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  1. i've pretty much removed all the shitty non stuck red from the car. i need to tidy up a few bits before i can think about putting primer on it but im pretty close. this is very weird, every car i've ever painted needed months and months of rust repairs and panel work before the primer tin comes out of the cupboard but not this time. i have found three dents in it that have been filled with bog without event the slightest attempt to remove them so ill fix those. i also found a whole bunch of bog on the front left corner, which i removed to find absolutely nothing wrong with
    21 points
  2. After years of using forums to find ideas on my various projects, I have decided to give back and document this build, '88 Nissan vanette, to s15 sr20det conversion. will upload as I go, hopefully it interests some people.
    13 points
  3. all ready to go again bar sanding spot putty, good weather + energy.
    10 points
  4. So we organised a time and left after work to pick it up at night without a trailer... because what could go wrong?.... All i knew at this stage is that it drives, not certified but on hold, and would probably drive the 2 hours home... probably. So we got there and paid the man, exchanged it and got on the way to go home, only thing is i couldnt see very well due to the pink/green sticker remains on the cracked windscreen haha so i removed that, and it made it home fine.
    10 points
  5. Turns out the new van only had half throttle and a fuel leak, I drove much better after some adjustment, then ripped it all out to sell on.
    8 points
  6. The front spring change made it handle better but made the soft rear springs stand out a lot more. @Bistro had some leaves lying around that looked like they might fit so i engaged the safety squint and split some springs from the parts car Spot the difference No real change in height when relaxed, but around 10mm higher in the car which is what i wanted. The bolt through the leaves was too short, but fyi a chinese honda gx390 headbolt is perfect, even same thread. Had to engage the safety prop under the diff to change the springs out too.
    8 points
  7. So we now have 3 micra children.... It was a lovely sunny day to make a trip to the big smoke that is Nelson city. We took the Imp, partly because the Argentinian girl selling this latest march acquisition wanted to see the it but mainly because I knew it would look cool convoying home together, yellow and blue- like a swedish flag. or like the jersey I wore to one of the oldschool nats- see if you can spot the blue... Had lunch and arranged to go pick up the latest march (yet to be named by us but was called Tweety by its owner). A bit of chat, handed over a wad of
    6 points
  8. You'll notice in the previous post, I omitted the step where you start the engine to make sure you haven't fucked anything up. So got to the boat ramp this morning, invited my dad out again as safety boat. Got off the trailer and the engine wouldn't start at all. Not a single fart. Went home, did some actual diagnostic work and figured out the electric box bits weren't getting any juice. Turns out I'd knocked a crappy plastic crimp on terminal loose from the EFI relay. Phoned up the old man but felt super bad asking him to drive another 45 mins over to the lake. So I wen
    6 points
  9. A fellow gx61 owner has finished the guards for me and fixed the rust around boot seal and top of c pillar Moving forward I've made the call to change it back to NA and focus on getting it legal while saving for ecu and all other associated parts for supercharger setup to get the most out of it. Maybe even the 2400cc hks pistons from yahoo.... Keen to get this thing on the road and enjoy it!!!
    6 points
  10. To start with, I purchased this gem which I found on trademe, and brought for a good price, from a guy who had spent a lot of time and dollars building, nice older gentleman from a coastal town, uncertified but still had live plates.
    6 points
  11. After fucking around with the carb and doing some diagnostics it was deemed the new Ebay chinese 200 dollar delivered to my door carburetor is fucked. Who would of thought I switched back to the old carburetor and it started first pop Red wire is starter wire for starting at engine bay. Idled mint. Sounded mint so went for a hoon and ran like a dream. Got back home and transmission fluid was pissing out of a rubber hose that had fully split! Lucky was only on my street. I installed my new Fenix oil cooler with new ho
    4 points
  12. Picked up some wheels for a pretty sharp price today. Hayashi Racing Street Fins in 13x6 +13. These have always been one of my favourite wheels and had the privilege to visit their shop in Osaka a couple years ago which was awesome. I brought these knowing that they probably wouldn't work on the front due to these cars having a shit hub mount setup as per below. The wheels have cutouts in between the pcd holes but they only just foul on the bolts by a couple mm. I had initially planned on counter sinking the hubs but I don't think they
    4 points
  13. With the location for the booster finalised I did some cardboard aided design followed by some plywood aided design so that I could do a test fit. The test fit with the plywood bracket highlighted some fine tuning needed which I incorporated into the final steel bracket. The remote booster is now tucked up in what will hopefully be its final position. I'll incorporate the single mounting bolt at the back of the booster into my protective steel cover plate which I'll fabricate next. Thanks for reading.
    4 points
  14. Because i like weird stuff and it seemed like a lot of effort went into this van, and previous owner was sad to see it go, i decided to tidy it up and fix some issues like leaking valve cover, handbrake ajust, new windscreen.
    4 points
  15. By this time i had removed the sr20det and serena drivetrain from the donor van and i figured out it had quite a few good parts to it.
    3 points
  16. 1988 nissan vanette 1.5 l, column shift manual, in my price range and reg on hold. got it from auckland. So we went again... at night.. to pick up this van that i had brought on trademe. apparantly drove fine, just needed couply things for a warrant.
    3 points
  17. Also painted the wheels black because i diddnt like them very much.. diddnt end up looking any better haha, by this stage i had kind of given up on this van and was looking for a donor van that had a better look and maybe later model such as a 2000 + model vanette. Found a bunch of rust and all the things it failed on was too much to bother with not to mention the effort involved in fixing all the bad work.... Soo i was looking for about 6 months for a 2000 plus vanette/bongo/mazda e2000 for around $1500-2000 with a blown engine or something, aaand just diddnt get much luck i brought
    3 points
  18. Cool- thanks mr deetee- glad you enjoyed the read. Its fun for me to post it up (its like a nice diary I can go back to) There will be heaps more happening over the next few months that's for sure
    3 points
  19. well that was an exercise in patience.. I'm not the best with wiring but I do enjoy the challenge and problem solving side of it... but what I thought would be a couple if hours this morning splicing one loom into the other ended up being 8 hours....but most of that is the fact that no bulbs worked in any of the housings I had....so I had to pull apart and clean every terminal included the fuse holder.. but 3 part looms later....the list of things working is better. heater , wipers (both speeds....I know flash guy) , dash lights , glove box light , park lights (front and ba
    3 points
  20. I got 2.0 done today . Uses an old truck air tank shortened up as the firebox . 4 and 3 inch air inlets and 3inch outlet. Heat shield around chamber pipe to keep it hot
    3 points
  21. Here's a few before and after shots: It's not perfect, but is good enough for this racecar owner.
    3 points
  22. So i dabble in charcoal cooking and have a stack of wood (blue gum,apple) so thought why not make my own charcoal. after some youtube-ing i found a style i liked and could make. its made from a 55kg grease can . With a 3inch inlet ,4 inch fire box and 3inch flue which is all in the center and sealed. Then a tube from the top of the drum to the firebox inlet. This lets the wood gas self fuel . takes around 4/5 hours to make a drum load. currently working on 2.0 , more fuel more air more heat
    3 points
  23. It's less sad now Screen in today and did a nice coat on the floor to seal things up. Carpet acquired too. Full set of new seatbelts on the way Determined and doing what it takes to get to Beach Hop come Novembers' end! oh and see you at drag day (if I don't break it!) Overall stoked with the progress and proud of what I have managed to achieve. Dad spent his youth mucking around with this series of Holdens and as a nineteen year old, hearing the many tales of different shenanigans that happened back in the day involving these things only makes me more determined to ge
    3 points
  24. Interesting project, there was a white one of these with pale blue airbrushing with SR20DET in Dunedin in the early 00s on Enkei Tarmac Evos. Looked like a death trap!
    2 points
  25. Not even my car @Dudley , but is amazing. Ke20 with big block 4k beyond repair. but instead of getting parted or scraped, it lives on
    2 points
  26. Pulled out of the crimp quite easily, but still dont know why someone wouldn't just solder the pump wires to the housing as I did.. the wires were long enough ....
    2 points
  27. This left the other van without a diff, but that's fine just dropped it on the wheels to become a lawn ornament
    2 points
  28. Probably Friday 5th to Tuesday 9th.
    2 points
  29. I took them both to work, cut the mounts off both and really just took the 2 leaf brackets and welded them on the bigger ex-coil spring one (with some measuring), swapped out some better parts to the big one, better brake drums, cylinders, a handbrake cable .. painted it and put it in . Diddnt really take much work to do .
    2 points
  30. Now I had done some research, and turns out the donor van had a h190 diff with coil springs and was quite tough, whereas this new van only had a h165, a lot weaker, so I went to go swap them out ... however the new one was a leaf spring..
    2 points
  31. I figured well, its probably the exact same chassis and wheelbase with similar engine, year, manual, so i went to pick it up, test drive fine, so we paid the guy and left for home. It was quite loud and rattly, but got some petrol and went to go uphill, well, it diddnt like going up hill, or on anything other than going down hills. gutless! But still drove so drove it until the front light disappeared on the right side... A head light had blown and the indicator/park light assembly was flopping around in the wind , at the same time a cop follows me.. well he just passed and i
    2 points
  32. Yesterday I triple checked the required length of my modified steering column so I'll drop that off with Brenton tomorrow morning so he can do a cut and paste job on it. It needs to go for crack testing afterwards, so I figured rather get a pro to do it. Hopefully the pic below is the last one of the steering column in two pieces. I also spent a bit of time working out the route for my gearshift cable so I could confirm the length it needs to be. I've got a lead on someone local who may be able to make the cable up for me, so I'll give him a buzz in the morning to see if I can drop by his
    2 points
  33. got this thing back from powdercoating all the bolts, springs and brackets came back from zinc plating got the motor pretty well scrubbed down and most of the bike put together today. ive got to make a new intake manifold for the xr200 carb and i have a nice stainless steel muffler i need to make the rest of the exhaust for and some new foot pegs wouldn't go a miss. still plenty to do before eastcape, seat should come back from upholstery tomorrow so will be good to see the bike looking mostly complete and tidy
    2 points
  34. been trying to get this thing done fast, got it stripped down and sent it off for a rollcage, came back this week and i am over the moon, Nick Stewart at SAFEngineering smashed it, the fitment is amazing nice and tight and super simple exactly what i wanted some parts i've ordered have started to roll in 6 point 3x2 takata harness and bride zeta 2 for max fanboy mike shaw fibreglass n2 kit mocked up for now, will fit it this week all going well also picked up these potenza TR-3 wheels but cannot get lips to widen them until march nex
    2 points
  35. Had a little accident before first test run. they were a bit close to the ground . so yeh fail. think they would have done ok, if made it into the paddock and not hit bit of concrete on side of driveway haha enter v2 these were front strut inserts. so bigger shafts. sealed gas shocks, you know the ones that say dont open or heat. i did neither of course. they are twin tube, so the outside bit just holds oil and nitrogen pressure. they have a pretty basic shimstack that bolts to end of shaft. i drilled out the rebound bleed holes and modified
    2 points
  36. Fuel Pump and Reg are here. Collecting last bits this week. Soft mounts are on too.
    2 points
  37. And a notorious part that rots from the inside out on these - the hatch hinge point - 3 layers of sandwiched rust
    2 points
  38. Holy shit it goes hard for what it is now fudging the gear shifts on the same bit of road 0-100 in 20 seconds, A similar bit of flat road with better shifts - 0-100 in 17 seconds It now accelerates hard past 80kph and sits real happy at 100 (which was always my goal), even continuing to accelerate to 100 up hills rather than burbling along. Top speed is probably roughly the same as with just the 150 kit well chuffed with that expecially after the extended dicking around trying to get the parts. Am currently running 2 base gaskets and i will keep the fuel
    2 points
  39. gettin more done. front guard was silver at some point. has a smack in the front corner which was never even tried to be fixed, just fill it with bog. so i go that out and its pretty good now. ill keep removing the crap paint to get it down to factory red/primer. then i guess ill chuck some epoxy primer on it. 2020-10-29_09-41-33 by sheepers, on Flickr
    2 points
  40. double update tonight ^ Got the factory intake and exhaust manifold off and prepped it for the fenton style split manifold Got the manifolds on and all the parts from sticky flanges to make a twin 44mm to 38mm tail pipes exhaust to get some rapping going on . Also got the leaves in the front reset 2" to get it sitting a bit better. Bit of a before and after, looks much better i think! Finish exhaust, mount the siren and we are good to go to beach hop.
    2 points
  41. so, now its time to paint it. its been re-sprayed some time in the long distant past and from what i found sanding back the roof i think the reason it was re-sprayed is because of some problem with the original paint. there are fish eyes in the paint that go through the top coat and all the way down to the factory primer. its obvious that this car was painted factory red, then another coat of red was laid over that and these is a defect that shows in the first layer of primer. anywho, so far its been alright getting the old paint off, long may it continue. 2020-
    2 points
  42. this absolutely needs to be turned into a prerunner style truck
    2 points
  43. Have bought a new mazda crate motor to build 13b PP out of all new parts, hopefully get into that shortly, In the meantime have been doing a couple of odd jobs, Pushed it outside to get some daylight and inspiration haha + I pulled the factory struts and leaves out of the car, Car came with some 2nd hand coilovers in so chucked those in and wound them right down for a laugh and chucked some reset leaves and blocks in the back. Factory struts have been sent to Brady at BLG Engineering, Hes building me some coilovers, camber plates, billet 4x114.3 hubs, and set
    1 point
  44. Always slightly nerve-racking taking grinders and drills etc to brand new parts, but needs must! 2.5mm through, then 5mm to open up the press fit area Good slather of loctite retaining compound Result!
    1 point
  45. Yesterday and today we did a few more tinkering jobs on both Millie and the new one (Myrtel?). We had taken the Imp over to Kaiteriteri so we could do a trail run in the park there. The Imp was booked in for a wof later on in the afternoon and the run distance was further than we expected. So we decided to run to home, shower up and then drive the new car (Marjorie?) back to kaiteri, pick up the Imp and drive in convoy into town. Got to show off the Micra to our wof man (the Imp passed with flying colours btw...) and warm up the oil properly so once home it would drain out sweet. Hannah h
    1 point
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