OUR STREET-CAR BUILD CON­TIN­UES

A COM­PLETE GUIDE TO BUILD­ING YOUR NEXT STREET CAR SHOWSTOPPER

NZ Performance Car - - News - WORDS: JADEN MARTIN PHO­TOS: NZPC AR­CHIVES

Last is­sue, we looked at im­port­ing a car; this month, we take a look at the bones of any project, the en­gine in­ter­nals. Hear from the pro­fes­sion­als about what you should con­sider when build­ing the foun­da­tion for your power plant.

Over the next few months, we’re div­ing head first into the mys­ti­cal art of build­ing a street car to bring you a com­pre­hen­sive step-by-step guide to the process. Last is­sue, we started with sourc­ing and im­port­ing a car from Ja­pan and we’ll move on to mod­i­fy­ing the in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal en­gine com­po­nents; wiring in an af­ter­mar­ket ECU and get­ting it tuned; up­grad­ing the driveline to suit your new-found power; get­ting the car to sit at the per­fect height and mak­ing sure that it has the re­quired stop­ping power; flar­ing those guards and tuck­ing your favourite set of wheels be­neath them, then see­ing them shod in the cor­rect rub­ber; paint­ing some metal or wrap­ping it in vinyl; tint­ing the win­dows; in­stalling a big e-points bodykit; and trick­ing out the in­te­rior with the vi­tal instrumentation, seats, and belts. The pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less, and we will ex­plore them all.

In this month’s in­stal­ment, we’re fo­cus­ing on how you can get the most out of your en­gine by cre­at­ing the per­fect pack­age in­side. Be­fore you go throw­ing big wads of cash at all your favourite brand names and shops, though, check out what a few of the in­dus­try’s best had to say as they an­swered all our burn­ing ques­tions about head work, the ro­tat­ing assem­bly, and block work.

The task is not as scary as it looks, and, with the help of the right peo­ple, it can be a rel­a­tively pain­less ven­ture as long as you have the pa­tience.

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