After owning the 180 for almost a year, I had originally planned to sell it off and upgrade to an S15. I wanted to start off fresh and keep it as stock as possible, with a few suspension and cosmetic modifications here and there. However after weighing up the options with cash and uni coming up soon, i decided to save the 13-17k I was willing to spend on a stock s15, and build a (hopefully) clean s13.
Studying Engineering, I knew that i would have hardly any shifts at work and income would be low. I spent hours changing my mind and deciding how to go about things in terms of either buying a SR20DET s13, or a N/A s13 and doing a swap with either an RB or SR. I came to a conclusion that it would be a lot cheaper to buy an N/A s13 and do the swap myself, as opposed to buying a DET. In doing so, it would hopefully allow me to get the car to how I want it, and leave some cash left over that i could play around with.
After looking at many s13's, I found this two tone on gumtree. It had barely any details in the advertisement and some crappy photos - all i knew was it was SR20DE and Auto. After the 1 Hour drive to look at it, I realised that the photos didn't do justice. The body was straight, no dents, no faded paint ( even on the roof ) and was overall a decent car. The only bad points I could find were the pealing clear coat on the bonnet and some unknown substance on the front bar, along with grill being a bit ratty. The interior wasn't too great either, but i knew i would be replacing most anyway (seats, steering wheel etc.)
Having always being a fan of Nigel from ETS and his two tone, and especially the 'Two Tone' film on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJXQCcNlVcI), I knew it would be perfect base to start off with, and for the price I couldn't really complain at all.
Within one hour of selling the 180, I went and picked up the 1992 Q's S13.
My mate caught a pretty good picture on the way home (iPhone spec)
However, I did have to wait until morning to get some better pictures:
Things will progress quickly, so watch this space. Ive already ordered a few things but generally over the next few weeks these things will be happening:
5 stud conversion
Coilovers Engine and transmission swap Remove HICAS
GTR sway bar
Camber, toe, caster arms
S15 dash (hopefully)
Boost, water temp, oil temp, oil pressure gauges
Battery relocation Upgraded fuel pump
GTR style grill
Brick headlights ( or HID's )
3" exhaust + decat De-spoilered
New door cards
Some dish steering wheel
Fix paint on bonnet
I will most likely find things to do along the way, but that's all I can think of for now.
Ive already ordered my wheels - XXR 521's 18x10 +25 all round with a 3.5' lip, but i will most likely get spacers for the rear depending on how it looks. I know they're fakes, but i do not intend to keep them for long. Once I've done most of what i plan to do I will sell them off and get genuine wheels, unsure what yet, but it will most likely be VS XX's or similar. I needed something cheap which still looks good, and in silver the 521's do just that IMO.
(same size and colour)
Engine wise (unless someone does convince to go down the RB route within the next few days), I will be picking up a redtop SR20DET engine and box package next week. It consists of (taken from ad):
- HKS GT-RS .64 rear
- HKS stage 1 cam shafts, 264 10.0/10.5
- Nistune + z32 afm
- Bosch HEC715 external coils
- MicroTech X4
- Turbosmart 38mm Ultragate
- Nismo 740cc injectors
- FMIC and piping
- NISMO lightweight flywheel
- Exedy Heavy duty 3-puk
- SR20 g/box
I plan to put it in as soon as I can, but i do need to source manual conversion bits first.
That is pretty much it for now. If you do have anything for sale that i have stated above, please give me a PM or text on 0435848631. I will be doing a wanted thread tonight to see if anyone has this stuff laying around, but if not i will be ordering them new.
Thanks for reading,