Small update on swapping the S14 subframe into the R32 chassis. Today I finished taking apart the old gts-t subframe… to make my life easier, everything came apart into 4 pieces: The subframe itself, the differential, the right control arm and brake assembly, and the left control arm and brake assembly. In the past, I would remove those from the subframe first, then drop the subframe from the car. Let me reassure you that the easiest method is indeed to drop everything as one piece and take apart outside of the car. Haha.
Next on the list was to “press” in the SPL solid bushings, which I’d never done before. After reading the directions it seemed straight forward; line up the scribe marks on the bushings. Only thing I found annoying was that the scribe marks are on the opposite side from where you’re hammering, so it’s kind of a guess and check until you’ve got them straight. I used a 3lb dead blow hammer and some WD-40 to get all 4 in. It was a pain in the ass, but eventually they all lined up.
Then I decided to test fit the subframe before making it 200lbs heavier with the diff and arms… How annoying would it be to have to take it all back apart if I messed up somehow?
Thankfully, it all lined up perfect!
Next I took the rear differential cover off of my pumpkin. Since the differential I bought was an S13 diff and pumpkin, I’d have to use an S14 diff cover to get it to work with the subframe. When I cracked it open, I got my first glimpse at the beauty that is OS Giken.
One thing that annoys me is I have to convert back to 6 bolt axles now that I’m using an S13 differential. There’s another delay. Ugh.
Just might have to be an R34 Sedan.
This will do.
I haven’t even done anything recently to the R32, but for some reason I feel much closer to finishing it then when I got back from Detroit. Even if I literally haven’t touched anything. Step one is bringing the car back into my garage, step two is going to town!
If only Skylines were truly legal in the States, I would definitely drive one everyday everywhere all the time.
I kinda wanna finish and drive this car.
I mean, afterall… what the heck is the point in having a 4 door Skyline with an RB25 in it if all I’m gonna drive is my stock KA S13, RIGHT? Shit. Why didn’t I think of this sooner???
So I went over to Devin’s house where my car is for the moment and test fitted my wheels, kit, and wings all together as a happy family. The wheels are perfect fit. Once I fix the crazy camber and toe (previous owner was running 18x11s) I should be able to run a 245 comfortably at -1º camber. Sweet.
Anyways, once I either get a job, unemployment, or some sort of income, I can start getting this motor ready. First up before anything is to buy a set of solid engine mounts and a transmission mount…
So my wheels made it to my house in one piece… hardly. I was pretty disappointed with the condition of the wheels compared to the price I paid. I wish I’d been home to receive them, I probably would have left a negative feedback to the seller. Oh well.
I guess that means no holding back then?
In other news, I went to DMAX yesterday and bought some goodies… Front fenders, a trunk wing and a roof wing. They didn’t have the hood in stock, so looks like it will have to be real BN Sports!
Since we just re-did the floors at my house, the garage is full of our furniture and so the Skyline is still at Devin’s house. I need to clean the place out before I can get the car back over here to start working on it.