Wal­shed up

NZ Performance Car - - Construction Under -

Many of you will rec­og­nize this rust-wrapped C35 from na­tion­als. It may have looked like a com­pleted project from the out­side, but lurk­ing be­neath was still a fair amount of work to be fin­ished — what project is ever truly com­plete, any­way? Since then, the car has been liv­ing at Key West Fab­ri­ca­tion, get­ting a hearty dose of what looks to be a hec­tic wiring job. Dan Walsh openly ad­mits, “I’m pretty lost when it comes to elec­tri­cal — the wiring side of things.”

The C35 started out as a daily-driver, and splurg­ing piles of cash on it was never part of Dan’s grand plan. These days, you’ll find a RB25DET NEO heart lurk­ing un­der­neath the bon­net. That is what is cur­rently be­ing wired in by Key West — ripped out of a R34 Sky­line. It’s been tick­led up by a Lux­ury Sports front­fac­ing plenum and uses Subaru 550cc in­jec­tors, Yel­low Jacket coil packs, and a re­spectable-sized Gar­rett TA3410 — the man­i­fold it sits on was made by Dan, and it in­cor­po­rates a Tur­bosmart 50mm Pro­gate. Dan’s also fab­ri­cated his own tube-frame front, along with an eight­point roll cage.

The driv­e­train runs a BNR32 fivespeed, which has been con­verted to rear-wheel drive and runs an Exedy sin­gle-plate five-puck clutch with a bil­let chro­moly flywheel, through a cus­tom one-piece drive­shaft to the R33 R200 lim­ited-slip diff (LSD) and axles. On the sus­pen­sion side of things, the rear end is straight from the GKTech cat­a­logue, with drop knuck­les, arms, lock­ing col­lars, and the rest, and BC Gold S15 coilovers at all four cor­ners. Dan’s even gone and con­verted the power steer­ing to an electric unit. BNR32 six-pot calipers have been used on the front, along with the cor­re­spond­ing ro­tors, and down back are the same in two-pot form. All lines are cus­tom Goodridge braided op­tions, and, be­cause it is a drift car, a Name­less Per­for­mance hy­draulic hand­brake has been in­stalled.

The ma­jor­ity of this is hid­den from view, thanks to a cus­tom set of 18x9.5-inch (-15) and 18x11-inch (-20p) ‘“Wolf repli­cas” aka gen­uine Work Meis­ter SP1s. The ex­te­rior sports a BN Sports kit, along with N-Style four-door over-fend­ers and Ori­gin Labo ca­nards to top it off. Once the wiring is done, and what­ever ideas pop into Dan’s head be­tween now and then are fin­ished, the C35 will head off for a proper lick of paint — as Dan said him­self, “That vinyl wrap was never go­ing to stay.”

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