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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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  2nd February, 2005
Rear Tyres

When it came over from Japan, the rear tyres were nearly totally bald. So obviously they needed to be changed for rego, and compliance. Fronts were still pretty good Bridgestone Potenzas (I think these could have even still been the factory tyres!), which are pretty well regarded, so they could stay.

For the rears, $280 picked up a pair of Falken Azenis, which are a road-legal semi slick. 205/55R16's with about 95% tread. Usual price on these is about $230 each, so scored a pretty good deal. 205 is narrower that I'd probably prefer to run (even though they're only 16" stock rims), but for the price, worth trying. Not too many people have much bad to say about the Azenis for any use, so will see how they hold up.

From my R33 learned that tyres are one of THE most important parts of the car, especially when starting to put the power down. Shit tyres you'll always get bad 1/4 mile times and wonder where the problem is. So wasn't wanting to take shortcuts in this respect to start with.

 

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  14th February, 2005
Front Strut Brace is go..

After a bit of dramas having to pull out the whole drivers side strut/spring, and replace the strut top due to a snapped bolt off bolt (grunt), a Cusco front strut brace was installed ($100). To install one takes less than 10 minutes - just 4 bolts.

For those who don't know, strut braces are a bar that sits between the two suspension towers, and generally help to firm up the front end, especially improving turn in. There are plenty of ebay cheapies around, but from what I've seen they look pretty flimsy and more for looks rather than anything else. The Cusco feels solid, and did the trick nicely on my old R33, so decided to go the same again.

Ignore the left thread length, as the right is budged tight (need to buy decent large spanner)

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  16th February, 2005
Finally, Compliance! - all systems are go for road

Well, it's been nearly 3 months, and the car still isn't on the road which gets people asking... In that time, have been doing this and that to meet compliance, and a few minor mods, but there have been so many distractions and only so many hours in each day.

But today, finally, the car was checked off for all requirements, and the final modification plate granted. This basically says it meets the ADR's for cars in 1989, and can be legally registered in QLD. Now just needs a safety certificate and the final rego and all systems are go. Should be on road early next week driving around the streets!

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  21st February, 2005
Registration day!!

Today the car was finally registered, and I can now drive it around on the streets.

After a few minor last second heart-attacks, and some confusion by the place doing the safety certificate, everything was finally sorted. At 4:30pm (just before closing time) I got my plates from QLD transport, stuck them on, and now the car is legitimately registered.

For the safety certificate, the only thing that still had to be done was the front upper steering arm, which the place said the bushes were too worn. Unfortunately the bushes weren't available separately, so had to spend $220 for a whole new control arm. Probably not a bad idea anyhow.

So, what's it like to drive?

Well it's definitely different to my last car, the ~180rwkw R33. The car definitely gives a lot more feedback, and seems to handle quite a bit better even in stock form. Point and shoot even with stock components is pretty good. Ride is a bit more harsh due to the firm stock shocks/suspension, and the grippy tyres. Everything though is a lot more "direct" and feels much more faster, even though it's not actually going as quick :-) (the 'excel' syndrome!)

Power is obviously not massive, and driving a turbo auto is pretty strange. It's hard to hold the revs which makes the RB engines so fun. The auto trannie in this one is also showing signs of being pretty buggered already - tends to slip fairly readily high up in the rev range. Means the manual conversion is pretty high up in the terms of priorities at the moment!


 
 

  28th February, 2005
Gauges and stereo in

Decided to do some work on the gauges setup I've thought about, and to fill the big empty space in the console where the stereo was removed. Time to move that boost gauge from the zip-tie positioning!

Just purchased a couple of cheap Speco (2 1/2") gauges at about $50 each. Came up pretty nicely in the end, and there is still room for one more gauge in there, a'la GTR stylez..

Just purchased a carbon fibre looking piece of fibreglass sheet, and cut it to size with a jigsaw and then filed to exact size. Will post a guide on how to make a similar bracket soon.

At the same time I also decided to installed my old JVC cd/mp3 player, which came out of the old daily driver before I sold it. Wiring it up was very simple, and took about 30 mins. The stock speakers in there are *very* shagged, but it's better than nothing for a short while until I get some good 6" splits or something like that.

Things are starting to look a lot less 'rough' in the interior already.

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