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06-10-11, 06:02 PM
Hi guys,

Decided to post pics of my build. 1986 JDM import Turbo FC3S. Sold up my cars to buy a house after selling the last place to pay out the ex. Swore no more cars and then this happened.....



I inherited an old HQ wagon with 90,000 original km's. I didn't want it and the mate of a mate came to buy it rolled up in this. 20 minutes later and a couple of "special RWC" I had myself an FC3S for free.

So much for no more cars....................;)

06-10-11, 06:11 PM
So then I started thinking how I wanted to build it. I decided I wanted the period racecar type deal. So I found a couple of sets of Work Rezax Roar forged rims. 17x8 front and 17x9 rear. Great light rim and great price too. I need a few sets for tarmac rallies and track days. Also found some Tein coilovers in ok shape so threw them in too.



I forgot how much I love having a JDM car to tinker with. I had always liked the FC shape but after the last 12 months of moving house, being pretty sick and starting work with a new company it was not really something I had thought about - I like to think the car kind of found me. Anyway its been a good thing and really got me back out in the garage doing what I love. Met some cool guys along the way who have helped me out too.

06-10-11, 06:16 PM
I borrowed a friends spray booth and we rolled her in to tidy it up. Being a factory no sunroof and white it was a no brainer - white! I always wanted a bright white so I went for the straight white tinter..............very bright and very white. good to touch up too afterall it will be a racer not a show pony.




06-10-11, 06:19 PM
Put it back together to get it to my new place. By this time it had turned 25 too - so I decided to club rego it. I am a member at Phillip Island Racing Club so it was pretty straight forward. As long as you drive sensible, you don't get hassled. I have had 2 occasions being pulled over with a gutted interior and the police were pretty cool about it. I just show them the logbook which also has my CAMS licnce in the same wallet and they check the lights and on my way - sweet!



06-10-11, 06:22 PM
Got some other stuff to go in when the FIA spec 12 point cage is done in Feb 2012.

Seats were a bargain


V8 Supercar power steering pulley to replace the aweful FC one


AES 3" custom mufflers great looking and Kev is great to deal with too


06-10-11, 06:23 PM
I have also installed

#Full delrin bushes through the suspension
#Solid delrin engine and transmission mounts
#Mazda speed 4.11 Torsen LSD
#Short shifter kit

Parts waiting to go in

#Carbon fibre centre console (blank out all heater controls and stereo)
#Carbon fibre dash guage pod instead of warning light cluster
#Carbon fibre dash guage pod for top of speedo cluster
#Carbon fibre shifter surround
#Compact under dash heater core/blower unit for demisting and keeping police happy (handy in wet races too)
#Atkins Rotary aluminium v-belt drive kit

Entire interior is stripped in preparation for the full FIA approved Targa 12 point roll cage. For now, I am finishing off the new garage where I have moved in so I will start again on it after christmas.

Hope you all like it so far.


06-10-11, 06:39 PM
Nice build James, so once the cage goes in it will be trailored to track or will it be able to drive to events?

06-10-11, 11:10 PM
Looking good!

07-10-11, 12:21 AM
Fc looks awesome!! Paint looks real clean!

07-10-11, 09:12 AM
Nice build James, so once the cage goes in it will be trailored to track or will it be able to drive to events?

Thanks guys.

Yes MAD828 I can drive it to events. The car is now registered under the Club Permit scheme here in Victoria. It's for cars over 25 years old in an approved car club. The operative word here is PERMIT. You pay a fee every year to display club PERMIT plates. This permits you to drive the vehicle 90 days per year. Because I am a member of a racing club, I carry my Vic Roads log book, and my CAMS lic when I drive it. The permit gives you 90 days per year to use the car on publice roads.

The car must be roadworthy, but the basics need to be covered. It's a race car so a cage, extinguisher, stripped interior its all ok as its what the car is about. I have been pulled over and once they saw a 35 year old guy, helmet and race suit in the back on his way to a track they were fine. Now if I drove up and down the Princess Hwy at night looking for a race or was hard parking in Chappel Street there may be a problem. But if you are cruising down to Portsea, or the local track to give it a run its all ok. J?ust cover the common sense RWC things and its ok.

Sorry for the last pics - the light was fading. I will get better ones once the garage is up before I strip it for the cage etc.

07-10-11, 09:57 AM
Here is the same style cage nearly finished in my best mates car. It's a replica Torana XU1 racer.





You can see here the FIA side bars and the full bracing in the sides, and roof. This cage is almost the same as the V8 Supercar cage - but no windscreen cross brace. I don't think even a club permit would get that past the VicRoads people.

The cage is pretty full on, but my mate and I are getting into the Tarmac Rally scene so the cage may as well be right straight up. The difference between the basic and full house cage was only $2500.00 so do it now do it right. Mine goes to the shop again in Feb 2012 for the cage once my friends cage and brake upgrade is done.

07-10-11, 12:46 PM
Nice build mate, I love those Work rims in the second post, are you going to use them on the car once it's done? They look similar to Speedlines. I'm also a member of PIARC, only been to one practice day so far at PI, hoping to get to another one early next year, hopefully we'll bump into each other (in the paddock, not on the track!)

07-10-11, 12:51 PM
Nice build mate, I love those Work rims in the second post, are you going to use them on the car once it's done? They look similar to Speedlines. I'm also a member of PIARC, only been to one practice day so far at PI, hoping to get to another one early next year, hopefully we'll bump into each other (in the paddock, not on the track!)

Hi Anth. Hope to see you there next year too.

Yeah I always loved Speedlines, when I saw these it was instant love haha! Yes they will be used on the finished car. I have 2 sets, painting the second set now and looking to get another set or 2. Very good price for a super light name brand forged wheel. Still sometimes pop up on Yahoo Japan. Shipping cost more that the wheels! I think because they don't have dish and are only 17" they are not that popular anymore - my car is about function so they are spot on and look ok I think because they were the peiod style rim in the 80's.

07-10-11, 12:56 PM
Nice! FCs looks great in white. Will be an awesome track car once its done :)

07-10-11, 01:20 PM
Hi guys,

Decided to post pics of my build. 1986 JDM import Turbo FC3S. Sold up my cars to buy a house after selling the last place to pay out the ex. Swore no more cars and then this happened.....

That's the spirit! Good work.

07-10-11, 01:27 PM
That's the spirit! Good work.

Yeah before I even knew what happened I had offered a swap and then I thought well, it will keep me busy. Stoked I did it now - always liked FC's and wanted a rotary turbo so it was perfect.

Forgot all about the ex mrs too!

09-12-11, 04:57 PM
Not much has been happening of late with lack of space, but finally I have a garage to work in.

The car will be so much easier to work on now. Can't wait until the doors are on and the late nights in summer can begin!

09-12-11, 08:49 PM
Nice read so far. Enjoying more posts to follow on soon.

09-12-11, 10:40 PM
nice work..

i have a pair of the rezax in 17X 9 in my shead... your the only other person ive seen with some. :)

12-12-11, 09:39 AM
nice work..

i have a pair of the rezax in 17X 9 in my shead... your the only other person ive seen with some. :)

Yeah they are around, I like them. So....are the wheels for sale?

06-07-12, 04:35 PM

Been pretty busy the last fe wmonths so time for an update.

Stripped the interior in preparation for the cage. Dry ice made it so easy.

About an hour later it looked like this inside the car

And looked like this on the garage floor

Stripped the dash out too and took some measurements to make certain it coiuld all go back in with a cage and get rid of non esential gear off the dash

And I am totally re wiring the car nice and simple using only the factory headlight, wiper and indicators along with the speedo head. Every thing else will be new. All this crap goes in the bin. 25+ year old crunchy unreliable wiring where it belongs!

06-07-12, 04:43 PM
And now the cage is in also.






Next up getting the dash back in.........not as easy as it sounds I am tipping.

06-07-12, 05:13 PM
Final post for the week - getting the dash back in. After some relativley minor surgery it all went rather smooth. I did expect ALOT more grief but it was so simple. My luck with this car just keeps on holding everything fits, everything lines up it's the easiest car I have built.



The clearance was so close - but it works. Just trimmed off each end to clear the FIA side intrusion bars which I expected.




I will trim the finished dash to match the macro suede steering wheel too.

Last picture of the trailer I have reconditioned too. Bought it as a basic car trailer off a client of mine who got out of racing a HQ. He mentioned he wanted to sell it when I saw him so we did a deal. Totally re wired, tyre rack added, new winch, new tyres, new paint ready to go.


06-07-12, 05:17 PM
Yeah they are around, I like them. So....are the wheels for sale?

to be honest i want another pair :D sorry missed this post till today mine are a bit rashed but if you want them just pm me

23-07-12, 07:44 AM
Engine out time.

Spent Saturday at Calder watching a mate race his XR6T Typhoon R spec (10.25 very impressive) and Sunday at Sandown watching the Nationals. Interestingly there was an FC race car there too. Spoke to the owner and it is certainl still a rolling project but good to watch a similar car race in he same class I am aiming for. Also interesting to see people different "interperetations" of the rules.......... I have a bit ti learn about how flexible the scrutineers are but a friend in scrutineering wsa of the opinion that unless you are taking the battle to the rear bumper of a GT3 Porsche in this class they generally leave you be :)

My friend and rotary guru assured me while sitting in the grandstand Sunday that removing the motor from the FC was a 2 hour job at best. So in the garage Sunday night I decided to find out. Yep - he was right. I stripped the guards, doors basically to a shell and I am still impressed by how easily an FC goes together and comes apart. So much easier than a later model car like my old Honda S2000.

Anyway here are the pics.






This week will be 5 nights of final prep for paint inside the engine bay and interior of the car. It's very tidy for it's age and it should be ready to roll into the booth Saturday morning for a coat of straight white tinter. After that its time to start putting it all back together.


27-07-12, 02:03 AM
OK, final update before paint. It's Friday, 1am and after a solid few hours in the shop at home after work the shell is ready to go to paint in the morning. No real nasties found - I will repair one rear hatch drain hole, some runst scale under the leaky brake master cylinder and thats it. Pretty good for a 26 year old sports car.

Quick picture showing the extent we massaged the trans tunnel on the driver side to fit the seat rails.

An after shot with a strip pad mounted on the 4" grinder. I love these things effortless at removing wayward deadner and rust scale.

It was especially "chewy" here but the wheel made short work of it.

My trusty apprentice Zac decided it was time to unmask the man behind the car so here I am. More to prove to my friends that I have not forgotten which end of the grinder to hang on to!



Well, more updates after Saturdays session in the booth. Thanks again go out to Simon and Zac for their valuable assistance.


29-07-12, 12:11 AM
Melbourne weather cut me a lucky break On Friday around 6.30am. For a 2 hour window there was no rain so I loaded the car up and headed for the paintshop. Friday night I went over it and made sure all the rough edges and welds were prepped for Saturday and paint.

On with the update and most importanly some pictures of a painted interior.

After late nights and plenty of prep the car was masked up for primer.

Then my friend Dave got on with the job of priming the interior and engine bay.

The engine bay and interior was finally all one colour and starting to look pretty good. All the late nights the last week had paid of. We went up the road for a maccas breakfast and to let the primer dry before getting ready to shoot the colour.

Engine bay and interior looking good ready for colour.



Next the colour.

29-07-12, 12:21 AM
After a few hours, we came back and got the car ready for colour. We decided that we may as well flatten off the existing white on the body also and shoot the colour over the whole car. Easier than masking and the interior and exterior are the same colour anyway.

After wiping it down, Dave kicked me out of the booth to get the job done.

I like how the straight white tinter decision is going. Looks very crisp and simple.

So in all, a good few days work. I am pretty wrecked actually doing my regular day job then getting in the garage until 2am but well worth it. I will leave the shell sit for a week to get the paint properly cured then start fitting up all the hang on panels.

Next up is to black the underside and look towards installing the new coilovers. On a side nte, Dave did comment after painting it how many factory holes are in the engine bay. What I don't use in the build I will fill with body plugs but until he pointed it out I had never really noticed.



29-07-12, 03:04 AM
that's one serious cage! Loving the updates on this, good to see the build still going strong. How do you think the straight white interior will go on a sunny day, do you think you'll have any issues with glare?

29-07-12, 03:13 AM
that's one serious cage! Loving the updates on this, good to see the build still going strong. How do you think the straight white interior will go on a sunny day, do you think you'll have any issues with glare?

Yes now I have a garage and a year on from buying a house again the build is in full swing. Expect more updates in the next month in preparation for a planned early 2013 shake down.

Haha the cage. It started as a basic 4 point - then 6 point then I realised I may as well do it once and right. I have done things by halves in the past and decided to do it right from the start this time.

Glare - yes it did cross my mind. Not sure really but a tinted visor might be the go?

30-07-12, 11:16 AM
Pics back at hone in the workshop. Ready for the fun part - putting it together!







30-07-12, 11:57 AM
I've enjoyed the read, can sense real passion toward the project.

Give it time and I plan on undertaking a similar project.

Enjoying the thoroughness and detail being taken toward the build. Keep the updates coming.

30-07-12, 07:15 PM
I've enjoyed the read, can sense real passion toward the project.

Give it time and I plan on undertaking a similar project.

Enjoying the thoroughness and detail being taken toward the build. Keep the updates coming.

Thanks vex33d. I recommend it highly to anyone if they feel the same way about a car. I have always bought other cars half done and ended up being dissapointed. I decided to buy the books on the technical aspects of race car prep and tuning, study and use my experiences to do it right for once. I tried to give up on cars but I realised its why I get up in the morning, why I work and what I want. I would be giving up on myself in a way.

I didn't go looking for the RX7 - at the risk of sounding a bit odd, the car kind of found me. I was a bit lost with life, and needed something to focus on to get me through. In a strange way I kind of owe it to the car and myself to do it right. So far it's bought me great satisfaction and given me a new perspective on everything not just the car.

I am spending some time installing some proper lighting in the workshop this weekend, and installing the compressor outside under its own shelter so I don't have to listen to it in the garage. Then it's on to respraying, and reconditioning all the bolt ons. Finally it's going to resemble what I have pictured in my mind.

07-08-12, 01:32 PM
A little more happening now. First up the stands. They can go about another 30cm higher but my jack wont do it. Even so this is more than enough and makes work under it super easy.



So I can paint underneath it with a satin black rust inhibiting epoxy. I went for brush on less mess in the shop (overspray), easy to touch up and its self priming. I have used chassis black before but this does more than colour the chassis - it helps protect with a decent amount of material going on with a brush. It's mixed 2:1 and 36 hours later good to go.


And with most of the dirty stripping, scraping, cursing and swearing done the new parts have started to arrive. Time to have fun!

Coilovers from Tein. I thought carefully about this but decided to stay with Tein. Just the SS model, as I need a softer rate for tarmac racing. Too stiff and there is no weight transfer and the ability to soak up the varied surfaces is reduced. I still have my Tein HA if I decide to swap springs over later for circut only I guess. I am re using my Tein pillow tops, and the way the dampening and rebound is in one suits me. I like the idea of EDFC down the track later too.



Over the next few weeks I am expecting some deliveries from HMINI and Mazdatrix so it will start to resemble a car again!

16-08-12, 01:47 AM
Can't wait until winter is over - need a better heater in the workshop at home!

I have finished sending off the front end and accessories for soda blasting. They shoulod be back by the weekend and ready to paint and install. The rear end is out also so apart from the brake/fuel hardlines it was a shell until tonight. Now I start the assembly.

I am puting the doors on, hatch and other large parts that are clogging up the workshop. I put the stock dor trim back in and started the trimming process the same as what I did to the dash to make it fit.

Some minor surgery

And the door shuts with trim in place and clears the cage.

All the rubbers for the doors and hatch are back on.

Next on the car itself is to prep the underside for paint. Satin black epoxy. I will need to wait until Sunday about 15 degrees so the paint can go on properly.

Also, turbo arrived along with the ASK cast manifold. Turbo is a fully reco Knightsports RF320 les than 1000km and the ASK manifold looks new. Thanks to cosmoluce from Ausrotary! The plan for the motor is gloss black. Manifolds, housings, plates the lot all VHT gloss black. A few reasons. It's easy, hides oil leaks and looks stock so keeps with the simple black and white theme of the car.


Like the day it was cast - a heavy duty piece of kit

Last but no least - another decoration for the garage. Bid on a cool lightbox from ebay while I bought my Tein Coilovers and won this lol! Sums up the ethic in the garage pretty well I think.

More updates on the weekend but the plan is by end August the front and rear end are in, motor back in and back on it's wheels. Then off to have the exhaust fitted, new custom transmission crossmember, plumb up the powersteering and turbo/water lines.

Waiting on Himini and Mazdatrix to deliver some final pieces too.............but it's feeling like it's coming together.

James. :D

19-08-12, 10:55 PM
A big weekend of work in the garage has produced a great result. I did cave in and buy a decent gas heater though. I bought a small fan assisted gas heater from bunnings turns the garage into a heated paint booth!

Here is the intake and throttle body back from the soda blaster. She did a great job. So much so that I am thinking of leaving the intake raw aluminium again. She also blasted the engine subframe, front control arms and other bits and pieces. Made painting some of the parts very easy.

Also while the tank was out I repainted it and installed an in tank 044 pump - Well Simon installed it - a left over from his fuel system upgrade.

And here is the dash sub assembly all glued together.

The entire underside of the car has been painted satin black, and all the accesories repainted and serviced so it's time to assemble the car.

Here is the brake lines going back in with the booster and clutch master cylinder. The new brake master cylinder arrives in 2 weeks.

Freshly painted pedal assembly - again soda blasted the rust off made it easy to paint.

Then the dash went in. Not too painful just trimmed some brackets and all fell into place. Alot easier than putting in a full interior I bet!



Put the front and rear ends back in - along with the replacement Tein suspension


And with the doors aligned, and the hatch on along with the front and rear end in we fitted up the front guards too.

It's freed up alot of space in the garage too which is a bonus. Next week I plan to have the windscreen in, brakes plumbed up and the motor cleaned, painted and ready to reinstall with the geabox.


19-08-12, 11:37 PM
crazy updates mate, love the work, its really taking shape!

30-09-12, 03:45 AM
So I finally wired up the garage properly and ran all the power power. This meant I finally set the garage up in a way to make working on the car easier - so I worked on it some more the last 2 days.

I spent Friday night until about 2.30 am cleaning, prepping and painting parts ready for installation on Saturday. So here are the results of the last 2 nights.

From under the bench to in the engine bay -the motor.






I was undecided if I should paint the intake black -the soda blasting made them very bright but plain alloy is so easy to look after when clean. Then I remembered before bed about an expensive pot that went all dull in the dishwasher................so I put the freshly soda blasted manifolds and throttle boddy in the dishwaser on plain wash no detergent and went to bed. The next morning it looked OEM 1986 and all the residue was gone from blasting.

Here is the car with motor and trans installed. I removed the rear locking collars in the Tein suspension and now I have settled the car to its final ride height. Everything sits nice not too low but a good stance.



Few problems though.

1 - The fuel rail kit does not fit the 1000cc ID injectors I bought so need to find a better quality one. The injectors just won't seat in the secodary rail.

2 - The ASK manifold and Knightsport RF320 I planned to fit (soon for sale) are not suitable or legal for the 2B Marque sports car class fo HiFlow we go.

Thats it for now - hopeing to drop it off for a few fab jobs I can't do at home before I am on the home stretch.



big fat paulie
30-09-12, 11:31 AM
How have i missed this thread. Love your work and that cage looks nuts.

Look forward to seeing it done.

30-09-12, 11:53 AM
cage looks immense, top stuff!

30-09-12, 10:26 PM
That's one serious chassis, awesome work mate! White is such a classic look for the FC too, timeless

30-09-12, 11:10 PM
nice fc....
love the attention to detail

14-10-12, 11:16 AM
Thanks for the words guys. Hope some people are getting a few ideas along the way and learning from my development. I have been lucky to have learned off felow forum members it always makes things easier with people trying out things before you.

Reinstalled the front crossmember after powder coating. Much easier and hard wearing. Also installed the Atkins rotary pulley kit, and the freshly rebuilt De Powered steering rack. This means no power steering pump and so the front of the motor looks nice and clean.


The decision has been made also to rebuilt/highflow the stock turbo (to comply with 2B Marque Sports Car rules fully) - so put it back on for now to finish putting the engine bay together. Once the other turbo is rebuilt I will swap it out. For now I just want to finish plumbing it all up and get out on the track. I have installed the Kinugawa adjustable wastegate actuator I received last week though - and it is very nice. Kinugawa seem to be getting a good rep for their turbos too for the price.

In the future, depending on which direction I go with racing and when the budget allows I will be putting something with more grunt in there but for now I want to get out and turn some laps.

14-10-12, 11:39 AM
I also tried to fitup an S5 lip to my pretty average S4 bumper. My bar had been repaired a few times.....poorly and the holes to mount the bar and the lip were trashed. After mucking around the deision was made to replace the front end.

With an S4 their is not alot of choice - I wanted the bar mould to match the side moulds and rules in the class mean a full fibreglass bumper were out.................but front chin spoilers are legal. So I decidd a half bumper would be the go. My reasoning here has a few advantages.

1# Excuse to replace the font bumper which is not very nice condition
2# Lower the front of the bar to help aero
3# Profide a better base to incorporate my front undertray

I really wanted the RE Amemiya type 1 front half to match the wing and mirrors - but over $600.00 landed from Import Monster for something that could get trashed in the sandtrap? Not in this financial year - so I tried to see if the Shine Auto one would go on an S4. Again no definitave yes on fitment as it's designed for the S5 so that was out. Then I remembered Erebuni did a kit in the 80's for the FC that Selectmaz used to supply. So I tracked down who had the mold and Paul Trani at Ezi Glass here in Vic was happy to assist.

Here is the kit fitted (pre paint) to a car in the USA

The rest of the kit is not to my taste and has no real aero advantage but the front bar had potential. The front bar looked way too busy and definetly showed it's 80's styling cues so I edited it in MS Paint to get a few ideas going.

I am no Photshop guru but you get the idea. So I bought a good S4 bar from a local wrecker (Mister Mazda) complete with a decent rubber seal - bonus and set about fitting it up. I don't have progress pics as it's already at the painter and forgot in my rush to get it there but I will give a quick rundown on the process of fitting it up and installing intergrated the aluminium undertray I have fabbed up when I mount it all to the car next month.


14-10-12, 01:02 PM
looks good james. always been a fan of FC's, I just lack the confidence to deal with the spinning triangles. Aero looks great with the holes filled. Keep it up

14-10-12, 06:04 PM
WOW! WHat an awesome build man! Those stands are awesome

14-10-12, 06:05 PM
Actually I have a pair of those Rezax in 17 x 9 if your interested. I need wider.

14-10-12, 06:18 PM
Actually I have a pair of those Rezax in 17 x 9 if your interested. I need wider.

Cheers Gorilla - PM sent about wheels.

Do you pilot that Supra from WTAC?

14-10-12, 06:22 PM
Rad build!

14-10-12, 07:05 PM
Yeah, I drive the Supra man

14-10-12, 07:40 PM
Yeah, I drive the Supra man

Thats alot of car for time attack - caught my eye because its so big for sprints. I like it.

14-10-12, 09:51 PM
How have i missed this thread. Love your work and that cage looks nuts.

Look forward to seeing it done.

x2 looks good!!!

15-10-12, 02:50 PM
Awesome thread! The attention to detail and the thought and planning are great to see, that roll cage is a work of art!

Looking forward to seeing how it performs on the track!

27-10-12, 12:59 PM
Ok so been doing a few things here and there and the front bumper has been the main focus the last 3 weeks. I try to keep my mods to the car in the spirit of increasing performance while trying to stay period correct to preserve the look so I decided to address the front end.

Originally the car is an S4 and I did not want to clutter it with a fibreglass drift kit but the front needed a lip/lower tray to smooth airflow underneath to the oil cooler and get a little extra aero at the front while sticking to the 2B Marque sports car rules. And the stock front bar had been repaired poorly in the past so it was a great excuse to address this.

Here was how the concept started.

Factory 80's Erebuni front lower half bumper. Not alot of choices for the S4 aftermarket as the S5 is the main version companies cater to. But I found the company with the mold for this whole kit locally and went to meet with Paul to see what we could do.

My primitive MS paint skills finally came up with this.

And with some extra work from Paul Trani at Ezi Glass in Coburg Vic I had the parts needed to create what you see below.Slightly lower than the factory sills but still passes minimum legal height

Fit was superb - NO rework required for fitting to bumper below trim. Good thickness and finish on gelcoat. Looks near factory.

Here you can see the 2B Marque Sports compliant front undertray. It cant go any further back than level with the front of the front tyres. Interesting fact - standard undertrays further back than this can remain in place and Mazda did one for a time that goes under the motor in front and behind the stock cross member. I will be seeing if I can still source this as I do have the part numbers and catalogue pics to prove it. This gives me areo all the way to the fire wall legally.

And view from in the bay from the top.

The whole bumper/undertray comes off in one piece. I am going to put undertray supports to the chassis rail next week where the front tow hooks are now, and then the rest bolt up as per standard front end. I used sikaflex to attach the front lower half bumper and the undertray. VERY strong and neat. I don't have a full undertray as per rules so no access had to be allowed for so permanently fixing it to the front bar was the best option. A full undertray/splitter on a low car would need to be removable for work/loading though.

Thats it for now. Garage needs a tidy and then its on to fitting it up properly and putting a few other parts in before the cooling system and intercooler go on.

I am off to pick up an alloy turbo hood Sunday (always looking to go lighter) and look in on the Ausrotary Hoedown meet here in VIC too - next year I plan to take the car along but this year I will be checking the other cars out and scouting for ideas.


28-10-12, 01:34 PM
wow, car's looks so clean!

really liking that undertray

09-11-12, 01:46 PM
Back on the ground - ride height set so I can finally get a look how the bar sits. Pretty happy with it and the car is still 130mm to the lowest point so it's "legal".

Next step is getting the turbo freshened up, and the fuel system in then it's time to wire it up. From there just put the exhaust on, finish some trimming and some guages and harnesses and its pretty much ready to test out.

09-11-12, 02:01 PM
OOooooohhh yeahhhhhh great stuff man, love what you done with the car.

10-11-12, 09:49 AM
Back on the ground - ride height set so I can finally get a look how the bar sits. Pretty happy with it and the car is still 130mm to the lowest point so it's "legal".

Next step is getting the turbo freshened up, and the fuel system in then it's time to wire it up. From there just put the exhaust on, finish some trimming and some guages and harnesses and its pretty much ready to test out.
Like how you're keeping the top mount setup.

This car is so clean, makes me kinda regret turning my FC into a drift hack! :oops:

11-11-12, 01:03 AM
Nice build!!

11-11-12, 11:38 PM
Madd fc i just want to buy one for myself so badly but being on my red p's and wanting a turbo it blows

13-11-12, 01:26 PM
Cool build but rotaries suck hard !!

13-11-12, 06:11 PM
Madd fc i just want to buy one for myself so badly but being on my red p's and wanting a turbo it blows

I was talking about these insane P plate vic rules last week. I understand you can't even mod your car anymore? Not even headers, or any motor mods even NA? Otherwise I would suggest buy an FC and build an angry NA motor then after the P's are done go turbo. If you could do that FC's are not going to get much cheaper than they are now. Sort of like Datsun 240/260 Z's. Now they are getting up there. Time to buy is now.

13-11-12, 06:12 PM
Cool build but rotaries suck hard !!

Haha LOLWUT? I know where you live and I still own those plates you want! If they suck so much you best give me that motor of yours then...............

Oh yeah - build thread on yours or GTFO!!!!

13-11-12, 07:45 PM
Cool build but rotaries suck hard !!

u wot m8

14-11-12, 02:54 PM
Rotas suck simple

14-11-12, 06:59 PM
Rotaries are the best nothing like a ported rotary sitting at the lights idoling

yeh but we cant touch our cars so i was thinking of keeping my ef falcon on my daily as its on gas and then a trubo rx7 for trackdays and when i feel like a hot shot ;)

14-11-12, 09:30 PM
Rotaries are the best nothing like a ported rotary sitting at the lights idoling

yeh but we cant touch our cars so i was thinking of keeping my ef falcon on my daily as its on gas and then a trubo rx7 for trackdays and when i feel like a hot shot ;)

I was only joking , just having a dig at James I have a fc that I am building into a track car

15-11-12, 12:01 AM
Amazing build mate, must be hanging to get it on the track!

I decided to buy the books on the technical aspects of race car prep and tuning, study and use my experiences to do it right for once. I tried to give up on cars but I realised its why I get up in the morning, why I work and what I want. I would be giving up on myself in a way.

If you don't mind me asking, what tech books did you purchase or would recommend?!

17-11-12, 09:08 PM
Rotas suck simple

I know where you live lol!!!!

Hurry up and get proper interwebs on back at home and start a build thread you homma

17-11-12, 09:18 PM
Amazing build mate, must be hanging to get it on the track!

If you don't mind me asking, what tech books did you purchase or would recommend?!

Sure - go to this site ----> http://www.carrollsmith.com/books/index.html

I bought the whole set a few years back. Worth it. Alot of it can get pretty deep at times but it's written with no BS or marketing its all about racing.

His books cover racing techniques, driving, construction and the engineer in your pocket is awesome at the track. Has this sort of quick ref guide on what the car is doing - what causes it and what to try to change it.

20-11-12, 01:41 AM
Cheers James, ordered the full set cannot wait for them to arrive and to start learning (found Nuts, Bolts & Fasteners and Engineer to Win on ebay!)

btw what paint did you use on the respray? It looks brilliant :D I want to respray my S15s white and every spraypainter I've spoken to hates the pearl white (WK0) on the S15 because it is hard to match. Same as you want an easy fix if/when it gets damaged on the track..

Thanks for the advice :)

22-11-12, 04:38 AM
Cheers James, ordered the full set cannot wait for them to arrive and to start learning (found Nuts, Bolts & Fasteners and Engineer to Win on ebay!)

btw what paint did you use on the respray? It looks brilliant :D I want to respray my S15s white and every spraypainter I've spoken to hates the pearl white (WK0) on the S15 because it is hard to match. Same as you want an easy fix if/when it gets damaged on the track..

Thanks for the advice :)

No worries Alex.

Like I said those books can get heavy - but I just read them all the time and it sinks in eventually. I always take something away from reading one of them.

As for the paint thats a simple one - straight white tinter. Reason was

A# its easier to repair. I built the bumper 6 months after the car and the ReAmemiya "Wangan" wing is being painted now along with the recently aquired alloy hood. No matching needed it matches every time. Great on a racecar where you are patching it up.

B# it hides imperfections well. The car looks good yes, but little bumps and dents are hidden well with a bright white and this is the brightest.!

C# I love the colour! Straight white means business to me but thats personal.


24-11-12, 04:10 AM
Awesome build :) love the effort and time being put into this.

Your cage, who built it?

25-11-12, 03:17 AM
Awesome build :) love the effort and time being put into this.

Your cage, who built it?

thanks jroc - all my fab work i need done is by Grunt Performance in Dromana. Liam is great.

13-12-12, 01:58 AM
Been pretty busy with work, but picked up some retro JDM banners to fill in some space in the workshop

3m long one on the ceiling

And a couple of regular ones on the doors

Closing up the workshop tonight

looking forward to some time in the workshop over xmas. Time to finish the build and get testing on the track.

07-01-13, 03:37 AM
Not much done last week. Xmas and NYE got in the way......

Front undrtray supports are in.


Rear bumper support is now in to stop the lower trailing edge of the bumper flapping in the wind.

You can just sport the bolts going through the rear panel that support the brace.

You have probably spotted the rear tow strap to. Attached with a high tensile bolt of course.

06-02-13, 02:06 AM
Been busy with work and renovating the house but some parts arrived from Jesse Streeter in Japan today so into the garage I went.

Tein front strut brace - my one that came with the car was pretty rough.

And took a chance on a URAS triple duct too. Decided if it didn't fit some Skyline guy would buy it - but it fits! Just a little bit of die grinding on the ends to follow the profile of the bumper strip then I will paint it and stick it on.





I am painting it gloss black to match the gloss black RE Amemiya mirrors, RE Amemiya rear spoiler and the Work Rezax wheels. I wanted to break up the white a little and this balances out the rear spoier nicely. Need all the air through the front I can get - especially when a front mount goes on there later with the Cosmo motor I am looking to in a few years. For now it helps get that important air in.

I have just designed an offset plate bracket for the front I will fold up tomorrow out of alloy and install to move the plate to the right hand side of the bumper to max airflow on the street. Not an issue at the strack with the plates off...............

On a side note - if you need anything form import monster/ RHD Japan Jesse is great.

More going on with the car in the next few weeks. Hoping to fit up a lot more parts, tidy the nuts and bolt up with all new stuff and trim the doors.


28-03-13, 06:27 PM
How are things go with your build James - any updates?!! :D

btw where did you source the delrin bushes? Am chasing some for the LCAs. Cheers.

29-03-13, 12:03 PM
How are things go with your build James - any updates?!! :D

btw where did you source the delrin bushes? Am chasing some for the LCAs. Cheers.

Yeah been a little slow. Went to Japan for a week, then work got in the way had to go interstate.....but you need to work to pay for the build! What a vicious cycle it is!

I scored a PWR front mount for my favourite price - $0.00. Although my friend calls it a long term loan :lol: (Thanks Simon!). Anyway it fits up front like I designed it that way so going to mount it this weekend. Fits under the radiator cooling panel I made really well not too close to the front and no bumper mod needed. Just need to mod the in/out on the coler to point where I need it and bang it on. I was going to run the top mount HKS but with this at least I can extract every last KW in the rules.

I made a full length powder coated alloy centre console, got the rest of the carbon fibre parts to fit the dash, and sorted where to mount the coils and ECU inside the car.

The stock turbo is at ATP getting rebuilt to stock specifications as per the rules for 2B Marque Sports car regs. Well stock on the outside.........So the knightsport is just sitting on the bench and theother hybrid with the garret front cover is out too.

#360 degree thrust conversion
#Machined comp cover to accept largest garret front wheel (60 series I think from memory)
#Machined rear housing to accept the larger Cosworth Sierra stage 5 rear wheel
#All new seals and ballnced etc etc.

NOT a cheap job, but the rules are really getting enforcd from 2014 so no point throwing on a T04Z and having to go back again. Stock on the outside is stock as far as CAMS are concerned. Have to run the stock intake manifold which sucks. It's not a power thing the stock one is well up to it but a later series 6 intake looks nicer. Same for exhaust manifold, has to be stock.

Once the car is log booked, I can always change things to go faster in other classes but always have the parts to come back to a CAMS sanctioned class.

The delrin bushes - I got them from MMR about 2 years ago. Some people complain he is slow but I found him to be fine. Alot of other places do them now though. Just google Delrin FC3S and you can see for yourself.

I will get my ass into gear and upload more pics over the weekend.


02-04-13, 02:43 AM
Ok first thing is first. I thought it was Sunday - it's not it's Monday so before I shot by TV I decided to go out to the garage and do some stuff.

First up I got "loaned" this PWR FMIC............

So I made some room up front

And mounted it in place


It fits really well. Need to tweek the inlets in the tanks to clear the undertray and point them in the right direction to meet the pipes through the inner guards but in all pretty happy.

I also bit the bullet and ordered some East Bear replica headlights.

A few reasons for the lights

1- Easier to wire up
2- Much lighter than OEM
3- More room without motors to plumb intercooer pipes and brake ducts

They look ok - but I see a few FD's running them, and they were $450.00 delivered. My stock flip ups were ok, but the motors did play up and the mounting plates for he motors are pretty rusty. With these I can always swap back if I like but for now it's mainly for the mechanical advantages. Weight and space.

I plan to run 2 small fans to pull air onto the front brakes. I may even run a water spray onto the front rotors but in any case this gives me the space I need.

03-04-13, 08:01 AM
I was hoping you were gonna keep the stock intercooler! was looking so clean :D

04-04-13, 02:45 AM
I was hoping you were gonna keep the stock intercooler! was looking so clean :D

I had the HKS top mount ready to plumb up - but this came along. Labour to plumb it is about the same - and with the "stock" hiflow going on I need all the help I can get to maximize horsepower. Cooer intake - more boost & power.

And when I eventually change over the power plant - the cooler can cop it.

13-07-13, 05:59 PM
any updates :)?

21-07-13, 03:39 PM
any updates :)?

I have done a little yes. Mainly installed the injectors and rails - although I am unsure if it's right but we will see. I like things to fit straight up but need a little modding to get fitting how I like. The injectors are id1000 so needed spacers etc and took a while to get them to seat right. Even now, I am unsure if they are spaced to far back into the adaptors but apparently its how they go?

e Boost 2 to go in, front bumper, under tray and duct all finalised and fitted right. Waiting on oil pressure, oil temp, fuel pressure and water temp gauges to arrive. Moroso switch panel on it's way, the one with resettable circuit breakers.

Turbo is back - all done and installed adjustable waste gate actuator.

Mainly just doing all the small stuff and buttoning it all down. Heaps of little things to finalise before moving onto the plumbing of the fuel, cooler, brake ducting and brake upgrade.

Going for the AWR upgrade from here for brakes

Along with his backing plate kit to duct the brakes. Can't bring myself to go Chinese brake upgrade - so going to go with some better upgraded stock brakes first. I think it will go ok for now given the budget/style of the car. Still trying to stay simple and sort of period correct.

Alloy hood is at paint - along with RE Amemiya Wangan wing. Then finish the transmission crossmember (was auto) and put the AES mufflers on the new exhaust.

I have tidied up the workshop big time making working on the car way more fun, and the car is looking more complete now so will post pics up later tonight.

On a side note, decided to stay with stock flip up lights - so the East Bear replica's will be on Ebay shortly - 99c start bid so grab a bargain! Nothing wrong, just decided I wanted to stay period correct. They looked too modern for my look I am going for.

20-10-13, 02:54 PM
Just read your whole build, so much inspiration, makes me want to tidy up my interior / bay so much.. And wish they had club rego in qld

19-01-14, 03:51 PM
Been long time between updates. So here is the latest.

All the panels are on including alloy hood.
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb312/hondacoupe9s/RX7%20RACECAR/IMG_0732_zpsf43c22f4.jpg (http://s205.photobucket.com/user/hondacoupe9s/media/RX7%20RACECAR/IMG_0732_zpsf43c22f4.jpg.html)

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Got the door trims done too
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Front end upgrade including

Steel front hubs to replace the weak alloy units that grow under extreme heat cycling causing the front wheels bearing to loosen
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb312/hondacoupe9s/RX7%20RACECAR/IMG_0737_zpsed7b222d.jpg (http://s205.photobucket.com/user/hondacoupe9s/media/RX7%20RACECAR/IMG_0737_zpsed7b222d.jpg.html)

Front hub bearing spacers to allow proper bearing pre load
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Front brake upgrade. Involves machining front hub down to accept Brembo 324mm rotors off a 350Z on the front as well as spacing the calliper to fit over the thicker rotor and move it out 1" radially for larger diameter rotor.
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb312/hondacoupe9s/RX7%20RACECAR/IMG_0741_zps131bb192.jpg (http://s205.photobucket.com/user/hondacoupe9s/media/RX7%20RACECAR/IMG_0741_zps131bb192.jpg.html)

Rear brake upgrade is Supernow FD 315mm rear rotor conversion. Decent size upgrade.

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb312/hondacoupe9s/RX7%20RACECAR/IMG_0765_zps7d3c4a94.jpg (http://s205.photobucket.com/user/hondacoupe9s/media/RX7%20RACECAR/IMG_0765_zps7d3c4a94.jpg.html)

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The plan is to increase the thermal efficiency of the system with larger rotors. I will run Hawk Blue pads to start but the whole idea is to keep the look period correct, cost effective and subtle. It also works with the standard brake master cylinder bore to keep the pedal feel right like factory. Just going to fit a bias valve to fine tune it but should be pretty close and help dial out the tendency to lock the rears first under hard braking.

Finally scored an awesome find on Gumtree - A RE AMEMIYA COMPLETE SERIES 4 DASH!!! guy was wrecking an FC out in QLD so I grabbed it.
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb312/hondacoupe9s/RX7%20RACECAR/IMG_0739_zps6edeb0fe.jpg (http://s205.photobucket.com/user/hondacoupe9s/media/RX7%20RACECAR/IMG_0739_zps6edeb0fe.jpg.html)

Also scored 2 more sets of the same Work Rezax Roar wheels. Painting them up now bringing the total number of sets to 4 which is plenty for track days.

19-01-14, 04:17 PM
Here is the brake system all installed on the front
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http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb312/hondacoupe9s/RX7%20RACECAR/IMG_1243_zps0710a3f8.jpg (http://s205.photobucket.com/user/hondacoupe9s/media/RX7%20RACECAR/IMG_1243_zps0710a3f8.jpg.html)

All fits under 17" rim. I will run a 5mm spacer but I needed that anyway to clear the front rims to the struts. Uses all OEM rotors and pads. Pads are stock FC. Rotor is stock Brembo 350Z and we utilised longer pad pins from a Toyota Landcruiser. Once it is dialled in, I will switch across to a 2 piece rotor on the front as well as the FD rotor on the rear. A good balance size of rotors at 324mm front and 315mm rear. Looks stock too!

Here is the pretty plain looking fuel system. All Aeroflow with the fuel reg and in line filter. Stock hardline is used with a fitting to connect to the push on fittings.
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb312/hondacoupe9s/RX7%20RACECAR/IMG_1076_zps6dcb2027.jpg (http://s205.photobucket.com/user/hondacoupe9s/media/RX7%20RACECAR/IMG_1076_zps6dcb2027.jpg.html)

If you have an FC you may know the whole issue of swapping a factory auto transmission car to a manual with the transmission cross member being different................problem solved. (I was waiting on a custom bolt hence the drill bit lol!!!).
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb312/hondacoupe9s/RX7%20RACECAR/IMG_1246_zpsc7588b72.jpg (http://s205.photobucket.com/user/hondacoupe9s/media/RX7%20RACECAR/IMG_1246_zpsc7588b72.jpg.html)

The car is now back in the shop having the intercooler, exhaust system and some other minor fabrication work finished up then it's back to my home workshop to wire it up and hopefully fire it up!

Thanks for checking out my build,


19-01-14, 05:23 PM
edit: nvm, saw the previous post

cars looking great, love the drill bit :D

19-01-14, 11:33 PM
awesome update as always :D

30-07-14, 11:33 PM
awesome update as always :D

Some more updates

Instead of using GM Camaro studs as in the states my engineer found that Mitsubishi EVO 8 ARP studs work with the right knurl. Liam has a great eye for detail and noticed the studs from KSP Attain that came with the front hubs were threaded all the way. You are really supposed to have smooth shank on the stud where the rotor locates then a thread so the EVO stud overcomes this. 3" long front and rear, metric size so they are easy to source. The front steel hub needed some massaging too. The studs had to be slightly countersunk from the back of the hub to provide enough smooth shank out the front for the rotor to locate on. I have 10mm hub centric spacers on the way from H&R also that are designed for the FC to clear the struts on the front where I run the 235/45 R17 on a 17x8 +35 and I might put them on the rear too just to get the rear guards filled out with the 255/40 R17 on the 17x9 +38 setup.

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb312/hondacoupe9s/RX7%20RACECAR/IMG_2901_zps1a04eaea.jpg (http://s205.photobucket.com/user/hondacoupe9s/media/RX7%20RACECAR/IMG_2901_zps1a04eaea.jpg.html)

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30-07-14, 11:49 PM
Liam also spent a lot of time on the steel front hub setup aside from the stud solution. The Ronin Speed Works big brake kit originally designed by Roger Mandeville was an excellent budget big brake solution. As stated it utilises the factory FC Series 4 calliper but with the supplied kit you split it, make it wider and locate it out radially an extra inch to fit the Nissan 350Z Brembo rotors which are 2" larger in diameter and 1/4" thicker. Off the shelf parts for a factory look with a huge increase in thermal efficiency.

The kit includes a spacer to go behind the rotor to make sure it sits central in relation to the calliper. Liam took this a step further and eliminated the need for the spacer by milling off the same amount from the calliper where it mounts to the dog bone that locates it further out. Now it sits centred with no spacer. He also spent extra time finishing the calliper itself where the spacer between the two halves go together to the point where you cant even spot its installed.

We still use the factory FC brake pad retaining pins - but they are drilled to accept split pins on the inside of the calliper to hold them in place. It's all finished off with the bearing spacers so we can crank it up nice and tight and combined with the steel hub ensure it stays that way no mater how hot it gets on the big stops at Phillip Island and Sandown.

Rear brakes are FD rear rotors and Liam not happy with the adaptors and spacers in the Supernow kit decided to manufacture his own to move the calliper out to suit. He also modified the hand brake cable bracket to ensure the correct angle is maintained for OEM reliability.

Mazdatrix tie rod ends with bump steer correction are on, as are the front and rear adjustable swaybar links. Liam again had to modify these as the fit was ok - but the alignment of the links was improved with some tweaking.

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb312/hondacoupe9s/RX7%20RACECAR/IMG_2905_zps65b5070b.jpg (http://s205.photobucket.com/user/hondacoupe9s/media/RX7%20RACECAR/IMG_2905_zps65b5070b.jpg.html)

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http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb312/hondacoupe9s/RX7%20RACECAR/IMG_2903_zps9811eaa6.jpg (http://s205.photobucket.com/user/hondacoupe9s/media/RX7%20RACECAR/IMG_2903_zps9811eaa6.jpg.html)

30-07-14, 11:55 PM
Engine bay is basically complete fabrication wise. Liam designed the most stealth oil catch can ever - the filter and line are concealed in the front of it out of view. I will post pics of the bumper off this weekend but as you can see its pretty clean looking.
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb312/hondacoupe9s/RX7%20RACECAR/IMG_2845_zpsb3260b31.jpg (http://s205.photobucket.com/user/hondacoupe9s/media/RX7%20RACECAR/IMG_2845_zpsb3260b31.jpg.html)

And on the other side of the bay a mirror image with an enclosed airbox feeding a "stock" turbo........
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb312/hondacoupe9s/RX7%20RACECAR/IMG_2775_zps55d6684c.jpg (http://s205.photobucket.com/user/hondacoupe9s/media/RX7%20RACECAR/IMG_2775_zps55d6684c.jpg.html)

31-07-14, 12:01 AM
The factory dup pipe setup is pretty restrictive so I had a DXF file made of the dump off the back of the turbo. Now we have a nice bellmouth off the rear with lots of room to let the wastegate do its thing. The flapper valve on the internal gate before barely opened before it hit the flat plate on the rear housing. Now we have a nice smooth transition.
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb312/hondacoupe9s/RX7%20RACECAR/IMG_2795_zps315c75ed.jpg (http://s205.photobucket.com/user/hondacoupe9s/media/RX7%20RACECAR/IMG_2795_zps315c75ed.jpg.html)

Leading into a 100 cell stainless cat. Yes a cat - it's still road registered but more importantly if the police lose their sense of humour I can register it on rally permit or "RP" plates and a pre requisite is a catalytic converter.
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb312/hondacoupe9s/RX7%20RACECAR/IMG_2794_zpse00c4f24.jpg (http://s205.photobucket.com/user/hondacoupe9s/media/RX7%20RACECAR/IMG_2794_zpse00c4f24.jpg.html)

All leading to the back where a 3" AES rear muffler lives tucked upwell clear of the ground. Liam puts a lot of work into the exhaust ensuring great ground clearance and close tolerance for a perfect fit.
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb312/hondacoupe9s/RX7%20RACECAR/IMG_2797_zpsbd976700.jpg (http://s205.photobucket.com/user/hondacoupe9s/media/RX7%20RACECAR/IMG_2797_zpsbd976700.jpg.html)

31-07-14, 12:12 AM
Nice simple pipework
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Hard pipes from the cooler to the throttle body is mounted to the chassis rail. I run solid delrin engine, transmission, suspension and diff mounts so nothing really needs to move around a whole lot reducing the chances of a blown cooler hose.
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Nice tidy bay, coils all mounted and everything is pretty easy to get to. Radiator overflow tucked in beside the airbox.
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I have no provision for a blow off valve as I am not running one. I am sure people have strong opinions on this but mine is that its for emissions (noise) nothing more. I have run big HP turbo cars before - my XR6T was fine without one. I think that the only other main reason is that as production cars became more advanced an ran higher boost the discerning buyer did not appreciate the noise that came with it and neither did the EPA so the plumb back was fitted to make it quieter. Have a look at any modern naturally aspirated car and you will notice on the inlet tract dampers to dull the induction roar too. My Honda S2000 had huge ones which I of course removed 8)

31-07-14, 12:20 AM
Nice simple SPAL thermo fan all mounted up.
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Rear view into the throttle body.
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All the cooler piping fitted on each side of the radiator without having to chop up the inner guards. I will snap a few pictures as I pull it all down to commence the final assembly now the fabrication is all done here. It's all close - but it fits.

31-07-14, 12:26 AM
When I went to pick it up - Simons car (Rotary Inc.) awaiting Liam's attention. I call it the sister car, but really mine is a junior burger compared to the "Big Mac" being created here!
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The old Cosmo coupe ready to go onto the trailer and into storage until the end of the year now the FC is back in the garage. I will build another shed where it's sitting to house it permanently over xmas at the end of the year.
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31-07-14, 12:34 AM
That's it for now. In the coming weeks I will strip the car down to begin final assembly. Main items from here are the installation of a new clutch, harnesses, new tyres, and wire the car up including the Microtech and ancillary gauges. Then we can send it off for a tune on the stock unopened import motor. I will be happy with a reliable 300HP at the wheels.

Once I have run it for a while to develop and sort the car-budget permitting after my wedding next year, I will step up to a purpose built race motor to contest the end of 2015 and a full season in 2016.

Thanks for checking out my build.


31-07-14, 12:31 PM
Man, Liam does some great work! Love how clean this is looking, keep it up :D

01-08-14, 10:50 PM
updates are awesome :D

16-08-14, 01:01 AM
Ok got the new tyres today. Falken FK615, 245/45R17 front and 275/40R17 rear. All fits perfect. FYI for anyone looking at this setup on an FC specs as follows.

17x8 +35 front with 5mm spacer and rolled guards on Tein SS
17x9 +38 rear no spacer and rolled guards on Tein SS

Rolling diameter on this spec is identical front to rear. It's close up front (wheels are Work Rezax Roar) but with camber front and rear it all fits.

Pics up tomorrow.

17-08-14, 02:16 AM
This is such an inspirational thread. Keen for more updates!

20-08-14, 07:52 PM
This is such an inspirational thread. Keen for more updates!

Just fitting up the wheels now.

17x8 +35 front with 245/45 R17 and 17x9 +38 rear with 275/40 R17. Rolled fenders front and rear, 5mm spacer up front with 2.5 degrees or so camber and it fits.................JUST

Front 5mm clearance to strut and no rubbing full lock.
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Rear 5mm clearance to control arm no rubbing
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Very happy with the stance and clearance. Rolling diameter front to rear is identical to the mm. This makes setting ride height a snap and I raised the front 20mm to sit the car level with the rear.
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The new clutch should arrive this week. Then it's just a matter of fitting everything off like fuel lines and clamps etc before going back to be fully rewired. The car will be rewired in full MIL spec (Military spec) wiring and then upload a start up tune before heading to the dyno.

If it all goes to schedule this will be a xmas worth waiting 3 years for.

21-10-14, 01:58 PM
Doing all the boring parts at the end of a build is tiring but needs to be done. Small nuts and bolts, removing and refitting cooler pipes and bleeding up brakes with random air leaks (at midnight during the week!). But sometimes, just sometimes something really cool turns up in the mail to refire that enthusiasm............

BEHOLD Genuine Anniversary Racing Factory hood vent. Replaces the stock intake vent on the FC with a vent for letting air out from under the hood.
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I had seen one before on Import Monster but was outbid it was decent condition for a 20 year old fibreglass part. I first saw this part in an old Hyper Rev magazine they are a great source of info for your car but I could never find one after looking for 2 years. It would make the perfect finishing touch to my 90's inspred JDM racer.

AR-F the maker no longer listed it on there site though - enter Jesse Streeter. I got in touch to have my Supernow Supension parts ordered and mentioned it and to see if he could help. He called up AR-F and they confirmed none in stock and no longer in production not unsurprising for a 20+ year old Japanese aftermarket part but............they were happy to sell their carbon fibre display model from the front window to me.

I have a mad 10 days to get all the small stuff finished off then it's off to wiring. By December it should be running ready to tune and fit the big clutch and harnesses. Finalise the alignment then off to the track in 2015. It's hard to think I started this 3 years ago.

I have really enjoyed the ups and downs of tracking down all the retro parts for this car but once it's done I am not sure what I will do once it's finished. I guess I will have to fill in the days at the track - not such a bad thing it's where this car wants to go. I have met some great people along the way whoe have helped get this car together and I am very grateful - you know who you are.


21-10-14, 02:36 PM
Great to see this thing still going strong, James. Hopefully we cross paths at the track next year!

21-10-14, 05:21 PM
Great to see this thing still going strong, James. Hopefully we cross paths at the track next year!

Sure thing Anth. I will be the guy with the shiny car and empty pockets eating out of the bin...........Going to be a lean xmas!

28-10-14, 05:50 PM
keen to see more updates

21-11-14, 06:07 PM
keen to see more updates

Hi mate,

Just sweating on the auto elec. He is wiring it all up now then doing the start up tune for me. From there I have been talking to Nick from Holmes Performance and he will be tuning it in December after I install the solid centre clutch.

With luck, nothing leaks, everything fires up then it's just a case of installing the harnesses, extinguishers and an alignment & cornerweight and its set to test.

18-12-14, 06:25 PM
Ok good news, it runs!!!

Chris did a great job wiring it up. Ran into a few small things but to be expected. It's now at the dyno for a tune and back to my place Sunday.

I decided to fit a new EL Falcon alternator, new clutch and flywheel from Direct Clutch Services is in and just a few small fab things like a shield around the pumps under the car and battery tray etc.

The rollcage is now certified, harnesses in next week along with extinguishers and an alignment then it's log booked as 2B sports car ready to go.

18-12-14, 11:05 PM
Great news :)

23-12-14, 08:15 AM
Awesome result after what reads as LOTS of hard work, time and investment.

Also great story that accompanies your bonnet vent.

Looking forward to reading the shake down track day follow up.

30-12-14, 11:37 AM
Cheers everyone great news.................

Off to pick it up this afternoon from the tuner all tuned up ready to go. A few little things to do like put a better fuel filter on, and other odds and ends. Then its just a case of harnesses, cage padding, extinguishers and alignment then it's off to test at the track.

05-07-15, 08:05 PM
Some first pics of the car finished before we sticker it up for the track. Friend is great with a camera and wanted pics before I pulled the motor out to rebuild. But as it is here it's done so enjoy the first pics. We took a lot more but these are the first from yesterday. BIG thanks to one of my friends Lachlan and the boys from Austruck Truck Bodies for letting us use the back of their factory for the shoot and Paul Mansell the man behind the lens.

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14-07-15, 12:27 PM

10-12-15, 05:48 PM
So after an engine rebuild and a nice new (larger) turbo it is on the track! [email protected] wheels on a run in tune. One oil leak and that was it for a new car VERY happy. Back to the engine builder for the race tune (limited to [email protected] the wheels to conserve the transmission) and we can start to develop the car for 2016.

5 years almost to the day since I started building the car its been a great journey thanks to everyone that has helped.

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10-12-15, 09:07 PM
Amazing result!

The past two updates have been great. Congrats on the new engine build, great power and being ready for the 2016 season.

10-12-15, 10:29 PM
Has been very enjoyable reading about your journey congrats mate!!

11-12-15, 10:12 AM
awesome build and been great reading, congrats on getting it out there!