I guess it's about time I made a build thread to keep up with what I've done to my car.
I bought this car back in March of 2013 with 108k miles on it from a friend of mine. I traded my 97 240sx with SR20det swap and some cash. Since it was a friend of mine and I knew my car would be going to a good home I jumped on the deal.
This was back in 2010 before my friend had bought it even. I still have those SSR's for it. Waiting on tire money!
2 owners ago
The first summer I had it:
The car had previously been built several times and been through a pretty rough life. The last 2 years before I had it it spent life on jack stands though and the body of the car was in really good shape inside and out. My friend had spun a bearing in the built 2.0 with a 6262 and then got over zealous with aspirations to make it a super fast show monster. He had wire tucked and shaved the engine bay, painted it silver (the bay) and let Chase Bays do a lot of prototyping on the car for their Evo products. To get it running he got a deal on an Evo 4 engine and had been toying with getting it going for a while. By the time I came along, it was running pretty well but definitely had some issues.
I immediately had to change the clutch as the disc had come apart from the center section, so as soon as I bought the car I bought the largest jack stands I could find (so funny..) and got to work doing the worst clutch job I have ever done. In my life. Hands down.
Oh yeah, part of the trans had broken off. I had to get that welded back on.
First off the car leaked oil and had been for a while, so the underside was coated in dirt and grit and all sort of undesirables. Long story short I got the new Comp stage 2 (I think) clutch put on and broken in and then started getting some of the other things in order.
There were some things electrically that didn't work like the fender lights, some of the interior lights, the engine harness had been hacked up pretty bad too. I bought used chassis and engine harnesses, took it down to my friend's house that I had bought it from and we got to work pulling out his 100% custom tucked in behind the radio fuse box and CB tucked engine harness..
I do want to say that this was all very good looking, it was just causing a lot of issues for me trying to daily drive this thing. Also the CB powersteering lines made the system whine soooo bad especially in cold weather. It was unbearable to drive. Oh and there was that time the line was rubbing the alternator and rubbed a hole in it and ran out of fluid on the interstate and locked the pump up and I had to get the car towed home. Oh and it doesn't have power brakes. However, I don't want this to turn into a bash thread.. So moving on.
Long story short I never got it to run just really well, I finally bought a house with a 2 car garage last fall after getting married and had started getting the last of the parts I needed to get the old original Evo 8 engine back together this past summer.
Some time in I think it was August I decided to compression test the engine and ended up getting 140-0-35-40 respectively on each cylinder and decided to go ahead and start slapping the engine together.
Always wear the approved engine pulling footwear, it was cold so socks were a must lol.
This was before I pressure washed the engine bay and got all the nasty out. I ended up pressure washing that transmission too
I was going to be doing the work myself mostly with leaving the machining to the local machine shop. I had the block honed, it had already been bored .02 over, and hot tanked, the deck was already nice and flat, and they painted it. I had the head cleaned, my friend had gotten the head ported and flow matched somewhere down in Alabama (I can't recall the name of the place) and it had been sitting in a bag on my shelf for some time.
I ended up having a lot of trouble with Evo 4 to Evo 8 parts and trying to figure out what to use because of one reason or another. Usually using the Evo 4 stuff only if I couldn’t get aftermarket parts cheap and if the Evo 8 stuff was dirty because of it being in an engine that had eaten a bearing. I didn’t want to risk this one doing the same thing because I cheaped out and reused a part I couldn’t fully clean.
I’ll spare everyone every single detail. Suffice it to say: I finally got it all together, took the time to polish up some parts and even clear coated them to keep them nice. I used the parts that I did, mostly because I either: already had it, it was a good option for the price, or it fit well with my intended goals.
Speaking of goals:
My goal with this car is to drive it. We don’t have any race tracks around here, there's a 1/8th mile drag strip a couple miles from my house, I enjoy a good stop light to stop light “cruise” from time to time, but mostly my favorite thing in the world is to drive down a good curvy road (at a safe speed for the locale) in a responsive, well-built car!
I believe in parts working together to make a car fast and not just putting a giant turbo on and calling it good. That having been said I agree I could have made a couple different choices that may have gone together better than what I have but that’s the good thing about bolts, most of the time they can be taken off.
Onto the parts!
Evo 8 4g63 bored 0.020” over
Wiseco 1400 HD 9:1 Comp ratio
GSC S2 cams
GSC Valve springs and retainers
Kiggly oil pressure regulator
Deleted balance shafts
Evo 4 intake manifold (much cleaner looking, I also don’t have a stock 8 IM)
Custom 4” intake with K&N filter
Custom 3” exhaust with Vibrant resonator and Magnaflow muffler
Megan O2 housing
FP Cast Race Manifold
FP HTA71 with 84mm Surge cover
Ported head stock valves
AEM EMS V1 (that’s what the car had in it)
GReddy Type S blow off valve (my fave)
Fluidampr harmonic balancer
ETS 3” intercooler.
Stock ecu on Tephra v7 and SD with boost control??? Kind of on the fence about this as I already know quite a bit about the AEM, and I feel like AEM probably logs better and has more diagnostic abilities… May end up going to an Infinity before it’s all said and done.
1250cc or so injectors, I recently found there is an e85 pump 12 miles from my house!
Last pic, all together.. That manifold shield bolt is in there now.
I suppose for the moment that wraps things up as far as where I am today. Here’s some video of cool noises that I have never had a car make before