1999 Nis­san Sil­via (S15)

Name: Matt Dun­stan Lo­ca­tion: Levin Oc­cu­pa­tion: Ap­pren­tice spray painter

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NZPC: Hi, Matt. Is this your first S15? What made you buy it?

Matt: Hey, guys. This is my first S15, but not my first S-chas­sis. My fa­ther and I are cur­rently build­ing a Kouki S14 pow­ered by a 13B turbo, and ded­i­cated to drift­ing. Be­fore this car, I al­ways fo­cused on the au­dio as­pect of my builds, to get as much bass as pos­si­ble. I built four other cars solely for loud mu­sic, un­til one day I thought to my­self, I would rather lis­ten to a turbo spool than a bass drop, so I sold my car and be­gan hunt­ing down a tidy S-chas­sis.

As you’re an ap­pren­tice spray painter, did you do the har­le­quin paint­work your­self?

I’m still learn­ing the nitty gritty of it all, so I took on the task of com­plet­ing all the body­work in the garage at home, after work, which took about a month. The panel beater at work, Paul Har­ri­son, helped me flare the guards nicely, and he showed me how to do all the other re­pairs and a few bits of fi­bre­glass work. I got ev­ery­thing primed, then blocked it back, re­peated the primer and block­ing stage a few times to get a full flat fin­ish, then en­listed the help of my boss, Daniel Jack, to lay a beau­ti­ful coat of paint over it — he’s an ex­tremely good painter — as I wanted the best fin­ish pos­si­ble. Gla­surit played a big part in help­ing [me] to choose the ex­act colour I was after and the clear to match.

It came out a treat. Were there any set­backs dur­ing the process?

There were a few mild set­backs. One was us­ing grey ground coat rather than black, which caused us to use al­most dou­ble the paint than I ini­tially bought, and I had to keep or­der­ing more. Also, after lay­ing the first coat down on the car and hang­ing the paint gun up so we could let it dry, the gun fell off the wall and spilled a half-litre of paint through the booth — that wasn’t a cheap mis­take. But, over­all, it turned out ex­actly how I wanted, and it taught me a thing or two in the process.

How have peo­ple re­sponded to the wild look so far?

Well, first of all, I’m in love with it [laughs]. I’ve had some ex­tremely good feed­back now that the car is fin­ished. I’ll be mind­ing my own busi­ness in a car park, and peo­ple will come up to the car ask­ing ques­tions about what it’s run­ning, who did the paint work, and gen­er­ally they’ll have a good gan­der over it. Peo­ple so far can’t get enough of it, but I’m sure it’s not every­one’s cup of tea, which is fine.

Dif­fer­ent strokes for dif­fer­ent folks. Does it drive well, with these good­ies un­der the hood?

Oh yeah, it drives beau­ti­fully now. The power is smooth and re­spon­sive, which makes all the money, time, and stress worth it. I bought an SR20DET en­gine and gear­box pack­age, in­clud­ing a Mi­croTech ECU, and the first task was to get it dropped in. My fa­ther, Leon Dun­stan, played a big role in that. I de­cided that I would go for a top-mount turbo set-up, in­stalled it all in the bay, and closed the bon­net, which is when the turbo punched through it — one of the rea­sons I re­painted the body. After that, I de­cided to do things prop­erly, and got the Sinco Cus­toms man­i­fold, MasterPower R545 turbo, and a Tur­bosmart 40mm wastegate.

Nice. What are your fu­ture plans?

I maxed out my in­jec­tors on the last tune — which made 263kW — and, since Pow­er­cruise, I [have been] … sav­ing up to forge the bot­tom end and ad­dress the head with new cams and valves so [that] I can make the most out of the monster Master Power MPR545 turbo.

Is there any­one you would like to thank?

Bruce Jack Panel and Paint, and Gla­surit Paint, as I wouldn’t have achieved such a fin­ish [on the paint work] without them

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