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    So after a couple of nights in the garage, I finished pressing the new bushes into the knuckles. Some of these are a really hard angle which makes it hard to setup the press. I managed in the end. I put all of them in the freezer and used lube.



    Started reassembling the first one.


    I got this far and realised something wasn't right...


    The hub is too far away from the wheel bearing. I disassembled it all again and pressed the hub back out of the bearing to discover the problem..


    The inner shell of the original bearing had separated from the bearing and remained on the hub. You can see it here. I thought it was just the shape of the shaft. So when I pressed this hub onto the new bearing, of course it didn't seat properly. Getting it off was a bit of a pain in the arse and involved the Dremel and a chisel.

    After this it was smooth sailing. That's better.






    And then there were two...



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      From here, it was pretty smooth sailing to reassemble the subframe. I opted for Nismo control arms since they come with bushes installed, a ball joint and are already painted. To say I'm impressed with the result would be an under-statement












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        jesus christ
        Jason Broadhurst

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          In the mean time, Brad has been busy finishing off the last of rust repair. A few weeks back I dropped by and we checked for rust under the side skirts (which turned out to be fine), as well as under the rear passenger's side N1 pod. Surprisingly (or not), we found another rust hole.




          And so Brad did what he does best and made up a new piece to weld in there.






          I also asked him to have a "quick go" at the worst part of the chassis rail (that has the usual Japanese denting).



          He knocked up a custom slide hammer and gave it a go, but he wasn't happy with the result and so welded in a new piece. Much better.




          This one cracked me up... Brad said "I made a freeby for you. You must have been drugs when you made your rear number plate bracket, so I made you a new one". He's correct. I rushed them one night when I got my new plates so I could drive the next day. You can see the ones I made here, next to Brad's version. Much better. Thanks Brad

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            Quote "I'm not building a show car" ;-) might not be a show car but that undercarriage had Simon contemplating not running a rear bumper :-)
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              P. S. You missed a panel
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                Originally posted by garvice View Post
                Quote "I'm not building a show car" ;-) might not be a show car but that undercarriage had Simon contemplating not running a rear bumper :-)
                lol

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                  So on the weekend, Dad and I headed to Brad's and bolted the subframe in. Yes, the diff and shafts are not installed. I just needed to get the car out of Brad's garage so he can get his next customer's car in there.

                  Here are some pics:










                  Here's how the repair work looks in sunlight. No more rust bubbles and hidden bog. I'm very happy







                  Next it's onto a tilt tray



                  And where's it going????

                  Well big news.... it's gone to a restorer. The bigger news is that it's not just getting the repaired parts painted (as I had planned). It's going to get a full open-door bare metal respray. Windows out and all. I'll be sticking with the stock silver. It wasn't going to be cheap to respray the repaired areas and given that I was always planning to respray the whole car in a few years time, I've decided to bring this forward.

                  More exciting times ahead...

                  This will take at least a month. In the mean time, I need to get the diff and ATTESA pump back together, reassemble the drive shafts and get the R34 Brembos powder coated. So I'll still be busy, but should be ready to finally get it back on the road once the paint is done

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                    Originally posted by garvice View Post
                    P. S. You missed a panel
                    Oh bugger. So I did. Sorry Brad. This panel was the hardest one to fabricate. As you can see it has multiple curves in all directions. Brad left this one til last so he could think about how best to make it and then get it right the first time. Needless to say, he nailed it the first time. Here are some pics of the process.



















                    He even made a custom hammer for planishing that tricky location. Gotta love it.



                    An awesome result!




                    Top job Brad. Sorry I left out your hardest panel. Haha.

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                      Looks good mate, can't wait to see the final paint job.
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                        Originally posted by Jason Broadhurst View Post
                        jesus christ
                        This. Well these were the words I mumbled into my coffee cup this morning as I saw those photos.

                        Epic work, neat and the panel fab on that thin Nissan metal .... damn.
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                          Doing it right is the only way. 10/10 mate.
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                            Thanks guys. This bring us up to date. I'll get back into the garage in the next few nights and start attacking the diff.

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                              What about the GT40? From memory that was close to being almost, kinda, nearly done?

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                                Originally posted by richzx View Post
                                What about the GT40? From memory that was close to being almost, kinda, nearly done?
                                Haha. Yeah it still has a long way to go. Hoping to get back into it once this GTR is sorted. At least I'm now in the swing of working in the garage on week nights. Despite the heat and mosquitos.

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