ETS Updates – The new look

Nothing ever stops or slows down in this world, everything is always changing to stay on top of the game, this website is no different and I am so pleased that the new layout is now live. I have to thank my “technical director” Pavel for his help with this, Pavs been the driving force behind keeping me up to date and always on top of the www game.

Anyways take your time to look at the new features on the website, there’s a few things we need to work on to get it running to its fullest potential but it’s a step in the right direction. Again thanks for reading and welcome to the new ETS!

Now back into the garage.


When I rolled the Hilux out of the trailer from WTAC I knew I had some work to do.


There was the case of the broken rockers on cylinder 1 (thanks Donny for the new ones) and the missing shim that I found in the sump.


I love to lay everything out so I can inspect everything.


There was also the issue of the broken gearbox.


After assessing all my options I took everything off the motor to make some measurements.


Because when it all goes back in here I dont want to have to pull it out again.


So what are all these measurements for?


Mounting up the 6 speed sequential dog box, this is an SR20 Auto bellhousing with a depth of 164mm and will be the bases of my 42.6mm alloy adapter plate onto the new transmission. Dont worry Ill go into way more detail about all of this soon.


I had a massive shed clean out and garage sale to get the $$ for the gearbox and with the profit from the T shirt sales from WTAC im almost able to afford the gearbox.

I cant wait to get it and set everything up!

  1. did you slide it at WTAC? oh man, I was there both days, but only saw the 180sx on track!

    • nah man he got out on thrusday for the practice day and broke it then. wasnt out for fri or sat

    • I did on thursday night but it broke stuff, unfortunately I didnt have the right frame of mind to repair it and get back out there, I guess the months of late nights and all the effort to get there just got a little too much.

  2. i regret not buying a t shirt now. the more i buy, the more you progress you post up!

    • You can buy one and ill send it to you 🙂

  3. Hi Nigel, I’ve followed your blog for over a year now and I just wanna say mate you always seem to amaze me every post. I’m an apprentice aircraft engineer and I think your standard of work is just as good as the aviation industry if not better. Can imagine you’d be an asset to any company and would be an awesome bloke to work with. Your attention to detail and precision in everything you do is exactly what I thrive on and the reason I can’t go a day without checking your blog or Instagram for updates. Rant over props to you mate!

    • Thanks for the positive rant Dane, clean workspace creates clean work, not only that but it gives you a clear mind to asses where your going. Cheers mate

  4. Good day Nigel, would love to meet you one day so we could talk, but this will have to do for now, I’m a wanna-be builder and designer and I jus enjoy seeing your work on facebook, I have been following you for about six months now and u have inspired me to go and build up my one and only car I have to be what I want it to be so I can get at least one step closer to where your at, dude keep up the good work and if ever u open a shop and want someone to work for or with you, please, please, please, please give me a link, I’ll be more than happy to jump at the opportunity to work with or for someone like you bro, btw, I own a 1989 vw jetta, 2 door in Jamaica, the only 2 door MKII in Jamaica, would love to hear from u dude, [email protected]. Dwayne West

    • Thanks Dwayne, Id love to open a shop one day, it would be a big step for me but its something im thinking about. Keep up the good work mate!

  5. I would LOVE to come to your garage sale and take your “junk”
    Keep up the good work!!


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