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After 24hrs the seats had marked the doorcards quite badly, so I had to sort them out ASAP. I removed the doorcard to have a look, hoping I could modify and retrim the arm rest. But upon a closer look the whole door card would need re-doing and I didn't really fancy all that work. So I adapted the rail mounts instead.

I started with the driver side by drilling another hole next to the first one, the seat was still hard pushed against the doorcard. To explain it briefly it required alot more moving over than I first thought. The bracket on the rails was fouling the bottom of the seat so those had to be cut off. The belt buckles were too short to be bolted to the rear inner rail mounting hole so additional brackets had to be made. Then it was a headache trying to hold the seat up to get said bolts in while holding the seat up to line it all up while making sure the belt buckle didnt fall down.

*sigh*

But I finally got it all sorted and theres still room between the seat and the centre console.





With the seats in I have to admit it was abit of a struggle getting out without brushing against the steering wheel. I decided to go with a quick release steering wheel, but it had to be a slim version. A friend had a Vac Motorsport race quick release for sale which would do the job nicely. The centre of the quick release boss looked too small for a horn button, so he included some Fast and Furious-esque NOS buttons to use as horn buttons.

The Nardi deep corn wheel has served me well in pretty much all of my cars, but it was time for it to retire in favour of a smaller, more modern equivalent. I decided on the Sparco L360 in leather, mainly for its 330mm size and it's flat bottom.



Of course,this wasn't going to be an easy job, not with my current luck lol

I wanted to mount the horn bracket inbetween the HKB boss and the first half of the quick release. This was to make the wiring neater and hidden. The first half uses a Nardi bolt pattern (whats the problem with that you ask?)

Well...the horn button bracket uses a Momo bolt pattern. Even redrilling the bracket would make it lean over to one side and not be central. So the only way was to mount it between the second half and the steering wheel. Luckily theres a gap between the two brackets, the wires were heat shrunk and taped to neaten it all up.









Once it was all mounted together, I lined up the supplied horn button from Sparco and it fits :/ Just my luck lol
 

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Good update. Do you have any pics of how close the centre console side of the seat sits now its been fettled? Do they still recline/slide?

My climate control display bulb(s) have died, do you have any links to what you used for this so I can do them all in one go like yours below? Cheers

Replaced the dash cluster bulbs to LED, photos don't do them justice. Just need to get a front interior light bulb to complete the interior



 

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Just read from start to finish as I'd missed previous updates! I've got the same under seat sub as you too, mounted it in the boot of my 33 GTR though instead. :) I want to get a new stereo at some point, and now have an AC relocation gear surround so I can go double din like yours. Keep up the awesome work! :D
 

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Good update. Do you have any pics of how close the centre console side of the seat sits now its been fettled? Do they still recline/slide?
I can get a photo :) The seats still recline and slide as they would

The original bulbs I fitted didn't last. From recommendations, I ordered a new set of bulbs from Australia. But i need a new lower dash piece as mine is badly scratched, so once I have that i'll swap the bulbs over again
 

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Let me know what you end up fitting and the quantity, with it being the lighter months its not really an issue but i can see towards winter its going to be an issue if i dont tackle it.
 

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In the future I plan on getting the interior trims skinned in Carbon Fibre. I've decided to paint them instead for the time being. I wanted something subtle but eye catching if seen in the right light.

White would have been too much and so would Red, so I decided to go Black, but which one? Working in a Motor Factors it was a bonus to have a rack full of aerosols, along with being able to mix paint if need be.

Ford Panther black has always been a favourite,so it was an easy decision











I really need to sort out the lower dash trim to get rid of all of the scratches from the stereo. I can get a brand new one from RHD Japan for £130 + shipping + import, but its not an urgency just yet

While I had everything out I replaced the cig lighter bulb for an amber version. This now matches my ignition barrel light (photo further up)



This was also the perfect opportunity to swap the bulbs in the climate control for a better quality LED. After several recommendations these were purchased from an eBay seller in Australia

 

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I love that, has to be the cleanest GTT outside of a museum! :bowdown1:

Interior is lovely, definitely be better with the new lower surround, alternatively paint it? I did my gear surround and dash in satin black, looks OEM without getting scratched. :) I'm going to go over mine again and do the side parts (like yours) but also use a satin clear coat on top this time, sometimes I get greasy finger marks - they wipe off but I find them annoying, haha.

Oh, before and after pics are great, it has changed a lot in a year!
 

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This was also the perfect opportunity to swap the bulbs in the climate control for a better quality LED. After several recommendations these were purchased from an eBay seller in Australia

Link me the eBay item please Chris, as i said further up my display bulb has gone so I need to get this done as well.
 

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Damn man look forward to next year!!!!!

love it....

Think I have the lower trim can have it for £50+postage not sure it its got scrathches will need to find it first lol.
 

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June is Prom month for alot of students, I was thankful to be asked to do a couple (only have photos of the first one). It was great to help out fellow Skyline lovers, hopefully see them on here in a few more years time lol





Me and Lu took a drive out for a bite to eat, ended up doing a 100 mile coastal drive around Norfolk, oops! Managed to stop at a couple of places for a snap







Every year Myself and a group of friends organise a charity car meet raising money for The Big C Charity and East Anglia Air Ambulance. On the night we raised £1300 and we still have a raffle going for another week or so. Here's a photo from the night

 

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I've been looking for a rear tow hook for awhile but couldn't find one I liked, so I made one

Using the original one as a template, I extended it so it would be visible underneath the bumper



The original is a 2 skin pressed piece with a bracket on the side. Mine is made from 6mm steel sheet, I understand its not as strong but I don't intend on using it for towing, its purely for aesthetics







We've recently had some thunderstorms (doesn't happen all that often) I was lucky enough to grab this photo while out at a car meet



Which kinda brings me onto my next update, this weekend just gone at Silverstone Classic. I went along with the GTR Drivers Club, it chucked it down with rain most of the weekend but it was still a great weekend. Nissan UK and Nissan JPN supplied the hospitality along with loaning us a 2020 Nismo Model along with their GT-R50 prototype. Seeing photos of this online I didn't like it, but its not quite as bad in person lol











Next stop.....JAE in 2 weeks time
 

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Its been a busy month or so, I've been waiting to build up enough info/photos to make it worth while posting.

The first package to arrive was from Japan. I've been wanting to try it for awhile now so I bit the bullet and ordered some. Its an expensive way to drink coffee but oh so JDM



The next one original came from Japan but was shipped from within the UK. Garage Sweet Tooth stock some really cool authentic parts and clothing. I wanted some more accessories to go with the hannya omamori and the tsurikawa handle and this new-old stock coin holder caught my eye. Still waiting to get some coins before I fit it so i'll save that for another update



Next was an item I spotted in the Garage Sweet Tooth shop, but they didn't have the type I was looking for. I dropped Josh at Torque GT a message to see if they had any Electronic Toll Card Readers kicking about, luckily they did! A couple of days later it arrived and I didn't waste any time fitting it. I only wanted one because it talks haha. Videos are better than photos so heres a short clip

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFzzkqWi3UI

With my 30th birthday approaching my fiancée asked what I'd like, I suggested a 1/24 scale model kit of an R34 so I could make a replica, but it wasn't as straight forward.

Because mine is a 25GT with an Altia front bumper, this meant two kits had to be purchased and blended together. Luckily my friend Tom at Waltonstyle does custom Hot Wheels so he offered to lend a hand to sort it.







With the shell now complete it was ready for paint. Working in a motor factors I have access to mixing paint. Tom also makes custom water transfers and was able to make the Nismo graphics





Miniature Recaro Sportster CS seats came from Australia, some photos of the interior too







Some photos of the shell nearer completion. Tom even made the Pistonheads logo,Nismo badge and number plate for me, some nice attention to detail





And here's the finished model, complete with Work Emotion CR Kiwami









 

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Got some good and bad news :(

The bad news is, the engine upgrades that I've been storing will be on hold for awhile longer :(

The good news is, I'm getting married! So I've now got a year to organise that which to be fair most is already sorted. Followed by a honey moon in Japan in 2021! (I think I'm more excited by that to be honest hehe)

The front bumper needed to be resprayed under warranty, which was the perfect opportunity to fit the Blitz FMIC





Gave the pipe work and chassis areas a coat of paint











The reinforcement bar had to be cut/modified to fit around the intercooler, which wasn't alot of work to be fair. I also replaced the blue silicone hoses for black ones along with mikalor clamps



The horns had to be relocated, so I swapped them for some new ones



Stainless fixings and bolts replaced the original rusty ones



The bumper went back on about 90% right. I think the intercooler is still fouling it ever so slightly so that'll need adjusting/trimming again











I also removed the window stickers



 

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I went with the GTR crash bar to clear my Blitz FYI, but that was because i didn't have any crash bar at all. Wish I had the wheel arch liners like yours though mine isn't as clean in that area.

What engine upgrades are you planning by the way?
 
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