Not sure if this is ever getting finished but its started

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Not sure if this is ever getting finished but its started

Postby jere » 13 Jun 2017, 17:28

In the early 2000s I had a misunderstood need for adrenaline (possibly due to PTSD I'm told now :| ) That's the same time I bought a hardtop nx2000 with a (The car is a unicorn, but under the weird Geo storm like body is the same thing as a Nissan ser Sentra.) sr20det swap. It was dangerous, quick and checked the adrenaline box for a while...

After doing lots of reading on message boards and performance mags upgraded just about everything that bolted on. Had some more fun for a few years and then the inevitable for all daily driven rust belt econoboxes... Yup red oxide/nature s weight reduction/ the tin worm had it's way with the poor nx. Here I was left to hunt for a new donor or learn to fix the rust. I chose the second option learn to fix it! This part happened really slowly with two kids hatching and a marriage/divorce ( divorce still pending yay for crazy women with personality disorders!). So now that I know exactly how to fix the rust ie hammer out sheet metal and weld fairly well, and have the tools and time I want to build a midlana skinned with my rusted out nx2000.

I have been a fan of the locost, atom, Kimini, and midlana for a long time but also my odd ball nx2000.
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Nx2000. Mine was that color for the first week then flat blacked it... :oops: It was still cool then
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...Yeah not totally sure how it's going to come together yet

https://grassrootsmotorsports.com/forum ... ost2310114 here is the sister thread, my start was somewhere around seeing the Kimini on the cover of grass roots motorsports so I started a thread there first.

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Postby jere » 13 Jun 2017, 17:40

Changing image hosting sites so hopefully these are showing up now... Or maybe not she's not pretty


So there are lots of coats of "rust stop" type paints, truck bed coatings and factory paint where I was in a hurry. I usually didn't pull trim pieces or scuff the paint due to always rushing through because it was a daily driver and only car.
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Ok so here are some holes proving she was rusted through for the nx purists. It's the same on the other side but hasn't seen some light pokes with the screw driver yet or wire brush
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This was just a completely unrelated photo of my son. But I feel like he has the old soul of some Italian telling me I should be doing things differently like what's a matta which yous" :P
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Re: Not sure if this is ever getting finished but its started

Postby ChrisS » 15 Jun 2017, 12:59

I reckon you had your money's worth out of that one....

Another interesting donor option too.

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Postby big_wasa » 27 Jun 2017, 11:53

Yep I would say that's ripe for a donor.

I know what you mean about life getting in the way, I am two years in and havnt finished the engine yet.

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Postby jere » 04 Aug 2017, 07:39

Mostly been working to clear out the garage. I got the word from the court that I don't need to divide everything I own with the almost ex wife. Sold her bike, plus one more, a commercial dog bath, riding mower, table saw, pneumatic Planisher. Moved a bunch of other stuff outside or into the loft, and basement .

Lopped off the roof and the back and burned up 4 $10 angle grinders in the process. Thankfully they are returnable under warranty still :D

Found some I beams on Craigslist to make the build table with (but the daily driver car has a computer problem and waiting on a " tuning specialist" to show up and take my money. )
Here is basically what I am thinking on the build table http://www.locostusa.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=39&t=18698

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Oh and made a trashcan from a steel gas can that had the worst fill cap placement ever. Spilled gas every time I tried to fill the mower :x

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Postby jere » 04 Aug 2017, 07:56

ChrisS wrote:I reckon you had your money's worth out of that one....

Another interesting donor option too.


Yeah it was fun while it lasted.

The the sr20de (n/a) sr20det (turbo charged) sr20ve (Nissan's variable valve vtec system) are all pretty good candidates. They are all cheaper than Honda's and have more power potential (350whp+ on the factory motor isn't a big deal ) The weak link is the transmissions, the early ones are pretty glass like. After the 2000s they got better.

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Postby Midlana1 » 04 Aug 2017, 08:03

jere wrote:...The weak link is the transmissions, the early ones are pretty glass like...

So too are the Honda K-series transmissions. The only way to solve it is to throw cubic dollars at it in the form of an aftermarket straight-cut gear set (1-4). The irony is that after increasing power so that I can reach ~160mph on the speedway, 5th and 6th gear - which are still stock - are at risk of failing.

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Postby ChrisS » 04 Aug 2017, 08:10

Good to see you're back doing something on the car. It can be therapeutic after a difficult period in your life. So can cutting up a scrapper!! I bought a cheap 'saws-all' to cut up my two donor cars - made a pretty good job of it and I only got through 3 or 4 blades I think, mostly due to carelessness TBH.

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Postby jere » 04 Aug 2017, 08:41

Midlana1 wrote:
jere wrote:...The weak link is the transmissions, the early ones are pretty glass like...

So too are the Honda K-series transmissions. The only way to solve it is to throw cubic dollars at it in the form of an aftermarket straight-cut gear set (1-4). The irony is that after increasing power so that I can reach ~160mph on the speedway, 5th and 6th gear - which are still stock - are at risk of failing.


Thats depressing I always thought Honda transmissions were in the much stronger category for some reason.

There was the straight cut , cryo-shotpeened gears around for nissan a while. I think a few guys in the Nissan camp still stripped them. The best option for the early fwd sr20 trans was welding the cases and removing 5th gear to add a collar that tied two shafts together, and using redline heavy shock proof gear oil, straight cut gears and polyurethane engine/trans mounts I got away with poly mounts, redline gear oil, filling the case with polyurethane window weld, and using a two stage boost controller that kept power down until I flipped a switch. I will have to look out for a newer transmission but might switch to a spec V, 6 speed with a helical diff instead of the viscous lsd.

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Re: Not sure if this is ever getting finished but its started

Postby jere » 04 Aug 2017, 08:45

ChrisS wrote:Good to see you're back doing something on the car. It can be therapeutic after a difficult period in your life. So can cutting up a scrapper!! I bought a cheap 'saws-all' to cut up my two donor cars - made a pretty good job of it and I only got through 3 or 4 blades I think, mostly due to carelessness TBH.


Thanks it's good to not have to dwell on all the problems for a while at least.

I have a "saws all" around too I will have to give it a shot. It should come in handy for the deeper cuts on the rear quarter panels.


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