So, I've been floating around this forum since about 2009. I have had 2 different build threads, neither of which have gone very far before stopping due to the loss of jobs an just all around bad luck.
But once again, I have found myself a job, put away some money, an bought myself the third s13 hatch project. With this one I have decided that no matter what hapoens this car will be finished. Even if it kills me!!
With all that being said I am afraid that I must apologize in adv ance for any sort of idiocracies in the thread as it will be done only from my phone. So on to the good stuff, shall we?
So about a month ago, I had put away fidteen hundred dollars an decided to start looking for a ne s13. After about a week combing through craigslist adds an posts in local forums I had found an 89 coupe with its original single cam, a 5sp swap, an 70k miles on the clock. Along with a folded passenger side from were the first of two owners got to close to a gaurd rail.
After about 150 text messages an 20 minutes on the phone we had plans set for me to go an pick the car up in 5 days (which was my next day off an the car was a 4 hour drive away.).
Eager to get my new car, I finished up the work week in agony all the way up until the day before d-day. With only hours left in the day, I recieved a phone call from a good friend about a hatch. He proceeded to explain a few details about the car that got me rather excited, then told me it was only 1500 bucks. I, with a large grin simply asked "whats the catch?" An I got a reply that I now know was an understatement. "Some assembly required.)
I was ready for a project so I figured what the hell, I'll at least go take a look at it. So with 1500 cash in my pocket I took the 25 minute drive to go see the hatch. An I left with a title, a bill of sale, an a key in hand less than an hour later.
Exactally 2 weeks too the day later, I went back with a trailer an a pickup truck, an I brought this home.
A 1990 hatch with full five lug but no hood, no doors, no bumpers, no interior, lights, weather stripping, or front breaks. Among other things.
But, it did have this....
(S13 black top sr20)
(Tomei expreme elbow)
(Full 3in invidia stainless catback)
Cant forget these....
It also came with a full XS Power fmic, Greddy type s bov, Tomei rocker arm stoppers, a full gasket kit, aem wideband, 180sx vlsd, an s15 6 speed transmision, a mazworx fly wheel, a stage 2 clutch, and an ecu tuned by xat.
Not bad for 1500 dollars an a couple hours working in the rain to get it on the trailer.
So my first order of buisness was to start sourcing body panels. I already had a minty single cam front ready for paint still in my garage from previous cars, so all that was left was doors, a hood, an a hatch (the one on the car has cancer issues).
Now adorned with doors, i took the little cash I had an bought a 3 gallon jug of purple power, a wire brush, some primer, an some scuff pads an went ham.
I started by pulling the ac components an selling them to make a quick buck, an the power steering pump followed suit (Ill explain why later). An I scrubbed the livong hell out of the block.
(Still have to finish but you get the idea.)
I also did some work on the pinch welds in the wheel well as i plan on going pretty low
I then started to clean up an prime small sections of the bay at a time until i got here
An thats where im at with the build as of now. I will add more tomorrow evening when I finish up for the day.
Until then you guys have a good one.