It takes a lot of balls to irreversibly modify a car. In any aspect of the aftermarket game, the repercussions can be detrimental. Intakes and exhausts can always be replaced back with OEM parts, and your wheels and ride height can be put back to stock with simple hand tools when it’s time to part ways (unless for some reason you’ve been using a wrench to pull your fenders). But I’m talking about the real deal major changes, the big boy moves—like entirely dissecting a $35,000 luxury sports car and replacing its heart and soul with a long lost family member’s organs. Yet with a dream in mind, that’s exactly what madman Tim Jordan decided to do as he dropped the infamous RB26 power plant and AWD transmission into his Infiniti G35 coupe.
As you know, we see a lot of different kinds of cars. From stanced out showstoppers and innovative Frankensteins to clean classics and VIP bangers. Personally, I’m the kind of guy that likes to see those “all-in” modifications, the creative “outside the box” transformations—I couldn’t applaud Mr. Jordan any more on the attention to detail applied to the grueling process. See, where the majority of people would have been completely content with just completing a swap of this magnitude (and having it actually run), Tim set out on a major goal to make sure the engine was completely leveled out rather than sitting crooked or tilted in some way as many RB swaps tend to do.
Initiating the process, the entire front end was removed in order to test fit the bulky Skyline motor and prepare for the swapping process. With nothing more than a small hose bracket blocking the fit, Tim and his friends quickly removed the pointless weld and began drawing up custom engine mounts that were eventually fabricated and popped into place. In doing so, the foreign heart was able to fit the donor’s body like a glove—and without using any hammers or rubber mallets to force anything into place. To finally level out the motor, the oil pan was slightly transformed and shortened making a much shallower and wider section allowing the block to sit flat as originally proposed. Once all components were secured in place, a Precision GT4067R turbo was slapped in place in conjunction with a few more custom fabricated pieces, allowing the beast to reach a full 632whp.
With success in the heart, it was time to move on to the footwork. Though the RWD RB25 tranny is the usual option for projects of these sorts, Tim had been forever inspired by the strength and durability of the AWD RB26 platform and knew it would be the best option for the build. By creating a custom rear tranny mount and 3-bend shifter to keep the stock stick location, the AWD goal was quickly checked off the list and the G’d up Skyline was easily blasting through gears on the interstate without hesitation.
The secondary building point for the project dips a little deeper than the technical realm. For years, Tim has been involved in the automotive industry and has seen it slip in and out of various fads (as many of us have). To stray away from the current trends, the idea was to build a car with an actual purpose, focusing on the power of his childhood days rather than a money pit that just “looks nice.” In doing so, with much attention focused on the engine and transmission, the body was kept subtle and functional with a sleek GReddy kit all around. A classic set of TE37s was also put in place for the extra bit of tenuous flare. Again, though the primary goal of the build was to strive for functionality and power, Tim felt the car wouldn’t have been complete without a few interior mods. Upgrading the aesthetics, a set of Buddy Club seats and a NRG wheel temporarily brings the project to a close.
Through and through, Tim has poured more then a few ounces of blood, sweat and tears into this project. But could you expect anything less? Literally, we’re talking about heart surgery here—and on a platform that has seldom been dissected and brought back to existence. Though he’ll be the first to admit the build is still running through a few ECU and injector component issues, it is by no doubt out and about ripping through the Houston city streets, and will only continue to progress, as Sir Jordan vows the project will never be finished.
2004 Infiniti G35
Owner Tim Jordan
Location Houston, TX
Occupation Sales Director at South Side Performance
Engine RB26DETT swap; Precision PTE GT4067R turbo, intercooler and fuel injectors; JE-Pro Fab turbo manifold, intercooler piping, engine mounts, fuel rail, stainless headers, 4" downpipe and oil pan; D3 Performance 4" turbo elbow and intake; Turbosmart wastegate and blow-off valve; HKS camshafts and cam gears; Thermalnator head gasket; GReddy pulleys, intake manifold and Evo 2 exhaust; Infiniti Q45 throttle body; Bosch fuel pump; AEM fuel pressure regulator
Drivetrain AWD RB26 transmission; OEM viscous diff; Exedy twin disc clutch and lightweight flywheel; JE-Pro Fab driveshaft and shift lever
Engine Management A’PEXi Power FC ECU tuned by James Evans of JE-Pro Fab/Import Performance; GReddy boost controller
Footwork & Chassis TEIN Mono Flex coilovers; SPL traction bars, solid diff mounts, lower arms, camber arms and toe control arms
Brakes StopTech slotted front rotors; Brembo front calipers and pads; Goodridge stainless braided lines
Wheels & Tires 18x9.5" +22 front, 18x10.5" +15 rear Volk Racing TE37 wheels; 295/30R18 front Toyo R888, 305/35R18 rear Mickey Thompson ET Street tires
Exterior GReddy/TRUST Gracer body kit; Athlete Silver Dip paint
Interior Buddy Club seats; Takata Drift 3 Spec harnesses; NRG steering wheel, quick release and steering hub; Tomei shift knob; Auto Meter boost, oil, and water gauges; AEM air/fuel gauge
Thanks You James Evans of JE-Pro Fab; XSXV Detailing; D3 Engineering; dipyourcar.com; CVT Designs; Buddy Club; SPL Parts; Takata; VP Race Fuels; DWS Parts; Bull-Prints