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#401 KatoKid

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Posted 24 September 2017 - 10:06 PM

 I quite like the contrast of the red cover in a Safari Gold car engine bay.

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I too am partial to this combination.


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Posted 24 September 2017 - 10:43 PM

I too am partial to this combination.

 

Yeah I also really like black....

http://www.classiczc...mageSize=medium

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And even the off-grey colour that Alan did here....

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http://www.gtr.co.uk...-rebuild-6.html

 

But like I say this was a bit of a test to see how it turned out, I just realised I didn't apply any kind of primer to mine, not sure if that's a bit deal or not though? Might help make it more durable I suppose? So we shall see how it holds up and if need be maybe I'll strip it again and do another colour?



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Posted 30 September 2017 - 08:21 PM

Just saw this and found it appropriate to attach here.

 

From a video of a nice looking Safari Gold 240z in Dubai.

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Posted 05 October 2017 - 10:44 PM

So a little while ago I posted an ad looking for a straight grille... not much chance of that these days...

http://www.viczcar.c...le-slated-type/

 

So the old grille has broken legs and some bent slats, I managed to fix a few of them, but the rest were pretty crooked and as they are really thin metal it's almost impossible to beat them into shape again.

 

Alan came to the rescue with some spares but finding a good set of slats that worked together was still hard, you'll notice the top 3 are the same length (long) and the bottom 3 (short). In the end I had to re-drill a set to get them to work correctly.

 

So I spent ages marking and measuring the right place to cut these then discovered my scribe marks were not correct when compared with an original.. So I found it easier to put an original next to it and just cut in the same position and same angle. A hacksaw isn't the easies tool to use and I recently bought a dremel tool which with a cut off wheel probably would have been better, but hindsight and all that.

 

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I then riveted (had to buy a rivet gun but they are cheap at $25 for a kit).

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and after much mucking about... I had what appears to be a relatively straight grille again..

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It has a couple of minor imperfections, which I may try and straighten out, but it's pretty good I think. (I'll have to test fit it also).

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Other update is I found a Nissan 2400 OHC cover at the right price. So just waiting on it to be posted out now! Even though my car didn't have 1 (technically just missed out) I still think it will look at home in an early 240z engine bay.

 

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Just gotta get the old black paint off and find out what's hidden under it.

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And the smallest update is I found an original rear speaker bracket and speaker (although it's not an hitachi speaker so not sure it's 100% original?) but if it isn't then it doesn't matter, but if I can find an original speaker I'll probably get the cone re-done. It's the small details. 

 

 


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Posted 06 October 2017 - 07:49 AM

So anyone want to point out a mistake I made on the grille. I realised after I posted it.

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 08:18 AM

No, mainly because I can't spot the mistake.



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Posted 06 October 2017 - 08:44 AM

No, mainly because I can't spot the mistake.

 

I'm missing 1 grille slat, the top 1. :D

 

Have to pull it all apart again and redo it. *sigh*.



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Posted 06 October 2017 - 10:57 AM

Good job Gav, that's come up well
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Posted 06 October 2017 - 11:18 AM

Hey Gav do you need any more spare grille parts ?
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Posted 06 October 2017 - 12:21 PM

Thanks will keep an eye on that. But I found a good grille in the US of A for $100 USD just the cost of shipping it is a killer. Getting harder to find these undamaged!



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Posted 07 October 2017 - 07:31 PM

Thanks will keep an eye on that. But I found a good grille in the US of A for $100 USD just the cost of shipping it is a killer. Getting harder to find these undamaged!

Gav, how big would the package be? I’m in Vegas next week.
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Posted 07 October 2017 - 11:28 PM

Gav, how big would the package be? I’m in Vegas next week.

 

Thanks mate, but it's already in the post. Turns out postage within the US was only marginally cheaper than to Sydney so it's getting sent direct here.



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Posted 07 October 2017 - 11:38 PM

What's that saying, if at first you don't succeed? Anyway finally put it back together correctly with the top slat in place.

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The brackets don't quite line up, not sure if it's the grille yet or the car. It's possible it may have been tweaked with the bonnet got nudged and so the brackets may be just out of alignment on the car. Anyway I'll figure that out a bit later. The main thing for now is that it looks relatively straight now and the new posts I made seem stronger than OEM which obviously break at the lower mounting points. Will need to sandblast it and paint it, but I'll probably try and do a few more minor adjustments to straight a few areas out. The spare slats helped but very few were actually perfect.


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