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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2011 7:39 pm 

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kev wrote:
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I am also unacquainted with this concept. What is this "driving" you speak of? :lol:

Looks fantastic, as always. Eagerly awaiting pics/vids of the aforementioned skids 8)

^^^^^
ths is funny to me for some reason, carry on.
by the way kev have those parts been installed yet?
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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 1:19 am 
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dchil15 wrote:
by the way kev have those parts been installed yet?

Not yet :) Been sidetracked with another project...normal transmission will recommence shortly :D

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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
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less over rated volkswagon updating and more skyline skids Kev.

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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2011 11:14 pm 
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Kev,
Stop playing with your German Pork and get back to fondling the Japanese Box.

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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 1:18 am 
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ToolZ,
Grim imagery, good point !

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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 3:17 am 
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Hmm...I did do a recent post, but it looks like it was sucked into the same vortex that engulfed a day of forum posts when we upgraded servers. Anyway, here goes take 2:

Just so that nobody gets the idea that I may have forgotten about this car :) I thought I'd fit some of the latest swag from http://www.rubber-soul.net
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First items are new greasecaps from the front hubs, since the ones on the car are a little manky looking and dented. I guess my attempt at google-translate failed, and I didn't realise that they were sold by the pair :)
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Shiny new caps look great on cars I've seen with gunmetal watanabes, but I think it doesn't really work with the gold wheel centres.
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So I'm painting a pair of them in black...might have to give them a few days to cure before I tap them into place with the hammer.
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Second item are these rubber seals
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They replace these ones that seal the front and rear windows together.
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Mine aren't in such bad shape, there's only a bit of a gap along the bottom of the passenger side window, it doesn't seem to let in water, but at speed it does create this annoying whistle. I've tried glueing it in place, but it just keeps popping back out.
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New ones are fairly easy to fit, you just lube them with a little liquid soap, and then slide them up into place from the bottom.
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The new seals are nice and plump...
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...with no more gaps.
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Also took the opportunity to get some reproduction stickers
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The other items I'm going to leave for another day, but these are adjuster/clamps for the front steering arms.
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The ones on the car have been painted over a few times, so it will be nice to have shiny ones in place with new fasteners.
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The other thing that has never worked on the car, is the heater, which is bypassed. Judging by the green fuzzy corrosion, I figured either the heater matrix or the mixer tap thingo gave up the ghost while the car was in Japan.
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So we have new hoses and the mixer tap thingy.
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I'm always surprised at how much stuff is available for the Hako in Japan...with the exception of the stickers, all the parts above came out of Nissan parts boxes.

The last item are some really nice parts that just came in from Beta Motosport in the States. They're billet axles which allow me to fit a Subaru LSD to the Hako.
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An R180 Subaru STi LSD just bolts up under the back end of the Hako, with no modifications. The problem is, the Nissan driveshafts aren't compatible with the Scooby diff insides. So the Beta Motorsport axles are Subaru on the inside, and Nissan on the outside. All billet and I've waited since last November for these to be made :) The diff by the way, is a STi 4.4:1 2-way plate LSD.
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I'll get the diff rebuilt with fresh bearings and seals, and then we can have a go at installing it.

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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 3:25 am 
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Deja deja vue :?
Bet the paint on those dust covers is dry by now....


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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 3:40 am 
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Shiny new caps look great on cars I've seen with gunmetal watanabes

nudge nudge, wink wink :wink: :)

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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 3:52 am 
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GT-R380 wrote:
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Shiny new caps look great on cars I've seen with gunmetal watanabes

nudge nudge, wink wink :wink: :)

I'll pop them in the envelope along with the window seals, shall I? :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 3:53 am 
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DmK66 wrote:
Deja deja vue :?
Bet the paint on those dust covers is dry by now....

Actually, they were caught in the time/space continuum that ate all the forum posts, so they are locked in a permanent timeloop where the paint remains wet forever.

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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 4:00 am 
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If you wipe the paint off 'em and paint your rims graphite that might seal the vortex....


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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 4:13 am 
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Yay! action!

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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 8:53 am 
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Ever since I got the Hako, the in-car entertainment has been provided by a single-CD Sony head unit, which dates to probably the early 90s and came with the car. Speakers were vintage Pioneer pod speakers, and when I replaced the worn-out drivers with new MTX ones, the whole thing actually sounded pretty good. So I was happy with it and saw no need to change.

But then recently a good friend was doing a cleanout of his shed, and found one of these:
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It's a Becker Europa II radio, which would have been oem-fitment in Benzes, Beemers and Porsches in the early 70s. So it's period-perfect for the 1971 Hako.
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It's in absolutely superb condition and is utterly gorgeous to look at and hold. But the eagle-eyed among you will have spied a little 3.5mm mini jack poking meekly out of the front plate, which couldn't possibly be original.
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Well it isn't standard for 1973. Rather surprisingly, Becker Autosound in the USA offer a service where they retrofit these vintage Becker head units with an aux jack that you can hook up to an iPod. And my new/old Europa II was one such modified unit, so I couldn't wait to install it to see how it works.

So out comes the centre console, and the old deck, as I tidied up the wiring in readiness for the Becker.
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And out comes the old Sony, which to be honest worked much better than I expected it to.
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The wiring for the Becker is really simple. The long wire is the +ve, the short wire attached to that bolt is earth, and you can see the speaker wires coming off those plugs to the right of the shot. Modern decks also have an always-on power source, so that things like saved radio presets and bass/treble settings aren't lost when you turn off the car. But with the Becker, treble/bass and radio presets are held by the mechanical position of the controls, so a keep-alive-memory power source isn't needed. Hako also doesn't have an aerial, so that's one less thing to hook up too. Seet that white plastic cap on the right side of the unit? That covers a 7-pin plug to accept an external cassette player! I guess in 1973 that was the equivalent of adding a CD stacker :D
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The Sony deck was installed in Japan by jamming it into this oddments pocket that bolts to the bottom of the centre console. This looked like it would work for the Becker too.
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So after making a bracket...
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The Becker bolted to the DIN-pocket just fine.
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And the chrome front fascia is a perfect fit for the centre console.
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And into the car it goes!
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At this point, you think that it doesn't really matter if the 40yr old deck works or not, it just looks awesome :)
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And I have to admit that my sonic expectations of this ancient deck were pretty low...I figured that as long as I could make out the song, and as long as it wasn't *completely* drowned out by the Webers, then it was all good :D But you know...it's actually pretty good! You can crank up the volume to a pretty reasonable level before it starts to go all crackly, and while it isn't the last word in clear staging, I wouldn't say that it's a million miles behind the old Sony unit.

When you plug in the iPod, it swaps from radio to the aux input automatically, and then you select songs via the face of the iPhone conventionally. Very chuffed with this :D ...and I have to say that it does seem really bizarre that the iPhone just plugs into this vintage thing...kinda like picking up an 18th century musket and then discovering that it's equipped with a laser sight :)

There is only one problem though...and that is that the Hako already has a vintage radio at the top of the dash, which is the oem-fitment Hitachi.
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Now it isn't DIN-sized like the Becker, so the Europa II is actually too tall to fit into the Hitachi's slot. But I reckon that the Becker wouldn't look right if it was at the top of the dash, and the spot where the Hitachi is would be better used for some gauges or even an oddments pocket. I'll sort that out down the track...

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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 9:35 am 
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I love vintage stereo equipment! Unfortunately I don't know as much as I should on the subject. Seeing period-correct car audio installed is always a treat, and that aux input is simply awesome!

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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 9:36 am 

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Tip for you:

http://www.antiqueautomobileradio.com/

Check out the Stereo Conversions...I have no personal experience of them yet since my Datsun-unit still sits on the work bench in the garage but when the turn comes to redoing the interior I'll definitly consider it.

EDIT:

Seems you should contact

Classic Radiomobile Company
102 Clareville Ave.
Sandringham, Sydney, N.S.W. 2219
AUSTRALIA
(02) 9583 2056
radiomob@bigpond.net.au


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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 3:07 pm 
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And here's a vid of it in action: http://www.vimeo.com/27867965

:)

I guess it makes sense that the older radios which don't have circuitboards would be easier to modify like this.

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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 7:44 am 
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That is pretty cool Kev! Looks good in the Hako. Definite thumbs up for that sexy undercover modified period radio! :tu:

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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2011 5:31 am 
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i must have missed something in your build, did you end up ditching the Kameari setup in the end?

let me know if you can because i was looking to buy one in a few weeks LOL


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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2011 7:28 pm 
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You mean the Kameari Racing Distributor kit, in the middle of this page?
http://www.kameariengineworks.co.jp/cat ... 2.6.26.pdf

Yeah, I still got it :) My engine builder wanted to go with a modified 280ZX dizzy instead. You want it? :D

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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 5:22 am 
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FYI I think I got mine at roughly the same time Kev got his (Kameari distributor I mean, not Hako) and I've been pretty happy with it. Not sure it's worth the mighty price tag but the fact that it's new (instead of 40yrs old) and pretty bullet proof gives me piece of mind. If you can get it lightly used from Kev you'll probably be quite pleased.

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