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Koukicuda S14A, 350z handmedowns.

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I didn’t bother with the rear diffuser or the full rear fibreglass arches and haggled a bit with their eBay prices so it was similar to their online shop. The free motorbike lights they sent were a bonus but not sure if I will buy my own as they look cheap.

Its definitely a different looking kit from the usual jap stuff. 

I think some retro jdm wheels would set it off but as you say looking at £1.5k

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2 hours ago, evilscorp said:

Yeah, such a shame, UK salty roads that do it and poor under coating I think.

Half of me wants to restore it.... but the other half with the silly hat on usually wins.

Definitely keep the silly hat on! Those kits are cool

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So someone spent a little time and money doing a decent respray on turd bodywork :yuck: luckily the wings are getting binned for the boss ones.

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Chassis looks like should be good.

Bye bye baby intercooler.

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Need to keep these but the rest will be replaced, how do you remove those ball joints? Is it just a circlip that holds them in? Will need to remove them so I can have them shot blasted.

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Dash out

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Now hopefully These are connectors and I can just unclip them to pull the harness through the wing and then relocate the fuse box under the passenger dash where the airbag should go.

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Then a bit of a wire tuck for the engine and some cable deleting for the old headlight washers and bits.

 

I am also thinking about deleting the abs as I will be installing a new 350z brake master and booster courtesy of PaulT, I didn't like the way the abs cut in with me on track in the 350z and removal of it will free up space in the bay, weight reduction and let me run a bias valve to set the 350z brembos up correctly with the oem rear brakes.

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So on my continued effort to rip the car apart for welding; loom messing, stupid massive connector wont go over the white plastic surround of the fuse box side. Trying to pull it through the wheel arch so I can relocate the engine base fuse box to where the passenger airbag was.
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Glad I labeled most of this mess.
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Next up is trying to find how to mount the clutch pedal and master cylinder from a 350z.
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Need to cut the brake pedal to give room for the new clutch pedal. I will also need to remove the switches from the 350z clutch as they hit the steering column (think they are only for starting the 350z so you don't lurtch the car forward?).
Hopefully they can align with the oem position but I will need to do some measuring,
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Lastly I was going to swap the brake master and booster from a 350z but it might be too powerful if I remove abs so I may reuse the 200sx brake booster, hopefully the 350z master can bolt up to it.
I assume you just remove the fork from the end to pull the rod through the brake booster?

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Windscreen out, tried everything but the sealant used was super tough, had numerous metal wires snap trying that method, the stupid pick tool you pull wasn't much better, even my air scraper wasn't brilliant until i had the thing out to remove the excess.
Good old brute force laying on my back kicking the fecker out was the best way but it did leave a few shards in and out the car.

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Bloody can't believe I missed this thread. That 1st pic looks immense. 

 

Will be following and wishing you all the best with the awesome project. 

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todays update, teaching my self to weld again.

not bad for first attempt in 14years.

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ok I lied, took me this mess to figure out the correct settings to use on 0.8mm steel, also need to switch my auto darkening helmet down one as my eye is a tad itchy (arc eye).

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But the main thing is good penetration, not much splatter, heat warping can be reduced with a copper or alu plate hopefully.

 

My air nibbler was brilliant for cutting through the steel too so I should start making patches and stuff soon.

 

Going to order a dimple die 3/4" for the a pillar roll cage buttrages or whatever they are called.

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So, cut my template out of cardboard and bashed part of the floor flat, but think i may need to attach the plate under the floor, rather that place it on top, too tricky to bend to shape and I dont want to try and butt weld yet.

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Grinding off the spot welds and underseal from the sill join so I can weld in a u shaped metal piece to strengthen the sill for future jacking points.

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Cutting out a patch of rust to see whats behind! Hopefully good metal?

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nope.

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Scraped and wire brushed as much of the rust off so I can treat it then weld in some repair patches.

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Plenty more of this will happen =(

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Welder wasn't happy about attaching this, so I had to do the million spot weld method. 

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Also think I should have used my thicker steel for this part but figured if something was to try and burst through it has two layers to go through.

Still might put another patch on top for keeping my mind at ease.

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Need to grind off the slugs and fill any bits I missed but its the missus 30th so I should probably spend some time with her lol.

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Parts, Parts, Parts!!! Thanks Torqen, you know how much I like keeping you on your toes with specialty items =)

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Thanks for your new order Gary, pleasure to help, you know we love a challenge, there's no part we can't source :lol: 

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Ebay also throws a few wonders your way!

Would have cost 3x as much new (without shipping) and has barely been used, it may be a tad over kill though but might as well try a twin carbon clutch once. Came out an s15 so has a thicker flywheel and pilot bushing ideal for my 350z gearbox swap.

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Last of the grinding around the windscreen, some rust remover applied then a coat of primer on sunday.

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This is where the windscreen crack started so i thought it may have been the three different panels moving (dead spot welds maybe?) so I stuck a few tack welds to hold them together, IF ANYONE THINKS THIS IS A BAD IDEA FOR CRASH SAFETY OR OTHER WISE PLEASE TELL ME! (I assume you want the passenger cell the strongest part so I may even add a few more to these areas.)

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most dangerous tool ever. (however it will do wonders on the underseal.)

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next big holes, template made.

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