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    1968 Fairlady 1600 -> SR20

    Just found this forum looking for some wheels.. So I thought I would put up a build thread to introduce myself..

    So I bought my 1968 1600 in March 2012.

    I love the car. So much fun, beautiful ride, and in great shape.

    But I had been wanting more power, a 5th gear, easier starting and running, and reliability.

    Anyone know where this leads?

    Pictures later..

    Mike

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    Re: 1968 Fairlady 1600 -> SR20

    Ok, so I know what car I'm talking about, but in case you don't, here is my car on its last cross country jaunt.. To Shasta..




    Since buying the car, I had noticed it could pretty easily fade the brakes when pushed, so I had installed the Spriso Z car front brake upgrade.. Easy to do and it completely ended the fade issues..

    But I was left with a car that ran well when warm, but required 3-5 minutes of warm up before it would idle, was always a touch rough, and I think I have to take some of the credit for that, I'm sure the carbs were maladjusted after the linkage jumped off the car on my way home from Oregon..

    It would try to overheat if driven up a long hill, it seemed to always be looking for a half gear somewhere, either up or down..

    I was somewhat scared to really spin the motor, I know I shouldn't have been, but I just didn't want to hurt the old motor..

    The handling is awesome, the brakes incredible, it looks beautiful, it was just underpowered and needed help..

    So after seeing some very interesting cars at the SoCal roadster BBQ, then Solvang, then taking the car on the Shasta trip, I made up my mind.. Only one question, to turbo or not to turbo..

    So I wound up talking to Kevin Desirello, and he and I talked about both options, and he recommended the normally aspirated motor.. I like to drive, long trips, everywhere, a lot, and Kevin thought the reliability and absolutely no thought required operation of the NA motor was the right fit.. But I like power, I really do, so I was convinced I needed the turbo. But I decided I would take Kevin up on his offer to drive his car and ride in Bart's car, and I promised myself I would keep an open mind..

    So as we speak, my car is getting a transplant of a normally aspirated SR20DE S-14. Kevin Desirello is handling the work, and I will be handling the standing around and pretending I know what's going on..

    This thread will be updated as pictures come in, and I hope to be able to share progress regularly until we are done..

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    Re: 1968 Fairlady 1600 -> SR20

    Car dropped at Kevin's, ready to get started..



    44 years of service.. I will be keeping this motor with this car, so if at some point in the future the next person to enjoy this car wants to take it back, they can..



    Getting ready to come apart.. Kevin says it was the first time this body came off this chassis..




    Front view..


    Under the back..


    Short term home for a body.. it is enjoying waiting next to Kevin's car..


    Looks empty in there.. We will fix that..

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    Re: 1968 Fairlady 1600 -> SR20

    So I have been a little slow posting pictures.. They keep showing up in my phone..lol

    So the tranny mount is in..


    And Kevin added a torque arm..


    And somewhere I have pictures of the motor area, but I don't seem to have it uploaded.. Soon..

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    Re: 1968 Fairlady 1600 -> SR20

    Stopped by today...

    Mocked up and in..






    Exhaust tubing in..


    Motor/trans coming out for clean, paint and polish.. Chassis getting cleaned and painted..

    Progress makes me very happy! Kevin is on this!

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    Re: 1968 Fairlady 1600 -> SR20

    I love getting pictures in the mail!

    Thanks Kevin!





    I think it looks so good...




    Can't wait to see what happens next..

    Mike

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    Re: 1968 Fairlady 1600 -> SR20

    I get so happy when my phone goes beep...

    Pictures just in.. Kevin was busy again today.. Again, I knew this was the plan, but to have it done is just amazing..







    Now for all the little things.. Like a LOT of little things..

    But I think this is a pretty big milestone..

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    Re: 1968 Fairlady 1600 -> SR20

    Getting closer.. I can't wait..

    Valve cover and manifold done, radiator in, most of the wiring done, intake piping done.

    It's so close I can taste it..


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    Re: 1968 Fairlady 1600 -> SR20

    One more check mark.. Thanks Garm!


    Shift knob installed.. The list gets smaller every day!


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    Re: 1968 Fairlady 1600 -> SR20

    New springs installed. I like the stance with the lighter front end..

    In the muffler shop today, Kevin is building an exhaust..


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