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Hey guys wanted to share my current ongoing project/ride. First few posts are old ones with all all updates happening for last year. Being a hardcore Nissan fan was in

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Old 08-31-2014, 01:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys wanted to share my current ongoing project/ride. First few posts are old ones with all all updates happening for last year.

Being a hardcore Nissan fan was in search for a skyline for a while Hakosuka to be specific, fell in love with this car since started working on S30, been looking for last 10-11 months or more but finally managed to get hold of a 1972 Skyline 2000GT sedan back in june last year.

Saw it on yahoo auctions in fact was there for past few months, asked a friend there to contact the dealership and check the car. He went down in Kawasaki area and saw/drove the car, it has some bist of visible rust on drivers side doors nothing which cant be taken care of easily. Apart from that it drove fine and body looks good as well.

The details what I saw and heard that time were:

1972 2000GT Sedan Kouki Model
Engine seems to be modified L20 with triple carbs, headers not sure what else is there but sounds and drives fine
AC is there seems to be stock offered by factory
Power steering & Hayashi wheels






Below copying from local forum to update the thread

End of October 2013 skyline reached here got it cleared and straight to the workshop, thought would be able to register it but i guess need some bodywork as some panels have rust spots

Some positive points car body is straight and seems like been modified in the past, painted black from outside inside is original Gun Metal colour, floors, engine bay and trunk area is in good condition, most of the exterior parts are intact and good to reuse, aftermarket fender mirrors, Interior is pretty decent with moonface mats , GTR speedometer, all switches and panels in good condition, 5speed upgraded transmission, engine is the best thing so far havent started as needs new battery, but its upgraded with headers and exhaust along with triple carbs, power steering and AC. Not sure if its stock L20 or been replaced to L24/28/30 need to check that so far so good

Took some mobile cam pics, of the body








Sometime in November Started the body work opening up panels and counting rust panels, rust was there but then I guess not that bad happy with overall condition of the car. Plan is to fix the rust panels then strip the whole car and spray it, while arranging some usual parts from Japan.









Some proper pics taken for the first time












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While the bodywork is in progress so far all four doors are done and hood in working, I got removed the engine and suspension parts for cleaning and polish/paint and see whats needed to be replaced. Its coming along nicely pictures below are from whole December didn't get time to update the thread.

Engine removed and engine bay cleaned up


Major rust spot in the bay


After lots of scrubbing and cleaning came out better in original colour




Removed the parts for paint/polish





Paint we were using, all paints were specially for engine and heat resistant.


Painted all the moutings, cross member, engine parts keeping it close to the stock look





Painted the gearbox as well, it was all cleaned and repaired before painting.



Special wrinkle paint on crank case


Polished and chromed



Nice outcome still not final





Got some new parts as well, pressure plate, small engine parts, brake and clutch cylinder, tire rod ends and sway bar linkages etc, as all needed to be replaced, someone managed to get all these here









Got a radiator as well, there are two one for a friend Left is polished one middle painted and on right is stock. Along with the slim line flex-a-lite fan as removing the stock clutch fan.




Removed door hinges, hood and trunk locks, hood hinges, headlight support plates and loads of misc bolts and nuts sent for Galvanizing


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Thanks for sharing.

Great progress can't wait to see it all done.

I know this is going to rub some purists the wrong way, But had you considered about replacing the motor with an L28?

Seems that would give it a good punch while keeping it looking stock.
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Thanks for sharing.

Great progress can't wait to see it all done.

I know this is going to rub some purists the wrong way, But had you considered about replacing the motor with an L28?

Seems that would give it a good punch while keeping it looking stock.
Still updating the thread, some more progress is there as well.

L20 is very close to L28 its not the L20 4 cyl but 6 inline. Power is slightly less then L28 30hp less but it revs better. Have plans to change to RB25DE running on RB26 head with ITBs

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Stock springs were cut usual thing in cars from Japan and shock inserts were weak so for a temp solution just to get the car running now, trying some coilover conversion. Got Mazda6 front and Suby rear coilovers from junkyard, this is what the guy said, will do some cut and sleeve thing will update later how it goes.




The struts were cut and piece with billet steel made to be welded and have a thread on top, then a sleeve to go on the billet part from lower end and will take the coilover from top, gives height adjustment as well.



Cutting the struts



Welding it (what safety lol)





For top custom plate with same holes as stock upper mount from outside but inside same as stock coils so was replaced.




So final outcome from this before


to THIS





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Update from March

Carbs needed refinishing, so got those done





Got the basic kits from Weber UK with 175 needle



Cleaning up rest of the parts




Painting the covers just to show difference



Refinished ones, looks way better in person





Two of the headlights were a bit damaged as well so tried to find some original alternatives locally, found 1994 Toyota Coaster (small bus) headlights matching the originals 100% only difference was 12v vs 24v, was easy fix with some 12v bulbs






Tie rod ends are fixed as well came out similar size to hako, as didnt want to source from Japan so got something locally



The end bushes were replaced filled with grease as well

Before


Now





As finishing the front suspension so got some brake pads which will fit Hako as well





As said earlier sent all bolts, locks of hood, trunk, hood hinges, headlight rear trims, fuel line and some other misc for galvanizing to get it cleaned up and rust free came out good not great but will serve the purpose.





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April Update:

Engine all bolted up, looking great, maybe might paint the cam cover again if didnt go with the engine bay paint.










Small clip after starting and checking the engine.



Front suspension parts all bolted up as well waiting for the bodywork guy now to start his work




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There was always a plan to delete the surfline very few go for that in sedan, but mines were rusted and wanted bigger wheels



Cut and installed temp wheels (Atara Racing 15x9 -13)



Took the car for paint job and pending bodywork to Performance Garage

This was done in first one hour impressive all paint stripped





Cleaned up engine bay remove all clips and battery holder (relocate to trunk)




Few days passed by, initial primer





Been shopping for a while, all emblems, all rubbers for doors, glasses lights etc and other misc stuff from Japan










Managed to cut the fender flares for coupe and somehow fit at the back, seems ok so far will know once its lowered






For paint was looking for something in green, finalized these two shades for test panels




Bit lighter in Sun


And finalized and purchased



Test fitment of all panels done




As per the plan engine bay will be painted then car will be taken to install the engine and finish engine bay then rest of the paint




After blacking out the front dont like paint peeking out from headlights and front grill






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cool project.

btw, is the picture suppose to say carbon signal or carbon singal on the lower left? typo?
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cool project.

btw, is the picture suppose to say carbon signal or carbon singal on the lower left? typo?
Yeah seems like typo, wont bother pics are old lol
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AWESOME. Thanks for documenting and sharing!
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great job!! keep up the good work!
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Some more update on the project

Engine installed after painting the engine bay




With new radiator and some other things, might change the engine cam colour later on





Doors, fenders and trunk was painted earlier inside out




Car was sprayed few days back, color came out great was a risky choice but very happy with outcome







This shows the shade nicely with some metallic glitter added
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Also wheels on order Glowstar from Starroad in diamond cut finish 15x8.5 & 10.



Next is painting inside and under the car followed by assembly
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Moving along assembly which is done fine some parts came in, as because of painting all factory stickers (AC/Radiator/tire pressure/Ok seal/oil cap/hood lever/high ocatane indicator etc)were gone got some new and some accessory ones PMCS, Sport corner, commonly used on skylines. Some bigger ones will go inside hood and some on car. Still need to find the right place for some of these stickers.






New OEM wiper arms and blades


Using current fog lamps on hakotora (WIP) so new of hakosuka


For rear got 14k springs with adjustrer


And got custom Gaz shocks thanks to friend in UK, these are with 20 damper setting and short stroke so wont bottom out when lowered




Send the headlamp frame and front grill for polish then paint



Now final status of hako




Another electric pusher along with stock clutch fan, very high power pusher


All moldings and rubbers installed except inner door wetting


New redline fuel pump and regulator, trunk was painted and gas tank was sprayed flatblack came out very nice


Rear and front bumper refinished, taillight panel needs rechrome but cant find anyone locally to chrome this material


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Amazing! The first time i saw an early GTR I fell in love with that body style. Great work.
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That's awesome bro I love it. Very classy
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