More C110 Progress.

August 24, 2009

Being it was an absolutely magical weekend, I spent a good few hours of that on the cars.  On Saturday I decided I would give the interior of the Terrano a good clean up.  Didn’t take any pictures of that obviously because it’s boring as hell.  Still got more to do on the inside as I got roped into doing other things being the day was so good.  Sunday rolled around and just as I had hoped it was as good as the Saturday if not a little better, somehow.  So I decided it would be a good time to roll the C110 out of the garage and have a good hack around to see just how bad the rest of it is (having already seen the front of the sills aren’t all bad).  I know the roof and the rear of the car is the worst affected, primarily due to the fact that the previous owner claims there was a vinyl roof that he removed.  It would have been a lot better had he remedied the situation properly when he removed said roof, though I fear it was done with only half of an arse and subsequently I am left to deal with bodge fixes in many places.  ANYWAY!  Onto the pictures…


Showing the RHS but the LHS was very, similar.

I grabed the ol’ wirebrush attachment, thwacked it into the drill and went about my work of cleaning up sections with surface rust to see what was underlying.  Then, before too long I decided that I’d just take it back to steel.  I got distracted by the indents in the bog and decided to grind back enough of it so that I could fit my badges for shits and giggles, thusly; (more…)

Yes!  I can’t get enough.  I’ve bought another spoiler.  Why?!  WHY?!  Well…  it was a number of reasons, partially because the first one didn’t quite fit.  Sure, it would have taken only a few minutes to make it fit but it didn’t right off the bat.  The other reason was that this second one I found, is deeper.  A further 30mm of depth.  I just had to cross my fingers that when it arrived it would fit straight on, unlike the previous one…  It arrived today, like so;

Fresh from Japan

Fresh from Japan

You’ll have to excuse the shoes, clothes and record player on the bed, I’ve recently been cleaning my room and that’s part of my cleaning method, to just biff stuff onto the bed…    Shhh, it works!

So I unwrapped it from it’s comparably less wrapping versus the first spoiler I bought, only to find this; (more…)

Cha-freakin-ching.  Ewan, you’re a legend.  Hayatonka.com :  USE IT PEOPLE!  Tell him I (Michael/kyteler from retro-classics.co.nz)  sent you.  He likes knowing, honest he does!

This box arrived today filled with the latest things to help me take the C110 to where I would like it aesthetically, as well as these few things another thing was added to the package from a separate YAJ auction.

Oh, it even has a heart on it!  How Skyline !

Oh, it even has a heart on it! How 'Skyline' !

My love for the Skyline range is probably considered a little sad by most people.  However, it is what it is and when it is that which it is (yes, I know I used too many two letter words.) and you see something like this on auction, you put in a max bid and cross your fingers.    Thankfully in this instance, it worked;  (more…)

So, as was expected, my second package from Japan arrived (actually it arrived yesterday but let’s not be picky, I posted this entry a day late) in the same 3-day time frame that the first one took.  Though this time I was at home to receive it, at 11:20am.  Even the Courier was surprised it had arrived in 3 days and said himself that it was faster than internal New Zealand freight, I agreed.  So… what came this time around?  WELL!  Let’s see!

It came in a long white box, like so…

Oooh, what could it be?  Its faily long or is that wide?

Oooh, what could it be? It's fairly long or is that wide?



OK, so whilst most of you likely went away or did something awesome on your days off over easter, I did very little.  I drove around a very bland looking Audi A4 and although it was very polite and comfortable with it’s ways, it certainly lacked a lot of the character that I’m used to in my own vehicles, perhaps being tip-tronic was of no assistance to it, but that’s beside the point I think.  Mixed in with this driving of a vehicle beyond my means, was the important part.  The sussing out of particulars involved in the purchase made on my behalf of replica 110GT-R flares, in Japan, on YAJ.

The flares themselves, are these ones;

Replica KPGC110 Bolt-on Fibreglass Flares

Replica KPGC110 Bolt-on Fibreglass Flares

Sure, they don’t look like much but they’re specific to the C110 in that they have to cater for the bodylines at the rear of the car and they wrap around the majority of the length of the arch as opposed to the universal type which in general will just crown the wheel-arch.  I managed to win the auction at the starting bid.  Though before any of this even took place, I had emailed the amazing Ewan @ hayatonka.com asking for a basic estimate on what it would be to get these suckers to my door.  He replied within the day and his basic estimate turned out to be very close to the final price.  Being the size, composite and fragility of the items it wasn’t the easiest to guess.  His initial estimate coming only 1820JPY shy of the final costing. The discrepancy in price turned out to only really be the weight, 2kg was actually 3kg and so internal Japanese freight and then International freight to NZ rose slightly because of that.  They should arrive to my door within the next 7 days, once they do I’ll let you all know and probably do a little taped onto the car mockup just for shits and giggles.