We last left off in December of 2018. The SR swap was complete and the car was drifting it’s way into completion. Now that I knew the SR was solid it was time to move on with the build.
It’s always a good idea to have some way to monitor engine vitals, specially with the prices of these things now. So before my first drift event I knew I wanted to have a set of gauges in this thing to make sure I didn’t blow anything up. Being that it was my first turbo car, I was pretty nervous to say the least.
After installing the wideband, I felt much more comfortable opening the throttle up in this thing. I knew the engine was healthy because it pulled hard and sounded great, but having that peace of mind was nice.
Next came a BM50 brake master cylinder. My brakes felt very weird after upgrading to z32 up front. This addition helped with pedal feel
After the wideband instal, I knew I wanted to run a set of defi gauges. It was just a matter of which ones. I really wanted a set of the OG defi Link in white with green illumination, but I never found a good deal on them in my search. Meanwhile I ordered the parts I would need for the instal like a GREX thermostatic sandwich plate to instal my temperature sensor
I finally found a set of Defi BF gauges on eBay at a great deal and bought them immediately. Now with awesome gauges I needed a mint dash to mount them to. I found a crackless dash on Craigslist and picked that up as well. A tomei N2 block was also necessary to install the GREX plate.
I continued with the prep while I waited for more parts to show up. I decided to swap the subframe bushings since this car had uneven fitment left to right in the rear. This is usually an indication that your subframe is shifted. I took it over to Jimmys work and we got started.
After the subframe I got started on the gauges and dash.
I wired them into the radio harness and stuck them onto the dash in a “GP sports” configuration. I really liked how all the gallery cars had their meters mounted so I copied the format but in LHD.
In order to run the oil pressure and temp sensors I needed to make an oil cooler setup. So in the meantime I just wired in the boost and water temp sensors.
Eventually I bought a GPlus 19 row cooler and -10 AN lines with vibrant fittings. After gathering all of the ingredients it was time to finish the last of the two sensors.
I installed the Tomei N2 block and transferred the oem pressure switch from the oem oil filter housing. In the second bung I installed the defi pressure sensor. Next was the temperature sensor. This one was installed in the GREX plate. After measuring the hoses and building my AN lines, everything was installed and checked for leaks.
At this point I had also picked up a complete manual seatbelt conversion from my buddy Joe in Canada. 240sx in Canada and 180sx in Japan come with manual seatbelts so this was an easy choice to make.
Next came tires and an alignment. There was a clubloose event coming up quick that I wanted to be my first event before the car went into paint. I mounted them up and aligned the car at work and it was ready to go!
I could barely hold my excitement that Friday at work. The car was done and I spent the night at Jimmys house to roll out together early in the morning to San Antonio
When we arrived, Jimmy let me borrow the LMGT4’s since the TE’s were balanced for the drive. I swapped the tires on them at the track, and I was ready to go. I still remember this day vividly.
I got out on track and man. The car absolutely RIPPED. I was so happy. Everything felt so good and the tires lasted me all day.
The day went perfectly smooth and I patted my SR on the valve cover for its great work! Now it was time to head back home to Houston.
A couple days after the event I received a notification that my BN Kit had finally arrived from Japan !! The timing couldn’t have been any better ! I quickly picked it up and dropped it and the car off at my buddies house who was going to paint it and throw it all together.
Of course we had to mock up the kit !
I ordered full BN type 3 back in October of 2018. The kit arrived 03/19/19. What a day. Immediately I realized that a Kouki wing and ganadors were needed. So it was time to save up for that.
I ordered the first pair of ganadors I found on YAJ and forked over the ¥100,000 plus shipping to Jesse Streeter.
While waiting for paint and body work, this thing popped up and I quickly scooped it up hahah.
I dropped them both off at paint and I continued to wait… there was talks of the FatCats holding a private day at the police academy so I was really hoping to unveil the car for that!
The car was riddled with dents so it was nice to get rid of most of them. However what I was most excited about was deleting a whole bunch of stuff like the third brake light, the wiper, antenna, and rear side markers.
On Friday 05/03/19 my buddy let’s me know that the car is ready for pick up. I legit can’t believe it. The car that had been sitting in my driveway for so long was finally something I could be proud of. As soon as work ended I went straight there. He opened the gate and this is what was sitting behind it.
We loaded up the aero in the back of the truck and drove the car home.
The next morning was Saturday and the FatCats event was on Sunday. So I immediately began assembling the car.
I took a step back and I was speechless. For a good minute I just stared. It looked exactly like those cars I had studied in the countless magazines. I was so so happy. I had kept the car a secret while it was at paint so at this point I was dying to show everyone.
The next morning my buddy met me at my house and we set off for the police academy. I had never been more nervous to drive a car in my life. I had never driven a car with a fiberglass kit that was inches off the ground.
I carefully pulled into a gas station to fill up and set off to get on the freeway as quickly as possible lol
The first person to see the car was Michael Thai of FatCats. Coincidentally we ran into him on the beltway and his reaction was priceless. I let him pull into the track first and I quietly followed behind.
As I pulled in, everyone was already there waiting for my arrival. I saw the open space and immediately put this thing on full display. Accelerated 1st to 2nd into a clutch kick to initiate some figure 8’s while making tons of noise and ultimately parking next to Jimmys R32 which now created a duo of Red Nissans.
I took it out on track and so it began. This car has seen so many track days in its life under my ownership, and it only gets better and better.
The event went great, so much love and so much fun. This was the start of a new era in Texas drifting.
Here is a great stopping point! I wanted to leave y’all with the color change. Everything from here on out will be subtle improvements, adjustments or repairs. However, the “build” at this point was more or less Done. We will continue to play catch up until we arrive to the current spec!
As always thank you for stopping by