Ben’s Drift Pig

Posted: October 26, 2011 by stinkypoo31 in Uncategorized

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One of the most difficult parts of writing an article for me is the first sentence. Now I have overcome that part we can move on to the story. Ben is a Canberra local who moved from Canada several years ago. He has already built one amazing S15 (which I hope to take photos of later) but would also like to be involved more with drifting. Instead of destroying the S15, he bought this 180 as his drift pig. Bought with a set of BC Coilovers, the car was drift worthy until the engine bearing let go a few weeks ago.

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Instead of repairing the red SR20 engine, Ben found a deal of an S15 engine and driveline package. The package was unfortunately auto but did come with the funky S15 diff. So out came the 20 year old engine.

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The engine was in amazing condition. I think it has less than 90,000 kilometers and it was clean.

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The only bit of dirty grease was around the powersteering pump. Which could be from when it was removed from the donor car.

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The heavy automatic transmission was happily but painfully removed from the SR. It took us a few minutes to find the inspection plate underneath the engine.

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No evidence of leaks from the rear main seal. After a few attempts, we used the grease method to insert the input shaft bush.

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With the engine out, the plan was to clean the engine bay… but then again it would get dirty anyways.

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So in went the engine. Everything lined up nicely. The gearbox slotted in with a slight nudge from the engine side.

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Ben fitted a front mount intercooler while I was away gathering tools and parts.

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Luckily the CA18DET 180 intercooler kit fitted to a S15 engine.

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The turbo elbow did also fit but will need some better fitting parts later.

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The old accelerator cable was stretched and will most likely need to be replaced.

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We also kept the S15 powersteering pump. From my experience, all Nissan pumps (without HICAS) appear to be the same between the RWD series (R31, S13, S14, S15), the only difference being the mounting parts.

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Left is the S15 bracket, right is the S13.

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Top is the S15 bracket, bottom is the s13.

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With only a few small things to go, we had to stop due to a lack of parts/tools. Ben is still waiting for a AFM, and we also need to find a solution for the main wiring plug, as it was not supplied.

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