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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2011 9:13 pm 

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Car looks great at the track. Sorry to hear about your blown head gasket. I drove my first car, (70s model golf) with a blown gasket for a long time before I got it fixed and managed not to overheat the car and the heads were fine. Hopefully you are just as lucky. Might be an excuse for you to upgrade with a stronger gasket.

Just curious, the calipers and rotors look a tad small. Are there any later model nissan brake kits that bolt straight up?


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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2011 1:35 am 
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I know Specialised Brake and Clutch or possibly Stewart Wilkins Race and Rally in penrith and Mcgraths hill respectively do brake upgrades for 1600's (510's) based on Z parts that also incorporate 180sx bits and pieces so they may be able to put something together for you.
I don't think they're too far from wherever in Sydney you are.

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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2011 1:55 am 
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Sure there are brake upgrades available, and I think the easiest one would be a Toyota 4 piston caliper from a Hilux (yes really, and it bolts up to the stock strut with no mods) teamed up with a ventilated disc from a Mitsubishi Verada sedan (which can be redrilled to bolt up to the stock Datsun hub). Then I fit a bigger 7/8 master cylinder and do some sort of fiddling with the rear proportioning valve or something.

It's a common upgrade for 240Zs I think, so should work just fine for Hako, it's been on the to-do list for years.




...it's just that I'm far more excited about mods which make it go, rather than stop :lol:

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2011 3:55 am 
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kev wrote:
we won't be able to make the Datsun Nationals at Wakefield Park this weekend.

More of which anon, but I think Hako will be off the road for a little while until this issue is sorted.


Oh bugger Kev! Was looking forward to seeing it in the flesh........ :(

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kev wrote:
we won't be able to make the Datsun Nationals at Wakefield Park this weekend.

More of which anon, but I think Hako will be off the road for a little while until this issue is sorted.


Oh bugger Kev! Was looking forward to seeing it in the flesh........ :(

Yeah I'm real disappointed I won't be running in the trackday, but the only way it'll get around the circuit at the moment is if I get out and push it :)

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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2011 4:09 am 
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I got a better idea.... do what i did and borrow someone else's....... :wink:

The prince came to life, sounded sweet, but i noticed a leak ( a milky one) running down the side of the head and block at the front- on both sides. My water pump gasket must've shat itself (it's still a guess, but without pulling the front off it - again- dunno if it is worse), so was too late to fix it.

and the car I am competing in on the track days isn't mine either.... it feels very not taking the tool chest let me tell you.....

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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2011 8:38 am 
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With the Hako out of action, I thought I'd cheer myself up by fitting some parts I had lying around.
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I'm amazed that you can still get this kind of stuff from Nissan as oem parts.
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This badge goes on the edge of the bootlid. In my case, in a previous restoration the badge was removed, and the holes filled up, so I'll have to redrill the bootlid to fit this. I think the car has more of a "race" look without the badge but I reckon the sheetmetal looks a little naked without it.
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The other badges go on the front fenders (the old one is at the bottom, it's not in bad shape, but some of the black paint is flaking off, and the chrome isn't as shiny as the new one)
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They seem to be made the same way as the originals...
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The red GT badges I got from the Tokyo Nostalgic Car Show in 2008 I think, I fitted them pretty much as soon as I got back home. At the time, the Skyline badges were available, but I thought mine were in good enough shape...but of course the nice new GT badges immediately made them look old once fitted...
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Ok, I'm feeling a little better now :)
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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2011 8:58 am 
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looking good kev! have you started tearing apart the L yet?

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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2011 3:05 pm 
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Sure! This is the engine bay right now:
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The cylinder head should have arrived at Knight Engines yesterday...

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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2011 12:11 am 
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Maybe a copper head gasket and O ring's are the way to go. I did this years ago to a car we used to own, worked well and never gave problems again.

Ive got some new badges for my Mazda, the metal pins look very similar to your Skyline ones. My old ones used to have a metal plug that slip over the badge pins which fit into the car panel holes. I've only ever seen really rusted plugs. I'd be interested to see how you secure the Skyline badges to see if Datsun also used metal plugs. I'd have more chance of buying a new set from Nissan than Mazda.


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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2011 7:19 am 

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That's mint, what's the upkeep like on it?

I keep telling myself i'll get a GC10 shell or 211, then I end up with something else.


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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2011 7:26 am 
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wow that was fast. well hopefully since it didn't overheat the head should be nice and straight. getting any kind of headwork done while its out?

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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2011 11:02 pm 
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So what else did you find?

Sounds good on track.
You can hear the inside wheel spinning up. Did you mention a limo coming?
Seems to turn in really well now.

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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2011 3:43 am 
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31GUN wrote:
So what else did you find?

Sounds good on track.
You can hear the inside wheel spinning up. Did you mention a limo coming?
Seems to turn in really well now.


Yes, it's chalk and cheese compared to the previous time at Wakefield, when I really had to yank the front end into the apex. Now if anything there's too much turn-in :) And yes adapter axles have been ordered from Beta Motorsport, which will allow me to use a Subaru STi LSD unit in place of the open stock diff.

But when I was stripping the engine, what I noticed was this....hark! What's that black stuff?
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Hmm...
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When the head was ported in Japan, they went through to the water jacket in that spot, and filled it with some sort of 2 pack epoxy. When the head was in our hands, and was getting the treatment by my cylinder head guy, he machined back some of the putty, skimmed over the top with DevCon and then re-ported it.

DevCon is the correct product to use in this sort of application, but we have no idea of knowing what the Japanese head porters used. So I think what's happened is that the Devcon is reacting with the japanese epoxy, and it's gone black (Devcon is an aluminium based epoxy, so it's normally the colour of metal) and has started to bubble up and lift at the edges. So the head's back in Adelaide at Knight Engines, and Tony will cut out a big chunk between the two ports, build it back up with weld, and then machine it all back again. It'll be a 100% metal repair and we won't have to worry about this again.

Bad news is that it's kinda a big job, and with all the public holidays in the next week, it won't be possible for the car to be back together for the All Japan Day show next weekend....I'll try to get the Luce into shape instead (and this wouldn't be the first time the Luce has had to stand in for the Hako, as you know) :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2011 8:57 am 
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There there kev, I feel you're pain. My car won't be ready for all Japan day either.

Unfortunately I don't have a back-up to enter as well. :/

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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2011 11:04 pm 
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Fear not noble triers, I shall bear the burden of your non attendance. (Too much?)

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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2011 2:27 am 
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Nay, dear fellows, I shall countenance no mention of recompence as I venture forth with a flurry and a bounce in my step to exhibit my wares (so to speak) after first applying (verily) much grease of the elbow.
And if I die in this much heralded enterprise, fear not, for I have done so in the knowledge that I do it for loves sweet bane (quoth he) and have no guilt for I do so venture of my own volition (being of sound mind and a bit dodgy body) and free will, dear friends (verily).

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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2011 5:00 am 
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Falling behind on your medication there, Hooks? :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2011 1:13 pm 
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Acute boredom. Long weekend. Have been applying the aforementioned elbow grease though.

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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2011 10:37 am 
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31GUN wrote:
Nay, dear fellows, I shall countenance no mention of recompence as I venture forth with a flurry and a bounce in my step to exhibit my wares (so to speak) after first applying (verily) much grease of the elbow.
And if I die in this much heralded enterprise, fear not, for I have done so in the knowledge that I do it for loves sweet bane (quoth he) and have no guilt for I do so venture of my own volition (being of sound mind and a bit dodgy body) and free will, dear friends (verily).


LOL nicely written, made me wonder what thread i was really in haha

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