OUR STREET-CAR BUILD CONTINUES
A COMPLETE GUIDE TO BUILDING YOUR NEXT STREET CAR SHOWSTOPPER
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.