Nissan Silvia rally car build part 4

We were down to the last few weeks before the debut rally and some long hours were being spent on the Silvia. With the major mechanicals and the exterior sorted it was onto the list of smaller items to get the car ready for competition. The owner had found a set of used Velo race…

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Toyota Celica GT4 Rally Car specs

Background In the mid-late 80’s Lancia was all dominating in the World Rally Championship (WRC) with its Lancia Delta. Several manufacturers had cars in development to compete against Lancia however it was Toyota who would mount the biggest charge with the Celica. Built with a 2l turbo charged engine and constant four wheel drive, the…

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Nissan Silvia rally car build part 3

As we started to put the car together we tackled a few tasks simultaneously. A new fuel tank, Warlbro fuel pump and filter were fitted and plumbed in. We received the car with the original tank removed and inspection inside revealed plenty of rust from exposure to the elements. A HDPE fuel tank guard was…

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Queen Scout and Rally Driving

This week we were honoured and privileged to attend an awards ceremony of a different kind. It was for the presentation of a Queen Scout award, one of the highest accolades available in scouting. For Venturer Scouts (aged 14-17 years) the award requires many hours of dedication and hard work over a period of several years. What…

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Nissan Silvia Rally Car Specs

Background By the time the Silvia/180SX S13 began production, four wheel drive was needed to win in the World Rally Championship (WRC) and so Nissan never intended to run it at WRC level. The earlier S12 model (which we knew as the Gazelle) did win the East African Safari Rally in 1987 where more ruggedly built,…

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Rally Action at the 2015 Darling 200

The last rally of the season, the Darling 200 broke a few records. First there was a field of 38 entries, a big number for the 2WD only rally based around Jarrahdale, southwest of Perth. Second the weather hit a scorching 39◦ and third we had seven cars in the rally, with two of those…

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Nissan Silvia rally car build part 2

The next step was to tackle the wiring loom. As the car originally had a CA18 engine, the loom was different. Adding to that, the wiring had been chopped and reduced to only the functions required for circuit work so many parts required for rally were missing. The easiest solution was to use the loom…

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Nissan Silvia rally car build part 1

During our busy rally season we started the build of a new gravel rally car for a customer. The brief was short and clear. Build a rear wheel drive rally car that could be used for gravel and tarmac. With a relatively short list of cost effective rear wheel drive cars available the decision to…

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The road to restoration part 4

The final part in our series of our restoration of a 1971 Mitsubishi Galant rally car. Before prepping the car for painting, we took the car to our venue for some shake down and testing. It was a chance to make sure everything was performing as it should and bed in the new rings and bearings…

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Rally Action at the 2015 Carrington’s Traffic Services Safari Rally

The 2015 Carrington’s Safari Rally should have been a ripper for the Rally Action team. Five of our cars, 130km of competition and eight special stages. The roads had all been graded and a new format promised plenty for all who entered. Another bonus was a spectator stage that ran literally behind the service park…

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