Discussion in 'Member's Garage' started by Anti, Sep 17, 2011.
Not your guy, friend.
Not your friend, pal.
^^ how timely...
My semester has ended and with it another two months or so of not being able to touch the car. I'm heavily into the next chassis mod but it's not complete just yet - been doing some super fun construction at home and working a lot too. In absence of a real update though I do have some parts that anded recently.
The first was a real steal of a radiator. With all the ****ery that I did to move the rad forward, a custom unit is required. After much research the closest off the shelf component was going to come out of a DC5. I was digging about for a decent one of those until a friend of mine told me about a Z32 race radiator that he was looking to offload. It's a custom made PWR twin pass exactly the width of the Z32 frame rails and only an inch shorter than what I was looking for.
Brought this over from Japan because it is such a good match for the factory gauges, don't know if I'm going to use it yet..
Next up is something significant with a funky story. A few weeks ago here in Sydney was World Time Attack Challenge, an annual race event with competitors shipping in cars from all over the world. Here're some happy snaps with some cool stuff I got up close and personal with:
That last one is Nigel Petrie of Engineered to Slide's S13. Very neat chatting to him and having him talk through some of his projects.
At WTAC Link engine management were holding a booth. A booth with free sun screen and water. A buddy of mine wandered over for the freebies, found out they were running a discount on RB/VG (very similar) plug in ECU's and the long and short of it a massive group buy resulted with something like eight dudes getting hooked up. God bless pale people.
I was initially planning to pick up a wire in ECU since I wanted to knock up my own engine harness, but honestly being such an old engine there wasn't too much more on offer there that I'd actually use. With a plug in I have the advantage of being able to run a stripped down OEM harness from the ECU to the bulk head plug then a custom loom from there. Redesigned where I need it and less work where I don't.
These things install into your OEM ECU housing which in my case was a VeilSide chipped unit because I'm cool like that. The only telltale afterwards is the MAP hose and tuning port sticking out the side.
Last up is something I have actually put a bit of work into and am keen to jump into further over the summer. I mentioned a while back I was converting to a single inlet plenum. This started with mounting up the lower intake plenum from a Nissan Cima, also VG30DE powered but with a factory single turbo configuration. The heads and both upper/lower plenums are different. I'm using Z32 heads (already well into that port project) and am grafting the Cima lower plenum to them because rather than cross flow, the Cima runners are vertical. This means in a centrally mounted manifold there is no harsh transition from trumpet to intake runner.
Fitting up the Cima lower plenum to the Z32 heads is a mixed bag. The bolts line up, but the ports are out of whack. Both motors initially have the same runner diameter, but as the Z32 runs 50cm long ports it transitions down in diameter at a more gradual rate; meaning the Cima runners are wider when lined up up against the Z32 heads.
How to fix this has been a drawn out process. My friends and I concluded with deciding to mill a Z32 lower plenum down to its flanges, cut down the Cima lower the same height and weld the two together. Once that's done I can get inside the flanges and smooth out the internal transition and fit the Cima lower plenum without having to modify my Z32 heads.
Here are the flanges of the Z32 lower plenum that my buddy milled for me. One of them snapped during the process, but they're going to get welded in place anyway so no harm done.
I'm currently trying to figure out the best way to get the Cima plenum machined down. Next up, top side I've gutted the crap out of an ugly Cima upper plenum to extract a base flange.
This created a lot of mess, lol. From here I'm going to 3D model the plenum and call on some hook ups from Uni to CFD test the design so I know it actually works. This shit's pretty much why I'm doing my degree so confirming that I'm not just funneling all the flow into the last two cylinders is important to me.
Here is the base flange sitting on the Cima runners:
A lot of junk to keep working on this summer. Keen to learn how to start modelling. I need a TIG welder.
You can change the liner in your mig, get a different bottle of gas and wire which will mig alloy just fine.
But it's more annoying than changing from a cutting disc to a flap wheel if you get me.
Cast alloy is a welders nightmare...
3D modeling is easy just learn basics...
Everything else is depends on creativity and ways of how you think that you could crate desired shape from the block of material and parameters that you can work with. I'm sure that you will like it.
Would Nissan Cima rocket covers fit VG head's?
Where to start. It has been ages since I put together some real content... here's the last 6 months in a snap shot.
Last year semester ended just as house renovations began. My old man got himself a massive Harley and with it needed somewhere to park the thing. We have long had a grotty storage area accessible from the garage that we decided to open up the doorway to and partially concrete. This meant clearing out the dirt floored space and storing all our junk either in the garage or in land fill. As such the car was temporarily buried in said junk unfortunately, as well as my work space. When I got all the shit out of the area it dawned on me how big it was - previous piles of stuff went floor to ceiling with a single pathway through, hiding how big the area really was. I decided to build a proper workshop under there which took up more or less my whole summer. I previously had a workbench at the back of the single garage approximately a foot from the Z which was less than ideal to say the least. Over the course of 2-3 months I built loads of shelving, flattened out and covered the floor, wall mounted loads of cabinets and hooks to open up floor space and knocked up an epic wrap-around workbench that is finished with a stainless top and likely stronger than the whole house. A few more lights got put in as well as power points and extractor fans and a fridge for good measure.
Along with the space upgrade I have also picked up some heaps better tooling - I freighted in a 20 CFM air compressor, picked up a linisher, gathered a whole array of air tools (oh my god yes) and most recently a big **** off 1.5 HP band saw to run sheet metal through. Can get some pics of the set up if anyone is interested. At the same time as this I also got a new part time job at Hypertune, which I am stoked on. The production standards on the after market parts there are second to none and the array of CNC machines is epic, and they're good people to work with.
So this all meant I had SFA time to actually work on the car, not that I would change any of it. Here's what I have managed to piece together over fist semester this year (and a bit of late last year).
The last thing I was working on before the renovations was the front tubs. They are more or less polished off now, at long last... lots of things I would have done differently now that they're done.
The tubs started life as an after market rear fender for a chopper before getting bisected.
As much as possible material was welded on to them before they were tacked into the car (first mistake; your car is a jig, use it)
It wasn't until the job was well underway that I realised it was entirely possible the radius of the fender curve could have been entirely different to the radius of the OEM inner fender. Luckily this was not an issue.
Unfortunately all that bench welding did put a bow in one of the fenders, which was awkwardly straightened out in-situ:
The rest of the spaces were then patched with as few patch panels as possible, with the exception of this little piece that was back welded, ground down topside and used to mate the very top corner of the strut tower to the tubs:
Then, through the magic of the internet (and ****ing weeks of grinding, drilling spot welds, welding, grinding and grinding):
They still need a good going over and a final prime, but the bulk of the work is done on the tubs. Next up for the bay is fixing the front upper control arm mounts; a job I am well into as I write this.
It was about this time that I got my new part time job decided to play with some manifolds since that is a lot of what we do. I have had my custom set of single turbo manifolds for some time now and they have always needed some work. This started with someone local putting up for sale a Tial 44mm gate including both v-bands and weld-on flanges for just 50 bucks with a known/unknown problem. Aware that Tial components are available separately I picked it up and exploded it;
Found a leaky diaphragm (common problem from internal screws coming loose),
and voila, gun 'gate for less than $150.
Then I got the exhaust manifolds back from ceramic coating and everything looked beautiful.
This lasted up until I realised the manifolds didn't have the right flange.
I'm going to stick a Borg Warner on this thing, and that means a T4 rather than the lame T3 flange. I sorted out a billet replacement through work, milled it down some (15mm is way too thick/heavy) then took it home and put a nice edge on the divider. Even though my manifolds aren't divided, I'm fitting up a quick spool valve to a twin scroll exhaust housing so a knife-edged divided flange was still the way to go.
This took a little more adjustment than the wastegate flange which did wonders for the condition of the coating.
Then some more zip-zap-zoopity-zop from my colleague;
Beautiful. Not so much so for the ceramic coating now, but after a quick rattle can touch up that didn't really matter (runners are all still well coated and that's where it counts).
Merges are hard:
Ran out of material about 6 times and had to import some decent cable ties (ridiculous) but got there in the end. Pre-turbo merge was the only real point I was more or less at a loss at how to cover, but close enough is good enough.
That's all for tonight, I've got loads more photos that I'll write up in the next couple of days. I'm currently in China on scholarship for a few weeks which gives me a bit of time to do this stuff (it's been pretty damn hectic on my end as of late). The best part of being sent to China is that I've booked a good 8 day layover at Japan on the way back and you can bet I've made mad plans for that.
very creative on the fab work! i like it.
Love the work that has gone in to this. Well done man. Any idea on the color of the shaved bay? Pretty creative the way you modified the bike part.
Photobucket strikes again.
I'll re do the last post.
I've been following your build for ages but now I can't see the images. Is there a way to resolve this?
You can get an extension for your browser to get them to work again. But apart from that, no. Photobucket fucked me and everyone else. I have heaps of new content and will be posting it via Flickr.
Cheers. All sorted.
Have you seen this $1650 US with rails, might help your project along
I like how they did this to get a single throttle body pipe to side mounts
Cx racing makes a bolt in V mount radiator for LS and RB swaps that might work
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