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 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.
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!