I love these things
Me too! Certainly having to recalibrate my sports car expectations, but very happy to date. The Tomei shot was a GR21 (21mm lens) on Kodak Ektar, cramming as much in as possible of the small insides of the Coupe. As to why a Coupe, roadsters are a bit more cramped I think. I was thinking of a GT-style (no soft-top, just a hard-top), but Yoshimura curved tops are a lot less common that flat racing-style tops - which I cannot fit into. So, when this gray Coupe popped up, it was done.
It was bought it from a nice gentleman who needed some garage space for his classic motorcycle collection. The car checked out very well, as a moderate restoration was undertaken a number of years ago and much was solid accordingly, including the chassis. There was some rust in the floors, but it was only surface rust, and in removing the sound deadener this weekend was also surprised to see clean, shiny steel under the bitumen sheets too. Before:
The worst rust found to date:
Lightly spotted fresh gray steel under old bitumen covering (with genuine stamped floor rust removing steel brush, and Nissan R32 Skyline inertia rear seat belts):
POR15 pics to follow before seats get reinstalled. I should also make a Dynamat / cotton wadding decision too I suppose. What's the general consensus on Dynamat or similar, as I rather like the thermo properties of it over regular old-style wadding sound deadening?
I also replaced the export-only M-type front indicator lenses, with JDM M-type lenses. A lot more fitting style I think over the chunky US federalized style units. Another job this weekend was an oil & filter change, updating to a modern style filter too, as though OEM S800 filters can be sourced they are four times the price of the modern HAMP (Honda After Market Parts for bike) style. But it will take ten or more filter changes to recoup the new filter system cost, but I assume with modern Motul ZDDP 4-stroke bike oil, the modern filter technology (right) is at least a little more efficient over the older style (left). Plus, they're a lot easier to change.
Fitted smoothly, runs up to temp, no leaks:
I've got some documentation on the car, back to everyone except the first and perhaps second owner, which the UK DVLA will send to me if I lived in the UK it seems, not Japan. It was however just as easy getting the S800 on the road as it was our new CR-V, including the import & shaken. Thanks all for the interest and encouragement. Neko.