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So it has been almost 6 months since my last post on the rebuild. During the latter half of 2012 I was too busy going out a drifting rather than fixing my engine (first world problems I know) During January I finished off the majority of the Engine Assembly starting off with attaching the sump oil and water pumps .

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So it has been a month since my last update and alot has happened.

I finally received all the parts I needed so was able to get the machining work completed so I could pick up the engine and get started.

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So it has been a month and I thought it was time for a bit of an update. I have been busy ordering parts but not much building going on, still waiting on last bits and pieces before I can really get going.

I sent the block, crankshaft and head off to the machinist and it turns out that overall the engine is in good nick but there are a few problems.

Despite the fact that the bores look immaculate, down the bottom they are out of tolerance so it is going to need a rebore. The machinist also strongly recommended that the crankshaft get a re-grind as there was a fair bit of bearing material deposited on the surface. Just to top it off the exhaust valve guides are also worn out and will need replacing. So that kind of sucked, but such is life.

Un-deterred I decided to press on start collecting parts.

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So whilst some members of Team Red Stage are currently in Japan honing their drift skills I am back here in Australian starting a rebuild on my old SR20DET.

About 12 months ago the original motor finally let go after running at about 240rwkw with a basically stock engine with a GT2871 bolted on running 18psi and supporting mods. I didn’t have time to mess around as it was my daily driver so I got hold of another long motor for pretty cheap and did an engine swap.

Ever since the old motor has been sitting in the corner of the shed gathering dust and I have been tossing up what to do. The current set up works great and I am really happy with it but it turns out the replacement motor is also pretty sad and chews a bit of oil and has a lot of top end blowby indicating worn valve stem seals. I don’t know if the engine is going to last 500km or 50,000km so every time I go to the track I worry the engine is gonna throw a rod or something.

So, I finally pulled my finger out and decided to do a rebuild. I looked at getting a mechanic to rebuild it for me but was pretty surprised at how expensive it was. So I have decided to go it on my own. I started stripping down the engine to find out exactly what happened. The first thing I noticed was that the interior of the engine was immaculate! Everything in the head seems to be in good nick, cams looked spotless not a score mark or a scratch.

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Too much handbrake!

Posted: July 6, 2011 by stinkypoo31 in Maintenance, Silvia

With our Japan drift trip approaching very rapidly, I thought it would be wise to start writing on the blog again. The drifting scene has been pretty quiet around here lately. The three scheduled drift events at our local track have come and gone. Nothing else is scheduled for the remainder of the year, however I have been told to keep an eye out for drift days to suddenly appear on short notice due to other parties canceling and clearing the day.

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In the mean time, I had been lucky enough to score some skid pan time at the Sutton Road Driver Training complex in exchange for some assistance with photography and filming. Last weekend I was out at the skidpan assisting with the Gizmag shoot of the Tilt Vehicle. After they were done with the shoot, I was given track time when I noticed my rear brake making the awful metal on metal sound. It is probably evidence that I use the handbrake to excess. I did have some Project Mu pads ready to be installed…

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Team Red Stage’s 2009 Japan Trip Video

Posted: December 10, 2010 by stinkypoo31 in Drifting, Japan, Silvia, Sprinter, Videos

Hello all. It has been another while since my last post. The lack of events and anything interesting has left this blog very bare. I have however been planning another trip to Japan and as motivation for people to save for the trip, I have created this video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBjB7mQRStY

Any feedback is much appreciated.