Hi guys, I did a intro post a week or so ago, its about time i kick off my build thread too.
EDIT AND UPDATE- MOST BROKEN LINKS FIXED ON FIRST 3 PAGES, SAVED WHAT I COULD
PAGE 1: Introduction, making new battery harness, fitting fender mirrors
PAGE 2: Getting hektic exhaust, repairing the radiator, which f**ked everything else LOL
PAGE 3: Making a centre console autometer gauge panel, painting rocker cover, starting the teardown
PAGE 4: motor removal, tear down, building a rotisserie
PAGE 6 ONWARDS: Watch my fabrication skills go from noob to expert as i fix the rust in the car..... yeah there is abit!
Ok so my names Rudolf, hailing from Sydney and for the longest time Ive been a Silvia nut job. Ive owned 3 S13 grey imports and now my current daily driver is a S15 200sx.
For the longest time Ive had a love for the 260z, Wangan midnight only made my love for them grow even more, ever since i was a kid, it was the one true "slick" old school jap sports car.
So my story to find the right car started about 6 months ago, with a budget of around 8-10k max, you can imagine all the ones i had seen were in a pretty poor condition. I was starting to loose hope in finding a good car when i stumbled upon a barn on the outskirts of Sydney where a guy sometimes referred to as the "wood chipper" had about 6 zeds for sale, the barn was filled with about 8 cars, there were a few outside as well as Nissan prince skylines and a few other odd eccentric cars.
I took a panel beater friend of mine late December to have a look at the cars with me, we inspected all the zeds for sale, and we picked the best of them, which happened to be this one:
it looked good from far, but it was far from good, i was told it had a fresh paint job, as the top coat was faded, and that it had no rust, in reality, the person who painted it got lazy, and didn't sand it back to bare metal, as a result, the nice new paint job was worthless, as it has crows feet through the whole paint. So pretty much, it will need to be taken back to metal and re sprayed. On top of that, we did happen to find a few rust spots, mainly in the rear hatch where the window is, and also where the quarter panel meets the boot, its looking like the metal skin that folds over from the quarter panel into the boot channel has lifted, so maybe rust under there. Not much at all, and the car is straight as a arrow and never been in a hit, also all the door gaps etc etc are perfect.
Unfortunately the car was in a million pieces, so we agreed on a price to supply the car assembled and running with a blue slip. It did take quite abit of time over our agreed completion date to get her together, with many late nights and back and forth, nearly 2 months later, but good things come to those who wait, and today i picked up my car!
while it was getting the final touches at the mechanic/blue slip station:
so much running around today and we got the car registered and i drove her home! the blue slip inspector must have had mondayitis, because the drive home was interesting to say the least, but i could not wait anymore!
What i noticed on the way home!
-no door mirrors, the one that was held on by tape fell off, and is on the great western highway somewhere!
-no reverse lights
-its easier to say only the tacho works, nothing else, no fuel gauge, no oil temp, no coolant temp, no speedometer.
-misfire at low load rpm, at about 2-3k, in the 1000rpm band, then it clears up.
-i have about 7 keys for the car, and cant lock the drivers door from the outside and the boot wont lock.
-alternator not charging, stalled her and had to push start her to get back going, lucky i was on a down hill.
so it was the most interesting driving experience ive had in my entire life! and what a story to get the old girl home! but we made it!
so first things on the list before i drive her on the open roads again is:
1. fix door locks
2. fix speedo
3. fix fuel gauge
4. make brackets for mounting license plate to original screws.
long time plans, ZG flare kit, duck tail spoiler, either watanabe's with fat negative offset or some work equip 03's, work the L26, big cam, triple webbers and stroked.
and my custom plates are ready to be picked up from the RTA or so this letter in front of me says, so ill need to take care of that too!
hopefully all of you will help keep me motivated, and keep the updates coming!
Edited by CroS13, 26 October 2017 - 03:49 PM.