Project Hakosuka: Nope. Still doesn’t go.

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Where we left things last week were that I’d sent off the carbs to a specialist for rebuilding, and the wayward clutch was fixed. The carb guru estimated that it might take a week to re-do the Webers, so this left plenty of time for little jobs while the Hako was up on jackstands.

But it also left some time to give the car a good going over. I’d had the pre purchase inspection done in Japan, had spent countless hours poring over each of the 400 pictures, but now that it’s in the garage, we can have a proper look.

Basically the car looks like it was restored quite thoroughly, and it’s clear to see where rust has been cut out and a patch of new steel welded in.

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In places it isn’t so well finished, like for example the undersides of the bonnet and boot and the boot shuts aren’t clearcoated, but overall the fundamentals are pretty solid, and it looks like the sills and lower rear guards were replaced too.

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The only place where I found some rust was here in the rear floorpan. During the restoration, all the old sound deadening was removed, the floorpan painted and new insulating mat was laid down. But in this section it looks like it didn’t stick, and allowed water (I think the car leaks like a sieve) to be trapped underneath. But after wire brushing it, it was just surface rust.

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Underneath that same spot was rust too, but also on the surface.

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A lot of restorers and vintage car guys swear by this stuff: POR-15. If you look at their website, it claims that once a piece of metal is treated, it will never rust again! Sounds good to me….

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So first you paint the rust with the Metal Ready, which neutralises the rust…

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Then you paint on the POR-15 which is quite thick.

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It dries to a very hard, plasticky finish, which is supposedly waterproof and so tough that you can hit it with a hammer or bend the metal and it will not flake off.

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So hopefully this will be a permanent repair!

The other amusing thing that happened was that I’d replaced the old steering wheel that came with the car:

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…which I thought was a 240Z steering wheel. So I bought a nice Nardi wheel….

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But then someone said that the old wheel was a “Compe” steering wheel, which is to say that it’s a replica of the Japanese dealer-option sports steering wheel from the late 60s. Nismo did a short run of reissue Compe wheels in 1992, but only 1000, and they’re very rare, historic and desireable and I shouldn’t throw it away. So umm….yes. Anyone want to buy a nearly-new Nardi? :)

Here’s another funny thing. The stock Hako seat belts are like an airliner lap belt…

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…with an optional over-the-shoulder strap that clips into the buckle like so…

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..I’m quite sure this isn’t even remotely legal in Australia! So the Hako got an approved set of seat belts installed.

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Tomorrow….more tales of mechanical mayhem.

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12 Responses to Project Hakosuka: Nope. Still doesn’t go.

  1. X-****tor said:

    Interior is so hot! Keep us posting…

  2. leongsoon said:

    Hm, the compe or whatever it is doesn’t seem to fit the Hako’s interior well, so maybe you can keep the Nardi and switch steering wheels whenever you feel like it :D

  3. Manuel said:

    ^^ agreed, also, red and black interior hotness. truely awesome car, I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s feeling a teeny weeny bit jealous.

  4. altoidsburnme said:

    Why didn’t you do the cool thing and swap in a set of Recaros or Brides w/ Takatas?

    Mad JDM status, there.

    But wow… just wow… Hakosuaka… wow…

  5. s13hero said:

    Don’t know about Aus. but the USDM 240sx has rear seat belts just like that. They are such a pain!

  6. Kev said:

    Yes, I got an old Recaro set aside for the driver’s pew.

  7. Tony said:

    Pretty cool interior. Like a dominatrix’s underpants ;).

    Was that colour scheme standard?

  8. Kev said:

    No, std colour scheme is black on perforated black. The interior was retrimmed 2yrs ago during the resto.

    I would have preferred black on black myself, but if you squint it does look like a tuck and roll hot rod interior :D

  9. sillbeer said:

    POR15 is what I used on my Silvia. Top stuff, but felt like Michaelangelo having to paint on my back. How difficult is it to get hold of aircon systems for the Hako’s these days?

  10. importjap said:

    Love the interior Kev, can’t wait to see it running. With the age of the car I doubt you would have found better, probably a good deal worse.

  11. Kev said:

    There’s a bolt on kit for C10 in Japan that’s quite readily available, but expensive at about US$2000. But looks like it’ll be as plug and play as you can get with aftermarket a/c:

    http://www.starroad.co.jp/home/2007/01/z_6.html

  12. kai said:

    nice read as always.. am in the process of looking to purchase a good ta22 celica for occasional vintage races. your write-ups are very helpful :)

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