Disney’s Silver Surfer

Last Friday was my good friend Toudas birthday. She texted Arlynna and I asking us to join her, Kyle her boyfriend, and coworker/friend Amanda to a Disney day. Seeing as we can’t say no to Disneyland with great company Arlynna and I happily accepted.

We got there nice and early so she can finally experience the new Gaurdians of the Galaxy. Of course this made for a great photo. (I was taking video because everyone screaming was hilarious)

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After this we WON on Radiator Spring Racers. As you can tell I was pretty pumped.

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Had to get a picture next to the new sign with Cruz Ramirez! (not sure who has all seen Cars 3)

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Later that day we had to get mandatory beignets. Touda was pretty stoked.

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That was definitely one of the best Disney days.

Sunday I spent the day paint one pair of my CE’s. They didn’t come out perfect but I’m very happy with the results!

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I also did some more wire wheeling to some engine parts and then I clear coated them to preserve the look.

Last week a guy posted a Greddy manifold and Q45 throttle body for a price I could not say no for. I probably shout have but what the hell. I kept telling myself I’m saving money in the long run hahah

It did need a bit of cleaning.

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It’s not entirely as clean as I want so I took it over to Davids and he assisted me with soda blasting it.

After that I hit it with a stainless steel pad and rinsed it off. Came out pretty damn good! Now I’m very happy with how it looks. I may take it to have it hot tanked just so it’s spotless on the inside.

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Hope to have more to look at soon! Thanks for looking!

 

 

RB. Vol 5

 

Continuing on from my last post. Sadly I didn’t get all that I need to make Vol 5 the following week but here we are now and I have made progress!

With the head completely assembled, cams torqued, and clearances checked it’s time to mate it to the block.

Put in the headstuds, on the headgasket, and then head.

Torquing the head down was such a scary process hahaha but now it’s on and was time to install the cam gears and rb26 rear timing belt cover I got to match up with my valve covers/timing belt cover.

Moya had taken some neat photos while I was working on the engine.

June 19th was a big day. My amazing girlfriend Graduated with HONORS from University California Riverside with her Bacholers! I am insanely proud of her and all her hard work.

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After the graduation we went home to enjoy this amazing brunch prepared by her step mom. Which we later burned off swimming in the pool to try and stay cool.

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Later that week to celebrate we spent the evening at Disneyland with Allan, Nidia, and Moya. We also wanted to check out the new Guardians of the Galazy ride!

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Back to the engine.

I got some paint stripper and began to redo the valve covers.

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The paint came off almost instantly and made it so easy to clean them up.

The coil pack cover was another story seeing as it had been powder coated. But after a bit of scraping, stripping, and sanding I got it as clean as I could.

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Liam and I were talking about what finish I should do on the covers for a while and we came to the conclusion polished would be most fitting cause it seemed to be the go to of a lot of highway dudes in Japan. I had thought about it some more and thought about the maintenance it would take to keep them nice so I ended up changing my mind. I did some looking around at R chassis engine bays to see that a good amount of Top Secret customer cars had this really nice dark blue on their covers. I headed to a local parts store and looked around their paints and came across a blue I felt was closest to it.

I am so happy with the color and how great it came out. A bit obsessed actually as you will be able to tell with all the pictures.

and then in the sun light

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My water pump and timing belt components came in finally. I went and got new hardware for the waterpump cause I actually missplaced the original hardware. Not mad seeing as I feel it looks a bit nicer. At this time I cleaned up some other parts such as my coil packs, CAS bracket, and a few other accessories to bolt back on.

I’m so happy with how clean everything is and how nice everything looks. It’s just how I wanted it.

Bolted up the oil drain to the back of the head. Now I need fire sleeve for the line that goes to the oil pan as well as get the bung welded to the pan.

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The oil pump gears showed up so it’s finally time to put in back together and get the whole front section of the engine bolted down.

Assembly time.

Gear installed and lubed. As well as new hardware loctite’d in. Time to bolt it on to the block and install the front main seal.

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Crank gear, timing belt pulleys, and timing belt installed.

In the midst of doing this through the week. Arlynna and I had a nice coffee date at Philz in Huntington Beach. Which led to our now obsession with their Moch Tesora.

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Later in the week. I want to say on friday my mines valve cover baffles came in.

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These things are so nice.

Old baffles vs. new

Went and bought new hardware to replace the old rounded out philips screws. Also a drill and tap for the two extro holes for the mines baffles.

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Put in the new valve cover gaskets but before that I double checked the torque specs on the Intake came gear and Crank pulley with the help of my buddy David. Then spun the engine a numerous amount of times to make sure nothing was interfering with each other and all went smoothly.

When I went and got the hardware for the baffles I also got new hardware for my valve covers and Timing cover. I’m very very happy with how everything is looking. Just how I envisioned it.

Not sure if it’s easy to tell but I had also wire wheeled a good amount of pieces to bring them back to looking new-ish. Like the CAS bracket, intake geart, alternator, etc. I really need to get aftermarket pulleys cause they are the only parts looking aged and not cool.

 

Well that’s everything for now! Thanks for stopping by and hope to have more stuff to look at soon!

 

Also here are a few photos of the Z I don’t think I ever posted.

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RB vol. 4.5

Memorial Day weekend was nice. Got an extra day off which was very much needed.

Sunday I took the dogs to Arlynnas to swim and celebrate her Dad’s birthday. Fun fact: Shelby loves to swim. As you can tell from the following pictures.

Lady more just likes to hang out and enjoy the scenary.

We spend most of the day swimming and relaxing. Enjoyed good BBQ and that was it. It was an amazing day.

Monday I got to work on the RB. I grabbed the valves, valve springs, retainers, new shims to replace the ones I lost, and valve seals and got to work.

Started with installing the valve seals which went as easy as it should have. With a little bit of oil they slipped right on.

Next. I pulled out the valve compressor and got to installing the the springs and valves. I was a bit confused at first but after doing the first valve I got the hang of it.

Everything is looking real nice and clean. I love it. So excited for how everything is coming together.

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I only got as far as installing the springs and valves. Hopefully this weekend I’ll get the cams in to check the clearances and pop the head on.

Tucked away till I get back to it.

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I test fitted the cage because I was really excited about it as well as I was nervous about it being for another chassis. Like a 2+2 or a Slick top but it fit in just fine! It’s snug but that’s because it’s on the carpet and not bolted in.

I was originally thinking of painting it black but to be honest I really like the blue now hahah I’m gonna leave it that way for a little bit.

Phil stopped by while I was doing all this to the Z and once I finished up we went and ate then went over to his house to tinker with his car.

He just got these cool 13″ SSR’s.

He’s in the process of doing some body work and getting it ready to paint soon. Really looking forward to it’s next stage!

 

Also I made this one “4.5” cause I only got half of the work done to the things I worked on this weekend haha hopefully next week I’ll have vol “5” complete!

RB. vol 4

Got the head back from the machine shop and they did an incredible job! Aaron over at Arlington Machine here in Riverside did such a good job and is an awesome dude.

Also last week or the week before. Can’t remember exactly I had ordered a valve spring compressor to help with putting the head back together as well as my headgaskey and timing belt. Both came in just the other day so we have a green light for reassembly!

I originally ordered a HKS headgasket but unfortunetally they are discontinued. I still got a great quality gasket so nothing to really stress about.

Took my oil pump about to measure the gears seeing as there are two different size oil pump gears depending on the year RB you have. I intended to replace the pump but after doing some research I thought it would be smarter to upgrade the gears in the pump than to just get a new pump. I’ll be ordering those in the next week or two.

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After a little mix up (on my end) and measuring multiple times Scott at Koyo gladly assisted me in getting the proper size radiator for what I’m gonna be doing. Can’t thank him enough. I would use any other radiator. I had one with my VG and it was amazing as well as the one with my SR. Can’t beat their quality and efficiency.

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Jakob at constant-collection.com helped me with getting some parts from Japan that were a little difficult to just air ship over here. Can’t thank him enough for throwing this stuff on his container for me.

I’m unsure of the brand for the cage but I’m really excited about it. I’m going to paint it black cause I feel like the blue will clash with all the red I have.

I got too excited and had to get a preview of how the covers will look so I mocked them up.

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Unsure on the finish I’m gonna go with at the moment but I have some stuff in mind.

I have a lot of work to get started on this week and I’ll have new posts about it all soon!

Here is a cute picture of Arlynna and Oscar just cause.

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and a silly one of Sebastian.

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Thanks for reading!!

Red

Sunday was quiet for me. My dad has been redoing the floors in our house and he has been cutting the wood in garage so I’ve had a tarp on the z. But he finished up so I finally got the tarp off the Z, swept up all the dust, and cranked the compressor to 100psi to blow out any little creatures that could be crawling around under it.

After doing that and throwing out any trash laying around I washed and waxed it. Kind of pointless seeing as it’s on jack stands but can’t stand to see it all dusty when it still only has one year old paint.

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RB vol. 3

Some more taring apart and parts collecting!

David came by on a sunday and assisted me in taking the head apart seeing as I’ve never  done so before and turned out to be really easy! Although I am a bit concerned with putting the new springs back in cause they are suppose to be stiffer than the stock ones.

We also cleaned up and did a quick valve lap to clean off some off the carbon.

I cleaned off more of the head gasket from the block and flipped the engine to take a look at the internals.

Everything checks out to be very clean!

Later in the day I went and bought a tap and die to fit the head drain kit. This was horribly nerve racking but I did it!

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Now that that is all apart I’m hoping to get the head to the machine shop in the next week or two.

I kind of impulsively sold my rear model 5’s cause they were only 18×9 and I want something wider and possibly in a 17. They sold really quick and then somehow I ended up selling my fronts within the next 36 hours too hahaha I had other wheels in mind that I wanted but just think I’d make the jump so quickly.

After a bit of looking around I decided on CE28’s! I’m really really excited for this set up!! I got them as seperate pairs but will be having them all painted silver.

All were posted and labeled “GTR size” and included the cars they came off which was really cool. The bronze pair came off a midnight purple r33 and the silver pair off a grey r32.

Browsing through an rb facebook group I came across something I couldn’t say no to and thankfully he still had it cause the listing was from like 4 months ago.

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This worked out perfect casue A. it’s Top Secret and B. cause I didn’t have a 26 coil pack cover. I only got a pair of valve covers.

Last weekend was my birthday. I just turned 25. I feel old but at the same time I don’t hahah

My incredible girlfriend planned this awesome day for us.

It started at breakfast at a cafe right on the beach in Crystal Cove. It was so freakin nice and the food was amazing!! In the middle of our meal the manager came out and rang a bell to give us a heads up that there were about 7 dolphines playing in the ocean just hundres of feet from us. It was really cool.

From here we went to the Aquarium of the Pacific. It was oddly packed but we still had a really nice time! I sadly only took dumb snapchat videos and no pictures to post hahaha

The day ended with us going back home to have a pizza party with my two sisters, their boyfriends, and my dad. It was a really great night. We all just hung out, talked, watched some TV, and played card games which turned out to be way funnier than it should have been hahahaha

Arlynna and a few of my good friends put together a small dinner for me at a local KBBQ place where they had surprised me with a few amazing gifts for the RB that I had on my rhdjapan wishlist!

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A clear HPI RB26 timing belt cover. I’ve always loved these things hahaha

HKS exhaust cam gear!!

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I’m keeping the stock VTC gear so I only needed the one gear.

and also a SARD fuel rail!

I am so freakin stoked on these parts and am so thankful to have such an amazing Girlfriend and awesome friends. Thank You Arlynna, Moya, James, and Steven. You are all the best.

I was bored in the garage one night so I started to sort my interior again. Figured out where I want to place my Defi control unit and put my gauges back up to look at them hahaha

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After doing that for like a whole 30 minutes I decided to stop procrastinating and organize/clean my work area.

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Thats it for now. I’ll keep everyone posted on what happens next!

RB Vol.2

Got further into pull the RB apart. Everything is continuing to go smoothly. Very thankful for that.

Last Monday I got my RB25 bellhousing and popped it on my VG trans. So glad my trans set up was easier to go about this time around. Also that I get to keep my existing trans. It wasn’t difficult to make the VG trans work on the SR but still. I didn’t have to have anything machined or buy and adapter and what not. BUT I will be taking the trans in to get rebuilt so it’s nice and fresh.

It is in desperate need of cleaning too.

Forgot to mention before that I got the larger solenoid for my boost controller. In the blitz manual it’s suggested for high boost applications to get the Dual solenoid. Figured I didn’t want to chance it so I found one and scooped it up!

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Tuesday night Arlynna, Moya, and I went to Disney for a few hours. We rode Autopia and Arlynnas cart was way faster than mine…………..

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Me trying to follow.

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and then she was gone.

Wednesday night I pulled off the crank pulley and water pump to get a look inside.

Really surprised with how clean it was! Only a little bit of rusty brown water in it. Seeing as it’s iron block I was expecting a decent amount more. Gonna pull the Oil pump and pan off very soon too once I flip the engine.

I pulled out the exhaust studs too cause I wanted to get fresh ones. Theese actually appeared to be very clean but figured why not.

Thursday I took the day off to renew my license and have a nice day date with Arlynna. We went and played some mini golf that you can see Arlynna takes very seriously.

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Had someone decide to hop in mid game……………. get it….. hop…… in………

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After this we went and ordered two plates from Coco Ichibanya to go so we could hang out on the beach and enjoy the weather.

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Friday I got in my Boost Gauge to complete my set as well as my new TOP SECRET shift knob!

I am way too damn excited on the shift knob. Waited 2 ish months for it to come in hahah

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Sunday I placed the gauges how I am going to run them and put on the shift knob. I am REALLY excited with my interior now.

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After messing with this Arlynna and I made our way to San Diego to meet up with friends and see Davids Photo Gallery.

Davids awesome Starlet.

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Arlynna having fun with someones adorable corgi hahaha

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and since we were in San Diego we obviously went to Tacos El Gordo.

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Went to Lowes yesterday to pick up a large enough wrench to hold the cams and the socket to get the headbolts off.

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Then the real fun began.

Covers off.

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Cams out. 17522497_1916329575060021_1752369330_o

I took the cams out cause I figured it would make life easier cause I wouldn’t have to worry about setting it down and bending a valve or trying to loosen the cam gear bolts with nothing to hold it down. Really glad I did this.

PRESTO. The head is off.

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Hardly an build up if any on the valves and pistons! Cylinder walls look real good. Now to clean up/spray the block so it looks nice and send the head to be decked. I also need to order a head gasket. Hopefully this week or next.

After pulling the head I wanted to match up the TOMEI oil restrictor to the stock ones and turns out NEO engines already came with small restrictors! I had read that having to do the oil restrictor mod wasn’t always neccessary. So I got lucky!

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Don’t know if I said anything about it before but when I got the engine it looked like the CAS had been smashed into something so I emailed the importer and they had me send the old one back so they could send me a newer not broken one.

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That’s it for now. Will post up soon with new stuff!