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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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  24th November
Car arrives at my door

I paid for the car originally on 26th July 2004 over in Japan, after a short period of looking - pretty much narrowing down what I wanted well before-hand. I went through Prestige Motorsport as my import broker, and was very happy with their service. It helps though if you know what to expect with the whole process - wouldn't recommend it for those new to import cars.

The car was a September 1989 build, so took a month before import approval could be granted to actually bring the ship over to Australia.

After this it wasn't until late October that shipping was available to ship the car over from Japan. Whilst all the paperwork was being organised, the car had to sit outside in the elements those few months.

Once all organised, and the car was actually on the ship, it only took about 2 weeks to get from Japan to Brisbane abroad the ship the Universal Spirit. Then it was about another week clearing through customs... Then finally, on 24th November at about 11am, the car-carrier came from Brisbane and off-loaded the car direct in the driveway.

Car was pretty dirty and things after it arrived... but otherwise in pretty good condition and as expected from the initial photos and condition report. Engine ran smoothly, and doesn't make any funny noises.

Somebody in their wisdom had decided to use cloth tape to sticky tape the bonnet down to stop it "flying open" or some crap, which was an absolute bitch to get off properly. "Desolv-It" in the end was found to be brilliant and getting that off as it doesn't eat the paint at all, and metho on the windows to get most of the texta markings off.

Gave it a quick wipedown, but really needed a top to bottom full clean.. But here you can see it all, pretty much as I saw it on that first day it arrived on home turf.

As the car is "uncomplianced" basically its not yet ready to be driven on Australian roads, and not registered either. Furthest I could drive it was the driveway :-(. A few things are needed to be changed from how its legal in Japan to be driven on Australian roads and this takes time. Haven't been much of a hurry to do that, as I have my other car to get by in - an older 1986 Skyline R31.

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  27th & 28th November
Cleaning time!

Spent most of the weekend cleaning every inch of the car, from top to bottom. Washed, then cut & polished every single inch of panel, then waxed using a good wax. Came up very nicely.

Most of the scratches across the panel came out very well, and are now barely visible which I was the most happy about. Rest of the car came up a treat too..

Cleaned up the insides using soapy water, then Amouralled anything that looked vinyl or plastic. This came up very well too, much better than the age of the car would suggest.

Still can see that scar on the bonnet there. Essential the bonnet is a bit of a lost cause. Paint is fairly faded, and some Japanese has done a slap-job at fixing a large chip, and there are a few dents at the front. Will probably replace it with a carbon fibre jobbie later on. Also removed the front badge at this point.. reckon they look better without 'em.

 

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  28th November
My first mod™ - A boost gauge !

Today I installed my very first mod! Rather simple, but its been sitting here for a while, so thought it was time to make use of it.

The stock boost gauge on the R32 (or any of the skylines) is next to useless at determining the real boost level, so if you have any pretence of running higher boost, a boost gauge is a mandatory to ensure the safety of the engine and turbo.

I installed a Speco 2 1/2" gauge, bit smaller than the usual size most people go for. Nothing Greddy, Apexi, etc for show but on my old car a Speco did the trick fairly accurately. For about $40, spending too much more is a bit pointless other than for just looks IMHO, as long as its fairly accurate.

To install the gauge on the R32, you can choose where you wish to tap it off from the engine, but common points are the fuel regulator line to plenum, or stock blow off valve hose to plenum. I chose to take it off the stock boost gauge position so as not to cross the engine too much and be effected by heat.

The good thing about the Speco is that it contains the exact correct thread to replace the thread in the R32 plenum. So simply screw out the old banjo bolt, and screw in the new. Run the included pressure line to inside the engine bay through the firewall, and through the back of the center console to under the stereo, or wherever else you want to mount it. Then connect up the gauge itself, and install the electrical wiring (if you want it to light up at night).

As you can see, mounting in the cabin is a bit slack at the moment (good ol' cable tie!). Later on I will be building a proper console plate, and sitting it with a temperature and other gauge under the stereo (GTR style).


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  4th & 5th December
New Parcel Shelf

Parcel shelf in the car came across pretty shabby. Rear speakers and stereo had all been removed in Japan before it got over here, leaving a couple of big ugly holes and it was starting to bow. Also, rather bland grey carpet looked a bit crappy from outside the car when you got up close.

To install the required child-restraint points for compliance, also needed to take out the whole shelf, so thought may as well build another one to put back in.

Thankfully, careful measuring ensured fitted as well, if not better than the original item. Lost the rear vents, but they're mainly just decoration anyhow. Looks a bit funny not installed, but once in place, looked great.

Full tutorial on how to build a custom parcel shelf will be posted up soon..


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  5th December
Installed Walbro fuel pump

Installed a Walbro 255L/hr "hi flow" fuel pump as I was a bit bored one afternoon - purchased new through a group buy on SAU at $170. Took about an hour to install and its a very easy mod even though I wouldn't classify it as a "straight fit" like some say (e.g. it isn't same size, wiring, mount points everything as stock). Wasn't too difficult at all - helped that I had installed a Bosch 910 previously on my old R33. Some places will charge $200 just to install a fuel pump like this..

Walbro's sometimes receive mixed reviews, but at a great price was worth trying. The thing to remember with the Walbro's is that they're rated at 255L/hr (500hp) at only 50psi, NOT 72psi as rated by the Bosch. So realistically, the Walbro is only good for about 260-270rwkw, depending on the turbo boost you are running. Not quite 500hp, but good enough for what I need it for quite a while to come.

Why fuel pump as one of the first mods? Well basically fuel pumps as they get older can start to wear out, flowing less than optimally. This can result in strange dips in tuning on the dyno, and lack of response when you really put your foot down. If the pump craps out under load, fuel starvation to the engine can mean death to the motor, especially in a turbo. Basically it's a nice safety feature, and can't hurt to be replaced.

The stock R32 unit maxes out at about 160-70rwkw anyhow, so its not very good for high-HP later on.

Look out for a full tutorial in the tutorial section soon on how to install such a fuel pump in an R32

 

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