18_10_04 Gone but never to be forgotten.... ( Click for
ETN12 18/05/00 to 18/10/04
Who would of
thought you could fall in love with a piece of metal? I guess when you
think about it a big part of love exists from the creation of memories,
of events in your life that this other person has shared with you. But
sometimes it doesn't always have to be a person to have shared big
parts of your life, sometimes it can be a thing you have poured
heartache, love, time and money into.. sometimes it can be a car. This time it was a little
blue car that some of you know as ETN12.
Some people already know, however to
the rest of the readers and people in the n12 world, my pride and joy
has now be passed on. After nearly 5 years of ownership, the time
to move on has
arrived. I'm at
the point in my life now, professionally speaking, where I need somewhat
of a more modern (boring?) car and unfortunately I don't have the space
to keep ETN12 along with another car. I had the option of storing it at
my parents place, but keeping it locked up under cover is just doing this
car injustice. With that in mind I made the decision to accept an offer I
was made on the car, on the single hope/belief that the new owner will
not only look after the car like I have, but will develop the car even
further and possibly see its name on the Top 10 in time.
Will I ever own another N12 Turbo? Perhaps somewhere
down the line I will have the room and money to attempt to go a little
crazy on my first ever passion in cars, however it's a question only time
Whatever lies in the future of that question, one
thing is for certain I will never forget the people I have met, the
friends I have made and the things I have learnt from owning such an
incredible little car we all know as the Nissan Pulsar N12 Turbo. It has
been a huge chapter in my life, and the memories shared with this car,
website, and fellow N12 enthusiast's I will cherish for the rest of my
I could keep babbling on here for hours, but I have
no doubt already put you to sleep, so with that in mind, I would like to
thank the following people that have helped me make ETN12 what it is
today. For all the help and support these people have given me, I am
On that note I would also like to wish Tim, the
new owner, all the best with my ex-'baby' and hope he gets as much out of
owning the car as what I have.
Thanks (in no particular order):
Mum and Dad
Mark and the boys at Pulsar Parts!
Dan and Ben at MRD
Geordo and Luke
AlexThe guys at Street Art Wheels.
Tony at Dynamic Turbo's.
The guys and gals of the Yahoo! E15ET group for
advice and ideas.
To anyone else that contributed to the car, I
apologise but give much thanks!
Last but not least... Thank you ETN12 and the
memories for life you have given me. Keep boosting!
26_06_04 Update ( Click for
Ok ok, so it does absolutely nothing for
performance, but I was offered this professional custom built box for an
ET plus the 2 x 12 inch subs for a 3 inch stainless steel muffler I
didn't need, so I though why not. The other latest mod is the upgrade
from the Prairie rotors to a set of DBA slotted and vented items. These
are the same size as the Prairie rotors and have increased break
performance greatly over even the first Prairie upgrade.
BACK!!!! ( Click for enlargement )
The guards are rolled, the engine is run-in and the
car feels nice and strong on the road and its
about time I say! A big thanks to Mark and Ron down at pulsar parts for
there support, to Ben for his patience and excellent engine rebuilding
ability and to my roommates that put up with me not having my own car for
nearly 9 months! Cheers guys ;-). Here's a few pics of the finished
19_11_03 New Rims...( Click for enlargement)
7 months have now passed since I have driven the ET,
but its getting very close to being finished.
Tonight I turned the key over and it fired up first crank. It is
currently dumped with no exhaust as there are a few mod's to be finished
on it, so it's a little loud but she is still running well. Tomorrow or
the next it will get the new exhaust and be back on the road, accompanied
by my new 16 Inch Speedy Holotype-R rims. They run 205/45/16 rubber and
have the standard ET offset but still need the guards to be rolled.
Here's a few pics for now (excuse the 7 month old dust):-
05_10_03 Engine Rebuild Take 2...(click for
Well its been about 6
months that my ET has been off the road which would explain the lack of
updates for it. I am having the engine totally rebuilt again after the
first rebuild was not done properly at all (What you get for taking it to
the wrong mechanic). This time I have been lucky enough to have Ben build
the engine for me. Ben is responsible for all the modifications to
'FUL11' that resides at number 2 position on the
top 10. He has proven to me with 'ful11' what
he can do with these engines while keeping them virtually standard bottom
end wise. There has been a few modifications to
the engine this time and these will all be listed when the engine is back
in the car and running. For now there are a few 'progress' shots and also
a pic of the APEXi SAFC I have purchased to try and adopt
to the E15ET ecu system.
1_03_03 Turbo Time!...(click for
Finally the T2 has gone! This is something that has
been on the cards since I have had the car, although I made the mistake
of paying $600 to have the T2 rebuilt after it died a year and a half
ago. Since I outlayed such an ammount I thought
I should atleast get some use out of it and replace it when it gets
tired. Well it got very tired all of a sudden and fully let the exhaust
wheel bearing go. There was no way I was going to pay another cent to
have this T2 fixed, so with that said it was time to go bigger.
Originally on the cards was a T28 however I decided to go for the T25G.
They have a noticeable increase in size over the standard T25 as the 25G
comes from the SR20DET engine. This one has a 0.80 A/R ratio on the compressor
which increases lag, but is more than made up for when boost
arrives! (Big thanks to Chris for his help in getting this turbo!)
New Plates...(click for enlargement)
Here's some pics of my
new plates. Was rather surprised to see that these
were still available.
New Pics...(click for enlargement)
Heres a few new
pics of my ET taken with my new digital camera. The rims on the car are ROH 15 inch jobs with 195/50 rubber.
04/06/02 Few more
various pics...(click for enlargement)
Well heres the next batch of photos I've randomly
snapped off over the past couple of months. Biggest changes you may
notice is that pretty anodised-blue metal box..
Yep it's a Microtech MT8!! It's not fully installed yet but it's getting
close. The microtech is going to run a set of VR4 quad coil packs along
with a set of VR4 injectors good for around 450cc, which may be a little
overkill for the time being, but they're going in anyway. Also a VLT pump
will be used to feed the new injectors. Along with this you may also
notice the new dark tinted windows and new door trims made out of grey
wetsuit type material and using N13 door handles and arm rests. Also the
new front spoiler from Pulsar Parts can been
seen in some of the pics.
various pics of rebuild...(click for enlargement)
I've just finished the rebuild of my ET's engine.
Turns out it has done an odd 240,000km's on it's
original engine so I guess the smoke signs were about due. Luckily since
this is it's first rebuilt the block is
completely standard in diameter and therefore only needed to go 20thou
oversize for the ACL pistons. While the engine was out it also scored a
new 3 inch dump pipe with 2.5 inch mandrel bent exhaust system. Here are
a few pics I had in the camera.
20/10/01 New Intercooler
installation pics....(click for enlargement)
New cooler pics.... I've used a series 5 RX7
Intercooler with modified end tanks which is a perfect size for the
1.5litre engine. These coolers have very good flow characteristics yet
are still able to maintain the original thermo fan if positioned on the
drivers side of the radiator. Piping constists of 2 inch mandrel bent
piping from the turbo to the intercooler, and 2.5 inch mandrel bent
piping from the cooler to the throttle body. As you can see I've had a
custom throttle body mount made up to suit the intercooler piping running
down the drivers side of the engine. This
bracket/mount moves the throttle body further away from the plenum which
in effect increases the volume of the standard plenum at the same time
giving me a larger radius bend to the OEM plenum. Also you'll notice the
heat shield over the exhaust manifold to reduce heat soak into the