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Hey guys, my name is Mike, im 27 and this is my ridgeback sx180 foreign cornering machine build.

I've always been a fan of cars, and as a teenager, I decided that it would be Japanese cars that would steal all the attention. I always invested a lot of time into reading and learning about Japanese cars, the parts, the different styling niches, and driving styles. There was only one small problem, I wanted one of these cars, and like any other teenager, I didn't really have any money to actually buy a car. I abandoned all hope of ever owning a japanese race car, and discovered what "chopping" or photoshopping cars, which is how i spent most of my free time during high school era. Soon I joined an Australian forum, which at that time was very active and had its own photoshop section, and I got very good at photoshopping cars despite I still didn't know **** about cars then, putting TRD, and FTO stickers on a Mazda i photoshopped haha. After highschool I didn't care too much for cars and had moved on to other interests.

Anyways, enough tl;dr material. Fast forward 2009, when I finally had a job, and owning a jdm ricebanger was finally a remote possibility. I had always been a fan of the 180sx, so I started looking, and found a very good deal on a basically brand new 180sx. It was around $7000 CAD, so I took a loan from the bank for $5000, and gathered up whatever money I had in the bank, and flew down to Scarbrough to pick it up. This thing was insane clean, with 30,000 km on it.

Here are some pics:








I left out he part where I got hit with a street racing fine on the way to the Thunder Bay airport lol, I stopped by in the town my ex-girlfriend was living in to have supper and introduce her to my dad. She reminded me of the time zone difference between and I quickly realized I was going to be late, so worrying I would miss my flight I highballed it from Dryden to Thunderbay. Yeah I got caught, my dads vechicle was impounded I lost my licence, had a court date, and also, missed the flight.

When I bought the car, we took it to get registered so we could drive it back home to northwestern Ontario. The salesman was really nice, and even lied about the price I paid for the car so I wouldn't get hit so heavily by taxes, and before you know it, we were on our way back home, our first time ever on the 401, completely clueless as to where we were going, to enjoy the 21 hour ride back home.

Anyways a month or two later being a cool guy trying to impress a carload of friends, doing donuts behind a Beer store, I let off the gas abruptly when I decided that was enough donuts for the day. My wheels hooked up and shot me straight into a pole LMAO.



The quote from the body shop was like $8000, and if you remember the nice guy who undervalued my car, well on paper, my car was only worth $4000, so I after paying my deductible, I was given $2000 or so and the car was gone lol.


I started having rhd withdrawls after a few months (Febuary of 2010 or so) and decided to save everything I had to buy another one. I stopped going out of town to see my girlfriend, stopped smoking, literally every cent I made was saved. I got in contact with Will Baird from jdm connection, and he managed to find me exactly what I was looking for, a lightly modified, low mileage 180sx.






Looks pretty sweet in the auction pics right? Well I won the auction, and it really wasnt as "sweet" as I thought it would be. It was in rough shape, but hey, at least the mileage was very low.







The car arrived in Winnipeg, around September. At the time I was going to school in Brandon, MB. I couldnt wait to drive this thing around, made a trip out to Winnipeg to see my brother who picked the car up for me from the yard, and drove it around for a few months using temporary stickers on the windshield lol until wintertime.

Being a poor student I wasnt able to do much to the car. My first "modification" was getting this funky japanese sony minidisc/cd player, its a shame I cant access any North American radio stations but the looks made up for that.



Being a poor student, I didn't really have any modification goals for the car, because I preferred going out, eating out, and realistically I knew I didn't have enough money, all I wanted to achieve was to get my car plated and insured so I could legally drive it around.

Shortly after owning it, the Tien coilovers had met their expiry date, and the fronts were completely blown, unfortunately I had to wait until summer to save up money to be able to purchase my first real car modification. new PBM COILOVERS. Lol i was so excited to finally get the ball rolling, and returned back to brandon after summer, with my shiny gold pbm, only to have my clutch go bad. I had to call home and ask my parents to borrow me some money after cleaning my student bank account on a clutch. I figured it was time to take my car into the shop, get the safety done, get the new clutch installed, and finally be able to legally drive my car.


I lost interest in the car slowly, and posted an advertisement on kijiji to try and sell the thing, because it really isn't a practical car, not derivable at all in winter, not capable of carrying more than 1 passenger, not safe, no airbags, too low and not very comfortable on long drives. I had no reason to keep the car or any desire to modify it. So it sat for a while on wood blocks.



Fast forward 2014, I was still interested in looking at cars, finally had a decent job, and nothing really to spend my money on, so I decided to touch up the car here and there. I figured that I'd start with changing out the old flaking work wheels that came on the car, and found a pair of ssr type f wheels on zilvia. It was love at first sight.




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    September 19, 2016, 03:20 PM #1

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    Anyways, it was time to convert from 4-5 lug so Ichiba 5 lug conversion was arranged.

    I feel like I should have mentioned earlier on, I was in no way a mechanic, mechanically inclined or understood anything about cars other than a few common sense things. How to drive standard, how to check fluids etc, but with past experiences in other topics, I watched a few videos online, and it was quite easy to do myself.

    Now this is where the build really takes off. After being lazy all winter, I had finally gotten enough motivation to get some tires for the wheels with no tires, managed to swap the hubs, and go the wheels on. I wasn't completely happy with how the wheels looked on the car, and needed to find a specific set of center caps that matched the wheels.



    This is really what started it all. I could not find these centercaps on the internet anywhere, ebay, nope, kijiji, nope, forums etc. I remembered lurking forums of different car clubs and heard mention of Jesse Streeter a few times, so I got in touch with him, figured out how to search for items myself and found a pair of center caps pretty quickly. Since my current set of lug nuts were pretty beat up and I was already trying to make my wheels look good with the center caps, I opted for a set of project mu lug nuts (reference picture). I was amazed at how quickly he responded, and how fast the packages arrived to my doorstep.


    Unfortunately at that time, I wasn't really taking pictures of the things I was doing to the car, but I decided that I would attempt to flock my dash as well, because they were an eyesore, and I figured id try to tidy my car up to the best of my ability. I removed the dash ended up breaking a few vent pieces, and once again had a peek at yahoo auctions japan, and was able to find a set of new ones dipped in a carbon fiber pattern.

    I had enough of spending money on the car for the time being, but always had a peek if anything cool popped up for sale. As my searching skills and my notepad saved document of translated search terms expanded, I began to find some really cool stuff, and this is where it got dangerous (July 2015).

    I had always wanted a Nismo kill switch lighter, figured it would compliment the flocked dash, and after searching for a little bit, and persuading myself that its ok to spend $100 on a lighter, I bit the bullet and very soon had my cool nismo trinket. Of course I got a taste of some oldschool Nismo swag, and I couldn't help myself after that.

    few months later i also managed to find one in its original packaging also:



    Anyways, I felt like my car was quite heavily modified, at least my wallet did, withe the hub conversion, and wheels and tires, and other little nick nacks so the car once again sat for a bit. At this point, I was unsure where I was actually going with the car so I took some time to think about it.







      September 19, 2016, 03:45 PM #2

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      While thinking about what I wanted to do to the exterior of the car, I already knew what had to be done to the interior. I started doing a little research on the different types and manufacturers of seats available for my car. I figured, well since I already got these expensive wheels and lug nuts and center caps, why not just make a proper investment and get rid of my hideous seats.



      I finally came to the conclusion that I wanted to stay true to JDM tradition, and have a full bucket driver seat, and a reclining passenger seat, I found a reclining seat that caught my eyes. When time came to order a new one from Bride, i was about a month late, and had been told the Cuga line had been discontinued. I was a little dissapointed because I knew it woudlnt be easy finding a nice Japan edition cuga, as I had originally planned to get. I was also tired of the stock shifter so I managed to hunt down an authentic C's shifter with the original box, and at the same time, found a bride cuga japan edition on UPGARAGE. As usual, they arrived in no time:





      the seat was in excellent condition, and as usual delivery was nice and quick. So, now pondering what to do for the driver seat, i started looking at the new (at the time) Bride Proface full bucket, black with kevlar back. That 240,000 yen price tag tho, so I held off for a bit, and kept doing a little more research on seats. I also wasnt able to install the cuga, because I had absolutely no idea which rail would fit the bottom holes on the cuga and work with the 180sx. There is no seat rail currently offered by Bride, that will allow a cuga to be to used in a 180sx.


      Since I was visiting the idea of upgrading the interior and have a cool racing seat, why not go full out and get a roll cage? I started looking around, and with a lot of luck a forum member happened to be selling his jdm s13 silvia shell, which had a cage in it. At first he didnt want to really part things out, but with a little persuasion we came to an agreement and he decided to sell me the cage, and had it shipped for me. Upon arrival, I had inspected to the cage, and MY LUCKY DAY. Got a nice little surprise, and found it it was an authentic saito cage and not a cusco or safety 21. That was a nice treat. For those of you who aren't familiar with saito roll cages, they are a small shop in japan that makes bolt in roll cages or weld in, for a lot of performance cars in japan, so that was why I got so excited.  I'm not affiliated with saito (i wish i was though), but they have some cool stuff on their website, for a wide range of cars. http://www.saito-rollcage.co.jp/



      Upon test fitting of the roll cage, I discovered that my regular mirror would have to go as it was right in the way of the roof brace bar, so I decided to look for mirror options. Eventually i found something I really liked from a Japanese owned 180sx I saw online, and had to make my way to yahoo auctions japan to have myself a search. Its a wink mirror with a vented metal cover ontop. I like it, yeah I know its ricer, but not if its straight from japan.





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        September 2015

        Now after spending countless hours researching what I want to do to the outside of the car, and playing around with S-tuner (for those who dont know, google it, its a nice tool for messing with appearance in 3d of almost any import car with a large selection of parts), I finally had some sort of idea with what I wanted to do to my car. I was absolutely disgusted by the silvia front on the 180sx, and always knew it had to go. The rough edges of the silvia front dont mix at all with the very oval rear end of the 180sx, and it always bothered me. Id always try to find an angle where it looked ok, but there were too many angles that bothered me. I've always loved time attack car styling, and there are 4 cars I'm obsessed with, so I asked myself what do I like so much about each car, and decided to make my own version, perfect to myself.

        The infamous Koguchi 180sx:



        Toshiyuki Kagawa s13 silvia:



        The Dream works 180sx:




        So I decided on Koguchi Power widebody, +70mm rear fenders + 50mm front fenders, and GT-1 front bumper from the koguchi and dream works cars, Car modify wonder side skirts, and rocket bunny rear diffuser, as well as spirit rei carbon front and side splitter from Toshiyuki's s13.

        I started to order the bigger body parts, getting in touch with Jesse Steeter who said he could take care of everything apart from the bumper, forcing me to contact Right Drive (an importer based out of southwestern Ontario) to order up the GT-1 Motorsports front bumper for me. For the wing, I have something very special (to me anyways).

        I had also stumbled upon a very rare Works 9 double tip exhaust in routine scouting of Yahoo Auctions Japan, and jumped right on it. I wasn't a fan at all of the old beat up ricey sounding fart cannon Apexi N-1 exhaust that came on the car, and it looked horrible. As usual it arrived quickly and was installed straight away.





        Also I apologize for the crappy ipad pictures, I swear they are pictures I took before I even knew I'd be making a build thread. If you have bothered to make it this far, we are just about finished the ****ty ipad pictures haha.

        Anyways, more and more random parts started to come in, and my obsession for hunting down rare, discontinued items grew. I was never sure about what mirrors I wanted to choose for my build, so i just got a few different ones. As I write this, im still torn between stock mirrors, ganadors, and craft squares, or those non existent mirrors that I'm generating in my imagination subconsciously.

        Can't remember what these ones were, pretty sure veilside mirrors tho, wasn't really a fan of them, so I turned around and sold them to a guy in the states, who happens to have a pretty cool s13 coupe. raizosr20 on instagram.





        Some of my random finds:
        "hitman" steering wheel, looked cool on a listing I saw, then decided it wasn't something that would go well with the theme, and tbh not a fan of these types of the jdm acrylic/bubble thing.


        managed to scoop up a nismo cluster for my s13. Brand spanking new!


        Found an authentic Hitman steering wheel for very cheap, and made a massive profit, even had the original tag, extremely rare to find one with original tag:



        Found a rare Volk c-1 steering wheel, again just to kinda see it in person and also made a nice little profit off of it:



        Something about that oldschool Nismo logo gets me:



        I found a set of brand new Nismo mats. Im pretty sure they are for s13, as the r32 ones are shaped slightly differently, and have the grommets in them as well as a Nismo badge. I haven't been able to find any information about which chassis they are specific for, so if anyone has any information feel free to let me know. You wouldnt believe what these things cost me.



        Managed to find an arc intake box brand new with original packaging.



        an arc rad cap



        Some more arc goodies - oil pan and bov



        an endless bmc stopper



        also picked up ganadors



        got a random set of equips i was planning on re barrelling, might sell them might not, they have been sitting the past 9 months still  wrapped in the packaging they were shipped in.


        some more nismo goodies



        random s13 rain visors, to be honest no idea why I got them, they were expensive, didnt need them at all, wont fit my car, and I already have brand new 180sx ones. i must have been drunk or something lol.



        defi vsd-x heads up display unit. I was still unsure at this point what exactly I was going to do with it, but I follow a blog by a guy known as Broadfield, and wanted to mold this little unit somewhere into my car. It displays rpm, speed, and anything else that you could plug into a defi control unit.






        By now snow had fallen so I was waiting for parts to come in, waiting for rare parts to pop up for sale, and still trying to figure out some exact details for what I wanted to to to the interior of the car. After looking at the dream works 180sx, and Jesse Streeter's own car, a few months prior I had developed a strange obsession for Abflug headlights. Problem was, they were discontinued about 20 years ago, and were extremely expensive (about $1500-2000usd) back when they were in production, so even with the few existing sets scattered throughout japan, I knew it would be very had to find a set for myself.

        After searching every single day twice per day for 7 months straight on yahoo japan and UPGARAGE, I was finally able to find someone on facebook in the UK who had posted up his car for sale. The listing was about a year old, but i figured I'd give it a try and send him a message to see if he has the car still and would be interested in selling me the headlights. They were perfect, lenses were in tact, had all hardware, and they worked. What more could I want. Obviously extremely excited that I found them, with an extremely generous offer and a little kindness, I was able to persuade him to sell me the headlights. I don't know how to describe the feeling of relief and victory when I finally had found these, but if you were ever a little girl, and got a pony for your birthday, I'm sure you would be able to relate.





        As soon as I got them, I got to work restoring them, buffing out the oxidation on the lenses. Once again, I know nothing about cars, so there was an incredible amount of research into polishing different surfaces, what wet sanding was, what sand papers to use, which polishing products are the best, what kind of pads to use etc. Anyways I got to work.

        Starting with the lenses.






        and then the housing




        I managed to clean them up pretty well:



        but I wasnt completely happy with the job i did:




        maaaaaaaan, was I ever miserable sanding off all that spray paint lol. I sanded the spray paint all down and left gave the headlights and myself a break from these frustrating things, but do it right, or don't do it all!






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          By attempting to dodge the frustration caused by the restoration of the headlights, I moved onto another thing that required some tlc.

          I managed to track down an oldschool D-shape nismo steering wheel, made by personal. I got on contact with a leather shop in Canada, that was able to get me some perforated leather, and in no time, I had a half hide of high quality perforated leather. What I didn't know, was how much frustration this steering wheel would give me haha.




          As you can see, the leather was in very rough shape. Did a little research on leather upholstery, as I've never done anything like this, the different types of stitch pattern you can do, and decided on one. The basting stitch. After several attempts, I finally had something I was happy with, and I had wasted the whole 6x5 half skin of leather trying to get it right, as well as 9 hours each day for 3 days in a row.




          With that out the way, it was time to reupholster my interior panels, but this time the correct way. By now I had learned well, that nothing goes perfect when working on a car, and expect to do things multiple times before its right.

          A summer ago, I decided to upholster my door trim with Bride fabric. It turned out ok, but very soon the 3M adhesive fabric glue bond had released, so the job I did was all for nothing. I decided this time to take another wack at it, but with a little more research. I headed over to Broadfield's (the interior god) blog, to see how to properly reupholster interior panels with an adhesive that would hold. I highly recommend checking it out, for any DIYers out there, lots of good information on technique and product recommendations, and excellent work. https://broadfield.wordpress.com/category/toby-broadfields-s13/. This wasn't the first time I read his blog, I skimmed over it before I did the panels the first time, and went with 3M adhesive, as the recommended glue (DAP weldwood) is extremely hard to get in Canada, and the suppliers in the States refuse to ship it out of country for obvious reasons. I managed to track down someone on Kijiji in southern Ontario that had a lot of the glue and he was able ship me a 1 gallon paint bucket of it to me for like $60. I also ordered a thin backing foam form the states (around $200) to get the same professional results as broadfield, and I got to work.





          I wasn't overjoyed with the wrinkles along the bottom right edge, so I ripped it all off, and started over. Trust me, it was not fun peeling off tiny pieces of foam. This happened two times before I finally was happy with the result. Its really a pain in the ass to get the corners to come out smooth when upholstering the s13 panels, but I eventually developed a method and got it right.



          I also did the center console, as well as the glove box, which were far easier to do. This was the finished product, later I was able to find some interior plumbing, and tucked it in between the fabric on the door and the recessed area, to give it a cleaner look.



          Over the winter of '15, aero parts started to arrive, as well as random trinkets.

          widebody


          car modify wonder side skirts



          rocket bunny diffuser


          jdm ridgeback (can you guess what it is??)


          Nismo harness pads and Nismo gym bag



          JDM AF flare, nissan specific



          Silvia watch



          Defi bf gauges



          Random cool oil cap




          DataSystems Turbo timer (not my image), love the stealthy look.


          Decided to put the rocket bunny diffuser together, it was actually pretty satisfying, like building legos.



          With winter in full force, there wasn't much I could do until I could have the garage space and warmth of spring.



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            My timeline here is a bit off, before I parked it away for the winter, I managed to order and fit a set of spacers as I was going widebody.



            And parked her away for the Canadian winter we all love.



            There would be no work done on the the car until spring, but I managed to pick up a few things in the cold months.

            Spring 2016


            Spring time came, and it was time to start work on the car again. When I got in the car, I had noticed my recently flocked dash, had cracked again. Wasn't very happy about having to take out the dash again, and I figured the cracks came from my not so professional job the first time. I didn't bother gouging out the cracks when I repaired my dash, so there must have been only a little filler just smudged on the cracks, proving to not be very effective.

            I was ok with it though, it gave me an excuse to get a little creative with the dash, so I purchased some Norton Speed Grip, a Dremel, some fiberglass bondo, some poly flex filler, a little black primer, a new flocking kit. We'll let the pictures do the talking.













            without the flash



            The previous owner had left me with a rats nest of wiring to deal with, so I watched a video on youtube on how to use a multimeter, how to solder, ordered a soder gun, multimeter, some wires, and some connectors, and got to work. I have never wired anything before, but I thoroughly enjoyed it, it was kindof cool to see the defi products come to life, have the heads up display properly working with speed and rpm. Was a bitch to figure out at first what wires go where and where to tap in certain wires from the defi device as far as tach, speed, illumination wires etc and get it to work properly, but eventually I figured it out.







            Also wired up the rare DataSystems oem looking turbo timer. Very stealthy, love it.


            Picking at it away slowly, when one day after work I stumble upon an auction too good to give up. A minty red Bride maxis. As I mentioned earlier on, the original plan was to go with a Bride Proface driver seat and the Cuga Japan edition seat as a passanger seat. I was trying to convince myself that these seats would be awesome, yes maybe in a newer car, but who are we kidding this is a 90's car, interior filled with oldschool jdm goodies, the modern bride seats would ruin it, so I snatched the seat, and as usual it arrived quickly. I was semi nervous my seat was going to get held up because of the whole canada post thing where they were threatening to go on strike.

            My Japanese parts obsession was getting to the point I was starting to form a pretty good relationship with the ladies at the post office as I saw them almost every two weeks. Usually they don't really say anything, but with the weird shape of the box, the lady working had a good laugh and asked what the hell I was getting all the time. Perhaps she thought I was some psychopath building some sort of AI sex doll haha.




            Anyways, I managed to hunt down an old Bride RX rail, long discontinued that would work with the newer Bride Cuga perfectly, but for some reason it was sent via sea post, so it was going to be a while before I got around to installing the seats.

            While the interior was waiting on parts to come, and work to be done, by now I had most of my aero parts, so i decided to slap them all on the car with duct tape, to see how everything fit.  I was amazed with the quality of the fiberglass parts, fitment was excellent, except for 1 of the koguchi fenders, which during winter storage, somehow managed to slide off the roof of my car and wedged itself between my car and the wall, and deformed slightly. Left it out in the sun for a few hours, and it went back to its original shape, no biggie. Also picked some 180sx kouki tails with carbon center garnish before winter, and finally had the chance to actually install them. When I bought them, they came with no bulb sockets, which I was not happy about, but no biggie. I had to spend quite a bit of money getting the sockets, and necessary harnesses for it to work which was kind of annoying as I had already paid a nice chunk of change for the tails.










            During this time I had also uninstalled the hideous silvia front and stored it away for a sale (front end is for sale still, amber corners are sold though) and my rivnut tool came in the mail as well, so I started plugging away at installing nutserts in the proper location.

            managed to find another cool nismo trinket. not gonna lie, I was a little dissapointed when i opened the box and found out how small the seat was haha. On the auction listing, it looked like a normal size chair. Oh well.


            Completely forgot I had this, but its a bose subwoofer, i saw it in the trunk of some Honda I saw while browsing the internet one day, and figured it would be a great replacement for the extremely heavy 2 12" kicker subwoofers that were in the back of my trunk.


            Still have to figure out what I will be doing for rear interior. I knew I was going to have a "full" interior, minus back seats ofc, so it was time now to cut holes in the rear interior quarter panels. This was my redneck method, you can tell I have experience with carpentry.

            I tried to use the piece of cardboard as a template, so I would know exactly where to cut the holes for the rear bars of the roll cage on the interior panels. Unfortunately I didn't notice that the main halo of the cage (which my "template" was secured to) had sprung forward ever so slightly caused by stored energy in the form of tension, after unbolting the rear bars from the main hoop. So yup, of all the rare parts I've found, the rear interior panels, which are not rare at all, were surprisingly hard to get a hold of, its not like I was lowballing or trying to get panels for free, its that no one wanted to ship them to me, and they were not popping up on yahoo auctions japan at the time I was looking. After about a month or so of searching, and spamming advertisements, I managed to convince a guy from southern Ontario to sell me his interior panels. As I write this, I still have not cut holes in them yet, so thats something that needs to be done.





            Holes were way embarrassingly off, I don't mind being laughed at, but I was too annoyed and sweaty to take pictures of my failure.

            The seat rails arrived, and I had finally finished off adding plumbing to the door cards to finish off the look. Finally my interior was looking somewhat presentable, and not a pile of wires and junk.





            With the exception of the trunk, and trying to justify messing up my extremely expensive brand new nismo floor mats, and the front portion of the roll cage, the interior was essentially present.

            Now that it was a season where I could actually drive the car, and now that my I had somewhere to sit, I figured it was time to do some body work. I had asked a friend from work, who happens to be a red seal welder, dealing mostly with the exotic metals, if I could come by and get some my fenders finally welded. I'd be sol if it wasn't for him, either id have to take it to a local shop, who I really don't have much faith in. So I cut up my minty fresh rear quarter panels with le zip cut, and brought it over I also took the opportunity to seal up the rear window wiper arm hole.

            But before taking it to his shop, I quickly mounted my headlights covered in masking tape, my front fenders, and the diffuser.  Very recently I picked up an oem polyurethane bumper and a pretty minty oem metal 240sx hood while I was down in Winnipeg one weekend getting suits fitted for my brother's wedding. During the duct tape test fit I had recently done, I wasnt really a fan of the whole missing bumper, bare exposed unibody look that is typical with most rocket bunny diffusers, and had decided oem bumper slipped over the diffuser would look slick. After a little grinding action to the rear bumper support, and some cringy dremel cutting action to my brand new rocket bunny rear diffuser, it was ready to go.  What do you guys think about the bumper? oem with diffuser or no bumper with diffuser????

            Really love the look of these headlights


            fresh zip cut fenders ready to get welded





            he accidentally got some spray onto my window, but oh well, I should have warned him about it, or took the initiative to cover up my rear window. No biggie though.





            applying sealant





            Finally I was able to mount the widebody to the rears. Little unhappy with the hardware I ordered for fastening the widebody on. It oxidized very fast, so I'll have to look at either painting each bolt, or ordering some stainless, or titanium hardware for the over fenders.




            Also mocked up the ridgeback, I have to do a little trimming on the outside edges, as the widebody interferes with the way the ridgeback is supposed to sit, but this gives a you a fairly decent idea of how it looks.


            Currently I'm waiting on my rear bumper to arrive from Japan. There is a long story with Right Drive, involving me waiting over 7 months to tell me my bumper was lost, and another two more months of having to beg and fight for a refund on something that never even made it across the ocean. Its too late right now for me to bother with that story-for-another-time. All I know is they will never get my business, and will be getting in touch with the BBB. 

            So I had to make an order on rhd japan for a GT-1 front bumper, which should be hopefully this September.

            I was honestly hoping to have my car painted by a guy I know that does some really awesome work (from what I've seen) sometime this year, but its getting to the point now where its almost time to put the baby away for the season, that it would be plain stupid to have a freshly painted car sitting in the garage collecting dust, and potentially getting body checked by a vehicle door, so we will see what happens.

            Also had some goodies come in recently. Some retro blue Greddy harnesses (yes im a fanboy), as well as an ATTAIN carbon muffler/bumper cover.

            On the realistic to do list:

            - take that big sheet of mdf in my garage and come up with a design for the rear interior, pick out some different fabrics, i really like the theme of the r35 gtr racing interior, the one with the diamond stitch and carbon fiber, so something along those lines. who knows maybe ill just get lazy and make it just one big flat area with plain black carpet to cover it.



            Install ganador mirrors

            modify the ridgeback so it sits on trunk/widebody properly

            redo some of the rivnuts of the widebody, some didnt line up perfectly and some of the rivnuts didnt fold properly making it impossible to thread them in

            install attain bumper cover

            install front hoops of roll cage

            extend gas door to be flush with widebody

            extend wink mirror mounts to allow room for roll cage

            cut holes in new rear interior panels for roll cage

            possibly powdercoat roll cage red

            replace/sell the bride cuga japan edition and replace with oldschool red bride seat

            keep searching for a particular hood im after.




            thats it pretty much for now, thanks for reading!


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              Holy crap that was a sick read.
              You should get some burnt titanium hardware from @Winter Beater for the exterior. Those would probably finish it off nicely.

              I think the rear diffuser/bumper you have posted looks pretty good as is. Do you have pics of diffuser with no bumper?
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              I'm not a fan of blowing for a long time anyways ; )


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                What the hell, this looks insane! Can't wait to see it all painted!

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                  awesome. That's quite a bit of work done.
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                      Holy crap!! Nice build!!

                      As mentioned above, let me know if you need titanium screws for ANYTHING on the build, I'd love to help out!

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                            small update i got pretty excited about today: bumper should be landing soon.



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                                  Jesus christ, Y85,091 for shipping.

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                                    Thanks guys for the awesome comments.

                                    Originally posted by jordisonjr
                                    Holy crap that was a sick read.
                                    You should get some burnt titanium hardware from @Winter Beater for the exterior. Those would probably finish it off nicely.

                                    I think the rear diffuser/bumper you have posted looks pretty good as is. Do you have pics of diffuser with no bumper?


                                    There is a picture where its all held on by duct tape with the diffuser and dirty exposed no rear bumper, had to tell because diffuser wasnt really mounted properly at that point, and the sheet metal of the car was pretty dirty. Idk personally prefer the oem bumper + diffuser combo, what do you think?

                                    Originally posted by Winter Beater
                                    Holy crap!! Nice build!!

                                    As mentioned above, let me know if you need titanium screws for ANYTHING on the build, I'd love to help out!

                                    Thanks. I had a look on your website, but I'm looking for flat black/brushed black hardware, I'd also need quite a bit (probably over 70 which is expensive af lol) Anyways not really looking for something very shiny or in your face, but if you ever do get something like I had in mind keep me posted, I might persuade myself to drop a kidney on some fasteners lol.
                                    Originally posted by firelizard
                                    Jesus christ, Y85,091 for shipping.

                                    Yeah :( Funny thing though, it was one of the cheapest options lol (for the timeline I was trying to receive it by) and I even talked to a few people in Japan and a few other businesses.




                                    Small update, took a look at the harnesses I got as well as the attain muffler bumper cover thing. I plan on going a certain type of off white atm for the exterior of the car, with black parts here and there for a little contrast. The more the merrier, plus I think it will stop my white paint on rear bumper from getting too smoky.





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                                      Originally posted by mhubeny180sx

                                      There is a picture where its all held on by duct tape with the diffuser and dirty exposed no rear bumper, had to tell because diffuser wasnt really mounted properly at that point, and the sheet metal of the car was pretty dirty. Idk personally prefer the oem bumper + diffuser combo, what do you think?



                                      I'd say go with the bumper. It looks to empty and incomplete without it IMO
                                      I feel if the diffuser took up moire of that space it would work, but with only those two mounting arms extending into that space, i'd probably just cover it up with the bumper cover
                                      Originally posted by Madbuzz41
                                      I'm not a fan of blowing for a long time anyways ; )


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                                        Originally posted by mhubeny180sx

                                        Thanks. I had a look on your website, but I'm looking for flat black/brushed black hardware, I'd also need quite a bit (probably over 70 which is expensive af lol) Anyways not really looking for something very shiny or in your face, but if you ever do get something like I had in mind keep me posted, I might persuade myself to drop a kidney on some fasteners lol.


                                        Good news! I have black titanium too ;)

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                                          wow, wicked build thread! I'd love to see a how to on that flock
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                                            Originally posted by Ctown8
                                            wow, wicked build thread! I'd love to see a how to on that flock
                                            I was bored and watched the video below on Youtube on how to do it.. Looks easy.



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                                            Build looks sweet so far though, will definitely keep my eye on this thread for updates!

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                                              Originally posted by Ctown8
                                              wow, wicked build thread! I'd love to see a how to on that flock

                                              yeah, like vince said, its very easy. I did it just by applying the flocking adhesive with a paint brush, and then using the manual cardboard flocking tool you can buy ($10.00 or so), no need for a special flocking gun. Just work quickly, but take your time when applying the adhesive, to get a nice thick coat on, and once you have your coat of adhesive just go mental with the flock. I bought 2 8oz bags for my dash so I didn't have to sweep up the flocking off the ground to stick back into the applicator, becuse with 1 flock bag this is what will happen, and you might even run short. Just go over the dash a few times withe the flock so its covered VERY well with flock fibers and thats it. Also allow at least 48 hours for it to cure, id say 72 hours to be safe. Most of it is prep. Proper sanding, and making sure you gouge out and widen the cracks in your dash (if you have any). The first time I did it it came out flawless, but i only slapped bondo over the cracks without properly widening the cracks and having a hole at the end of the cracks. The cracks came back very quickly. This current dash hasn't cracked yet. We'll see how it holds up being stored in the cold garage over winter tho, fingers crossed lol.
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                                                tfw when you own something truly unique (only one like it outside of Japan), and replicas are already being produced....



                                                in other news, my front bumper was delivered today, but was working. Getting my hands on it tomorrow. So excited!

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                                                  lol its been a bad few days for me.
                                                  My bumper finally arrived, sign the package, courier takes off, bring it in the garage, open it up and get excited to text fit it on the car. Only to find this:








                                                  When I opened the box, i was a little surprised with how it was packaged, very loosely in a large box, with not very much protection, and can't say I'm too pleased, especially since I spent a little over $2000. Trying to get in contact with rhdjapan to see what they can do for me. I asked them to devalue the price of the bumper, down to 14,000 yen which is about $200 cad, when in reality i actually paid 46,000 yen which is like $500, to save myself from paying too large of a customs fee, so not too sure whats going to happen, in regards to my situation. The box is still at home with me, I called the lady who dropped it off right away and told what I discovered upon opening it, but she was already on her way to her house in a nearby town and said she wont process the cheque I gave her for paying the customs fee. I'm not sure how its going to play out, what do you guys think?

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