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Old 22nd March 2014, 11:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Grey 32,strip and clean....kind of.

Hi all, this is my first attempt at a thread and don't really know what I'm doing, so please excuse my mistakes until I get in to my stride, then feel free to rip me a new one if that's what's needed.

Where to start??

Well as you can probably tell from the title I have an '89 gun metal grey r32 gtr that I've had for a few years now, believe it or not I actually bought the car to take to pieces and use the running gear for another project, knowing it had been bumped at the front and badly repaired. Once I had the car I got it on the ramp and realised it was only cosmetic damage and in quite good condition for it's age, and I didn't have the heart to take it apart. At this point I hadn't driven it yet, and once I did I fell in love with it and decided to run it for a bit, quite a bit, well five years or so, and to be honest apart from routine maintenance I haven't spent a penny on it. Then about eight months back I noticed a slight tapping from the engine on over run, so removed the engine to investigate, and yes you guessed it, it had spun a bearing on number one, luckily no damage to the crank.

Now this is where any sane person would have put new shells in and put it back together, but I was toying with the idea of a few mods and needed time to think, so I came home, had a bottle of bud or two (to help clear the mind). and with the engine already being out and all, it just didn't seem right to miss this opportunity to clean a few bits, plus it would give me something to do while I was making my mind up.

I've already stripped a good bit of the car over the last few months whenever I had a couple of hours spare, and some of the photos may be out of synch at first, but this is to try and fill you in on what's been happening.

It was never my intention to do a build thread , but my wife says I have issues, a lot of them, and talking to like minded people may help, because let's face it, when it comes to our GTR's we all have issues.

This was never going to be a big budget build, it's just me giving the car the TLC it deserves.This is probably going to be a slow process that will happen when time and money allows, but I hope some of you will find it worth a read.

I'm also trying to get my garage finished at the same time as working on the car, so that has a knock on effect on what gets done and when.

I'll try and keep up to date on that at the same time if anyone's interested, and believe me that's been a saga in it's own right. The things we put ourselves through to get a garage, but, if life was easy and all that!!!

Pictures to follow once I get my head round how to do it.
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Old 22nd March 2014, 07:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Always loved the way it sat
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But it was showing it's age
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And in need of some attention, and that was before it spun a shell. I did use it as a bit of a work horse, and always when it snowed, it would go anywhere and never get stuck, it definitely owes me nothing.
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This was taken just after it's untimely demise. So here it sat for quite a while, waiting to have it's heart removed and repaired, the only problem being, it's sat in the garage I've been building for the past three years to put it in, and as you can see it still needed some work before it was water tight.
It would have been finished a couple of years back, had my neighbours not decided I require planning permission for it, but that's a whole other story.
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Old 22nd March 2014, 07:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Anyway a few weeks later, to my total disbelief, the permission was granted, so away we went, the aim being, get the roof on before they change their mind.
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Beams on
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Forgot to take picks of fitting the rafters, but I'm sure you get the idea
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Sheets on, believe it or not, when we was doing the roof it was that hot I couldn't touch the sheets without burning myself, it made the day a long one but it was worth it.
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Nice and cool inside, but most of all bone dry.
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Would love a garage that big to take mine apart bit by bit meticulously.

Good luck
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Old 23rd March 2014, 09:00 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks CSB, " Meticulously" I couldn't think of a better word to describe where I'm going with this.
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Old 23rd March 2014, 09:45 AM   #6 (permalink)
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i'm in , garage is awesome , i'm jealous .

where abouts in west yorkshire are you ?

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Old 23rd March 2014, 12:08 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Cheers Bob, if you like random, your in for a ride.
I must admit you've made quite a jump from a £20 gazebo on your drive to where you are now, it's made an interesting read.

And thanks for the kind words Lee, it's been a long time coming and it will evolve as it goes along. As I said at the beginning, I'll keep dropping bit in about the garage as it goes along, as long as there's an interest, I just don't want to bore people.

Sorry, forgot, Pontefract, ish.
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Step 1: Build massive garage
Step 2: Sort car
Step 3: Hoon about

Easy as that.

Looking forward to the updates.
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It was never my intention to do a build thread , but my wife says I have issues, a lot of them, and talking to like minded people may help, because let's face it, when it comes to our GTR's we all have issues.
Lol welcome to the club mate!! We are all here for the same reason!!!

Looking forward to seeing you progress with this, garage is huge - well worth the hassle no doubt..

Perfect colour for your 32 too, beautifil

Keep it coming!

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Love the garage mate and good luck with doing the car got to love 32s
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Let the fun begin, strip down starts,






Engine in,



Engine out,



Nothing to it, honest.

Note to self, buy an engine lift.



One big dirty hole.



One big dirty engine.



Must admit the ORC twin plate was a bonus, I just thought the noise was because the thrust bearing was going.... only joking





Well one things for sure, it won't look like this when I'm done, this is going to be "literally" a nut and bolt strip down, every single piece removed, cleaned, painted, coated, then put back together,well that's the plan

Shit, the gravity of that statement just hit me, I need a bud.



Dropped the bottom end off for a closer look, it had spun number one, did have a shot of the bearing but can't find it, it's probably on my old phone.

This was where the weather picked up a bit, so decided to do some more on the garage,



Space started to get a bit cluttered outside.



So moved all the crap out of the way, dug some of the stone out from under the trees where I'd been storing it for the past few years, and cracked on.





Right that's enough of that, back to the car.









The strip down continues.













Went on a hunt for all the rust that would normally be associated with a 24 year old car, but some bast**d had nicked it.

If I'm honest, I was really impressed at the condition, far better than expected

The next couple of days we were finishing a job off down the road, and I ended up with a few plaster boards left, (I'm a builder by the way) so they came back and were instantly put to good use.







I also decided it was time I had some benches to work on, don't know if you spotted them in the first of the last three pictures, they're in flat pack form bottom right.







Welded





Primed





Painted

I think It's time for a Bud.
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great stuff subscribed.
R32 is an good looking car love them in grey,good luck with your project.
on a side note granite work is coming nicely.
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Step 1: Build massive garage
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Step 3: Hoon about

Easy as that.

Looking forward to the updates.
Step 1 : about 4 years
Step 2 : probably the same
Step 3 : oh yes

Cheers gtr mart, thanks for looking, every comment is appreciated.
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Lol welcome to the club mate!! We are all here for the same reason!!!

Looking forward to seeing you progress with this, garage is huge - well worth the hassle no doubt..

Perfect colour for your 32 too, beautifil

Keep it coming!

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The garage was worth the hassle, but still needs finishing, a work in progress you could say.
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Love the garage mate and good luck with doing the car got to love 32s
Thanks for your comment too andy, assuming it is andy, there was never any doubt r32 all the way.
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Thanks for the kind words, more to follow.
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Hi all, back after a really long day, showered and a full belly, ready for a bit of an update.

Please keep in mind, I'm still trying to bring things up to date, these first few post are what's been going on over the last few months, and not what I'm doing at present.

I'd also like to thank every one who's had a look, it makes the effort worth while.

Started to remove the interior, and still on the hunt for the rust.













Also managed to get some paint on the walls, well half of them, and the wheel rack up in position ready for welding.



Dropped the front subframe, must get an engine lift.





Also boarded the main entrance up till I get round to making some doors, and fitted an old door that was removed from a job I was doing, just so I can lock the place up on a night, not that security is a problem, the security guard has four legs and great big f**k you teeth.

Dropped a sheet of ply on top of one of the benches so I had somewhere to strip things down, going to make some proper tops from some 9x3 when I get the time.



Stripped the front subframe, just didn't take any photos, then stripped this rear one, which is a spare, part of a full set of running gear I got for another project.





Removed the bushes.





Decided to add the strengthening plates to the suspension hangers, but I'll get to that latter.



Then spent a quite a bit of time removing all the welding spatter, and other annoying imperfections.





Once I'd stripped the subframes, I got the bumper on the bench and removed the vents, mesh, and all the fixings.



The paint work on the bumper is in quite bad shape.





And I think that's where I'm going to leave for tonight, I'm knacked.
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Awesome garage, super project thread. Looking forward to seeing this progress.
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