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PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2009 2:31 am 
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On my first big drive (to work and back, 120km round trip) the car performed almost perfectly.
I got a bit of a feel for it and love the sound it makes high in the rev range. It has a bit of a howl that I have noticed on tubular manifold cars.
It also has a vibration and click that I know is the tailshaft centre bearing.
Got to like that howl a bit much as it seems, which resulted in a speeding ticket.
Dammit dammit dammit!

Anyway, came out the next morning to find she had wet herself overnight.
Turned out to be the heater hoses that go from under the inlet manifold to the firewall.
Bit of a bugger to get to. Had to remove the brake master brace, the fuel filter, and pressure regulator, and develop a plumbers elbow.
You know, the kind that can go through an S bend on a toilet, to be able to remove them.
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And 7 days later they were at the parts place
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Along with a tailshaft centre bearing.

Looks like the master cylinder had a bit of a leak at some stage, theres another job
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Here is a view from the firewall
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and removed
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The 2 of them sit like this, firewall ends at the top
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with the bottom ends somewhere under the manifold
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And here they are all in place.
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I'm now going to ice my elbow and wrist and have a cold beer.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2009 3:31 am 
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looking ridiculously good man :tu:

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I'm a little sad that it has the two vents in the bumper now... was really loving the asymmetrical look of the whole thing. still looks hot as all hell, mind you... the auto spoiler thing is pure awesome!

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Hey Hooks, are those heater hoses the same as ADM R31 sedan, or is it unique to the JDM model?

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2009 11:47 pm 
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Good question.
I'd say JDM, because they took a week to get here, and had made in Japan on them.
Could be same as Aussie though. Were'nt expensive.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 12, 2009 11:48 pm 
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Intercooler time.
The GTS-R came with a large but thin intercooler standard.
My car came with this (in a cardboard box)
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It's a bit bigger than the standard (and really restrictive) GTS one
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The GTS-R intercooler has a larger frontal area than my aftermarket one, but it's actually thinner than the GTS one
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So with a bit of a shave and a haircut to the front air intake thingy
(what is that whole area under the bumper called anyway?)
And the radiator support strut, in she went
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So all I need is some pipework. The plan is to go under the headlight, down and back through the old intercooler duct, and connect back up to the original pipework.
GTS-R pipework is all 3 inch and they are laggy as hell, so my plan is to do all the pipework in 2 inch (less volume to fill) and keep it short and sharp, which with the good flowing intercooler should cut down on the lag.
Fingers crossed. Actually, the real reason for GTS-Rs being laggy is right here in this pic
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Got me some aluminium donuts already
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Attempted arty shot
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Finished cutting the pipework and just stuck it all together with race tape (is there anything it can't do?)
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When it all goes together it will look like this
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Just got to get it welded together now, and get some of those barb things put on the ends.

On another note, got the old HKS turbo timer up and working
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I turned off the flash so you can see the bright numbers
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It has got a loud 'click' when you push the buttons. I love this stuff.
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Hooks, any idea what or where that big intercooler is from? Markings on the cardboard box, branding stickers etc?

it's identical to the one that came installed on my DR30 sedan so I'm thinking it's an aftermarket one of some sort tailored towards R30s/R31s but I've never worked out who manufactured it.

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Absolutely no markings whatsoever on it. The box it was in said Kelloggs.
It could be early HKS though.
Reason I think this is, the GTS-R engine in my car is the second one that's been in it.
The 1st one is the blown up one on, I think, page 1.
THAT motor came out of a front cut with a heap of HKS parts.
Oil cooler, air filter, injectors, turbo timer, and that intercooler.
All the other aftermarket parts are HKS, so methinks so is the I/C.
Circumstantial at best.

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Looking good :tu:

its cool seeing your retro goodies for it like the turbo timer.


Your making me think about looking for some retro looking HKS gauges for my DR30.

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I love all the old retro stuff.
I'm going for an 80s theme, so if I can find this stuff and get it working again I'll use it.
Like this
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Old Bride ergo I think. Complete with authentic JDM cigarette burn :tu:
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I got it cheap because it only fits a small (but perfectly formed) butt.
Won't be passing no wind in this baby!

Teamed it with some cheap harnesses
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This is the seat that came out
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It has air bags that pump up to provide lumbar support and side bags that squeeze your ribs
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I will see if I can fit the seatback to the passenger side seat so whoever is riding shotgun can have some comfort.

On another note, pipework for intercooler is being welded.

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Pipework done!
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Got barbs on the ends
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And here's how it looks in
Front
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...and under the headlight...
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...down into the old intercooler duct...
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...through and up to the standard piping holes...
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....and here's where it attaches to the original underbonnet pipes
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Works a treat!
Which has caused another problem.......
Until next time

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Clutch?

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2009 11:26 am 
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Gearbox.

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Diff.

How do they get that barb on the ends? Beadroller?

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No, gearbox.
You can play tunes with the various whines.

Yeah, they used a bead roller gizmo.
My intercooler piping cost the princely sum of $210.00
a little better than the quotes of $1500.00 upwards.
Ah the joys of doing it yourself (leans back with smug grin)

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While Hooks gets the next update typed up, here's something to tide us over :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCZPmQMWX5s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ac3zd9DMlAI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxyBIDWSl-E

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2009 10:39 pm 
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Thanks for those Kev, very entertaining.
I would love to do one of those R31House track days.

Can anyone tell me what's wrong with this picture?
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That's right! the gearbox sounds awful.
As it turned out i have ended up with 4 gearboxes including the one in the car.
2 are R31 RB20 turbo 'boxes, and the other 2 are R32 RB20 turbo 'boxes.
The R32 'boxes are stronger and have a better set of ratios.
Problem is, which one is the best.
You can easily tell an R32 'box from an R31 one by the castings.
R32 'boxes have a lot more ribs cast in.

Solution
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These are 2 R31 'boxes.
The plan is to put each 'box in for a week and see what it's like.
The only bitch being that I will be doing it by myself with a jack and the car on stands.

Actually, the other bitch is the top starter motor bolt.
It's a real cow to get to so I modified a spanner to do the job.
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Works a treat :tu:

In other news, a friend of mine brought this back for me from Hawaii.
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There is a spring under that hula skirt.
I think she will end up on the Skyline dash :D

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 13, 2009 11:23 pm 
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good progress 8)

I still wonder about that big (HKS?) intercooler. Found this listing on Yahoo auctions earlier:

http://page4.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/d101411313

Look familiar? still no mention of the brand though.

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Sorry I didn't get back sooner, work is nuts at the moment.
Orion, must have been a pretty popular intercooler.
Mine is the only one I've ever seen in the flesh.
They work well too. Did a track day (which I'll go into later) and after some spirited driving I felt the intercooler.
Quite warm on the inlet and stone cold on the outlet.
That's a win in my book.

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