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370z Nismo Mk1 - Restoring back to showroom condition


Lewis Schwier
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So here I am finally creating a topic in the 370z section. I absolutely loved 350z ownership and have so many great memories with both previous cars, but it was time I followed my heart and dived into the Nismo club. No secret that I wanted a mk1 since the day me and @Killick.z crossed paths a few years ago and now I'm here writing this looking right at one that I now own. Still feels surreal, everytime I look at it I think wow thats actually mine :sweat:

 

Originally I did want to wait until next year but a unique opportunity presented itself and I decided to jump on it. Only 2-3 Mk1's really come up for sale at any one time so I was prepared not to be too picky as long as it had been looked after and the milage was low.

 

Here it is:

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The plan is to take it back to stock and as usual detail/restore as much possible.

 

A few things need doing. Rear pads are done so I've ordered new rear pads, discs and fluid. The gear box oil hasn't been changed for a while so I've ordered some genuine oil too. 

 

A genuine gear knob is on order as well as you can see its currently got an ebay special on there at the moment :nono: same with the front badge. 

 

Other plans are changing the headlights, steering wheel re trim, wheel refurb, new tyres, front plate delete. But this will all be done over time.

 

Excited to share another awesome tread with you guys! 

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Don't see many mk1s.......even on the OC.  Nismo design such gorgeous spoilers it's a mystery as to why they dropped it on the MK2:thumbdown:.

I've only ever seen mk2s in the flesh but I bet the mk1s can hold their own for looks and presence when parked alongside.

Thought you were crazy selling the 350z bit now I see the logicB)

Looking forward to updates and lots of pics.

 

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On 17/12/2020 at 19:18, HEADPHONES said:

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Don't see many mk1s.......even on the OC.  Nismo design such gorgeous spoilers it's a mystery as to why they dropped it on the MK2:thumbdown:.

I've only ever seen mk2s in the flesh but I bet the mk1s can hold their own for looks and presence when parked alongside.

Thought you were crazy selling the 350z bit now I see the logicB)

Looking forward to updates and lots of pics.

 

I think they were trying to extend their target audience to get more sales by making the car more sleek and more understated which you can't blame them for doing the mk2 is still a beautiful car in its own right. 

 

Haha I would of loved to of kept it and had both but couldn't afford that unfortunately!

 

Thanks man

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34 minutes ago, Hayd350 said:

Tidy. I've never been too fussed for the 370's, even the Nismo editions but the MK1 was the exeption to this. Never enough to make me list my 350 but a model that drawers a mild ammount of my attention. Specially in white. Nice purchase :thumbs:

Agree, always preferred the 350 shape, headlights and length. Also agree white is the best colour for the Nismo 370, not that there's many colours available -

 

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1 hour ago, Hayd350 said:

Tidy. I've never been too fussed for the 370's, even the Nismo editions but the MK1 was the exeption to this. Never enough to make me list my 350 but a model that drawers a mild ammount of my attention. Specially in white. Nice purchase :thumbs:

Totally agree with you there! Only the Mk1 was going to make me sell my 350z. Thank you. 

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1 hour ago, msitpro said:

Agree, always preferred the 350 shape, headlights and length. Also agree white is the best colour for the Nismo 370, not that there's many colours available -

 

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Yea its a shame we only got white, silver and black. The Magma red and Gumetal grey look amazing in the mk1. 

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30 minutes ago, Lewis Schwier said:

Yea its a shame we only got white, silver and black. The Magma red and Gumetal grey look amazing in the mk1. 

Yeah it is a shame they didn't come into the uk in red or grey;) but its good they did send them in white, black and silver, if i could afford it i would have a mk1 parked next to my mk2 in the garage :teeth:

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Finally got the rear brakes done so I could actually drive the car. Thought I would replace pads and discs each side so they have equal wear. Bought from Euro Car Parts at a great price as they had 45% off.

 

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How the previous owner didn't clock that one of the pads was down to the metal I will never know. The whole wheel was caked in orange iron contaminates and the constant scrape was horrendous. Anyway before the discs went on I thought I would paint the hubs with some hammerite as we all know the paint that is used on brake discs comes off and rusts in no time.

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Much better!

 

Turns out the brake pads had just completely disintegrated both sides, I reckon they were the original brake pads, not surprised they had fallen apart 8 years later!

 

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All fresh now, just need to get the wheels refurbished and paint the front hubs to match!

 

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