made the paint look brand new! What kind of polish did you use?
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Wow that polish did wonders. My car looks like yours did. Sadly she sat outside for a year and I had no choice in the matter. I need some revival in my paint
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This car has been parked / sitting outside for 10yrs. I was blown away at how well it came back.
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Wicked work pimp. That's alot of progress in a short period of time.

What's impressive is that it seems most of the work is done by yourself.
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Love how clean that 240sx is, and nice built !! you mu livest of been so mad when the neighbor killed the 240 omg i would of yelled my life

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