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#1 docaam

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 10:41 PM

Hi guys, I have been lurking here on the forum for almost a year. did an intro thread back in June

http://forums.hybrid...__1#entry944810

I bought this Z from Rimal310 back in June 2011 I guess, and got it shipped by August to Dubai, it reached here sometime in October. I will be copying from posts from another forum where I was updating my built thread and from now will update it regularly.

I really had difficult time starting the car here because of difficulty in finding missing parts which are easy to get from US but hard to find here in dubai, like differential, half shafts etc.

Ok lets start now :)

Car reached Dubai.

Picture of same day car came and dropping at the workshop

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Some more pictures, after looking at the car its a bit more work then expected but Im ready for the challenge :driving:

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#2 docaam

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 10:43 PM

After searching the whole country found a place

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Car is in a workshop getting engine mounting done at the moment.

Installing, making mounts for engine, gearbox and differential, and custom half shafts.

Engine going in is from later model (99-2003) R34 GTT 2.5l RB25DET NEO, slightly revised version of older RB25, mainly solid lifter, revised camshafts and a larger stock turbo.

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Gearbox will be same from R34 5sp.

Rear differential is from Z31 and half shafts from 280zx.


Some pictorial

It really took me over a month to find a place who can go the custom jobs I required. I searched literally all over the country (500 mile radius), finally found something very close to my place (not Dubai but Alain). This is the place a small one but good thing is they only do these old Zs and can do any modification required.

One skyline and few 280zx standing.
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This one is ready to do to Abu Dhabi fitted with RB25DE Neo
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Few cars inside
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RB25DET Neo installed in one 260Z 2+2

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Master class 1972 with original L6 engine. Very clean car.

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15" Watanabe wheels wrapped in Toyo R888, and fender flares

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Its been waiting here for an engine coming from USA, fully stroked and multi carb setup.
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Coming to bossiness, engine mounting are done and some are sent for lath person for pressing and some installed.

Gearbox will be assembled soon can be seen lying on the right side with drive shaft.

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R33 drive shaft going in, final length still needs to be decided

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Differential mounts are done

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Some problem with a good news and bad.

Good news is the previous owner from California reinforced the chassis and I thought that its just the front he was talking about but looking under the car there are reinforcement beams running full across the car. Installer was surprised to see all this, and he said its very difficult to get this kind of job done here, he rated it with maximum marks. He said I can install any engine with this kind of work.

Now the bad news is in US maybe the weld spots are ok and can be cleared easily at time of registration. But here its needs to be grinded else car cant be registered. So painter need to flip the car upside down and grinding all the joints and colour it again.

Weld spots are more visible in the front
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Few spots in the middle
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At the rear there is a beam for a heavier differential as well
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#3 docaam

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 10:56 PM

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Colour decision time, so what you guys think of this, did a test panel painted in these four colours

L TO R Bayside blue, custom olive green, 370z blue, Golf R rising blue

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Bayside Blue from R34
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370Z blue
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Custom Olive green
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VW Golf R blue
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Then after lurking here and there for few days I ditched all blue and green but went for new gray Grigio Estoque, did made some custom changes in it slightly lighter by 15%.

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 11:01 PM

Some updates from Beginning Dec 12

Grinding of the chassis

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Test panel of final colour
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If you guys see the old pictures area around the surge tank was open and tank's mount were not strong as well, so I got it all closed by a sheet and frame is welded with the body.

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side covers might work as a diffuser :)
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cleaned , sanded and primed
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As the floor of the car were changed so custom seat mounts welded, then sanded, anti rust coated and then primed for paint.
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engine bay was black so primed for new colour.
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They removed all suspension parts for final primer and colour will take a camera today to take some pictures. Car will be going for engine installation saturday morning.

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 11:02 PM

Updates from Mid December

Interior engine bay all done car was taken for engine work on Sunday

Final touches like battery tray
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Painted
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Dint take pictures of engine bay painted will take some clean ones later.

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Very clean engine came with auto gearbox from a 2002-3 GT, so hopefully will be in good condition.

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Today they will give me all the outer parts for custom painting, head gasket, water body and timing belt will be changed for some peace of mind.

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 11:05 PM

Engine parts painted

Parts removed
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All parts were cleaned, then primed with a special primer then heat resistant paint was applied and a final high temp clearcoat. It should last for a while I hope. The combo is of red, black and silver.

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Some other pictures engine bay painted
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found differential mounts (moustache bar was missing)
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Still need a custom plate because 87 ZX differential is slightly different
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Gearbox with custom mounting plate
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Engine assembled with painted parts :)

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This fake CF coloured plate and a sticker was used by my installer so will remove that once car is out of the workshop and replace with stock plate coloured in silver

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:facepalm: for the sticker, cant disappoint the guy atleast for the time being
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Still to go, but will fix after engine is inside the bay.
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Posted 06 February 2012 - 11:06 PM

I ordered some Work wheels back in September, they reached Dubai just after Christmas

Work Meister CR01 with Gun Metal center
15 X 8.5 -9 around 95mm lip
15 x 9.5 -24mm around 135mm lip biggest you can get

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Placing against the car :tup:
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Try to find out which one to use?
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Posted 06 February 2012 - 11:07 PM

By 20th Jan engine was installed and this was posted on 20th Jan.


Kind of one phase is done. I will move the car for exhaust on Saturday and from there to paint shop. They will start the car today before taking it for exhaust.

Engine, gearbox with new clutch, differential, rear axle, radiator, fans all installed.

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Custom engine mounts
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Radiator was fro 1JZ but will run custom pipe
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Flex A lite twin fans, shroud is for Mitsubishi eclipse but got a good deal on it.
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Drive trian would be fitted today
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Fuel cell mounted and fitted
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Posted 06 February 2012 - 11:08 PM

Last week

Car was supposed to be painted yesterday but it was a day off so hopefully today

Some pictures I took Thursday night, after painting door jams all panels were in final alignment phase.

Door jams and inside of doors painted
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Rear bumper aligned, will get bumpers and front grill powder coated once they will close all the holes
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Rest of body
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Front air damper and bumper installed
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Trying the fender flares
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Front caster is too much out
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Rear not sure this
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Posted 06 February 2012 - 11:11 PM

And now the final post as of Yesterday, after which I will try to uypdate the thread regularly, it been bust four months lots of parts are on order and coming to dubai needed to finish the car

Its the new gray shade which is on Lambo Aventadoor, I just slightly added silver and aluminium more.

Ok now the details, very happy with the paint itself and the paint job.

I went for Dupont chromobase paint, including dupont epoxy primer, thinner, activator and their new chromo clear coat. I have visited their main office here in Dubai to discuss the whole project and was advised on some things which turned out nice.

This is the thinner and chromo clear coat which was used. According to lots of reviews this clear coat gives the least amount of swirl marks, more like scratch resistant.

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First always use all compatible materials and then followed their guidelines on mixing, spraying and curing.

Car was primed in their epoxy primer which gives the best binding for paint.

They advised me to first warm the whole car at 60 deg C which was done then basecoat. As this colour is kind of 2 stage so first it was painted 3 coats of first base coat which was more blackish then 2 coats of aluminium and silver mixture. result was like drooooool

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Really happy with the outcome of the shade, very very close to what I wanted. I was tempted to do matte clear coat as it was looking really HOT.

I was advised to do 4 coats of clearcoat if I was looking for a showcar finish. Two coats first then sand the whole car with 1500 grit paper a quick compound polish and then again 2 coats. But after doing 2 coats I was satisfied and called it a day. 4 coats would have been better with some brighter colour.

I like how the shade changes from silver to GM to dark GM.

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Posted 07 February 2012 - 01:33 AM

I love your project!! CR01 wheels and the color were amazing choices. It should look amazing once finished!

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Posted 07 February 2012 - 06:31 AM

That is badazzz!! Love the color!

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Posted 07 February 2012 - 11:38 AM

nice build!

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Posted 07 February 2012 - 05:26 PM

this
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this is correct, fat part should be more towards the front of the car.

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Posted 07 February 2012 - 05:35 PM

That paint looks awesome! Would please tell us how much silver and or aluminum was mixed in? What color silver and aluminum or did you use metal flake?

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Posted 07 February 2012 - 05:40 PM

Subscribed!

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#17 docaam

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Posted 07 February 2012 - 09:46 PM

this is correct, fat part should be more towards the front of the car.


Thanks man, I did realized that later on. will finalize the drill once paint job is done.

That paint looks awesome! Would please tell us how much silver and or aluminum was mixed in? What color silver and aluminum or did you use metal flake?


You will see that in the formula of the paint, I just changed the silver part rest is all same

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Posted 08 February 2012 - 05:03 AM

Awesome!

1978 280Z with an rb30/25det, garrett gt35r, haltech platinum pro, wire specialties harness, rc 750cc injectors, z31 fs5r30a 5 speed, rb25 bell housing, ACT clutch lsd rear, 20lbs of boost....... and lots of YouTube videos to prove it lol http://www.youtube.c...0z?feature=mhee


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Posted 09 February 2012 - 06:20 PM

Looks great Docaam! :mrgreen: subscribed

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 07:30 PM

Docaam,

Your build is very inspiring, and I absolutely love that color choice. Do you know the stock Lambo color code off hand?
Nelsonian, San Diego, CA.




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