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PostSubject: Shakotan c32   Sat 18 Jun 2011, 3:31 am

This project is a 1987 c32 nissan laurel, my shakotan project.

This threads also copied of other forums so sorry if it dithers.

The story behind this car goes a little something like this, while cruising around on a website called retro rides i came across this laurel, it was for sale months ago and the bloke wanted a quick sale as he was being laid off, but he decided at the last moment he wanted to keep it so all deals were off.

Just out of chance i sent him a message about where to get another of these as i wanted a proper pimp jap saloon, he got back quickly saying i could have his as he now wanted rid, so after scraping the money together and getting in there 1st before the bangers did i saved a old jap from the scrap.

Went and picked the old girl up from birminghamish way so took a solid 3 hours to get there, but when i drove her back she was perfect, engine quiet, no rattles, bangs, squeeks, tings, etc, but the prop donut is on its way out but thats nothing major.

Anyway got her to the unit, took some pics and promptly forgot about her as the MA70 was taking all my time.

But a few months later i started gathering things up for her for her trip to the tarmac, i gots me some s13 hubs, disks, calipers, control arms and some swish cusco coilovers for a fairly straightforward coilover conversion. Then the work started.

While i was inspecting the coilovers and removing the helper springs i got a thought, so i rung my mate paul and asked 'Is it possible to remove the coilover springs and just have the helper springs or would they shear when i lower this bitch and lose a eye' his response was for us to go for it since we want that ridiculous slammage.

So we did.



This shows the sizes of the standard c32 spring, the coilover spring and the helper spring seated.

we wernt quite ready for what happened next but we loved it.



There is still room under the arches for about another 20mm of drop and the coilovers will allow this but ive got to see what its like on the road first before i jump into that.

We also started on the fronts but it got dark and we got hungry so went home.

Just remember this cars ment to be FUN.
Thats all it is, the more fun you have the more you want to learn and in return the more you can have fun with.Very Happy

So after the slammage of the rear me and Paul decided to attack the front.

The drivers side came off so damn easy and we pulled the whole quarter out.
Then we had to replace the lower arms, hubs, disks, calipers, pads and flexis out of the s13.

When we realised the original tracks rods wernt gonna fit the hubs we realised we were in trouble, so i started hunting for some s13 track rods and ends.

Eventually i got from a reliable source that r32 skyline track rods fit s13's so in turn will fit the laurel and will work for me, so they got installed and all is well, just need tracking done at some point.

But in the mean time we put the passenger side together and wound up with this.



Not bad considering the chassis is about 2 cm off the even ground.

Right so we got the old girl dropped and the brakes bled all ready for the show.

BUT we ran into a problem, the seal on the servo connecting to the master cylinder had perished and was gushing out brake fluid Sad

So no show for the laurel.

But we got it out of the storage and took some pictures.




It looked better after we gave it a hose down.

And this is to show the amount of ground clearence if you can make it out.



So the first point of call is fix the broken seal so that the barge stops.
Second is fit the fresh new wheels i just finished painting.
And third, is completly BOSO the bitch, got a high rise exhaust in the making along with arch flaires and a shark nose.
Watch this space.

Oh and here are the new wheels, didnt think i done to bad of a job on them tbh, considering they were quite a manky silver when i got them, but theyre only 14 x 6j.



As you can tell from above this was intending to be a BOSO project, but down the line i decided for a more milder (and legal) shakotan style instead, mainly because, this car is awesome, it is without a doubt one of the MOST comfortable cars i have ever driven and ide like to drive it often so ide rather be police sight friendly, another reason is boso is like marmite, love or hate, some people get it and some dont and i dont wanna put all the time in making a shaknose and arch flares when people just arnt going to understand, so ill stay subtle and if the time comes then go abit mad.

I got some other wheels for this too, but at the moment im in 2 minds as to wether to use them or not as this would mean arch extentions.

I was hunting around for cheap tyres for the advans , while still hurting over the fact theyre only 6j when i went on driftworks and browsed through some parts for sale.

I found something awesomeeeee.

13 x 8 wellers and 13 x 10 steelies, for basically nothing.
Little to say a fair few people wanted them but the bloke wanted to sell local 1st, where was he located, NORFOLK! my neck of the woods.

so a quick phonecall later and a trip to bumfuck nowhere i collected these badboys, and had snout about the sellers notchback levin, quality chap.

The Wellers.




And the beast's.





I made some hub adaptors up at work so they fit as they were for a ford i think and intended to refurbish them in the colours the advans are but like i say im still not sure so theyre just sat in the unit unloved.

Right so the other day i set about sorting the brake fluid leak.

after the master cylinder was pulled apart i discovered the offending seal was infact...FINE :/

But anyway the seal was replaced and the unit was sealed up and it should now all be sorted.

I also changed the steering wheel to the wooden one i painted earlier and replaced the helper springs in the rear with the normal springs to raise it slightly.

We ran into a couple of speed bumps along the way so there was many trips back and forth and henceforth the day got fairly short fairly quickly so by the time everything was sorted i only had enough time to test fit one of the sets of wheels and i chose the 10j steels just to see what i was dealing with.

Heres the original steering wheel.



And the new one minus the horn.



I also test fitted the banded steelies WITHOUT the 20mm hub adaptors.



HMM.

I then realised i hadnt test fitted the advans so i had a look at tbh they look awesome.




Not to bad.

Also, you ever tired of having no pennies when you go that tiny bit over at the petrol station?, i fucking was.

So one day while shopping i spotted these little guys, mario mushroom sweet tins, sweets were nice but after the tin just looked to damn good to throw away, so i turned it into a penny pot for the dash.




Nice.

Well thats it so far, me and a friend got kicked out of the little overhang bit you see the laurel in there and we now currently have a very large unit in which to do tings, BUT there is a huge hole in the roof and no door so its upto us to fix it up so we're currently busy with that.

I did plan on making my own air bag setup but so far i havent had time or money to put any serious effort behind it, the next things on the list are ;

Tyres for advans
Make sure the leak is sorted and bleed the brakes
Re grease some things.
Install the horn.
DIY track the steering
A little welding and straight to MOT.

It will in a few months look like this in essence.





Only brown. and not a toyota.
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PostSubject: Re: Shakotan c32   Sat 18 Jun 2011, 4:07 am

Sick as fark! loving this mate Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Shakotan c32   Sat 18 Jun 2011, 4:33 am

Beautifulllllll
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PostSubject: Re: Shakotan c32   Sat 18 Jun 2011, 5:00 am

short ride height drag rim deep Wink (search it)

I wanted a 70 crown or cresta SOOOOO bad for ages and i hate you for owning this haha

is it skidable?

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PostSubject: Re: Shakotan c32   Sat 18 Jun 2011, 5:00 am

also: bee one one oh

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PostSubject: Re: Shakotan c32   Sat 18 Jun 2011, 6:45 am

Sick!

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PostSubject: Re: Shakotan c32   Sat 18 Jun 2011, 6:46 am

Very cool!
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PostSubject: Re: Shakotan c32   Sat 18 Jun 2011, 7:00 am

love it!
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PostSubject: Re: Shakotan c32   Mon 20 Jun 2011, 5:32 am

the win in this thread is off the scale

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PostSubject: Re: Shakotan c32   Mon 20 Jun 2011, 7:47 am

this on the stand at JAE instead =P

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PostSubject: Re: Shakotan c32   Mon 20 Jun 2011, 9:15 am

with the shark nose!

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PostSubject: Re: Shakotan c32   Mon 20 Jun 2011, 10:49 am

Love Thisss
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PostSubject: Re: Shakotan c32   Wed 22 Jun 2011, 4:31 am

ezza wrote:
with the shark nose!

Got the plans and the materials now just gotta aquire the time lol.
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PostSubject: Re: Shakotan c32   Wed 22 Jun 2011, 9:48 am

keep us updated mate

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PostSubject: Re: Shakotan c32   Thu 23 Jun 2011, 12:59 am

MORE!!! This is just too badass!!
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PostSubject: Re: Shakotan c32   Sat 23 Jul 2011, 5:44 pm

any update on this??
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PostSubject: Re: Shakotan c32   Sat 23 Jul 2011, 7:30 pm

Powelly wrote:
any update on this??

Actually mate there is, i dont know if i said or not but the supra died on me a few weeks ago, the engine sucked in loads of water and tat when the air filter decided to fall off so shes in truth, fucked. So shes hauled up in the unit and im working on the new engine for it.

But im the mean time ive now started to get more stuff for this to get it back on the road.
Got my new headlight stalk as the old one has had it, need to get universal steering gaitors and a new tyre and also have the brakes and steering tracked and sorted, also a touch of welding on the sills but i hope to get it done in a few weeks.
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PostSubject: Re: Shakotan c32   Sat 23 Jul 2011, 8:00 pm

thats bad news about the supra dude Sad

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PostSubject: Re: Shakotan c32   Sun 14 Aug 2011, 10:19 pm

Right well i have some news.

After the supras engine let go i had to rent a garage on the same farm to be able to work on my engine in a locked, dry area with electricity so while setting all this up i was looking at the laurel and saw how neglected she looked.

She i started gathering parts up to get her MOT'able, I went to luton to collect a master cylinder, servo and alternator. It was during this time that the bloke giving me the pieces informed me i had one of 5 manual registered laurels left in the uk (according to that car regestration site thing) so i best step up.

Me and a friend pulled it out of the unit and around to the front of my garage so i could start work on it, i attached a new battery and for the first time in about 8 months tried to start her...1st time she started.

BUT the electrics didnt work until i reved the engine and then everything came on, one person said its the ignition switch and nothing works until the engine is started and another says ive fried a relay so i need to source those.

I started by changing the headlight stalk as it wouldnt turn the lights off, only to find a new problem, the indicators work, then slow down, until basically they arnt on anymore but they are, so thats another thing to sort, might be the stalk might be to do with the relay.

I also removed the slow punctured tyre and slung it in the van to be changed, and changed the shredded steering gaitors.

I also dove under the car to check the rust situation, the underneath is spotless apart from one spot around the rear towing eye thats left a hole so ill have to weld that and the bottom area of the drivers wing so im going to have to cut that off and re weld another piece on.

Anyway i was to busy with that and my breaks on the daily van deciding not to work i didnt get many pictures.

I got this one though quickly.



She'll get done.
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PostSubject: Re: Shakotan c32   Mon 22 Aug 2011, 4:16 am

Well anyway a few mates and me are off to the japshow finale on the 18th of september so the time frame is getting smaller to get the old girl MOT'ed.

After getting it out last weekend i walked around and dived underneath her to asess what to do for MOT.

One of the main things was the electrical issue but i draw the line at electrics as i am FRIGGING usless at it so ill drop it off to a mate for that.

The other issue was some areas of rot which i found on the bottom of the drivers wing...




Nasty, but when i got it off it was a whole wing, where did that corner go...



Ah..oh dear.
It would have been easier to get the new wing but because these are so hard to come by and being so old, new panels are hard to get hold of, esspecially since the norwich nissan dealership dont even seem to know they made one..

So i got some mild steel and set to work shaping it, after it was shaped i put the wing on the car and tacked it together so it was the same shape and angle as the original.



Then i did the usual, grind down, fill, smooth, fill again, smooth again, prime etc, just need to get the paint now but its easier to do the whole wing.



Not to bad.

The metal work underneathe the wing was quite clean though i found, so im going to give it a lick of underseal and leave it as is.




In the mean time i started to deal with the other rot hole i found in the boot.




So ive cut it all out and am now ready to weld it in next weekend.

I went back today and undersealed and stone chipped the arches, as well as greasing the brakes and fixing the steering gaitor and replacing the new tyre.

Whats left on the list for MOT (as far as i know) is :

1. greasing the passenger bearing.
2. Get the steering tracked.
3. Sort the leccy problem.
4. New wipers.

Then on to the MOT station.

Wish me luck.
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PostSubject: Re: Shakotan c32   Mon 22 Aug 2011, 7:42 am

You not coming jae with is then?

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PostSubject: Re: Shakotan c32   Fri 30 Sep 2011, 4:58 am

Well i promised a up date so here it is.

The story goes i got her down to the mot test center and she broke the test stations record for most red sheets in a single mot...all in all 3 whole red sheets and a advisory page.



Not exactly the best result ever, but a majority of that was to do with the electrical problem causing all lights etc not to work, also the brakes decided halfway to the station to become spongey!

Anyway she was in the garage getting prepped and everything got sorted, the electrical problem turned out to be broke wires, basically putting it down to a mouse as she has been stored in a open barn for the passed year. The only problem remaining was the brakes, upon consulting with other laurel conversionists the general talk was the master cylinder is strong enough to work the 200sx calipers.

A fact my mechanic had a hard time coming to grips with, so to save time and hassle i got hold of a 200sx master cylinder (in the time window of 3 hours before the mot!!!) and installed that, hey presto the brakes work!, the only thing that still doesnt work is the radio, so right now a ipod and headphones will have to do!

So with the mot passed, it was onto japshow, then a week later it was mod live which was fun and she got a fair amount of attention!

Before mod live though i installed HID's, my awesome boso exhaust and a new front splitter, my tyres were MENT to be in time for mod live but they never arrived so no new wheels for the show!



Well thats how she sat at mod live, i took some pictures a few minutes ago to show how shes sitting at the moment.




I was ment to have my wooden steering wheel installed bvut the boss is rubbish and has chewed itself to death so im currently making a custom one!



Everyone loves the dildo gearknobs nowadays so i went with a classic, this came off a 1920's john deere tractor and i machined it to fit!



The wheels, painted a wrapped in new rubber just 2 hours ago, ready to go on when i have a spare few minutes!

Been currently getting a fair amount of attention for this though...




The best thing is though that police love it! and i dont mean 'fine me' love it, i mean find it hillarious and interesting!

Well thats about it so far, i NEED bolt on spacers urgently 4 x 114.3 fitment at least 20mm! so if anyone knows of any please let me know, i have cash waiting!
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PostSubject: Re: Shakotan c32   Fri 30 Sep 2011, 5:17 am

bad ass! loving the victory pipes!

great progress!
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PostSubject: Re: Shakotan c32   Mon 03 Oct 2011, 12:00 am

Loving this Very Happy

Dont suppose you'd be interested in these would you?





They are the 'Racing' version of your Advans. 14"x7J all round. ET0

They are 4x114 PCD but also got some custom 4x100 adaptors for them if you need Smile

PM me if your interested as im desperate to sell them!
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PostSubject: Re: Shakotan c32   Mon 03 Oct 2011, 3:01 am

So, i put the advans on today and aside from them sinking it down about 30mm the wheels are MUCH smaller then expected!




So the rears were fine with how the suspension was dialed in, but the fronts had to come up 20mm, but sods law was i forgot my c spanners so out came the hammer and flatedge.

I got the car home from my unit which was a good 20miles with clearence on the lowest point being about 15 - 20mm excluding the splitter and suprisingly it didnt catch anything, so it MAY be suitable.



Lets see what this week brings.
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