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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2013 7:54 pm 
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Many thanks to Motor Magazine (Australia's best performance car mag!) for inviting the Hako to be part of the festivities at the Top Gear Festival in Sydney last weekend.
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So without further ado, the Hako has to get prettied up for the occasion, so late on Friday night, she gets a bath and a well-deserved coat of polish.
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Which didn't leave much opportunity for sleep, before the 5am wakeup call to get down to Sydney Motorsports Park for the bump-in. The TG organisers were quite strict about it, and all the vehicles in the show had to be inside prior to 7am. What you can't see, are the dozens and dozens of cars lined up behind, and the small army of ppl marshalling the ensuing chaos into some semblance of order.
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It just so happened that I got there a bit earlier than the Motor guys, so it was a great opportunity to park up and watch everything go together.
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Some Unreasonably Priced Cars.
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Hako would be on display at the Motor Magazine stand, which was in the "Supercar" part of of the grounds.
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So our immediate neighbours are "Stig's Supercars", and I have to say that our white suited friend must obviously do quite well for himself :) Apart from the F40, there were also representatives from Koenigsegegegegegg, Pagani, Lambo, and McLaren.
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Hulking next to the F40, is this scratchbuilt creation, which is a mockup at this stage, but is planned to have 1000hp V16 power one day (from two LS1 Chevs mated together and presumbaly turbocharged).
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And this would be home for the rest of the weekend!
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The Hako has been to plenty of shows, but nothing as big as the TG Festival, which I think, had 50,000 visitors through the gates during the weekend. As a result, I didn't actually manage to get out and about to check out the show that much, but it's always a real privilege to talk to all the nice people who wanted to come and chat about the Hako. It really still blows me away, that so many people know so much about this car that was never sold outside of Japan, and want to see and touch it.
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Sharing space with the Hako at the Motor Mag stand, were two Velosters kindly supplied by Hyundai, the one on the right being their drooltastic tarmac rally car.
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And our other neighbours were Deus Ex Machina, the super-cool Sydney custom bike abd lifestyle shop.
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Deus certainly put their best foot forward, with a huge collection of pretty bikes, some muscle racers, and their ultra-cool vintage mobile home.
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Elsewhere in the grounds was a huge area set aside for car club displays.
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The Sydney muscle car scene is very strong, and they always turn up in big numbers.
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But overall, the TG Festival is based around a schedule of track events, like Radical, GT, and Muscle Car racing. Interspersed during the day, were demonstrations by the drift guys....um, they're in there...somewhere.
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So the pits (which you were free to roam) was chock full of eye candy.
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ex-Alan Jones' William F1 car. Would you believe that the Hako was stored overnight next to this thing? The other occupants of the 4 car lockup was the Red Bull F1 car, and the Lexus LF-A.
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Speaking of Red Bull, local hero Mark Webber was on hand to go out and try to set the lap record, which naturally...it did quite handsomely.
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There were also plenty of top-level drag cars on hand, to do burnouts and wheelies down the main straight.
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Some of the other sideshows included various stunt displays on the skidpan
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A driving test where you could (very slowly) have a go at the latest Volvo
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A Land Rover thing where you could go for rides on a pretty hairy looking offroad course..
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Plus lots of cool little things, like RC car racing challenges (there was a tarmac one, too) with a leaderboard that provided lots of competition during the day.
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It was basically, like being trapped inside an episode of TG! There was heaps of other stuff that I didn't go to see, like a F1 vs touring car vs superbike race, a touring car vs acrobatic plane race, plus the usual whacky TG stuff, like Clarkson and May playing car-soccer in modified Reliant Robins, tanks crushing caravans, you know the score :D

All in all a great weekend, and everybody else obviously thought so too, since it seemed that 50% of Sydney's population was there :D

Oh...remember those rubber spacers on my door latches which busted? Tracy from Datsport was kind enough to express post a pair of new 510 ones to me, which were pretty close, but slightly smaller than the Hako ones.
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They do fit though, with a little stretching....I don't think this is a long term solution, but it works for now. I guess that's as good a reason as any, to order some more parts from Japan :D
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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 12:16 am 

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It was great to see the car and have a chat. Top day as well.

My dad was talking to one of his rally mates at the rally experience, and said that I "had taken an interest in some weird Cedric hardtop with a wing". :tu:


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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 1:09 am 
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It was great to see the car and have a chat. Top day as well.

My dad was talking to one of his rally mates at the rally experience, and said that I "had taken an interest in some weird Cedric hardtop with a wing". :tu:


The truth hurts :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 3:25 pm 
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Eager eBay watchers might have noticed this reasonably-priced car come up for sale recently:

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/1972-Nissan- ... 19d9cc9bc1

You might recognise it as the red coupe that was for sale at the Edward Lee dealership in Sydney, which was sold a few months ago, and its enthusiastic owner has confirmed that this eBay ad is a scam. Hope nobody's being taken in by this, but the current real owner has already notified eBay that it's fake.

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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 12:59 am 

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kev wrote:
Oh...remember those rubber spacers on my door latches which busted? Tracy from Datsport was kind enough to express post a pair of new 510 ones to me, which were pretty close, but slightly smaller than the Hako ones.
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They do fit though, with a little stretching....I don't think this is a long term solution, but it works for now. I guess that's as good a reason as any, to order some more parts from Japan :D
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Looks a litte stretched, I bought new ones from Japan some time ago and they were almost too loose...but fit nicely anyway!


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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:42 am 
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These are the ones that are the right size for the KGC10 / KGC10, Kev:

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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 4:47 pm 
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Thanks Alan!

I'm putting in an order with Victory50, so I'm pretty sure they'll be the right ones, since Uchida-san cares not for things which aren't C10 :D

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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 12:59 pm 

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kev wrote:
Eager eBay watchers might have noticed this reasonably-priced car come up for sale recently:

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/1972-Nissan- ... 19d9cc9bc1

You might recognise it as the red coupe that was for sale at the Edward Lee dealership in Sydney, which was sold a few months ago, and its enthusiastic owner has confirmed that this eBay ad is a scam. Hope nobody's being taken in by this, but the current real owner has already notified eBay that it's fake.

The ad says it was sold for $23,500 on the 12th of march. Somebody was suckered in by the chance of having a car like you and all the other hako owners.

Poor sap.

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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 5:22 pm 
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dchil15 wrote:
kev wrote:
Eager eBay watchers might have noticed this reasonably-priced car come up for sale recently:

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/1972-Nissan- ... 19d9cc9bc1

You might recognise it as the red coupe that was for sale at the Edward Lee dealership in Sydney, which was sold a few months ago, and its enthusiastic owner has confirmed that this eBay ad is a scam. Hope nobody's being taken in by this, but the current real owner has already notified eBay that it's fake.

The ad says it was sold for $23,500 on the 12th of march. Somebody was suckered in by the chance of having a car like you and all the other hako owners.

Poor sap.

Someone smart enough to buy a $23,500 car from a guy on ebay for 2 days and no feedback at all... :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 5:51 pm 
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dchil15 wrote:
The ad says it was sold for $23,500 on the 12th of march. Somebody was suckered in by the chance of having a car like you and all the other hako owners.

Poor sap.

Hopefully the listing's ended because eBay's quietly closed it.

But seriously...who pays for a car before they even see it in person, anyway?

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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 6:30 pm 
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kev wrote:
dchil15 wrote:
The ad says it was sold for $23,500 on the 12th of march. Somebody was suckered in by the chance of having a car like you and all the other hako owners.

Poor sap.

Hopefully the listing's ended because eBay's quietly closed it.

But seriously...who pays for a car before they even see it in person, anyway?


Lots of people, I'm sure...Probably most ebay car sales. But more photos and information on the sale seem like an obvious necessity. And some emails, etc. a couple photos and one sentence doesn't sound like someone who wants to sell a car. And i wouldn't pay a zero feedback seller that much money, either!

Interesting though, anyone could check the vin, make a few calls. Guess they were really hoping for an impulse buyer, someone who pays first and asks questions later...maybe the same audience spam email is targeted to.


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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
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kev wrote:
But seriously...who pays for a car before they even see it in person, anyway?


Yeah Kev, who would ever be so foolish as to buy a Hako on that basis??? :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 2:07 am 
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Saw your Hako out at the Top Gear show. Seemed to be getting a bit of attention. My dad had the red Porsche 944 out there on one of the Car club stands, from which I was able to see your Hako.

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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
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You should have come over to say hello :)

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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 6:33 am 
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hey kev ,do you or one of the other hakosuka owners have usable clutch master and slave cylinders for the c10 (and brake master as well i guess ) or a contact i can order with in aust?
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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 7:01 am 
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Clutch slave is easy, they're the same as any rwd Datto from the 70s.

Clutch master is a little harder...I think mine is a 240Z one, and I had to elongate the holes slightly to make it fit. Also the hard line came out on the opposite side (if I recall correctly) so I had to make a new hard line. But I reckon if had a look at 180B etc you would find something that's the same.

Brake is a no go, sadly. I reckon it's the same as the master in a Fairlady Roadster, so pretty rare. But a good brake shop will be able to resleeve and rebuild the stock master for you, which is what I did.

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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 6:00 am 
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kev or fellow hakosuka disciples
my vin is kpc10 046*** ,what year ,month of build would that be and can anyone tell me what the lowermost space on the vin plate is ???,mines hard to read,
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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 6:21 am 
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You mean the painted vin plate in the engine bay?

The number should also be stamped onto the passenger side sill. Undo that trim plate on the door jamb, peel back the carpet and you should see it. I have no idea how ot decode the VIN number into meaningful dates, but I'm sure it corresponds to some well-known Nissan convention that *someone* would know :D

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