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Hi guys,

 

Not long ago I purchased a 1992 S13 Silvia from a girl who had owned the car for about six years.

 

I got it for a steal, with registration to boot.

 

The whole idea with this car, my third Silvia, is to do as much as possible myself. That is, only taking it to a workshop when absolutely necessary or if I don't have the facilities or tools to do it myself.

 

26/8

 

So the first thing I did after I bought the car, was to rip out the two subwoofers, two amplifiers, and associated nightmare of cabling. The install was so dodgy, evidently done by some kebab, probably her boyfriend or something. Sold them on eBay and managed to recoup a bit of the money I had spent purchasing the car.

 

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Whilst I was fixing the dodgyness, I decided to rewire the head unit, as it was an absolute nightmare too. Cabling everywhere, shit soldering, no insulation tape.

 

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Now, another issue I have, is that the chick who owned it smoked. :angry: So naturally, after six years of her smoking in the car, it smelt f**king RANK. I nearly thew up when I first drove it. So I stripped the interior, and deodorised everything. Actually, it wasn't good enough, so I ended up buying brand new carpet. It should arrive in the next day or so.

 

The other problem was that the seats were soiled with...well...I'm not sure, but they too had to be taken out. I purchased a Bride Ergo with super low rail from Johnnicilite on these forums (thanks mate!) and I'm on the lookout for another one for the passenger seat.

 

I also took out the analogue climate control and found a digital unit with loom going for a bargain on Yahoo Japan, ended up getting it for only 2000 yen ($21!!!).

 

I am also the lucky winner of one GENUINE Nissan Aero front bar. That's right, the front bar EVERYONE wants. Muahahaha!! I also have a pair of the uber-rare rear pods too!!

 

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Keeping with the whole disgustingly loud stereo theme, the previous owner had also fitted an exhaust which not only looked atrocious, but was way too loud. So I managed to track down a stock exhaust, and this morning I had a crack at swapping the exhausts. Surprisingly, it wasn't all that hard. Now I can actually drive without small children crying and people giving me death stares. DIY FTW!! Oh, and the stock exhaust will only be staying until I can afford a Varex. :)

 

 

 

So, if you are selling any of the following, shoot me a PM:

 

1. Bride Ergo seat (no rail needed)

2. Late model 180SX door trims, preferably Type X

 

3/9 UPDATE

 

So I have been working/spending a fair bit on the car of late.

 

I purchased some Buddy Club P1 rims in a decent offsets the other day. They sit flush with the guards, and are in mint condition. Car just needs to be lowered now.

 

 

 

I also bought brand new black carpet off eBay. It arrived at my door within a week, and I'm not going to lie, it was an absolute nightmare to install.

 

I didn't realise taking the old carpet out was such a mission. As it turns out, the carpet extends all the way under the dash to the firewall. In the end I ended up hacking the shit out of the old stuff (such was the condition it was in that it was worth nothing anyway). I toyed with the idea of having no carpet whatsoever, but as the car is going to be a street car, I decided to try putting the new carpet in.

 

It required a bit of trimming to get right, but surprisingly the hardest bit was cutting and lining up holes for the seat rail bolts to go through. It took me a solid two hours to do just the front carpet, and I've decided I will probably leave the back out altogether. I don't like taking passengers, and I don't even have back seats at the moment, so why bother? :lol:

 

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I also was fortunate enough to pickup a set of S14 calipers and rotors today from Chris (aka Nobbsy on here) for a decent price. He is a nice guy. I'm going to have a crack at installing them this weekend after I get the rotors redrilled and machined at a specialist place. Yes, I realise that this isn't DIY, but I don't have a drill press nor the equipment to machine the rotors, so it has to be done. <_ i also need to buy some new pads for them too.>

 

In the pipeline over the next couple of weeks are some more crazy shenanigans. I'm hopefully going to be getting some Tein Super Streets too! Bring it...

 

24/9 UPDATE

 

Progress has been somewhat slower of late due to budget constraints, much to my chagrin.

 

Nevertheless, I have made a few rice mods in preparation for the brake upgrade.

 

The windscreen wipers were totally destroyed aesthetically, so I rubbed 'em back, prepped them, and painted three coats of gloss black. They now look like new again (pity the rest of the car doesn't).

 

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The S14 brake calipers haven't been bolted on yet. The reason is because I am not going to redrill the rotors I have. Rather, I'm going to buy a set of RDA ones and get them drilled by the factory to 4-stud. I did, however, purchase some Project Mu Type NS pads, which should be a good compromise between street and track.

 

Whilst the calipers were sitting in my garage, I decided to paint them 'rice red'. This turned out to be more work than I thought. Rubbing all the shit off them was a bit of a mission.

 

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First I started with a wire brush. Then I found, buried deep in my old man's shed, a drill bit wire brush! So I brought out the brand new cordless I got Dad for father's day and gave it a whirl. It worked a lot better. I then cleaned the rest of the crap of with turps.

 

They came up a little bit better than they look in this pic:

 

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So I masked up the pistons etc. using foil (great idea, thanks to the random from here who suggested it), and did four coats of special brake caliper pressure pack. Came out great:

 

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I also installed a Momo steering wheel I got from a mate. Unfortunately, the boss kit supplied seemed to be a Toyota one so wouldn't fit the Nissan hub. So then I bought a GKtech boss kit, which fitted, but didn't cancel the indicators after I turned.

 

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Also, the wheel was a bit small for my liking, so I put it up on eBay and it sold last night. I'm going to purchase a GKtech OMP style wheel, as I had one of these on my old Sil and quite liked it.

 

In the pipeline in the coming fortnight is new suspension (top priority), a new driver's door, and a new engine and gearbox!

 

4/10 UPDATE

 

Have purchased the following:

 

New black door (to replace the fuxed drivers side one, after someone tried to break into the car and failed :doh:)

New Cusco tie rods + ends

New D-Project steering rack bushes

JIC castor rods

Whiteline Superpro pineapples

 

6/10 UPDATE

 

Purchased a new Pioneer head unit from Kyle (kyo) on the forums here. Good price, I desperately needed one as my old one has been broken for a couple of months now. Driving with no music makes you go crazy after a while!

 

11/11 UPDATE

 

Pics soon, maybe tomorrow if I get time. The following has been installed, all by myself (I learnt heaps):

 

D-Project tie rods + ends installed

New steering rack boots

S14 calipers

New RDA slotted S14 rotors

New Project Mu NS brake pads

JIC caster rods

 

:D :D :D

 

Nissan Aero (incorrectly referred to as Nismo) front bar arrived from J-land today!! :D

 

Engine + manual gearbox is being purchased tomorrow. :D :D

 

Have purchased an FRP bonnet from Empire Aero which should arrive tomorrow, stupid f**ken couriers.

 

Coilovers to follow within the next week too. :D x11tybillion

 

I haven't driven the car in over three weeks as it has been sitting on stands whilst I do work on it. I now have a job in the city, and I get there by public transport, so don't need to drive it daily anymore.

 

I'm waiting on some stuff from Nissan too, the useless pricks: caliper cross springs for the S14 calipers, door hinges, and door hinge pins. I figure I should replace them to stop the doors from sagging.

 

Word out, pics tomorrow.

 

14/11 UPDATE

 

So, I got home from work today and got cracking on the car again.

 

First thing I did was bleed the brakes. I pretty much refilled the entire reservoir with Castrol DOT4.

 

Yesterday the bonnet arrived, and I fitted it. A shitload of work was required to get it to close, and after all that the fitment is SHIT. :angry: Oh well, a set of bonnet pins should help it get as normal as possible.

 

After bleeding the brakes, I removed the front bar, and whacked the Aero front bar on. It fits well, as all factory stuff does, and will require minimal modification to be perfect. It just needs some TLC. I've also managed to source some vents for it.

 

I'm going to take the car for a drive later this weekend to bed the new brakes in and make sure everything is working OK.

 

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19/11 UPDATE

 

Changed the busted driver's side door and window over on the weekend, was fkn hard to do. Anyways, I have the fresh driver's door on, just have to wire it all up. I put in brand new hinge pins and hinge bushes to stop the door from ever sagging in the future!

 

6/12 UPDATE

 

New SR20DE, manual gearbox, and accessories arrived.

 

Car is now at the workshop getting the replacement engine put in. However, when they ripped out the old one, it had a snapped engine mount. I have purchased a new set from Racespec and will be using them! :D

 

I also got some new seats:

 

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21/12/08 UPDATE

 

New engine is in with solid engine mounts.

 

Manual conversion parts (as I already have the gearbox) are on the way from JPC, thanks Danny.

 

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Should be a good build, keep up the good work

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Thanks Nigel.

 

I should mention, your car has always been the inspiration for me to do this project! I just love how it looks. My first silvia originally had the full Nissan Aero kit, before I did a Onevia swap, so you could say I'm a fan from way back - not just a sheep.

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heyy nice car looks good are you installing it by your self ? eg zorst,seats ect

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looks like its coming along nicely.

always loved silvias and seeing all these builds just makes me want to get another one.

good luck with it champ and keep up the updates.

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did you consider steam cleaning the interior, rent one from woolworths for like $60 a day or whatever, works a treat

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haha man looks like im in the same boat.

 

recently bought an s13 from a chick who owned it for 8 years.

headunit wiring was a bloody nest, and my seats look like someone gave birth in them.

also came with 3inch zorst so it sounds like a semi trailer (its NA so yeh...lol)

 

and it has an aero option front bar which the previous owner put a massive crack in lol.

 

anyway lookin forward to see u build her up mate.

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heyy nice car looks good are you installing it by your self ? eg zorst,seats ect

 

Yeah mate, all of the stuff insofar has been done by me. Only took it to a workshop to get the rego renewed. ;)

 

looks like its coming along nicely.

always loved silvias and seeing all these builds just makes me want to get another one.

good luck with it champ and keep up the updates.

 

Thanks mate.

 

did you consider steam cleaning the interior, rent one from woolworths for like $60 a day or whatever, works a treat

 

hahaha actually I wrote a tutorial on how to get one as I used one on my other car not long ago. I would rent one again, but this interior is actually THAT soiled, that it wouldn't be worthwhile.

 

haha man looks like im in the same boat.

 

recently bought an s13 from a chick who owned it for 8 years.

headunit wiring was a bloody nest, and my seats look like someone gave birth in them.

also came with 3inch zorst so it sounds like a semi trailer (its NA so yeh...lol)

 

and it has an aero option front bar which the previous owner put a massive crack in lol.

 

anyway lookin forward to see u build her up mate.

 

Wicked, you should post a log too.

 

your front bar isn't in so good nic tho massive cracks.

 

Really?! I NEVER NOTICED.

 

The car is getting painted soon and plastic cracks aren't too difficult to fix, so meh! :lol:

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awsomeness

 

your a sucker for a black sil :P

 

and you got your areo :lol: i couldnt find mine in time because the guy pulled out at the last min, so mine standard, yet i like the subtle areo kit. going to do the black respray or did you learn your lesson after your first one :lol:

 

good to see you got the bigger brakes, just be carful when you trim the banjo blot, i got my mate to do it on the lathe. you can just put a nut on it then hacksaw it off then just take the bolt off to get rid of the bur. but apparently its some weird thread pattern/size which is actually similar to sparkplugs :huh: . but he made me up a little plate with the right thread so you can do the "nut and hacksaw" technique. you can borrow it if you get desperate for diy :lol:

 

btw i might be selling my superstreets soon for something different if your interested

 

 

keep us posted

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pfft ricer red

 

if i ever do mine its black with nissan in white :P

 

i painted my window wipers black too, took me 1/2 a day to sand back the peeling matte black that i put on them when i first got it and the annondised blue under that :doh:

 

progressing slowly but surely

 

when the manual conversion :P

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pfft ricer red

 

if i ever do mine its black with nissan in white :P

 

i painted my window wipers black too, took me 1/2 a day to sand back the peeling matte black that i put on them when i first got it and the annondised blue under that :doh:

 

progressing slowly but surely

 

when the manual conversion :P

 

Hey word on the street is that Neb is going to be able to bring a fair amount of shit back from Japan...

 

Do you know how much crap I'm going to get him to take!!! :D :D :D :D

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i know but the yen has died which makes me sad :(

 

hopefully ill know what my new car is buy then and spend up big :P

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Hey mate, nice write up.

 

P.S our boss kits do turn off the indicators. There are 2 tabs in the little bag of screws and what not, they need to be put in the 2 little holes on the back of the boss kit. This turns your indicators off :)

 

Greg

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ohh progress

 

why did you decided on a vented bonnet ???

 

 

what kind of engine is going in ;)

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by the time this thing gets on the road yo might as well have done a redtop :lol:

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Shhh, that's part of the plan. ;)

 

It runs well with the new engine. Still on the hoist in the workshop though, but I went and did some stuff on it this morning. The new engine mounts are solid as fark and as such the car vibrates a lot, booyeh!!

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