(Have just read though this and tbh you might be better off skipping this post and starting on the next one as it may put you off pulsar ownership altogether )
I will try and keep it as short as possible (whoops ) and may do some cheeky copy and pasting from my other project threads lol.
It all started back in 2002 when I was 19 and looking for a replacement for my extremely ropey uno turbo.
Basicly back then I was just looking for the best performance to the pound I could get as I was pretty much just a traffic light grand prix racer
At the time the escort cossie was the dieing king with all the jap stuff taking off with the skyline gtr now at the top of the pile,then you had imprezas,evos and pulsars all boosting similar performance to the cossie.
They were all out of my reach at the time tbh other than the pulsar, but with reading reviews that the pulsar was actually as quick if not a touch quicker than the above in mild tune got me interested.
Also being cheaper and not as well known and that they were always seen as the underdog compared to the above cars also attracted me,especially coming from the uno which had the same vibe which I liked.
I had also seen a couple in action and loved the sound and tbh I quite liked the looks aswell,also they were a bit different
So pulsar it was
It almost did not happen as no one would insure me and I was nearly limited to one trader that could do a deal with his broker to get me insured,in the end though tesco had just started and was the only company that would touch me.
Anyhow I ended up looking at an ivory one from a trader that back then was still known as a Dakar lol i.e rb light weight jobbie.
It had been sold once and had a mongoose exhaust and alarm fitted and then after a month the new owner had to sell it as could not afford to run it,and it was being resold through the trader again.
The car was really clean although it had been blown over at some point in its life,the seats where mismatched with only the rears being rb and it also had a normal ratio box (not that I would of even known the difference back then lol) but even so I knew I wanted it.
Being rb and ivory attracted me the most as these were rather rare at the time,also the BYE in the number plate helped, but the goose and the 120mph test drive the trader took me on sealed the 6k deal .
So the car,it was pretty much stock other than tiny 14inch eneki wheels, the exhaust and cusco front and rear braces and jic top mounts.
On closer inspection though a hks turbo timer was found under the dash and best of all the rattle can black shocks turned out to be a set of ohlins suspension (although later needed rebuilding ).
This inspection also turned up some half rollcage holes and a modified rear seat to fit said cage was also found,I was abit pissed with this at the time tbh and had alsorts of wonders as what the car had been used for .
I got back onto the trader and had a moan but mostly due to me wanting the cage put back in it lol,he keep promising me that one would be coming over in his next batch of cars he had coming that I could have,but after months of fucking about it never happened,I was also still pretty happy with the car though tbh as it seemed a goodun.
The traffic light grand prixs were going well and did so for a good couple of years,still on standard boost with only a blitz filter and hks bov added I think.
We are talking 100s of launches here lol but over time the clutch,syncros and actual dog teeth on the gears where showing there age from the abuse.
This was the first major expense other than the ohlins rebuild with gearbox parts and a new helix paddle clutch and was the beginning of the end
Then with the new clutch with the abilty to hold more power it would be rude not to exploit that
So along came the actuator which still was not enough,then an avc-r with its dreaded scramble boost button lol
This proberly went on for another year or so before it went pop ,coming from the uno that could seemingly run limit less boost I stupidly hoped the pulsar would do the same,it took it well though tbh as I did take the piss.
So car now fucked and not sure what to do with the price of forged pistons and rebuild parts and what route to take etc, I do what most people would do and go out and buy another fucked gtir with a blown bottom end
My plan was to fix this one (black ra with an rb box lol) and sell it on,things where going well tbh as I had a bit of luck with an engine that had come out of a uk sunny that had a rattle that Nissan could not fix so changed the complete engine.
Turned out the engine had genuine oversized pistons with stock sized rings,a rebuild with the correct rings and every thing was sweet as a nut.
All went well for a while,until one cold icey night when I dropped my pissed mates off at a party and one said launch it…
I remember it well,I thought yeah well why not and proceeded to bounce it of the limiter and drop the clutch,all four spinning I snatch 2nd and ooh this is strange all 4 are still spinning and its getting a bit lairy,I got this though and keep in it.
Wrong… I lose the arse and head for a grave yard
I am proberly 100degrees off straight from where I was on full opposite lock on the grass blipping the throttle,all the while dragging the front end of my car up the grave yards over grown fence.
Its slowly starting to come back around, but then in a split second I seem to find traction and find myself being literally catapulted up/into someones gravel drive!
This ended quickly thankfully as I was semi conscious of a house being somewhere very near by,I ended up running up and over into some large rocks which had tossed me onto my side.
The only thing stopping it going right over was funnly enough was one of them large rocks which was now wedged firmly in my rear quarter panel holding me up.
I was lucky really as on the other side of the driveways enterance was a telephone pole and I beleve if I was not blipping/on the throttle I would of smashed straight into that instead.
The car was already to sell before that aswell,gutted
Well lesson learned and all that,for the crashing at least…
The car was roughly bashed out straight again and I continued to use it but soon fell into the old trap again off messing with the boost.
Although a lot less than last time it was still enough and it done a ring land again,game over for this car.
So what to do next,apex at the time had some good deals on wiseco pistons so I rebuilt the engine from the black car and put it in the white one.
Traffic light grand prixs had long died off by now and I had started to grow up abit lol and was just using the car mostly for a weekend fun car.
I still had a launch fetish that I had to itch now and again though,and one evening I thought why not do a timed run.
So mate with stop watch in hand I line up for a fix...
I must of moved an inch at most followed by an almightly bang followed by the smell of warm gear oil,thats that fucked then.
The gearbox had exploded and ruined every gear in the box,tbf it had done well over the years though especially with the paddle clutch and relentless launches,still not what I was planning tbh though lol.
A short stint on an rb box for a while then more money on getting another ra box then its back to normal again.
Then I think the next issue I had was playing with my cousins evo where I missed a gear and threw a rocker which in all took out 4 other rockers aswell and a chunk out of the cam.
So head off and I had got of light with only very minor contact and a couple of bent valves.
I then put it back together and get 10miles up the road to find an oil leak from the crank pulley,head home and it starts rattling.
Long story short the crank pulley had come loose(the leak),but more alarmingly so had the flywheel.
I aint got a clue what happened here tbh as the flywheel had been un touched side the rebuild 5k odd miles ago,maybe the over rev loosened it?
Then not long after this my turbo takes a dump,I knew it was iffy but at the time did not have the cash to replace it,the thrust bearing completely feel apart dropping parts of it in the sump.
Second hand turbo fitted and was good to go for a while again although still not a great turbo as still smokeed abit but not half the play in it like my last one.
Next I notice the expansion tank pushing more water out than it should.
Head gasket this time,my fault as it was a reused hks gasket,infact it was its fourth outing lol.
It was on the black car when I brought it and used from then on,not the best practice and would have been better using a stock jobbie tbh but I got away with it so many times I though it would be alright again,what caused it (other than reusing it for the 4th time lol) was the skim job on the head was to rough.
So head off again and I was greated with some suspect looking marks in the bores,still unsure of what caused these tbh but could have been the turbo that died and also possibly may not of been run in hard enough,either way not happy with it.
So I completely strip the engine again and completely redone it,new shells and re ringed,honed etc.
I also had the crank ground and the block line bored as first time around if I am honest I knew it was not perfect but I was strapped for cash at the time.
I also had plans for a 2.2 big bore setup and ported head as the ultimate build which I still have the parts for so was mainly planning ahead for that at the time but it never happened.
Anyhow other than the dodgy looking bore marks though that engine ran fine,good compression etc and nothing notably wrong,I just knew I was not right lol.
So back up and running again and a harsh running in session on bedding in oil,infact it was up santa pod within the first 200miles lol
During this time I had done a fair few more mods and a lot of them where not really to insurance friendly like the cage and seats etc and tbh I was running out of cash again,and was not really using it much on the road anymore so decided to make it more of a track bias car instead.
The turbo again is starting to get even more smoky by this point and being tight and not wanting to spend out anymore until I can afford to go the whole hog z32,injectors,turbo,remap etc I continue on.
So first track day,unbeliverbly all went well, happy days, and although smokey the turbo has held out just fine.
Then onto santa pod for maybe one last run before I save for a new turbo etc.
This did not go well…
First up straight of the trailer my starter packed up,never mind carry on and tbh I am glad I did as I posted my pb of 12.3.
But then at the end of the day I thought just one more run,well this did not go to plan lol
Right in the middle of the que I notice my battery light is on meaning I have lost my belt,balls I should not run really but I carry on in blind faith hoping the battery will get me through and it will be alright.
Well it was not happy tbh and the knock meter on the afc2 showed some high readings through out the run,proberly due to the car not getting 14v and possibly running abit lean and detting,stupid of me really but after traveling so far and queing so long I pushed my luck for the greed of a better time which did not happen(12.4).
Also on that last run the syncro hub in the gearbox broke on 3rd-4th gear to add even further insult to injury
What worries me though is my last run was filmed and right at the end on lift off I get a big puff of smoke,I am pretty sure it the dieing turbo but its not what I want to see.
So from there I head home to lick my wounds praying that my engine is alright,I done basic checks like comp test etc(perfect) and the smoke seemed no worse than it ever was so fingers crossed.
I think it was ok and being forged I know it aint done a ring land like the stock pistons would have but even so it plays on my mind especially with my last ever run in it puffing smoke at the end of the run
So that’s how its sat for the last 4+ years as that was back in june 2009!
I lost intrest after this and wanting to go bigger turbo etc and not using it on the road it has just sat there .
I got back into my uno turbos again of all things lol and have been completely distracted by them over the past few years but now the uno is on the road (although not finished ) I have started thinking about the gtir again.
Shes looking pretty sorry for herself tbh and after doing the uno I think the gtir could do we a redo underneath again aswell as its just on the turn.
The shell is really solid tbh as its been garaged all the time since I have had it, although it does need abit of paint work to make it nice again, and bodywork(filler prep and paint) is my nemisis .
So engine first and that’s where I am at atm,I am still praying that its still ok from its last outing and also that its sat so long.
I have horded many parts to basicly finish the mechanicals now and get it to its final spec,if the engine is toast though I am not sure what I will do.
Reading all the above and reminiscing it may well be time to break it if it all fails as I have come very close these last few years.
Knowing me though if its fucked I will fix it again, as after all this time it almost part of the family
I do look at the above though and think wtf am I doing,maybe I should have thought about the more happy times in the thing but hay ho
Anyhow I will update this thread with some piccys and try and keep it up to date if my motivation holds out lol