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SX-510 SR20DET 510 1800SSS Bluebird Coupe

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Here is a summary of the coupe build.

For a more thorough look see the version on the Datnet ARCHIVE

1971 Datsun Bluebird 1800 SSS Coupe

Owner/Builder - Jeff Shoesmith Sydney, Australia

The story so far......

The previous owner (Paul sr20det510) privately imported this coupe into Australia from Japan in 2002. It arrived fitted with an S13 SR20DET that had been very roughly installed by it's original owner in Japan. 'Fitting kit' included cut and re-welded steering components and engine crossmember with 1.5mm wall rectangle tube..... These bits were ripped out and sent to scrap. The engine was sold locally prior to me purchasing the car as a rolling shell in Oct 2003.

The condition of the car was pretty good on arrival. The body had been resprayed in Japan and didn't look too bad (from a distance), but the engine bay featured some fairly daggy 15+ y/o paint requiring stripping/a bit of rust repair/beating and respraying (all done in my home garage). I fitted some locally sourced seats, harnesses and carpet to give the interior a $600 lift.

The build up to what you see took place between Dec 2004 and March 2007, with engineers cert and rego acquired just 3 working days prior to driving more than 1000km from Sydney to Melbourne for the Phillip Island Nissan/Datsun Sports Nationals at Easter!

In the time it took me to build the car our family grew from 1 to 3 kids, my wife and I sold and bought a house and I had a fairly major change of jobs.... no wonder it took a while!

Engine

Nissan SR20DET engine from 1997 RPS13 180SX

Standard internals - only about 10,000km on engine as at July 07 (was from a 180SX written off in 1998!)

GT2871R BB turbo 52 trim comp, 0.64 turbine, internal wastegate

Cheap $35 Turbotech ball/spring mech boost control valve (soon to be HKS EVC)

Direct port NOS Sportsman fogger kit - not yet connected/tuned

DIY steel bundy tube turbo oil/water lines

HPC coated low mount UAS stainless turbo manifold

Factory 1992 S13 ECU with PLMS Developments realtime tuning interface

Standard S15 480cc injectors (soon to be 550cc Nismo)

Standard SR20DET fuel pressure regulator

Z32 VG30DETT air flow meter

Cheap Chinese behind grille 450x300x76mm FMIC (Hybrid-ish)

2 x cheap 10" fans from Summernats stand

DIY intercooler plumbing

Dual sequential BOV (HKS-ish)

5L finned alloy sump (Greddy-ish)

SAAB 9000CD 2.4 turbo radiator

DIY mandrel bent 3" Exhaust system with Magic CAT, 18" long resonator, muffler

Fuel System

Walbro GSS342 255 L/Hr high pressure in-tank EFI pump.

DIY modified R31 Skyline cradle and swirl pot mounted in 510 tank

510 fuel level sender still works

5/16 tinned steel bundy tube send/return lines

Brakes

Rebuilt 240K/C210 brake booster with 15% upgraded mechanical advantage

GT-R 1 inch master cylinder

Wilwood rear brake proportioning valve (under driver's seat)

Front

Nissan R33 GTS-T 296 x 30mm vented rotors

Nissan R33 GTS-T 4 spot calipers

Datsport 'dogbone' caliper adapters

Datsport ADR-OK Braided Lines

HD Bendix Pads

Z31 'Californian' turbo 5 stud hubs

Rear

Nissan R33 GTS-T 297 x 18mm floating vented rotors

Nissan R33 GTS-T 2 spot calipers with internal drum type handbrake

Datsport ADR-OK Braided Lines

HD Bendix Pads

Driveline

Rebuilt S14 5 speed with DIY short shifter

Exedy 9 puck ceramic cushioned sprung centre clutch

3" Ford V8 tailshaft with Navara unis

R33 short nose R200 with Nismo mechanical 4.11 LSD centre

Custom EN26 hi tensile heat treated CV shafts and S14CV joints

Suspension

Front

DIY 'Datsport inspired' 200B/810 front crossmember

Datsport 200B/810 lower control arms with relocated ball joints (inward 19mm)

Datsport castor rods

Datsport adjustable swaybar

DIY R31 struts with adjustable spring platforms and Cusco camber tops

Datsport steering arm spacer rings

King 250lb lowered springs

Z31 KYB Excel-G inserts

New Noltec bushes, 200B/810 tie rods/ends, ball joints and draglink (track rod)

Alignment: Castor +1.6L +1.4R, Camber -2.2L -2.2R, Toe +1 (alignment settings after BJs relocated inwards 19mm/side to accommodate 8" +26 front wheels)

Rear

King lowered springs (rate?)

KYB Gas-adjust shocks

DIY reinforced rear crossmember with camber/toe adjustment, shortnose R200 mounting, remanufactured/relocated/re-angled A-arm mounts (no pivot bush distortion at new ride height), modified A-arms with integrated R33 5 stud CV hubs, under-member exhaust path, nolathane bushes throughout.

Alignment: Camber -1.5L -2.0R, Toe +1 (no more positive camber available with this wheel offset)

Interior

Factory SSS dash (all bits work with SR conversion)

Nardi Torino wheel

SAAS Enforcer race buckets

Klippan 4 point harnesses (won in a raffle....)

4 point steel roll cage (padded)

Autometer oil pressure gauge

Autometer oil temp gauge

Autometer water temp gauge

Autometer exhaust temp pyrometer gauge

Autometer liquid filled boost gauge

Cheap CD player

Cheap speakers

QuikTrak satellite tracking system

Moulded carpet and 25kg worth of sound deadener

Wheels & Tyres

Front - Speed Star Watanabe RS Eight 16x8 +26, Yokohama S-Drive 215/40/16

Rear - Speed Star Watanabe RS Eight 16x8 +13, Yokohama S-Drive 215/40/16

Performance

1/4 mile WSID 11.58 @ 122.40 MPH 18PSI PLMS NIStune

Dyno Pulse Menai 219.7rwkw @ 17PSI

As it looks now (Dec 2010)

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As advertised in Japan before being shipped to Australia

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Engine bay/interior refresh and driveline build

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At the dyno for first time (17 PSI)

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Here's some video:

Burnout at drags

11.5 sec 1/4 mile run from 2008

Sequential tail light action

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OMG Jeff.. First time I've seen your steering wheel Love it..

How much did one of those set you back?

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jeff jeff his our man

good work there i see you used the home painters old favourite

presher pack primer

good work

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good work there i see you used the home painters old favourite

presher pack primer

Yep, Supercheap Auto cans I didn't even own a compressor at that stage of the build Borrowed one (a Supercheap 1HP toy) for the colour spraying!

What you see is just a quick DIY tidy up to bring the crappy engine bay up to the same standard as the Jap '1/2 Day Auto Paint' job on the exterior...

I beated/painted the engine bay in the shed myself for under 200 bucks all up ($20 panel beating hammer kit, wet/dry paper, 3M drip check, (Fully)Sikaflex, filler, primer/filler cans and 2PAK colour)

This paint will be all stripped out again when I do the body/paint refurb in a few years when I can afford it (or when Fitzy Industries offers to do it for me )

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Love your work jefro ...very inspirational

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The Nardi wheel came with the car from Japan Mark, lucky hey.

Here's some bits that didn't come with the car, but arrived in the post today

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Sweet.. how much luck can someone have.. First the car, then the Watanabe's, now the steering wheel..

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one word horn....

Glad you like them 9lives, they sing pretty good too

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The Nardi wheel came with the car from Japan Mark, lucky hey.

Here's some bits that didn't come with the car, but arrived in the post today

badges.jpg

cool, nice score with he badges they will look great on the coupe.

Seen a few of these badges pop up on ebay of late.

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Here's the story of the car and current specs:

1971 Datsun Bluebird 1800SSS Coupe

The previous owner (Paul) privately imported this coupe into Australia in 2002. It arrived fitted with an S13 SR20DET that had been dodgily installed by it's original owner in Japan. The engine and conversion kit were sold locally prior to me purchasing the car in Oct 2003.

The condition of the car was pretty good on arrival in Australia. The body had been resprayed in Japan, but the engine bay featured some fairly daggy 15+ y/o paint requiring stripping/a bit of rust repair/beating and respraying. I fitted some locally sourced seats, harnesses and carpet to give the interior a $600 lift.

The build up to what you see on these pages took place between Dec 2004 and March 2007, with engineers cert and rego acquired just 3 working days prior to driving SYD-MEL for the Phillip Island Nissan/Datsun Sports Nationals at Easter! In the time it took me to build the car our family grew from 1 to 3 kids, my wife and I sold and bought a house and I had a fairly major change of jobs.... no wonder it took a while!

I plan to iron out any mechanical bugs over the next 3 or so years (not that there really are any <!-- s:D --><!-- s:D --> ) then strip the car down and give it a complete bare metal show condition rebuild. Will also be doing some serious rust prevention and body strengthening as done (bloody well) by Nik sr20datsun to his 4dr in Melbourne. Gotta make this baby last forever!

Engine:

Nissan SR20DET Turbo engine from 1997 RPS13 180SX

Standard internals - only about 10,000km on engine as at July 07 (was from a 180SX written off in 1998!)

GT2871R BB turbo 52 trim comp, 0.64 turbine, internal wastegate

Cheap $35 Turbotech ball/spring mech boost control valve

Direct port NOS Sportsman fogger kit - not yet connected/tuned

DIY steel bundy tube turbo oil/water lines

HPC coated low mount UAS stainless turbo manifold

Factory 1992 S13 ECU with PLMS Developments realtime tuning interface

Standard S15 injectors

Standard SR20DET fuel pressure regulator

Z32 VG30DETT air flow meter

Cheap Chinese behind grille FMIC (Hybrid-ish)

2 x cheap 10" fans from Summernats stand

DIY intercooler plumbing

Dual sequential BOV (HKS-ish)

5L finned alloy sump (Greddy-ish)

SAAB 9000CD 2.4 turbo radiator

DIY mandrel bent 3" Exhaust system with Magic CAT, 18" long resonator, muffler

Fuel System:

Walbro GSS342 255 L/Hr high pressure in-tank EFI pump.

DIY modified R31 Skyline cradle and swirl pot mounted in 510 tank

510 fuel level sender still works

5/16 tinned steel bundy tube send/return lines

Brakes:

Rebuilt 240k brake booster with 15% upgraded mechanical advantage

R33 GT-R 1 inch master cylinder

Wilwood rear brake proportioning valve (under driver seat)

Front:

Nissan R33 GTST 296 x 30mm floating vented rotors (factory)

Nissan R33 GTST 4 spot calipers

Datsport ADR-OK Braided Lines

HD Bendix Pads

DIY modified Z31 turbo 5 stud hubs

Rear:

Nissan R33 GTST 297 x 18mm floating vented rotors (factory)

Nissan R33 GTST 2 spot calipersInternal drum type handbrake

Datsport ADR-OK Braided Lines

HD Bendix Pads

Driveline:

Rebuilt S14 5 speed with DIY short shifter

Exedy 9 puck ceramic cushioned sprung centre clutch

3" Ford V8 tailshaft with Navara unis

R33 Nismo R200 2-way mechanical 4.11 LSD

Custom EN26 hi tensile heat treated CV shafts and S14CV joints

Suspension

Front:

DIY 'Datsport inspired' <!-- s;) --><!-- s;) --> 200B front crossmember

Datsport lower control arms

Datsport castor rods

Datsport adjustable swaybar

DIY R31 struts with adjustable spring platforms and Cusco camber tops

DIY Roll ctr correcting spacers and steering arm spacer rings

King lowered springs

Z31 KYB Excel-G inserts

New Noltec bushes, 200B tie rods/ends, ball joints and draglink (track rod)

Rear:

King lowered springs

KYB Gas-adjust shocks

DIY reinforced rear crossmember with camber/toe adjustment, shortnose R200 mounting, remanufactured/relocated/re-angled A-arm mounts (no pivot bush distortion at new ride height), modified A-arms with integrated R33 5 stud CV hubs, under-member exhaust path, nolathane bushes throughout.

Interior:

Factory SSS dash (all bits work with SR conversion)

Nardi Torino wheel

SAAS Enforcer race buckets

Klippan 4 point harnesses

4 point steel roll cage (padded)

Autometer oil pressure gauge

Autometer oil temp gauge

Autometer water temp gauge

Autometer exhaust temp pyrometer gauge

Autometer liquid filled boost gauge

Cheap CD player

Cheap speakers

QuikTrak satellite tracking system

Moulded carpet and 25kg worth of sound deadener <!-- s:shock: --><!-- s:shock: -->

Wheels & Tyres

Front R32 GTST 16 x 6.5, 195/50/16

Rear R32 GT-R 16 x 8, 225/45/16

Performance

1/4 mile WSID 11.58 @ 122.40 MPH 18PSI PLMS NIStune

Dyno Pulse Menai 219.7rwkw @ 17PSI

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Mmmm... Can't wait to see you brake 11's on Drag Radials.. Don't brake anything else though..

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Thanks Fitzy - about time I came clean with the specs hey...

Dattoboy - yep - 1800SSS badge is already on the car.

Gun - yeah, glad I've finally got a complete set. Would like to re-plate them, just gotta find a plastics chrome plating joint

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the bronzing studio in sydney does all the full sick autosalon plastic chrome you see in the magazines..

but they do do a good job i hear..

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the bronzing studio in sydney does all the full sick autosalon plastic chrome you see in the magazines..

but they do do a good job i hear..

Now known as Chrometech

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Thanks Fitzy and BH - I'll give em a yell (got a box of bits to do - and a decent redraw on the mortgage....)

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the bronzing studio in sydney does all the full sick autosalon plastic chrome you see in the magazines..

but they do do a good job i hear..

Now known as Chrometech

Based in Castle Hill too....

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**hyjack**

do you have the pictures from the dyno day at all ?? If so can you post the pictures of my car in my thread please thanks...

**on topic**

ps keep the skyline wheels on the others look gay!!

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