Ill give you a little insight into whats been running through my brain lately. Be warned no pics and lots of rambling.
Within my shed lies a lot of work to do, ill run you through what ticks over in my brain when i see my projects.
First theres the Hilux, im still waiting for the motor to be finished for it, the SR20 im using for it is out of my S13, this motor had a few issues which was part of the reason it had not been driven in a while, the decision was made to remove it, fix the issues and then use it in the Hilux chassis, when it comes back its full steam ahead with wiring, plumbing and making all those bits an pieces to get it driving, im also waiting on all my brake fittings and air jack fittings from the US aswell as a few other bits and pieces.
So theres not a whole that can be done at this point on it, its just a matter or waiting. I dont stress about things like this, building a car is a long process, i dont have a deadline or sponsors aking questions it will be done when the times right.
The 180SX is also parked in the shed, fresh from 3 full days of QLD Matsuri fun its basically an exhaust repair and some new aero away from being able to take to the track again, the car ran faultlessly at QLD and im really happy about the mechanicals on the car, the engine bay had a clean up and i addressed a few issues when the head was off so its good to go again.
The trailer is still in the worx, im up to sheeting in the nose cone and just trying to find a supplier for Pro-Bond alloy/composite sheeting, then its time to strip, paint and refit everything ready for towing duties for the next few years.
Above the trailer on the hoist is the S13, the car ive owned and loved for many years. Its been one of those cars, its the one that dosnt really get driven because its not 100% right in a few areas, ive had many ideas about bringing it back to life but most have been fairly half hearted. By using its motor for the ute its given me some inspiration.
The old motor was a built SR20 running a TD06L2 on a Brae Manifold with my custom made plenum setup, to build this car as a SR20DET again then id be basically doing the exact same setup ill be running in the Hilux and 180SX. Too many parts, too much money and just a little boring for me.
So what to do? Well i need to force myself to learn how to build motors, theres never been a better time to build a motor to power this S13 than an “All Motor” SR20DE, by 2014 the cars able to be “engineered” an road driven as a classic club car and being NA this will make life a lot easier to go through this process.
So where am i at now and what am i doing about it? I have stripped down the car and started working on a few things, ive ditched the Power Steering by removing all lines, pulled apart the steering rack, plugged the holes, drilled holes in the internal divider, while doing this ive been looking at the factory crossmember and caster mounts so im remaking these from tube, redoing the roll cage and cleaning everything up.
Erin and the guys at JDM Garage in Brisbane have palleted up an SR20 with a few neat bits inside that needs work, when it arrives ill be building a pretty full on set of long tube headers, 52mm Individual Throttles, rebuilding the motor with some higher compression, some headwork and massive cams to suit the new throttles and exhaust.
So thats an insight into what my brain goes through every time i open the shed, theres so much to do and im not even going to start talking about the 530 KTM Street Bike i want to build. Now to get back to my day job and afford all this…………….