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PostPosted: Sun Dec 27, 2009 5:05 am 

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Awesome garage - check
Awesome retro Japanese place to live - check
Awesome car to do up - check

Dude you have it all !!!

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 9:26 pm 

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Location: Nagoya, Japan
Thank you all so much for the comments and support!

skyrine wrote:
Any new updates or pics?


I am currently back home in America for the holidays (expect an update on the S30 here shortly ;D ) and I can't wait to get back to Japan and start work on the Skyline. Unfortunately, I gotta wait until February 1st, as that is the soonest that I can move into the new apartment (have to give 1 month notice before moving out of my current apartment).

As soon as work starts expect many updates, my biggest headaches are going to be rocker panels, transmission tunnel, doors and inside the trunk. Going to take quite a bit of work so lets hope everything goes smoothly!

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David where in Nagoya are you?
I bought a few cars there a couple of years ago. I also got my Laurel from a guy there. Have you been to Rocky auto yet? Those guys are super nice. They took a couple hours showing us around and pulling all the badass RB motored classic cars out for us. Nagoya Classic car is cool too. I can't remember the exact name of the place we stayed but I remember it was next to a huge abandoned Airport. I sure wish we had an Upgarage here, not like the one in Cali. but more like the ones there that have all the great used parts. If you get a chance look up the guy who owns Jason Customs in
Nagoya he is a great guy who builds custom old school JDM motorcycles.

Good luck with your build.
Rory :mrgreen:


Thanks for the comment!
I'm located in a small town halfway between downtown Nagoya and Toyota city called Tougou-chou. Nagoya classic car is pretty cool and they were very nice, showing me and my friend around and letting us look at all the cars.
I did swing by Rocky Auto but maybe they were busy or something, I couldn't get any one to come out and talk to me; maybe being 6 foot 4 scared them, haha!
By far the best place I have been is Vintage Auto in Kuwana, they have the most amazing selection of cars and they were more than happy to let me sit in and start up the majority of them! I made a post about that place a while ago, but I recently went back and expect a new post about that soon!
Check out their website, if you go to "Stock List" you can browse through their cars!
http://www.japan-vintage.com/


Thank you guys again so much for the inspiration and comments! I can't wait to start work on the car!
Cheers
David

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 10:37 pm 

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I just noticed your signature. What levin do you have. We must have similar taste haha, i have a hako 4 door and levin. Almost bought a s30 fairlady but needed to save money.


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Fingers crossed everything works out David :)

I'm pretty curious as to what/where/how available patch panels are in Japan for C10, so please keep us posted :D

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2010 11:52 pm 
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Rocky Auto and most of the KGC10 specific shops do not deal much with foreigners. They will go out of there way to ignore you. Have to break the ice with a mediator. Irritating but works, even if you do speak Japanese, they are still a bit standoffish.


Interesting. (and lame)

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 6:11 am 

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Location: Nagoya, Japan
Update time!

So I got this new apartment. Its pretty awesome! ;) I moved in on the 1st and NTT finally came out to set up my internet today! The apartment is two stories. The first floor was originally a Yakiniku restaurant, then it was a motorcycle shop, and now Ive got my dirty paws on it restoring a GC10. ;)
The second floor has two Japanese style rooms, a nice sized kitchen, bathroom and a decent shower all covered in 1970s style, haha.

Pictures can do a much better job of explaining than I can. ;P

The downstairs garage.

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The stairs headed upstairs.

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Kitchen

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The first Japanese style room.

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The second Japanese style room.

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The bathroom, I love the tile, haha.

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Anyways, that's the crib! Coming up next, massive updates on the car!

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 6:19 am 
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Is that a square bathtub?!?


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 6:21 am 

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Alright, that's enough pictures of the house, this is a thread about a car after all, haha!
The good: Its a GC10!
The bad: Its got a lot of rust.
The ugly: Its got way more rust than could be covered under the bad....

At any rate here she is, ready to be dismantled.

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The headlights are in decent shape, but the front grill is actually broken.

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Cool stuff.

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Old school CDI it looks like (on this topic, this car had the worst hack job wiring Ive ever seen in my life!).

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From what I can tell, this is the controller for the CDI. Not sure though, so does anyone know exactly what it is?

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There's my buddy trying his best not to strip some screws, haha.

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Rear doors off.

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The rust in the trunk (Is that like junk in the trunk only not as sexy?)

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Front fenders off.

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Ouch...

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Shes slowly getting there.

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The engine plate almost looks to be beyond saving, which is a shame.

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All 4 doors gone.

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Center console (its in pretty rough shape, could use to be replaced).

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Rear seats.

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More to come in next post!

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 6:29 am 

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And the dismantling continues!

Trunk lid off.

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Floorboard cancer...

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Guages.

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Dash is out (This one made me bleed, haha) ;)

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Engine bay slowly getting empty.

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Brake and clutch master.

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Heater.

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The wiring... all of it, haha.

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Lookin good.

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Bits of interior.

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Shes pretty empty.

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Front glass out.

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Headliner out.

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Rear glass out.

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Losing the glass gave me glimpse of the original paint!

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Got more pictures on the way!

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 6:48 am 

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Unforunately, in this post, she takes a turn for the worse.

Fuel tank out.

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The engine. Supposedly its a L28 punched out to a 3 litre, has an N42? head (maybe, I really don't know my L series heads, but the PO said it was the more sought after head), high lift cam, stiffer valve springs, decked and ported. The flywheel also looks to be set up for a multiple plate clutch, which is pretty cool. The downside is the whole thing looks pretty nasty, not sure what, if any I can still use.

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In this picture we have the bottom layer of rust, the original paint, a repaint and on top the current primer grey/white crap. Nice history, like the rings of a tree, haha.

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My buddy Mike was saying that this was using lead filler!

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So the rear fenders. Near as I can figure, it started to rust, so someone said cut it like the GTR fender and then cake so much bondo on that you cant see straight any more! This stuff was thick, like half inch thick in places.

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The rust underneath is really pretty bad.

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A sad final parting shot, but it is what it is.

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This car is far beyond what I can afford to fix with new old stock parts. All hope is not lost though. I have yet to measure, but near as I can tell, the much less desirable 4 cylinder cars are identical from the a-pillars back. If I can find a decently rust free 4-cylinder chassis to section steel from this project can really take off. Until then things are looking pretty rough.

Well, that's all for now! Oh, and Datsunfreak, that is indeed a square bathtub, haha. I don't even get close to fitting in it!

Cheers!
David

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 6:52 am 
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Wow, you've got your hands full there! Good to see you're approaching it in the right way though and stripping everything.

Great apartment btw, must be pretty rare to have such a large indoor space for your car in Japan.

Edit: just saw your last post. Wow...is that part of the rear fender that you are holding in your hand just made out of bondo? :shock:

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 Post subject: Quarter Panels, by BONDO
PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 12:58 am 
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As goes the title.

Here is the Bondo on the left side quarter panel being removed.

youtubecom/watch?v=KlGdZkA7Ki4

Can't post URLs as a first post.

If all goes well, see below for a live link.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 12:58 am 
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Allright, here is the Youtube link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlGdZkA7Ki4


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Holy crap! Did the previous owner have shares in a bondo factory or something :shock:

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 7:23 pm 

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Haha, thanks for posting the link!

Its without a doubt the most bondo Ive seen used on one car yet!

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Wow, you have got your hands full but i am very excited to see, if you need and will pay for the molds i could have fiber glass molds made of mine.


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Wow.. that's a lot of body filler. But you seem to work on the car all the time. Im sure the car will get done in no time. :lol:

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Thanks for all the comments guys!
You all have been a huge source of inspiration to get out there and keep working on the body.

My current goals are to get the car completely stripped. I want to see nothing but spot welded metal on the car so that I can find out what areas are good, saveable and need to be replaced.

As such, I have been working to that end, slowly chipping out the sound deadening material, removing a few more things, keeping the garage clean and... having a bbq, haha!

I think the Skyline looks good, the sausage too!

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Front brake lines out.

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Front fender apron things off.

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I set the head and headers on the block so they would take up less room. The engine will be a big project for another day, haha.

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And finally, after many hours of killing my back, I chipped off all the sound deadening material on the passenger side floorboard. Now I can see exactly where the cancer is and how deep its gone. All in all, I'd say its not too bad! (Anything that is green is the concrete beneath the car, haha.)

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Thanks again for looking guys!
Cheers
David

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Not as bad as I would have guessed, keep he pictures coming, and if you sell that header let me know


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In the midst of all my Mitsubishi 360 fun (viewtopic.php?t=8589) I still haven't forgotten about my GC10, haha! Taking off sound deadening with just a chisel and a hammer is a very time consuming process, as such progress has been exceedingly slow.

I now have both the front foot wells cleared out of all sound deadening though, woohoo! Next up, rear foot wells.

The rust is pretty bad here, by far the worst of the floor pans.

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This is only about half of the junk that I knocked off.

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More to come as my back allows, haha.
Cheers
David

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