Ok, so I thought I’d update this as its been a while! Not a massive amount to really say, but its progress either way.
Firstly, earlier this month I dropped my new engine down to Nispro in the safe hands of Walton Smith for a refresh. He’ll hopefully have the engine done & it’ll be back with me in the next couple weeks. I’m going for a full refresh on the engine – metal h/gasket, ARP bolts, ACL bearings, VVT pistons & rods, etc. Not going down the forged route still as the price just increases so much. Anyway, here’s the engine dropped down in his workshop
I’ve bought some goodies online for it, a Tomei N2 oil filter block adapter
And some bits from FRsport (who one of the guys drew my car on the box, awesome!)
I bought an OEM Nissan waterpump, OEM rear main oil seal, Circuit sports clutch pivot, an exhuast valve/flap thing, and a couple bits of merch.
Then, a couple weeks ago now I bought my own trailer! This is fairly big news for me, and it’ll help a lot getting to drift days, events & getting my car around to various people in the coming months for work to be done.
And, for the past few weeks I’ve been mostly working on the fusebox & loom relocation, and battery relocation to boot. It hasn’t been half as bad as I thought it was. It seems s14’s are a lot easier to do than s13’s from speaking to a few people – there are actually just 5 wires to extend for the front lighting loom, and about 6-8 wires for the starting loom. And that’s it!
Pulling the fusebox through the hole in the drivers footwell wasn’t too bad – the fusebox separates into blocks. There are a bunch of earths to disconnect first, then simply just pull it through. Its defiantly a dashboard-out job though, it would be near impossible with it in. But removing the dash isn’t a major problem.
Then a simple case of working out which wires were for lighting & starting loom (I marked all the plugs) then cutting and extending (I also marked each wire before I cut). This weekend I tided more of the loom and fusebox, its not too bad now.
I haven’t yet reconnected any of the front lights, so I’ve yet to test them, but the important thing was to make sure the car started & ran as it should. Which, I’m glad to say, it did first time :) I sat on the floor and drove it off & back on my trailer, and left it running for 10 mins. Everything seems to work as it should which is great.
Now, the current VVT engine can be removed in the knowledge that my wiring works. Once the new engine is fitted & then the car sent up to Nispro for first-start & mapping, at least I know my wiring is correct which saves Walton time (and me money!)