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Old 01-12-2017, 06:45 PM   #31
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I know if my 97 had that low miles, I'd doubt I'd do anything permanent. But since it's 200k+ and the motor is on its last leg, it's getting swapped with something, just haven't decided on what.
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Old 01-12-2017, 07:37 PM   #32
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Nice. I think a stock ca18 would be more appropriate for its year if you wanna keep it as stock as possible and still give you that little kick your looking for, completely stock down to the smic. Not to mention they're prettier. Shock replacements, oem size new tires, and you're all set. Either that, or just leave it as is, store it and drive it every once in a while.
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Whats up with all the CA suggestions? They're garbage IMO. I know some people love them but I can't ever see myself buying one unless its already in the car.

If you do a 5 speed swap do it to OEM Nissan spec, no short cuts. Document everything, keep receipts, take pictures, etc. That really is an excellent example of an S13 and you're not going to find many in that condition. I totally understand the painful autotragic experience though. My 90 coupe was auto as well and I tore that shit out as soon as I could.

If you have storage space keep any OEM parts that you pull off it so you can return it to stock later. Any way you decide to go just remember documentation is extremely important for a collector car.
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Old 01-12-2017, 10:28 PM   #34
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no short cuts. Document everything, keep receipts, take pictures, etc.
This, this, this, this, this, this, all of this.
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Old 01-13-2017, 01:29 AM   #35
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I'd buy a donor s13 that is factory M/T car and literally switch everything over so not even those with the keenest of eyes could tell it use to be an automatic. If you can't perform that level of work I'd recommend leaving as is.
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Old 01-13-2017, 07:22 AM   #36
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Owned cas, junk.
Stop suggesting cas, ca was cool like 10 years ago
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Old 01-13-2017, 07:30 AM   #37
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Yeah wuts up wit all dis CA talk?? Put an LS1 in it bro and make it a manuel. HELL YEAH!!

You got 2 fix dat exterior tho. Looks soooo boring. Rocket bunny would be dopeee! Also some PHAT varstoens.

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Old 01-13-2017, 08:27 AM   #38
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Don't touch it. Buy another S13 to modify. Keep this one low mileage and OEM.
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Old 01-13-2017, 09:03 AM   #39
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What's the point in buying a low mileage car if youre just gonna trash the low mile engine? Buy an unfortunate shell and restore it to its former glory and have some fun with that along the way. But leave this literal baby in its glory. If you do go on to take stuff off, take your time and store it ALL... I just feel there is no reason to do anything besides flawlessly 5spd swap it when there are few clean 40's and plenty of trash ones you can have fun with. She's beautiful man! Congrats and good luck!
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Whats up with all the CA suggestions? They're garbage IMO. I know some people love them but I can't ever see myself buying one unless its already in the car.

If you do a 5 speed swap do it to OEM Nissan spec, no short cuts. Document everything, keep receipts, take pictures, etc. That really is an excellent example of an S13 and you're not going to find many in that condition. I totally understand the painful autotragic experience though. My 90 coupe was auto as well and I tore that shit out as soon as I could.

If you have storage space keep any OEM parts that you pull off it so you can return it to stock later. Any way you decide to go just remember documentation is extremely important for a collector car.
Garbage why, because they need to be overhauled due to being 30 fucking years old? The head design is better than SR, it shares architecture with the RB engines.
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Owned cas, junk.
Stop suggesting cas, ca was cool like 10 years ago
what exactly was "junk" about it?
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Old 01-13-2017, 10:57 AM   #42
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Garbage why, because they need to be overhauled due to being 30 fucking years old? The head design is better than SR, it shares architecture with the RB engines.
Sure thats a start. I've seen extremely well built and maintained CA's that still never ran right or blew up. Parts aren't nearly as available either when compared to SR's (this is why I wouldn't buy an RB either). I'm sure there are good CA's out there but in my experience they are few and far between.
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Old 01-13-2017, 11:07 AM   #43
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Its like there's a reason that nissan made the CA for 4-ish years and then made the SR for 10+...
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Old 01-13-2017, 11:53 AM   #44
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It was a two owner car before me. The original owner was an older Japanese lady living on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. She didn't have a far commute to work and stopped driving it in her later years and put it into storage. The second owner was a middle aged man that impulse bought the car off of her based off of the condition. He barely had the time to drive it and only put 600 miles on it from when he bought it off of her. Fast forward 2 years and I have a super low miles, full maintenance record from the day it left the lot to today. It truly is a 20000 mile car.
wow that's a far trip from hawaii to pa did you ship it?
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Old 01-13-2017, 11:53 AM   #45
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I wouldn't change anything under the hood. I'd just remove the weird stripe on the sides and get some cool stock sized wheels like a volk 57v, etc
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Old 01-13-2017, 12:21 PM   #46
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Garbage why, because they need to be overhauled due to being 30 fucking years old? The head design is better than SR, it shares architecture with the RB engines.
lol rbs, thats all im going to say

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what exactly was "junk" about it?
lol
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Old 01-13-2017, 01:49 PM   #47
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With mileage like that, it deserves to be preserved,

However........

If I were to swap, it would be a *CLEAN* and simple T28 SR 5 speed swap.
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Old 01-13-2017, 02:11 PM   #48
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You fucked up. This is almost as bad as buying a rust bucket. Youre pretty much obliged to do nothing to it. And anything else would be a sin.
Just keep it and buy another. Just wrap this one up and roll it into a barn for the future. In 25-35 years it just might be worth a pretty penny and you would have done the community justice.

I feel a sr would ruin it. It wasnt meant to be in this car its lhd lol. Keep it orignal!! Dont ruin it!
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Old 01-13-2017, 02:15 PM   #49
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CA18 is fanboy status but you recommend an SR? Wat....

I actually recommend the CA. Keep it period correct. If you do go SR, spend the extra coupla bucks to put a notchtop in at least.
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Old 01-13-2017, 02:22 PM   #50
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No swap. Rebuild motor, add boost and 5 spd or 6spd sr tranny!
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Old 01-13-2017, 02:26 PM   #51
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manual swapped you could get 6k easy for it around me and I'm in pa as well

I was watching fast n loud or one of those shows last night and got me thinking how much something like that would go for 20 or 30 years from now..
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Old 01-13-2017, 03:18 PM   #52
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Do NOT touch this car. This thing is absolutely perfect...... minus the automatic. I would swap in a 5 speed, nice clutch, flywheel, nismo slave and new master. Document every item, receipts and installation. The value WILL increase if done to OEM standards. This is one example I would simply replace bushings, endlinks, hoses, etc... with as many factory parts as possible (just new). Maintain OEM clamps on all hoses from coolant, oil to air and ps. Avoid using worm gear clamps on items that were not there from Nissan. If you do these simple things and maintain the low mileage, you will absolutely turn a profit in another 4-5 years. Hell I may buy it.
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Old 01-13-2017, 04:03 PM   #53
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Yeah I would try to keep it to OEM as possible and find another to modify

Then sell it to a collector
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You don't need to do a motor swap, the 5 speed swap is just fine.

But if you have the budget to go SR its a lot of fun. I would save up for some wheels and coilovers.

you'll enjoy the car a lot more.
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Old 01-13-2017, 06:02 PM   #55
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Do NOT touch this car. This thing is absolutely perfect...... minus the automatic. I would swap in a 5 speed, nice clutch, flywheel, nismo slave and new master.
Nismo slave cylinder?

Shut up Scottie

Waste of money upgrade for no reason. Haha
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Old 01-13-2017, 06:18 PM   #56
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I would just 5 speed swap it and run the KA24E until it died. But maybe prep an SR along the way :P
This guy has the right idea.

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Leave it alone. Preserve it as best you can. No point in hacking up a perfectly mint car. Only way I'd be taking that engine out and putting an SR in it, is if it was a brand new long block... and even then, I'd wait.

Leave it be. Keep it in the garage and keep it mint. If you want something to put an SR, go buy another one that has a busted motor in it that's on its last leg and swap that.
...but there is also a point to be made here. The KA24E won't be magically awesome with a manual transmission. I just bought a CA18DE two-tone Q's out here and it's factory manual. While it's less boring than an auto it just barely keeps me awake.

I'm normally an asshole on this forum. I've been PM'd many times telling me so. I take pride in it and although you don't know me please trust me (a stranger) when I say that there is some good advice in here. Most new dudes posting threads like this get ripped new assholes.

Preserve it. If you want to 5speed swap it then do it. It's your money. If you want to put a motor in it, swap in an SR or even a low-mileage KA24DE. just please, for the love of the universe and everything in it, don't ruin another two-tone.

You seem like a nice guy. You've got a forum-asshole's vote of confidence.


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Owned cas, junk.
Stop suggesting cas, ca was cool like 10 years ago
...dude you sold that car so fucking fast lol. 'fuckouttahere. I mean you're right, but...shit.
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Any "upgrade" will be lost money... especially a ca
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I'd say preserve it, maybe a 5 speed if you really want it. If you decide to do an engine swap, SR over CA. I have a CA and it isn't a bad engine, but if something does go wrong it's a pain. There are crossover parts from the Pulsar NX 1.8 and some other Nissans of the time, but some of the parts specific to the RWD CA can be difficult to find, which gets very inconvenient if you need to use the car. Aftermarket support is very limited as well.
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