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 Post subject: 72 Skyline build thread
PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 9:45 pm 
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As I stated in my other tread I've been off the list for a year or so and lost my build tread. So I'll start a new one. I'm not much of a writer and spelling is a weak point so be nice. The running joke is, I only want to do things twice or maybe three times before I get it right.
I got my car 3-31-06 a 72 GTX Skyline ( GTR Clone ) which included Rear flares, a GTR grill, front spoiler, rear wing and clear white front glass. The car came without a motor so the seller included a Nissan reman 810 engine and what he thought was a correct oil pan. After a week or so of searching I found an oil pan from another Skyline owner which was the beginning of many set backs. I then purchased a complete engine, transmission package which included triple Mukini’s, header, 5spd and misc parts. Thank goodness I just couldn’t see S U’s on my Skyline. After a year plus of owning the car, it was running and driving. The first thing that had to change was the tires and suspension they were absolutely horrible. Tires where the easy part a cheap set of 195/50/14 for the fronts and I left the rears alone a pair of 245/60/14 Euro T/A s.
I started to research the suspension for the car. My first thought was to use Z 32 front and rear brakes which lead me to M 30 front struts that would than need bump steer / adaptors from the steering knuckles to the bottom of the strut. With all that the wheel off set didn’t like that setup so like I said I like to do things at least twice setup # 2 Brembo all the way around Custom hats, rotors and caliper adaptors for both front and rear you can’t go wrong with a brembo setup RIGHT. Like any other 38year old car from the home land it has issues, and I will hopefully get to all of them and share them with all of you.
I’m just an average guy that has fun working on my toys. I would never mean to offend any of you so if there is a better way or my wording is off let me know off line.

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 Post subject: oil pan
PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 10:17 pm 
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Here is a pic of the nice oil pan that I got

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 Post subject: First set of brakes
PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 10:25 pm 
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Here is the first set of brakes Z32 front and rears. M30 strut with Z 32 calipers & rotor

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M30 strut with a coil over kit

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Rear with Z 32 caliper & rotor notice caliper set at the 12 oclock position not a good idea.


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Rear caliper adaptor for Z 32

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 Post subject: Cleaning things up
PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 10:44 pm 
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Here are a few pic of a the bits before and after the powder coater.

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Here is a pic of the new t/c rods z32 rear caliper adaptors and strut to knuckle / bump steer adaptors. ( v6 200sx or m30 struts)

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 Post subject: Brembo brake setup
PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 11:11 pm 
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Here are a few pics of the do it twice brake brake setup.

Front hats and caliper mounts for the Brembo setup.

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mockup

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280zx front struts with coilover setup, front rotors to left. If you look at the left strut you can see the new bearing / spring purch that uses a stock 280zx thrust bearing.

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Tein 510 / 240sx camber plates

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For some reason I don't have a pic of the top piece of the setup to tie it all in you you guys.


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 Post subject: Rear brake setup
PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 11:42 pm 
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here are my first brake caliper adaptors the top been a 810 I think for the skyline the bottom is the Z32 and the blue one is for the brembo setup with a Willwood parking setup

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This is old news now but I'm having the brembo caliper adaptors remade because they where made for a 510 and will not fit a Skyline because the bearing & bolt spacing is larger.

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Rear hub and rotors

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So if any one wants caliper adaptors I have 3 pairs I'm just kicking around.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 3:44 pm 
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Nice work!

And wow that sump's pretty trashed :)

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 Post subject: Re: First set of brakes
PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 10:07 pm 

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kgc10 wrote:



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Rear with Z 32 caliper & rotor notice caliper set at the 12 oclock position not a good idea.



just wondering, what's the down side of having the caliper up there like that?

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 10:55 pm 
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At a guess...'might be slightly harder to bleed the air out of the brake fluid if the bleed nipple isn't the highest point on the caliper

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 7:53 pm 
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Fixed calipers should be installed at 9 or 3. Every bit you move away from that increases knockback.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2011 5:26 pm 
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It's a beautiful day in Nor Cal so I headed out to the garage to work on the rear suspension.

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Rear coilover kit from victory 50

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Rear cross member from Design Products

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R190 4:11 LSD

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Left side with coilover installed / with old Z32 brake setup.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2011 10:42 pm 
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Well I continued out in the garage and I had wanted to remove the Z32 rear brakes on the left side but my a.d.d got the best of me. So I made a tool out of a steel wheel spacer to tighten the stub axel nut to 200 ft-lb. I have been kicking this pair of steel wheel spacer around for 20 plus years when I installed 85 300zx wheel on my roadster.


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Then I went on to modify a strut bar from an S-13 . I still need to finish weld it but it took about a hour to modify it.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 10:16 pm 
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Well I had 1/2 a day off today and I thought I would go shopping for car parts. I'm in need of 12mm x 1.5 x50mm for my front caliper adaptors after going to no less than 10 places and having to wait for a minimum metric order I gave up. I guess they will get here when they get here! I ordered a set of front brake pads and all the hardware to do the soft lines. $ 162.00 later for the hardware and almost the same for the pads, but I will have projects to do this weekend.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 10:35 pm 
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After being sick for 3 day, I headed out to the garage. I was on the hook to buy a RB25det locally for a good price, but the seller wasn't getting back to me I decided to get my tires instead. I decided to go with a Toyo T1-R 225/50/16 24.7" dia for the front and 245/45/16 24.6" dia for the rear. So I check into some prices and stopped by Les Schwab the manager suggested that I do a test fit with some used tires he had in the back. (What a great guy and you could never get that over the internet) So here are some pic's of the tires at about ride height. The rears are one size larger than I wanted 245/50/16 instead of a 245/45/16.


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The front has about -2 degrees of camber in the front now and -3 degrees in the rear. By bringing them more to 0 for street use it will fill the rear flare perfect and will put me on the hunt for a plastic front flare.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 10:38 pm 
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Here are the brake fittings I got for $ 168 it just dosen't look like $ 168


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Thank you for not doing the streched tires look haha

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2011 6:46 pm 
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Sorry to the rest but I hate the stretch look, :)

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2011 11:18 pm 
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Looks good! I also like the Datsun Dealership sign.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2011 11:36 pm 
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That sign was 6' taller and 2' wider before I cut it down. It was my prize, for picking up 5 other Datsun signs for a buddy of mine at night in the rain and two trips. I'm glad u like it I do.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 5:53 pm 
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Just picked up my new tires and was motivated to install them and set ride height. I almost wish I had a taller tire in the rear what do guys think.


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