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Old 17 Sep 2006, 10:37 (Ref:1712208)   #16
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I've been meaning to make a thread about my 'new' car, but cbf, now it's got around to it

It's a1989 R31 Skyline, had it about a year, bought it with a dead engine (it sounded real nasty). as soon as I got it home gave it a good polish, as it's paint is pretty faded, you can tell in the pics, but it was tons worse, when polished it looked a fair bit better than it does now, I seriously havn't polished or even washed it since about christmas, I'll be painting it in the near future.

About a week later swapped the engine out, the new engine came out of a mates car, who was replaceing his RB30 with an RB20 turbo engine. I just kept it as it was for a while, while sourcing RB30 turbo parts (from VL Turbo Commodore), lowered it, fitted the rims from my other Skyline that I have since sold, and fitted a 3" exhaust in anticipation for the turbo.

Just about 3-4 months ago I finally did the turbo conversion, and the first time I hit boost it put the biggest smile on my face at this time I didn't have a front pipe (from the dump pipe to the cat converter) so on boost it was damn loud when the wastegate opened and bypassed the exhaust wheel of the turbo, antisocial driving at it's best !:P great fun that. After about a month I fitted the R32 front pipe that a mate gave me, fitted perfect

The VL Turbo didn't have an intercooler from the factory, so just on Friday I and a mate did the piping for it and goes a fair bit harder now, Garrett intercooler with custom end tanks (inlet and outlet on same side), the best part is I didn't have to cut much out of the front bumper out to fit it, and didn't have to more my number plate to the side (though I might later for more airflow) so from the outside you can hardly tell it's there.

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1989 Series 3 R31 Nissan Skyline Silhouette, built by Nissan Australia (unfortunately, the import R31s are much better put together, but still better built than Commodore/Falcon of the era)
RB30E+T Single cam 3L straight 6 turbo
Factory LSD
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Front lip spoiler

Power would be roughly 220-230rwhp (hp at the wheels) so about 220-230 kW at the flywheel, which is around 300hp at the flywheel? It has yet to be dynoed, but a mates car with almost the exact same mods got those figures, it'll be on the dyno in about a month so I'll find out for sure then...

that's about it, it's quite unassuming, which I love.

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Old 17 Sep 2006, 23:46 (Ref:1712556)   #17
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Was the Evo in the pic co-incidental?
Yep - seem to remember it looked good in the shot though.
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Old 18 Sep 2006, 08:12 (Ref:1712681)   #18
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I've still got my 97 Pug 306 DTurbo, the old girl has gone past 143K now

I was looking at replacing it but that's going to have to wait until we've got another rally car sorted out (got to get the priorities right ).
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Old 18 Sep 2006, 11:27 (Ref:1712804)   #19
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i have a 2002 bmw 320td compact.
i have no idea about the power, i think it's between 120-150bhp but i'm debating getting it chipped over keeping the fuel figures.
all that matters is that if i thrash it, it doesn't drop below 45mpg, and if i need to do a conservative run, i can do 70mpg
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Old 18 Sep 2006, 18:56 (Ref:1713122)   #20
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Get it remapped Bella. Most people get better power, smoother delivery of the torque and as a result improved consumption.
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Old 18 Sep 2006, 21:07 (Ref:1713237)   #21
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But can bella be trusted with more power?
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Old 18 Sep 2006, 23:11 (Ref:1713296)   #22
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Get it remapped Bella. Most people get better power, smoother delivery of the torque and as a result improved consumption.
Done wonders for my golf, may get my jetta remapped
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Old 19 Sep 2006, 02:49 (Ref:1713365)   #23
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I got a 1998 Ford Escort. Fourth Escort I've owned. The previous ones were a 1988, a 1993, and a 1995. I've always had good luck with Escorts and for some reason I really love driving them even though they aren't fancy cars.

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Old 19 Sep 2006, 20:00 (Ref:1714080)   #24
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I've got a 'M' reg Ford Maverick with 130k on the clock. it's not the fastest thing in the world, but it will go anywhere and it has tons of pulling power.
It works hard for its living and has outlasted most of my neighbours Discovery's
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Old 19 Sep 2006, 22:45 (Ref:1714182)   #25
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It works hard for its living and has outlasted most of my neighbours Discovery's
show a disco a puddle and it falls apart at the thought of getting its feet wet.

Is that basically the Nissan Torrano ?
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Old 20 Sep 2006, 08:05 (Ref:1714384)   #26
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Yes it's basically a rebadged Terrano. I'm so impressed with it when I change it, it will either be another Terrano or a Navara.
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Old 20 Sep 2006, 08:28 (Ref:1714406)   #27
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I have the utility version of Johnh's car. A Ford BA Falcon. I don't know how to post a picture, so here's a link to the manufacturer's page http://ford.com.au/range/falconute/models/xlute.aspe.
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I have the utility version of Johnh's car. A Ford BA Falcon. I don't know how to post a picture, so here's a link to the manufacturer's page http://ford.com.au/range/falconute/models/xlute.aspe.
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I'm driving a Ford BA Falcon wagon (estate), to fill in a few details for you UK folk it's a 4.0L 6cyl with 182kW (~240hp) and 380Nm torque, 4sp auto. It's big (>5m long) and goes (reasonably) fast but doesn't use too much fuel, approx 11L/100km or 26mpg average with more city than hwy driving. I haven't timed a 0-60 but it should be under 8sec comfortably even with quite a tall first gear. Even though it is the base model it has cruise, a/c, power front windows, power drivers seat, trip computer & other useful stuff.




I have one of these sitting in the driveway right now too... its an evaluation vehicle owned by FoMoCo... for our 200+ commercial traveller fleet.

Its an XT model, which is well equipped as you suggest... this one is on LPG... and I am not particularly a fan of the gas tank under the cargo area, and the spare tyre in the load space. It has a cargo cage as well...

Its not my cup of tea in driving terms... and am not sure its better than the VZ Commodore I had last week, or certainly the Toyota Rav4 I had under evaluation a couple of weeks ago
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