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    Seasick - R33 Track Car

    Hi guys, this is my R33 Skyline track car. The car belonged to an ex-drifter who had put it together reasonably well when I picked it up early last year. It came with:

    Stock RB25 block and head
    Hi-flowed turbo
    Blitz front mount IC and IC pipes
    Fuel pump, 740 something injectors and Z32 AFM
    Apexi Power FC running E85 fuel
    3" turbo back
    New coilpacks, water pump and timing belt
    Short-shifter
    Exedy cushion button
    BC coilovers
    HICAS lockout/toe-kit and no-name camber arms
    Crap bolt-in cage to satisfy VicDrift regs
    Catch-can, fake OMP wheel and other bits and bobs, old school HKS boost gauge which is pretty neat.











    Nopics and I picked the car up in Traralgon and dropped it back to Rob at Sabbadin Automotive in Mulgrave. We'd left the fake bride and wheels with the seller and swapped over some R33 GTR rims and the stock seat before the drive home.







    Since then we've added:

    Old red Velo seat
    Velo steering wheel
    Hard-race castor arms, brace and front camber arms
    Rear sub-frame lock spacers
    Alloy rad
    New rotors, braided lines and PMU pads

    Rob ran the car up on the dyno to check the tune and overall it's fine, though the seller reckoned it was making 270kw at 18 pound. It ran 230kw on Rob's dyno which generally reads lower. My mate Dan then did the wheel alignment at his shop around the corner. Dan's grouse because he spends a lot of time getting the setup spot on and I don't have to argue about how much toe, camber, etc like some other alignment shops. An old gentleman had his bone stock AE86 in for a service.

    Dan also got me some new Hankook RS4s on a 4 for the price of 3 deal. These are meant to be up there with Yokohama AD08Rs so we're keen to see how they go.





    Plan is to get Nopics started with motorkhana's and on the track eventually, I've got a foot on her so the seats got a Justjap adjustable rail which was meant to be bolt-in but turned out to be a real pain. Other than that on the immediate to do list Rob's still got to pull the cage out and weld in a harness bar, install the harness I thought I'd lost, replace the weldy with a Kazz 1.5way and 4.11 gears to stop it understeering everywhere, flush the old E85 and I've got to get the RS4s on some wheels. A mate wants the R33GTR wheels for his 180SX Type X so I'm trying to find Enkei RPF1s in 17x9 +22 offset (if anyone knows of some please let me know!).



    Before going on Christmas leave I replaced the fleet at work - 3.5T towing capacity ought to do it.





    From there I just want to get on the track and see what works, breaks, falls off, explodes :D. Down the road I'd like to pull some weight out of it, at 1400kg she's a portly vessel. From there add power and try-out some DIY aero which is entirely foreign to me.



    Thanks for reading.

    Cheers Alex

    #2
    This should be able to pull a rapid rate of knots on its various voyages.
    Jokes aside a tidy R33 is a decent base for this sort of thing, it's a lot of car for the money
    from a time when Nissan were making good stuff. And they're not a half bad looking car
    when they haven't been completely leb'd.
    | 1988 HR31 Skyline GTS-X |

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      #3
      Nice and clean, the 33's are a good cheap reliable track car and can go bloody quick with not much more than you've already got there. Power seems a little low, its either a crappy highflow turbo or theres stuff all timing in it. I also have an R33 with a hf on e85, makes around 300rwkw. It has completed many track sea crossings thus far and im quite impressed with its ability to hold itself together for a 20+ year old car. Mr Nissan built these things tough as nails. You made a wise decision picking one for track shenanigans. Hope to cross paths with you on the high seas some time soon. Ps, also an MS15 member. Aye aye captain [emoji6]

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        #4
        Hahaha

        Thanks guys, agreed on all counts. Chief that's interesting regarding the power, would be great to catch up mate at some point and discuss your vessel :)

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          #5
          Great starting point, she looks clean as
          Originally posted by thebluerx7
          The fact they want to ban cash makes me want to go out and use it full time again now .

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            #6
            Looks like a fun weekend toy. When's the maiden voyage?
            230SL 'Pagoda' | 911 SC Targa | FC RX-7 Infini

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              #7
              Thanks mate :)

              Rob repainted his workshop start Jan which meant opening later so Iím trying to give him a few weeks to sort urgent jobs before annoying him with my problems, but hoping to break a bottle of champagne on the hull in March!

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                #8
                Car is at Sabbadin inching closer to the ocean.

                Harness bar is getting added to the cage, the seat rail has been adjusted and we've put a steering wheel spacer to get the driving position correct. Gearbox mount was fubar'd so it's been replaced and Rob replaced the engine mounts with Hard-race mounts at the same time.

                Also found a diff for the rear props. We'd planned to put a Kazz in the car but had so much trouble finding a 4.3 R200 housing. This ATS 1.5 way popped up in radelaide for a decent price so we jumped on it. Came from http://japaneseimportspares.com.au/home/ and have no complaints, communication was great and it got to Mulgrave in 2 days.





                Entered Circuit Club Winton day on 12/03 with me and mate sharing driving the car/pushing it back on the trailer when it explodes lol. CAN'T WAIT :D

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                  #9
                  Excellent

                  Just finished my 33 build with a mate

                  Will be watching yours to flog good ideas
                  Check out my shit for sale on facebook:
                  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Junk-...25870327473735

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                    #10
                    Ditto mate haha

                    have been reading a lot of your posts on SAU

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                      #11
                      So unfortunately couldn't make it to Winton today for a whole bunch of reasons. Circuit Club were good to hold credit for their next day in April which is good of them.

                      Bought some new propellers to make me feel better. Have had RPF1s on just about every car I've owned I think, certainly every Nissan. $/kg they're hard to beat.

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                        #12
                        I didn't see your car, but just read you didn't make it. It was a good day. So nice to not have traffic every lap.
                        NA8B 89KW- P.I. 1:50.1, WNTN1:38.0, SDWN 1:27.6, WKFLD 1:10.4
                        NB8B 181KW- P.I 1:43.8, WNTN 1:32.9, SDWN 1:22.0, BDFD 1:05.3
                        VP 293KW- P.I 1:43.8 WNTN 1:33.5

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                          #13
                          Nice car.
                          Agree, Circuit Club are a great bunch of blokes.
                          Wish I could make it to the April one (funds dependent) but will definitely be there for the August date.
                          Keen to hear how the RS4 go.
                          BMW M140i daily. Honda Odyssey family car.





                          Wakefield 1.07.386 (FG Falcon - Street Tyres 1.08.8) Marulan Short FG Falcon 43.4 SMP GP FG Falcon 1.48.1 Winton FG Falcon 1.35.4

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                            #14
                            I had RS4's on today. Not a pinch on R specs.
                            NA8B 89KW- P.I. 1:50.1, WNTN1:38.0, SDWN 1:27.6, WKFLD 1:10.4
                            NB8B 181KW- P.I 1:43.8, WNTN 1:32.9, SDWN 1:22.0, BDFD 1:05.3
                            VP 293KW- P.I 1:43.8 WNTN 1:33.5

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by lightyear View Post
                              I had RS4's on today. Not a pinch on R specs.
                              Similar to RS3?
                              BMW M140i daily. Honda Odyssey family car.





                              Wakefield 1.07.386 (FG Falcon - Street Tyres 1.08.8) Marulan Short FG Falcon 43.4 SMP GP FG Falcon 1.48.1 Winton FG Falcon 1.35.4

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