My K11 SR20DE+T Thread

Stani1029

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Hey guys, just thought I'd share with you my project as it could be useful to some on here. Will slowly update my progress over the past years.

Got the micra as a rolling shell back in august 2013 and picked up the GTI in december 2013.

Here are the cars :)

 
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Stani1029

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By january 2014 i got myself a unit to do the conversion so the almera was trailered up there ready to be stripped. The micra was being stored in a small lock up



 
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Begun to strip the almera of all that we thought was needed including the full interior loom



Regarding the loom we removed it carefully and marked any wires we might possibly forget then cable tied it all together for safe storage, this will later be unpicked or all unwanted wires and rewired to suit lights etc
 
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Stani1029

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Never took us long to get the engine and box out



And only had the car 4 days and it was already in bits! Next would be to make a start on the interior


 
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Stani1029

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Another night got the majority of the inside stripped



And i also plan on using the dash which i will make fit



Thanks
 
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Loom all removed and the unpicking began....



Done majority of it in my house, all airbag/abs/cd player/heating/central locking etc was removed but nats was kept so id still have an immobiliser






A fair few kilograms was removed!
 
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Picked up a set of S14 Pistons and rods, i let them sit in hot soapy water. This was taken after the half hour :eek:


Removed and binned the rings and scrubbed like mad. I then soaked them in oil and wrapped them up until it was time to fit them
 
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Almera done with ready for scrap! Note the hubs are gone too



Was not easy getting it on a trailer with no front wheels! RIP



Micras turn to take centre stage



 
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Time to start fitting the engine





We basically use 2 centre members to catch the rear mount properly



Also got the drivers side mount tacked At this stage
 
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The engine is now sitting on all its mounts! Next i had to remove the engine and fully seam weld the mounts to the body, add some extra plates to the rear and gearbox mounts to strengthen them

Done!


Rear mount just needs plated each side


Gearbox mount needs a couple plates at the other side where its been trimmed to fit. A closer look you can see some new welds (once finished ill take better photos out the car)


Bonus Pic
 
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Stani1029

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All engine mount are completely welded up and had 2 coats zinc primer. Engines back in and it isnt half a fiddle now that the bulky gearbox mount is in the way!

Now a 2.0ltr engine bay :D


Centre member been plated either side


Gearbox mount fully welded and plated, also put 2 bolts into it as a precaution



Altenator bracket adjusted to give about 10mm clearance

 
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Stani1029

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Cut out the bulkhead to gain a little extra room :D took longer than expected but the extra room is useful






And now to show the difference from before and after

Before

After


Before

After


Bonus pic :)
 

John_D

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Very nice work, obviously a lot of thought has gone into this conversion before spanner wielding commenced :cool:
 
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Stani1029

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Cheers neil and john. Lots of thinking and google searching has helped and the fact ive been lucky enough to help fit one before

More coming shortly
 
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Stani1029

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We have gears and a clutch! :) both the stabiliser and gear selector bars bolted on, but the gear selector was a little too short so needed lengthened.

Micra left v Almera right


So cut off the micra one near to the end and cut the almera one with plenty (measured that it needs extended 15mm) so bolted upto car and marked up.


How i held the gearstick in the neutral position


Done




Now onto the clutch. bracket that holds the pedal was removed so welded one from the donor on



Had to strip the full dash out the donor car then drill the spotwelds to get this stupid little bracket lol so pedal now secure, clutch cable on but i still dont think its right!



You can see in the pic above ive redrilled another notch in the arm further down. It just doesnt seem to pull the arm back enough. Turns out i should have used the almera clutch cable and complete bracket instead of chopping and welding a piece of the micra.

So bought what was needed
 
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Front brake pipes are now sorted :) was going to do them myself in copper but it never looks as neat! So re-used the pipes off the donor



Also because i cut the bulkhead out i had a mission reshaping them lol the middle one just wasnt long enough to get right back at the corner but still clears :)



 
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Next was to get the hubs pressed out but the guy i would use i couldnt get a hold of so a little facebook beg and i picked up this from a mate

6 tonne press


Now to figure out how to mount the hubs for pressing, well since im a joiner that didnt take long :p


And now were here


What i need to do is have the almera hub (where the cv bolts into) machined down to press fit into the micra wheel bearing/cast housing. The OD of the hub measures 38mm and the bearing measures 35mm so 3mm to be machined off and some machining to the cv's and i can move onto driveshafts!! :D
 
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Almera hubs machined and new micra wheel bearings bought, all new seals fitted too. Can rebuild these then get the cv's bought



Picked up a turbo manifold for £50 as it was local and brand new

 
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Got my mate to machine the cv joints for me, You can see the size difference

Micra cv


Almera cv


In action shot :p


Hubs fitted, and driveshafts stripped down and trimmed to fit and tacked together



One thing to note, you cant get almera gti cv joints that work. I bought a set but they didnt fit the almera driveshaft but luckily tried my mates pulsar driveshafts and the fronts fitted perfectly! So took them off his hands and used the outer parts for my mock shafts. (Outer front pulsar shaft welded to inner almera)

Last thing i need to do before i order shafts is to fit some wheel studs into the hubs so i can set the car on its wheels and make sure the driveshafts dont bottom out on the inner cv. Im already confident its correct as ive raised the hub up more than enough and theres still plenty clearance!
 
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Stani1029

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Wheel studs in and car o n its wheels. Shafts are spot on, plenty travel left inwards and not too close to the edge of the inner cv's so welded them up and will hand them in to be made


ZzzZzzZzzZzz


Not a great deal difference in shaft length!


Now i know its getting closer to a test drive ive started fitting loom and tidying up some engine bits, there is a few parts i need so hope to pick them up whilst im awaiting the driveshafts

Cheers
 
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Even more loom removed lol not much more can be removed from what i can see!





Got the majority of it wired in now, from what i can think theres only the reg plate lighting, front wiper, and horns to do. I also would like to adjust the front section of loom so that it doesnt cross along the front end of the car. Hoping to get away with not extending all the wires but it looks a little close length wise, will find out soon enough!

Taking shape, need some more electrical tape and cable ties and that will tidy it off


 
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Stani1029

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Beautiful!



Thought i would get the driveshafts put together last night but one of the boots i had was a little too big so will need to source one that will fit a bit better. Also those clamps that need crimped are a pain in the ass!! Basically wasted all the ones i had so will order more along with the proper crimp tool. Took about 20 mins to get the inner joint out the passenger side of the gearbox!! Heres as far as i got with the shafts LOL



Got my bucket seat fitted, only needed minor welding to fit it to the micra rail and ive just fitted a normal seatbelt at the moment.


Spoiler fitted


And lastly was a good few hours with the loom which normally runs along the almera slam panel. Ive rerouted it, pulled wires back and extended a few to get it in this position and im over the moon with how it looks! All wrapped in split pipe and taped up



The green fuse box to the right of the engine bay will be mounted there and the power lead from that will be extended into the car to meet the main battery connection as im mounting the battery below the half dash on top of the exhaust tunnel.

Cheers
 

pork

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Holy #### balls!

Was thinking about getting some made for the mini/micra .........think il stick with my welded jobs for now


Still, look quality mate


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Stani1029

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That was a company local to me and ive since seen people getting theirs for £3-400 so worth shopping around
 
Well done from me buddy, I think yer bonkers :confused:
I would have just driven the Almera - lol
You gotta love cars to do all that .....blinking well done mate.
 

John_D

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They were £600 total, about what i expected
Out of interest what grade of steel are the new drive shafts made from? Seem to remember that when I was snapping drive shafts on my tuned MG Midget only EN39B ones were strong enough to take the torque..........
 

pollyp

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that rolling blue shell was all the way back in 2013?? :eek:
damn how did all those yrs go by?

loving this blog update, nice one stani :)
 
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Out of interest what grade of steel are the new drive shafts made from? Seem to remember that when I was snapping drive shafts on my tuned MG Midget only EN39B ones were strong enough to take the torque..........
Im not sure i didnt bother asking to be honest
 
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Stani1029

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that rolling blue shell was all the way back in 2013?? :eek:
damn how did all those yrs go by?

loving this blog update, nice one stani :)
Sure is paul, you have a good memory! The years have certainky flew past! I have plenty more to add to this.

Just doing so as i find time
 

John_D

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Im not sure i didnt bother asking to be honest
I hope that wasn't a very expensive mistake,.....:eek: Did you make the company that manufactured them aware of the power and torque that you are expecting to put through them? The original shafts were almost certainly cold forged and heat treated, not turned from bar stock.
 
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Stani1029

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I hope that wasn't a very expensive mistake,.....:eek: Did you make the company that manufactured them aware of the power and torque that you are expecting to put through them? The original shafts were almost certainly cold forged and heat treated, not turned from bar stock.
Everytime i hand over cash i hope its not a mistake. And i explained to them what they were for and my hp aim. If they break then tough crap for me lol
 
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Stani1029

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Got a clutch bracket and cable through, was a total PITA to bolt up to the bulkhead but got there. Clutch feels good so another job out the way. I also tidied all the interior loom taping it where seen and fixing it in place with cable tie clips. Battery has been repositioned (welded the tray in) and extended the power lead from the fusebox. Sort of made a bracket for the fusebox so its a bit neater too. Grabbed the slam panel and radiator from the donor micra and put it in place to see fitment etc and measure for bits. Will need a slimline fan for sure! And lastly nearly finished the brake pipes just a few more clips and 1 flare to go and i can fill it up







 
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Got some more done. Finished off the brake pipe first and filled up with shell dot 5.1 Then with help from my mate we got both driveshafts built up and fitted snugly :cool:




Would have had the coolant system finished too if i had been sent a round tube and not square :confused: Matrix pipes capped
 
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Well i hope i never have to replace the water pump belt with engine in car, what a mission! Had to remove the engine mount and lower the engine and remove the crank pulley!

But got the belts on and tight, got gearbox oil in, coolant is in so i decide to give the engine a turn over for first time :) turned over well and sounded ok.

Received my panhard rod too but couldnt get it fitted


And heres the exhaust ill use at the moment
 
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Got the panhard rod sorted out! Stub had been removed and replaced with a nut and bolt but was no use to me as the bolt was too small in diameter.





You can see ive also fitted the fuel tank in the above pic. Also got the fuel lines in, filter, petrol. So maybe its time to start??!!!! ;)

All set


But then....:eek:


Heres what happened

Turns out theres a hole in the oil filter and its in a really awkward place so ive no idea how it got there :confused: New filter ordered, also need a new battery so hopefully next video will be it driving as i couldnt get the chance!!!

So glad the NATS worked!

Cheers
 
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Sneaked up last night and got a few more things done. Now has the exhaust fitted, also got the back bumper fitted but its drooping in the middle so will need to sort that


 
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Ive had a very busy last few weeks but i got a few hours tonight and its done! New oil and filter, new battery, new track rods, bumpers on, new reg plates, all bolts checked over....





Phone died not long after so no videos of the drive but all is well! Didnt quite open the taps as much is id like to but better safe than sorry. Car has surprised me more than id expected, the pickup at low speed is just awesome, feeling really excited about whats to come with the car!

Little 0-75mph vid

AND NOW time to take it apart again haha! :D
 
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Head has been skimmed, and also 2 exhaust studs have been helicoiled. Ive fitted new studs, valves cleaned up and ground in. Need to extend my valve spring compressor to fit around the head before i can re-assemble.



Block is also handed in for hone and skim so will pick that up next week which will give me plenty to so once ordered the last parts from nissan :)
 
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Main parts of the bottom end are together, had to order a set of crank seals But no idea when I'll finish building the engine. Buying myself a clutch for Christmas though! :)

My only recent photo lol

 
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Picked up my crank seals from nissan and worked in the freezing cold garage to get some more done, heres where im at...


Cosworth 1.1 gasket and studs. Arp conrod bolts and nissan piston rings/valve stem seals. Also time for the s14 pistons and rods to be fitted




Was going to put my head studs in but there full of metal so will need to clean it all out first.
 
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