So I drove around Japan looking for a Bluebird...

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Re: So I drove around Japan looking for a Bluebird...

Postby TheHeretic » 25 Nov 2016 20:36

So I actually would want one of those stickers! ?
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Re: So I drove around Japan looking for a Bluebird...

Postby BrandonS » 26 Nov 2016 22:22

TheHeretic wrote:So I actually would want one of those stickers! ?

I put it up on a on the 510/1600 Owner Registry group and got the same thing. It would just take too long to make them for people; I also like it being a little original so there is a bit of stinginess too ;)

I don't want this to turn into a project thread in the General Discussion topic so I PM'd 5Ten to have this thread moved to the Projects Section to keep it all together rather than split it into two threads by starting a new one. I got my Bre spook in a couple days before the car got here. I had a chance to mock "mount" it yesterday and by that I mean clamp it to the car with vice grips (but not with gusto to hurt anything). The plan was originally to have it painted to match, but I'm really digging it in black. So I need to decide if I want to go semi-gloss or gloss. If I go semi-gloss, I'll probably redo the grill to match since that's currently gloss. The paint on it also doesn't look as nice as I'd prefer. I had also planned to use 3M VHB to attach it, but with the fitment being the way it is I think I"m going to need to use hardware to "pull it into" the body.

I haven't ordered a radiator yet. I think with as hot as it gets here in the summer I may just go with an aluminum one in the car and recore the original and store it. How do the Koyorads fit? They seem to get decent reviews. Any other suggestions; maybe something akin in quality but a little more easy on the wallet?

A couple pics from the mock up are below. On a side note, I do want to do a proper photo shoot, but I can only sorta drive the car right now. I have insurance on it and the inspection is complete, but the registration is still under the previous owner. A friend that owns a local garage said if I got pulled over I should be fine since everything is in order and I have a bill of sale, but said to register it sooner than later obviously.

Ignore the oil stain, it's from oil I missed on the lower control arm when I changed the filter.

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And for S&Gs a photoshop with no bumperettes and chrome caps in the holes (most likely outcome)

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Here's one of the kiddo checking out the car. She kept saying "go" while sitting there so I think she liked it :)

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Re: So I drove around Japan looking for a Bluebird...

Postby Byron510 » 26 Nov 2016 23:11

Car looks great!

I have photos of both of my kids behind the wheel around that age in my Bronze thread - very cool.

You must be a happy guy right now - livin the dream for sure.

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Re: So I drove around Japan looking for a Bluebird...

Postby BrandonS » 26 Nov 2016 23:30

Byron510 wrote:Car looks great!

I have photos of both of my kids behind the wheel around that age in my Bronze thread - very cool.

You must be a happy guy right now - livin the dream for sure.

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I think these pictures will be great when looking back; even maybe a "now and then" type picture when she is older.

I am pretty happy. A bit stressed with the registration portion of it and a little miffed about the radiator, but that's all stuff that'll come out in the wash so to speak.

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Re: So I drove around Japan looking for a Bluebird...

Postby DADZSUN » 01 Dec 2016 05:29

BrandonS wrote:
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Gorgeous car, that interior is pristine!

What rims are you running, Watanabe Type B ? If so what size/width?

They look nearly identical to what I'm running except your center is so much cleaner!

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Re: So I drove around Japan looking for a Bluebird...

Postby BrandonS » 01 Dec 2016 06:29

Wow they do look identical! They are 14" Watanabes... I would have to measure the offset/width, I'll try to remember tomorrow when I take them off and swap them for the other set of wheels in hopes to get it registered. Mine have that same sort of color as yours on the inside, but it doesn't really show up in real life during the day. It shows up more in pictures and at night.

The car passed it's "Shaken" but the military still requires a base safety inspection to be done. They just redid the Shaken. One issue was the wheels stick out too far in the front and they didn't like how close the rears are to the inner lip even though there is no rubbing. The car was a few millimeters too low, so the coilovers will go up as well.

I would say your car looks like it may be quite a bit cleaner than mine. Good looking 510! What front suspension do you have? Mine has R30 Skyline shocks/hub/brakes. I need to take measurements one of these days, but I'm wondering if a 510 or 280z setup would pull the wheel in. That'd for down the road though.

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Re: So I drove around Japan looking for a Bluebird...

Postby DADZSUN » 01 Dec 2016 10:50

My Watanabes are 14x7 ET0, tires are a wide'ish 195/60 r14 Falken Azenis. I have 280zx struts up front with a 5mm spacer which still leaves a marginally narrower track up front compared to OEM. It's a *tight* fit on the back, fresh tires sometimes get a very light sidewall shave after their first autocross. :lol:

I can sometimes get close to your center section color if I use rim cleaner several times in a row but my Porterfield R4S brake pads dump enough dust to turn it back to a rough cast aluminum color within 100km of usage. Those lips can be polished but they don't hold their shine for more than ~3 months. I'd love to get it sealed somehow, maybe down the road when I get them fully restored.

Judging by your picture you're running a 175 or 185 width? Looks to have a little more stretch than mine. For the front maybe crank those camber plates in to pass the inspection? :wink:

My 510 is one of those good from far, but far from good. Overall the chassis is solid but the finish has lots of nicks/dings/chips/faded spots - like a pair of comfy worn jeans. There's at least 3 different versions of orange paint on the car. The plan is to repaint once my boys are a little older - there's a few hockey puck dings on the door...
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Re: So I drove around Japan looking for a Bluebird...

Postby greenthumb » 01 Dec 2016 18:50

Man, that Coupe is the business! What a beautiful find. The color, the wheels, the stance... mmmmmMMMMMM

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Re: So I drove around Japan looking for a Bluebird...

Postby BrandonS » 02 Dec 2016 02:22

So this is the wizardry that they had a problem with; clearly not rubbing with the little mold knubbies. Even still, the front stuck out (you can see it in the below picture) and the car was overall too low.
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The car came with spare set of wheels so I went first thing this morning to our Auto Hobby Shop (rent a garage space for military). I raised the coilovers on all four corners and stuck the other set on. Got it all good to go and realized the front was sticking out 1/4" past the fender at the bottom.
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So I really lucked out. The guy that runs the tire shop next door had a spare set of R32 GTS-T wheels and tires sitting in the shop. He offered them up to borrow for the day to get it passed. All it took was a spacer and some wire to pull my muffler to the side a bit. I also had to keep in mind not to turn more than 1.5 turns of the steering wheel or rubbing would ensue; had to make sure not to do that through the inspection line.
It has really good ground clearance like this...
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But in the end I got my plates so that's what matters. I swiftly put it back to how it was afterwards and returned the wheels.


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