1989 Nis­san Sil­via (S13)

NZ Performance Car - - Weekend Warrior -

EN­GINE: Mazda 13B, 1300cc, twin-ro­tor; S4 RX-7 block, 3mm slot­ted S5 ro­tors, un­break­able apex seals, ex­tended ports, T4 turbo, 60mm wastegate, cus­tom man­i­fold, 50mm BOV, Bosch 044 fuel pump, four In­jec­tor Dy­nam­ics ID1000 fuel in­jec­tors, Aero­mo­tive fuel-pres­sure reg­u­la­tor, Mi­crotech LT10S, Bosch coils, Mi­crotech ig­ni­tor, al­loy V-mount radiator and in­ter­cooler, Gizzmo boost con­troller, K&N pod fil­ter DRIV­E­TRAIN: S5 RX-7 five-speed, Exedy five-puck clutch, Cusco me­chan­i­cal 4.1:1-ra­tio LSD, R32 GTS-T four-pot front calipers, R32 GTS-T two-pot rear calipers, hy­draulic hand­brake IN­TE­RIOR: Sparco driver seat; Re­caro pas­sen­ger seat; Momo steer­ing wheel; Auto Me­ter oil-pres­sure, wa­ter-temp, volt, and boost gauges EX­TE­RIOR: Nis­san 180SX front bumper, Ori­gin Labo 55mm 180SX front guards, Ori­gin Labo 55mm rear guards, Ori­gin Labo 180SX bon­net, duck­tail wing WHEELS/TYRES: (F) 18x9-inch (+20p) Ar­row En­ter­prise Ge­walt Mesh, 215/35R18 Achilles ATR Sport; (R) 18x10.5-inch (-15) Ar­row En­ter­prise Ge­walt Mesh, 235/40R18 Hi­fly SUS­PEN­SION: Tein coilovers, mod­i­fied knuck­les, ex­tended lower-con­trol arms, Hardrace caster and cam­ber arms, Parts Shop Max toe arms, front and rear strut braces

NZ Per­for­mance Car : Hi, Jody. Is that a rotang we spy through the bon­net vents? Jody: [Laughs] Yep. I’ve had the en­gine and gear­box for a while, but it was meant to be for one of my Corol­las — in the end, I de­cided [that] I didn’t want the headache of mod­i­fy­ing the Corolla to han­dle the power I was aim­ing for, so the Sil­via con­ver­sion was put into ef­fect.

It’s an out-of-the box con­ver­sion, that’s for sure. Be­ing a welder/fab­ri­ca­tor, did you do most of the con­ver­sion your­self? Yeah, I started the build my­self and pulled the run­ning gear out, then mod­i­fied the sump pan, made new en­gine mounts, gear­box cross mem­ber, etc. The idea was to keep ev­ery­thing pretty stan­dard, but I needed to make a new ex­haust man­i­fold, and, I thought to my­self, why go to all the ef­fort just to fit a stan­dard turbo? So, a big turbo and wastegate were fit­ted, and then that equals big­ger in­jec­tors, a new ECU, BOV [blow-off valve], in­ter­cooler, etc. — the snow­ball ef­fect started. How did you find the change switch­ing from old ’rol­las into the Nis­san Lego-parts world? I had never played with Nis­san stuff be­fore. Up­grad­ing the brakes, diff, hubs, axles — it was all so sim­ple. My part­ner had an CA18DET S13, and, at the time, I was still play­ing around with the Corol­las. I thought, this thing drives great, han­dles well with the power it had. When the op­por­tu­nity came up, I switched tack and bought a stolen and re­cov­ered S13 for the right price — even though I re­ally wanted a 180SX. Luck­ily, the parts swap over so eas­ily, and a friend had spare 180SX front parts lay­ing around, so the Onevia con­ver­sion took shape. A few years’ dif­fer­ence in tech there to help out, too. We un­der­stand it sees a fair amount of side­ways track time? Def­i­nitely. I al­ways wanted to give drift­ing a go, and this was the per­fect thing to do it in. Af­ter a cou­ple of Drift School events at Rua­puna [Mike Pero Motorsport Park], I started get­ting the hang of things and went along to a few more of the reg­u­lar drift events hosted there — it’s great fun learn­ing new ways to bet­ter your driv­ing skills. Af­ter it got a bit rough, I whipped up a roll cage and put some bucket seats in, fit­ted the guards, and gave it a coat of paint. But now, it’s time to save some money for tyres, and go out for fun at the lo­cal. Nice! Would you do any­thing dif­fer­ently a sec­ond time around? I prob­a­bly wouldn’t change the way I built it, as it was built with a bud­get in mind, and I in­tended to use it. But, if I [had] had the funds, I would have started with a 20B turbo in­stead — dreams are free. Ei­ther way, it’s a unique week­end war­rior. Thanks for the chat, Jody.

PHO­TOS: MIKEY MAY­ERS

Name: Jody Thomp­son Age: 28 Lo­ca­tion: Christchurch Oc­cu­pa­tion: Welder/fab­ri­ca­tor

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