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 Post subject: Re: R32 speeding tickets in my future?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 8:52 pm 
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I imagine he's going to bring them all back eventually! :P


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 Post subject: Re: R32 speeding tickets in my future?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 11:28 am 
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Great work man!! And congrats on the score. Seems like this will be a much easier revival, even compare to the life.


Hope the Bellet doesn't sit too far on the back burner.

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 Post subject: Re: R32 speeding tickets in my future?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 12:45 am 

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Holy schmoley am I hammered at work! We had a national holiday on Tuesday so I was finally able to carve out a little bit of time to get to work on the old R!

Lorollins, cheers man! I hope to have it running real soon! :)
Darkstrike, surprisingly, all the parts ordering hasn't totaled up to as much as I expected it would. There's a lot of little stuff that I'm sure will nickel and dime me to death, but at the moment, it's all very reasonable, thankfully.
Familycar, man, I forgot how nice it was to work on something where every other screw/bolt/nut isn't a rusted suggestion of its former self. It's such a breeze working on this (although if I have to get too deep into the oily bits, I'm sure I'll be eating my words).
Pierren600, thanks man!
John, this one might come back. It's a 1990 so it still has a whole year and some change before it's eligible to come back. If I can offload here for some profit I will definitely do that. We'll see how it goes though!
UtahSleeper, the Bellett hasn't been forgotten about! I was waiting on some parts to arrive from the US and now that those are here, I can get back to work on it. Need to pick up a few new tools first though, it's been years upon years since I last tinkered around with the guts of an engine.

Alright, so, when I last left off, I was at a stopping point on the car because I needed parts. Well, I got on the internets and old Yahoo Auctions came to the rescue!

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Lovely packages and boxes!

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I still think that stock R32 GTR wheels are some of the best looking production wheels ever made!

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So, it was time to get to work putting some of this stuff in, starting with the rear seat!

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It looks kind of tired and worn outside all by its lonesome, but in the car, it looks pretty good!

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Sorry for the crappy pictures, my lens apparently had every dust particle in the world on it...

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Next up, an intercooler. The factory intercooler is absolutely massive! I'm starting to understand how a bone stock R32 GTR managed to fling itself around the ring in 8:22.

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Installed! Only a slight problem. The previous owner had some aftermarket jobby in there so the original upper rubber mounts were long gone.

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I needed to make some new rubber mounts for the top of the intercooler, so I took a trip to the local hardware store and picked up two of these generic rubber pieces.

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I sliced them in half and drilled out the center, which made my whole garage smell like someone did a massive burnout in it and set off the smoke alarm. Still, once slotted into place, they fit beautifully!

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Next up was routing all the IC piping. Here's the intake manifold to elbow piece.

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And the elbow to IC piece.

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On the other side of the IC though, I ran into a bit of a problem. I had all the rubber hoses, but I was missing the steel elbow that goes between the engine bay and the front part of the inner fender.

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Without that piece, my hopes of putting the front bumper on came to an abrupt halt. Fortunately, I located the piece on YAJ and it should arrive tonight!

Next up, I figured out why my glove box wasn't fitting right. I thought I had a bunk glovebox, but it turned out the dash was at fault. The previous owner had removed one nut and pulled the corner of the dash off the stud for god knows what reason. I popped the dash back over the stud and the glovebox lined up exactly like it was supposed to!

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Then, I popped out the trim piece on the center console, sanded it back with 120 grit, then 320 grit, and then sprayed it with some matte black.

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Before popping the trim piece back in though, I installed the triple gauges!

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All I'm missing now is an original radio. While I can't seem to find any truly original R32 radios, I think I found an original Nissan tape deck radio that will work. Going to compare pinouts and then I may be snatching one of those up off Yahoo Auctions shortly.

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One of the other boxes I received in the mail, had one of these in it!

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A few screws and the interior is now 100% back together!

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My next goal was getting the radiator in. I was missing one of the lower rubber insulators, so I did the same trick I did with the intercooler and made up two new ones!

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Radiator, clutch fan, intercooler, all in! I'm only missing that one pipe, then I can slot my MAFs in (oh, I ordered a set of those too) and then we'll see if she starts!

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Since I didn't have the pipe, there was really only one big job left to do.

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Yikes. I didn't have the appropriate tool to take these out, so I wedged a 23 mm socket behind each stud and hammered a flathead screwdriver in behind the socket. That way, everytime I hit the stud with a hammer, instead of the force traveling through the wheel bearings, it would travel through my socket and into the solid hub behind.

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Shiny.

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Man that wheel looks good on the car!

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I got the other side done as well!

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That was as far as I managed to get since I needed to head inside and get cleaned up to go watch Rush! It finally got released in theaters here and man, what a movie! If you have an ounce of petrol in your blood, that movie is a must watch!

I hope to see if the old girl starts this weekend!

Thanks for reading guys!

Cheers,
David

Today's Garage Soundtrack:
The Glitch Mob - Drink the Sea
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVqPx5mUj0g

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 Post subject: Re: R32 speeding tickets in my future?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 1:41 am 
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Great work! - as always...
Love all your threads. Tons of pics and interesting to read. Thx for taking the time to entertain us... :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: R32 speeding tickets in my future?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 9:27 am 
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Wow, it's really coming together nicely. Great work as usual. Glad to see someone else listens to Glitch Mob. I'm probably going to have the Drink the Sea album on repeat once I get the audio all sorted out in my Z. 8)

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 Post subject: Re: R32 speeding tickets in my future?
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02Anders, thank you for reading my meanderings with cars! I have a lot of fun writing up these little build logs, so I'm always ecstatic to find that someone else enjoys reading them!

Raven, Thank you very much! I recently discovered Glitch Mob through their remix of Seven Nation Army. It was an epic remix, so I started hunting for full albums on Youtube and found the Drink the Sea album. It's been on repeat for about a week now, haha.

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 Post subject: Re: R32 speeding tickets in my future?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2014 3:04 pm 
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Looking great David!

LOVE those rims from the Skyline! And they're really stock? I agree - some of the best rims.period. I think I've ever seen!

That new used rear seat looks pretty good, maybe not as good up-close, but in the pics it looks in the same shape as the lower seat section. Have you given them both a nice, through cleaning yet?

Smart idea with the mount hackz btw! Looking forward to the first-start...think we might see a vid of it? ;) Keep it up! :D

EDIT - Glad to hear the Bellet's still on the radar....any word on the Cosmo? How's the Life running? :)


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 Post subject: Re: R32 speeding tickets in my future?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2014 11:59 pm 

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Excellent work as always! I was looking over the pics and, did I see that right? The rear is rocking drum brakes??


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 Post subject: Re: R32 speeding tickets in my future?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2014 1:00 am 

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Darkstrike, the Life is running pretty well! No updates on it because it's been doing daily duties with no problems for a while now! More on the Bellett and Cosmo a little later in this post though.

Sideglide, cheers! The rear is rocking drum in discs. It has a big old disc brake with twin piston caliper for the normal foot brake and then a small drum brake inside the the disc to act as the side brake!

Alrighty, I've got good news and bad news.

The bad news - I think the motor needs to come apart.
The good news - it's all bad news.

Allow me to start at the beginning, haha.

I got home from work today with a battery and some coolant in tow! My goal was to get this one missing pipe on so I could finally give the engine a start.

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After much fiddling, I got the pipe installed and the MAFs hooked up!

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I slapped in my battery...

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... filled it full of coolant and was ready to give it it's first start up.

She fired up beautifully! Complete utter joy! I had some slight problems with it being in limp mode because I didn't have one of the MAFs plugged in all the way, a quick snap in of that and bam, she revved beautifully then. So, where's the bad news? Well, aside from the transmission being noisy as hell, the engine makes a knocking noise at about 2,000 rpm. It's completely silent below that rpm and above 2000 rpm it either remedies itself or the rest of the engine is so noisy you can't hear it. I could write a 1,000 words trying to describe it, but i think a video will do that much better than I can, haha.

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http://youtu.be/PoKu3lPfxog

A look at the oil pressure gauge and I think my oil pump has decided to take a dirt nap. This was apparently a common problem on early R32s. To be specific, what I think has happened is the same thing that happened on this page:
http://www.skylife4ever.com/2011/01/rea ... -pump.html

Unfortunately, that means it's all knackered. Which brings me to an interesting point in my GTR adventure. As much as I would love to do an engine rebuild on one of these, I just don't have the time. I've got the Bellett and the Cosmo both waiting in the wings and the GTR was supposed to be a quick turn around. So, for the time being, I will continue putting all the parts I have back onto the car (swapping out the front wheel lugs, putting the front end back together), so the car is at least complete and can move around under its own power. From there though, well, it's all up in the air. I may list it on Yahoo Auctions and try to break even, but with the need for a rebuild, I don't think it'll fetch enough to cover what i have in it. It might though.

What do you guys think?

Thanks for reading!
Cheers,
David

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 Post subject: Re: R32 speeding tickets in my future?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2014 1:39 am 
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Hi David.

What a shame. Would it not be worth asking an RB expert to have a listen ? I've heard worse noises coming out of engines and the lack of oil pressure could just be gauge or sender...

Good luck, Dan :)

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 Post subject: Re: R32 speeding tickets in my future?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2014 12:43 pm 
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I'd have to agree with having an RB specialist look at it. I've worked on engines that sounded twice as bad and they got sorted out with just an oil change and tune up. Reason they sounded so bad was that they had just been sitting too long. How long as the R32 been out of commission until now?

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 Post subject: Re: R32 speeding tickets in my future?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2014 3:16 pm 
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Raven wrote:
I'd have to agree with having an RB specialist look at it. I've worked on engines that sounded twice as bad and they got sorted out with just an oil change and tune up. Reason they sounded so bad was that they had just been sitting too long. How long as the R32 been out of commission until now?


^ What he said. I know nothing of the ins and outs of those motors but if it's got anything vaguely variable in the ignition/ valve timing stakes I'd go with that. How many sensors has it got ? About 100 ? It's not a terrible noise and the fact you can rev through it can only be a good thing.

David, we both know a certain engine that was doing funny things, it's fine now with no more than a bit of use. It'll probably be fine. If not, dont worry.

I've always fancied an R32 :)

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 Post subject: Re: R32 speeding tickets in my future?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2014 7:16 am 
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Sorry to hear about the engine issues David :(, as an oddly humorous old friend of mine used to say, "that sucks warm vomit through a wool sock!" :?

I'm with the other guys though, if you can afford it, maybe get it checked out by a specialist first, if possible, to make sure it's not something that could be easily repaired without a rebuild...? It'd be a shame for all your hard work to be for naught...keep us apprised!


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 Post subject: Re: R32 speeding tickets in my future?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2014 7:05 pm 

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Thanks everyone for the uplifting comments!

As much as I would like it to be something simple, I'm fairly certain it's an engine out job. I did a bit more poking around with it and if you listen carefully you can hear the sound after you let off from giving it a rev. It's definitely a metal on metal sound.

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I talked to Taira san at CCN about it and he was saying that if they get starved of oil due to high G or shite maintenance or whatever, these engines tend to either spin a bearing or destroy the bushing between the con rod and piston pin. He said since I only get the sound at light throttle and when coming off the throttle, it sounds like the con rod bushing. I'm very inclined to agree with him as it sounds like it's coming from higher up in the engine. The good news is that that means the crank and con rod bearings are probably all still intact.

Either way, in order to fix it, the engine needs to come out and get a rebuild. So, I decided that what I'm going to do is finish reassembling the thing and then sell it on! This car was always meant to be a quick turn around for some profit and I've hit the point of diminishing returns on the profit. I could probably fix it for around 1,000 to 1,5000 bucks, but then the amount of money I have into it would be sufficiently high enough that I'd be lucky to break even on it. As it sits now though, I can definitely break even and maybe even make a bit of profit.

So, I pulled out the front bumper and got that on!

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Then I started working on changing out the front lugs, but for some reason, they're a different thickness at the part where they press fit into the hub. So, that's on hold until I can get some that are the right size. Once I get that handled though, she's just a nice wash away from me being finished with it!

Not the ideal end, but I think I've already got someone interested in picking the car up! Which is good because the sooner I can get this car into someone else's hands, the sooner I can get the Bellett motor back together!

I'll keep y'all updated!

Cheers,
David

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 Post subject: Re: R32 speeding tickets in my future?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2014 7:26 pm 
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An unfortunate end to the saga, but it could end worse...as they say though, "one man's loss is another man's gain", so I am sure somebody will be very pleased with it once they get the engine repaired, and it won't be that costly for them either! :)

Looking forward to more Bellett posts! Are all the parts you need for it here yet? :P


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 Post subject: Re: R32 speeding tickets in my future?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 9:34 am 
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Ah man this is sad to hear. I was hoping to see a street drive vid with some nice turbo sounds. But if all is well enough to turn a profit, then go for it! Good luck with the sale! :tu:


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 Post subject: Re: R32 speeding tickets in my future?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 12:58 pm 
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Sad to hear but if it allows you to finish the Belletts motor then it's not such a bad thing. Hope everything goes well with the sale.

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 Post subject: Re: R32 speeding tickets in my future?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 8:38 pm 

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the oem oil gauge pressure sending units are notorious for join out on these. i'd get a better gauge or new sending unit (the oem one is HUGE haha). also for the noise, check to see if you have a broken exhaust manifold/stud/gasket. mine made a noise like that and it turned out i had a exhaust manifold stud break off.


also if you're selling it...post it up on japanbases.com and other us military base (for the area) sites. navy kids are buying bnr32's like crazy right now.


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If you are looking to make a couple thousand in profit and get rid of the headache let me know, interested in a project car.
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