RB26 S13 – Home For a Bit

A couple weekends back I brought the S13 home.

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About 80% of the fab work is done so it still needs to go back and get the last bits finished but I brought it home so I could go over some engine bits and start fitting things I’ve bought/will be buying.

The past couple months I have changed my mind about what the plan is for the engine. No I’m still not going to get it completely built, the list has actually become a bit more simple.

At the start of the year, I was looking at ~20k just on engine pieces, no labour costs, just bits that I needed to buy(GTR world is VERY expensive). Now I have trimmed down the list and taken off things that I don’t necessarily need at the moment, but can always add them in later on.

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The turbo setup is still going to be the main expensive thing. I need 2 turbos, 2 gates, some V-band clamps and fittings, 2 sets of lines and the exhaust manifold. All of this is going to be easily over $6,000. Oh also, a few posts back I said I was going to have to go with a single turbo setup because of how much room I had and the cost. Well that plan is gone and I’m back on track with a twin turbo setup like I wanted originally!

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There is a big oil pump and other pieces that is on the list to buy so I can take care of the oiling issues that standard RB26 have. Then I need a custom sump, some injectors, a set of cam gears, possibly a head gasket and a pair of fuel pumps and lines. The fab work left to go isn’t quite as long as the engine list, but most of it involves things that take a lot of time to do.

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I cut out the boot floor a while ago which means the fuel tank is gone and a new one needs to be made. I’m glad I don’t have the standard garbage anymore, not only was the boot floor starting to rust, I didn’t think it was going to be possible to make it look neat.

Also you may notice that my chassis rails are cut. That’s because I got them raised 35mm so the car doesn’t bottom out when it’s under load. Now the lowest point is the engine crossmember and castor rod brackets!

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So on the fabrication side of things, I need a fuel tank, partial rear tube frame to mount tank and pumps, front and rear bash bars, tabs and bars to mount everything in the front, possibly a bigger gearbox tunnel and a few other little bits finished off.

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Once everything is done I’m hoping I can start getting it wired up sometime around July. Everything from front to back needs to be done and I know it won’t be cheap.

I’ve made a budget of what I think it will cost, really hope I can stick to it. Once the engine is running and the fabrication is basically complete, I can get it painted inside and out. I want it painted before September, which is 4 months away.

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So over the next 4 months, I need to get all the final fabrication bits done, I need to buy all my engine bits, I need to have the entire car wired up and I need to get every other little bit organised before it goes off for paint.

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This year is going to be the most ridiculous year I’ve had in a really long time.

Might be time to get a second job.

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