I actually have a 96 BD5 RSB with the ej20r motor in it. The engine has 255000km on it.
The turbos are definitely labelled vf18 and vf19.
The car just suddenly overheated at the back of Carbine road in Mt Wellington about 1year ago.
Apparently it was a split hose somewhere, but it did enough damage to the head gasket on cylinder 3 on the exhaust valve side.
I didn’t fix the car at the time as I saw a black S401 come up for sale on trademe and went and brought it.
I originally wanted to single turbo the car, so I have all the components, like a rebuilt greddy td06 20g, fmic, exhaust manifold, twisted turbo pipes and ej207 short block.
But paying a workshop to do the install is quite expensive, about 9k and over which does include a link ecu and tune.
The car itself is a beater and cost me 1400.00 originally so I lost the desire to spend so much on.
Anyway skip 1year later and I have taken it to our local mechanic Drury Auto Services, to give it a birthday and fix the head gasket. The engine is out now, and the heads are machined, new steel head gasket, the new vf27 turbo replacing the vf19 turbo, the eBay twin turbo silicone intake, radiator being checked over, new thermostat and a Mines ECU. I have got a 240km/h instrument cluster, 18inch Legacy sti wheels and window tints to finish it off. It will just be a run about car for my parents business and family.
in the meantime I purchased a second hand closed deck block only from e&h and I am going to rebuild it into a short deck block by myself as a learning exercise. I am a novice so it will be interesting rebuilding an engine myself as I have always paid workshops to do it.
I am looking for the right GC8 Type R car to eventually put one of the motors in.