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Posted 08 July 2012 - 01:20 PM
Although I'm new to this board, I am not new to the Silvia -- I just got my second S12 200SX, an '85 N/A solid-axle car (first one was an '86 XE back in '93). I have to say I am flabbergasted by the amount of support I have found online; back when I had my last one I had to basically guess my way through everything in those pre-WWW days.
In any event, I am an autocrosser and amateur rally driver. Until recently I have been using a modified 1987 Honda CRX as a combination daily driver and competition car; to say it is hair-shirt would be an understatement. No sound insulation, rock-hard suspension, solid-mounted 1.5L engine with a radical cam and re-jetted carb, and an open exhaust. Sure it was an event winner, but to drive it anywhere was somewhat tiring.
And then the rust settled in, putting the final nail in the coffin.
After some searching and a final choice between an S12 and a 1990 Supra, I settled on a car offered by a friend who wanted his car to go to someone who would "take care of it", and not go all bat-guano crazy with stancing and whatnot. Since that's not my scene, I agreed. (He also has an ST165 Celica All-Trac and a 1972 240Z with Safari body mods).
It's high-mileage (428,000km) but super clean for the mileage and age.
Instead of making a no-compromises tarmac cornering machine as my CRX was, with this S12 I am going to go in the rally direction, albeit slowly as I am not that well funded. The car will eventually be a combination of 240RS and Group A Silvia ideas. It's going to be done on the cheap, incorporating everything I have learned in 25+ years of modifying cars.
So as the Japanese would say, I place my self in your care, and hope we can learn from each other.
Posted 09 July 2012 - 09:30 AM
Looks like a very clean shell from that photo. It'll be great watching where this build goes! Most of the S12s on here end up doing circuit or drift work so a rally setup should be an interesting change.
Make sure you sink some time into the tech forums. There are plenty of people who have come up with suspension and brake upgrades using other Nissan parts that are reasonably kind on the ol' hip pocket.
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Posted 09 July 2012 - 02:10 PM
Example: 280ZX front suspension, Z31 rear shocks. I Did Not Know That.
Posted 09 July 2012 - 07:14 PM
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