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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 1:01 am 
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Phoarr,
anymore waiting and Ill have forgotten about this thing.


As mentioned, the chrome bumper has been axed in favour of a glass unit from japan. chopped for cheaper postage reasons. Still has bolts and seams molded into the glass version. Odd. They will be smoothed over.

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Hard to see, but I borrowed Glenn MArtins front spare gaurds and copied the rearward support for the glass gaurds on mine, as they lacked sufficient support close to the door. Feels solid on the car now. The front wupport looks way out, but a little shaping and urethane will sort it.

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I picked up a pair of racetech wide's in glass with Ally mounts from Mr Black in Chch, who has helped with a great price. Seats were fresh off the press and sent that day. They fit me well, but not the car well. We will remove all the exisiting seat mounts in the S30 chassis, and look to make a section of floor lower than the rest, so my head&helmet has clearance to the roof. Ill detail this next time. The steering wheel is close enough to me, probably not requiring movement rearward, or replacement with a dished wheel.
A sliding rail will sit below the alloy side mounts to give some fore/aft adjustment.

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The front gaurds had no face to bolt the headlight buckets to, so a steel equivalent was made and joined to the gaurds, bogged over. This will allow me to run the stock lights, buckets, chrome rings for the factory look.

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The gaurds are on and shaping work started. They need more work around the lower edges, but generally there.
What an effort tho, chopping up the steel units would have been easier. Need to move that front bumper edge away from the flare, its too close.

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Inspection flaps cut back in. We had placed an oil filter and washer bottle accessible under them, so thought Id better get the flaps back in. Cut/place.
A new catch has been made - area in red in pic.

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New old stock chrome S30 mirrors from Japan.

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To avoid the bonnet pin crap look, aerocatch install planned. Since the bonnet has its structural rim on the underside that covers over where I was planning to put them, another catch will be made, similar to the inspection flaps closing mount. Thye are lockable, fit almost flush, and seem to look OK on other customs Ive looked at.

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The front requires some 'air giudance equipment'. i.e. make sure we get sufficient airflow across the desired areas, its a pity the bonnet swings back into it all when opened....
The front inner part of the nose has been strengthened up, as it wasnt able to support itself in the right shape. The numberplate mounts will go.

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this is my favorite car being built and shown with updates on all of the internet.

you make me proud to be living in the same country as you

i love how everything is done perfectly/not bodged.


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cant wait to see this thing finished..is def gonna be awesome...what color are you gonna paint the car?


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mucho gracias amigos

colour who knows, not long to decide!
been looking at some massive panasport racing wheels tho.....

cant wait to rip it up

finish before xmas

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hmm i like the massive panasport idea they look sick on z s and skylines....


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A mate came round and showed me what he's been doing in his spare time, over a beer and grub.

Its the intake pipe ( air filter to turbo intake) I wansnt 100% with, Im looking for the japan style many welds look It would do very little to airflow vs pressure drop over the original 'digital' version, 45 degree angle styles.
Looks smooth, and is a mock up. Test fit it today and works ok. We might swing the air filter horizontal, rather than up/down, being the only change.



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He brought that and beer?! Good mate you have there. :tu:

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He brought that and beer?! Good mate you have there. :tu:



NO way!
I paid for a couple of the beers......
a good mate for sure,
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...I remember being relieved when first I read "no dodgy body kits". I'm divided on the G nose, always, it only sometimes looks good to me (and definitely needs flares to do this). But the nose, at least, precludes a few other oft used awful front valence options :lol:

Car looks awesome, I might need another Z...


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Let it be known that the reason that I went with the G-nose is that the misses reckons 'it looks classy' (compared to original front with spoiler).

I agree, the g-nose looks like a frogs face, its long and the overhang over the front wheels can look too much. With chrome headlight rings/covers and mirrors I'm hoping it balances out a little.


Ultimately I want someone who knows NOTHING about cars to look at it and say, 'beautiful car'. It'll happen more often with the G-nose, after some quick (mostly female) market research.

No dodgy body kits eh, nothing stays the same eh!





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Bonnet is on and some cutting and repositioning of the frame has been done. It needs more work to straighten up the shut lines.
Catches are next. G-nose hinges were part of the G-nose deal from Kapiti Mike. Hinges are single pivot, not double like the standard ones.

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Areas to further tidy up;
Gaps;

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Some fat to trim, under front guard;

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Arches looking the part, kiwi style

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some more stuff to chop out, all the tabs gone please.
Don't want a dirty numberplate hanging in the middle of my precious airflow.
Where will you go? Hmm...

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Right side front arch to complete

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Time to get more help to fast forward to/through the next stage.
- Rip out everything inside, dash,heater etc. Prepare for sandblasting the inside of the car smooth.
- Rip out all drive train and review engine bay. Require some re-work, old harness clips removed, holes filled etc.
- Cleanup of old colour paint around front wheel wells, some of it is flaking off after applying paint to tar under seal too soon.

Better dust of the overalls

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awesome as always

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Ultimately I want someone who knows NOTHING about cars to look at it and say, 'beautiful car'.


i was talking about this with my girlfriend the otherday when disscussing the pros and cons of lowering my corona without making it look like everyone elses dodgey e7 corolla that christchurch is full of

point being i know what ya mean.


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Too details!
Thumbs up!

can wait to see her on the road!!!


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looking super nice man! I've browsed through your thread on hybridz, I'm glad you went through with the Gnose


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Amazing build mate just simply awesome and its great to see another build sort of similar to mine with a old Nissan and a new Nissan motor I like it. And I cant wait to see it on the road. Not sure who told you about the 100mm hight rule? because the rule actuly is any chassis/fixed component has to be 100mm or over before a cert is needed(this does not include exhaust/body kits etc) and you can go down to around 40mm or so with cert


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Amazing build mate just simply awesome and its great to see another build sort of similar to mine with a old Nissan and a new Nissan motor I like it. And I cant wait to see it on the road. Not sure who told you about the 100mm hight rule? because the rule actuly is any chassis/fixed component has to be 100mm or over before a cert is needed(this does not include exhaust/body kits etc) and you can go down to around 40mm or so with cert


thanks for the info buddy, no doubt Ill be back thru my birthplace Big Palmy one day in the future

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bullet proofing the headlight to gaurd area

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bonnet shut lines looking better
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attach gaurd to inner support, more bullet proofing. Imagine this dodgy body kit peeling off on the motorway....
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Bonnet looking smooth to the rest now
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to fix the gaps at the end of the flares, we had to break a few eggs to bake the cake
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Bonnet catches in
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welting in for the front gaurd, looks kinda overkill, might look at some smaller profile stuff
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rear bumper in one peice and shaved of its lumps and bumps
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the panelbeater has finished the body now, the seat mounting is left, and a quick beating of frame rails under the floors and we are painting.

I will probably pull the engine out soon and get the engine bay tidied, since its had a lot of work done around there.

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:shock: I still can not beleave how much work, effort and time thats gone into this car! I will defanatly be keen to take a closer look if you ever do end up back in good old Palmy. :tu:


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