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 Post subject: Re: Like giving birth. My 9 month Hako search is finally ove
PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 12:21 pm 

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Beautiful header!

Do you have any pictures of what the factory A/C looks like? I've always been curious.

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 Post subject: Re: Like giving birth. My 9 month Hako search is finally ove
PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 8:12 pm 
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the brake booster looks like its out of a kenmeri

common upgrade
i just did this to my hako

the MC is probably the larger 7/8" bore i assume as well?
good for you! definitely needed if you're running Z32 calipers.
next time you're down there maybe you can confirm they are the 26mm wide AL version from the N/A Z32
Not the larger 30mm wide from the T/T

You still have drums in the back?


What's on your firewall in the opening pic of the engine?
Two round cylinders side by side... Kinda looks like stop horns from that angle? not sure...



That header is pretty damn sexy I must agree!!

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 Post subject: Re: Like giving birth. My 9 month Hako search is finally ove
PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2013 12:31 pm 

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Priceton, you really got a NICE hako on your hands here! :tu:

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 Post subject: Re: Like giving birth. My 9 month Hako search is finally ove
PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2013 2:54 pm 

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That header is WOW! Your car is beautiful!!


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 Post subject: Re: Like giving birth. My 9 month Hako search is finally ove
PostPosted: Sat Jun 22, 2013 8:58 pm 

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Thanks everyone. :tu:

amorphiss wrote:
Do you have any pictures of what the factory A/C looks like? I've always been curious.


Unfortunately I haven't really taken any of the interior yet. It looks like the A/C system installed in Ri1eyCoyote's car. I always assumed that was factory or a factory installed option but I may be wrong.

ericbauer wrote:
the MC is probably the larger 7/8" bore i assume as well?
next time you're down there maybe you can confirm they are the 26mm wide AL version from the N/A Z32
Not the larger 30mm wide from the T/T

You still have drums in the back?

What's on your firewall in the opening pic of the engine?
Two round cylinders side by side... Kinda looks like stop horns from that angle? not sure...


Not sure on the MC.
I'll definitely check the brake rotor thickness next time I'm poking around there.
Still drums out back. :(
You guessed correctly on the horns mounted to the firewall.


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 Post subject: Re: Like giving birth. My 9 month Hako search is finally ove
PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 8:19 am 
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How's life with the Hako?

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 Post subject: Re: Like giving birth. My 9 month Hako search is finally ove
PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 3:08 am 

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Location: Fujisawa, Japan
Sorry for the lack of updates everyone. I've been a bit preoccupied with other crazy events as you'll see in a bit.

ericbauer wrote:
How's life with the Hako?


Its been pretty good. Only bad thing is the A/C is out. Need to get that fixed ASAP because driving around without it in the humid Japanese summer is taking its toll. Also, the water temp gauge is way out of whack. It has been reading 20-30C too high. Scared me pretty good a few times.

All in all I found a real driver that only needed a light carb cleaning and tuneup to enjoy. :mrgreen:


Here are some small updates. I need to get around to posting my actual photos but I suppose some instagram action will do for now.

I installed a 09 Racing dry carbon wide mirror and a full carbon steering wheel shortly after aquiring the car.
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The crummy "Indy 500" horn button on the previous wheel wasn't cutting it so I made my own version. I thought it was fitting given the history behind the vehicle and...my name.
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I'm pretty happy with the result. My backordered Works Bell Rapfix also decided to arrive.
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The original engine bay was pretty decent but the aluminum was all pretty oxidized so I have been polishing and refinishing pieces whenever possible. I've started to polish the carb bodies but they still need a lot of work. The valve cover and air horns are now in an acceptable state though. Next up is some replacement hose to lose the lime green snake that kills my eyes every time I pop the hood.
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My A/C decided to go so I have started acquiring parts to upgrade the cooling system. For some reason it is really hard to source any of the major brand electric fans here in Japan (at least without paying a 200% markup)
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A friend was in town for the Idlers 12 Hour Endurance Race with Rauh-Welt so I took him on a little tour of some shops.

Nismo Omori Factory
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Tokyo bayside Super Autobacs
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RAC, a local racing supply shop for some last minute FIA approved shoes.
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Star Road to inquire about A/C options.
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RWB in Chiba for the race.
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If any of you are interested in the race itself here is my coverage. It was pretty crazy driving these super wide Porsches
through the Japanese side streets then racing them for 12 hours straight. This is part of what has been distracting me from keeping up with the Hako coverage. :oops:
Driving to Motegi http://vicariousgear.com/2013/08/01/the-drive-to-motegi-rwb/
The race itself http://vicariousgear.com/2013/08/02/idlers-12-hour-race-2013/


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 Post subject: Re: My 9 month Hako search is finally over!
PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 1:27 pm 
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nice stuff!
That rad looks just like the one i bought off ebay a while back.


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 Post subject: Re: My 9 month Hako search is finally over!
PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 6:05 pm 

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overload of awesome updates :shock: :shock: that steering wheel is insanely badass too!


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 Post subject: Re: My 9 month Hako search is finally over!
PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 6:32 am 

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Reposting a bit from my blog. I'll put the main gist of whats going on here but the gory details of removal and such can be found there.

When I picked up the Skyline a few months ago, it came with a semi hacked up control panel in the dash. The previous owner installed an aftermarket stereo in the storage bin and decided that the original radio would make way for a plexiglass panel and bracket to mount his navi and cell phone to. This particular mod made a big mess of the area with gorilla glue slathered around and holes drilled everywhere.

After searching on Yahoo Japan for a while, I found a pair of panels and an original radio. I couldn't resist cleaning up the area and getting rid of the gaping hole left by the radio removal.

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New center control panel with radio and all the wood grain panels intact.

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Gundam marker to the rescue! I decided to paint the HVAC markings too since the black on black is a bit impossible to see at night.

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Time for the drilled and crusty radio panel to come out.

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The silver Gundam marker was put to work again on the cooler controls.

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Humpty dumpty back together again and looking much more complete.


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 Post subject: Re: My 9 month Hako search is finally over!
PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 6:42 am 

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Location: Fujisawa, Japan
I made it out to Slammed Society this past weekend at Fuji Speedway. Cruised along with a friend's Daihatsu Mira and took some touristy pics at the track.

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Meeting at Ebina Parking area.

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The must take tourist spec shot at the Fuji Speedway Entrance.

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A car more worthy of the Hako nickname!

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Star Road brought their Hakosuka out to show off their new Glow Star wheels.

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Hako window trim and rear flare barely make an appearance in this pic as nearly $10 million worth of Ferraris drive by.


I'll just leave this here... 8)
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No rubber or asphalt was harmed in the making of this image.


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 Post subject: Re: My 9 month Hako search is finally over!
PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 6:47 am 

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Repost during server crash


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 Post subject: Re: My 9 month Hako search is finally over!
PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 6:15 am 

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The Hako came with the factory optioned A/C installed but that quickly proved itself worthless. Driving through the scorching summer heat also made the car run a bit hot anytime the speeds exceeded 60mph. With plans to get the air conditioning up and running again, the overheating would only become worse, so swapping of cooling system parts begun.

Starting with a cheap thermostat replacement, the project eventually led to a complete overhaul.


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First up was a 71℃ thermostat since that was the cheapest and most simple thing to replace. Unfortunately that didn't solve the issue.

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New plastic fan and fan clutch to replace the original metal fan. It took a while to find the correct piece in Japan for a normal price. This made the car run a bit better but not quite as well as I wanted.

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I purchased an aluminum radiator to replace the original copper item. The fan shroud tabs were in the wrong orientation so I had to do some fabrication.

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After marking the cuts and breaking out the jigsaw and hand file, I was able to bend the mounting tabs to accept a normal fan shroud.

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The original fan shroud is in a rough state so I will make an aluminum sheetmetal replacement at a later date.

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While the radiator was off, it was a good time to change out the water pump and pulley since I didn't know the history of the one already in there.

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All the bits and pieces installed plus new silicone radiator hoses. She seems to be running well without the fan shroud for now.

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The old Aisin water pump turned out to be fine. So, I'll clean up the mounting surface and keep it as a spare for cross country trips.

The car has been running at the perfect temperature ever since. I only wish I got everything together faster so I could have registered for the track event at the Skyline Festival this past weekend.

She will definitely be ready for the A/C repair once summer rolls around again. :tu:


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 Post subject: Re: My 9 month Hako search is finally over!
PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 3:13 pm 
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I said it on FB already but I really think this is an awesome Hako. It's nice to see people take the effort and the time to hunt one down :mrgreen: . You've really found a very nice Skyline and like I said, I love the engine bay!


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 Post subject: Re: My 9 month Hako search is finally over!
PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 7:38 am 

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this is a great hako!

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 Post subject: Re: My 9 month Hako search is finally over!
PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 6:16 am 
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Hey, if you're ever driving through town on the way down the Wangan to Autobacs again, drop me a note and I will join you, and try and keep up! I seem to make the trip regularly to top up on Motul. Nice Hako by the way! See ya. Neko.

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 Post subject: Re: My 9 month Hako search is finally over!
PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 4:14 am 

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Thanks guys. :tu:

Kuro - I will definitely keep that in mind. Would love to see your S800.

Here are some pics from the Skyline Festival at Sodegaura Forest.

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Cruising through the Tokyo Aqua Line tunnel to cross the bay in the Hako.

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R33 catching up to me.

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In the gravel parking lot for the festival. Lots of cool nostalgic machinery to be found there but I happened to pull in at the wrong time so I wasn't parked next to any of them.


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 Post subject: Re: My 9 month Hako search is finally over!
PostPosted: Sun Oct 27, 2013 5:09 am 
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poorb0yw wrote:
I will definitely keep that in mind. Would love to see your S800.

Hey, just had dinner in Sodegaura and am regularly out and about in Kanto. I may be off here for the first Sunday of the month if you're interested: http://48product.blog135.fc2.com/blog-category-5.html. See ya! Neko.

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 Post subject: Re: My 9 month Hako search is finally over!
PostPosted: Sun Oct 27, 2013 6:37 pm 
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Lovin' all the pics!!
The doughnuts in front of Fuji Speedway is simply CLASSIC... 8)

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 Post subject: Re: My 9 month Hako search is finally over!
PostPosted: Fri Nov 15, 2013 7:31 am 

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Kuroneko wrote:
Hey, just had dinner in Sodegaura and am regularly out and about in Kanto. I may be off here for the first Sunday of the month if you're interested: http://48product.blog135.fc2.com/blog-category-5.html. See ya! Neko.


Sorry I missed this, I was down under in Sydney at the time.


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