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  • Big ass torque wrench I borrowed from work to torque down the crank pulley to 320 ft/lb. The string was jammed down one of the cylinders to stop the crank from turning.

    Drivetrain all put back together!

    Almost there! 16 hours straight of wrenching and the motor/tranny is back in the car.
    Last edited by louis110; 01-19-2017, 12:54 AM.


    • First start! The car fired up beautifully on the first crank, and sounded insane with the new exhaust setup. Unfortunately oil started pooling underneath the car, and was routed to a loose oil feed line to the rear turbo.

      After an additional week of troubleshooting and trying to tighten the line without taking the whole turbo system apart, everything finally checked out. All in all the build took about 5 months. I learned a lot, and had tons of help along the way.

      Last edited by louis110; 01-19-2017, 01:25 AM.


      • After getting the car back on the road I installed my DW300 fuel pump, which required some modding to the stock cradle.

        Next I had my friend, Tim, help me with my NACA hood install since he was an auto body guy in a previous life. Turned out awesome.

        Some random shots from this past summer while I had the car back on the road.

        Last edited by louis110; 01-19-2017, 11:08 AM.


        • After all that work, I encountered an issue where my car was smoking significantly under vacuum. Anytime I would boost a little and let off the gas, I would leave behind a disgusting cloud of raw smelling smoke.

          I ended up taking the car to Speedtech to get inspected and go in for a base tune with my Sard high impedance 550CC injectors, R35 MAFs, and Power FC. Jesse from Speedtech suspected that the turbos were causing the smoking, and after leaving the car with them he confirmed that the turbos were shot. Video below.

          The "rebuilt" N1 turbos I bought off the forum years ago were garbage, and rendered not repairable. I ended up ordering brand new Garrett 2860R-5RS turbos. I wanted to get -9s for the faster spool qualities but found out they are discontinued. The actuators were upgraded with HKS units (not pictured). The engine was compression tested and was solid across the board (~150 psi).

          With the new turbos in, it was time to hook up the electrical bits like the Innovate SCG-1 wideband/boost controller (pictured) and get the car on the dyno.

          The car ran well on the dyno, making 300 whp at 10 psi on a base tune. On the test drive the car drove awesome, however I was getting a little bit of turbo surge at part throttle, and the BOVs needed to be tightened. Soon after we got back to the shop, I had the car idling and all of a sudden it died. The car was now hunting for idle. We ended up spending the rest of the day road tuning it and trouble shooting but for some reason either the Power FC was not working well with the R35 MAF setup, or the ECU was dumping the tune for whatever reason. After getting the car to a drivable point, I hit the highway to make the 3 hour drive back to Cold Lake. The car died multiple times on the highway; hitting 02 cut, then surging, then losing power. The drive ended up taking 4.5 hours through the middle of the night. Once I got the car home the next day it wouldn't turn on at all. I plugged in the OEM ECU and car fired up and idled with no problem. I bought a Vipec PNP ECU that will be installed, go to a MAP setup, and have the car retuned this Spring. I'm also planning on refreshing the interior up a bit. Have a Schroth harness on order, inner door panel Alcantara covers, new inner door lock levers, and a suede Personal steering wheel.

          Last edited by louis110; 01-19-2017, 11:18 AM.


          • nice looking car. Glad that the issues you've had have not been devastating. Any plans to hit the track?
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            • Originally posted by Bruizer View Post
              nice looking car. Glad that the issues you've had have not been devastating. Any plans to hit the track?
              Thanks. hopefully the car still runs like a champ when I get back on the dyno. I'd like to hit up a few lapping days eventually but I'm moving to Ottawa this summer so we'll see how that all goes.


              • Schroth Clubman II harness showed up and the silver matches my Brides so well. I was able to use 3 out of the 4 supplied eyelet bolts onto the stock mounting points, and needed a snap on bracket for the tranny tunnel mounting position. I don't like the design of the bendable tab style brackets Takata sells as it seems to weak if some serious force was applied to it. Instead I opted for the Rennlist snap on bracket designed for Porsches. Way beefier, and I know this won't fail on me.

                Also got some new inner door handles and ABS line brackets to refresh the tired old ones.

                I also ordered black Alcantara door inserts from Redline goods. I originally just wanted plain black, but they way their order form worked was kind of hard to navigate, and it showed up with a red stitched pattern on it. I would've preferred something more subtle, but I don't mind the way they turned out. Matches my shift boot, steering wheel, and Nismo floor mats.

                Last edited by louis110; 03-15-2017, 01:55 AM.