Today, October 10, is Sports Day in Japan. The holiday was established after the opening day of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, which took place on this day exactly 58 years ago. Definitions for what constitutes a sports car will vary, but at a minimum it should stem from a performance-oriented design objective and have no more than two doors. Fixed or open roof structures are both admissible. While there is some debate over whether seating should be limited to two, we think 2+2 seating counts as well, as long as the car was designed with a goal toward performance.
What’s your favorite Japanese sports car?
The most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “When is it time to call in the professionals?”
One of the biggest factors that determined when to turn over the job to professionals was availability of tools. Like j_c said, a fully stocked shop would make a knowledgeable mechanic unstoppable. Unfortunately, most of us don’t have that so as speedie, and Mark F Newton-John said, specialized tools and equipment are the limiting factor. Lupus and Fred Langille agreed that it was body work, while Chet Manley made a calculation for time. On the opposite end of the spectrum HE HE held out, saying the right time is never.
The winner this week was robin, who laid out a logical and sage advice for anyone who does go the professional route.
my process is:
– what is my end goal with the vehicle
– what tools do i have in-house to perform certain tasks to my satisfactory level
– what is my budget, this here is extremely difficult as this almost always changes as your build progresses, so have a minimum and a maximum then once you reach your max you should be at a point where the car is enjoyable so you can save up more to finish it.
– prioritize , have a list of important to least important
– When taking your car to a “professional” speak to current and previous clients if possible, with the internet there are many companies that have reviews so check those out before dropping your precious cargo off and do not pay in full ever until you are satisfied. When handing your vehicle over spend about 30mins to an hour with the owner/manager going over everything you need done, put it in writing and let them sign that they agreed to perform things your spoke about. Then pop in every 2 weeks to check progress, but dont be pushy or in their way. phone before coming to arrange a slot for you as respect goes both ways and these small things end up creating a great long standing relationship (dont get too friendly with anyone that does work for you and if its family know the difference between business and being friendly)
-Do a lot of prior research before going to said professional.
– Know your limits and as cool as it is to diy and try things yourself, it could be alot more costly in the end.
My answer is based on the rusted out Hakosuka and also restoring a vehicle, but for small mechanical work… always try to attempt things as there is an abundance of info online (especially on JNC).
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