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Stock S13 --> RB25 --> BDC --> V8 :)

Post by Lewis on Mon Dec 05, 2011 12:50 pm

Bought the car way back in December 2008 as a completely standard, South African import lol.





Lasted until the day :dw: opened from christmas holiday to order myslef a set of HSD coilys and also got a dowpipe and decat to go with a cat back system I had already bought





and it ended up like this



And two weeks after getting it I was at Santa Pod



This day of fun killed the turbo and after a succession of bad luck I took the car off the road and got this little monster



Oh and I got this too Smile



The plan was to do a simple rebuild to get a fresh reliable engine that would take a bit of abuse from drift days whilst being decent everyday, so i planned to stick some new bearings and rings in and a new HG and that be it.

Unfortunately I stumbled across a set of Woosner pistons while searching for a set of rings so they were bought



Along with a heftier clutch



New gasket set with Metal HG an new water pump and ACL race bearings



The engine was stripped and sent of to be rebored as the pistons were slightly oversized





And I had the crank polished and balanced to the new clutch and flywheel



Old engine was removed and sold straight away so I had no easy option of turning back





And the bay all painted in satin black



Also had to buy these Smile


Head was skimmed and rebuilt with new stem seals and all valves lapped back in (24 takes a while)





New pistons and rods assembled ready to go back in



end of part 1.........

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Re: Stock S13 --> RB25 --> BDC --> V8 :)

Post by Lewis on Mon Dec 05, 2011 12:50 pm

And all six back at home



New water pump and refurbed oil pump fitted



Head back on with CAS etc



Newly painted rocker cover and inlet fitted up



And clutch



Also removed all the subframes and arms and cleaned and painted all these whilst building the engine


R33 GTST subframe fitted with S13 rack and arms all back under the car



And the car was ready for the engine


Which was a pretty tight fit


But in it went


I then got a bit lazy with taking pictures and the next one I've got is of the swap nearly finished



52mm ali rad fitted with twin 12inch fans

And the car back on the floor with bumpers back on and new wheels fitted


Had to make some cuts to the bracing on the bonnet but closes fine with a couple of washers under the hinges

And as the car was for about 16 months with no reliability issues what so ever Smile




Also added import rear bumper




end of part 2......

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Re: Stock S13 --> RB25 --> BDC --> V8 :)

Post by Lewis on Mon Dec 05, 2011 12:51 pm

Roll cage arrived so took it up to the car on my new daily


Roll cage test fitted as I'd heard bad things about the fitment of them, wasn't too bad but not perfect


Seat was also remounted straight to the floor by cutting away the standard mount points


Everything was then removed again including the dash to paint the whole interior in the same satin black i did the engine bay in


Also got a plumbed in fire extinguisher from work


And fitted pull cables in the scuttle


ECU and heater refitted behind the dash


Refitted the dash after painting in the same satin black (actually worked really well)




Cut off switch and extinguisher pull cord fitted to dash and the rocker button is for the heaters, they only ever worked on number 4 anyway so thought i'd just replace the control panel with a single switch


Rollcage refitted and stock passenger seat refitted with new harness




Battery was relocated to the boot


And drivers seat refitted


Very low down now


Door card painted black and refitted minus the door pockets as they hit the cage


And thats about where it stands at the moment

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Re: Stock S13 --> RB25 --> BDC --> V8 :)

Post by Lewis on Mon Dec 05, 2011 12:52 pm

Well competed all year with this car as it is here with the RB25 in it.



The engine was perfect all season apart from struggling with keeping the engine cool. I did plan to re work the front end of the car with a different rad set up and lots of ducting as well as rewiring the engine.

However, I went for one more practice day at Norfolk Arena (2nd home) and unfortunately the engine gave up on me. TBH this couldn't have happened at a better time, it lasted all season and has given me enough time to get the car up and running again for BDC 2012.

Due to the cooling issues that I've always struggled with I have decided to go for a different route with the engine for 2012. I've already removed and stripped the RB



This was the damage




So my new plan consisted of more cylinders and NO turbo, I've opted for a BMW M62, a 4.4 V8. The plan is already under way and yesterday I went and bought a donor car, I feel a bit guilty about braking it tbh because it's an awesome road car, but in a shell a fraction of the weight i think it's going to be a good engine Smile

Here's the car






And the important bit :nod:





Can't wait to start taking it out and introduce it to it's new Japanese home, stay tuned for progress Smile

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Post by finch on Mon Dec 05, 2011 2:53 pm

this should be awesome!!
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Post by martyn on Mon Dec 05, 2011 2:56 pm

Story time with Lewis lol

Shame about the rb looks like you did the same as me on my 1st CA but the New engine looks sexy what's the bhp like ?

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Post by Jack on Mon Dec 05, 2011 3:50 pm

Sweeeeeeet

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Post by Ian on Mon Dec 05, 2011 3:55 pm

this is going to look and sound awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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Re: Stock S13 --> RB25 --> BDC --> V8 :)

Post by Lewis on Tue Dec 06, 2011 3:11 pm

martyn wrote:Story time with Lewis lol

Shame about the rb looks like you did the same as me on my 1st CA but the New engine looks sexy what's the bhp like ?

I deleted my old build up ages ago coz it got spammed full of poo, so copied this one off DW.

The engine's 297 bhp standard. Should be easily over 300 with exhaust and intake plus an ECU Smile Going to do a lightweight flywheel too

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Post by martyn on Wed Dec 07, 2011 3:12 am

Sweet I did look at v8s some time ago , goings to sound so good and 300bhp no turbo lag yum ..


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Post by Ian on Wed Dec 07, 2011 4:51 am

does the V8 add much extra weight up front?

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Re: Stock S13 --> RB25 --> BDC --> V8 :)

Post by Lewis on Wed Dec 07, 2011 5:24 am

Less weight than the rb, all Ali block and a smaller gearbox

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Post by Si on Thu Dec 08, 2011 2:12 am

i look forward to seeing this new build Razz
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Re: Stock S13 --> RB25 --> BDC --> V8 :)

Post by Lewis on Sat Jan 14, 2012 2:48 pm

A bit of progress on this,

The engine ready to come out of the BMW


Removed all the wiring out of the S13 as I'm going to be making my own loom, probably around 30kg here


Stripped the insides out of the S13 to allow some space to cut the tunnel away for the wider gearbox


The first hole cut


And the engine goes most of the way in


A bit more cutting and it fits in a treat


It is pretty wide tho Smile


I'm going to use the BMW clutch master which mounts inside the car and I think if I run a brake master with the outlets on the other side from the engine and not run a servo then it should clear that fine.

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Post by liam on Fri Jan 27, 2012 10:23 am

who needs a servo on a drift car anywho Smile

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Post by Gina on Tue Apr 03, 2012 1:14 pm

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Post by driftnut180sx on Sun May 13, 2012 12:54 pm

great build thread m8 i was thinkin about fittin a rb in mine but i heard some poeple sayin they have problems with reliability so i opted for the sr20 instead nice lookin car as well v8's sound great

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Post by g0ddaz on Mon May 14, 2012 11:39 am

saw this on fire saturday!! was a laugh!! looked like it was going well all day Very Happy

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Post by Lewis on Mon May 14, 2012 3:46 pm

yeah, i was actually at Cadwell Park so asked my dad to take it up Norfolk for us. The fire was a bit of a surprise for me, and could have been a lot worse. Thankfully the Norfolk crew reacted very quickly and got it put out, other than that the car ran very well. All pressures and temperatures are where we wanted them so all looking good for round 2 Smile

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Post by john on Mon May 14, 2012 9:55 pm

Good to hear Lewis, what was the little fire caused by?
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