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Old 11-15-2016, 03:20 PM
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daily driver huh...
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Old 11-15-2016, 03:31 PM
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Of course, why not? I mean, I need to reassemble first, but why not commute in this when it's finished? All I have for snow wheels are some 18"ers though, so I'll have to get something a little more reasonable to hold my tires onto the car.
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Old 11-15-2016, 07:24 PM
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Holy **** Jesse, I never realized this was you! - Joe
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Old 11-15-2016, 07:47 PM
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Holy **** Jesse, I never realized this was you! - Joe
Sorry Joe, did I just combine two awesome builds into one, meaning that there's one less awesome s30 in your world?

Today, my ego grew at least 6 sizes.

Somehow, I managed to get extremely accurate measurements, and bent the main hoop and A pillars perfectly ... while the old cage was still in the car. I had planned on doing each of these three times before getting one combination that I could call acceptable. I couldn't have asked for them to come out better.





I still need to do some coping and tack welding, but it's all coming together quite nicely.
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Old 11-16-2016, 08:23 PM
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Of course, why not? I mean, I need to reassemble first, but why not commute in this when it's finished?
It was more of a, this is a project joke.

Making awesome progress.
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Old 11-20-2016, 03:22 PM
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It was more of a, this is a project joke.

Making awesome progress.
That joke went over my head completely, I didn't even heard the whoosh. The internet doesn't always convey context very well.

Most of the weekend was checking and double-checking all of my math. The main hoop and diagonal braces are cut, and one is welded in. I think I'm going to make some minor adjustments to my A pillar design rather than making what I have mostly-work. This is the most critical point to get fitment spot-on for everything, since everything after this will be measured against these first 'core' pieces of tubing.



A friend had a non-running ej205 (older 2.0liter Subaru WRX engine) taking up space in his shop, and I generally like having a spare engine on-hand in case something breaks on any of my engines. I just finished pulling the intake manifold off, and decided I'd compare that engine to the engine I'm putting in the Datsun.

This is a complete valve-to-valve comparison of the two. If anyone is confused as to why I'd use a rotary in my Datsun, accept that simplicity and compactness are really the only reasons.



Horizontally opposed engines are known for keeping their mass low and short (front-to-back). As you can see, the rotary pretty much wins in every direction here. I still need to weigh both packages to get a decent reference, but I can easily carry one but the other requires two sets of hands to haul around.

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Old 11-21-2016, 06:32 PM
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We have a gutted longblock as our display at my work (subimods) and the thing is pretty damn heavy.
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Old 11-21-2016, 08:27 PM
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We have a gutted longblock as our display at my work (subimods) and the thing is pretty damn heavy.
So ... I assume you know Sean Lewis then?

I may end up moving the diagonals a bit to move the X lower. It's quite a bit more work to fit up, but getting the X centered will get them out of the way of the rear-view mirror.

In other news, I spent a little time tonight fitting up the front bumper cover.

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Old 11-22-2016, 05:45 PM
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Yeah I met Sean a handful of times but the first time I met him was in like 11 or 12 when plastidip first came out and they dipped his car...before the digi-camo and all that jazz.
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Old 11-22-2016, 11:07 PM
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Coming along nicely, keep up the great work. And if anyone is confused why you're putting a rotary in the Datsun all they need to know is that's your car/project not theirs lol
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