CategoryCA18DET 240SX, S13 (Tech)

The Last, Last Hurrah for Project 240sx: CA18DET Teardown

The Obituary of Project 240sx was supposed to be the last iteration of Project 240sx on the site but I came up with a little something extra. What we have here is a basic teardown of the bare ca18det that was found in Project 240sx in a quick photo journal style. You can read the comment below each picture to get an idea of what you are looking at. This may give those that follow a little insight...

CA18DET Inline Oil Cooler (Part 2: Filling in the Blanks)

Related Links CA18DET Inline Oil Cooler (UK Factory Oil Cooler) This is a follow up post to the original (CA18DET Inline Oil Cooler (UK Factory Oil Cooler)) guide which describes how to install a US market (UK style) oil cooler onto the CA18DET. Filling in the Blanks As promised, I traveled back to the salvage yard to get the VIN number from the car and as luck would have it, it was gone...

CA18DET Timing Belt Install (Part 1: The Factory Way)

(NOTE: A lot of this information is covered in the FSM. You can download the CA18DET FSM here and check out the engine mechanical section. Background Replacing the timing belt on the CA18DET is a simple, though somewhat labor intensive task that can trip up new owners of the CA18DET. This guide will explain the process as well as a couple of shortcuts that will demystify the timing belt for new...

CA18DET Dual Stage Oil Cooler

Related Articles CA18DET Inline Oil Cooler (UK Factory Oil Cooler) Preface As I mentioned in the Inline Oil Cooler Guide the inline cooler leaves room for the addition of a thermostatic switch style oil sender that can be used to add another oil cooler to the system. These senders (also called sandwich adapters) are traditionally used in front mount oil coolers. The thermostatic variant includes...

CA18DET Inline Oil Cooler (UK Factory Oil Cooler)

Background I stumbled across this oil cooler while scavenging a local salvage yard for Ford EDIS parts for a megasquirt install.  This particular cooler comes as factory equipment on UK market CA18DET’s.  As with most things Nissan, there are a lot of interchangeable parts and it just so happens that I found one of these oil coolers bolted to a late 80’s Nissan Maxima.  (I forgot to...

CA18DET Over the Top Intake Manifold (CA16DE) Install (Part 3: Vacuum and Wiring)

Related Links CA18DET Over the Top (CA16DE) Intake Manifold Install (Part 1: What and Why) CA18DET Over the Top (CA16DE) Intake Manifold Install (Part 2: Prep) CA18DET Over the Top (CA16DE) Intake Manifold Install (Part 3: Vacuum and Wiring) With the new manifold prepped and installed, you now need to install the vacuum lines and modify the E.F.I. slightly to relocate a couple of plugs...

CA18DET Over the Top (CA16DE) Intake Manifold Install (Part 2)

Related Links CA18DET Over the Top (CA16DE) Intake Manifold Install (Part 1: What and Why) CA18DET Over the Top (CA16DE) Intake Manifold Install (Part 2: Prep) CA18DET Over the Top (CA16DE) Intake Manifold Install (Part 3: Vacuum and Wiring) Whereas part 1 covered the what and why of installing the Nissan Pulsar over the top intake manifold onto the CA18DET, this second part covers the ever...

CA18DET Over the Top (CA16DE) Intake Manifold Install (Part 1)

Related Links CA18DET Over the Top (CA16DE) Intake Manifold Install (Part 1: What and Why) CA18DET Over the Top (CA16DE) Intake Manifold Install (Part 2: Prep) CA18DET Over the Top (CA16DE) Intake Manifold Install (Part 3: Vacuum and Wiring) This is part 1 in a 2 part series that details the steps required to install an over the top intake manifold from a CA16DE motor onto the turbocharged...

Welding the S13 Differential (The Perfect Practice Diff)

The What and Why of Welding the Differential. Most 240sx’s come equipped with what is called an open differential. An open differential is designed with four gears set inside a casing that is rotated by the driveshaft. One gear connects to each output shaft and the remaining two gears connect to a center pinion and rotate in opposite directions perpendicular to the rotation of the casing...

S13 Odomoter Rollback (For Track Cars Only!)

DISCLAIMER: THIS GUIDE IS FOR TRACK CARS ONLY. Rolling back the odometer on a street car is ILLEGAL. Not to mention unscrupulous if you do it with deceitful intent. I suggest you look at it this way, if your car is registered with your state and driven on public roads, you cannot do this. On the other hand, if you own a dedicated track car that is trailered when on public roads and not required...

CA18 Power Up by High Performance Imports

I found these scans the other day at (link coming). They are scans from High Performance Imports, a Euro car magazine, and they offer a lot of info on the CA18DET.

CA18 Shakedown by High Performance Imports

I found these scans the other day at (link coming). Looks like they were scanned from High Performance Imports. a Euro car magazine. It is a very nice read for anyone interested in the CA18DET.

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