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Old 06-11-2018, 06:38 PM   #31
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Update received this afternoon.

After 300 miles of test drives no oil leaks can be seen underneath (video walkaround of the underside of the engine was sent with this).

It was also confirmed oil level is good now that cams aren't leaking (picture received).

They are just compiling notes regarding the checklist from the independent inspection and will have it sent through soon.

It was confirmed they are planning to drop car back to the garage that performed the inspection on Friday. They will be setting off early so the car should be back there around 10-11am.

I will update once I receive the notes later today.
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Update received this afternoon.

After 300 miles of test drives no oil leaks can be seen underneath (video walkaround of the underside of the engine was sent with this).

It was also confirmed oil level is good now that cams aren't leaking (picture received).

They are just compiling notes regarding the checklist from the independent inspection and will have it sent through soon.

It was confirmed they are planning to drop car back to the garage that performed the inspection on Friday. They will be setting off early so the car should be back there around 10-11am.

I will update once I receive the notes later today.
Close enough to smell that octane. Well persevered that man.
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Attached below are the responses recieved from Hidden Performance regarding the results from the independent inspection.
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Quick update.

Car was dropped back on Friday 9th November by Hidden to the garage that performed the first independent inspection. They are a very well known and trusted Skyline specialist.

They managed to get the car in today for a quick check over and will be working on it again tomorrow for the full inspection.

Items identified today:

1. Oil is overfilled. Hard to tell exactly how much, roughly 0.5 - 0.7 litres

2. Coolant level in radiator low and almost nothing in overflow bottle.

3. Slight sound when warm from cylinder head/camshaft area but they don't feel it is anything to worry about at all. It is not easy to hear, have to catch the throttle just right.

4. Car no longer has an exhaust blow.

I have to say even this quick check has left me feeling slightly disheartened and a little worried. I hope and pray nothing else is identified on the full inspection tomorrow.

I will update when I get the results.
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Fingers crossed it's all ok for you and this piss poor experience hasn't put you off In the future.
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1. Bonnet stay not secured, missing clip or rubber bush

HP Response: We believe this was missing from car when delivered to us. Can not find it in garage

Independent Inspection: no changes listed by HP

2. Battery tray missing, battery too big and not secured in

HP Response: Big battery was not fitted by us. Battery tray was missing from car when delivered to us.

Independent Inspection: no changes listed by HP

3. AFM plug tab broken

HP Response: 20-year-old plug, recommend replacement found to solve

Independent Inspection: no changes listed by HP

4. Plug broken off from A/C sensor

HP Response: 20-year-old plug tab, recommend replacement found to solve

Independent Inspection: no changes listed by HP

5. Brake fluid cap broken not sealing on tank

HP Response: Replacement fluid cap was in stock, so replaced with good unit.

Independent Inspection: no changes listed by HP

6. Fan blades trimmed to allow them to miss intake pipework

HP Response: Fan blades were already cut from previous owner. eBay intercooler pipework was already on car when it was delivered from Spain

Independent Inspection: no changes listed by HP

7. Lots of red sealant used on cam covers Cam cover
HP Response: Gaskets replacements were not sourced originally, so sealant used to help old gaskets to seal. Now new gaskets were sourced and installed. No excess sealant found in head, and excess sealant found on outside of covers were cleaned.

Independent Inspection: All looks to be good now.

8. Engine oil level low approx 1/3 below max.

HP Response: Engine does not seem to be burning any abnormal amounts of oil, however cam seals had a decent size leak. Oil was topped up and since sorting out cam seals and 300 mile drive, the oil level seems to be stable now.

Independent Inspection: Too much oil in the engine now.

9. A 70amp fuse has been used to replace an 80amp fuse and has been mounted up on fly lead.

HP Response: This “modification” performed by previous owner/garage. Correct fuse has been sourced and installed.

Independent Inspection: Is now correct.

10. Upper intake pipe has a very sharp badly trimmed mounting bracket

HP Response: Like 6., this mounting bracket was installed/fabricated previously not by us

Independent Inspection: no changes.

11. The modified RB26 (Stagea) sump that has been fitted has a massive amount of silicone sealer used, and looks to be leaking towards rear of engine.

HP Response: Engine was secured using top mounting support bar. Front subframe dropped, sump removed. No excess sealant found in oil pickup etc. Sump was resealed using High Temp Copper Loctite 5990, using 3mm application tip. Road testing shows no leaks towards front or rear of sump.

Independent Inspection: All looks to be good.

12. Tie bar bushes are shot

HP Response: Bushes are same as when car first delivered to us. Probably original 20-year-old bushes. Recommend replacements found

Independent Inspection: no changes.

13. Bolts missing from transmission oil pump (sump?)

HP Response: We believe this is a typo. pump instead of sump. Pump is internal to gearbox and has not been touched. However, we did find 3 missing bolts for transmission sump, which now have bolts installed.

Independent Inspection: All looks ok now.

14. Electric cooling fan is cracked

HP Response: Cooling performance does not seem affected.

Independent Inspection: no changes.

15. Intake elbow next to intercooler is rubbing on front bumper

HP Response: Intake pipework couplers in this area were loosened to see if we can get anymore clearance by getting the pipework to sit tighter together, but no success with this. Bodyshop has cut an insert into the bumper to allow pipework to have some room. Given the car was just painted we didn’t want to cut into the bumper to allow for more room. It’s close but does not seem to be causing any issues.

Independent Inspection: no changes.

16. Slight oil leak from front main seal

HP Response: Front crank seal was not leaking. However, camshaft seals above were leaking and leaking down onto the front area/sump. Just to be safe, front crank and both camshaft seals were changed. 300 miles later and seems to be dry now.

Independent Inspection: Oil leak is fixed but lower radiator mounts now missing.

17. Various bolts missing from front panel area, lock support.

HP Response: Hard to confirm which bolts they meant with this without further detail. Have gone round engine bay area putting in any bolts that seem to be missing, but not many added.

Independent Inspection: Lower bonnet lock bracket bolt still loose, trans cooler bracket bolt missing/broken

18. Front drop links have play in them.

HP Response: See 12.

Independent Inspection: no changes.

19. Rear hicas steering arms both have play

HP Response: See 12.

Independent Inspection: no changes.

20. Downpipe to turbo gasket exhaust leak & Downpipe to decat pipe exhaust leak

HP Response: New downpipe and gaskets installed to solve this. We also tried to fit the new exhaust you had in the back, but pipework is incorrect, and fitting could not be completed.

Independent Inspection: All looks to be good now.

21. Timing belt sounds tight

HP Response: Timing belt was indeed too tight. New cambelt, cambelt tensioner and idler pulley were installed, this time making sure cambelt was not too tight. Whining noise & knocking noise has since disappeared.

Independent Inspection: All seems good.

22. Camshaft intake side sounds noisy but possibly due to the tight timing belt, belt will get tighter the hotter the engine gets

HP Response: With new cambelt in, we have not noted any weird noises from intake side. To be sure whilst rockergaskets were being changed we checked valve clearances, which were in spec.

Independent Inspection: All seems good.

23. Front tyres barely legal

HP Response: Tyres are what was supplied with your new wheels. Upon your last collection of car, we verbally recommended that you get some decent rubber on it, especially with winter coming.

Independent Inspection: no changes.

HP Response: Additional Notes
• EVAP system had been modified & removed previously, hence why we were not able to reconnect it
• Replacement radiator fitted, coolant bled. No issues with overheating. Cabin getting hot air with heaters.
• Factory boost gauge on dash is sometimes intermittent. Seems common issue solved by addressing dry solder on board.
• Suspension ride is decent, but a bit bouncy with it being so high. Recommend that you get suspension lowered and adjusted as advised on previous visit.,
• Noted that it takes about 5-10 minutes of soft off boost driving to get oil temperature above 70 degrees in the cold weather. Recommend you don’t start boosting the car hard until you can see the oil temp gauge above 75 degrees and water temp gauge sitting in middle. Do not exceed 120 degrees oil temp with current oil in the engine.


Independent Inspection: Additional Notes section.
• EVAP system has been removed but part on the system was still plugged in and also had a hose broken off, could have been over looked by us the 1st time round. It’s now been removed and sealed up and unplugged as leaving it open causes excess air to be drawn into the vac system.
• See 16 regarding the radiator.
• Number plate bulbs not working
• 3rd break light not working
• Factory boost gauge not working
• chip on the N.S lower bumper was not present before after confirming with owner


Car drove home from garage last night with no issues or noises. However, I find myself listening for everything out of the ordinary which kind of ruins the experience for me. I’m hoping over the next few weeks I will start to trust it more and enjoy. I am still in two minds about keeping it or not.

Time will tell!
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Glad you have got it back Ben and fingers crossed it stays healthy

Did Hidden Performance source the car or did you purchase and deliver to them? Seems like the main issues have been dealt with and perhaps lesser issues ignored.
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Glad you have got it back Ben and fingers crossed it stays healthy

Did Hidden Performance source the car or did you purchase and deliver to them? Seems like the main issues have been dealt with and perhaps lesser issues ignored.
They were selling the car. I agreed to buy it from them and have the work done as a package.

Everything they've fixed now is what they caused in the first place.
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Think a good drive In it will put that smile back on your face. Well hopefully.
Get some pics up in it's complete stage as well cus I'm looking forward to the finished product
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I have managed to do a few things off the list from the independent inspection and have ordered some parts.

I have just had my first weekend with it. I didnít do many miles but the car seems to be driving fine at the moment. It will take time for me to trust it fully.

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Each drive should instil more confidence the car has been independently checked over so enjoy the car mate.. they are wicked.
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I have managed to do a few things off the list from the independent inspection and have ordered some parts.

I have just had my first weekend with it. I didnít do many miles but the car seems to be driving fine at the moment. It will take time for me to trust it fully.

Picture below of how she was looking yesterday after a good wash.
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Must say the car does look awesome as expected. Time to enjoy and build up that confidence in the car.
Look forward to more updates from you.
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Finally had dry enough weather to put my foot down a bit after the car had warmed up and I'm hitting fuel cut. Looks like an overboost.

When trying to find the vac leak causing the over boost my friend noticed that I'm not getting an engine management light when I turn the ignition before starting the car (all lights should illuminate). We took the dials out to find bulbs for engine management, traction control off and slip removed. I replaced the bulbs to find them all alluminated upon start up.

I've read the codes and they are as follows:
17 = traction control fault
34 = knock sensor
46 = throttle motor sensor

Traction control fault was identified by Hidden on 3rd August. And an overboost issue on 20th August. I can only assume their way of solving the issues were to remove the bulbs.

I will be taking the car to a garage to sort the above issues and the over boost as we could not find a leak.

Hidden have been informed of the above.
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They know the car is used as a daily, and with winter coming I consider it dangerous to let it leave without the traction control working.

Also I believe its part of the MOT now to check warning lights? Along with the other issues identified previously with tyres and suspension arms I'm amazed it passed.

I am currently in talks with my solicter, citezens advice and trading standards with the whole situation so shall update the thread once its all been resolved.
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