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Sack87

Brendons M35 build

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Brendons M35 build

Thought I'd create a mini build thread on my progress with my first foray into Nissan wagon life and also a place to ask questions/path to follow.

I bought the car with f**ked coil packs so I picked it up cheap off some Indian guy. Put a new set of coil packs in and all was sweet for the next 6 months . . .

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I noticed an oil leak from the passenger side that was slowly getting worse and traced it back to the oil feed line. Ah well no biggy, just an easy fix or so I thought! Having not worked on a VQ before, it wasn't until later on I discovered you can't get the line off without pulling the whole turbo :down: Since the car wasn't far off 200k and the turbo had begun the Dyson whine song, I frantically searched for a new turbo. Scotty to the rescue with a Billet Intense he had spare that got to me in 4 days.

In the mean time while the car was off the road I set about fabbing up a 3" bellmouth dump pipe.

Then followed it up with a 3"-2.5" intake pipe. (Still need to weld on BOV return bung)

And this weekend just gone I fabbed up a 3" catless exhaust system to finish it all off. I picked up 7psi of boost without touching a thing, so it's stuck on 21psi with standard injectors and pump. I've hit up Christian to see if it's possible to run the car safely at this level on 98 with his flash tune, otherwise I will probably put a hi-flow cat in to drop the boost a little.

I've got a few other things in the works but all in due time!:10_wink:

 

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Productive day trying out my my new pipe bender. Made up a rear subframe brace to help reduce some flex because the factory welds back there horrid. :2_grimacing:

I plan on making a few more of these up, so watch this space if you're interested in one:1311_thumbsup_tone2:

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On 7/15/2017 at 5:29 PM, Sack87 said:

Productive day trying out my my new pipe bender. Made up a rear subframe brace to help reduce some flex because the factory welds back there horrid. :2_grimacing:

I plan on making a few more of these up, so watch this space if you're interested in one:1311_thumbsup_tone2:

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You can buy a brand new one from Nissan for around $100 but your looks solid and nice welding.

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Replaced the headlight globes last weekend with some LED Nighteye ones off eBay. 

Fixed the dodgy wiring job obviously done by the compliance shop and also fixed the issue with the passenger side globe constantly dropping out. The H1 globes earth through the clip into the light body but the clip had been bent and contact was poor. The LED globes have earth through the harness, so crimped on some plugs and walla! 

They just fit in behind the cover luckily and beam spread is awesome. High beams are like having spotlights fitted. 

 

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It ticked over 200k last week so bought a whole bunch of items to give it a freshen up. 

 

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11 hours ago, Sack87 said:

It ticked over 200k last week so bought a whole bunch of items to give it a freshen up. 

 

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Awesome!

Gate and the engine pulley part number?

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Nuline EP159 Idler/Tensioner Pulley (this is for the alternator/PS and is wider than stock)

Gates 4PK950 V-Belt (this is 5mm too small so is a bit tight to get on)

Gates 6PK1170 V-Belt

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That's  some nice work there!  Fancy making another dump pipe? I'm about to do a bit of work on mine and was going to buy one of Scottys but would prefer to buy in Perth if i can...

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Made up a smaller reo bar so I can fit a FMIC in without having to change condenser fan and also make more room to fit in a trans cooler. 

 

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Made the mounts for the FMIC. They just touch the grill mounting tabs on the front bumper by about 3mm so I'll have to dremel a little bit off but it won't be noticeable. 

Also did the hot side piping and some of the cold side but forgot to grab a 3" 45 degree bend. I plan on making it 3" to the throttle body eventually as I need to run a 3" to 2.5" 45 degree reducer currently.

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Made up the rear subframe front brace to finish off the trio. I'll make a few more up as usual and will look into gearbox bracing next. 

Also got around to fabbing up the 3" IC piping that goes to the throttle body so it's full 3" from the FMIC. Just need to finish tidying up around where I silver soldered the nipples in and the BOV flange needs facing. 

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Finished off fitting the FMIC and wrapped the 3" throttle piping in heat reflective tape. 

Next on the list is to make up a few little brackets to relocate the sensor and solenoid and clean up the hosing. 

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The plastic under body engine guard was looking pretty poor so I decided to make a new one up out some ali sheet. I made up a template and cut out a simplified version of the factory one. But what do you do when you don't have a sheet metal bender?...

You make your own one; and it works f**king mint :happy: It's a heavy duty sucker that will do up to 3mm sheet and stores away nicely with removable handles. I still need to add some vertical supports to the angle that bolts down on the sheet and drill some holes to mount it to the bench instead of using clamps. 

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So with that side project made, I bent up the sheet and you end up with a nice shiny undertray.

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I'm also working on something else too as you can see but it's still in the "refinement" stage.:1311_thumbsup_tone2:

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Made up a smaller reo bar so I can fit a FMIC in without having to change condenser fan and also make more room to fit in a trans cooler. 
 
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Hey, any chance I can get the dimensions of that front bar? The length. I was considering doing the same type of thing to mine because of my fmic!

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On 29/12/2017 at 10:58 AM, jordanricketts3 said:
On 29/12/2017 at 10:56 AM, jordanricketts3 said:
Hey, any chance I can get the dimensions of that front bar? The length. I was considering doing the same type of thing to mine because of my fmic!

Just the length of the bar itself and how far in you did the bends

Sorry for taking so long to get back to you.

Bends are 130mm from the ends and total bar length is 690. Just make sure you slot the holes in the mounting plates otherwise it's a PITA to get on.

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Sorry for taking so long to get back to you.
Bends are 130mm from the ends and total bar length is 690. Just make sure you slot the holes in the mounting plates otherwise it's a PITA to get on.
Great thanks so much!

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Made up a bunch of brackets to mount the trans cooler I've had sitting here for a few months. 

 

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