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My $650 budget s130 build

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With the corrected alignment I decided to mount the 240s wheels and tires. Seems appropriate since they will most definitely be sitting another winter, so I might as well use them in the meantime.

Other than monster truck status, which I will live with, it looks AWESOME.

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Dat 'sun' ass

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The car drives beautifully. What a transformation. What a wonderful temporary solution.

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Your cars looks great. Are those rims rkr's?

 

If you want to make the front end stiffer for cheap you can weld a bar across the bottom where the tension rods attach to the car. Look up 240sx nismo brace for a reference. I did it to my 810 and the front feels immensely more positive. I also added a modded 240sx strut brace, easy enough to do.

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Sorry didn't see these until now...

 

Your cars looks great. Are those rims rkr's?

If you want to make the front end stiffer for cheap you can weld a bar across the bottom where the tension rods attach to the car. Look up 240sx nismo brace for a reference. I did it to my 810 and the front feels immensely more positive. I also added a modded 240sx strut brace, easy enough to do.

 

Thanks, they are the typical staggered Rota RB-Rs

 

and cool, thanks.

 

that color is great! You have motivated me to stay with my project...I have some cancer to take out of her before I can proceed with anything else on it.

 

I appreciate that. Keep up the forward momentum!

 

 

 

 

Last shots of the car outside for the season.

 

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Wow this thing has come a long way

 

Thanks! yeah, I find this project hilarious. It also annoys me that this car is up and running, for pennies, and my 'good' car is perpetually on jack stands. C'est la vie.

 

How are your cars doing? I miss your build thread. Your zx was definitely a contributor to my growing appreciation for the s130.

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^^ Haha, you don't want this one! :lol:

 

 

 

 

Some 280 progress. What a great little car this has been. :D

Swapped back to the mesh wheels, as my 240 will be needing the big wheels soon :)

I destroyed the first pair of Fuzion HRIs while honing my alignment "skills"..... So I bought two more 205-55r-15. (+$110)

Didn't pick them out. I asked for the cheapest they had. They're  Milestar Touring SEs...Bwhahaha. :P

Rears don't match the front; See if this guy cares.


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The car has always had a bad passenger's rear wheel bearing. I've been putting it off, because I had little hope of the stub axle actually coming free.

Regardless, I bought a set of rear bearings, and got to work. (+$80)

Here's some before. Obviously the grease seal wasn't working too well.

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YES! Separation. Sweet sweet separation.

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....I don't believe it.


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Grease cleaned off - Budget car clean. Just lots of never seize, where appropriate.

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Pressed the outer bearing in place. Loaded up the spacer.

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And back in place. The seals arrive Monday, so I have to stop here.

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Have you ever seen anything so beautiful?

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:D

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I love this warm weather. It feels great opening up the garage doors again.

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I'll be confidently driving this car around again as my primary vehicle starting Tuesday. I'm stoked.


Days worked on project: 56
Total money spent to date: $1563 (+$190 - tires/bearings)

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As mentioned, I got my inner bearing seals Monday. So I finished up the bearing install.

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Woot!

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I then proceeded to maintain some other odds and ends while the car was in the air.

Things like...


- Swapping one of the tension rod poly bushings with rubber, as double poly bushings are commonly known to fail tension rods...So rubber it is, on the nut side.

               Before - looks better, but needlessly stiff.

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               After - rubber/poly

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- Oil change - the turbo thanks me. LOOONG overdue. (+$30)

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- And a 20 dollar interior 'refresh'  - that still continues currently. But here's some progress.  (+$20 - 3x cans of spray bed liner)

I sprayed the shock tower covers and the hatch area trim pieces with bed liner. I like the gray on black theme I've started. Nice contrast. Looks good*  



*650 dollar car good




Initial pictures - I will replace the hatch carpet with black marine grade carpet, once the opportunity arises.



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Here everything just tossed in place...Still lots to do yet. But at least it looks complete again. No more hanging/exposed wiring - nice.

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After all of that work.... The car is now the best it has ever been, mechanically, in my possession.

So how does the car repay my effort?

...By not starting and fouling the plugs instantly....Hmmmm.....That's never happened before..

Before video link - running with NO FUEL PUMP - haha! She had a bit too much to drink. No more fuel for you!  :D

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So after work today I decided to do a little diagnosing. Factory service manual to the rescue! Seriously guys, download it if you haven't.. It literally tells you how to fix your car step by step.

a few tests later...CHT sensor checked out. ECU was the next potential problem.

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Confirmed my ECU was at fault. Luckily I had a spare from the 82 parts car.

Swapped in the new ECU. Half turn of the key...


After video link

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Good to go....and dare I say...running smoother than ever.



Sawheeeeeeet!


Days worked on project to date: 57
Total money invested in project to date: $1613 (+$50 - bed liner/oil change)

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Today I made the car earn its keep. It drove me to and from work without a hitch.

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Got a chance to pop the T-Tops and finally utilize these really neat hooks that I had ZERO idea what they did until a couple days ago.

At first I thought: Tie holder? Obviously that didn't make sense.

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OH! THAT'S where they go.

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Keeps the wind out of your face. Works flawlessly, even at 80+mph.

Tip of the hat Nissan, that was clever.



Now it's the weekend baby! Time for my first sail of the season!

Gonna be chilly, but I need my fix man.  *shakes*

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How are your cars doing? I miss your build thread. Your zx was definitely a contributor to my growing appreciation for the s130.

 

My car has been at Touge Factory for about 7 months now. They took a while building up the engine, mostly because a few of the parts (tomei solid lifter kits and stuff) was taking months to get in. Apparently there was a port strike or something. 

 

I called in a few days ago and found out the lead on my project quit, he got a job for an Audi dealer, so they're back at square one for planning. Hopefully I can just get it before winter at this point. 

 

The lack of not really having a space to work on it was a major contributing factor to it not getting anywhere for suck a long time. Plus I had a 240z in CA that I was putting money into. and then my daily Subaru I just went stage 2, about to go to e85. Ugh too many things going on. 

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^^ Heh, I know the feeling. That sucks that they are essentially starting over on your project. I once had my 240 at a shop (the only time I tried to outsource work) and it sat for 8 months, with very little to show for it...Never again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inspected.

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Off roading it daily.

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Keep it up, car!


Days worked on project to date: 57
Total money invested in project to date: $1623 (+$10 NYS inspection)

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I"m not terribly upset at the time frame. I've basically been saving up this entire time and knew they weren't going to touch it for about 5 months from the day it dropped off. At this point I'm thinking of adding more. I guess I'll find out this next week. I am going home to do some work on my 240z though. 

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