Project 32 - Getting it back together.

We started today putting it back together finally…. Making progress!!

Today we re-attached all the water, oil feed and return lines to the turbo.

Reattached our intake manifold and did some re-wiring for a new Cam trigger kit this will give us the ability at higher RPM to be more accurate with our timing instead of using the Nissan 360 Optical trigger(Factory CAS & wheel).

Still some work to do we’ve ordered a Reverse Switch for the gearbox (Who needs reverse though right… its gotta go forwards or sideways :P?)

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We’re still using this intake manifold temporarily until the RB30 gets put in. (Increased deck height) This will give us more time to figure out what we actually want to do.

The to-do list is gradually getting smaller… need to wash and polish up some of the silver.

Project 32 - Exhaust & Intake

We’ve been really busy over here at Turner Automotive to really have time to update on the Skyline but none the less the next update is here.

We Shipped the car off to our friends over at Shores NZ Fabricatio­n for some Fabrication goodness….

3” Stainless steel Exhaust.

3” Alloy Turbo -> Intercooler piping.

2.5” Wastegate Screamer.

2.5” Wastegate plumb-back.

This has come out exceptionally well Big props to Tim & Brandon.

Project 32 - Mocking

We got all the goodies in the previous post and decided to do some test fits to see how it looked....


We also got the Rocker covers polished... and Dam... they look amazing... 
What's left is that we are waiting on a new Exhaust studs to arrive and we can attach it for the next journey. 


Project 32 - Hot side....

We settled upon a Garret GTX3582r Gen II Turbo.... we knew that much. 
Did some market research and decided to pickup a T3 Twin Scroll rear housing in .82 A/R, We chose this as it would give us a reasonable power figure on a 25DET for now and that we could change to a 1.03 when the 30 was ready to get even more power and keep the similar response... 

The Wastegate of choice was a Turbosmart 60MM V-Band Style wastegate, and a Sinco Twinscroll Manifold.


We Ordered all of the above and it arrived looking amazing!



Project 32 - Discussions

This post is going to be more or less a wall of text about things and decisions and why certain things were made.... Feel free to skip on by... and pictures in the next blogs will show the route we went down. 


We're at a bit of an impasse, When you are building a car you need to decide what you are building it for. Street Warrior that you can take to a track day? Track car that's streetable HA ... ish.... 

Track car?, Drag? Drift? Both...

What was decided that since we had a LVV Cert from an unposted update that we would go for a car thats streetable....ISH... and that has some fun for a track day... We wanted something that would have acceptable lag on the street but would have enough to be a handful at a track

We have a half cage already which we could build off and that is our beginning... 

What was decided will be shown in the next few updates. 


Project 32 - Intake

We Picked up a Cheap intake manifold for the interim as it's still undecided of which way that we would be going down this path.


This was accompanied with 6x 1000cc Bosh Injectors with a Custom Fuel rail. 


We werent reaaaaly...keen on that colour of the paint and it also wasn't fuel / heat resistant  
We repainted it with some crinkle paint which has come out quite well. 


Also purchased a 80MM Throttle body from NZKW, Will be in future pics to come. 

Project 32 - Fuel

In Among the never ending list of things being removed and to do we picked up some Black braided fuel lines and some -8 AN fittings, 


Brass Vac fittings for our Intake manifold to get some robustness on the connections, 

Hooked this up to our Turbosmart Fuel pressure Regulator :D Looks Slick.. 

Hooked this up to our Turbosmart Fuel pressure Regulator :D Looks Slick.. 

Project 32 - Ecu & Loom install.

Well.. The fun begins!, We have picked up a premade hotrod loom and have decided to start running this around the car and mounting it. 


Started to use the factory cable harness that was around the bottom of the window and ran up a new bunch to the boot, 

Everything was nice and clean, Tucked away and able to be identified and troubleshooted at a later date, Things are looking up, 

The ECU was now attached to the new loom, and able to be signaled to be turned on.

Whilst we were working on this the Coil pack & Ignition loom was starting to take shape. 


Project 32 - ECU install.. part 3

Now that we have no wiring in the car we could begin with doing the install of the ECU into the car, 

We decided to pickup a Microtech X6 igniter pack whilst we were in the process to run our coil side instead of the ECU, 

We started wiring the Link in and had some fun!


The Ignitor pack wasnt far behind!



now that those are all in we followed this up by installing 3 relays and mounted them beside the kick panel on the passengers side, This covered off Ignition, Fuel and the Radiator fans. 


Project 32 - ECU install.. part 2

Near the end of part 1  we approached a cross road... As it was an older car we were experiencing more and more issues that were inherent with age.. Lights randomly not working, Horn being difficult.... 

We decided to bite the bullet and vote for a full car re-wire... 

The Rats nest... 

The Rats nest... 

We started pulling the dash out and then started removing the loom from the vehicle.... by the end of the day the drivers footwell... looked like something out of a horror movie.. 


The floor of the shop didnt look any better either.... 


There is no turning back now.. We removed the entire loom from the front of the car to the back... It's official.... It now has no factory wiring.... None at all infact!

Project 32 - ECU Install.. part 1

We ripped off the Intake manifold and started de-looming the car, .... 


We ran all the Knock Sensors, CAS, Coils etc etc around the engine bay... It started to look like we were going backwards in this build more things were coming off than they were going on... Tip for new players... Ensure the wires you are using are either labeled or you label them yourself... You will eventually start going crazy.. when you come accross the same blue wire four times


Project 32 - ECU Thoughts...

Now that the car is back from the painters the real work begins.

We have the car painted, Motor mocked and and running in a real rough phase just to be able to move it around.... Screw pushing it!

We started thinking what do we really want to do with the car?, How much control do we want over it all etc.

We decided to purchase a Link G4+ Fury from our friends over at the NZEFI Shop!

Link G4+ Fury, A & B Looms, Wideband O2, Map Sensor, Boost Solenoid and a new CAS Disk.



Project 32 - Motor Mocking

As we were prepping the car to be shipped off to the painters the new motor has arrived...

We picked up a 70,000Km Series 2 RB25DET (Standard as they come), 

We Decided to start test fitting this ensuring all engine mounts etc are flush and straight. 


Looking good!, After a hour of messing about ensuring the motor is level and will align with the body correctly We now have the motor mocked in place (Ignore the wood there is no gearbox holding the motor up :P)

We start test fitting and fixing the Intercooler 

Fast forward a few hours we now have managed to get the battery,radiator, intercooler and all the factory wiring connected to get it ready for the painters.


Project 32 - Turbo... i am again posting about another problem.... You guessed it ... Somethings not right with our turbo.... 

Casually driving around we were hopping onto the motor way to head on home and..... IT's back to its original ways... lack of power.. but this time.. we have a nice big blue cloud behind us.... and oil pressure lights... hmm....

Managed to trailer the car back to the office.. and well.. Yup ... we seem to have a blown turbo... Oil is all through the exhaust...

Off comes the Factory RB20DET Turbo!

Off comes the Factory RB20DET Turbo!

We Whip off the Turbo and start to inspect the damage... 


We seem to be leaking the oil through here.... For those who are familiar with turbos... this aint a good sign.. 

Well.. Another Factory Turbo back on !! and away it goes!

Project 32 - Paint Prep!

A While had passed and the car has been living a sheltered life..... We were contemplating what to do and thought... Why not paint the car! its easy and fun right!!!!!!!!!!.... not....

We sanded the car back and removed the engine... 


After a hearty weekend we pulled her onto the trailer and put her away in the garage.