Ever since gran turismo 1 iv loved these fucking things
Nissan-180SX-Type-X-96 by ezza_9000, on Flickr
So when i was finally in the position to be able to import a car fresh from japan this was top of the list, long story short i found what i wanted, white, full type x kit and a few toys on it already, its a 97 so actually newer than my old s14 and had the none vvt blacktop in it.
The auction sheet showed that the exterior was good but the interior wasnt so great, no biggy i thought.
the auction pics:
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As you could imagine i was buzzing when i won the auction!
The car had a long trip to the docks from fukushima (where the nuclear plant meltdown occurred after the tsunami), after the car arrived at the docks in japan the dock workers snapped a few more pics for me:
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Not long after that i find out that they had to higher the car and remove the front bumper to get it on the ship!!
thankfully they bubble wrapped everything up nicely and all the bolts etc, although i wasnt too happy about being charged for it but what could i do.
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From there it was just the waiting game, after what seemed like forever the car arrives in the uk, i sort all the paperwork out and go to collect with a recovery truck,
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Once i got it home and had chance to have a good look and run it for a bit etc i found that the auction sheet wasnt exactly accurate, the exterior was terrible (rust in the usual places) but the interior was mint, im not too fussed because where its rusted are places i would be cutting away anyway so not too bad.
But most importantly the engine ran and the car drove both flawlessly (making my daily Mercedes feel clunky and poorly made).
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what some cheeky japanese scamp had done was cover the rust with white vinyl, so on the auction pics it would look totally mint, so i took that shit off and took the grinder to some areas to see how far we were looking at and in an attempt to stop the rust spreading before i make my arches.
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Things i got for the car before it arrived:
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A also got 5 stud hubs but il come back to that.
the wheels i picked up were some iv always wanted, WORK VSKF, threw one under the arch just to get an idea:
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Il be making some custom arches similar to this:
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naturally i ordered lips as soon as id measured what sizes i want, i went for a 5" front and 6" rear lip, giving me 10 and 11j
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Here is one of the faces dropped in the lip just to see (the lips and barrels are welded together so have to cut that before re-lipping the wheels)
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