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You go through more front ends than most plastic surgeons :rolleyes:

Is that a topstage lip on your sharky front bar? :o same as mine

Love the build and love how awesome the 260 is :woot:

Cheers!

East bear rep lip.

Flagged 14 front, too short currently on time/money/space to do it properly.

180 for ease of oem.

260 would be more awesome if it wanted to play ball.

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Picking up my game a bit.A..A... ...A bit happened.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Such a beast, If this thing had some D1GP stickers people wouldnt even know it was built in AUS !

 

Love the style !!

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Been busy. :Drugs:

 

Zed is running, it ate another pair of carbs.

So much fun driving it again

 

Bought a daily celsior, fairly stock.

18x11+0 Veilside Andrews, solid metal bodywork, leather interior, cut springs, few bits of JP accessories such as curtains/trimmings.

Threw on some pig pipes, replaced a leaking torque conv. seal, and have BCBR's waiting. Saito plates just for the lols ;P

 

Ichigo is consuming epic time and funds recently.

 

Replaced most of the front end with new gear.

new rad

thermos

65 degree thermostat

raybrigs

s13 tension brackets

s14 steering rack

s14 tie rods

s14 adj. tie rod ends

s13 adj. castor arms

s13 40mm roll centre adj.

s14 lcas yay+20mm

Snapped spot welds off rad support too lol.

 

Rebuilt diff, all new internals+shims.

(3 cbf years of sliding a sloppy LSD, so keen haha :woot:)

 

Destroyed clutch and press. plate

Got a new Exedy plate, machined fly, and a 6 puc brass button.

Gearbox was making a mess with a leaky rear ext seal.

 

Sold the Wolfs, bought a set of Stich Gulf, 18x8.5 +29 / 18x10 +11.

Not sure if i like them, may sell and save for some TE37Vs :P

 

Throwing in a wideband sometime next week... & the 180 should feel awesome again.

 

Love JZ life :3

parts cleaner is god!

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If you are running modded knuckles with those rca's beware of the rotor hitting on the lca on full lock

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If you are running modded knuckles with those rca's beware of the rotor hitting on the lca on full lock

Looking into knuckles for the end of year, thanks for the head up BlingCMDR! ^_^ Edited by Kuroi

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Just when i'd almost believed an epic year of bad luck was over, it just had to prove me wrong.

 

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Had finished setting AFRs, re-wrapping of dump, fixed that annoying overrheating issue and bought a super expensive Blitz pod(impulse buys are killer -_-) the 180 was running super mint, had finally been able to up boost to around 14. To celebrate, gave it a bath and took it for a run to dinner.

 

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Had this minor issue where the clutch was coming and going but only ever under hard load/ boost. Drifting was harder than usual but had figured the dump must of been boiling the clutch master creating havoc as it would disappear the moment i got off it. Had been doing it for the past year with no sign of change.

So pulling into this drive thru, i put my foot on the clutch and.. spun a bearing.

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Now i am no mechanic, i just fix what i break and learn as i go but 3 knocks in, i had the car off and rolling into the car park, got out had a good look around the bay and g/box. Had replaced the stock clutch with a brass button less than 3000km ago.. but sadly knew that sound way too well to get my hopes up.

 

 

Turned the key and sure enough, it was the sound of drums at an amazon sacrifice.

What were the chances of all things..

 

 

Waiting for a tow, toying with things and something just didn't seem right(minus the obvious). Had already mentally flagged saving this motor so i turned it back on for a moment, curious. The knocking changed noticeably when i gave the clutch a quick test. Got back out and found harmonic balancer rubbing against timing cover.

Tried Prying it with a screw driver.. and the crank walked a good 5mm+.

At this point all i could do was laugh in a "this is f**ked" kinda way.

 

This had screwed my last week at the new job, the car was due to drive 1000km back to bris in less than 48 hours.

 

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Thankfully a good mate came to the rescue volunteering for a roadtrip.

Turns out that rattling in the sump was 2 of 4 thrust washer bearings.. had survived a year giving it hell with two, how its past life owner never heard it munching them up in the first place i will never know.

 

Faith in toyota renewed!

*Waves little japan flags*

 

Getting home i had a bunch to do and a tight time frame to work with. The 260z had been freighted and someone from the company had tampered with everything trying to start and joyride it, when it didn't(hardwired fuel pump and coil separately and hid wires for transporting) he had rammed something or dropped something heavy into the back of it breaking the 432 wing and damaging the rear. Really hit rock bottom that week. sad.png

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Week later i decided to attempt a sensible decision to start fresh with a more useable daily, had a few bits to swap over in each celsior then drove the Black one 5 hours to its new owner.

 

 

Ended up with a clean 33 with a forged 25, but had the gayest bonnet scoop in history. Fixed that asap but unfortunately stock suspension was complete cactus.

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Had initially bought a spare 1j with my R154, it was incomplete but had new everything with a huge china turbo and mani.(binned)

 

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Pulled motor down and found it'd been rebuilt. Done a gasket kit on it and swapped my gear over. Funds were low by now but after cracking the previous mani multiple times, resorted to buying a new one from an unnamed supplier. Devastated that I couldn't afford a 6 boost again, it's definitely a must do soon. This unnamed thing instead has fought me every step of the way, unfortunately it'll have to make do for a while.

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Didn't care what the motor/bay would turn out like but after a while it convinced me it should look bare, simple and clean.

 

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Got old pretty quick, Have yet to rid the bay of copper colours. Getting around to rewiring a thermo/hid birds nest properly into the dash.

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New J is in, few things left, then it's off for a dump and due for shakedown.

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Wish me luck lol, i'll probably need it.

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Dang, you've sure been busy. Bad luck with the bearings and break-in; we've all been there before, and it sucks ass.

 

The R33 should be a nice daily to sail to work. I request pics of the homo scoop, to compare to that which I see in NSW lol.

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Girl I'm excited you have a 33 for daily life too. We need to catch up :D

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Dang, you've sure been busy. Bad luck with the bearings and break-in; we've all been there before, and it sucks ass.

 

The R33 should be a nice daily to sail to work. I request pics of the homo scoop, to compare to that which I see in NSW lol.

 

It came from NSW xD

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Girl I'm excited you have a 33 for daily life too. We need to catch up :D

Definitely! We can go sailing sometime ^_^

Keen on Sunnybank bubble tea? :D

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That's a pretty legit set of scoops; I can feel the Bankstown/Liverpool radiating from it.

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That's a pretty legit set of scoops; I can feel the Bankstown/Liverpool radiating from it.

Inverell Inlanders. :P

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Girl I'm excited you have a 33 for daily life too. We need to catch up :D

Definitely! We can go sailing sometime ^_^

Keen on Sunnybank bubble tea? :D

 

 

Dude! Holy shit, the large scoop had reproduced and had a baby scoop offspring D: D:

 

 

And yewww sounds the goods, bubble tea is amazing! :D

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sucks about damage to the zed, i always remove the battery when i get the cars freighted. was it through works contractor?

 

180s engine bay looks a lot better, let us know when your heading out for a shake down. i haven't taken mine up the hills yet.

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Damn.

Thread resurrection much.

 

おひさしぶりですね!

 

 

Hi all, it's been a long time!

Ill make this easy and time-skip with highlights.

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The Gold jz dropped its thrust washer bearings and spun a big end 1 year later.

I bought a boss UCF11 to use in between getting the zed running, fixing ichigo.

 

 

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Following months i found another 1jz done a full gasket kit and Its been going fine for the last 2 years since.

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I drove 2016 Autumn Matsuri before falling out of driving due to work commitments. I Continued to build my cars, I still own my 1973 260z, the black 180 "Ichigo", the r33 daily, and a new 180sx addition I call RE11.

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The Zed was on daily duties for most of 2016 before being put into the garage for a rest.

 

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The R33 blew the motor and was out of action for a few months getting new bearings and a refresh.

Ichigo was a solid Daily but it was getting pretty aesthetically tired and needed some TLC.

The new addition, was a blue rolling shell i had acquired and had to reassemble.

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After getting most of it together i decided to buy the Spirit Rei Miyabi kit for it, sent it into Boost Smash for a respray in Millenium Jade.

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Soon after, I brought Ichigo in for an overhaul.

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And things got interesting... :)

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Love ya work.

I follow you on instagram and the new incarnation is utterly dope.

Definitely a unique build and if I didn't know better I'd assume the car was built in J-land.

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Get this alot now.. why do the following, what inspired it, or how did i come up with it?

 

My answer: It was a whim of japanese spirt.

Individuality, fun and boredom.

 

 

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My friend got me into japanese cars, I'd initially wanted an s14a, instead I ended up with a strawberry face sil80 bought unseen interstate.

Looking back on it now, it was potential stupidity that somehow worked out fine.

I wasn't overly fond of the s15 front, but the car itself just gave me good vibes.

I had my cousin grab it for me then flew interstate and drove it back home.

Soon after i bought the 260z..

The 180 turned into an ever-evolving part of my life.

 

I combined my 3 favourite models of cars; 180sx, s14a, and the FairladyZ series into a 'Zil80'.

 

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It started with the scribbles, then accumulating the parts and mocking them together to see if it was possible and how much work would be involved.

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Figured why the hell not, the 180 was due for some serious bodywork repairs anyway.

This faceswap could of been done without fabbing much at all to be honest.

A few botchy headlight brackets and a hacked up front bar would result in something similar.

But i wanted to do it properly and legally.

It also gave me a chance to tub and extend the front a little more for cooling options in future.

Took it to a friends panel shop, explained my madness, and we cracked into it.

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I love pretty fabwork people do with tubs and tubing but i had a set timeframe and budget to work with so it had to be something stock looking, practical, realistic, strong and efficient (without hacking up legalities such as strut towers or rails). Biggest bonus was being able to extend the front for rad clearance and make it a bolt on piece for easy motor pulling goodness.

 

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The fenders were raised, widened and modified, and the hinges were also modified.

Damage to the rear quarters from hitting stuff and overfenders got repaired, and the rear tow hook having been ripped off and damaging the tailgate also, all got cut out and replaced.

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While this was going on, i designed and commissioned a friend to build me a set of led tail lights.

 

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Polished the jz back up to its former clean glory and picked off some bits for paint.

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Once paint was complete i took it to a friends to borrow his hoist, threw the motor back in and fitted up all the aero before taking it to another friends workshop to finish some last minute wiring, service, alignment and get it running.

 

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Ichigo is a ruthless saga of blood, sweat, tears, money, stress, happiness, effort, time, determination and heartache.

It's my greatest happiness and my biggest fear.

 

I am beyond greatful to everyone that has been involved and helped me get it this far.

For me, it's always fun, and i suppose until the day its not, it's just going to keep evolving for many more years to come.

 

Oneday when it kills me i'll be happy to die in best coffin ever.

 

Catching back up on updates, i'll have a late as hell matsuri experience to post,

then the latest happenings with it. :teehee:

 

Thanks for reading :)

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Very nice! You always build interesting cars, or iterations of the same car, as in this case. Is the plan to run it with no rear bar, or is that part pending installation?

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Very nice! You always build interesting cars, or iterations of the same car, as in this case. Is the plan to run it with no rear bar, or is that part pending installation?

Thanks pmod, appreciate you following it all these years :)

Used the rb rear diffuser until it got destroyed, it now has the origin raceline rear bar. :)

I'll cover that in the next post.

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