An API story - ScoobyNet.com - Subaru Enthusiast Forum

Notices
ScoobyNet General General Subaru Discussion

An API story

Old 25 April 2007, 03:50 PM
  #1  
burns
Scooby Regular
Thread Starter
iTrader: (1)
 
burns's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Bridgnorth with the Steam trains
Posts: 689
Default An API story

It started just before xmas, I noticed my car started using huge amounts of oil. It was driving fine but being cautious I had my engine pressure tested to be told that there was virtually no pressure in no4 piston.(that old story)
So after checking out various comments on Scoobynet concerning API I decided to give them the job of doing a rebuild. Right from the start I had it in mind to uprate the engine internals and to get my 6 speed box sorted because it was crunching gears .So after a couple of conversations with David it was agreed ,they would collect my car, give me the API wagon to wonder around in and David would ring me to let me know what was actually wrong with the engine and gearbox when it was stripped down.
The phone call comes and David informs me that the gearbox is shot except for 1 & 2nd gear and the engine is just wornout.
So I decide to go the hog and completely rebuild the gearbox and uprate my engine, forged pistons, steel rods, bearings etc.
After the initial shock when David gave me the price for the works, I then had to wait while it all was done. ( you know what it’s like)
Finally it’s done and I can go and collect it. They have done a real nice job and even tidied up the engine bay. David has warned me that it’s going to be noisy when starting due to the different metal expansion rates .It is but it gets quieter after a few minutes. Now comes the running in, I set the rev limiter to 3500 and turn the boost down to .8 bar. It’s hell , 1000 miles of pootling about , but I stuck to it ,I wanted my engine properly run in.
As per usual the modding bug has now bitten ,so now I’m thinking ,what can I do to up the power to match my engine capabilities. I know big turbo,remap .
Once again I talk to API who offer me a MD321T turbo, API competition injectors, fuelab pressure regulator, new induction pipe to suit the turbo, a new 3” exhaust system and a remap to suit.
I once again have to wait but this is even worse this time because I’ve got an idea what I’m getting back.
It’s Saturday and I’m going to collect my car, all the work has been done, it’s been remapped and all I’ve got to do is go for a test ride with David. We drive off his estate ,my car is a little quieter with the new exhaust (my neighbours are pleased),there is a bit of popping on the over run,nice.
We pull onto the road and head off, David then says “what do you think of this then?” and puts his foot down in 2nd.
“f**k me” was my rather inadequate reply as we hurtled down the road .
It is ferociously quick and as he changes gear I notice that the noise on gearchange has changed ,but I can’t describe it (you need to hear it). As we slow down the turbo chatters . ”we removed the dumpvalve because you don’t need it”, fair enough.
I finally get to drive my car ,at lower speeds it is perfectly mannered but push on and it becomes a monster with its own insane soundtrack. I love it .
If you are thinking of getting any work done I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend David and his Lads at API for their workmanship and advice.
I even managed to get one of the fabled bacon buttys ,result.







burns.

Last edited by burns; 28 April 2007 at 07:28 PM.
burns is offline  
Old 25 April 2007, 03:56 PM
  #2  
Coffin Dodger
Scooby Regular
 
Coffin Dodger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Bring back infractions!
Posts: 4,553
Default



Sweet
Coffin Dodger is offline  
Old 25 April 2007, 04:15 PM
  #3  
Cocker
Scooby Regular
iTrader: (3)
 
Cocker's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Essex
Posts: 1,821
Default

sounds great but what was the final bill if you dont mind me asking?
Cocker is offline  
Old 25 April 2007, 04:20 PM
  #4  
Pete
WRX STI TYPE RA V6/1557..
 
Pete's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Warwickshire
Posts: 4,118
Default

Burns, great read mate, i`m really pleased for you sounds a right monster now, you`ll have to give me a blast in it mate? engine bay looks stunning too, can`t wait to collect mine off them, even though mines on a smaleer scale to yours i`m looking forward to it. I think over the winter i`ll probably go the same route as you fella. Agree aswell API are all top people


Get some proper pics up now aswell..



........Pete.

Last edited by Pete; 25 April 2007 at 04:25 PM.
Pete is offline  
Old 25 April 2007, 04:52 PM
  #5  
The Hoff
Scooby Regular
iTrader: (5)
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: UK
Posts: 1,145
Default

Final bill....

Gear box rebuild, built engine, labour, turbo, etc etc + VAT

Would £7K be close?
The Hoff is offline  
Old 25 April 2007, 04:58 PM
  #6  
GazTheHat
Scooby Regular
 
GazTheHat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: 392/361 MY04 STi
Posts: 7,640
Default

Originally Posted by The Hoff View Post
Final bill....

Gear box rebuild, built engine, labour, turbo, etc etc + VAT

Would £7K be close?
£8500 my guess.

I'm thinking...

£3000 for mods (turbo, exh, inj, reg, remap)
£3500 for engine
£2000 for gearbox

GazTheHat is offline  
Old 25 April 2007, 05:00 PM
  #7  
burns
Scooby Regular
Thread Starter
iTrader: (1)
 
burns's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Bridgnorth with the Steam trains
Posts: 689
Default

Originally Posted by staffi View Post
Burns, great read mate, i`m really pleased for you sounds a right monster now, you`ll have to give me a blast in it mate? engine bay looks stunning too, can`t wait to collect mine off them, even though mines on a smaleer scale to yours i`m looking forward to it. I think over the winter i`ll probably go the same route as you fella. Agree aswell API are all top people


Get some proper pics up now aswell..



........Pete.
you mean like this one

ha ha
burns is offline  
Old 25 April 2007, 05:02 PM
  #8  
burns
Scooby Regular
Thread Starter
iTrader: (1)
 
burns's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Bridgnorth with the Steam trains
Posts: 689
Default

Originally Posted by GazTheHat View Post
£8500 my guess.

I'm thinking...

£3000 for mods (turbo, exh, inj, reg, remap)
£3500 for engine
£2000 for gearbox

not too far away but I did have a new clutch , lightweight flywheel and some other work done as well samco hoses,wheel bearing etc.
burns is offline  
Old 25 April 2007, 05:17 PM
  #9  
TINO.wrx
Scooby Regular
iTrader: (5)
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 448
Default

you'l have to get a sound/video clip of the beast!!!!lol

steve

[QUOTE=burns;6867997]

David then says “what do you think of this then?” and puts his foot down in 2nd.
“f**k me” was my rather inadequate reply as we hurtled down the road .
It is ferociously quick and as he changes gear I notice that the noise on gearchange has changed ,but I can’t describe it (you need to hear it). As we slow down the turbo chatters . ”we removed the dumpvalve because you don’t need it”, fair enough.

QUOTE]
TINO.wrx is offline  
Old 25 April 2007, 05:28 PM
  #10  
"Taylor"
Scooby Regular
iTrader: (2)
 
"Taylor"'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Bridgend
Posts: 2,268
Default

Thats what i like to hear...my beast is in there at the mo! Full rebuild and power upgrades.
"Taylor" is offline  
Old 25 April 2007, 05:31 PM
  #11  
Paddi70
Supporting Member
 
Paddi70's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Haverhill
Posts: 662
Default

Fantastic sounding job carried out by API. You lucky sod, as said earlier, need a sound track
Paddi70 is offline  
Old 25 April 2007, 05:38 PM
  #12  
Pete
WRX STI TYPE RA V6/1557..
 
Pete's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Warwickshire
Posts: 4,118
Default

Originally Posted by burns View Post
you mean like this one

ha ha


T**T, not long now and it`s off...
Pete is offline  
Old 25 April 2007, 05:45 PM
  #13  
New_scooby_04
Moderator
iTrader: (4)
 
New_scooby_04's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: The Terry Crews of moderation. P P P P P P POWER!!
Posts: 18,688
Default

Chuffed for you mate. Enjoy it!

Great bunch at APi, especially David, who is a down to earth and no BS as you're likely to find!

They made my MY99 into a 320bhp mini monster!
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
I didn't get a badge though!!!!

Does this mean an extra bacon buttie for me next time I pop by David?



Ns04

Ns04
New_scooby_04 is offline  
Old 25 April 2007, 05:46 PM
  #14  
pslewis
Scooby Regular
 
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Old Codgers Home
Posts: 32,393
Default

£8000++

Forgive me, but a 4 year old Scooby comes for that - doesn't it?

I fixed the wifes Micra Gearbox - well, had it fixed by a Transmission Specialist for £86.

A New Clutch was £32 for the kit.

Did the work myself and Bobs your Aunty ....

But, £8000++ .................................................. .... ??????????

I am utterly shocked - I'm so glad I can hold a spanner and know what to do with it - even at my advanced years

But I'm glad you are happy, and API are happy, so all is well with the world
pslewis is offline  
Old 25 April 2007, 06:13 PM
  #15  
Maz
Scooby Senior
iTrader: (34)
 
Maz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Yorkshire.
Posts: 15,885
Default

Originally Posted by pslewis View Post
£8000++

Forgive me, but a 4 year old Scooby comes for that - doesn't it?

I fixed the wifes Micra Gearbox - well, had it fixed by a Transmission Specialist for £86.

A New Clutch was £32 for the kit.

Did the work myself and Bobs your Aunty ....

But, £8000++ .................................................. .... ??????????

I am utterly shocked - I'm so glad I can hold a spanner and know what to do with it - even at my advanced years

But I'm glad you are happy, and API are happy, so all is well with the world
You forgot to thank Transmission Specialist.
Maz is offline  
Old 25 April 2007, 06:29 PM
  #16  
WRX_Rich
Scooby Regular
iTrader: (5)
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Worcester
Posts: 2,625
Default

Originally Posted by burns View Post
you mean like this one

ha ha

I know that dbm spoiler from somewhere
WRX_Rich is offline  
Old 25 April 2007, 06:34 PM
  #17  
Tidgy
Scooby Regular
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Notts
Posts: 22,142
Default

Originally Posted by pslewis View Post
£8000++

Forgive me, but a 4 year old Scooby comes for that - doesn't it?

I fixed the wifes Micra Gearbox - well, had it fixed by a Transmission Specialist for £86.

A New Clutch was £32 for the kit.

Did the work myself and Bobs your Aunty ....

But, £8000++ .................................................. .... ??????????

I am utterly shocked - I'm so glad I can hold a spanner and know what to do with it - even at my advanced years

But I'm glad you are happy, and API are happy, so all is well with the world

thats just cos your a cheap barsteward
Tidgy is offline  
Old 25 April 2007, 06:38 PM
  #18  
Pete
WRX STI TYPE RA V6/1557..
 
Pete's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Warwickshire
Posts: 4,118
Default

Originally Posted by pslewis View Post
£8000++

Forgive me, but a 4 year old Scooby comes for that - doesn't it?

I fixed the wifes Micra Gearbox - well, had it fixed by a Transmission Specialist for £86.

A New Clutch was £32 for the kit.

Did the work myself and Bobs your Aunty ....

But, £8000++ .................................................. .... ??????????

I am utterly shocked - I'm so glad I can hold a spanner and know what to do with it - even at my advanced years

But I'm glad you are happy, and API are happy, so all is well with the world
I`ll give you 5k to build mine Mr Lewis...

Last edited by Pete; 25 April 2007 at 07:27 PM.
Pete is offline  
Old 25 April 2007, 06:44 PM
  #19  
burns
Scooby Regular
Thread Starter
iTrader: (1)
 
burns's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Bridgnorth with the Steam trains
Posts: 689
Default

Originally Posted by pslewis View Post
£8000++

Forgive me, but a 4 year old Scooby comes for that - doesn't it?

I fixed the wifes Micra Gearbox - well, had it fixed by a Transmission Specialist for £86.

A New Clutch was £32 for the kit.

Did the work myself and Bobs your Aunty ....

But, £8000++ .................................................. .... ??????????

I am utterly shocked - I'm so glad I can hold a spanner and know what to do with it - even at my advanced years

But I'm glad you are happy, and API are happy, so all is well with the world
Mr Lewis thank you for your kind thoughts,as you say we're all happy with the outcome.Having read a number of your past posts (research of course)you will ,I hope, be pleased to note that I have resisted the urge to fit a "cocklink".
burns is offline  
Old 25 April 2007, 06:45 PM
  #20  
Ian
Scooby Regular
iTrader: (10)
 
Ian's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Cambridge
Posts: 7,842
Default

hi m8, have you got any pics of your air box please
Ian is offline  
Old 25 April 2007, 06:58 PM
  #21  
burns
Scooby Regular
Thread Starter
iTrader: (1)
 
burns's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Bridgnorth with the Steam trains
Posts: 689
Default

Originally Posted by DaOne View Post
hi m8, have you got any pics of your air box please
sure,but it's only something I knocked up out of .5mm stainless steel and heat sheet.I'm having a proper go at a new one this weekend,but those HKS pipes are a pain to work round.
burns is offline  
Old 25 April 2007, 07:06 PM
  #22  
Pete
WRX STI TYPE RA V6/1557..
 
Pete's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Warwickshire
Posts: 4,118
Default

That`s as bad as my roof vent Burns
Pete is offline  
Old 25 April 2007, 07:07 PM
  #23  
daddyscoob
Scooby Regular
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: N Ireland
Posts: 1,631
Default

I used to live in the Midlands and API are without doubt the best.


Yes the bacon butties are the biz
daddyscoob is offline  
Old 25 April 2007, 07:11 PM
  #24  
burns
Scooby Regular
Thread Starter
iTrader: (1)
 
burns's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Bridgnorth with the Steam trains
Posts: 689
Default

Originally Posted by staffi View Post
That`s as bad as my roof vent Burns
I know but at least I can cover it up
burns is offline  
Old 25 April 2007, 07:18 PM
  #25  
burns
Scooby Regular
Thread Starter
iTrader: (1)
 
burns's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Bridgnorth with the Steam trains
Posts: 689
Default

Originally Posted by WRX_Rich View Post
I know that dbm spoiler from somewhere
Yep sorry I couldn't get anymore of your car in mate 'cause somebody put a bungalow in front of it.
burns is offline  
Old 25 April 2007, 07:25 PM
  #26  
Pete
WRX STI TYPE RA V6/1557..
 
Pete's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Warwickshire
Posts: 4,118
Default

Originally Posted by burns View Post
Yep sorry I couldn't get anymore of your car in mate 'cause somebody put a bungalow in front of it.

F*** off

You wait til you see it in about 3 weeks time new wheels arrive tomorrow aswell
Pete is offline  
Old 25 April 2007, 07:29 PM
  #27  
Pete
WRX STI TYPE RA V6/1557..
 
Pete's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Warwickshire
Posts: 4,118
Default

Burns, are you going to the meet at the OAK in Coventry sunday??
Pete is offline  
Old 25 April 2007, 07:32 PM
  #28  
swifty74
Scooby Regular
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: stoke on trent
Posts: 122
Default

looks nice mate ;-)
swifty74 is offline  
Old 25 April 2007, 09:31 PM
  #29  
pslewis
Scooby Regular
 
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Old Codgers Home
Posts: 32,393
Default

Originally Posted by burns View Post
Mr Lewis thank you for your kind thoughts,as you say we're all happy with the outcome.Having read a number of your past posts (research of course)you will ,I hope, be pleased to note that I have resisted the urge to fit a "cocklink".
API are highly respected ... I doubt very much that they would recommend fitting a 'CockLink'!!
pslewis is offline  
Old 25 April 2007, 09:42 PM
  #30  
911
Scooby Regular
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 11,341
Default

I wish you lot would NOT post this kind of stuff!
You all know i need one rather than want one!!

Fab car Burns, guess you can remove those ??? in your title now?
David is stripping mine now for Rob (transmission) to remove the front lsd even though David recons its all ok.

Graham.
911 is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: An API story


Contact Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.