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    Soo good! Thanks for sharing the resto story.

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      Amazing work on the rear suspension, mate. It looks clean enough to eat off of, but I really hope that they will be fully masked up when its in getting sprayed, as it would suck to have over spray on all that hard work.

      Are all of the weather strips available through the Nissan heritage program, so you can get them installed after the full respray?

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        Wow!! It's looking amazing!!

        And...

        Originally posted by Willy View Post
        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
        HA! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! You've never dealt with painters have you!? :D
        Rust is lighter than carbon fibre.

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          Originally posted by Guido View Post
          Wow!! It's looking amazing!!

          And...



          HA! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! You've never dealt with painters have you!? :D
          Yes, I very much suspect you are right there. I spoke to the guy today and he said he's started stripping the car.

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            Originally posted by Mr Ree View Post
            Amazing work on the rear suspension, mate. It looks clean enough to eat off of, but I really hope that they will be fully masked up when its in getting sprayed, as it would suck to have over spray on all that hard work.

            Are all of the weather strips available through the Nissan heritage program, so you can get them installed after the full respray?
            Yep, all of the weather strips are still available.

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              Time for an update...

              I dropped by the restoration shop a few weeks back and was happy to see they were getting stuck into it. The body is primed, all parts removed and most of them primed. They discovered a few more rust spots here and there that they've fixed.






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                A week later (weekend just gone), I visited again and they'd spent the week sanding and prepping for paint. Looking good.




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                  And then she was in the booth on Monday. It looks amazing! I am blown away.



                  Too think this wheel arch was riddled with rust..






                  Very happy (and broke) man right here. Hopefully the rest of the parts will get painted this week, so next week is reassembly time at the resto shop before it comes home to me. Will give me something to do during lock-down. That's for sure

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                    In the mean time, I've been pretty tied up with work and have been a bit lazy with car work. Having said that, I managed to get back into the garage last week and get the diff ready for reassembly. I've opted to use a diff shop to rebuild it since it's having new Nismo clutch plates and I don't have much time. Plus, given the crisis, I wanted to support the local economy.

                    The only thing holding me back from dropping it off weeks ago was the drive shaft flanges. I had these powdercoated, but later discovered that any contact surfaces should not be coated as it will soften and compress over time causing bolts to loosen. So I needed a way to strip back the paint around the bolts (and still look respectable). Scratching around the garage late at night, I stumbled across this idea...

                    Take one M10 nut and a spare bolt. Notice the bolt has a rough stepped face on it. I think it's used for dynabolts.

                    Then with the aid of the impact wrench I was able to strip the paint around each bolt without it looking terrible




                    And the back side was tripped with a flapper wheel on a battery drill.


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                      The next job was the brake calipers. I picked these up a few months back. They're factory R34 GTR Brembos. I wanted to get them powder-coated before fitment. So I spent a few nights stripping them down.

                      Pro-tip I learned off the internet: using compressed air to push out the pistons makes life so much easier





                      I masked them up, but knew it wouldn't hold. The main purpose was just to show the guys where not to sandblast.


                      So what colour am I going with? This was a tough choice. I rocked up at the powdercoaters with my mind set on gold. Then had a chat to a few people and my wife and subsequently decided to go with black. The reason being is that the R32 V-spec came out with these same calipers in black. I'm not going for a showy car here. I don't want it to stand out. I just want it to look respectable. The powdercoater was quite disappointed when I went back and told him to paint it black instead of gold. He thought I was mad.

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                        Out of interest, what does a repaint like that cost, ball park?

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                          Looking great Simon
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                            Why didn't you just spend all that wasted money on a crazy engine build instead?
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                              Originally posted by itsnotagsr View Post
                              Out of interest, what does a repaint like that cost, ball park?
                              From a decent resto shop.. $10-15k

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                                Originally posted by timtx5 View Post
                                Why didn't you just spend all that wasted money on a crazy engine build instead?
                                haha. Would love to, but needed to get the rust under control.

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