Slow Progress > No Progress

Last Saturday morning I drove an hour and a half away to my friend Tim’s house to hang out with him and another S13 owner/friend of ours named Greg. I have known these guys for a really long time and we have all been tinkering with these cars for about a decade now, so we always have a good time when we get together.

The first order of business was to travel out to Tim’s parents’ house where my PS13 chassis is currently being stored to remove the stock wheels and suspension. I needed to grab these items to install them on the red donor coupe I recently parted out so that I could sell the complete chassis as a rolling unit. It would have been a lot easier to leave these items in place for when I eventually transport it to my home, but selling a shell is a lot easier if it can be rolled. I unloaded a number of black interior items I have acquired into the coupe for storage purposes while Tim and Greg made quick work of the suspension removal. We determined that these items had probably never been removed before- which is crazy since this chassis has over 300k miles on it. All of the clips in the trunk were still intact and the rubber covers were in place over the rear strut tops. Really cool to have a chassis like this that was never modified!

I grabbed some photos of the only rust on the chassis while I was there to run them past my friend Mike at Detroit Drifting Company. Mike did all of the welding on my black S13’s engine bay when I shaved it back in 2012 and also made a very similar repair to that chassis, so I am hoping to have him do the same thing to the coupe this spring before I transport it home. We’ll see what happens! It’s unfortunate that there is any rust on this chassis at all, but the fact that the rest of the car is rust free and stock makes fixing it seem more than worth it. The rear quarters haven’t even been rolled!

After retrieving the suspension and wheels, we grabbed some Taco Bell before tearing into Tim’s red S13 hatch. We managed to mate the engine and transmission before dropping it into the car- only to find that there was resistance when trying to turn the engine to install the CAS. After pulling everything back out, we found that the slave cylinder bolts were contacting the clutch when trying to rotate the engine. Since the slave was not installed, the bolts were threaded too far into the transmission. A stupid error, but at least it wasn’t something more serious!

It was good to make some progress on Tim’s car. Hopefully it will be running and on the road sometime this season. It would be nice to cruise around in the cars together. Fingers crossed this is the year!

Back home again, I was able to install the suspension and wheels on the red donor coupe before posting the rolling chassis for sale. Hopefully I will be able to unload it soon so that I can free up some space in the garage. Unfortunately this car did not turn out to be “rust free” as the previous owner described it to be, but I am sure I can still find a good home for it. I had a feeling that was not the case when I bought it, but knew it had the components I needed for my own build.

I picked up a couple of items I needed for the PS13’s SR20 refresh this past week including a stock shifter assembly (thank you to @Reneh240 for sending me this!) and a stock exhaust manifold from Tim. I’m planning to shoot the exhaust manifold with a quick coat of paint before installing it, along with a new factory manifold heat shield sourced from Japan (just like I installed on the SR in my black car) when it arrives.

I’m still waiting on a few engine maintenance items from Japan, but I did receive another order of support items from the states including bolts for the oil pan, nuts and washers for the exhaust manifold, nuts and locking tabs for the turbo, shifter assembly and clutch slave boots, water pump studs and washers, and some other gaskets and seals for the transmission. I still need a few things to complete the refresh, but this is a great head start on beginning to put everything back together.

My wife is going on vacation with some friends next week, so I have been taking a break from too much garage work to spend time with her and ensure that I have enough to do in the evenings while she is gone. I usually get pretty bored without her around after the girls go to bed so I’ve been trying to save up my projects to keep busy. If all goes well I should begin engine reassembly next week. This is the portion of the year where it begins to feel like winter will never end, even if there isn’t much snow. I’m trying to keep the motivation flowing!

Thanks as always for stopping by! Have a great weekend.

Damon

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New Year, Same Me

Well, after managing to post here every Friday for several months in a row, I finally missed one at the end of 2018. Things were very hectic celebrating the holidays with various members of our family, and to top it off we all took turns coming down with the stomach flu sporadically throughout our time off. Seeing one of your kids getting sick on Christmas morning is heartbreaking, but thankfully it was a quick moving bug and everyone made it out on the other side. I am happy to report that we are all back into the routine of school and work and everyone is more or less healthy at this point which is really nice.

I haven’t spent a ton of time in the garage since my last update so this post will likely be pretty brief today. I did manage to spend some time thoroughly cleaning the engine a few nights ago and I am fairly happy with where it sits currently. I could probably spend a couple more hours to really fine-tune it and could probably even paint it, but I always prefer to leave the raw factory finish if I can. I’ll likely do just a little more touch up work after I remove the crank pulley (I realized my pulley removal tool is bent so I need to replace that this weekend) and then I can begin to reassemble everything with fresh gaskets and a few replacement components. I’m looking forward to getting it back together!

Prior to cleaning- pretty messy, but could probably be worse.

Progress so far. Not perfect but a whole lot better!

I can’t wait to replace that unsightly FRAM filter.

A few more maintenance items arrived this week from NissanParts.cc including an oil filter, stock oil pan, water pump, S14 oil strainer, and an S15 seven layer exhaust manifold gasket. Another order from Nissan should be here this weekend with small hardware items needed to reinstall both manifolds properly.

I also received my OEM Nissan clutch fan coupling and shroud. Say what you will about the factory clutch fan setup, but I have never had an issue with overheating while running this setup in my other S13 over the years. It’s so simple and hassle free! Can’t beat it for a street setup in my opinion.

I’ve had to delay my trip to Tim’s house several times in the past couple of weeks due to conflicts, but I should finally be heading out to see him tomorrow. I am planning to grab the stock suspension and steel wheels from my champagne coupe so that I can get the red coupe chassis in rolling condition to finally be able to sell it. I am really anxious to get that car out of my garage and put Alicia’s van back where it belongs. I’ll also be grabbing a stock exhaust manifold from Tim to use on my SR20 in place of the Megan tubular manifold that came with the engine.

I can’t wait to have this stuff out of my garage…

That’s about all I have to report for now! I hope to make good progress putting the engine back together next week. It’s not really a rush in any way, but I have been enjoying getting a chance to work on it. Thanks as always for stopping by and Happy New Year!

Damon

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Taking Care of Business

I’m happy to report that the motivation continued to flow in my garage last weekend. On Saturday Morning Hattie and I lifted the new SR20 onto the engine stand and got it secured. All of my daughters show some interest in car projects, but Hattie really seems to like using tools and learning about working on cars. She loses interest of course (she’s only 4 after all) but I always enjoy when my kids want to hang out with me in the garage. I do very little to push them into liking cars because I want them to do their own thing in life, but I try to include them if they show some interest.

I decided to take a short break from removing items from the donor chassis and work on tearing down and inspecting the SR20 drivetrain that will eventually end up in my coupe build. I spent a few hours removing everything from the engine to repair it for a refresh. It’s really nice working on an engine I am familiar with (probably the only one I am very familiar with honestly) because it makes things move a lot more smoothly. Before long I had the engine torn down as far as I’d like to take it.

My plan for this engine is very simple and more or less identical to the process I used to refresh the other SR in my hatch. I’m planning to install a full gasket kit and other maintenance items like a fresh water pump and thermostat. Everything will be thoroughly cleaned up and I’ll replace all of the rubber hoses located under the intake manifold. I’ve elected to install a stock turbo manifold and oil pan in place of the Megan and Tomei units that came on the engine as it makes the most sense for what I plan to do with the car- cruise around town. I’ll get into more detail about the engine refresh in a future post and try to include some part numbers that people might find useful for their own SR20 overhaul.

Some of the things I found when taking the engine apart were fairly comical. Nearly every portion of the exhaust side was missing 25-50% of the bolts needed to secure everything. Again, I am very thankful I made it home in this car without breaking down. The engine seems to be in relatively good shape from what I can tell though- it just seems like things either weren’t maintained all that well or were installed without a lot of attention to detail. In any case I’ll be sure to get everything fixed up before installing this engine into my coupe shell.

After the engine was torn down, I finished removing the remaining items from the donor chassis to get it ready to be sold. I’ve sold about 50% of the parts from the car that I don’t need, but things have slowed down a bit due to the holidays. I am hoping to move out the rest of my inventory in the new year. Thankfully the weather has been mild and we haven’t had much snow to speak of so that leaving my wife’s van outside for a couple weeks hasn’t been a problem.

Today is the first day of my time off for the holidays, so my plan was to travel out to Tim’s house to hang out and possibly help him with the SR20 for his own build (not that he needs much help as he is a mechanic by trade.) I also need to remove the stock wheels and suspension from my coupe chassis to install on the donor car in order to get it ready to be sold. Once I have those items, I should be able to throw them on the car and hopefully get it out of my garage ASAP. However, my oldest daughter woke up with the flu, so that plan has been put on hold for a week or so until I’ve got time to try again. I’ll likely continue to clean up my SR in the mean time when I have a minute next week during the holidays.

Well, that’s all for today- a relatively quick update, but I am sure everyone else is just as busy with the holidays as I am. I’m really happy with the progress I have made so far on this project though! I’m looking forward to continuing the momentum into 2019.

I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas next week! Thank you as always for stopping by. Take care!

Damon

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Garage Work Intensifies

Things have been picking up steam for me since my return from vacation in Florida late this past Saturday night. My garage has probably seen more activity in the last week than it has in the last couple of years combined which is pretty exciting.

Tis’ the season… to play with junky old Nissans!

I didn’t have much time in the few short days between purchasing my new donor car and leaving for Florida, but I did manage to get a few things removed from the car before we left on our trip. It was tough to bring the car home and immediately need to leave for eight days, but I wanted to snag it before any more snow came down or someone else could purchase it.

I snuck into the garage in between packing and managed to remove a few simple items like the Silvia front end, replica Bride seats and Buddy Club seat rails, Corbeau harnesses, Mishimoto radiator fans, Circuit Sports catch can, and even a brand new Cusco rear strut tower bar that was mounted in the trunk (this was a surprise to me since it was not listed on the for sale post for the car.) This allowed me to list some of these items for sale from Florida and ship them when I returned home.

This car is your stereotypical S13 drift car build in every sense of the word. When I removed the front end, I found that both headlights and corner lights were held in place with one zip tie each. There were no PS13 brackets for headlight mounting and the front bumper was held in place with two bolts from the crash beam to the chassis. There was no factory hood latch installed, so someone decided to drill into the nearly mint OEM Silvia hood for hood pins. It was clear that not a lot of energy was put into assembling the car, but it felt good to confirm that a majority of the parts were there to meet my original goal of getting my money back out of the car.

It’s OK friend, I won’t let them hurt you anymore…

Upon returning home from Florida, I began to really tear into the car. I put it up on jack stands and removed and sold the Parts Shop max high mount intercooler. It’s a really nice kit and the engineering behind it makes sense, but it’s not really the look or style I am going for on my build. I did find a like new Koyo radiator on the car (despite the ad saying it had a Mishimoto radiator) so that was a nice surprise as I planned to purchase one eventually for the build anyway. I also elected to remove and sell the Chase Bays power steering kit from the car. I’m not sure what I will end up using for a power steering setup for the coupe, but we’ll see what happens.

It’s a shame the side of this new radiator was banged flat for the intercooler to clear. Hopefully I can straighten that back out…

After having the car in the air, I pulled the XXR wheels, EMUSA coilovers, and Godspeed rear suspension arms. I’ll likely install the stock suspension and steel wheels from my project coupe to sell this car as a rolling chassis. It was during this process that there was more rust on the car than I was led to believe (I was told there was none and saw pictures of the frame rails, but I assumed that was probably not likely.) Upon closer inspection, portions of the floor and the frame rails have definitely been repaired. This was a bit disappointing, but I should still be able to find a buyer for the chassis.

At lunch time yesterday I did a quick compression test on the new SR and things seem to be in pretty good shape from what I can tell. I’m planning to go through the engine and do a very light refresh, so hopefully applying the same maintenance to this one will treat me well like it has in my other car. Speaking of the other car, it was fairly nice out while I was home yesterday so I decided to let the hatch run and pull it out of the garage for a little bit. It’s only been about a month and a half since I put it away but I definitely miss driving it. It is nice to have it sitting there while I work on this car though to remind me of what the end goal looks like.

My OEM gasket kit arrived during the compression test yesterday- the first piece of the puzzle for refreshing the new SR20. I am really looking forward to having the engine on the stand and cleaning everything up!

After making steady progress removing parts from the car and selling them through the week, as well as completing the compression test, I was finally able to remove the drivetrain from the car late last night. It’s crazy to me how many nuts and bolts are missing in important places on this car, including the turbo outlet pipe, turbo manifold, and O2 housing. The more time I spent under the car, the more fortunate I felt that I made it home in one piece driving this thing down the highway!

I pulled the transmission off of the engine late last night and am planning to remove the clutch and flywheel to put it on the engine stand tomorrow morning. My four year old daughter Hattie has shown a lot of interest in working on cars and really wants to use the cherry picker, so I decided to put that off until the weekend so that she can give me a hand.

Minion #2 reporting for duty.

Hopefully you’re as excited about this progress as I am- it feels great to be out in the garage and doing some serious work again! I’m looking to continue to stay motivated and make some more progress with the part out in the coming weeks. Thankfully the weather has been pretty mild without much snow so parking my wife’s van in the driveway has not really been an issue. It will be great to get the donor chassis out of the garage and put the Sienna back in until spring time.

Thank you as always for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Damon

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Worldwide S13 Friends: Florida Edition

I’m going to keep this week’s post fairly short and sweet as I have been on a family vacation down in Florida for close to a week. It’s really nice to get a break from the winter weather at home back in Michigan each year and take a quick visit to stay at my in-law’s condo. The kids always have an awesome time at the pool and we enjoy a quick burst of sunshine before returning to the frozen tundra of the North.

I was fortunate enough on this trip to take a little bit of time for myself and drive three hours North to visit some friends that I have met through the S13 community- Brett, Hayden, Brent, and Dan. All of these guys reside close to each other in the Orlando area and frequently hang out and work on their cars together- something I think has a lot of value since I’ve only got a handful of friends with a similar taste in cars that live within four or five hours of me.

Brett’s cars are very elusive and rarely come out of hiding,
so I had to steal this photo from his Instagram.

I first met Brett (@noisy4ag) through Zilvia back in 2010 or so when he was building his teal 240SX. This car is the most immaculate example of an S13 fastback that I have ever seen in the US. Brett was way ahead of the game on the OEM restoration front, and as a result both of his S13s are super clean with lots of freshly replaced and long discontinued OEM components inside and out. Yes, Brett actually owns TWO fully restored and immaculate S13s, the teal version featuring a tidy KA-T setup. The car was featured in Super Street a few years back.

In addition to his two S13s, Brett also has a really nice supercharged AE86. The fascination with Toyotas has expanded over the last year or two to include a few off road vehicles like this neat ‘Yota pickup truck. I admit that I don’t know too much about this stuff, but it was definitely cool to check out none the less. Brett even dabbles into the rotary world- we took his grandfather’s ultra clean FC RX-7 out for a spin when we went to dinner.

If you’re into S13s, you have probably seen Hayden’s car around on Instagram (@hb_s13). He’s got an incredibly clean example that he sourced bone stock with around 36k miles on the clock a few years back. Riding in Hayden’s car during my visit last time I came down here is partially what inspired me to add some more creature comforts to my car like functioning heat and sound deadening. It’s totally bazar to ride in one of these cars with working heat, A/C, and an automatic transmission. The exhaust is still stock as well and there are almost no creaks or other odd noises while cruising down the road- super cool to experience. He recently added the bronze 17/18 TE37 setup in place of his Panasports which I think compliment the factory paint color nicely. Looking forward to seeing the manual swap in the car sometime soon!

Hayden’s brother Brent (@brrrentbeakes) has built a host of really cool cars over the years including S13s and S14s. His latest project is this JZX90 that he just painted black last week. It was wild riding around in this car as well as it is still NA and automatic for the time being. Everyone always jokes about these cars essentially being oversized Camrys, and I would be lying if the seats didn’t feel similar to the Camrys I have owned over the years. This is another car I am really looking forward to seeing more of in the future as Brent always does a really nice job putting a car together.

Perhaps the car from this dynamic duo that I was most excited to see on this trip was Dan’s S13. Dan (@__dzd__) has been working really hard to piece together all of the components for a refresh of this machine for the last year and I’ve been on board with his plan for quite some time now. Brent and Dan just painted both of their cars last week, so they were still awaiting the finishing touches, but it was still really cool to see.

Dan’s previous iteration of the car included a set of bronze AVS Model Vs and Sexy Style aero. This time around the exterior features an OEM kouki 180SX front bumper with plate cutout and genuine R33 GTR N1 ducts, as well as a Hot Road aero kit consisting of a front lip, side skirts, and rear valence. A Koguchi Power hood really adds to the aggressive feel of the car and compliments the plate cutout and N1 ducts perfectly. I know Dan had his heart set on a pair of Ganador mirrors for the car, but I don’t think the East Bear mirrors could look any better. The whole car has a bit of a Break Itoh vibe to it, which is just fine with me as it’s my favorite 180SX of all time.

The final piece that really takes this version of the car over the top is the set of 17/18 staggered NISMO LMG4 bronze wheels. I still can’t believe Dan managed to get a hold of these in the condition he did, especially with both pairs matching in color perfectly. I know Dan is still tweaking the wheel fitment a bit, but the overall presence of the car is just awesome.

A Bride Maxis and Pivot shift knob reside in the interior. The interior of the car will be Dan’s next area of focus as I know there are a lot of details he wants to add to refine it including a clean dashboard and some brand new carpet. I think he would also like to add a NeXt Miracle Cross Bar if the opportunity presents itself, so here’s to hoping it all pans out at some point!

I really enjoy Dan’s car because it reminds me of simpler times in the S chassis community. For many of us, the build process ended quite a while ago and the thrill of the chase has long since departed. It has been a lot of fun for me to chat with Dan and watch him go through the process of adding all of these different components to attempt to build the S13 he has envisioned in his head. It’s awesome to see his dedication and I was honored to be able to check out his most recent progress in person with my own eyes instead of just through the internet.

Experiences like these are what this community is all about. The fact that we can all stay connected through the internet and social media to share a common passion about these cars and help each other out is really amazing. The world feels smaller than ever these days and I often feel like I have friends all over the world- even if I have never met them in person. When I do get a chance to hang out in person, it’s always a good time.

I’ll be returning to cold and snowy Michigan tomorrow night- after which it will be time to get the red coupe torn apart and parted out so that I can get my garage back! I hope to check in next Friday with some decent progress on that front. As always- thanks for stopping by!

Damon

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Three’s Company

Well, here we are. In a unique and unexpected turn of events, I now find myself with three S13s in my current possession. How did this happen you might ask? Read along to find out…

The most recent 240SX to join my stable (albeit on a temporary basis) came to me through the local Facebook Marketplace S13 group. The car had been listed at $5k for quite a while which was a a fair amount more than it was worth. The owner lowered the price and still was not having much luck with moving it, so I reached out to him during the Thanksgiving holiday to see if it was still available. After creating a quick spreadsheet to determine the value of all of the items on the car, I decided that it would be worth trying to buy the car and part it out for a fairly quick profit.

After some negotiation, I sent a deposit and we set this past Tuesday as the day I would come and pick the car up. My good friend Tim that I often mention here on the site was kind enough to drive me out to the car since it was located near his home- a little over 100 miles from me. When we arrived it was dark outside, snowing, and about 20ยบ outside. The battery was of course dead so we needed to jump start it, but the SR20DET seemed to idle nicely once the car warmed up. It was covered in snow from the winter storm that had moved through a couple days earlier and equipped with summer tires and a welded differential so I knew I was in for a treat with attempting to make the hour and forty five minute long trip to my house.

After limping the car down the street to the gas station, I discovered that it must have been running on fumes. I have never put more than 12.5 gallons or so into my S13, but this one took just over 14. I of course left the car running while gassing it up so that I wouldn’t have to worry about getting it to start again. After saying goodbye to Tim I hopped on the freeway and started what felt like the longest drive of my life.

There were many issues with this car that made it a handful to drive. There are no heater controls meaning that I was freezing the entire trip home. The windshield was fogging up but due to the lack of heat there was no defrost. No rear view mirror, no wiper motor, no interior of any kind to speak of aside from the replica Bride seats and poorly mounted racing harnesses. The straight pipe exhaust was crazy loud and the fuel tank access cover was not bolted down making for some beautiful sounds and smells the entire drive home. The car was also stumbling and misfiring at certain RPMs so I needed to keep it at a fairly low speed for it to cruise consistently. I am sure this is likely a simple issue with the engine that I can fix when refreshing it. I thought I was going to be pulled over for sure for not having a license plate on the car, but thankfully I made it without a hitch.

I’ve never been so happy to pull into my driveway. I checked out the car a bit more the next morning and moved it into my garage. The plan is to strip it down and sell a majority of the parts on it with the hope that I can keep the SR20DET swap for my new coupe project. I will also be holding onto the Silvia hood for my build as well. Just about everything else is going to be sold off to recoup some funds and hopefully end up with a free drivetrain… for the chassis that I also somehow wound up getting a hold of for free. This car isn’t in terrible condition, but one quarter panel is fairly banged up. It also appears to have had some rust repair done in the past and the chassis harness was messed with to install the switch panel. I am much better off building my other coupe chassis that hasn’t been messed with nearly as much and is virtually rust free.

So yeah- pretty crazy stuff! I never dreamed of having an engine for my project any time soon, but I had to jump on this opportunity. Hopefully things go smoothly in the coming weeks and I am able to part out and sell the car quickly so that I can get my wife’s car out of the snow and back into our garage.

That’s all for this week! I’ll be sure to keep everyone updated on the project’s progress. Thanks as always for stopping by!

Damon

PS- I still have just a small handful of my first run of stickers left if anyone is interested over at the store page. Thank you to everyone that has shown their support!

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Going For Two

Last week’s post about my recent acquisition of a second Nissan 240SX chassis has brought forth a lot of hype, questions, and discussion. While it was really cool to see how excited everyone was about me posting that I have a second one of these cars at my disposal now, I think it is important for anyone in my position to keep a level head and realistic expectations about what the future may bring for these project cars.

I think we have all seen this happen way too many times in the past- wasted enthusiasm poured into a new project, often someone’s second, third, fourth, or even fifth S13 in addition to the other unfinished cars they already own. For whatever reason it seems to be a trend among 240SX owners that owning one is simply not enough. However, more often than not this ends in a collection of partially parted out cars scattered about in someone’s backyard, the owner holding onto a dream that will likely never come to fruition. It’s not a bad thing to have dreams and ambitions (as well as the patience to pursue them no matter how long it may take) but it’s also important to be realistic. Believe me, even sharing with everyone that I had a new chassis was a decision I did not take lightly for that very reason.

For me, the coupe chassis is like any other spare part on the shelf. Sure, it’s a physical car and not a pair of wheels or an extra bumper, but it really should not be treated as anything more significant at this stage in my life. If I truly call it a second project car, I am at risk to lose not only the new chassis but my S13 hatch as well. There are numerous larger priorities in my life at this moment that require the coupe to remain a support item that is saved for a rainy day rather than a second full-blown project.

A few people have asked me if picking up a second S13 means my first one is finished. While we all know that no project is every truly completed, I do feel the most comfortable and content I have ever felt with my original 240SX. I’ve made very minimal changes to it over the last few years and I think that is showing both a new sense of maturity for me and the build, but also that I may have finally settled into what I feel is a good balance for what I want from that car. Sure, I still really want to give it a perfect paint job and install all of the moldings and weather stripping I have collected for it, but the car really is ideal for what I use it for at this point in my life. As much as I may be justifying not doing something that I simply don’t have the money for, it really does make sense to wait on painting it until further down the road. It’s awesome to be able to gas the car up and drive it anywhere I’d like without being overly concerned about paint chips or any weather I might encounter along the way. As difficult as it is, being comfortable with the car being just “OK” and remaining in the condition it is now makes a ton of sense. I guess what I am realizing is that in a way the car is “finished” for the time being. I’d like to tackle a few suspension improvements to replacing aging items that were upgraded nearly ten years ago and maybe get the audio system working if I am motivated enough, but aside from general maintenance and enjoying it I don’t feel the need for any big, elaborate plans.

I think the fact that I feel this way is making it easier for me to justify keeping the coupe around for the foreseeable future. I’ve watched way too many people attempt to build a second car or even modify their daily driver in the past only to see them lose a sense of balance and have to retreat. My hope is not to become another member of this statistic. I’ve always sought to keep my daily vehicles as boring and reliable as possible. I tend to choose a vehicle that I have no interest in modifying (and believe me, I am STILL always tempted to modify them in some way) to ensure that I am not going down a second rabbit hole before I have surfaced from the first one. Having a vehicle you haven’t messed with that you can rely on every day is one of the keys to owning a successful project vehicle. It’s just too stressful for most of us to deal with modifying and maintaining multiple cars.

But anyway, I hope this helps to give you a bit of my perspective on the second car. I’d love to have the resources to immediately dive in to building it from the ground up as heaven knows I’ve got plenty of passion and motivation to do that, but it’s really not realistic from a financial standpoint. I hope to have a clear, methodical path for it laid out from the very beginning so that I’m never tempted to stray from the plan and execute on it only as life allows me to. Should I ever be faced with a situation where I need to make a sacrifice, it will definitely be the first thing to go. With the end goal being owning a clean and positive representation of both variants of the S13 chassis, I hope that I’ll one day be successful enough to make that goal a reality- it’s just going to take some hard work and a HUGE amount of patience to make it happen. If it’s meant to be I think everything will pan out in the end.

Thank you to everyone that has shown their support by purchasing stickers! I’ve been overwhelmed with the positivity and kind messages of support. I used the proceeds to purchase a premium Flickr account to ensure that all of the photos on my blog and Zilvia build thread stay active for another year. I hope to offer some new merchandise in the new year including new stickers and maybe even some shirts if people are interested. 2019 is going to be a great year!

I hope that all of you enjoy some meaningful time with family this Thanksgiving. Thanks for the support!

Damon

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