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Title: My Nissan 200sx S12 - Careless Whisper
Post by: darquizard on 01:07:52 PM / 30-Apr-18
This is my new to me Nissan 200sx S12. It is a 1987 SE with the VG30E motor, and automatic transmission. I've named the car 'Careless Whisper' for now, it seems like a good 80s name to me.

The car is 100% stock, no modifications to speak of. The interior is blue and completely original, and in really good shape. The only parts that need fixing in the interior are some very small cracks in the upper-door panel pads, and the previous owner eviscerated the stereo system, and cut out the old stereo, so no sound for now.

I got it for $800, it has some dings and dents, no rust to speak of except the exhaust. The previous owner actually cut the Alternator plug from the wiring harness, and then attempted to manually wire the alternator, it was a shit show.  I found a 97 Nissan Sentra at the Pick-n-pull junkyard and chopped it's alternator plug from the harness, soldered the new pigtail connector and plugged in the alternator, now it runs perfectly, no electrical problems to speak of thank god. I removed about a mile of garbage wire someone had installed, presumably for the sound system which had been removed anyway. I'll need to figure that out eventually.

Anyway, here is the list of repairs I'm going to make on the car in the coming months, and also some pictures, in no particular order. 
Repair Battery Drain/Alternator Issue - Possibly Fixed! 4/28/18, still working great 4/29/18 drove to parents house and back 1 hour each way.
Fluid Change & Flush - Oil, transmission, radiator, all of it, no idea when it was done last.
New Tires - Tires are low on tread. Passenger side front small leak from valve stem.
Complete exterior clean and detail - Would be really nice to see what the car looks like with a really professional wash.
Brake Job - New Pads, fix it all up.
Spark Plugs - Should probably do this just to be safe, they're cheap.
Replace suspension bushings - refresh worn out suspension / reduce rear-end drop under acceleration.
Replace Front and Rear Springs - Ideally could lower the car 1.5 inches in the front and rear, I don't want the raked look of the canuck springs.
New Wheels  - The current wheels are pretty ugly, but serviceable.
Alignment
Interior Trim / Dash Repair - Blower vents, arm-rest cracking
Replace Stereo - Wiring harness is a mess, trim pieces were poorly cut out.
Replace Exhaust system - Current one has a ton of exhaust leaks. Muffler is ruined.
Air Conditioner - Troubleshoot issues, maybe replace, maybe delete.
Gauge Cluster - Brighter / LED replace, current one is dim even on max setting.

(The good side!)
(https://i.imgur.com/Ek9FVi7.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/rAAveq4.jpg)

The Mitsubishi Lancer back there is my daily driver.
(https://i.imgur.com/MPvIwmo.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/wWAlDcY.jpg)
Title: Re: My Nissan 200sx S12 - Careless Whisper
Post by: CzechSilvia on 02:22:54 PM / 30-Apr-18
Whoa, a new project here on our forum! Welcome and good luck!
Title: Re: My Nissan 200sx S12 - Careless Whisper
Post by: BOSSMAN on 03:08:42 PM / 30-Apr-18
Regarding lowing the car with lower springs (Canucks springs).  I have Canucks springs on my other car (not a S12) and I brought the height up using 1/2 in coil springs from a Ebay seller in Thailand.  This was done a while back so the seller may not be active.
Title: Re: My Nissan 200sx S12 - Careless Whisper
Post by: darquizard on 03:52:37 PM / 30-Apr-18
Could someone share a picture of their door hinges? My door link-cross member is broken, and also the hinge appears to be bent to me, the door sags and opens too far, which is the reason the drivers side front quarter panel has been popped out, and also the reason there is a dent in the door.

Here is a picture of my hinges. The part is discontinued, Nissan called today and let me know they can't process my order.

(https://i.imgur.com/GARaOHG.jpg)
Title: Re: My Nissan 200sx S12 - Careless Whisper
Post by: weitrhino on 05:45:38 PM / 30-Apr-18
You can pull the retractor out of the door, line it up with the hasp on the door frame, and drop an unthreaded 6mm bolt into the hole. When the pin breaks the door swings open past the detents in the retractor. By the looks of your upper hinge the door was flung open very hard or the wind got ahold of it. You'll probably want to re-weld the hinges back to the frame.
Title: Re: My Nissan 200sx S12 - Careless Whisper
Post by: darquizard on 09:52:48 PM / 30-Apr-18
These hinges are beastly though, while I could possibly re-weld it to the frame, how can I true them before welding? Or just weld the bent-back edge and then bolt it slowly maybe under heat and hope the weld holds? I can't imagine it would though.

I think the previous owner took the retaining pins out on purpose, the woman who drove this car daily was very large, also very nice and friendly, but I think it was done so she could get in and out of the car more easily, and as you said - I think over time the hinges bent back bit by bit from opening the door quickly.

But these hinges don't exist anywhere, I hope I can bend them somehow, but they're really chunky thick metal.

I've removed the door completely and covered the opening with a taped up tarp for now, I'll get the pins ordered tonight and get that part fixed at least.

Also removed the driver's side-skirt, it was bent in a little bit, looks like the car high-centered badly. Here is a video of how I plan to fix it.

https://youtu.be/lopPlHrtHAo

Title: Re: My Nissan 200sx S12 - Careless Whisper
Post by: weitrhino on 10:10:22 AM / 01-May-18
There are a few videos on youtube dealing with sagging doors, etc., that may provide you with some pointers. One video showed a method for straightening the frame area where the hinges attach that may be useful to you. Just search 'repair bent door hinge.'
Title: Re: My Nissan 200sx S12 - Careless Whisper
Post by: darquizard on 10:40:01 PM / 01-May-18
I removed the door entirely, started with getting the panel off very carefully, and then removed the wiring harness. After that I had more room to get to the hinges, I removed the clips, pins, and then the plug/bushings.

With the door off and the panel removed, I did my best to pop some of the dents in the door, it does look better but still not perfect, I don't have the right tools to work dents correctly.

After a very harrowing experience, and some help from my wife at the very end, I was able to get the door re-installed with new hinge pins and plugs from Nissan parts. I re-installed the hinges first so I would be able to crank on them a bit, as it turns out the hinges were not bent at all, it was the pillar/frame where they mount to, so I simply installed them, and then cranked on them with a pry bar very carefully, I got them mostly in the correct position. There is still a gap though, it isn't perfect.  It now opens without any hitch at all, it still sags a little bit, but the fact I can open the door with one hand and without throwing out my back is a huge bonus.

Now I have to track down the rollpin or un-threaded 6mm bolt like weitrhino suggested to fix the retractor, there is just a random small bolt in there now, but it's doing the trick for the time being.

I also finished up on the side-skirt epoxy job, I removed the clamps after 24 hours or so and the epoxy is holding very well. Hopefully when I remove the screws and dis-mount it from the 2x4 it will maintain it's shape. I am thinking I'll keep it mounted for a while, and probably heat it a bit.
Title: Re: My Nissan 200sx S12 - Careless Whisper
Post by: BOSSMAN on 02:19:03 PM / 02-May-18
Just looked at your pictures, it appears the car had a minor collision with a pole or column at one time by the driver door which should explain the bend on the side skirt and what looks like a weld joint/repair above the wire gorment at the a pillar frame.
Title: Re: My Nissan 200sx S12 - Careless Whisper
Post by: darquizard on 03:48:44 PM / 02-May-18
Well things are a looking pretty good. This weekend my plan is to remove the front seats from the car start cleaning the interior trim pieces a little bit. That will be a great time to install the sound system as well. I may remove the rear seats as well, they're in really good shape, but I want to get everything steam cleaned and extracted to get rid of that old-ass-car smell, I'll do my best with the carpet, but that may need to be replaced, we'll see.

Last night I removed the fog lights, the mounting bracket under the bumper was badly rusted, so I took the wire wheel to it and got it cleaned up, sprayed down with the rust treatment, and I'll spray them black tonight. Previous owner had hit something, so one of the fog lights was bent back at a weird angle and the lens was shattered, a little time in the vice made short work of that, problem solved! Glad to see I have the original Bosch lamps and lights that were in decent shape, and found some Bosch replacements for the lenses that were brand new.


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Here is a short video of the current exhaust issues. The exhaust rattles like crazy and sounds awful. If the video isn't rotated yet, hopefully Youtube will sort it out, I did apply the rotate edit on it, but it seems to be having some trouble saving. Sorry for your neck if you watch it.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFbwpxAxHsI

I think I can just delete the muffler here right? The thing is completely broken and destroyed, and isn't even welded any longer, the only thing holding it up is the wires that were installed. The plan is to simply remove the steel wire, and then remove the muffler entirely. After that, I may pickup a short 12-16 inch stainless tube, or maybe just a bent tip just to clamp onto the end with an exhaust clamp, just so the exhaust can port out of the correct location. The rest of the exhaust system is actually intact, and seems to be in okay shape for being a stock exhaust, a little bit of rust but nothing too crazy.

Safe to delete the muffler?
Title: Re: My Nissan 200sx S12 - Careless Whisper
Post by: darquizard on 11:47:05 PM / 03-May-18
w00t!

Driver's side door is hung properly and fixed now. Soo smooth, closes better than my lancer.

https://youtu.be/WzaiDr0F3Y0
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Was so excited I got it working I forgot to post a little how-to guide for the door hinge fix.

Here is how I went about it.

https://youtu.be/_I5J9BRcgK8
Title: Re: My Nissan 200sx S12 - Careless Whisper
Post by: darquizard on 05:59:06 PM / 05-May-18
The stereo system is installed so now I can at least enjoy some tunes. It's a very basic setup, some just Polk DB series speakers (only the front two, no sound in rear yet), and a Kenwood deck with Bluetooth and 3.5mm. It was very important to me it didn't light up in 20 different colors, it's all black with blue buttons, which matches the car. Maybe someday I'll invest more money to get better sound, but the install went great and it gets loud enough for me. 

Crutchfield tech support is really awesome, I found all of the speakers and their wires using a AA battery and trying every combination of Black and BlackWhite wires coming from the dash and eventually found all of them, labeled them and taped them off. After that I just had to find the constant power, and accessory power, there is no mute, steering wheel control, or antenna (prev. owner removed it, ugh). So it's sounding loud and proud now, I did short out the illumination wire, so I'm sure I blew a fuse, the dash no longer lights up so I've gotta figure that out, Crutchfield tech support guy said it's usually the rear tail-light fuse that goes, but he doesn't know for sure.

I also painted the front bumper with Duplicolor black trim paint, just a temporary fix for now, I'll do all of the exterior rubber moldings with it, just makes the car a little bit nicer until I get all setup to paint properly, it looks really nice though, with very little prep except a very good cleaning and a really basic rough-up with 300 grit, it came out pretty nice.

Fortunately found a pair of compatible Bosch fog lamp lenses that fit the stock mounting, they look exactly the same as the stock ones too, $23 on amazon.

Since getting the driver's side door to hang properly, I also re-installed the side-skirt much better than having it cracked and bowed inward, the epoxy is holding really well. Repaired the front driver's side quarter panel and mounted it correctly, so the door no longer hits it at all, got all of the little trim/body pieces back onto the car so it's looking about 5000% better than when I pulled it up to the house.

Next I've gotta get the stereo mounting figured out, the Kenwood is just kind of sitting in there- I ordered one that says it will fit, and the pictures look like it does, found the part number here on the forums so that should be good to go.


Here is a little video walk-around I did, looking pretty good!
https://youtu.be/yxM68Y5pobQ

Title: Re: My Nissan 200sx S12 - Careless Whisper
Post by: CzechSilvia on 01:53:19 AM / 06-May-18
Nice progress! What type of Kenwood head unit did you use? I'm also planning to change the stereo system and I'm thinking of buying Clarion FZ102E head unit, doesn't look exactly 80s but at least will be orange like the dash lights and the digital clock.
Title: Re: My Nissan 200sx S12 - Careless Whisper
Post by: darquizard on 10:51:27 AM / 06-May-18
It's the 'Kenwood KDC-BT272U' and seems to be working great, speakers get a little bit of distortion when I push them, but no amplifier so thats to be expected.


So, I'm investigating and trying to figure out why my dash does not illuminate, I think I shorted the white/red wire in the radio harness, which Crutchfield said was the illumination wire, so thats probobly why my dash lights don't work.

So off to the fuse panel, only to discover...!

(https://i.imgur.com/hiL55i1.jpg)

This can't be right - even if I flip the diagram upside down, hardly any of the fuses are correctly rated for their posistion, am I missing something? Am I just an idiot!?
Title: Re: My Nissan 200sx S12 - Careless Whisper
Post by: weitrhino on 12:57:37 PM / 06-May-18
I appreciate these little video updates, not only for the work involved and the problem solving but for the sheer joy of seeing an S12 get some love.

Dude, your fuse panel is a wreck! The PO might as well have used pennies in place of fuses.
Title: Re: My Nissan 200sx S12 - Careless Whisper
Post by: darquizard on 03:32:18 PM / 06-May-18
I'm just going to replace all of them with the correct fuses I guess, fucking hell. Glad the car hasn't exploded in the mean time.
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All of the fuses were tested/replaced to factory specifications.

So, this is a picture of me enjoying the cabin of the car now that the AC works, the windshield wipers work, the dash is illuminated, everything is ice cold and fresh on a hot day.  I do have the radio dash panel, I'm just waiting to re-install it while the universal Metra dash kit comes in the mail. The only thing actually missing is the dash vent covers, which of course nobody makes - if anyone has spares (hahaha) or they can send me one just for a short time, I can get a 3D model scanned and create some non-movable ones with a 3D printer.

(https://i.imgur.com/WiNXca2.jpg?1)

Title: Re: My Nissan 200sx S12 - Careless Whisper
Post by: weitrhino on 02:03:22 PM / 07-May-18
There's a guy on one of the Facebook groups who has already made fixed vent prototypes. The last post I saw he needed to make some minor revisions before producing them.
Title: Re: My Nissan 200sx S12 - Careless Whisper
Post by: darquizard on 02:32:01 PM / 07-May-18
Oh cool, that would be a big step in the right direction for making it look right.

Does anyone know how to make my hood close tighter? if I press hard on it it does sink into the right posistion, but it tends to pop up just a 1/4 inch but it really makes things look strange IMO. I'll have to take a close look at it.
Title: Re: My Nissan 200sx S12 - Careless Whisper
Post by: CzechSilvia on 03:57:22 PM / 07-May-18
Oh cool, that would be a big step in the right direction for making it look right.

Does anyone know how to make my hood close tighter? if I press hard on it it does sink into the right posistion, but it tends to pop up just a 1/4 inch but it really makes things look strange IMO. I'll have to take a close look at it.
The bonnet latch is adjustable, try moving it down, it's just two bolts if I'm not mistaken and they are easily accesible with the front grill removed
Title: Re: My Nissan 200sx S12 - Careless Whisper
Post by: darquizard on 01:16:02 PM / 09-May-18
Got the interior (kind of) gutted, getting a feel for how bad it is. I work really slowly on interiors because I'm cautious to not mess anything up, trim pieces are neigh impossible to replace due to availability.

Anyway, here is a quick video of the interior situation

https://youtu.be/Fy9ukp85bPs
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Using a handy wheel / tire calculator I figured I could get the car to look a bit lower, or just reduce the arch-gap a little bit.

So currently the car has wheels that are 6in width, 15in diameter, with 35mm offset, and the tires are 205/50R15's. So I think if I move to a wheel that is 7in width, 16in diameter, with a 0 offset, and tires that are 225/50R16 then it will reduce the arch gap by about .75 inches, and the offset will be about 1.5 inches further out, making the wheels look a bit more flush as well, though I may stick with the 6inch width so they aren't too crazy.
Title: Re: My Nissan 200sx S12 - Careless Whisper
Post by: iceageg on 07:10:18 AM / 10-May-18
Check the wheel fitment sticky thread.  It will have all the information you could possibly want.  Or at least narrow down your questions.

https://club-s12.org/forum/index.php?topic=19350.0

Of course photobucket broke many/most of the pictures but there is still a lot of good info there.
Title: Re: My Nissan 200sx S12 - Careless Whisper
Post by: kelso840 on 07:20:21 AM / 10-May-18
I downloaded the photobucket Google Chrome extension specifically for the wheel fitment thread. Recovers a lot of the images nicely.

That said, I am still having trouble making a decision on wheel/tire setup as well.
Title: Re: My Nissan 200sx S12 - Careless Whisper
Post by: darquizard on 10:21:52 PM / 10-May-18
That chrome extension is killer, finally can browse this site without being frustrated now.


Seats are all taken apart and the foam is in really bad shape, not sure it can be restored, it isn't crumbly yet but is pretty stiff and really dark yellow/brown color all over, also some big rips in the foam almost accross the entire piece.

So - I'm not opposed to aftermarket seats as long as they're comfortable, but then the question is - how to install them. Should I hack my original seat frames up to build a seat-rail? Is there an aftermarket one I can use? So many unknowns with this car haha

Edit: forgot the customary video.
https://youtu.be/P9wBOzPJkq8 - Seats and seat thoughts.

Edit2: Haha I changed my profile to the 200sx Commercial guy, I just watched that video from the 200sx videos section and cracked up when he says 'Hey, you're talking to me'. I'm going to turn him into an air freshener.
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The S12 is too fast for my son haha, or maybe he loves it? I can't tell

(https://i.imgur.com/bYUrPgE.jpg)
Title: Re: My Nissan 200sx S12 - Careless Whisper
Post by: Redneck on 09:58:26 PM / 16-May-18
The 5 lug s14 SE wheels as well as the ford crown vic wheels are very common wheel upgrades for the s12 SE that look good and can be had for cheap. I ran the s14 wheels on my old SE before it got totaled and loved em for a basic wheel upgrade.

Upgrading the seats in the s12 seems to be somewhat of an endeavor. I haven't researched the subject extensively but from what I have gathered the rails are kind of a pain to modify. Totally doable but unfortunately just like with most things on the s12 its not like you can just pick up some aftermarket seat rails online. I'd imagine there is lots of old threads you can search regarding seats though if your more interested. Luckily engine and suspension upgrades are pretty straightforward, generally speaking s13 engines/suspension swaps over with relatively minimal modifications in that department.

Sadly the forums are pretty dead now compared to what they used to be (thank you social media) but welcome to cs12 lol.
Title: Re: My Nissan 200sx S12 - Careless Whisper
Post by: darquizard on 01:24:09 PM / 22-May-18
Not a lot of work done on the car the past couple of weeks. My wife and I got an offer accepted on a house though, so with any luck and if the VA loan goes through okay, we'll be moving at the end of June and I'll have a proper, large 2-car garage (24'x24'!!!!) to work in.

The tail lights have been wet sanded with 600, then 1200, and then 2000 grit sandpaper, and applied clear coat to them.  I am a total novice when it comes to spraying / painting. Had some really bad runs with the clear, I got the technique down towards the end so I'll need to re-do them but for now, they look way better than they did before.

Tailights (https://i.imgur.com/GVs8P7a.jpg)


Also as I'm getting ready for paint slowly but surely. I've gotten the rubber door molding removed so I can get at the small dents and dings.

This was actually a long process, I used the heat gun and slowly removed them from the car. The trick to getting the old foam glue off is a very sharp flat razor, get a nice cut under the foam and then run the blade as far and smoothly as possible. I've got about 99% of the glue off, still needs some touch up, but I have a feeling the paint stripper will pretty much take care of the rest when it's time for that.

(https://i.imgur.com/5i4Aiin.jpg)

I've also re-hung the passenger side door, it was also starting to become poorly aligned, now that i knew how to do it - I just had to remove the passenger side quarter panel and get at the bolts, jacked it up and fixed it no problems at all.

Also the hatch shocks were replaced with MightyLift shocks, they seem to be working great and installed without any issues, the hatch opens very easily now, booyah!
Title: Re: My Nissan 200sx S12 - Careless Whisper
Post by: darquizard on 02:10:51 PM / 25-May-18
Well, I had not gotten under the car very much at all since I bought it, but I found a couple of troubling things

1. The steering rack boots on both sides are torn completely, I'm not sure if there should be grease in these or power steering fluid or something, they appear to be greasy but empty. Major concern? Something that can wait a few months? Don't drive at all starting now?

2. The transmission fluid pan appears to be leaking, very very slowly. But there is bright red trans fluid on a few of the bolts, and the whole pan has a little bit of fluid on it in various places. Is this is a difficult fix? Just pop the pan off after draining trans fluid and then re-install with a new gasket? Or something more to it than that?
Title: Re: My Nissan 200sx S12 - Careless Whisper
Post by: CzechSilvia on 01:37:32 AM / 26-May-18
1. Finding powersteering fluid inside would be bad sign, it should only be greased. If I were you, I would clean the inside from the old grease, as it's probably contaminated with dirt or other garbage from outside, and then put some new grease in and replace the boots, they are not that expensive, the part number of the boot I used for both sides of the steering rack is 48203-05F00 .

2. Never had a car with automatic gearbox so I don't know much about that, I didn't even know they had oil pans but I'm pretty sure they should not leak, seems like you have another job to add to your TO-DO list.
Title: Re: My Nissan 200sx S12 - Careless Whisper
Post by: darquizard on 10:49:19 AM / 26-May-18
Well I very lightly torqued up the AT Oil pan bolts in a x-cross pattern, they weren't even finger tight to begin with, I could turn them freely. Looks like the leak has stopped, so that is okay for now.

I'll get the boots replaced before I try driving again, I'll have to do that before we finish moving.


I'm buying a VG30E engine from a junkyard, between 190-200 compression in all 6 cylinders and guy said it ran fine but exterior of the vehicle was completely totaled. So I'll be able to build a motor while still driving my car, then swap, and maybe build the other and sell? Who knows.
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What have I got here? Some kind of vacuum leak? It sounds really loud. Also sounds like some valves tapping? Not sure how much of that is normal. The leak sounds pretty strong though, and my idle is a little rough, kind of hops between 700 and 800 and coughs down at 650 very occasionally.

https://youtu.be/lcFewagePvM
Title: Re: My Nissan 200sx S12 - Careless Whisper
Post by: darquizard on 10:15:53 AM / 28-May-18
Replace one of the vacuum lines on the EGR that was completely deteriorated. Still hunting for the vacuum leak around the IAA unit.

The big news is that I've gotten started on the serious dent repair. I have no idea what i'm doing with this stud welder but it's popping these dents no problem. I just mount the studs in a circular / semi-circle pattern and work my way towards the center / deepest part of the dent.

https://youtu.be/ILvSBfYmpLs

(https://i.imgur.com/9E7ZYbi.jpg)

Title: Re: My Nissan 200sx S12 - Careless Whisper
Post by: weitrhino on 07:27:50 PM / 28-May-18
Nice work so far, keep it up. I'd sure like to find a cheap SE one day.
Title: Re: My Nissan 200sx S12 - Careless Whisper
Post by: darquizard on 01:20:46 AM / 30-May-18
Thanks man! It's been a fun project so far, there are certainly some small frustrations working on a car with zero aftermarket support. I think my next project car will be a civic haha


Well, I packed a lot of my work into the car, re-attached all of my missing panels and whatnot. Gotta think about getting packed and moving to the new place, the car is going to have a really nice new home in a real garage, I don't mind keeping my daily driver parked in the driveway, and finally no more giant trees right above the cars which is awesome.


What color should I paint it?

I don't want to pick something that will look silly with the blue interior, so I don't think I can go with cherry red or anything. I thought white could look nice, or do a re-creation of the stock paint but in a nice metallic pearl or something.

Something about a white car with white flake and gold mesh wheels seems pretty cool to me though.
Title: Re: My Nissan 200sx S12 - Careless Whisper
Post by: CzechSilvia on 07:43:07 AM / 30-May-18
The best factory colours for the s12, in my opinion, are white or black. Black looks cool and aggressive but it's a no no with a blue interior, my car is white with blue interior from factory and I love the looks.
Title: Re: My Nissan 200sx S12 - Careless Whisper
Post by: darquizard on 11:08:27 AM / 30-May-18
The best factory colours for the s12, in my opinion, are white or black. Black looks cool and aggressive but it's a no no with a blue interior, my car is white with blue interior from factory and I love the looks.

Nice, that is awesome. Soemthing kind of struck me last night though, and I said to myself... 'fuck it, this is my project car and nothing says I should play it safe with the color and do something factory or conservative'. So I may go total fast and furious with it, or maybe just something really unique, I haven't seen many yellow S12s haha!


I know this is a car build-thread, but do any of you have any experience with putting down an epoxy floor in a garage? I'm sure I've gotta clean the hell out of the concrete and do some patch work. I'd like to have a real nice shop floor in my new garage, wife said she doesn't care what I do in the garage at all except nothing that hurts the resale value in the future - so I'll probably be sticking with a grey concrete-ish colored epoxy floor.

Ideally I can get this done just before moving - otherwise the garage is going to get filled with stuff and have to get moved out again, so I've got a nice window of opportunity before getting everything moved in to get the floor taken care of.
Title: Re: My Nissan 200sx S12 - Careless Whisper
Post by: CzechSilvia on 12:53:16 PM / 30-May-18
not many yellow S12s out there, I don't think it was a factory option

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/6zjln8yd1q92lxm/dsc_5634-001.jpg?dl=1)

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/fly2nyqyywrhbjy/dsc_6020.jpg?dl=1)
Title: Re: My Nissan 200sx S12 - Careless Whisper
Post by: darquizard on 01:39:27 PM / 01-Jun-18
Been looking at some yellows but then I got into Photoshop and started messing around and changing colors on S12's. I really like this Porsch / Mulsanne blue I came up with .

(https://i.imgur.com/U2ZBcdp.png)

Same color but different lighting in the picture, and the base picture was more of a metallic, so it might end up a little more like this

(https://i.imgur.com/7fid8SW.png)
Title: Re: My Nissan 200sx S12 - Careless Whisper
Post by: darquizard on 12:26:53 PM / 04-Jun-18
After finding some more stuff wrong, and going over the car a little more closely I've changed/organized my needed repairs list. Just wanted it written down some place. Doing some of this admin type work because I'm moving and trying not to mess up the garage at the moment.

Thanks to everyone reviewing and replying to my build, I'm working hard on this and I read all of the comments. I'll keep trying to post videos and pictures as much as I can.

Completed Work

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Some questions I know have been asked before, but that is part of the problem - there are a lot of different threads with what looks to be slightly different answers. Can anyone tell me...

1. What bushings are compatible from the Z31 kit? The list I have from trying to compile different threads together is below, is it complete? What about the rear end? What about tie rods?

2. Can I use just the Canuck springs without any other modifications at all? Or do I change shocks/struts in any way? Is this the preferred method of keeping the stock suspension but lowering the car slightly? Is there another spring that will work and give me an even 1 inch drop all around?



For reference - I found the Engine-Bay diagram I was looking for on the Auto-Zone Website, however the CA20 and VG30E diagrams were mis-labeled, which led to a lot of confusion. Here is the correct VG30E engine bay diagram for other noobs like me who don't know what these different parts and pieces are.
(https://i.imgur.com/lF4rTbi.gif)


For reference - Arent these just the nicest fucking wheels you ever saw?
(https://i.imgur.com/a1xmevg.png?1)

Oh and my Air Fresheners are done. Too bad my car isn't even a Turrrbo, but I liked the picture. Maybe something I should add to the low... no... high priority list?
(https://i.imgur.com/ZhX2Byl.jpg?1)


Title: Re: My Nissan 200sx S12 - Careless Whisper
Post by: CzechSilvia on 03:15:36 PM / 04-Jun-18
Get experimental engineering delrin bushings for the tie rods and also buy the delrin steering rack bushings while you're at it
Title: Re: My Nissan 200sx S12 - Careless Whisper
Post by: darquizard on 03:25:50 PM / 05-Jun-18
Get experimental engineering delrin bushings for the tie rods and also buy the delrin steering rack bushings while you're at it

I messaged him on Facebook about a month ago, I'm not sure he is in business any longer. the vg30.com website is no more as well, and I couldn't find any ebay listings from him.
Title: Re: My Nissan 200sx S12 - Careless Whisper
Post by: CzechSilvia on 01:09:39 AM / 06-Jun-18
He's in business, don't worry. I saw him post about his products in some facebook group not long ago. Try sending message to his other facebook profile - David Carroll
Title: Re: My Nissan 200sx S12 - Careless Whisper
Post by: darquizard on 11:00:24 PM / 07-Jun-18
Good call mr CzechSilvia, I sent him a message and lo' and behold he lived 10 minutes from my house.

So I asked him if I could drop by and hang out and talk about our cars.

Here is a little tour https://youtu.be/L08ezRtPBNU
Title: Re: My Nissan 200sx S12 - Careless Whisper
Post by: CzechSilvia on 01:43:59 PM / 08-Jun-18
Good call mr CzechSilvia, I sent him a message and lo' and behold he lived 10 minutes from my house.

So I asked him if I could drop by and hang out and talk about our cars.

Here is a little tour https://youtu.be/L08ezRtPBNU
wow, it really is a small world
Title: Re: My Nissan 200sx S12 - Careless Whisper
Post by: Cajun1guy on 10:14:12 PM / 11-Jun-18
Great job on your SE! I have an SE as well, love it! Also known as the poor man's 300 ZX back in the day.
Title: Re: My Nissan 200sx S12 - Careless Whisper
Post by: darquizard on 05:24:05 PM / 12-Jun-18
Hah, that is awesome - however I have owned a 300zx and I love this car so much more.