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Welcome to project32... I've decided to put this site together to document my build up from a very stock 1989 Nissan Skyline R32 GTS-T into whatever it ends up becoming. On here you'll find some various photos, bits and pieces and maybe the occasional useful thing such as some tutorials on how to do things. Part of the goal is to show how easy it is to do things yourself, and learning along the way is much more interesting than paying somebody else to do it.

p.s. Don't hassle the design as I do enough websites for my work, this is for fun - therefore design time spent = 5mins :-p

-Gordon, 20th December, 2004

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  April 2nd , 2005
Catch Can Installed

Has been a while since the update. Haven't been doing too much and have been very busy with work and other things. Also been trying to save some money for some major upgrades in the next couple of months.

Just installed a basic catch can. Only took about 10 minutes, and simply involved removing of the standard breather hose, and plumbing it to the can.

Its debateable whether they're a valid item, or just a bit of further engine bay candy, but it was cheap so decided to give it a try.

The job of the catch can is that it helps trap unwanted oil filtering back into the engine intake, which overtime prevents it from building up in the intercooler and intake pipes, which can reduce overall performance.


 
 

  April 23rd , 2005
Speaker goodness

This weekend finished off the install of my new splits, and installation of my old 12" sub that has been sitting around since I removed it from my old car. Have been having major withdrawal from decent music in the car for a while.

Speakers are a set of Focal 165A 6.5" splits. Not near the top of their line 'Utopia' models, but for their price better than most of the big volume names such as Pioneer, Alpine, Kenwood, etc. Sound is excellent on a mix of different music, and sounds great even off the headunit's amp (JVC KD-G405) at high volumes.

I had to go for custom spacers to fit the speakers in the doors - as the stock ones are a fairly uncommon 6" x 4", which I had to make out of 19mm MDF. With the spacers, the door trims *just* fit back over the top, but its a very tight fit. In the end though, it all worked, and sounds great, which is the main thing. Been too long with broken factory skyline speakers!

Shown are the installed pictures..

You can also see the old original factory speakers (top photo). You can probably see why they didn't sound too good now, the cones had separated from the housing!

The whole setup is definitely a very budget to mid-range setup (under $1000 for the lot), but I'm very impressed with the quality, and due to the size of the R32 you don't need anything too monster.

I've also provided schematics of the spacers for R32 and 6.5" speakers , which you can download here. You can use these to cut out your own spacers from MDF and mount in the door. Saves trial and error working out the correct dimensions and screw points.

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  April 24th, 2005
GTR Bonnet

As you can see from some of the earlier pictures (although it doesn't look quite so bad from the earlier photos), the GTS-T bonnet that came with the car wasn't in great condition. There were some dents along the front, and that large chip at the front, which had a very dodgy slap-job repair.

A GTR bonnet wouldn't be the first thing on the "must have list", its just that the old one looked so bad, and the cost to get another GTS-T one and get it painted to the car would have almost cost the same as what a GTR one would. I managed to find a black one (same colour!) in excellent condition for $680, which also had the fairly rare nismo lip... so quickly snapped that up while the opportunity was there.

I've had the bonnet sitting there for a few weeks, but I read that you needed a GTR latch to also fit the bonnet, which was hard to find (and was quoted $100 for one). So that had delayed putting it on for a while until I found the latch.

Then I got some useful advice, that nope, you didn't need the latch, that you could in fact adapt the additional one. So with a bit of work, some thinking, and some extra bolts, I managed to get it to fit the standard GTS-T latch. It basically just involves pushing the stock latch back about 1cm, and up a bit.

The GTR Bonnet is about 10kg less than the 20kg stock GTS-T bonnet. Not a massive amount, but at least the car looks much better overall now, and there should be a bit better flow to the radiator as a bonus.

It's missing the GTR grille, but I am going to mesh the gap up when I have time.. later on I may go the GTR grille (when/if I can find one), but the grille-less look kind of makes it unique on its own.

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