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1 Let the fun begin! on 4th April 2016, 7:30 am

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Hi all, I was asked to share this on here by another member, it's already on the owners club site, hopefully it is of interest to one or two here as well.

So I have been wanting to strip my car down to give it a full clean and refresh down to the nuts and bolts, I'm doing the majority of stuff myself, I'm not a trained mechanic but I wanted to do this by my hands so it's going to be a labour of love and expect it to take me around 12 months to complete. A bit of background on the car for anyone interested, I imported it myself from Japan around 13 years ago, took me a while to find with the help of an agent I had over there at the time, after around 4 years of ownership and fettling, disaster stuck and the engine blew. I couldn't afford at the time to do a full rebuild so I sold it to Steven Ferguson, who I'm quite friendly with and he's always looked after it from day one, he knew the car and was happy to buy it as was. This was decision I have always regretted. Anyway fast forward about 6 years and I'm back at Steve's having some work done on another car of mine and low and behold what was sitting in the corner, my old red R looking amazing and having had a load of work done. It had never been on the road again since I sold it and he had put maybe 10 laps worth of track time on it since he did all the work to it, I had to have it back. Price negotiated and deal done, I handed over my readies a few months later and have had it since, a true love story hahaha.

In its current state it produces 406bhp at 1.5 bar but parts of it are starting to show the effects of being on the road the last few years after dry storage, and a minor oil leak to the rocker gasket has started me on my quest to make it better than new with an aim of 550bhp my target for power. So today I started stripping the car on my drive, I have rented a workshop but can't get into it for another 6 weeks, I didn't want to wait that long to start. The plan over the next several weeks is to strip it to a bare shell. All the parts that can be done, I will be shot blasting and then taking them away to be powder coated, I've pretty much completed stripping the front end today, sometime over the next week I will do the rear, then it's out with the engine and all the wiring etc. The Ohlins struts are going to Mick Gardner Racing for a full overhaul and some custom springs to suit what I plan to use the car for. A full rose jointed rear kit is on route from Stracher as I write this, should be here any day now. The AP calipers I want to get fully refubished and painted as well, going to contact AP directly tomorrow and see if they will do them.














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2 Re: Let the fun begin! on 4th April 2016, 7:34 am

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So a brief update from when I started this that I forgot to add here. My AP calipers are off to AP Racing for a full rebuild and some new bits arrived from Luca at Stracher, the quality is brilliant as well. Since then though, I have been really busy and the weather has been minging so not much more to report I'm afraid.




3 Re: Let the fun begin! on 4th April 2016, 8:31 am

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Looking great mate, its always good doing things yourself and learning as you go, its certainly more enjoyable and rewarding. I have the parallel arms from Stracher aswell, nice piece of kit.

4 Re: Let the fun begin! on 4th April 2016, 6:36 pm

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Thanks as said mate will deffo interest a few. Show them southern lot us Geordies do it in style. Nice to see a local member sharing this

5 Re: Let the fun begin! on 4th April 2016, 7:46 pm

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With what I have planned I think it will surprise a few Johnny. Got a bit more done this evening but phone was almost dead so no pics, was just removing trim and body parts so nothing of any real interest.

6 Re: Let the fun begin! on 4th April 2016, 7:56 pm

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Good to hear your plans and your story Smile
Think I know the car? Was Andys and Dobby once owned it?
Think I shared pics that I had on facebook with you..
Will be a great car once you have finished no doubt Smile
Looking forward to the updates of progress and a detailed restoration Smile


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7 Re: Let the fun begin! on 4th April 2016, 7:57 pm

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Forget what I said about Andy and Dobby lol you imported it so I'm mistaken lol


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8 Re: Let the fun begin! on 5th April 2016, 7:38 pm

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Do you still see Steve ? If you do any info on who he uses for paint work and any info on the carbon prop and who fabricated the bearing etc. Pm or txt me if you do please. His car looks well

9 Re: Let the fun begin! on 6th April 2016, 5:07 pm

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Yeah different car Stu, but thanks for the comments, hope you enjoy the read as and when I update.

Yeah I still see him Johnny, will be seeing him sometime next week so I will ask him and get back to you.

10 Re: Let the fun begin! on 24th April 2016, 8:33 pm

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Well it's been a good few weeks since I've had the free time to do anything or when I have the weather has been to bad to get going again, but today I finally had the stars align Laughing I was free and it was dry outside with no sign of rain, I finally got some more work done and am pretty much ready to remove the engine. I would have liked to have done a bit more today but some very stubborn nuts / bolts on the rear end really slowed me up. I'm going to let the pics do the rest of the talking for now but hopefully I will get a chance to remove the engine one day this week.







11 Re: Let the fun begin! on 24th April 2016, 10:39 pm

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Yes those rear end bolts can be a pain, Great to hear the weather has been good and making some progress thumbsup

12 Re: Let the fun begin! on 5th May 2016, 8:17 pm

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Well guys after fighting a loosing battle yesterday against stubborn prop nuts, I came back at it today ready for battle and I am happy to report I won! Those nuts on the prop were a nightmare and 2 of the rears were starting to round so I left them and had another go at the front, managed to wedge an extension bar with a block of wood (as suggested by a member on the owners club forum) to stop it spinning then got my 12mm spanner over them and used a larger one fitted over the other end for some extra leverage, to my relief they loosened!! Had to drop the rear diff out with the full prop attached, slide it out from under the car so I had more room to attack the rear nuts. With the added space I was able to get them off....what a ball ache! Next was to remove the rear subframe so I refitted the diff so I had somewhere to support it from, loosened it all up and out it came, after about 10 mins whacking with my rubber hammer :grin:.

Got the exhaust and handbrake cables out the way and thought I'd get started removing more bodywork, rear bumper and one wing were off in no time, but true to form, one was a b**ch, the passenger wing is now held on by the last bolt on the sill that is completely rounded and stuck, grinder is taking that out over the weekend hopefully!

I'll leave you with a few more pics, the last one is my living room which is now a gtir storage room, should have my unit sorted within the next few weeks, then I will hopefully be able to do a whole lot more when I'm not at the mercy of the weather and having to lump tools in and out of the house! Anyway, enjoy the pics.









13 Re: Let the fun begin! on 5th May 2016, 9:51 pm

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You seen the Irwin stud extractors work very well mate better than I ever thought they would

14 Re: Let the fun begin! on 6th May 2016, 1:11 am

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Nice update mate. Wish I could turn a room in the house into a parts room Laughing

15 Re: Let the fun begin! on 6th May 2016, 5:35 am

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Don't stop at a room I got from loft to garage and all room In between storing parts. Garage has the dirty bits the rest are spread out. If the weather stays like this it's ideal

16 Re: Let the fun begin! on 6th May 2016, 7:35 am

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Got the Irwin stud extractors Johnny, still no luck on that last one. I think it's a combination of it being seized in there, the head rounding and at some point in it's life the car has been jacked up from that area and the sill is bent outwards slightly making it almost impossible for me to get a socket over it. I'm just going to carefully get in there with a small cutting disc and take the head off then drill the rest out.

The room is only temporary until I have my unit, if I didn't have that then I think it would only be a matter of time until another room was seconded for parts Laughing

17 Re: Let the fun begin! on 9th May 2016, 6:36 pm

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So a little update for today and a question for all those with greater wisdom than I.

Firstly I got the last bolt on the passenger front wing removed so that wing is finally off along with the bonnet. Bought myself a few extra tools that were required and an engine hoist so I can lift it out. So my question is where do you guys advise the best points to mount the chains to support the weight of the engine? I was planning on dropping the whole engine out the bottom with the gearbox still attached, looks like it will be easier than trying to lift it out. What do you all think from the pics?






18 Re: Let the fun begin! on 9th May 2016, 8:16 pm

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http://www.gtirworkshopmanual.com/default.aspx?v=253

2 & 3 mate, there the points I normally use..

Edit: I dont use chains just a 1 tonne strap with shackles on the 2 sling points

19 Re: Let the fun begin! on 9th May 2016, 8:32 pm

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20 Re: Let the fun begin! on 10th May 2016, 8:00 am

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That is how I had planned to do it having consented with the manual prior to trying. Unfortunately my engine seems to missing the engine slingers described in the manual so I am going to have to find an alternative method.

21 Re: Let the fun begin! on 10th May 2016, 8:12 am

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I got them from Nissan I think or somewhere else 12 years or so ago.

22 Re: Let the fun begin! on 10th May 2016, 8:25 am

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Great progress Smile
I would just drop the engine and box out the bottom.
Get a bread basket trolley for it to sit on and then lift the car high enough to pull it out.
You could take the plenum and inlet off in one to help get ot out from under the car..


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23 Re: Let the fun begin! on 10th May 2016, 9:09 am

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Ive taken my engine out the same way as burrows pic from underneath. Ive always used an old seat belt Laughing

24 Re: Let the fun begin! on 10th May 2016, 9:13 am

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I normally just lower it down onto the legs of the hoist then pull it out, although my hoist is mega old and possibly the best construction I've ever seen, can be assembled and disassembled in a matter of minutes, no bolts holding it together Wink  makes getting the R engine out relatively easy, dread the day it breaks Laughing

25 Re: Let the fun begin! on 10th May 2016, 9:25 am

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A few fence posts to help get it high enough if you haven't got anybody around to help you



I use the hoist to lift the front of the car to get the height I need

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