Interior Loom

Been putting this one off for a while, and for good reason.

Oh boy.

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Oh. Boy.

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Working on electrics in the rain like an absolute mad man.

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After.

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It might not look like much, but this was three days of solid work.

Every controller / gauge / switch is now on its own separate sub loom, unplugable and easy to fault find. As oposed to the previous ad hoc approach where everything was soldered to the radio ACC power feed resulting in the untraceable, tangled mess.

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Things I should have done ages ago #5

Taken this for a drive.

Bought the car in February 2011.

Last registered August 2007.

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Time to get this thing driveable.

Currently leaks:

Coolent
Oil
Vacuum

Plus guard rub, no radiator fan, no RPM gauge, stock ECU and no O2 sensor so plugs get fouled every couple of starts…

Idle is only adjustable via the cable tension, so is fiddly to set up correctly and is affected by every vacuum leak I track down, so is way too high in the above video.

Need seat belts too before I can really try it out to see the health of the engine and drivetrain (the big unknown considering I have not touched the bottom end or gearbox during this build).

Oh and a boost gauge considering I don’t know what spring is in the external wastegate.

Plus a tune eventually of some sort I guess? Haven’t quite figured that part out yet.


BRIDE cont.

Bought front seat rails from Yahoo JP in Nov 2013.

Got lost in Osaka Port for 2 months.

Arrived in NZ Feb 2014.

Something must of got lost in translation Bill Murray style though, as

“Recaro Super Low Side Mount N13”

Turned into:

“Generic Cheap Standard Height Bottom Mount N13”

Hmmm.

So had custom ones fabricated instead.

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Rear seats retrimmed.

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Onto the period correct control units.

Avance CDC:

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You know you have a problem with collecting control units when you start losing them.

“Misplaced” my HKS Turbo Timer III.

Luckily my problem is so bad that I have multiples of different generations of the same unit .

Thus replaced with a IV instead.

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HKS EVC, SBC, VPC, IPM (Gen 1).

APEXi ‘single pot’ AFC & BFC.

Maxon RD-25

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Still more to come.


531 Vail White

Painted this thing.

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Etch Primer:

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White primer:

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1K base and clear.

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The panel gap is because the bumpers / grill / lights are only cable tied in at the moment, been too busy daily driving this beast to bolt them back on properly. Max summer cruising speed of 45kph engaged: tailgaters can deal with it.


Bringing Back the 80’s

Brought another one.

I’d been in the market for a while now to buy a tidy N13 to use as a rad 80’s daily along with something to do over winter while the good cars are in hibernation.  This wasn’t tidy but it popped up on $1 reserve so I took the plunge.
In keeping with tradition of my wise purchasing decisions when it comes to these cars it was:

– Broken
– No WOF
– And bonus points for it been located 450km’s away / bought sight unseen

Man I’m good at this.

It’s coming along now so I thought I’d update.