My arms are sore… my neck is sore… my legs are sore… my brain is sore… BUT MY CAR IS ALIVE! Since I blew my motor it has been a constant grind. Every bit of my spare time has been devoted to my car for the last ~3 weeks. I couldn’t stand to see it sitting there that way, I had to get it back together!
We left off with the motor out of the car. It was a relief to have the hurt motor out of the car, but I wasn’t even halfway there. I have a deadline now, and work is in full swing this season… time to grind! As soon as I could find a day off work I ran over to my friends house to pick up the new SR. Once I was able to get it back to my shop I was able to really start banging on it. Every day I would get off work, grab a cup of coffee, and go to town (if I didn’t have to go to job #2)! I started with my core support. I had the idea of taking the OEM core support and making it removable. It’s pretty flimsy anyway, and it will make it so much easier to pull/work on the motor. I started off by making up a set of tabs that I could weld up to the core support. I mocked everything up, drilled the core support and got some bolts that seemed up to the job. It came out awesome! Yanking the motor out with it cut was a breeze too! As long as it holds up to the stress of drift, it’s a pretty awesome little mod!
Next I had to switch all of my things from the old motor to the new motor, and get the new motor looking nice! Unfortunately, I was really buried in work so it was tough to find the time to get things done. But, you have to make time! Every spare second I was down in my dungeon working my balls off! At this point my tools were already spread all over the shop, and parts were filling up every available piece of flat space.
I got another crazy idea in my head (probably too much coffee again) and decided to see if I could move the PCV lines around to clean up the intake manifold. A bit of brain power and a couple hoses later and we were looking good!
At this point I was waiting on some parts to arrive, but didn’t have any time to fuck around so I started putting the motor back together and hustled to get it in the car. Removable core support, IS AWESOME! Took 15 minutes from the time we lifted the motor, to the time it was in the subframe. Not bad…
Again, more work… But Saturday I had an open schedule. Time to get shit done. Couldn’t find any help so I had to get creative…
But I managed to get the exhaust and driveshaft in alone, boy did that suck. I need to get my bargain basement lift working! Spent the rest of the day doing small knick-knacks because I was leaving the core support off while I was awaiting parts. Finally, this smashed up box arrived from Austrailia…
What’s in the box?
WOO HOO! Thanks Taarks! This thing is going to make people gasp for air! By now most of you are probably thinking ‘what the hell is that and why is he so psyched?’ Well, it is the new Taarks Low-Mount Powersteering bracket. I had visions of welding my own up like Nigel, but this is going to save me a lot of time and more-than-likely headache. Quick slapped it on because I was dying to see how it looked.
Really awesome piece. The bracket is top-notch, comes with every nut and bolt you will need to install it. I would definitely recommend this piece to anyone. Now that we have that installed, let’s get this damn thing back together!
Finally we got everything filled up and she fired right up! YES! Time to hit the street and make sure this thing is going to make a 3 hour trip to WekEast on August 25th!
I would like to take this chance to give a big thanks to my dad. He has been busting his ass as hard as I have since the motor popped. He is the only person in the world who is as connected to this car as I am. He is the only one who understands the feeling when it is broken, or feels the pride when it is running. He was right there with me every chance he got and he is the only one who can say that. If it wasn’t for him this would have been a hell of a lot more difficult process. When I don’t feel like working on the car, he is always there to call me a lazy bum or force me into working on this stupid-ass piece of 90′s shit Nissan. But together, we really get this shit done! WOLFPACK!
See you at WekEast! Hopefully I’ll see some of you out there, don’t be afraid to say hi!
As I mentioned, I couldn’t sleep in Sunday knowing that my motor had to come out. So I woke up early and got right to work. After a few hours on Sunday I had everything drained, removed, disconnected, and ready to go! I made great time and a lot of progress for the day. I was more than happy with what I was able to accomplish.
Then Monday right after work me and my Dad both dove right in. I love the days after work or long Saturdays working my my dad. It’s not only a great way to spend some time but we can come up with some pretty cool shit by bouncing ideas off of each other, and using parts here and parts there. We are both blown away at what we have been able to accomplish so far, and can’t wait to see what we can come up with in the future. We really make a great team working on the car. So we were able to pop the motor out of the car in no time on Monday. Now I have to begin the teardown of my motor to have all the parts ready for the new block, when it arrives. So far things have been rolling along pretty well and I am hoping to keep my momentum rolling! I am really glad I got on it right after it happened and I didn’t let it sit. It’s gives you a good feeling to know there is something out there that can wake up the determined beast in you!
I also got a wild hair up my ass and decided to cut my core support off… I must have had too much coffee this morning. More on that later…
On a lighter note, Pedobro Paul and I both have been accepted to show our cars at WekEast in August! It is a great honor for the both of us and is sure to be a great time! If you have nothing going on the weekend of August 25 come check out both of our cars at the NJ Expo & Convention Center! This will be my first time taking the car to a pre-selected type of car show and I am anxious to see what people think of it. It feels really good to have accomplished my main goal throughout this build, to transcend the boundaries of your typical drift car and build a car that can both be driven hard on the track and still taken seriously at a car show. With that said I have to get back to working on this damn thing so I can have it ready in time! See you all at WekEast on the 25th and the Swing Set Matsuri on the 31st!
After one of the hardest weeks of my life, I was more than psyched for Drift Valley. It’s the most laid-back, friendly, and fun drift event I have ever been to. The Fresh Roots crew put on an A+ event. It’s not the type of event where all your local competition drifters show up to cut you in line and treat you like an asshole all day. It’s a small, tight-knit crowd that’s more than inviting to outsiders. The Drift Valley guys are some of the best bunch of people you can find in this fucked-up scene. No matter what your car looks like, or how big your turbo is; they just want to see you get out there and have a great time! So needless to say, as soon as worked ended on Friday I began busting my ass to get ready. Saturday morning came and we loaded up and headed out. Woo hoo! Unfortunately, after about 5-6 passes my SR finally decided to say “FUCK YOU AND FUCK THIS SHIT IM OUT” and one of my rod bearings (I believe?) took a dump. What a piss ass way to end a piss ass week, but some things happen for a reason. This is NOT going to stop me from drifting, or slow down any of my future plans. Fuck that. My eye’s shot open Sunday morning at 8 A.M. sharp and the only thing I could think about was my busted ass car. I rode over to Advance Auto, grabbed a few supplies, and went straight to the shop. I couldn’t let my car sit like this. That’s never been me, never will be me. I managed to get everything unhooked and ready to yank in just a few hours. Soon the motor will be out and I’ll be picking up a new SR from mi amigo Tomas. I’ll beat that thing up while I fix my old SR and have it ready for the next epic disaster. For now, here’s a few pictures from my short stint at Drift Valley IV.