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Initial Preparation in the Bodyshop:
Panels under the microscope......a surprising amount of filler and bucket loads of flatting to get the panels perfect on what was a very tidy R32 GTR on arrival into the UK..

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Panels sprayed with primer and silver base coat.....front nismo bodykit required work on some minor hits while in Japan (as per usual!) and new attaching bolts......it's only when you strip everything right down that you really know what you've got......thankfully this Newera supplied R32 is in exellent condition.....the original glass remained intact but new rubbers are required all round....what you'd expect of a 1992 plate.....

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Work rims refurbished (without splitting) with black center spokes…..
Decals prepared for ghosting…..gold ground producing burgundy with HOC candy apple red, silver ground giving a true red with the candy
Colour check on the passenger side shut giving an idea of what is to come……

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Initial Preparation in the Bodyshop:
Panels under the microscope......a surprising amount of filler and bucket loads of flatting to get the panels perfect on what was a very tidy R32 GTR on arrival into the UK..






Panels sprayed with primer and silver base coat







Work rims refurbished (without splitting) with black center spokes…..
Decals prepared for ghosting…..gold ground producing burgundy with HOC candy apple red, silver ground giving a true red with the candy
Colour check on the passenger side shut giving an idea of what is to come……




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Looks really good mate!
 

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My thanks go to Karl and the guys at Bibby Bodystyling in Colchester for the work.....they've been incredibly enthusiastic about this project....one of the first R32s they've re-worked......you might recall Bob's big power R33 GTR (GBH Motorsport) in purple/ multi-colour flip they sprayed.......
 

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Me neither! :chuckle: The shuts, inside of bonnet & boot are going to be in satin black. The interior trim will be colour coded to the bodywork with red (matching) and black leather upholstery with red stitching......the guy responsible for the interior retrim used to work for Jamie Shaw, so it's going to be fine quality craftsmanship......:smokin:
 

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The black spokes were a kind of compromise because of the difficulty splitting the rims at the bodyshop.....it's a tough job to get right, so I'm happy to live with them in black at the moment......I've always got the possibility of getting them colour coded at a later date when the rims wld be split down. Apparently, this was needed to spray them candy with the complexity of the spraying.......I've seen the black with the candy red on the owner's Supra & it does look awesome.

Colour coding was my first choice, but there was enough going on without having to send the rims to Scotland or Nottingham to be done......I took the easier option for now, if that makes sense.

On the ground coat as I've said, gold ground gives close to a burgundy red ie darker (similar to the original colour) & silver ground gives a clear vibrant red with depth.....again, it's amazing the change in finished colour the ground coat gives.....Mark's car looks like its had a silver ground, unless my eyes or the light is deceiving me.

Anyway, thanks for the positive comments guys....I'll keep you updated with pix as the work progresses. I'm hoping she'll be done by the start of February...
 

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You must be delighted with the progress so far. Looks like Carl is doing your proud and I'm sure you'll be bringing up to one of the meets when you're ready :) Did you decide on full leather or leather and suede in the end for the retrim?
 

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I think you'll be surprised by the decals as they'll be very subtle as a I mentioned previously, just the difference between gold and silver base coat....we've hit some problems on these as the hoc thinners is so strong we're getting a glue residue problem, so may have to stencil instead, and if that doesn't work we'll forgo them. You may find it hard to envision the finished article from the pix I've taken so far....trust me, I/we have good taste....anything that doesn't work will be junked!
The interior is going to be black and red leather, no suede with colour coded dash trim.
With a work in progress you have to be flexible to a certain degree and be willing to listen as you go along, so thanks for all the comments guys; but rest assured I'm not going to this degree of trouble and expense without getting a stunning result!lol
Some more pix shld be uploaded in a day or two......
The window trims have all arrived and came in from Nissan Japan via Nissan UK I believe. The bodyshop may have used our local Nissan dealer in Ipswich to get them, I'm uncertain...sometimes smaller operations go that much further if they have a standing relationship. We did get the new (old stock) bonnet lip from this source sent from Nissan Jpn., which surprised me as I thgt they were no longer available ie just replicas available. Cost about £90 which was £30 cheaper than the f.g. replica. I'll try confirm the source of the rubber surrounds on my next visit to the shop......one thing to bare in mind is that they're not cheap......but if a job's blah blah....
 
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