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1mreguest build with pictures Empty mreguest build with pictures on 3rd June 2013, 11:31 pm

mreguest

mreguest
hello to all!

after 7 years of pulsar ownership hiding in the shadows i thought i'd best get around to writing a member's ride thread, it's an epic tale of heart ache and pain...

i'm from manchester and before pulsar ownership my first car was a 45bhp fiat uno - was my mums - after 12 years in the family it started falling apart, rusting and things breaking - it was screwed - it was actually dark red so me and a mate painted it white and grey - looks ok in photos - it didn't in real life - was about 5 shades of white...

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we scrapped it and i bought a red sunny N13 1.4LS 82bhp beast...

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i moved to guildford for work and went to santa pod for the first time ever with friends in about 2005 - "WOW those newer style nissan sunnys with a grille in the bonnet are fast" i thought - did a bit of research to find out about the Sunny/Pulsar GTIR - "i'll get one of them one day" i said!

one year later...
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vroom vroom - my first year pulsar car insurance was £1300 in guildford, was quoted £2800 in manchester!!!

it had different wheels when i got it - my first experience of a 4 wheel drive wheel spin soon destroyed the original wheels - pedal to the metal coming out of a round about in heavy rain - I spun round 270 degrees, shooting across the road sideways, missing on coming traffic, slamming the central reservation curb, pretty much left the ground with all 4 wheels and twatted a plastic barrier - new wheels required plus a wing.

all fixed and back on the road - 6 months later the turbo bit the dust on the M25 near heathrow - pedal to metal 4th gear outside lane - POP BOOM! - massive smoke screen out the exhaust pipe - lucky i didn't cause a major pile up - i couldn't see any traffic in my rear view mirrors - i mean huge smoke screen the kind james bond would be proud of!

i pulled over, i popped the bonnet to find burning hot oil had even sprayed out of the dump valve all over the place - i phoned a friend - he said your turbo has blown oil seals - i drove it home very slowly - no boost - bad idea...

i sent the turbo away to be refurbed at turbo developments in chiswick, got 360 thurst bearing etc basic upgrade (pleased to say ~40,000+ miles later turbo still going strong today) - after 4 weeks on axle stands on my driveway with a new set of halford tools i managed to fit a new turbo - i was well chuffed! - before that all i'd ever done was general servicing and brake pads/disks etc. (i did actually attempt a headgasket fix on the uno once, but that went badly wrong so a garage had to fix it...)

luckily i still had the red sunny, 'The support vehicle' as i used to call it so 4 weeks on axle stands was ok - i can do a turbo swap in a day now = too much practice Sad

6 months later driving up to manchester, was a nice day and i was flying up M40 just before birmingham - BOOM CHUG CHUG BOOM! - the engine bit the dust - bottom end failure - back to the support vehicle...

by this time i was following threads on the internet from the likes of lewi roberts, jason gant etc. also the 5th gear episode with daniel fennel and vicky butler was good inspiration at the time to take the car to DP motorsport for a new engine - so off i went to DP motorsport armed with a bank loan thinking "GO BIG OR GO HOME!"

87mm bored out block with hks pistons - hks headgasket - oil pump - water pump - general gaskets etc - car back on the road and me more paranoid than a meth addict... (i'm please to say ~40,000 miles later the engine still going strong, shame about everything else attached to it.)

3 months later i decided to fit some new sensors and center dials, oil temp/pressure/water temp/boost gauge - then i went out to get fish and chips and test the dials - bad plan i should of stayed at home...

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i was in the outside lane of dual carriageway doing the speed limit and out of a 'giveway' sideroad this girl drove out in front of me doing no more than 10mph, stright in to my outside lane not looking, the left lane was clear and SLAM BANG CRASH FOOKING HELL!!!

got a VW passat courtesy car...
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was ok having a break from crazy pulsar troubles in the comfy passat whilst the crazy bitch denied all charges - why drive into the patch of someone at 10mph on a dual carriage way and then deny all blame? - no-one could have stopped - she's lucky she didn't make it another 1m forward because i would of slammed straight into her door and she would have gone to hospital!

4 months of brand new passat driving and the gearbox failed - am i jinxed? it just decided to stop going in gear when the engine was running, so i engine off i changed gear and drove around one day in only 2nd gear - it wasn't mine so bouncing off the rev limiter on a dual carriage way coming home from work was quite funny, and i was waiting for a replacement.

they gave me a brand new rav4... amazing!
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this was a great car - hell of a good rev range for a diesel turbo, it went up to 6500rpm pretty strongly - had this for 1 month before insurance case was finalised...

can't believe insurance case lasted so long!?!? it wasn't my fault and everytime mine and her insurance company wrote to her she said no no no thats not fair - she even phoned me one night to have a cry about how she was going to lose her car because she was only third party, and it wasn't fair that i was fully comp and had all these great courtesy cars!?!? i very politely told her to FOOK OFF!!! can you believe the total cost to insurance for my courtesy car was £8,000 over 5 months!!! WTF - could buy 2 good pulsars for that!

i got a cheque through the post and bought the crashed car back off insurance to keep my new turbo and engine... they delivered it on a flat bed truck and guess what! the drivers side was caved in - WTF! i went mad - only the passenger side was crashed, the drivers side was fine when it left me!!! the car had been passed around the country getting assessed all over the place - all the assessors apart from one had photos - how convenient - the only one who did not take any photos was the only one who could not prove they hadn't trashed the drivers side of my car! my insurance company ended up giving me £500 as a gesture of good will, it was only a bent door so i was quite happy to be honest - just pissed off out of principal!

armed with insurance money and a bent car i found that mr lewi roberts was selling his rolling shell so that he could build another monster car - he sold it to me for £700 which was a bargain as it still had the tein coil overs on it - off to DP motorsports again and got them to build me the best of two cars...

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this shell was cosmetically poor but structurally solid unlike the crashed one which before the crash was cosmetically shiney amazing but underneath it was rotten...

back on the road again thinking i need my head checking - i'm properly commited now... i had my new turbo engine etc from crashed car in a different shell, so the way i saw it was other than losing my marbles, money wise i had done ok...

6 months later i'm no longer paranoid i was thinking great i'll get rid of the red sunny as it had just failed MOT on rotten rear suspension bits plus other things - i weighed it in scrap during steel boom and got £160.

bad idea - three weeks later i was flat out in second, then third, up slip road on to the A3, into 4th - CRUNCH CLATTER WHACK CRUNCH!!! that's 4th gear shreadded then - BOLLOX, no support vehicle :chop

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on axle stands for 4 weeks on my driveway and i changed my own gearbox - legend! got a replacement box off Dan the man and set to work with some ideas found on the forums... when finished i wrote the gearbox 'how-to' on the modifiers forum:
http://www.nissangtir.co.uk/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=29352

I celebrated my gearbox success by going to santapod and running 14.02sec 1/4 mile at USC... good way to remove what was yet more paranoia Smile

i fooked up my left knee hiking at mount snowdon and couldn't drive - once i found out the estimated recovery time i bought a scooter...

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bought a group buy resin car kit...

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i have prepared all the pieces but not glued or painted any - my real car needs more work than the model!

at some point i changed the crazy twin exit massive silencers exhaust i had, which looked like i'd ran over a dr who cyberman, with a typical mongoose system - WOW that was loud!!!

getting adventurous now i fitted my own front mount intercooler - usual ebay job for a few hundred quid, bodged a nice radox bottle washer sprayer...

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gear linkage was getting sloppy and it jumped out of 1st now and again over big bumps - i replaced the rubber bushings and bodged the bit under the gearstick with some shelving bracket, works a treat...

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having it still jump out of 1st now and again i thought maybe the engine mounts were too flexible - so i powerflex bushed the whole front end - and made my own buffer mounts by sticking the original ones in half a bottle, filled it up with liquid polyurethane and when it set cut it up and shazzam!

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works a treat... then i made the stupid mistake of buying the wrong fooking wishbone bushes, the stupid N13/N14 crossover...

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Just when i thought things are going well - BOOM CRASH BANG WALLOP!

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driving home from work a lady crashed in to me on a roundabout! luckily she instantly claimed responsibility, phoned her insurance company, not my fault and four weeks later i had a cheque through the post - i briefly had a VW Jetta 2.0TDI courtesy car for one week whilst my car was being assessed, this thing was cool, brand new and fast... i'm clearly a 'crash chick magnet' - shame i don't pull the birds as easy! cheers

bad news, my car was written off Sad but then good news, i bought it back off the insurance company, used a crow bar on the body work and shazzam! Smile

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back on the road...

bought willwood 4 pots and some rays TE37 lightweight wheels - all second hand but good price and wow those wheels are really light and the brakes are really good - bought quality refurbish rear calipers too...

3 months later and this jumping out of 1st gear has got crazy - so i'm pulling away in second everywhere because of the crunching trying to hold it in - then reverse turned in to a big shuddering mess - new gearbox time!

i found one from a breaking car on ebay and followed my 'how-to' and was back on the road within two weeks.

driving home from manchester one night my turbo elbow + down pipe fell off - it sounded like a spitfire and i pulled over - luckily it couldn't fall any further than the cross beam thing below the radiator so i thought screw it "i can put up with the noise, it will be fine!"

DISASTER! the red hot gases bursting out of the side of my turbo as a flew down the M40 melted my alternator, engine mount, radiator tank plus a few other things - needless to say i broke down Evil or Very Mad

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the melted yellow rubber fell on the pulleys and belts and was flicked around all over the place! Sad

because the bolts had sheard off half were still stuck in the cast iron exhaust section of the turbo - i could not drill them out so i thought genius idea - drill and tap 6mm thread into the 8/10mm bolts - then cross wire them so they do not undo...

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i still maintain that it was a genius idea - but needless to say it fooked up and snapped off again - probably something to do with buying the bolts from B&Q and totally disregarding the fact that they need to withstand 600 degrees... i did not drive home this time it fell off... turbo off the car and sent it to turbo developments in chiswick where it was previously rebuilt to get a new exhaust housing.

oh dear bad rust... suspension turret and sills...
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look how much i bashed out of one sill - it sounded like it was full of money when i was bashing it with a rubber hammer...

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i've grinded it back, fiber glassed it all and filled it all with dynax - i only want about one more year out of it then new shell.

i removed the rear interior because all the panels rattle - the roof lining rattle is next, that is loud at idle -
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bought bucket seats and harnesses and painted inside black as you can see above.

fitted a rear strut brace, unplugged ABS because it had been freaking out and went out for a spin - literally! Sad

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OOPS - back end was pretty light and as i was hammering it down a country lane i forgot i'd pulled the fuse on ABS - stood on my brakes and holy shit did i leave the road!

spun round went up an embankment thought it was going to roll - managed to save it - slammed back down on to tarmac and as you can see from the picture got a piece of tree stuck in my wheel and fooked up the front end.

no-one would fix my wheel - they all said it's likely to split so we're not willing to even try - so i got a selection of hammers and started whacking - took me 5 hours of whacking - i had mega blisters all over my hands - i am now as good with my left as i am with my right hand! Smile

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no one will ever know - lol - not bad i think, saved a £500 wheel from the scrap heap. i'm still amazed that the tyre didn't pop or lose air when i crashed!?!?

went to cranleigh classic car show - we get in for free now if the car is over 20 years old...

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a friend bought me a GTIR cake for my 30th birthday last year...

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powerflex bushed the whole rear end subframe etc - not much to see on the photo - just showing off how high i can get the car on my drive way now with my ramps and new trolley jack Smile

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sick of how loud the mongoose was i fitted (bodged) i new exhaust silencer - not a bad fit - just cut the mongoose pipe above the subframe, turned it 180 degrees, put the silencer on that, put on end pipe, all held together with various clamps and hangers... it'll probably fall off...

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it is a lot quieter than before - i wrote about my exhaust noise testing here:
http://www.gtiroc.com/forums/showthread.php?65586-Exhaust-Noise&highlight=

this completes my story so far - ooh, forgot i've not mentioned the hundreds of small parts along the way, cv joints, drive shafts, helicoil manifold studs, knock sensor, oil cooler, boost controller, steering arms, track rod ends, ball joints, the list is huge...

next mission 2014/2015, nice rolling clean shell rebuild with all my parts, or push it off a cliff, buy a yaris and have done with it, watch this space!?!?

thanks for reading and good night!

Adam Sleep



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2mreguest build with pictures Empty Re: mreguest build with pictures on 4th June 2013, 6:27 am

fred05

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welcome Mrguest!!!

3mreguest build with pictures Empty Re: mreguest build with pictures on 4th June 2013, 1:30 pm

nomad

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Sounds like you got hit with the shitty stick ..... will look forward to reading your write up though .... Cool

4mreguest build with pictures Empty Re: mreguest build with pictures on 4th June 2013, 5:49 pm

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I like epic stories Very Happy

makes mr feel better about chucking money at mine.
Christ knows how much ive spent on cars over the last few years it really does not bare thinking about scratch

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5mreguest build with pictures Empty Re: mreguest build with pictures on 4th June 2013, 6:57 pm

nomad

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I bet its more than £6 bob Laughing ive tallied up my pulsar bill so far shocking indeed and the fooking thing isnt even on the road Laughing

6mreguest build with pictures Empty Re: mreguest build with pictures on 4th June 2013, 7:39 pm

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yeah I think many will tell the same story
modifying cars and car addiction is a slippery slope for your wallet.

the older im getting the worse im getting with regard to chucking huge lumps of cash at cars, I should know better by now but don't think il ever learn, still your a long time dead lol

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7mreguest build with pictures Empty Re: mreguest build with pictures on 4th June 2013, 8:04 pm

nomad

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It is defo a harsh hit in the wallet i would imagine i could of bought half a house and then some with the money ive spent on cars and modifying over the years and loved doing so Laughing

8mreguest build with pictures Empty Re: mreguest build with pictures on 5th June 2013, 6:40 am

fred05

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my girlfriend keep her money, i spend mine in car parts....in 5 years she has 20 times what i have on my account. and i earn more than her! 3 minis in the garage only one wich run...so true story!

9mreguest build with pictures Empty Re: mreguest build with pictures on 10th June 2013, 11:13 am

mreguest

mreguest
more disaster to add to the above...

http://www.gtir-motorsport-club.com/t922p180-2013-gti-r-us-sprint-day-north-weald

enjoy!

10mreguest build with pictures Empty Re: mreguest build with pictures on 10th June 2013, 11:59 am

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you certainly aren't one of lifes lucky people adam lol
just read your thread properly and now the sprintday disaster What a Face

have some good news for you anyway!

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11mreguest build with pictures Empty Re: mreguest build with pictures on 10th June 2013, 12:25 pm

nomad

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If its a new shell your after il have one to go pretty soon as ive had a major re think ..... where did you get the little toy shell from ?

12mreguest build with pictures Empty Re: mreguest build with pictures on 10th June 2013, 12:28 pm

fred05

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ah ah!! nice story!!! Very Happy

13mreguest build with pictures Empty Re: mreguest build with pictures on 10th June 2013, 2:16 pm

mreguest

mreguest
nomad29 wrote:If its a new shell your after il have one to go pretty soon as ive had a major re think ..... where did you get the little toy shell from ?

thanks for the reply - shell, how soon? any pictures information, price etc... please send to ''' though i think i'm gonna get bob to build me one, need to give it some proper thought tonight.

model toy shell was a group buy many years ago:
http://www.nissangtir.co.uk/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=6384

http://www.gtiroz.net/gallery/gtir/misc/stuff/models/album222/

http://www.modelimex.com/1-24-nissan-pulsar-gti-r-official-1991-1992
http://www.modelimex.com/1-24-nissan-pulsar-gti-r-alcatel-b-de-spa-1993

the attention to detail is amazing but every part needs accurate preparing before paint etc... i don't believe anyone has finished one yet... i predict two years and mine will be finished Smile

a professional model builder has finished and it is amazing, check out these photos!!!
http://www.gtiroz.net/gallery/gtir/misc/stuff/models/album222/rejibuilt/

you can still buy them:
http://shop.spotmodel.com/product_info.php?products_id=2277



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14mreguest build with pictures Empty Re: mreguest build with pictures on 10th June 2013, 5:49 pm

pulsarmoley

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Good write up there and yeah sounds like you've had some bad luck. Glad I can put another name to a face Very Happy

15mreguest build with pictures Empty Re: mreguest build with pictures on 16th September 2014, 5:08 pm

mreguest

mreguest

so since this north weald disaster another whole year has passed and my 7 year long disaster list has grown so thought i'd best get around to updating the build, here goes...

so during north weald the car broke and I towed it to the pits by wrapping the tow rope around the wrong bit of the car. Here's a picture of it and bob indicating with his arm the horrific angle at which the support beam has sheared off:
mreguest build with pictures 15070753349_9376b7c223_b2013-07-06-1538 by mreguest1000, on Flickr

with a shell that bob had and all the moving parts from the knackered car bob made me this:
mreguest build with pictures 15257517615_40ca5da775_b2013-07-10-003 by mreguest1000, on Flickr

went to santa pod USC and this happened, my friends did it Smile
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my friend at USC ran a 20sec 1/4mile in this land cruiser beast, i was too scared to run considering my recent misfortune:
mreguest build with pictures 15070774509_3b6523c717_b2013-08-04-149 by mreguest1000, on Flickr

found one off the brake lines was badly corroded so thought whilst i'm at it i might as well take the tank out, redo brake lines, redo fuel lines tidy up, etc...
mreguest build with pictures 15234583956_07e8080b3a_b2013-09-21-399 by mreguest1000, on Flickr

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Something completely unrelated, BACONAISE!!! WTF!!! haha just found this picture in my collection:
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tried undoing a tein top mount to change the springs for something less solid, found they are built wrong (confirmed by tein) but tein UK said they must of been a Jap/USA import given their age and they cannot help. The rod that the top nut is attached too is round, the main strut is round, everything is f'king round and i cannot get anything on it to counteract the turning force required to undo the nut!!! pain in the arse, bought some GABs. I will refurb the teins when i figure out a way to take them apart:
mreguest build with pictures 15071042827_a68d1c5d78_b2013-11-30-671 by mreguest1000, on Flickr

became a member of Goodwood GRRC after two year on the waiting list - the 72nd members meeting was well worth the wait!
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Goodwood emailed me recently to say they want my car on the starting grid at the 'Hot Hatch' Breakfast Club event on 5th October! YIPEE finally some good fortune, but i do have to get their before 8am Very Happy

anyone else going?

bought a celica ST162 convertible for under a grand with the intention of taking the pulsar off the road for more painting and refurbing, change suspension etc...
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brilliant car in great condition Smile

1 week before picking up the Celica someone CRASHED INTO THE PULSAR OUTSIDE MY HOUSE AND DROVE OFF, drivers front side caved in, so I put pulsar in garage and shut the door Crying or Very sad

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2 months later I thought chin up, and starting painting wings and straightening the front end as best I can etc:
mreguest build with pictures 15234649536_1335e6df7b_b2014-05-18-1226 by mreguest1000, on Flickr

went to USA and hired a Nissan Sentra 2013 model 2 litre petrol engine with slow to respond autobox:
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very much liked it though - great for mooching around.

got a passenger ride in a NASCAR - i can see the appeal for driving them - wow, loud and fast and permanent G force around the bends, was only on a small track but we were fairly constant 140mph, on big tracks they constant 180-200mph. still boring to watch:
mreguest build with pictures 15257668715_1a5ddfa234_b2014-06-14-1389 by mreguest1000, on Flickr

saw bigfoot 7
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this is me stood up underneath taking the photo:
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girlfriend between the wheels:
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started painting pulsar wheels:
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what is this crazy noise under the car?
https://flic.kr/p/oXMWoG

i think it can only be the fuel pump? is this normal? i think bad stuff is about to happen!?!? Crying or Very sad

tein top mount corroded on the back right side - this is quite shite considering they are aluminium, but they are also 10 years old!
mreguest build with pictures 15071025279_be179e89e5_b2014-09-13-1702 by mreguest1000, on Flickr

posh sound deadening in the wings:
mreguest build with pictures 15071027679_3627ea35a0_b2014-09-14-1703 by mreguest1000, on Flickr

the boot:
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the side back wing places:
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this concludes my pictures for now, barely touches the surface of the parts replaced, nuts and bolts that have snapped and rethreading etc over the past year. Car is booked in for MOT tomorrow along with track rod ends replace and a rolling road session. Shall let you know, fingers crossed!

I will be at Rally Day where you can all come and tell me about the different shades of black that I have painted the car and how the front end is not quite straight and there is trim missing! Very Happy

Cheers,

Adam

16mreguest build with pictures Empty Re: mreguest build with pictures on 16th September 2014, 5:46 pm

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jesus h Christ adam you've not had a great deal of luck have you Shocked

and you've certainly had a fun and not so fun last year Laughing

cant hear the noise in the link, only the ehhaust


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17mreguest build with pictures Empty Re: mreguest build with pictures on 16th September 2014, 10:10 pm

buckym120

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Mate you really do have some bad luck with a pulsar and fuck knows why you carry on but I take my hat off to you and look forward to more positive updates in the future

18mreguest build with pictures Empty Re: mreguest build with pictures on 17th September 2014, 12:32 pm

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Such an interesting read mate, what a story you have. Can't believe u have stuck with it. It's the love of these little cars that keep ya going.

19mreguest build with pictures Empty Re: mreguest build with pictures on 17th September 2014, 1:26 pm

Welling_AL

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As above - great read mate - REALLY interesting and very impressed with the amount of work you have done / fixes you have come up with when the old backs against the wall ! Wish i had the time, patience and skills to attempt some of the same jobs - i guess you gotta learn as you go along !
Keep up the good work fella !

20mreguest build with pictures Empty Re: mreguest build with pictures on 19th September 2014, 12:58 pm

mreguest

mreguest
Lads - I didn't think I'd be writing back so soon to say "THE SAGA CONTINUES!!!" see below Evil or Very Mad

But firstly, thank you for the support/kind words, it really is a big hobby, i have learned a lot the hard way and from all the forums. But when you add things up, other than the engine and turbo rebuilds everything else is very cheap compared to other cars when you do the work yourself. The parts that these cars share with other Nissans is huge and thus very cheap. I cannot imagine how boring life would be if I had bought a normal Ford Focus!  Smile

SAGA = Wednesday this week I took my car to a garage to have various work done, four wheel alignment, MOT, tie rods + track rod ends and rolling road.

Unfortunately their 4 wheel alignment machine broke so they took it around the corner to 'Tyre City' another garage. Tyre City have put deep scratches in all four of my wheels!

mreguest build with pictures 15099985037_5f13e23f44_b2014-09-18-1711 by mreguest1000, on Flickr

mreguest build with pictures 15283405411_b8122cb7ee_b2014-09-18-1710 by mreguest1000, on Flickr

mreguest build with pictures 15286554585_791645d0c2_b2014-09-18-1709 by mreguest1000, on Flickr

mreguest build with pictures 15099782269_af827bca07_b2014-09-18-1712 by mreguest1000, on Flickr

The garage I took my car too have been very helpful fighting my case with Tyre City. I have received a transcript of my garage's talks with TC, an extract of which reads... "The staff at tyre city have denied all charges even after I personally saw my customers gold wheel paint attached to their alignment machine and showed their manager!"

I should point out to those reading that I painted the wheels and large quantities of the car body myself. I cleaned and sanded things down, washed them dried them, all over numerous days/weeks/months, I grey primered them, I painted them and I lacquered them. I did not rush my work and believe the paint should be ok. However, I am not a paint person. Two of the wheels are very good and two of the wheels have some drip marks runs etc... and even if for some very strange reason the paint is found to be wrong somehow, the fact that TC denied all charges, said nothing and hoped it would go away is amazing!?!?

Luckily for me the garage who I left the car with has said regardless of what Tyre City do they will make sure my wheels are redone properly.

This is how it sits today:
mreguest build with pictures 15283698291_ffdcc1352a_b2014-09-17-1708 by mreguest1000, on Flickr

I painted all the back rear drivers side quarter below the window line and think I did an ok job for an amateur, bit of T-Cut and polishes smooth with a good matching shade of black.

I also painted both front wings using the same primer/paint/lacquer etc, but they are not the same shade of black!?!? I think an electric buffer will bring it up to scratch which i will try one day...

For now who cares, i can't be bothered putting the side skirts back on either for now, it's just good to be driving it again after 5 months off the road...

Oh yeah here's the rolling road - it is massively over fueling and the guys said there is slight knock at the top end of the rev range - I'm not sure what to do about it next...? but whatever the 220hp and 220 ft/lbs is probably about right until it is running perfect...

mreguest build with pictures 15100418777_16077c6360_bboost+fuel by mreguest1000, on Flickr

mreguest build with pictures 15283836051_a93aee698b_bBHP+ftlbs by mreguest1000, on Flickr

I'm glad it is just my car that is wonky and not the rest of my life! Very Happy

21mreguest build with pictures Empty Re: mreguest build with pictures on 19th September 2014, 3:55 pm

pulsarmoley

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Running low 10's is very rich, you must see fuel escaping out the exhaust like I do on mine when booting it!

Unlucky about the wheels but seems like it will be sorted either way.


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22mreguest build with pictures Empty Re: mreguest build with pictures on 19th September 2014, 11:23 pm

gtir_woody

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I would be blowing up about that. It looks like even if they were nornal painted wheels they would have ended up with marks. I'm not sure how wheel alignment machines work but surely they aren't designed to do that.

23mreguest build with pictures Empty Re: mreguest build with pictures on 24th February 2016, 2:35 pm

mreguest

mreguest
Hi Guys, Adam here again!

Long time no speak, hope all is well, thought an update was due...

Made a jelly car:

mreguest build with pictures 16236365906_3f5d749d81_zPulsar jelly by edward guest, on Flickr

mreguest build with pictures 16260398391_44a1fc259c_zPulsar jelly by edward guest, on Flickr

mreguest build with pictures 16262271005_aefb152a6c_zPulsar jelly by edward guest, on Flickr




it failed...

mreguest build with pictures 16261436362_44776c47d5_zPulsar jelly by edward guest, on Flickr


made an RC car to look like my own...

mreguest build with pictures 16556782141_3e732fff6f_zDSC_0180 by edward guest, on Flickr

mreguest build with pictures 15938262173_76ca7cd9f1_zDSC_0185 by edward guest, on Flickr

mreguest build with pictures 16370810908_a73d7803cf_zDSC_0187 by edward guest, on Flickr


real car - clutch failed, 12 hours and 4 AA trucks from Kendal to Guildford...

mreguest build with pictures 16691037603_f3a96ef729_zDSC_0197 by edward guest, on Flickr

lightweight comp clutch flywheel

mreguest build with pictures 17125074049_68a08f6411_zDSC_0209 by edward guest, on Flickr

and stage 4 clutch kit = bad plan it is far too heavy for daily driving Sad

mreguest build with pictures 17309441252_d1762c9b74_zDSC_0210 by edward guest, on Flickr

third f'king driveway gearbox swap of my life...

mreguest build with pictures 17125082499_ca98640df2_zDSC_0211 by edward guest, on Flickr

engine beam = great bit of kit:

mreguest build with pictures 17310871721_879af241de_zDSC_0264 by edward guest, on Flickr

broken clutch:

mreguest build with pictures 16691109433_57533544eb_zDSC_0269 by edward guest, on Flickr

flywheel and clutch on

mreguest build with pictures 17103950907_2b4da55810_zDSC_0280 by edward guest, on Flickr

new pivot ball

mreguest build with pictures 17123732160_24a1aef200_zDSC_0548 by edward guest, on Flickr

welded fork and new london taxi bearing:

mreguest build with pictures 16688958694_d7b283d059_zDSC_0551 by edward guest, on Flickr


my paint cracked in the sun - note to self get professional to paint in the future Sad

mreguest build with pictures 18870813139_d3513f8a6d_zDSC_1033 by edward guest, on Flickr

bought a house (which needs a lot of work) and built a base for my garage:

mreguest build with pictures 21866094759_7d0c843c6d_zDSC_1504 by edward guest, on Flickr

mreguest build with pictures 21447964484_a110d776b3_zDSC_1522 by edward guest, on Flickr

mreguest build with pictures 22061347516_0b012e3358_zDSC_1551 by edward guest, on Flickr

paint the floor red

mreguest build with pictures 22096112984_d26bc57044_zDSC_1586 by edward guest, on Flickr

cars fit nice:

mreguest build with pictures 22697132276_809652d598_zDSC_1590 by edward guest, on Flickr



Made a chocolate car:

mreguest build with pictures 22396323030_7352ff1886_zDSC_1565 by edward guest, on Flickr

mreguest build with pictures 22570484016_1d6b5dd7f7_zDSC_1572 by edward guest, on Flickr

fell to pieces...

mreguest build with pictures 22521849610_33fac004c7_zDSC_1585 by edward guest, on Flickr

Went to Silverstone:

mreguest build with pictures 19837285800_13618aeeef_zDSC_1097 by edward guest, on Flickr

mreguest build with pictures 19837182208_afdee23693_zDSC_1098 by edward guest, on Flickr


FOOKING HELL!!! crank oil seal behind flywheel leaking bad = gearbox back off again!!! glad for the draper transmission jack and new garage = smooth removal Smile

mreguest build with pictures 24592079402_b9da6e3b68_zDSC_1669 by edward guest, on Flickr

got a scaffolding tower to fix my roof. don't panic i had climbing harness and ropes etc...

mreguest build with pictures 24307263212_3fc1dbd190_zDSC_0049 by edward guest, on Flickr


got my soldering iron out and have built some bluetooth/usb android/windows nissan diagnostics boxes: (shall write about these another day)

mreguest build with pictures 24005562693_20f783dafa_zDSC_1664 by edward guest, on Flickr

mreguest build with pictures 24493332250_4d05dcb2aa_zDSC_1673 by edward guest, on Flickr

mreguest build with pictures 24878768245_d4b1a21d77_zDSC_0077 by edward guest, on Flickr

testing:
mreguest build with pictures 24006985144_d15f38e09b_zDSC_1663~2 by edward guest, on Flickr

mreguest build with pictures 24604133516_0510ec6d5e_zDSC_1663 by edward guest, on Flickr

works fine with android phones/tablets and windows 98/xp/7 and 10 have all been tested.

watch this if you are interested - i've sold a few a will make many more...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpzqqDYATNw


BROKE MY FOOKING THUMB!!!

mreguest build with pictures 25057102551_fa6d0ef75c_zDSC_1682 by edward guest, on Flickr

trying to cut down a tree in my front garden i got attacked by a particularly bendy branch!

So gearbox is still off the car, i'm gonna do a full rebuild along with a bunch of other stuff, but due to broken thumb car fixing is on hold for 6 weeks Sad

I was hoping 2016 was going to be my best year of GTIR, at least it is only February, there is still time to get out in 2016 and catch up with a few faces! Smile

24mreguest build with pictures Empty Re: mreguest build with pictures on 24th February 2016, 8:19 pm

gtir_woody

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The jelly gtir looked awesome until it broke Laughing Nice looking garage, was that the first thing you built when you brought the house? Gotta have your priorities right Laughing

25mreguest build with pictures Empty Re: mreguest build with pictures on 24th February 2016, 8:55 pm

Bandyleg

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@nomad wrote:I bet its more than £6 bob  Laughing ive tallied up my pulsar bill so far shocking indeed and the fooking thing isnt even on the road  Laughing

LOL I know that feeling!

Anyways that read was one of the bets ways of shutting out corrie that I have come accros so far, great story mate welcome

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