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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2013 9:03 pm 

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Flow aside, to hit numbers like that the cam must have lobes the size of my arm (i would say worse than the cam originally in your car).

I don't remember where (it may have been in the article) but the engineers said it was literally impossible to drive at low speed. There's a video of one called "office 240z something" on the tube with him trying to pull out of a driveway.
Doesn't sound like too much fun but wide open it's a rocket.


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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 1:33 am 
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Y'know, sometimes life overtakes you a little, and the next thing you know...you haven't driven your pride and joy for eight months! :)

That's the situation that I found myself faced with...after World Time Attack last September, I drove the car back into the garage, set it up on ramps, and went back into the house to have some dinner...with every intention to come back down and do some spannering after din-dins. Anyway, I never did come back down to the garage after dinner :lol: and eight months later, I'm dropping the car off the ramps again :)

One thing that I always seem to hear, is that modern fuels have gone all environmentally-friendly, and as a result they don't hold up well to long term storage anymore. Over time, it's meant to turn into this brown goop that gums everything up. So as a first step, I renew the pre pump fuel filter (who knows what's going to come out of the tank)...
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Then I unplug the fuel line in the engine bay, and run the fuel pump for a while. And what comes out...looks clean and clear to me.
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Just in case...I install a new pre-carb fuel filter.
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The tank's probably got 15 litres of the old stuff in it, so I top it off with a fresh slug of BP's finest.
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Then crank the engine over a few times with the ignition unplugged to get the oil circulating...and...turn the key!
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After a nice long drive to get everything up to temperature, dump the old oil out, which looked really black and nasty.
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I have to say, that I find it easy to forget what a great car this is. My other car's an air cooled 911, and everything that ppl say about those things is true: they really are the everyday sports car, and after a while it's like that comfy pair of jeans that you end up wearing everywhere. But the Hako's character is so different. It's a lot simpler, and I suppose, more "honest" in its personality...but in its power and its sound...just wow.

Even after 6yrs of ownership I still get a shock and a buzz out of it. This never gets old.
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The only casualty of the car's hibernation seems to be that one of the rubber elements of the door latch has disintegrated, and the door won't latch closed without it.
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For the time being, I've stolen the one from the passenger door (I just have to remember not to open it, until I get a new one!)
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But thankfully, it looks like 510s have something pretty similar, so I'll give Baz and Tracy a call at Datsport on Monday to get one sent up: http://datsport.com/body-rubber-door-latch.html

Gotta get the car ship-shape for Top gear Festival next weekend :D

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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 10:58 am 

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We use stabil in north america. It drys out any moisture in the gasoline. You add it before you store it. Do you have it in your parts? >> http://www.goldeagle.com/brands/stabil/

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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 5:17 am 
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So wish you could make it to All Japan Day here in SA next Sunday.... Too bad Top Gear Fest is on at the same time

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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 5:49 am 
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We use stabil in north america. It drys out any moisture in the gasoline. You add it before you store it. Do you have it in your parts? >> http://www.goldeagle.com/brands/stabil/

Yeah, we can get Sta-Bil here too (in fact I think it's the main brand of fuel additive for long term storage). But the BP fuel that was in the Hako seemed ok after 8 months tho. I've been told by certain Porsche specialists that BP stands up the best to irregular use.

I gues sthe most elegant solution would just be to drive it more often :D

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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 3:31 pm 

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kev wrote:
G wrote:
I guess the most elegant solution would just be to drive it more often :D


Ohh, what a shame that would be :D

I expect to see you going for cruises up to Palm Beach past my house, so I can hear that glorious L series motor along


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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 5:31 pm 
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"I guess the most elegant solution would just be to drive it more often :D"

I could um....do that for you if you want.
For a small fee of course :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 5:42 pm 
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31GUN wrote:
"I guess the most elegant solution would just be to drive it more often :D"

I could um....do that for you if you want.
For a small fee of course :mrgreen:

I thought you said that you were terrified of the brakes.

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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 12:09 am 
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Pah! brakes only slow you down.

I'll drive somewhere where you don't need brakes :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2013 7:54 pm 
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Many thanks to Motor Magazine (Australia's best performance car mag!) for inviting the Hako to be part of the festivities at the Top Gear Festival in Sydney last weekend.
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So without further ado, the Hako has to get prettied up for the occasion, so late on Friday night, she gets a bath and a well-deserved coat of polish.
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Which didn't leave much opportunity for sleep, before the 5am wakeup call to get down to Sydney Motorsports Park for the bump-in. The TG organisers were quite strict about it, and all the vehicles in the show had to be inside prior to 7am. What you can't see, are the dozens and dozens of cars lined up behind, and the small army of ppl marshalling the ensuing chaos into some semblance of order.
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It just so happened that I got there a bit earlier than the Motor guys, so it was a great opportunity to park up and watch everything go together.
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Some Unreasonably Priced Cars.
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Hako would be on display at the Motor Magazine stand, which was in the "Supercar" part of of the grounds.
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So our immediate neighbours are "Stig's Supercars", and I have to say that our white suited friend must obviously do quite well for himself :) Apart from the F40, there were also representatives from Koenigsegegegegegg, Pagani, Lambo, and McLaren.
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Hulking next to the F40, is this scratchbuilt creation, which is a mockup at this stage, but is planned to have 1000hp V16 power one day (from two LS1 Chevs mated together and presumbaly turbocharged).
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And this would be home for the rest of the weekend!
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The Hako has been to plenty of shows, but nothing as big as the TG Festival, which I think, had 50,000 visitors through the gates during the weekend. As a result, I didn't actually manage to get out and about to check out the show that much, but it's always a real privilege to talk to all the nice people who wanted to come and chat about the Hako. It really still blows me away, that so many people know so much about this car that was never sold outside of Japan, and want to see and touch it.
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Sharing space with the Hako at the Motor Mag stand, were two Velosters kindly supplied by Hyundai, the one on the right being their drooltastic tarmac rally car.
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And our other neighbours were Deus Ex Machina, the super-cool Sydney custom bike abd lifestyle shop.
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Deus certainly put their best foot forward, with a huge collection of pretty bikes, some muscle racers, and their ultra-cool vintage mobile home.
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Elsewhere in the grounds was a huge area set aside for car club displays.
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The Sydney muscle car scene is very strong, and they always turn up in big numbers.
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But overall, the TG Festival is based around a schedule of track events, like Radical, GT, and Muscle Car racing. Interspersed during the day, were demonstrations by the drift guys....um, they're in there...somewhere.
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So the pits (which you were free to roam) was chock full of eye candy.
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ex-Alan Jones' William F1 car. Would you believe that the Hako was stored overnight next to this thing? The other occupants of the 4 car lockup was the Red Bull F1 car, and the Lexus LF-A.
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Speaking of Red Bull, local hero Mark Webber was on hand to go out and try to set the lap record, which naturally...it did quite handsomely.
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There were also plenty of top-level drag cars on hand, to do burnouts and wheelies down the main straight.
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Some of the other sideshows included various stunt displays on the skidpan
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A driving test where you could (very slowly) have a go at the latest Volvo
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A Land Rover thing where you could go for rides on a pretty hairy looking offroad course..
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Plus lots of cool little things, like RC car racing challenges (there was a tarmac one, too) with a leaderboard that provided lots of competition during the day.
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It was basically, like being trapped inside an episode of TG! There was heaps of other stuff that I didn't go to see, like a F1 vs touring car vs superbike race, a touring car vs acrobatic plane race, plus the usual whacky TG stuff, like Clarkson and May playing car-soccer in modified Reliant Robins, tanks crushing caravans, you know the score :D

All in all a great weekend, and everybody else obviously thought so too, since it seemed that 50% of Sydney's population was there :D

Oh...remember those rubber spacers on my door latches which busted? Tracy from Datsport was kind enough to express post a pair of new 510 ones to me, which were pretty close, but slightly smaller than the Hako ones.
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They do fit though, with a little stretching....I don't think this is a long term solution, but it works for now. I guess that's as good a reason as any, to order some more parts from Japan :D
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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 12:16 am 

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It was great to see the car and have a chat. Top day as well.

My dad was talking to one of his rally mates at the rally experience, and said that I "had taken an interest in some weird Cedric hardtop with a wing". :tu:


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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 1:09 am 
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It was great to see the car and have a chat. Top day as well.

My dad was talking to one of his rally mates at the rally experience, and said that I "had taken an interest in some weird Cedric hardtop with a wing". :tu:


The truth hurts :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 3:25 pm 
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Eager eBay watchers might have noticed this reasonably-priced car come up for sale recently:

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/1972-Nissan- ... 19d9cc9bc1

You might recognise it as the red coupe that was for sale at the Edward Lee dealership in Sydney, which was sold a few months ago, and its enthusiastic owner has confirmed that this eBay ad is a scam. Hope nobody's being taken in by this, but the current real owner has already notified eBay that it's fake.

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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 12:59 am 

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kev wrote:
Oh...remember those rubber spacers on my door latches which busted? Tracy from Datsport was kind enough to express post a pair of new 510 ones to me, which were pretty close, but slightly smaller than the Hako ones.
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They do fit though, with a little stretching....I don't think this is a long term solution, but it works for now. I guess that's as good a reason as any, to order some more parts from Japan :D
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Looks a litte stretched, I bought new ones from Japan some time ago and they were almost too loose...but fit nicely anyway!


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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:42 am 
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These are the ones that are the right size for the KGC10 / KGC10, Kev:

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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 4:47 pm 
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Thanks Alan!

I'm putting in an order with Victory50, so I'm pretty sure they'll be the right ones, since Uchida-san cares not for things which aren't C10 :D

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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 12:59 pm 

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kev wrote:
Eager eBay watchers might have noticed this reasonably-priced car come up for sale recently:

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/1972-Nissan- ... 19d9cc9bc1

You might recognise it as the red coupe that was for sale at the Edward Lee dealership in Sydney, which was sold a few months ago, and its enthusiastic owner has confirmed that this eBay ad is a scam. Hope nobody's being taken in by this, but the current real owner has already notified eBay that it's fake.

The ad says it was sold for $23,500 on the 12th of march. Somebody was suckered in by the chance of having a car like you and all the other hako owners.

Poor sap.

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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 5:22 pm 
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dchil15 wrote:
kev wrote:
Eager eBay watchers might have noticed this reasonably-priced car come up for sale recently:

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/1972-Nissan- ... 19d9cc9bc1

You might recognise it as the red coupe that was for sale at the Edward Lee dealership in Sydney, which was sold a few months ago, and its enthusiastic owner has confirmed that this eBay ad is a scam. Hope nobody's being taken in by this, but the current real owner has already notified eBay that it's fake.

The ad says it was sold for $23,500 on the 12th of march. Somebody was suckered in by the chance of having a car like you and all the other hako owners.

Poor sap.

Someone smart enough to buy a $23,500 car from a guy on ebay for 2 days and no feedback at all... :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 5:51 pm 
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dchil15 wrote:
The ad says it was sold for $23,500 on the 12th of march. Somebody was suckered in by the chance of having a car like you and all the other hako owners.

Poor sap.

Hopefully the listing's ended because eBay's quietly closed it.

But seriously...who pays for a car before they even see it in person, anyway?

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 Post subject: Re: JNC Project Hakosuka Build Thread
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kev wrote:
dchil15 wrote:
The ad says it was sold for $23,500 on the 12th of march. Somebody was suckered in by the chance of having a car like you and all the other hako owners.

Poor sap.

Hopefully the listing's ended because eBay's quietly closed it.

But seriously...who pays for a car before they even see it in person, anyway?


Lots of people, I'm sure...Probably most ebay car sales. But more photos and information on the sale seem like an obvious necessity. And some emails, etc. a couple photos and one sentence doesn't sound like someone who wants to sell a car. And i wouldn't pay a zero feedback seller that much money, either!

Interesting though, anyone could check the vin, make a few calls. Guess they were really hoping for an impulse buyer, someone who pays first and asks questions later...maybe the same audience spam email is targeted to.


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