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Lifestyle: S12 Silvia

Posted by Draconis in S12Silvia.com, 26 November 2016 - - - - - - · 3,492 views

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To Build or Not to Build

Posted by Draconis in Draconis' Blog, 25 January 2016 - - - - - - · 813 views

"I personally find it amusing that I used to look at your car and say, 'Wow, I wish I could do that.' I mean, I used to look at your car like it was unobtainable. Even after doing the extensive work that I have to my car, I would think, it's not that good; it doesn't have all the OMG things yours has. But my car has really grown on me and the closer to getting it cleaned up to where I want it; the more I realize that mine is getting to a point where it's somewhat comparable." Anonymous commentator regarding my Nissan S12 and the progress he has made on his Nissan S12.

In a nutshell, that is what I take away that hits me the most. Not because my car is recognized for what it has become, but because my car served as a catalyst. It has enabled the above individual (and many more) to obtain their dreams... To be able to build their car so that it is as good as they could ever have hoped.

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Over the years, I've had many people ask me for advice on how to build their car. Time and again, I've given what advice I could and each time they have been thankful and appreciative despite my feeling that I wasn't of any true help. Each time I am reminded of just how far I've come and how much I've managed to accomplish. I don't fault them for asking, as I totally understand their position. To many, I have built a car that has transcended what was even thought possible considering the lack of support and popularity of the S12 chassis at the time. To some, it hits all the marks for a well-built modded import/resto-mod. For others, it is a "dream car" or one of "those" cars that have set the standard so high that to own a car equitable is unimaginable. Hell, I remember when I first started working on my car that there were other builds I would look at and have the same opinion when comparing theirs to mine. I know I sent out many solicitations seeking advice that would assist me in my build. Unfortunately, the answers I received didn't hold a secret formula or some key to success but they did hold some amount of information or wisdom that I didn't have before. Moreover, for what I was able to learn from all those I spoke to, I am grateful for the cumulative shared knowledge coupled with my own efforts enabled me to see my build come true.
With each time asked, I've felt as thought I haven't given enough for just like those who assisted me, I found myself not having some secret formula or a key on how to build one of those "it" cars. There have been a couple times when I've sat down to summarize my thoughts and the processes that have led me to be successful and each time I've been unable to finish. I guess it's taken me this long to reflect, ruminate, and hear what others thought about my build from their perspective while undertaking their own. With each encounter, it makes me more grateful when hearing how people first "encountered" my car, the profound impression it had on them, or the inspiration drawn from it for in some way, I've helped those who were to follow in an effort to see their passion come to fruition.
Ultimately, as I try to help another, I'm limited for whether it is advice on how to build their car or how to design it, in the end, it is their car, not mine. Therefore, what I hope to impart are some guidelines on how to approach the build mentally. There are many ways for one to go about building a car and what has worked for me doesn't guarantee another's success. That being said, I hope in some fashion that it is enough so that it may help others in approaching their build and seeing their goals come true.

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When reaching out to others for advice, experience, or knowledge, it is important to note the origin of the information that is being shared. There is so much information and misinformation available that we are in many ways on information overload. To decipher what is needed, relevant, or accurate is not an easy chore. Therefore, that which is empirical will be the most valuable and should be sought after. It is also important to be aware of what you are asking and what you want to ask. Many questions posed receive an opinion-based answer for an opinion-based question was presented. Opinion-based answers are incredibly subjective and many times do not account for the plethora of variables that exist. Each of us interprets the world through filters that inherently colour what it is we impart to others. Prudence is key when asking a question, those being asked, and when receiving answers. It is even more so when determining what will work for you. Setting aside documented technical specifications, the person being asked will hopefully be more than glad to help but if their advice seems to stop just shy or seems lacking in specifics, it could be because if they gave you everything, it would be of their car, not yours. Alternatively, if one is being adamant about a build and it extends beyond technical specifications and more in the realm of opinions and extrapolations, then what may be shared is not of your car but of theirs or one they have fixated in their mind.
At this point, it is important to remember that the car being built is your car and is not meant to be another's.
With that in mind, your build begins with you. In our excitement, it is easy to jump straight into the build. There is nothing more fun than projecting out ideas, no matter how grand they may seem, onto what lays before us. However, the builds we see and idolize rarely stem from a quick build as they oftentimes have taken a serious investment of time - even if they were built solely by a shop. So before rolling your sleeves up, bathing in oil, and basking in the light reflected off countless dismantled parts, get a good sense of just what it is you want.
Research as much as you can. Read about the build process others went through and understand what was required to get their car to be at "that" level. Don't be afraid to ask questions and advice from those who have gone through the process - their experience is invaluable for they will know all that is required in a way that only one who has done it can. By doing this, you will gain a better sense of what is required and just what it is you are wanting. So many are caught by what looks cool or performs well and decide to have a go at it in an effort to emulate what they saw without understanding just what it was that caught their eye. Those feelings can be fleeting and then partway through the build, everything changes as you realize that what you saw isn't "you", which at times results in either giving up on the car or it requires a fair amount of work due to redesign to the build.
So yes, truly understand what it is you are wanting out of your car. This also includes, where is it you will be driving? A car that is set to perform solely at the track will be built in such a way that a car that has to be street legal can never be. It is also worth noting where you live for both road conditions and regulations in one area will not be the same in another. This is important because although you may want to build a copy of another car, the roads or regulations in your area may prevent this. There are also environmental factors to take into consideration as climates can greatly affect a build. There are ways around these limitations and they are practiced all the time, but understanding them and figuring out the best way around them usually will net a better result.

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And as such with us petrol heads, we are biased in the manner that we want our cars to perform. We get ungodly bored with the mundane cars and need to have a go. So, what type of driving is desired? It is a challenge and oftentimes expensive to build a multipurpose car, but it can be done. Setting that aside, the common forms of driving we seem to enjoy are drag, drift, circuit/course, and to a lesser extent rally and hill climbing. The latter two are a bit on the not so common end of things but there are enough people who give them a try that it's worth a mention. When building a car, it is usually for one form of racing. When looking to build a car for that specific type of racing, there are many aspects to building it (suspension, power band, power response, gearing, etc.) that it is important to have a clear idea, as this aspect will be the dominating factor that determines your build. Also, be aware of the sanctioned rules, tech requirements, and safety requirements for the chosen race type. Do not be surprised if at some point there is a change in the type driving that is preferred as new forms of racing are experienced. It happens all the time but it can make a build more challenging as it can mandate having a redesign to the current build. If the idea is to build a pure show car, then a similar approach can be applied but not necessarily with the same emphasis on performance but with one toward class and judging.
Next is the acceptance of what type of investment the build will require. Not every build requires the same type of investment, as some are more demanding than others. It is also important to recognize what it is that is wanted from the build and one's own capabilities. There is no shaming if aspects of a build require outsourcing. That is why there are specialists. The concept of "Built, Not Bought" is not irrelevant but we cannot all produce things at the same quality. I totally understand the opinions of simply dropping a car off with a list of things to be done and coming back to only pay a bill before driving it off. I'm not much of a fan of that mentality (exception would be the exotics); however, there are some who are just rubbish with tools and to even use a screwdriver would render a stick figure (don't ask me how because I haven't a clue). And there is also the lack of time or the value of time one may have as they could make more and be happier doing something else rather than wrenching on a car all day. But for those who want a car while fully knowing their limitations, they choose to work their arse off to have the money that will in turn allow them to have their dreams become a reality. It doesn't make their car any less than someone who spent countless hours in their garage building their car. What gives the negative connotation are those who are callous about it and more importantly who don't give credit to those who have pitched in. So this is when working in collaboration with specialists is important (if able to).

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For example... I've been the subject to that quite a bit as I have had work done by specialists on my car, but what they don't understand or choose to ignore, is the fact that every shop I've worked with has recognized that my build was a partnership. When I first started, I knew nothing about cars (literally) and within the first year of ownership, I wanted to do an engine swap. So, I worked side by side with the tech doing the engine swap, an overhaul of the suspension/brakes, and had a respray of the car while paying for the parts and shop fees out of pocket. Later, I wanted to do another engine swap but this one required extensive modifications and custom work. What I was asking for was a first as there was no information on such a swap and I had no clue about fabrication. So again, I worked side by side and paid for the fees and parts out of pocket. The last time around, I wanted a product that exceeded my abilities in quality with parts that were not at all on the cheap side. So, I approached a set of specialists in order to attain a finished product with the quality I demanded, which came with a warranty that if anything happened, the specialists would be responsible for replacing. Even then, I had specific expectations of being involved and working as best I could on my car. All the parties involved came to an agreement and to this day, each individual agrees that it was the partnership that produced a product that was more than any one of us could have done in the "typical" import build manner. Even today, I am not afraid to crawl under my car and work on it, which I do every so often.
Without further digression...

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In order to see a build through, it will require planning, logistics, and dedication/fortitude. I stress the dedication/fortitude for just about all car builds will tire its owner in some manner before it is truly finished. They are exhausting both mentally and physically. There will be swearing, headaches, frustration, exhaustion, strained limbs, bloody hands, and cramped muscles. That is just part of what is required to build car. Nevertheless, there are incredible moments of exhilaration, satisfaction, accomplishment, and even bonding with the mates who have helped you along the way that we can all agree makes every second of torture worth it. There will be times when shortcuts may seem tempting or lessening one's standards will come to mind in an effort to "get it done". But you will be sacrificing what it is you truly want for a momentary reprieve. And in the end, you will have to live with it every time you drive your car and more than likely, it will annoy the hell out of you. Then thinking about what is necessary to resolve the lingering issue will be tiring in of itself for you'll remember how much effort it will take to fix the issue. So yes, stay with it, go about the build in the logical/progressive manner, and do your best on not sacrifice the seemingly unattainable vision that inspired you.
Then there's designing the car. This is the most personal and hardest concept I've found when explaining to people. First off, a car will be an extension of you. With so much work involved, it will unmistakably be as much a part of you as you are a part of it. Be sure to stay true to whom you are and not get caught up in what goes on around you. Wanting to emulate what looks cool is not a bad thing but often times it is that which prevents a car from looking unified and obtaining its own identity for it can easily become a collage of cool attributes that don't exactly flow well as a single, cohesive unit. So, when designing, I suggest look at the car that performs in the type of driving it is you'll be doing. Set aside whatever prenotions you may have, what you see the kid next-door doing, or the current fad, and truly analyze what is being done by those who have proven to be successful. Look at the cars that are raced professionally or look at the cars we dream about - the exotics, the hyper cars, and the top tier performance cars. They are all designed by a team of individuals who know more and have more experience than the majority of us have. The one thing that they all share in common is form and function. And honestly, that is what captures our attention even if we don't know it. Both when dynamic and static, they are more than a car - they are a work of art. There is a reason to why those cars stand the test of time.
The last bit is the part I find the hardest to convey. When designing your car, listen to her (or him). Every car has a mind and an essence. They are a creature upon themselves despite being an inanimate object of metals, rubbers, plastics, and glass. Over the course of owning a vehicle, especially if building one, a bond will be made and at some point, it will be recognized that a car is no longer just a car. Understanding this early will be something you can greatly benefit from. Spend time with your car before having a go and listen to who she is, what type of personality she has, and to what she tells you. Truly look at her lines and her shape. Feel her out and see what she has to offer and what you can do to accentuate her natural beauty. But in doing this, one should be mindful for it is easy to become zealous with ideas to the point where she is in danger of being lost in the over-embellishment. The process will hopefully be symbiotic between both you and the car to the point where the relationship and build is organic in nature. It is at this point one can say that the car has fully come unto her own and may even have began its own life that will not only surprise you but also take you for an experience that eclipses what you once thought.

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By now, it is hoped that the build has come to fruition and the car is unto herself in a manner that is cohesive and what you had hoped for. She may not be as exacting as you once thought but anything organic grows and takes on slight characteristics, thus making it unique. Without realizing, the essence and the presence of the car will attract the eye of others for inherently us petrol heads can recognize a nuturing relationship between an owner and his or her car. Hopefully you will stop chasing the dream that was of someone else's car and will be able to recognize that which stands before you, what you likely stare at endlessly, and what sneaked into your being is your car - your dream car.


The Strive2Drive Project

Posted by amjohau in amjohau's Blog, 04 January 2013 - - - - - - · 1,550 views

The Strive2Drive Project We started with a going s12 irs I got form a guys back yard for $500. The idea was to help young guys with not a lot of guidance and things to do in their life, to have a really fun, challenging project to do, and learn some good skills along the way.
Check out some clips in the gallery


parts help

Posted by s12z32man in s12z32man's Blog, 09 June 2012 - - - - - - · 1,102 views

hi der im new to this. I could do with lowering springs for my s12 if anyone 1 has any info,thanks


A long, long time ago...

Posted by TonyRedgrave in Biwinning; Chronicles of the Xterra Lite™, 04 June 2012 - - - - - - · 1,192 views

Which, actually wasn't so long ago, in the grand scheme...

A few of you might know about my car, possibly from a random internet search or if you've wandered about over on Club-S12 at all, but I decided |after many not so discreet hints dropped by Masterson| to come on over and share the story with you all. So, to start with, my name is Colin Long |hence my usage of Colin Masterson's last name in reference| but you're free to use my nickname if it helps set us apart, that being Tony Redgrave. I'm a twenty-three, going on twenty-four, year old college student studying graphic design at my local community college with intentions to go into advertising, social media, or perhaps freelance digital design. My talents lie in design and the liberal arts, primarily writing. Though my hobby, lifestyle if you will, is very much deep-seated in the automotive scene. I love to attend shows|sometimes states away|, spend entire days wrenching at my cars, or just driving aimlessly. If it wasn't scientifically proven that blood runs through my veins, I'd swear it was motor oil. So basically, I'm just like you guys lol.

That's quite enough about me though, onto the car. To start with, it's a 1987 USDM Spec MKII SE-V6 Hatchback. My very first car was a '93 s13 coupe, which to this day remains my all-time favorite car to drive on a daily basis, that I got when I was around fifteen. A few years down the road I decided I wanted to make it a single-purpose track car and purchased another coupe, a '90 model year, for a DD. It didn't run when I bought it, but it was $300 and I got it running with another $200 so it wasn't such a dive. However, after a month of driving it, I was smitten by another. I was on my way to the local salvage yard and noticed a little, bright red 80's lookin' hatchback sitting at the corner service station/towing company. In all honesty I had no idea what it was, but I decided to check it out anyway. My dad then educated me about it and I bought it the next day for $900. A week later my 'new' s13 was sold and I proudly drove my s12. Clean as it was, the poor thing had been abused by its previous owner and I soon realized it had cooling issues. On the first day of 2010 at about 1:30 in the morning, the old VG30 blew up and locked up on me for good. It took me about two months to find a replacement, a 20k VG33ER from a 2002 Xterra, a few states away. I drove to Florida and picked it up for $500. Then the fun began.

It was a long an arduous process to fit the s12 with the new motor. I was able to use the factory motor mounts and transmission |though I eventually needed a lighter flywheel|, but from then on it was almost all custom work. The hardest part of it all was wiring. Because I'm a bit of an elitist, I didn't want to cut any corners or just 'get it done' to get it done, so I spent a lot of time figuring out the wiring so that I could use all of the factory VG33ER accessories in conjunction with the original s12 stuff. As a result, a good 95% of the engine harness had to be rebuilt, including an entirely custom harness for the distributor and new harnesses for the injectors. Engine Management then became my biggest issue. I wanted to rely on OEM parts as much as possible, once again because I'm an elitist, so I contacted a company known as Jim Wolf Technologies, who specialize in tuning/modifying Nissan/Datsun/Infiniti vehicles. Following their lead, I purchased an Infiniti M30 ecu and sent it to them to be rewritten to run the motor properly. It was mapped for stock injectors of 296cc, a z32 MAF, the top speed limiter was removed, rpm limiter raised, and the fuel map/timing curve was optimized for premium fuel. The only downside being that I spent weeks with s12, Xterra, and M30 FSMs making sure all my wiring was right and had to rebuild the whole ECU harness - I did get Consult connectivity out of it though. Other modifications included a Nismo 144 degree thermo, a Godspeed twin core aluminum rad for an RB |custom hoses and in-line temp switch from an old datsun b210 for dual electric fans|, z31 Pacesetter 2.5" headers, a custom 3" exhaust, and a 100mm Trust air filter. It ran like a dream with no issues whatsoever, until it started knocking later that afternoon. Turned out that I had flushed the crank case with fuel from the first start up with a stock ECU and completely forgot to change the oil before the first run. It chewed up the first two rod bearings, which I replaced, and then ran just fine for quite a while. During that time I also started refreshing the interior. I replaced the entire dash, found OEM door panels, fitted new speakers and a head unit, and tried to replace broken or old parts, as well as constructing my infamous hood. I had a set of RS-Watanabe F8s on it until I broke one and fitted it with a set of stock Crown Victoria deep dish mesh, which ruined the front scrub radius and made the car really darty.

Then of course, as my luck goes, the engine knock returned with a vengeance in August of last year. It was worse than before, confirming my original fear, that I had damaged the crank during the first encounter. I made an executive decision and bought a new s13 to DD |as I had finally sold my original one| and retired the s12 until I could rebuild the engine. In October I acquired a 'sludge' motor from the Nissan dealership where my pops works, an NA VG33E that I can use. I short blocked it and trashed the heads, and from then until now I have been painstakingly using two engines to put one good one together. The new bottom end received a shiny polished crank and refreshed pistons. I am currently rebuilding the heads with "Euro" style cams and new lifters. I've also got a water-methanol injection kit to install, as well as some wiring/tucking/cleaning that I didn't get around to doing the first time. I have a brand new supercharger with a smaller diameter pulley to install as well. During it's time sitting I was able to get my hands on a set of R32 GT-R rims, which fit the car very nicely aesthetically. I probably have a few more months ahead of me before it's running again, but slow and steady wins the race they say.

My future plans include a full suspension overhaul; an s13 front end component swap and multi-link rear subframe conversion with a good set of adjustable coilovers. I have plans to give the front end a bit of a face-lift, but I don't want to reveal that just yet. Generally, after the motor is complete, all I really want to do is restore the car and bring it back to life so it can be appreciated and enjoyed. I'm considering a custom interior that is reminiscent of the OEM flavor, but with a little twist of my own. It'll all just have to come with time, being a poor college student and all. I don't worry though, I'm dedicate to this car in the most serious of ways. Once I get the s12 back to DD status, I'll even be able to begin my super easy CA18DET swap in my s13, which I've also waited anxiously for.

So anyway. There's my arbitrarily long introduction blog post, thanks to you if you read the whole thing through...I promise my updates won't be as long. Probably.

-T. Redgrave

P.S. I take a lot of pictures, so I won't post all the old ones up, but here's the link to the album where I keep them all: http://s99.photobuck...iant/s12 stuff/
from now onwards I'll probably include a pic with a post if I've got one to show.


4/6/12 - The start of a full interior remodel

Posted by MasonAlexanderR in The "Dirty Dozen", 07 April 2012 - - - - - - · 1,086 views

So I finished up my passenger seat finally, and started an EPIC interior remodeling adventure. This started with the removal of all the interior trim including the headliner and rear deck lid (the thing the rear speakers are mounted on). I'm pretty much going for an all black and white look if you cant tell by now...

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The shitty beige it used to be.. PUKE!

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- The rear deck lid before the remodel. Notice how shitty that (basically cardboard) deck lid looks!

After a good 30 minutes of popping thos nasty little snap in trim pieces off I finally got all of it out! Thos trim poppers are super fragile and old. Every time i went to try and pop one off it felt like I was gonna break it...

After a nice trip to Joann Fabrics I went to work! Heres what I picked up to get started
- Fabrics

- Foam liner
- Scissors
- Needle and thread
- Locktite Adhesive spray

Total of about $60 bux

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I of course already have a glue gun ready to go as well. First thing I tackled was the Headliner. This is what it looked like before.

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After I tore off that disgusting foam and fabric, I was left with a nice cardboard form to wrap.

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Next I ripped off the the vynl and whatnot from the rear door cards (still waiting on getting driver and passenger door cards). Below are a few pics.

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- Starting to peel off the vynl and fabric

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- The back side of the rear door cards

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- All the vynl is removed and ready yo be re wrapped and new foam applied.

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- You can also see the rear pads that there wrapped in vynl

After all the old fabric and foam was removed, I started to Prep the old bodys for the foam replacement and wrapping.

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-Wrapping the pieces using Joann Fabric bought foam and Locktite Adhesive Spray.

After the foam was fitted, stuck on, and wrapped around the edges I started with the doors. Using only Scissors, fabric, the locktite spray, and hot glue.. I was able to wrap the foam and fabric and seal the edges on both sides.

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- You can see the suede I started to apply in the mid section to replace the old fabric

To get the lower fabric on was a bit of a challange, It required me drilling a bunch of small holes in the door along a strait path to sew the edge of the tougher upper and lower fabric down so I could fold it over the seam and create a flush appearance where both fabrics meet.

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- The completed rear door-cards look like this. The front door cards will also look like this as well once I get them!!

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- The completed suede headliner :)

So next I attacked the rear deck-lid. I decided to take off the stupid center fabric thing and wrapped it in suede as well. I used the same technique as the headliner and door cards. It made a snug fit! I also wrapped the rear brake light that sits on top of it, I may keep it, I may not.

The deck-lid was really in bad condition. It is made out of a very cheap cardboard material and the paint was super faded and ugly. I had to use a little ingenuity to "refresh" the structural integrity of the cardboard. This was achieved using wooden skewers and hot glue. Pics below!

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- Skewers and hot glue to give the structural support

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- Pretty ingenious yeah?

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- You can the rear decklid, break light, the foam pads, and a few freshly painted trim pieces!

I have gotten a good amount of the interior done so far. I still have yet to finish one rear door card, the dash, the sun visors, and a good amount of the interior trim plastics need painting. I also look forward to hand sowing my shift boot.

I will be posting as soon as I have done some more work on it. Wish I had a better camera so you guys could see this all a little better. Anyways THANKS for reading.


New Home

Posted by and_rej in GAZZELIO, 29 March 2012 - - - - - - · 906 views

New Home Moving house this weekend. Super hard to find a place in the inner city in Sydney where there's room for car activities. Luckily this place has got a spot for gazzu and a little workshop under the house :D

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