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s14a dori project .....Sil80 reshelling

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Not a lot happening. lined up a RB box off ^^^ got to drive the car to check no grinds/wines so probably going to go that direction. Found a place that in Adelaide that does cut and shut boxes with dogleg shifter and machining the release bearing carrier for about $350 exchange+ post so probably going to go that direction.

 

I won some facebook popularity contest so won a voucher for $500 of a respray, took it down for a quote and will be booking it in after japan. I may be going a different colour to planned buy see how it some photoshopping turns out

 

 

Other than that I just picked up some fatter skirts, the factory 180 ones.

Not sure if just because they are white, but they seem to suit the widebody and rear lip a lot better and dont hang too much lower than aero bar

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Kit flows pretty good.

 

Can't wait to see how it looks after a tidy-up.

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needs more vents.. vents everywhere and some spirit rei diffusers.

 

p.s please paint it yellow.

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Bit of a copy and paste to catch up, so might not make complete sense

 

 

So yeah went to japan, rad yet way over budget time

Didn't take as many pics as last time, as there was a lot more video taken. I know realise I only used my point and shoot one day so mostly out of focus phone pics

 

clifnotes

Landed went straight to osaka, met up with a strapping chap from here and someone who we all send lots of emails too about shiny things after some cold calling. Ended up seeing some of the best drifting (well most intense being in passenger seat) ive seen of 3-5 car trains on a wet osaka mountain

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Went to a meihan day that was pretty busy, Racing line kits and that style are all the rage down there

Two mates got to ride with nakamura which sounded pretty crazy.

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Did a few other bits and peices, headed to Nagoya

Went to toyota museum asd saw Cosmo, 240z 432, first Silvia and 2000GT

 

Went to 86 day at suzuka twin but was a bit of a disapointment as was a small day and they stoped drifting while a big storm was on 30min after we got there

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Nagoya had a lot of cool cars crusing the streets, ended up here one day

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Was super tempted to buy a rocker cover, but having not been to ebisu yet was concerned on cash levels so passed. Mate bought one for his RB though

 

Got to ebisu. Picked up the 90. It was a bit of a risk buying privatl, but everythign seemed to be as described.

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Only issues started straight away.

3 laps in blew hose off rad. pulled over and sut it off straight away. Fill and bleed coolant.

Next session not great, get hot quick.

Go to drive to PV, hose for hydrolic fan pops off covering engine bay,/windscreen in p/s fluid

swap that over with another one

Still getting hot, re bleed coolant

Fan not runnign full speed, unplug temp sensor and speeds up

still getting hot

swap radiator and re bleed

still hot

One of the few times im driving it mnanbage to f**k the rear end at school, was either hit the wall with the rear or power and tbone mates car

swap thermostat as looked stuck open

still hot

buy water temp gauge to see exactly what was going on

goes straight to 100 but then seems to sit there

bleed for like the 8th time, but still seems to get air in it.

drift for a while as was wet (most of the work was done in rain too which is lovely) with heaps of cool down laps.

This is about 4/5 days in went to try blleding again. was pushing more and more air, so pretty much left the head gasget and was most likly the cause all along, just slowly getting worse.

So pretty much options were buy a new engine and waste another day or 2 doing a swap. Or trade it in.

 

PV were pretty good about it offering me some cheap missles that they hadnt preped. The only one that didnt need a box ect was a s14 that was ex PV mechanic car. It was really neat but someoen went to town on it at a previous matsuri. It was good as it didnt need major work and at this point I wanted to stick with what I knew.

So deal was done and 90 was traded in for a bit off the 14

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The next day decided to spend the time going over the 14, checking all the suspension, changing oil, bleeding coolant, installing my water temp gauge. That day North was booked for private day so only got to play on school. Felt strong though.

At this stage it was the day before G1 and having yet even done minami (where G1 was) decided to pay the nearly double the entry fee to spend most the day on it. Thought I'd finish off the tyres on north to get used to some 3rd gear stuff then put freshies on and head to minami. In one session I felt more comfortable than I did the 90 the whole time even with less power blown coilovers, guess the fimilarity.

came in, let it cool off. Then decided to get a few more laps then head down. 2 laps in was boosting funny, came into pits to hear familar scraping of blown turbo. Went to sus out a replacement and Andy only had tired looking T28 for not the best of prices. Having no idea how much money I actually still had at this point, mate offered me a t25 he had spare after doing a t28 swap on one of his cars.

Spent the rest of the day wacking that on, managed to get the piping working with minimal headache.

At least with a SR Ive done this far to many times that its only a few hours even with basic tools.

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Got that finished around 4, but so took it for a quick spin to check it was ok, by the time that was done it was close of tracks. So waste of a minami entry.

G1 rolled around the next day, I only thought I had the slimmest of chances at the start of the week to qualify, so with never having been on the track this trip (and only about 10 laps last time) knew I had no shot but had already paid for it.

Had no confidence or power trying to do it with 235's and 7psi T25. but I was slowly starting to go faster and come over the crest better. Then one lap heard a series of thuds, slowed down and felt like the rear was going crazy.

Nursed into pits to find knuckle had broke at the ball joint and brake rotor snapped, so that was me out.

Sent most the day fixing it besides watching the battles and of course got it fixed just as tracks were closing.

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Matsuri went ok, from memory. We stopped drifting around 9, decided to go to happo to see some street drifting. Unfortunately all the good view spots were taken so we were only there for a while Crazy amount of people and organization for street stuff , still getting back at 5am.

Was pretty fun, but a bit of a struggle to keep up with mates 220ishKW Sr's and the newcastle guys 90's

but one of them rolling a 90 was a bit of a wake up call of how bad shit can get quick.

 

Drifted the last day without issue (finally) and then did a burnout and ran out of fuel, and left Ebisu

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Headed down to tokyo, one night went to Daikoku Futo which had all the usual craziness like hakos and 240, supermade onevia, 26B FD, 3 veilside widebody FD's, modded ferrari ect

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Over the trip went to easy 20 up garages over the country and a few I-parts (dont bother they are shit) plus a few shops

A few of the up garages we missed due to them closing random days.

The day we rocked up to crystal auto it happened to be closed. Lady came out and explained it was for for 3 days for something like stocktake. hung around and had a drink. Just as we were about to drive out the driveway she came back and said the manager would open for us if we wanted to come in which was awesome.

Between the 5 of us we easily I wouldnt be suprise if it was over 5K spent on all these shops, from random little shit to 4 diff centers haha

Main things I managed to pick up were some cusco castor, silkroad camber arms, Genuine nismo grill, floor mats, bride bolster protectors, work/ssr full catalogs. As well as a new HPI harness from Crystal auto.

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Had to pay 3xregos/inspections on all my shit over last few weeks which wasnt fun and slowed things down

 

Got modivated and decided to chuck the CA box in, did it over a few days after early morning starts. Didnt go super smoothly, but getting still better than last few times so not too bad. Not the greatest of box's, but price was right.

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Impulse bought this one day too as was cheap/rare. Might chuck it in passenger side If I can find a rail.

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Took it for a big drive yesterday with some mates that used to go for street runs nearly every weekend back in white silvia/s14 days. Managed to make it the round trip without getting pulled over suprisingly despite some close calls.

So some hard parking photos on a different patch of grass

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Ripped the wing off as I was playing with different ideas.. definatly makes a difference

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Tried to fit camber arms whixh was a failure due to the curvature and chunky nature of jap arms. So need to invest in some spl or pbm.... silly driftworks

 

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Started making some combo led parker/indicators just for some low investment mucking around.

Just the parkers done in this photo, but they are about 90% done now just need to buy a few resistors, trim the board and mount in a stock housing

 

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Also polished up tail lights as one side especially was looking pretty dull. Hard to tell before and after in phone pics but they look a lot better. Also fixed a led boars that had droppes out of place the best I could without pulling lense off

 

 

 

But over priced parts are getting in the way of driving, so going missle

 

 

 

Also badly chopped up some japan footage

 

Sooooo.

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So yeah, after coming back from japan thought I was financially ruined.

But selling the s14 paid for all the regos I had due, Parents were cool with a payment plan for money I owed (long story, but technically It was my money just set aside for overseas trip, would prefer to pay it back so it can go towards another trip).

So I had won a $500 discount on a respray before I went to japan in a efame comp and wanted to use it before I stretched the friendship as it had been nearly 3 months. On the same day looked like I sold my KF's and worked out a swap + cash deal for 18 in rezax for a pair of 17x10+20 something and cash. So booked my car in for paint. The KF sale fell through, but after curbing my spending after japan + rezax money I ended up still having enough cash to make it happen.

 

I had planned to do the dark purple/plum but seeming so many cool kids go for it I wasn't keen to tempt fate so decided to go in a different direction. I liked the plum colour, but thee was so many dark/black/grey cars that seemed to rock up to drift days down here I didn't want to go in that vein. Before japan I had done a bunch of dodgy photoshops, the efame colours of teal and coke didn't look too bad, but seemed overdone of late. I wandered though a car yard and for some reason no other colour popped out at me other than a blue. It was a Hyundai colour that was blue with heap of mica. I did a photoshop and blue seemed to provide the most contrast against the wheels and light and just seemed to suit.

Although it was as Initial D fanboy as painting your 86 panda it just seemed to stick. As as much as I hate black roofs on s13/14/15 the 180 has a solid cut off. As well as having a sunroof there isnt much coloured roof left. Didn't want boring black so before I left I ordered some blue flake to go on the roof thus somewhat locking in the colour of the body. Considered going flake on the body, but not sure on coverage and would be way eaier to match in future without it.

 

I was keen on the Hyundai colour, till I saw a photo of it in the shade. In the sun it looked great, but without the mica refelcting the sun it looked drab and a stock 90s colour. So About 2 days before I was to drop of the car I had cold feet on the colour. I would have gone something different, but already having the blue flake.

 

Took a stab in the dark and deiced on one off internet photos. The day I dropped off the car I mixed up a rattle can to spray spare bar and checked I didn't mind the colour.

 

 

 

I visited about 2 days before it was ment to be done. the roof and some panels were done. The shell was about to go in the booth.

I was liking the flake

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I liked the colour but wasn't sold on if it would suit

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But the mica in the sun made a decent change in how it looked

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With the dead line of wanting to skid on sunda and needing time to put it back together and get it sorted, it was done on thursday arvo. They were finishing up a quick buff as I rocked up, it still needs a decent polish but they were sweet with me bringing it back after the track day and once the paint had hardened completely.

 

Taking it home I wasn't completely sold

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That arvo I drove out to josh's to borrow his nutsert gun as quarters had been taken off thought I might as well do it. That night I just tinkered the putting front and rear lights in and did skirts and pods.

The next day f**ked around in the morning dropping off wheels and getting tyres. Then did the rest of sorting out front bar and new reo to stop the droop, fitted up LED front lights I made, nutserted rear and changed wheels over.

Gave it a quick wash and ended up with this

 

With the contrast of the lights and wheels the blue was looking 10x better

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Its a weird colour going from dark in the shade to bright under lights/sun

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Again hard to capture glitter with cloudy sky's but pretty happy with it.

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So yeah all that's left to do is oil change and clean out interior

Knowing my luck ill put it into the wall sunday, but we will see how it goes

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fknhot

I agree totally Wizard.

 

Nice work Locky.

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I had seen the cheap respray group post all the photo's on their page, car looks mint now, hopefully it can stay that way, but i don't like its chances, at least you have some pictures of it while its still nice!

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Good combo man, blue looks awesome and i like what you did with that flake man - least you wont have to match that part of the car ay

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Cheers guys

 

I know its not going to stay mint that's why I went with a easily replaceable stock colour when a guard inevitably explodes. Also the reason I only went flake on the roof rather than whole car. Actually happy I didnt as flake though the paint might have been a bit too much

 

 

 

Went to Wakie on Sunday

 

Biggest casualty was a small chip out of a front guard and brand new sunroof seal flying off on the freeway there

Not sure how to take having a car thats not broken at end of drift day

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^^ shame new pair of 17in rezax are flat back so cant run a 15mm spacer and 30mm is probably too much sad.png

Here is some poor driving from the weekend

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dang dang soo much awesome - makes me realize how much i need to get out there and f**k shit up so i can fix more shit haha

 

Awesome video, looks like you nail that 1st corner without following someone

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Yeah still need to get better at following.

 

Kinda hard as with 4.3s to keep up with redstage guys I need to enter in 4th which I was having trouble not overcooking.

 

When we were trying to do 4 car was even harder as shane was doing a smooth flick where I was trying to do a quick flick so didn't want to come in too hot as he transitioned so just had to try and dive up the inside on the apex, but wasn't getting close enough.

 

 

Think just a bit more seat time and/ir trying just to copy who im following a bit closer in how they enter

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Haha nah good steering man srsly paint will last longer keeping some space tho

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