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As a reader and owner, we have all had that talk amongst our close mates on what car we would aspire to build as a project car. A major aspect of that conversation is – what would be your dream car to work on and where would you begin if you were starting with a blank canvas? Well today, we have the privilege at Street-Cover to feature Benji’s S13.5, a very comprehensive story and build.

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Benji commenced with a bare shell that was missing a motor, gearbox, interior and doors. He set an objective to create a budget track car that he could get up and running for $5,000. After working closely with his mate who was wrecking his car, Benji found a RB20DET, R32 gearbox and a R32 cross member. Like any other project, the build went overtime and he invested in a full body kit, widened guards with the car rolling on beautiful Work XT7’s. It was a tidy package and the car ended up throwing out 240kw from a high mount turbo.

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After 7 months from completion of the build, Benji took it to the track and disaster struck “ the infamous Silvia caught on fire.

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A year flew by and Benji rebuilt the Silvia with a twin cam RB30, and completed a 32 GTR Rear-Wheel Drive Conversion with gearbox. Disaster struck again, with Cylinder 1 failing, resulting in punching a rod out of the block after two race meets.

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As Benji struck bad luck twice, he contemplated whether to withdraw from the project overall and part ways with his beloved S13.5.

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Three years on and hoping the third time being lucky; through blood, sweat and heart-aching tears, the infamous 13.5 still lives on with a very comprehensive build and immaculate attention to detail (refer below for the specifications).

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As illustrated, Benji’s tenacity to rebuild his beloved S13.5 track car has been very admirable. Even through numerous setbacks and heartaches, he has managed to pursue his goal in creating the perfect track car.

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Looking from a different perspective, it has given Benji the opportunity to start with a different canvas over the years. As we have witnessed all over the world through forums and build articles, projects flourish and grow stronger from milestones and also mistakes.

That is perhaps, what makes Benji’s S13.5 build a special one to remember. Despite the numerous trials and tribulations throughout the build, his vision, his goals remained clear and focused and thus we have a masterpiece in the making.

Benji would like to personally thank his partners.

Andrew Milne @ AM Engineering
Sanjeet Marwah
Brad aka Fishy
Jessy Streeter
Adrian @ Westside Towing
Anthony @ South Coast Tint
Sam C @ Bob Jane Plympton
Mat S @ Tyrepower Norwood
Craig Williams @ Mad Performance
Aaron & Ben @ Outlaw Speed Shop
Grote St Decs @ Garage 7
Michael and David Keen @ Turbo Tune
Mark @ Liqui Moly
Kaine @ Eye Candy Auto Accessories

Benji™s S13.5 Specification Sheet

RB25 Stroker Bottom End; Machined, Bored and Honed, Acid Dipped/Treated and Blueprinted
CP 40 Thou FORGED RB26 Pistons + CP Piston Rings
EAGLE H-Beam GTR Forged Rods
Linished and Acid Dipped GTR R33 Crank
ARP 2000 Rod Bolts, ARP Head Stud Kit and ARP Main Studs
ACL Race Main + Rod Bearings
ACL MLS 1.3MM Head Gasket
Lewis Engines RB Crank Collar
RB25 Head; Bigger Valve Springs, brand new valve steams, k-line guides
In-House Port & Polish work
Custom CNC Made Camshafts; 264inlet & 264exh with 9.5mm of Lift
FIDANZA RB Adjustable Cam Gears
GATES Race Timing Belt
Custom Ford Falcon Coil Pack Setup with 8mm MSD Leads

GARAGE 7 Custom Made High Mount Steam Pipe Manifold
GARAGE 7 Custom Made Forward Facing Plenum
Billet 90MM Throttle Body
AM Engineering Cooler Pipe
AM Engineering Intake pipe
AM Engineering Dump Pipe
AM Engineering Screamer Pipe
AM Engineering Custom Power Steering tank
ASE Custom Made Overflow Bottle
MAD PEFORMANCE 3ltr Catch Can
GARRET 3076R (.52t, .63R)
Turbosmart 50mm PRO External Wastegate
GTR N1 Oil Pump
MOROSO Oil Accumulator (mounted in-cabin) with -10 Braided Kevlar lines
GKTECH R32 FMIC Core
Cooling Pro 40mm Triple Core Radiator
12™ Davies Craig Electric Thermo Fan
Davies Craig Electric Water Pump (w/ Digital Controller Unit) with custom alloy piping
Water Pump Block Off Plate
Buddy Club 3 Straight Thru Cat Back Exhaust
R33 Power Steering Pump with custom lines
Trust Oil Filter Relocator Kit with Braided Lines & Speedflow Fittings
Custom Earls Oil Cooler Setup with Braided Lines & Speedflow Fittings
TRUST Turbo Shield
ASE Z32 AFM adapter
Z32 AFM
GATES Timing Belt
K&N Pod Filter
TRUST Oil Cap
TRUST Radiator Cap
Various Speedflow Fittings + Braided Lines through-out the engine bay

Fuel System
BTR Twin Entry Surge tank
1X Walbro In-Tank pump
2X Bosch 044 ext pumps
2x MAGNAFLOW -10 Filters (E85 capable)
1000cc Bosch Indy Blue Injectors
B&M Fuel Cooler w/ AeroFlow Thermo Fan (boot mounted)
Billet Anodized Twin Entry Top Feed Fuel Rail
Turbosmart Fuel Pressure Regulator
Mounted on a custom floating floor
Custom Relay/Fuse Panel for Pumps/Fuel Cooler
Telfon Braided Fuel Lines + Telfon Speedflow fittings

Drivetrain
RB26 Rear-Wheel Drive Gearbox Conversion.
Custom RB26 Tailshaft to suit.
R32 GTR Rear End
R32 Cross Member
GTR Shimmed Differential
Upgraded Differential Gear Ratio™s
Turbo Tune Custom RB25 Engine Mounts
Turbo Tune Custom RB26 RWD Gearbox Mounts
S14 Front Hubs & Stub Axles
Custom clutch master cylinder setup
Xtreme Drift Clutch
Xtreme Billet Flywheel

Brakes
EVO IX Brembo conversion Front & Rear
AO EVO Brembo Adapter
GARAGE7 Rear EVO Brembo Adapter Kit
GIRO Evo X 2pc Slotted Front Rotors
GIRO Evo X 1pc Slotted Rear Rotors
Raybesto front brake pads
Project Mu B Spec rear pads
HEL custom braided brake lines
BM57 Brake Master Cyl
CUSCO Brake Master Stopper
D2 Hydro handbrake with braided lines

Interior
Full Stripped inside
Complete Removal of Sound Deadener
S15 Dash Conversion
Custom Instrument Cluster Panel
Autometer Pro Comp Fuel Level gauge
VELO APEX bucket Seat with solid mounted custom seat rail
Sparco 4 Point 3 Harness with rotary button release
TRUST gear Knob
OMP Style Steering Wheel
VELO Tow Strap
Complete Fire Extinguisher System setup with Braided Lines and Speedflow Fittings
Relocation of Battery To Behind Passenger Seat Position

Suspension
HSD HR Coilovers
HICAS Lock Bar
TGP Drift Pineapples
Project D Adjustable Rear Camber Arms
Project D Front Castor Arms
Project D Rear Lower Adjustable 32 GTR Control Arms
TT Rear Tie Rods + Tie Rod Ends
Custom TT Rack End Billet Spacers
Whiteline Front Swaybar
Whiteline Rear Swaybar
Whiteline Rear Strut Brace
Full CAMS approved Welded In Roll Cage with Extra bars

Wheels
WEDSPORTS TC105N’s in 18×9.5 +18 up front with X 245/40s running on TOYO R888 SLICKS
WEDSPORTS TC105N’s in 18×10.5 +12 up back with X 275/35s running on TOYO R888SLICKS

Electronics
Remapped ECU by Turbotune
Autometer Pro Comp Gauges (Boost, Oil Temp/Pressure & Water Temp)
Custom Control Switch Panel & Kill Switch
Custom Garage7 relocated fuse box to inside the cabin, with relay panel.

Aesthetics
Sprayed in Bayside Blue with Azures Blue Pearl and Black Roof
Engine Bay/ Inside/ Boot has all been sprayed with Jet Black
Firewall Holes been weld up and flushed off
Strawberry Face Conversion
Custom Two Layer SIGNAL AUTO SPLASH Graphics (bottom layer white, top layer chrome)
S13.5 30mm Wide body Conversion Front Guards
S13 50mm Wide body Over Fenders
Full Vertex Kit (s15 front bar, s13 sides and s13 rear)
Custom air ducts for oil cooler and power steering cooler
Custom front brake ducts
Vented S15 Hood
Origin GT1 Side Mirrors
Origin Carbon Fibre Wind Deflectors
Origin Smoked s13 Rear Lights
Origin Carbon Fibre Rear boot lip
Origin Front Bar Carbon Fibre Canards
Origin Side Skirt Carbon Fibre Canards
Origin Carbon Fibre Rear Window Spoiler/Lip
Origin 3D GT Type 2 Wing
AM Engineering Flame Shield for rear bar
CA18DET Boot Lock Badge
Blue Window Tint
Sparco Hood Pins
GARAGE 7 INLET PLENUM has been sand blasted, and candy powered coated with a colour to match cars colour
GARAGE 7 STEAM PIPE has been ceramic coated
Brembo Calipers – sandblasted and powered coated in Lamborghini lime green

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