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Old 10-Sep-2010, 09:25 PM
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Importfest Prep: R32 Skyline

Hi guys, had a very cool engine bay detailing project go down this week, thought I would share some pics and do a brief write up!

So, a neighbour of mine, older guy, 2 kids and all that, imported this very clean and mostly stock, 1992 (R32) Nissan Skyline GTS-T last weekend. He had his heart set on getting it into the show at importfest (major ricer show and shine that takes place at the convention center every year), which takes place this weekend.

I offered my services to restore the engine bay; paint, polish, and lots of elbow grease.

Initially, he wanted to go with a HOT BLUE based central color scheme around the valve covers and couplers, ala ricer style circa 1999, to which I politely objected. I laid out some plans with basically polished components, and a GOLD valve cover look, so you get some of that RB26-reminiscent jazz. At this point, he was floored. "WHAT?! Gold? Seriously? Dude, I don't know". I told him not to worry, the final product will be safe in my hands.

I took the car in this Monday, began by repairing a fuel leak, and then got started on tearing down the engine bay!

Here is how it looked when I started, battery pulled out and work begins:

I wanted to do some wicked polishing work to parts of the engine bay, I started with this upper intercooler pipe. Because this isn't a GTR, and has the over-the-top intake setup (NA mkiv style), I wanted to start the project around this major eye-sore component.

This pipe alone was almost a full day of work. In order to even begin to start polishing, I had to cut down/grind down, the textured surface that's present on cast aluminum components such as this. I did half the pipe at first, and left the other side untouched so I could take this rocking picture!

Heres some of the major components laid out on the table ready to go back in. Many other smaller components were washed,painted,polished,etc, that aren't pictured of course.

At this point, I decided that with the engine bay sufficiently stripped, I could bag and spray it. Part of the problem was that this car was repainted at some point, from the factory black to the GTR's dark grey metallic color (to go with some of the GTR body panels). The engine bay, however, was still its original 115k 20 year old faded out, crusty, rusty shade of black. Here it is bagged and sprayed.

Ok at this point, I could basically start putting it back together, here it is assembled and detailed.

Pics taken today, Friday, 5 days after project kicked off, ready for importfest. Besides the most obvious components being done, I polished a variety of clamps, bolts, nuts. Radiator and fan shroud painted as well. Fenders, Rad Support and Upper Firewall all got color matched to body color. Hood Prop, Battery tie down, small bits like that also got the royal treatment.

View of the engine bay from the outside, gold looks great on this metallic grey body color!

And just to emphasize further, how much of a difference this detailing has done:


That's it for now guys, feedback is welcome! Going to be doing some more work on the car this weekend as it may not be able to attend importfest afterall due to insurance reasons
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Old 10-Sep-2010, 10:05 PM
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Wow, that's jaw dropping,
I could only wish that I had the extent of patience doing such matter
great job.
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Great work.
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Thats a sweet job man! After all that it would have been nicer to see a new filter in there but thats just me.
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Thats a sweet job man! After all that it would have been nicer to see a new filter in there but thats just me.
I was actually thinking the same thing.

Awesome job though. This looks great! I wish I had the time to do that on the daily lol.
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how much does some polishing compenents like that normally run?
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Old 12-Sep-2010, 06:54 PM
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Depends completely on the size and shape of the piece being polished.

This project was charged at an hourly rate since wrenches were turning to do the disassembly/reassembly.

If you hand me a part to polish, it's done at a flat rate. For reference, a good condition T4 compressor housing is about $100.
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wow great job on that engine bay!
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Looks good.

I don't even have patience or will to wash my car, so props to you.
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looks good
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thats amazing work! good job!
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hooooooooooooly carrrrrrrp!

your work is simply beyond words.
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