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V8 powered Nissan 180sx – Build Thread

27 June 2011 No Comment

Brentons project started about a year ago when he acquired a rolling chassis from a friend, already had a roll cage built into it, after throwing around a few idea’s for motor he decided on a Lexus V8(1UZ-FE), stock internals are good for 400hp.

I bought the motor and W58 box and sent it for the adaptor plate, was finally able to fit it into the car after 6 months. Does not matter what anyone tells you, time to complete is always 6 months longer than you were told! Next was timne to look at suspension, as everyone knows, coilovers are not easy to come by in SA and are also not cheap, i picked this set up for 8k from jhb, ok for know till i can get what i really want, next was all the suspension arms, these i sourced from a guy in Durban that had just brought them in for someone else but had not been paid for them, first come first served, Bargain!!!

Anyway finally after a year of building and lots of heartache everything is almost complete, the interior is finally done, dash is in, handbrake fitted, brake lines on, steering wheels clips on and off! Last but not least was the wireing and management, i had purchased a Gotech Pro X system for the car and after fitting and completing the wiring we found the Gotech did not work with the motor and getting someone in CT to sort and dyno was another problem, at this point i did not need the frustration so i took it to my mate Dean at precision performance and swaped it our for a Spitronics unit and Dean is also going to Dyno and sort the wiring. Eventually it goes onto he Dyno tomorrow and next week the first test at the track, Cant wait to drift this baby, been long enough to wait!! After the first test will be time for new livery and wheels.

Check out the build thread on the forum and follow the progress of this very interesting v8 conversion in a Nissan 180Sx s13.
Click here for the rest of the build thread: http://automodified.net/forum/showthread.php?t=195

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