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  1. Hey guys, I thought I may as well chuck a thread up here, Firstly, let's be clear...this will never be .Rone spec clean or any kind of extreme drift/Dyno machine I just want to use this to document what I hope will be a well rounded, practical street car that rides/handles well, looks decent, doesn't attract defects like a magnet, and share some of my experiences as well as gather advice along the way...while having somewhat of a reference/diary of it's progress. I will probably edit this 100 times as well so don't be surprised if it changes a little as I remember things I've had plenty of cars before, but always been a bit wary of their ability to turn into money pits...My first love was a VH BT1 commodore that consumed 16K of mine and never turned out to be anything special, followed by stints with a VP BT1, VL Turbo which came with an RB25DET and I spent a bit of time getting the paint and driveline/brakes sorted. This one I was more careful with and had learnt a couple of lessons, but ultimately had to sell uncompleted when lack of money and frustration at how my $2000 paint job turned out, among other things, got the better of me. I've also had an Aristo & some S13s, which I moved on when I realised I again getting in too deep. I've realised that I have 2 ideals that badly clash - to restore and improve my daily driven older cars to a standard that I'm happy with (I drive 300Ks a week to get to and from work) and to not waste too much of the modest amount of money I get from work on a car that is only going to deteriorate/depreciate. As a result, 3 of the last 4 S13 purchases have been made with the sole purpose of making a little bit of cash...that way, I could essentially start with pure profit and not feel too guilty about spending a bit of money this time around. I got to a point where I was $6000 ahead, and after trying to find a CLEAN, UNMOLESTED Manual turbo SR20 Sil/180, I gave up and bought my current car... I bought this around april 2011 from an old couple who's son had imported it around 2004 and passed it on to his parents a short time later. The only mods were an aftermarket headunit, alarm, the wheels, and for some reason, the amber bits on the parker/indicators was blacked out and the globes pulled out Note the "I love dolphins" Sticker. I drove around for a couple of weeks until I got around to removing it It had two major flaws - No manual and no turbo...but more than made up for it in the other areas I had deemed important -Clearly not thrashed -SR20 -Non cracked dash and generally mint interior -No evidence of major crash damage -Non Hicas -Non ABS -Non Sunroof -Clean paint -The right price -Reasonable (and believable!) Kilometers I had some S14 seats and an MDF parcel shelf left over from the previous car I had parted out, so apart from a thorough service, they were the first things to change. I had the parcel shelf recovered beforehand and it also came loaded with some nice Soundstream component 6x9's. I also had some new bushes put in the castor rods which fixed the wobble I was getting over 70-80Ks. Got Pedders to go over it and they couldn't find anything else apart from a split steering rack boot so I was happy. Over the next few weeks I: -Made some new brackets for the front speakers I had bought and fitted them, -Removed mud flaps and rear spoiler -Fitted some SR20DET front brakes with new slotted rotors -Replaced the shitty A/M bar indicator on the passenger side with a genuine one I had sitting around, and polished both sides -Removed the black paint from the parker/indicator assembly and polished them -Polished up the standard Grille (no more yellow!) Better, but WTF was with this wheel?? Parcel Shelf. The stock back seat REALLY needs an update now. I am trying to find a type X version Here's a pic of the brakes...and the pair of GT-C's I had for a short while. Should've kept them and continued my pursuit of another pair, but needed monies Plus a couple of randoms... Few pics of old cars of mine for shits and giggles