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    Thousand Oaks, Ca

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  1. Hakone Motorsports

    Shakotan Z

    Little update to the build. Its at paint (RM_Collision on IG) currently getting the 904 Kilimanjaro White. Should look pretty neat with the flares and wheels. On a side note, anyone have any recommendations on where to get a windshield?
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    '76 280z Interior pieces needed

    Hello, I am looking for the following parts: Steering column cover assembly Ignition / Key assembly Door / Hatch w/ key assembly '
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    Shakotan Z

    Currently overseas with my day job, but a couple friends ended up hauling the z car to the painters place for final body work and paint. Also, ended up finding an arita speed front lower spoiler and OEM G-Nose hood hinges here in Japan.
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    Shakotan Z

    Did up a removable bash bar for the G nose and fit the lower half of the G nose to the bash bar. The corner lamp mounts were pretty far off so the light mounts were cut out, then fiber glass was layed over the tubing that was masked and further trimmed to fit the bar once curing started to take place. The wheels, seat and mock up dash was fitted and pushed down the street for some motivational progress shots. The roll cage is put on pause until I figure out what would look functional while keeping it from looking like a jungle gym.
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    Shakotan Z

    How many people have used a degree wheel on these L6 engines? I have found the only way to really ensure accuracy on the cam is to go off the valve retainer, preloading the dial indicator and recording the readings on the intake and exhaust opening and closing at .050. The online calculators will then help you walk one into the required centerlines from the cam card comparing cam lobes in relation to the crankshaft. This is the only way I have found to work due to the lobe profiles on the camshaft being different. Has anyone else found a better way?
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    Shakotan Z

    Over the weekend there was a bit of progress with assemblying the engine. More to follow, but progress pics are always fun. Bored .020 over Reground Camshaft Upgraded Valvetrain Resurfaced pads Upgraded Pulley
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    Shakotan Z

    We had someone do the design. He is on Instagram as “noguilt.”
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    Shakotan Z

    There are a few more versions out now. Still working with noguilt on IG with the branding placement and possibly throw around a few more color schemes. He is super talented. Also shot a coat of etch fill primer on the car over the weekend and found all the areas that need to be worked.
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    Shakotan Z

    Haven’t been doing much other than working on the body panels in preparation for etch / filler primer. I have gotten a lot of help from a buddy of mine (hotpot01 on IG) with the fiberglass front end. Definelty not my forte, but learning as much as I can from him. Other than that, the preparation for the cage and seat mounts are underway. On a similar note, the first version of a rendering has also been done. The initial color palette is rather interesting. The goal is to have a nostalgic racing appearance and proudly display the supporting sponsors (BC Racing, Champion Cooling, AEM Intakes, Empire Fabrication, So Cal Porting).
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    Shakotan Z

    A while back I came across some seats I thought would fit the bill and help style the interior pretty well. I had them reupholstered by a good friend of mine, Alex. Needless to say, I think they came out pretty well. Lower cross mounts and seat to cross mounts will need to be fabricated. More to follow on that...
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    Shakotan Z

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    Shakotan Z

    Top secret Still fitting a few parts here and there, but its slowly coming together.
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    Shakotan Z

    Marugen Shoukai or Muzuno Works
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    Shakotan Z

    I figured there was some time available to work on the dash. I stripped it down, filled it with a combination of body and padded dash filler. Then spray some SEM dash texture and paint on it. Not really happy with the way it cam out and currently debating on covering it with suede or buying a restored dash. Around the same time, the wheels were becoming a bit concerning. Steve (Steeb38 / 5onecustonms) was contacted through instagram to see what could be done. The car was currently rolling on some Advan a3a in size 13x6. The car needed to have a much larger wheel to fill out the flares. After measurements, we found that trading faces for 14” wheels we could step the wheels up to 16”. The final measurements were 16x12 -70 for the rear and 16x11 -43 in the front.
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    Shakotan Z

    Up next on the chopping block was to consider the suspension. BC Racing took special interest in the build plans for the Z and sent us something special for us to install. They offer a really nice kit for the S30 for a weld in coilover kit. They also have several spring rate options for the S30 kit. Having done the suspension upgrade, I can say that the best way to weld them in is to include a plug weld on the opposing side of the slip over joint to include welding the bottom portion. After the coilovers were assembled, a friend of mine had recently gotten rid of his Z, and inquired if I wanted some T3 stuff. One does not simply turn that down, so up next was the installation of torsion rods and control arms. Very nice upgrade if one is seeking full adjustability of the front end. The next part that needed to be tackled was the battery tray that was naturally rusted through to include the firewall that was cut out. Apparently the previous owner felt that removal of the firewall was required to swap in an RB. This is not the case. Regardless, below are some images of the firewall being scabbed back in. Fortunately, the same guy that helped with the T3 parts had some extra OEM metal sections lying around. I needed to outsource some help with grafting in the battery / firewall assembly. Specifically stretching the metal lip that the inner fender rests on. I went to Sean over at Empire Fabrication. The car was hauled in and out in one day. We also brought 2005 back with some planking on that same day.