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1 south wales project on 3rd June 2012, 12:52 pm

Alex341


Hey everyone. I did join a while back but havnt had alot of time to post much.This is my first jap car and I did start a thread about it on another website but basically this is what ive been up to...

the night I brought it home after buying it

All smiles until this happened the very next day Sad


So with a little help from a friend I took the engine out shortly after

a better look at the damage


the con rod broke off the big end and also ripped the small end off the piston leaving it jammed in the head and the rod bent like a banana in the sump, which didn't really leave many salvageable parts
I then took a trip over to Bobs to pick up a new engine (really appreciate all the help and advice.)But obviously with the way my luck had gone so far something else was certain to come up and it turns out the turbo was also surplus to requirements so I also had to source a replacement one

looks like it ran pretty hot

new turbo

in the short time I drove it I was pretty shocked at how pants the standard brakes are so I picked up a set of these along with some d2 coil overs

got it all back together over a few days and it started first turn of the key!!! was so happy but did have a few vacuum issues and it wouldn't idle properly, but at least it ran again. The car had never had paint except for one front wing and the front bumper and the 20 yr old paint was looking pretty shabby so I decided to treat her to a respray to try and get it looking its best again.


Really happy with the condition of the shell. Only one little bit of rust by one of the rear arches and when I got it up on the ramp the underneath is like new. Unfortunately this is how the car stayed for a while due to other commitments but it was all worth it because ive had a few free days recently and now she's looking like this Smile

In the end I decided on trusty old A14 red just to keep it OEM and fresh looking. Not to sure weather the bumpers look good colour coded but I didn't have much choice because the black strips were in pretty bad condition, definitely glad I kept everything else plastic and didn't go ahead with painting the roof and bonnet black.





and that's pretty much as far as ive got till now. Few little things I need to sort out before she goes on the rollers, turbo oil line leak, new alternator nut, unseize rear calliper, fit new boost gauge and controller and all new vacuum lines, colour sand and polish, get new wheels and tyres and then its USABLE! Feels so good to actually see some progress.

2 Re: south wales project on 3rd June 2012, 1:30 pm

TurboTom


Stunning mate, it's so nice this website seems to be full or restorations! Car is a credit to you, especially in red! Did you paint it the standard colour again?
Also are they Oz superleggeras I spy on your car Wink what are you Gunna do with them when you get new wheels?

3 Re: south wales project on 3rd June 2012, 3:28 pm

nomad

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Very nice thread glad to see its mostly all done after a few battles . out of intrest how much paint did you use as im near to spraying mine myself ?

4 Re: south wales project on 3rd June 2012, 5:32 pm

Alex341


I spent ages trying to find a nice red and in the end decided on the stock A14 it came in from new. I have to say it looks really nice, totally different to the 20 yr old paint that was on it. I used every last drop of 2.5 ltrs of paint which was a 3 to 1 mix. I painted everything including the door shuts but ran out before I could do the mirrors so I'll have to get a bit more for those and I didn't do the engine bay. They are superleggeras I'm not sure weather I should paint them white and keep them, I think its the big balloon tyres that put me off them. Might look a bit better with lower profile tyres. TBH I could do with a bit of advice on wheels the ones on it are 16" which should sit nice with the smaller tyres but I was thinking of getting 15" on it and winding the coil overs down a bit more but am unsure if they'll look to small in the arches???

5 Re: south wales project on 3rd June 2012, 9:22 pm

Stu

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Looks awsome mate,
I would of done the bump strips red aswell tho as they look out of place to me now the bumper tops are red. Or paint the bumper tops black again Wink

Great work tho fella.

Stick with the 16s that are on and paint them either white or black Wink

That will transform the overall look no end!

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6 Re: south wales project on 3rd June 2012, 11:03 pm

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nice work Very Happy. Agree with above both the bump strip's and wheels comments but please paint the bumper one black again not the ones on the car red. everyone to there own choice but on a R colour coded bump strips spoil them on 95% of cars in my opinion

7 Re: south wales project on 4th June 2012, 10:04 pm

Alex341


Yea the bumper strips weren't great that's why I painted them. I'll probably paint them and all the other plastic bits gloss black or something when its all finished. But apart from that today couldnt have gone any better. Fixed a dodgy connection on the fuel pump and found where the spare vacuum pipe I was left with after changing th eninge is supposed to go. ON THE GEARBOX!!!!

it had been taken off by previous owner because he was so clever he decided to take it off, extend it by jamming a bit of copper pipe in it and bodging some electronic boost controller to it with the boost cranked up to the max which explains what happened to my old engine.

8 Re: south wales project on 4th June 2012, 10:18 pm

Alex341




sorry to keep going on but im really really happy with hows its coming along I cant stop smiling. Its been so much hard work, long nights and head stress but after hearing it run spot on today makes it all worth it Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

9 Re: south wales project on 5th June 2012, 8:57 am

nomad

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Its nice to hear one is actually working fine lol one of the best looking pulsars ive seen in a while ...... great work

10 Re: south wales project on 5th June 2012, 2:58 pm

johnny gtir

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keep smiling as already said looks great enjoy it

11 Re: south wales project on 5th June 2012, 3:28 pm

GTI-R US

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Fixed a dodgy connection on the fuel pump and found where the spare vacuum pipe I was left with after changing th eninge is supposed to go. ON THE GEARBOX!!!!


hiya alex
great thread and very well done with all the work

but......that vacuum pipe does not go to the gearbox so remove it and blank it before you suck all the gearbox oil into your inlet lol
the gearbox breather pipe has a loop on the end and does not go anywhere it just stands up in the engine bay.

i would not use gloss over the bits that should be black, get a satin black aerosol, mask those bits and spray them satin which will give as near a natural unmolested look as possible

other than that really good job youve done there Cool

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12 Re: south wales project on 6th June 2012, 2:28 pm

Alex341


thanks everyone, ill try and sort it all out tomorrow. still having a bit of trouble sourcing engine oil and new pads for the wilwoods any ideas?

14 Re: south wales project on 19th June 2012, 7:34 pm

Alex341


off with the wheels


after hrs and hrs of mind numbing sanding some etch primer

followed by 2k primer

and that's as far as I got with the wheels will hopefully sand them down and get some ford frozen white on them tomorrow.
Also started taking all the old bits off ready to fit the fmic. There are one of these breathers on each throttle body. Are they all meant to be T'd together and then fitted to the dump valve? Previous owner only fitted the one vacuum pipe to the dump valve currently on the car.

15 Re: south wales project on 19th June 2012, 8:42 pm

nomad

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Looking good white will look awsome imo the dump valve is not connected to any of those pipes its fed from behind the plenum and what pic you have looks right with the little blanks maybe a better pic with the whole plenum on view might help mate

16 Re: south wales project on 19th June 2012, 8:45 pm

Alex341


I know its fed from the one behind but I thought they were all meant to be connected together? The only reason I even thought about it is because of this video.......
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=En91CuhPqjI

17 Re: south wales project on 19th June 2012, 9:15 pm

nomad

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Strooth mate lol well ive never seen one set up that way so i couldnt really comment on if thats a good way or not

18 Re: south wales project on 20th June 2012, 10:48 am

johnboy

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I have seen it done that way as the last one I bought was like that. It also had a lot of other vacuum pipes blocked or removed and didn't run very well. I didn't bother to try and find the problem I just put it back to standard and it worked OK so I don't know what the advantages or otherwise are supposed to be.

19 Re: south wales project on 20th June 2012, 11:14 am

Alex341


one of those little blanking rubbers was missing off mine anyway so hopefully that was the issue with it ticking over lumpy

20 Re: south wales project on 20th June 2012, 11:16 am

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yes that can also cause det damage to piston which maybe the reason your other engine blew up

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21 Re: south wales project on 20th June 2012, 7:47 pm

Alex341




Box fresh

22 Re: south wales project on 20th June 2012, 8:03 pm

nomad

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Very tidy i also love the way you have used the pot plant in the picture i would of thought it would look better if they were equally spaced around it though lol

23 Re: south wales project on 22nd June 2012, 4:40 pm

Alex341



glad I went with the white and not the black now

24 Re: south wales project on 22nd June 2012, 6:19 pm

the vamp

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very nice mate looks really well in red with them white wheels Smile

25 Re: south wales project on 24th June 2012, 7:26 am

TurboTom


looks fantastic mate, i think a laguna splitter would look lovely, and break up the front a bit

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